They say the things that are worth it, never come easy. The same could be said for DME Academy’s 14U Sanders softball team’s road to the ISA Championship in Clermont, FL.
The journey started with a shut-out win over the TNT 14U. Aiyanna Gerhardt threw a complete game, ending in a 13-0 win for DME. Five players, Nina Padgett, Ashley Hughes, Alondra Vincenty, Avery Veirs, and Faith Rudy, stepped up to the plate, driving in eight runs in the third inning.
DME entered the Championship game as the number two seed with an overall record of 5-1. The only thing standing between them and the trophy was the Brevard Heat 14U, and they weren’t going down without a fight.
DME pulled ahead in the second inning as their bats heated up, but it was short-lived as the Heat tied it up in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth inning, with the game tied 3-3, Katlyn Schoeps shut down a scoring opportunity by the Heat and kept the score even. DME fought their way back in the fifth inning, regaining the lead when Padgett stopped a possible game-tying run with an incredible fly-out catch.
This spark ignited a fire when Keylee Gerhardt recorded an RBI, scoring Schoeps who had reached base on an error by the Heat. This was followed by power-hitting thanks to Reese Cianciarulo, Hughes, and Vincenty.
An amazing win made even more incredible by the teamwork each athlete displayed. Cianciarulo led the team from the batter’s box and the mound with 9 hits and a 3-1 record from the rubber.
Cianciarulo kept the Heat’s bats at bay while the rest of the team mounted a solid defense behind her. She allowed only three runs on seven hits, striking out five with zero walks. Cianciarulo was backed by a solid defense, led by Gerhardt who showed off impressive fielding skills.
With a final score of 6-3, DME 14U Sanders Softball team earned the trophy and the title of champion. They played hard until the very last pitch and displayed impressive skill and teamwork.
Congratulations to the DME Academy 14U Sanders Softball team on winning the ISA Championship!
Interested in DME Academy’s softball or baseball program? Check it out here!
Over 47 teams took to Daytona Beach for DME Academy’s 4th annual Beach & Ball Classic. Some of the biggest names in the game came out to play, including Speights Academy, SPIRE Academy, Miami Prep, Combine Academy, and IMG Academy. Teams traveled far and wide to ball out at DME Academy’s world-renowned field house, including teams from across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas.
“The Beach & Ball Classic has become a staple event in the high school and post-grad basketball community, and this year’s tournament really made a splash on an international level,” said Matt Panaggio, Tournament Director. “We’re so lucky to have the facilities required to run a top-notch tournament here at DME Academy, and it’s an honor to be able to host so many amazing teams on our home court.” The 47,000 square foot field house at DME Academy features 3 basketball courts, a performance center, athletic training rooms, and all of the amenities required to host a best-in-class event.
The tournament’s marquee game was the highly coveted matchup between Combine Academy and IMG Academy. Corneilous Williams was named MVP of the game after leading Combine Academy to an 84-70 win. His performance in the heavyweight bout earned him all-tournament honors, as he took home the title of the Beach & Ball Classic’s ‘Most Outstanding Player’.
Joining Cornelius on the All-Tournament First Team were Niccolò Moretti (DME Academy), TJ Wainwright (Montverde Academy), Harry Santiago, (Miami Prep), Justyn Fernandez (IMG Academy), Jamar Franklin (Speights Academy), and Terrance Ford (Victory Rock Prep).
Want to get in on the action at DME Academy? Don’t miss out on the End of Season Bash tournament on February 25th & 26th. As the final DME tournament of the year, this event was purpose-built to be competitive, fun, and the perfect way to close out the winter season. Click here to register your team today!
DME’s Second Annual Beach & Ball Tournament was a huge success.
The tournament included 17 Post Grad Programs including DME Post
Grad Blue, Black, & White and 3 full days of exciting nonstop games.
Teams from all over participated including The Skill Factory, Combine
Academy, Central Tech, and many more.
