Volleyball tourney Feb. 1-2
The fifth annual Daytona 100 Volleyball tournament will be Saturday, Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb. 2, at the Ocean Center.
There will be 27 courts set up and 14 courts on alternate sites (41 courts total).
There will be boys and girls teams competing from ages 10 to 18 years old.
Six National teams will be competing from Volusia County's "Florida Elite Volleyball Club," ages 13 to 18.
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Baseball tryouts scheduled
The Daytona Beach Raptors 11U Travel baseball team will conduct open tryouts from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 6.
Tryouts will be at Bethune Point Park in Daytona Beach.
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Football kicking camp planned
The first Bud Asher's Kick Back to Central Florida Clinic will be on Sunday Feb. 9 at Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
The event is being organized by Dan Lundy, teacher and special teams coordinator for Mainland High School and the Director of Kicking for One On One Kicking Camps, and
is to honor former Daytona Beach Mayor Bud Asher, a former Mainland coach.
Youth football players (Pop Warner and high school) from central Florida may attend the free one day, two-session clinic on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Mainland on the fundamentals of kicking, punting and long snapping.
Caleb Sturgis (current Miami Dolphins kicker) and Cairo Santos (2012 Lou Groza Award winner/senior kicker at Tulane University) will serve as honorary coaches.
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Annual Indian River Open Jan. 31 - Feb. 2
in New Smyrna Beach
New Smyrna Beach's longest-running sport tournament will begin at the end of January.
The annual Indian River Open will be Jan. 31-Feb. 2, at the New Smyrna Golf Club, 1000 Wayne Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
As many as 140 professional golfers are expected to play February 1-2, according to Gary Wintz, New Smyrna Beach golf pro.
Registration is open for pros and amateurs who will team for the Jan. 31 round. Teams will include one professional and three amateurs. Ready-made teams are welcome. The pro shop will pair individual golfers as needed, Mr. Wintz said. The cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members and includes greens fees and a cart.
The fan-friendly IRO is the second oldest event on the North Florida Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour. All events are free for spectators. Bleachers will be on the first tee and 18th green.
During the tourney, the course will be closed to outside play. However, the pro shop, driving range and restaurant will remain open for normal operations.
For more information, call the New Smyrna Golf Club pro shop at (386) 424-2190.
Ormond Beach resident part of winning Rolex team
In a four-lap dash to the finish, Action Express Racing and the No. 5 Corvette DP held off Wayne Taylor Racing and the No. 10 Corvette DP to win the 52nd anniversary Rolex 24 Sunday, Jan. 26, at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway.
After a late full course caution, Portugal's Joao Barbosa, who now lives in Ormond Beach, in the No. 5 car was able to hold off Italy's Max Angelelli in the No. 10 car to win the debut event of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship by a margin of 1.461 seconds.
Brazil's Christian Fittipaldi and France's Sebastien Bourdais joined Barbosa on the winning team. The overall Rolex 24 win was the second for Fittipaldi and Barbosa and the first for Bourdais.
The GTD class (GT Daytona) was won by the No. 555 Level 5 Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia and drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi, Scott Tucker, Jeff Segal, Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler.
In the GTLM class (GT Le Mans), the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR with Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet took the class victory as well as sixth overall.
Also, Fall-Line Motorsports co-drivers Shelby Blackstock and Ashley Freiberg claimed their first IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory in the BMW Performance 200 on Jan. 24. Freiberg is the first woman to win overall in Continental Tire Challenge history. It also was the first victory for Blackstock, the son of singer-actress Reba McEntire.
Anna Tatashvili wins Daytona championship
Top-seed Anna Tatashvili earned a straight-set win over fourth-ranked Allie Kiick in the Women's Singles Championship match of the $25,000 Daytona Beach Women's Pro Tennis Championship.
The doubles team of Nicole Melichar and Teodora Mircic took top honors after defeating the number one seed team of Asia Muhammad and Allie Will.
The Daytona Beach tournament made its debut this year. This is the third women's event of the 2014 season and one of 17 clay-court women's events taking place on the USTA Pro Circuit this year. IT works in conjunction with U.S. Tennis Association Player Development.
Embry-Riddle announces changes in Athletics Administration
John Phillips, associate director of athletics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has been promoted to athletics director.
Steve Ridder will step aside from his role as athletics director to become a special assistant to the president, but will continue as the head coach of men's basketball.
The administrative changes have been in the works for more than a year as ERAU prepare to move up to NCAA Division II. If the move is successful, ERAU will join the Sunshine State Conference.
Mr. Phillips will help spearhead the Eagles transition from NAIA to NCAA II membership.
Blake Leeper named honorary race official for Daytona 500
Paralympic athlete Blake Leeper, known as the "American Blade Runner," will serve as Honorary Race Official for the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Daytona International Speedway.
Mr. Leeper will be introduced at the driver's meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the honorary race official cars ahead of the 43-car field for the 200-lap, 500-mile race.