The 3rd Annual DME Academy Jingle Jam Tournament Was Full of Talent and Competition From Over 14 Teams

DME Academy High School Girls cheer on their teammates during the 2022 Jingle Jam Tournament

DME Academy hosted the 3rd Annual Jingle Jam Tournament right before the holiday break with over 14 teams in attendance. Many traveling from around the country and one team, Recruiting Boost, traveling all the way from Australia. 

It was a highly successful event that highlighted some of the top girl’s basketball talents and gave them the opportunity to showcase their skills to college scouts and coaches.

“For it to be only the 3rd Annual Jingle Jam Tournament, we had a great turnout. It was awesome to see all the teams playing hard and leaving it all on the court. It is always a great opportunity to host a tournament on our own courts and play against different levels of competition. The coaches have already discussed our vision for the future of this tournament and our hope to expand it to 20+ teams for next year.” says Tia McMillan, DME Academy Girl’s Basketball Assistant coach. “I am really proud of how my girls battled together in the first half of the season and look forward to their growth and improvement as we move into the second half of the season.”

DME Academy Girls High School National Basketball team finished the semester undefeated at home. Their hard work and dedication are truly reflected in their 10-3 overall record going into the holiday break.

Michael Panaggio, Head Coach and Director of Girls’ Basketball, remarks, “In my opinion, Jingle Jam was a success. We had competitive games, players from around the world, and some of the largest prep schools in the country. It was great to get these talented players in front of college coaches. I believe it is an event that will continue to grow.”

Going for the jump shot against IMG

A huge thank you to all the players and coaches who were part of this incredible event and to Halifax Health for their continued partnership.

Another big thank you to the college scouts and coaches for taking the time to attend the Jingle Jam Tournament.

To learn more about DME Academy’s Girls Basketball program and upcoming camps and events, click here.

Congrats to New Smyrna Beach on winning the volleyball State Championship!

Alvaro Sanchez, Head Coach of DME Academy Volleyball holds the state championship trophy

It started with a serve, followed by a few hundred passes, sets, and spikes. And it ended with a block, leaving the New Smyrna Beach High School Barracudas as volleyball state champions.

Located about 20 miles south of DME Academy, the Barracudas’ indoor volleyball team is led by head coach Alvaro Sanchez, who is also DME Volleyball’s Master and Academy Coach. Their assistant coach is Jill Kornegay, who also acts as DME Club Volleyball’s Assistant Club Director. 

Many members of the New Smyrna Beach Indoor Volleyball team are also athletes on the DME Club Volleyball team. These nine players include Teagan Lux, Ivy Westfall, Lily Schlageter, Quinn Kraljic, Libby Nickels, Gracie Newell, Chloe Gibson, Hannah Zona, and Alyssa Kornegay. 

Leading up to the state championship match, the Barracudas boasted an impressive record of 24-2 including a win at the state’s inaugural beach volleyball championship last spring. 

Although they entered the final match of the championship with confidence, they were no strangers to their opponent, the Viera High School Hawks. These two teams had faced off last fall when the Hawks defeated the Barracudas in the playoffs in the regional finals. 

Determined to come out on top, the Barracudas fought hard in every single game, needing all five sets to get the win (23-25, 25-15, 25-18, 19-25, 16-14). They won the final point of the match on a block by Newell, sealing the victory and their title as state champions.

This comes as the first indoor volleyball state championship in New Smyrna Beach High School history. DME’s very own Newell led the Barracudas with four blocks throughout the match. 

Not only did they come home as state champions, but these athletes also solidified their legacy at New Smyrna Beach High School.

Congratulations to the New Smyrna Beach Barracuda’s indoor volleyball team on this incredible accomplishment, and congratulations to Coach Sanchez, Coach Kornegay, and the nine members of the DME Club Volleyball team!

To learn more about our volleyball program and how you can get involved, click here.

More than 70 players received an MVP award and were placed on this year’s All-Tournament teams!

The 5th Annual Beach & Ball Classic, powered by Halifax Health, wrapped up on Sunday evening after an exciting five days of action with over 73 games spanning the tournament. DME Academy hosted more than 50 teams, from as close as Orlando, to as far away as Rome and Canada. 

Each game featured a match-up between two top-talent teams and the most valuable player was named at the end of each game. Over 70 players took home a unique medal to recognize their achievements on the court.

At the end of the tournament, athletes who exhibited outstanding talent were given the honor of being named to the Classic All-Tournament Teams. 

Thank you to all the players and coaches who made this tournament a success. DME Academy is looking forward to an even bigger turnout at the next Beach & Ball Classic!

Check out the list of athletes named to the Classic All-Tournament Teams.

1st Team

2nd Team

3rd Team

Honorable Mention

Regional Division

For more information on the DME Academy boy’s basketball program and how you can be recruited or attend a camp, click here.

DME Academy 14U Sanders Softball Team Takes Home the Trophy at the ISA Championship

DME Academy 14U softball team

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!

Making A Splash

DME’s Beach & Ball Classic Takes the International Scene by Storm

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.

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’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 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.