BEACH & BALL TOURNAMENT RECAP:
DME PREP BLUE RESULTS
DME Prep Blue started the weekend with a great win over Victory Rock
105 – 57. It was a great team effort lead by Keegan Murray with 27 points
and Petar Raickovic with 13 points. In DME Prep Blue’s second game of
the weekend, the twins, Keegan and Kris Murray combined for a total of 61
points in the win against Combine Academy. DME Blue would go on to
close out the tournament with a win vs ABI Academy and solid
performances from Dalph Panopio, Myles Samuels, Trey Fort, and DJ
DME PREP BLACK RESULTS
DME’s Prep Black started the weekend with a tough loss to Central Point
102 – 100. Bailey Stephanos lead the way for DME with 37 points. The
team came out strong on Day 2 against ABI. DME lead the way by as
many as 18 points however, ABI was able to fight back and overcome
the deficit. Despite the 25 point performance from Jalen Dearring, DME
Black falls short 87 – 83.
DME PREP WHITE RESULTS
DME White fell short in a close matchup vs Central Tech 87 – 83. Top
performers throughout the game were Srdjan Petrovic and Yafet Hailee. In
their second game, DME Prep White faced another tough West Lake team,
falling short 98 – 94. Jon Sanders led the way with 16 points. The team
was able to bounce back on the final game of the weekend with a great
win vs Combine Academy 81 – 72. Davion Ralph, Jon Sanders, and Yafet
Hailee all had great performances.
You can check out the games on our youtube.
DME hosted the 2nd Mauro Panaggio Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Four NCAA Division 3 colleges competed for year bragging rights in the DME Field House.
The first series of games started on Sunday at noon with The College at Brockport and Gallaudet University. Brockport dominated with a win 100 – 63.
You can watch the game here.
Next game was Nazareth and Washington & Lee University. Washington took the win 94 – 68. You can watch the game here.
Monday started with the Consolation game with Nazareth and Gallaudet University. With great efforts from both teams, Nazareth took the win 73- 56. You can watch here.
The Championship Game followed up next with Washington & Lee and Brockport. Washington Lee took home the trophy by closing out a win with a nine-point lead 75 – 66. You can watch here.
All-Tournament players were named at the end and rewarded with a plaque. All-Tourney Players were Steve Valencia-Biskupiak – Gallaudet, Justin Summers – Brockport, Tyler Stenglein – Nazareth, and Devin Kearns – Washington & Lee. Roy McMillan from Washington & Lee took home Tournament MVP! You can check out the photos on our Facebook page here.
Check out our Youtube page for the highlight video of the whole tournament here.
DME Sports Academy is hosting their first Annual Post Grad Tournament this Saturday and Sunday.
This tournament is set to have 16 teams compete with the appearance of some of the Top Teams in the region. DME, Montverde, Skill Factory, Red Devils are some highlight teams of the tournament. All three of DME PG teams will play this weekend and will defend their home court.
Tip-off starts at 9 AM with Red Devils Red and DME Orange Saturday morning. With this single elimination tournament and a 3 game guarantee, all teams will have a full weekend of great competition.
We’re expecting to have several college coaches in the building to watch the top level talent that’s taking part in this year’s tournament.
Livestream will be available for all who can’t attend the tournament. You can click on the live stream here.
DME Sports and DME Foundation closed out the weekend with the 1st Heroes Cup for Volusia and Flagler county this Saturday at the Daytona Stadium.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department suited up on the soccer field to raise money for the Foundation 37 Charity and the DME Charity Foundation.
Starting off with the inspiring invocation by Reverend Ronald Durham from Calvary Christian Church and the Spruce Creek flying community with their aircraft flyover over the field in a dedication of all the heroes in the community.
With over 400 people in attendance, Warner Christian High School Band performed at halftime and wowed the crowd with their continues play throughout the first half of the soccer match.
Throughout the game, the Police lead the whole game but the firefighters fought back to trail only by 1 goal for the last two minutes. With the crowd on edge, the intense game experienced some close calls that gave The Police the victory in the end with the score of 4-3. With the compliment of competitiveness, the police and firemen shook hands for a purpose, the community!
