Flora's Spring Sports Festival scores big
The barbeque was sizzling and so was the competition at AC Flora's Super Saturday last weekend. The all-day sports festival served up baseball, soccer, and softball games with a generous side order of food and family fun.
According to Lee Anne Strauss, a Flora parent and chair of the Special Events Committee for the Booster Club, the event is meant to showcase the spring sports. It also serves as a fundraising opportunity for the teams, who were in charge of selling barbeque and admissions tickets. And while some money went to the Flora Booster Club and helped pay for the food, referees, and other expenses, the majority of the profits went to the teams themselves.
Flora had a soccer sweep on Saturday, and all four teams won their games. The JV girls pulled out an 8-0 victory over Chester. The JV guys also had a shutout against Blythewood with a final score of 4-0.
The two varsity teams were equally successful. The girls beat Chester 11-0, while the guys' varsity team pulled out a 6-0 victory over Blythewood.
The Falcons baseball team lost 5-6 in a close game against Blythewood. While the Falcons lost by one run, a couple of the Flora players were key contributors to the match. Sean Sullivan was 4-4 at bat, and Ross Kistler was 2-3. Mark Carter had a home run and was 2-4 at bat, while Jay Wilson was 1-4 at bat.
The C-team, which played earlier that afternoon, lost to Dreher,15-9. The JV team lost as well in a 5-4 game to Blythewood.
In girls' softball, Blythewood High school dominated, winning 18-7 over the JV Falcons, while Dreher beat the Varsity team 13-3.
While the event gave spring sports athletes a chance to shine, the real heroes of the day were the parents. More than 70 parents helped serve food, sell tickets, and plan the event. The event took almost a month to put together and was a combined effort between the Booster Club and the athletic department.
Perhaps the biggest operation of the day was the barbeque station, which sold almost 900 plates of Kenny's Barbeque to hungry fans. All in all, Lee Anne Strauss believed the fundraiser was a success.
"It was a beautiful day, great weather, and a lot of fun," Strauss said. "And while Super Saturday is about raising money for the spring sports teams, the main thing is just family fun."