Vero Beach Unified Flag Football Team Wins State Title

The Vero Beach Unified Flag Football Team won the 2022 State Championship on April 30 in the 4th Annual Sunshine Bowl, defeating Durant High School 56-26 in the title game played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Teams from across the state participated in the event which helps raise funds for Special Olympics Florida, which hosts events for high school athletes throughout the school year.

Vero defeated Tampa Plant 45-16 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.

Vero Beach Unified Athletic Programs had a successful year with its athletes as the basketball team placed third and the bowling team took fourth place at the state championship this year.

Several athletes will compete in the state track and field championships this week in Gainesville.

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Team members included: Marquis Baskin, Will Burris, Victor Esquivel, Persia Ferguson, Madalyn Goode, Connor Keeler, Samuel Payne, Jaylin Pierre, Jackson Rahal, ball boy Everett Hillard, and coaches Todd Wood and Stephen Byrd.

Tarpey of the Master’s Academy signs in Grove City

Master’s Academy senior tennis star Sunshine Tarpey signed a letter of intent on Monday to continue her career at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Tarpey won 135 games during her Patriot career starting as a sixth-grader and has competed as the No. 1 singles player since her freshman year.

In his final two seasons, Tarpey was a district runner-up in singles and no. 1 double for the Academy of Masters.

Master's Academy senior Sunshine Tarpey signed a letter of intent to pursue her career at Grove City College in Pennsylvania on Monday, May 9, 2022.

Former John Carroll star Zir excelled as a Wingate grad student

Former Catholic track player John Carroll and Wingate University graduate student Elliot Zirwas had a great day at the South Atlantic Conference Track and Field Championships on May 5-6, winning the throw of the weight to accompany the top three results in two other events.

Zirwas’ best throw of 17.69 meters won the event and currently ranks ninth in all of Division II with his best throw this season of 18.38 meters which came in March, which set a new Wingate school record and also earned him the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete. honors of the week.

In discus, Zirwas was second with a throw of 47.33 meters and third in the hammer throw with a mark of 51.17 meters.

During his Bulldog career, Zirwas was a top performer winning SAC Freshman and Field Athlete of the Year and was an All-Southeast Region selection in the discus and shot put for the outdoor season. .

Port St. Lucie High will host a football clinic

Port St. Lucie High School will host a clinic presented by HOPE Through Football, a non-profit organization founded by NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, June 17-18.

The two-day clinic will include a myriad of benefits for attendees. Field exercises at work on technique, sessions to break down performance and development of life skills and skills testing will be held available to colleges for recruitment.

All local athletes in grades nine through 12 are eligible to attend the clinic at a cost of $55 which will also include lunch each day.

For participating families, an obstacle course for children and local food trucks will also be available on site.

For more information about the camp, including how to register, visit

Martin County to Host Celebrity Flag Football Game

Martin County High School will host a celebrity flag football game featuring several former local football players, including Tiger alum and Denver Broncos star Justin Simmons, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Free haircuts will be available for all children and there will be food, drinks, raffles and giveaways and more throughout the afternoon.

Former Martin County football coach Chuck Kenyon and current South Fork High School head coach Antwan Blatch will coach both teams with appearances from two-time Pro Bowler Willis McGahee and several former local stars and current notables.

Yamon Figurs, Fort Pierce Westwood graduate, former Martin County star James Davis, former Treasure Coast star Jeff Luc, former South Fork star Stone Labanowitz and current graduates Fresh Walters, Jayden Pressey, Javin Dames and Rod Huntley, among others, will participate in the game.

Sebastian River will host a youth soccer camp on Saturday

Sebastian River High School is hosting a free youth football camp on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children in grades K-8 courtesy of BNA Sports.

Participants will learn the basics of football, from passing and receiving to learning how to run faster and the ins and outs of playing at different positions.

Campers will also participate in a flag football tournament as part of the festivities.

To register your child, visit

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