Thank you to all of our vendors for taking part and exhibiting in our first Heroes Cup, including Exit Realty, Sam’s Club, Heroes First Home Loans, AT&T, National Guard, Kona Ice, Reviving Waters Massage, Health and Well-being Chiropractic, and Chick Fil-A.
Thank you to ERAU’s Color Guard and to ERAU’s commentator John Phillips. The families who came to support the heroes were filled with cheer and support and we look forward to seeing everyone next year! This is just the start of our Heroes Cup Journey.
The top four SIAA teams for girls and boys suited up in Daytona Beach, Florida for the SIAA Championship, hosted by DME Sports Academy. The girl teams in the tournament were West Oaks, DME, PottersHouse, and The Rock. The boy teams were DME HS National, Victory Rock, The Rock, and West Oaks.
The first day consisted of four semi-final games. First on the court were West Oaks Girls vs The Rock. The Rock trailed the whole game, finishing the first half 19-40. West Oaks came out the second half to seal the deal, finishing the game 64-41.
Next game, DME Girls suited up to defend their home court against PotterHouse. By the end of the first half, DME created a 17 point lead to end the half 30-13. DME came out with a point to prove for the second half, creating the lead to 33 points. DME finished the game with the score of 80-47.
The boys followed behind the girls playing, with West Oaks Boys and The Rock taking the court first. West Oaks played well the first half creating a lead of 6 points over The Rock, 34-28. The Rock came out the second half ready to play, taking the lead away from West Oaks on a 6-0 run in the last ten minutes of the game. The Rock finished on top 75-61.
Last game of the Final Four consisted of DME High School National vs. Victory Rock. Victory Rock led most of the game, finishing the first half 41-21. DME HS National came out the second half cutting the lead down to 4 points but didn’t have enough to retain it. Victory Rock finished on top 72-63.
On Saturday morning, all the teams gathered at the SIAA Banquet to look at all the accomplishments of the year. Coach Michael Panaggio and Coach Dan Mondragon were named SIAA Coach of the Year. DME Girls Junior Alexis Duckett was named Player of the Year.
The SIAA Championship games started at 4:30 pm. West Oaks Girls and DME suited up to play for the trophy. With the score close the whole game, DME Girls trailed by four at the end of the first half 34-38. With the game coming down to the last three minutes, West Oaks closed out a win 63-55 over DME.
Next, Victory Rock took on The Rock School for the SIAA Boys championship. The Rock led the first half, finishing out 44-32. The Rock took home the SIAA trophy, concluding the game 73-59.
DME Sports Academy hosted the first Grind Session tournament this weekend in a Friday-Saturday run down with multiple teams from coast to coast in Florida.
The first game on Friday, Feb 9 tipped off at 3:00 pm against TSA and Glove Prep high school. Glove Prep closed out the game 79 – 66.
Next game, our very own Post Grad G National suited up for Central Point Academy. DME’s Charles Jones led that game in scoring with 17 points. Jeremiah Gillard finished with 11 points and Joshua Edwards added 10 to the board. PG National pulled out a win 86-72.
Following PG, DME High School National competed in the most anticipated game of the tournament – West Oaks Academy. Vadim Clanet led the team with 19 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals. Mame Niang added 17 points and 8 rebounds. Mayoum Mayoum scored 13 points and Deandre Harvey had 10 points. Keanu Calderon had a solid game all around with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block.
Coming close to the end, HS National pulled out a win over West Oaks Academy 70-67.
Closing out the first day, DME Post Grad Elite played the last game against NTSI. Terry Li finished with 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Demetri Richardson added 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Frank Mompoint had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. DME Elite lost against NTSI 80-84.
The second day of Grind Session started at 1:30 PM with NTSI opening against Glove Prep. Fighting neck to neck during the game, Glove Prep trailed seven points 42-49 at the half. NTSI’s William Harrison finished with 15 points. For Glove Prep, Thibault Rio finishing with 15 points. NTSI closed out the tournament with a 1-1 record over the course of the weekend with a win over Glove Prep 88 – 84.
