Pan American open water competition in Daytona

Volusia County Beach Safety will host the open water competition of the 2018 Pan American Masters Championships Sunday, Aug. 5, on the beach behind the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.

The 10-day Pan American Masters Championships are coordinated by Union Americana de Natacion and U.S. Masters Swimming. The international competition is expected to attract thousands of athletes from the Americas to the Central Florida area.

In addition to the open water competition, the Central Florida YMCA is the headquarters for the championships, which also feature swimming, water polo, diving and artistic swimming competitions at the pool in Orlando.

The open water competition is expected to draw nearly 1,000 competitors and their families to the area.

For more information, visit Local sponsorship of the open water competition are available; email or call (386) 299-4167.

ERAU names assistant women's lacrosse coach

Embry-Riddle Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Marissa Giannerini has announced the hiring of Leah Peppelman as the Eagles' assistant coach.

Ms. Peppelman was the assistant women's lacrosse coach at NCAA III Albright College in Reading, Pa., for two seasons. The Lions finished as a top-three team in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth division and advanced to the MAC Commonwealth semifinals twice during her tenure.

She was a defender at NCAA Division II Lock Haven from 2012-16.

Ms. Peppelman also was named to the Lock Haven Dean's List and Student-Athlete Honor Roll as well as the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll. She earned a bachelors degree in sports administration and a master's degree in sports and exercise psychology.

ERAU women's soccer releases 2018 schedule

Embry-Riddle Women's Head Soccer Coach Samantha Bohon has announced the schedule for the 2018 season.

The Eagles will play their second season of competition as members of NCAA II and the Sunshine State Conference and will look to improve on last season's 5-5-3 record.

The Eagles will play an exhibition game against Daytona State College Aug. 18 before officially opening the season with a two-game set in Columbus, Ga., Aug. 31, followed by a Sept. 2 neutral site contest against Montevallo.

No. 20 Flagler travels to Daytona Beach on Sept. 7 for the Eagles' first home game.

Regular season play concludes on Oct. 23 when the Eagles head south to take on Palm Beach Atlantic.

For the complete schedule, visit

Tortugas face Marauders

The Daytona Tortugas will face the Bradenton Marauders at 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14, and 5:35 p.m. Sunday, July 15.

The team will be on the road from July 16 to 21.

The Tortugas play at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, 105 E. Orange Ave., Daytona Beach.

For more information, call (386) 257-3172 or visit

Open Gym

Open Gym will be from 6-8 p.m. Fridays, July 13, 20 and 27, at the Ormond Beach Gymnastics Center, 432 N. Nova Road, for anyone between the ages of 8-21.

A waiver to participate must be signed. The cost is $5 per participant.

Register at 399 N. U.S. 1 or at Registrations will also be accepted at the door. For more information, call (386) 676-3250.

Golf tourney at Riviera

The second annual Mary Spearman Memorial Golf Tournament will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Riviera Country Club, 500 Calle Grande Ave., Ormond Beach.

Presented by Gulfstream Mortgage, the shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $70 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, beer, soda, water and lunch.

For information, email or call (386) 566-4194.

ERAU tennis camps

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will offer summer tennis camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16-20 at the Crotty Tennis Center Complex, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach.

The cost is $240 and lunch is included. Scholarships are available.

The camp is for ages 5-18 and for all levels, novice to advanced players. Also includes swimming and all campers receive a camp T-shirt, water bottle and prizes.

To register, contact Liz Paschal at (386) 366-2556 or or visit and click on camps.

Port Orange Triathlon

The Port Orange Family YMCA Triathlon, presented by Halifax Health, will be at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at Aunt Catfish's by the River, 4009 Halifax Drive, Port Orange.

It starts with a 500-yard Intracoastal swim, then a 12-mile bike ride on Atlantic Avenue and a four-mile run over the Dunlawton bridge and down Riverside Drive.

Entry fee for individuals is $62 through July 19, $72 packet pick-up and race day. Relays are $82 through July 19, $100 Packet Pick-Up and Race Day

Packet pickup will be at The Hub Cycling 3751 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange.

Breakfast buffet provided by Aunt Catfish's.

Register at the Y at 4701 City Center Parkway or at The event will be rain or shine, but could be canceled for extreme weather.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to volunteer, contact Mica Lill at or (386) 425-5210.

Lady Panthers in Puerto Rico

The Port Orange Lady Panthers Fastpitch Softball club is in Puerto Rico for a weekend of exhibition games against some of the best teams there.

Originally scheduled for last year, the Lady Panthers exhibition trip was canceled due to the devastation encountered in Puerto Rico resulting from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, without hesitation the young ladies of the Port Orange softball team sprang into action, collecting essential items to send to Puerto Rico for the benefit of people they have never met.

“I have had many great days on the softball field, but none have given me a greater sense of pride than seeing our young ladies follow the organizational culture and philosophy we work to instill in our players”, said Shane Bartholomew, director of organizational development.

The 14u team (ages 12-15) and 18u team (ages 15-18), which is about 20 players, will be competing through Sunday, July 15.

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