Second game was the first appearance of DME of the day. Off a good win from the day before, DME HS National looked forward to playing Central Pointe. HS National stated off strong, finishing halftime up eight points, 41-33. Keano Calderon led the game with 17 points and Marko Vukojcic had 14 points and 3 rebounds. HS National closed out the tournament with an undefeated record with a win over Central 85-79.
Next game consisted of PG National taking on TSA Prep. TSA trailed PG National the whole game. Arminas Gras led the team with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tyrese Potoma also had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Carl Ntifo added 8 points and 8 rebounds. PG National dominated over TSA 93 – 51.
Last game of the tournament closed out with West Oaks vs Rockledge going head to head. West Oaks took the lead quickly, finishing the half 48-38. For the start of the second half, Rockledge came back in the game, keeping the game close to 5 points.
Coming close to the end, Rockledge’s Donald Richardson Jr. hit a three-pointer from the wing to go up 79-76 with 20 seconds left. Rockledge pulled out a win over West Oaks 80-76. Donald Richardson finished with 18 points and Elijah Weaver scored 15 points. West Oak’s Tyrieke Blakeney had 17 points and Eric Amandio scored 16 points.
To check out the games of The Grind Session, you can go to our YouTube page or click here: http://bit.ly/2GcH4aD
The Mauro Panaggio Tournament started at noon with Wooster College and St. Joseph’s tipping off to an exciting matchup.
Wooster’s College pulled away from St. Josephs, 65-57, with dominant guard play from Spencer Williams, who shot 66 percent from the free throw line, finishing with 22 points and 6 assists. St. Joseph’s Darian Berry, who was named All-Tournament, led the Monks with 18 points. and 7 rebounds. Watch the game at https://livestream.com/dmesports/events/7982077/videos/167354929.
Next game, Whittier College fell short to Brockport 92-108 with Brockport’s front line dominating the game. Four out of five starters scored double digits, with all of them having fifteen plus points. Hamed Shamseldin had a triple-double of 23 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds. Justin Summers finished with 25 points, Josh Nelson had 22 points, and Tyler Collins had 15 points.
Whittier’s Victor Nwaba finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Watch the game at https://livestream.com/dmesports/events/7982176/videos/167361807.
Monday was filled with teams ready to play to make a statement. Consolation game consisted of St. Joseph’s and Whittier at noon. Whittier trailed St. Joseph’s most of the way but Whittier pulled away 84-79 in the late second half. Victor Nwaba had a tournament-high of 23 points and 9 rebounds and was named All-Tournament for Whittier. Watch the game at https://livestream.com/dmesports/events/7983389/videos/167397090.
Championship game, Wooster and Brockport went head to head at 2 pm. Wooster overpowered 81-67 Brockport with defense and great guard play. Wooster’s Spencer Williams had a tournament-high with 25 points. He was also named All-Tournament, along with Alex Baptiste who had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Watch the game at https://livestream.com/dmesports/events/7983394/videos/167401594.
Brockport Shamseldin scored 15 points and Justin Summers scored 16 points. Both Shamseldin and Summers were named All-Tournament for Brockport.
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DME Sports Academy is set to host its first annual Mauro Panaggio Invitational Tournament with the attendance of Brockport College, ST. Joseph’s of Maine, Whittier College, and the College of Wooster.
Tipoff is set for Sunday at noon with The College of Wooster vs. St. Joseph’s College of Maine, following Brockport College vs. Whittier College at 2 pm.
Monday tipoff will follow the same schedule at noon and 2 pm as consultation games between the teams.
People in attendance will have the opportunity to witness talent in these Division 3 teams, including senior guard Spencer Williams who was named NCAC Player-of-the-Week on December 11 for The College of Wooster and Whittier College senior Eric Davis who was named SCIAC Athlete of the Week on December 11.
Saint Joseph’s College freshman guard Jack Casale, GNAC Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, will also be a good prospect to see this Saturday-Sunday tournament.
Each game will be streamed and available at https://livestream.com/dmesports