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Stetson University baseball: Two Hatters named to Freshman All-America Team

Photo by David S. Williams for Headline Surfer / Stetson's Kevin Fagan, shown at far left, and teammate Patrick Mazeika, were both named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team.

By Ricky Hazel
For Headline Surfer
DELAND --  A pair of Stetson baseball players were named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team, which is selected annually by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

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College Baseball: Stetson rallies for 6-4 win at DeLand's Melching Field over Mercer

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Stetso Hatters beat Mercer in college baseball / Headline SurferPhoto by David S. Williams for Stetson Univ. / Headline Surfer /
Kevin Fagan had three hits, scored two runs and picked up the save at home for the Stetson Hatters on Saturday against Mercer.

DELAND -- The Stetson Hatters used a four-run rally in the eighth inning on Saturday at Melching Field to rally for a 6-4 victory over Mercer, snapping a five-game losing skid with their first conference win of the year.

Stetson University softball team wins twice Saturday at home in DeLand to go 4-0

Chelsea Walley of Stetson Hatters hits a homerun / Headline SurferPhoto by Jim Hogue for Stetson University / Headline Surfer /
Chelsea Whalley hit her third home run of the season on Saturday for the Stetson Hatters who go to 4-0 on the season.
 
By Jamie Bataille
for Headline Surfer

DELAND – A huge start, a clutch finish, and several solid innings inbetween proved to be a winning formula for the Stetson softball team Saturday as the Hatters defeated Florida A&M 11-0 and Bethune-Cookman 7-3 to sweep the Hatter Classic at Patricia Wilson Field.

Deltona man identified as victim of shotgun slaying near DeLand

Reported first by Headline Surfer, Central Florida's Award-Winning 24/7 Internet Newspaper

Location of shotgun homicide / Headline SurferAntwan Harris, 25-year-old murder victim / Headline SurferVolusia County's first homicide of the New Year was reported in the 900 block of South Parsons Avenue outside DeLand as shown here.
DELAND -- Sheriff's investigators have identified Tuesday night's shotgun slaying victim as 25-year-old Antwan Harris of Deltona.
As reported first by Headline Surfer,  investigators are dealing with Volusia County's first reported murder of 2013, where the victim was dropped off late Tuesday at Florida Hospital Hospital-DeLand where he died less than an 40 minutes later, an agency spokesman said.

Romney reaction: GOP State Committeeman Robert Fortner of DeLand pleased with acceptance speech

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GOP State Committeeman Robert Fortner of DeLand / Headline SurferCourtesy photo exclusively for Headline Surfer / Robert Fortner of DeLand, a Republican state committeeman from DeLand, cheers during Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

TAMPA -- Robert Fortner, a GOP state committeeman from DeLand liked what he heard from Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in his acceptance speech at the convention.

"He gave us what we wanted to hear," the 68-year-old retired custom automotive car and boat manufacturer said on his way back to his hotel. "He had a job to do to accept the nomination and he delivered. He was very positive for the country's future."

Stetson Hatters of DeLand sign 7-footer transfer from Michigan's Oakland University

Kyle Sikora played for Miami's Florida Christian

Kyle SikoraDELAND -- Kyle Sikora only averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game for Michigan's Oakland University, but Stetson University men's basketball coach Casey Alexander likes his size. Sikora is a 7-footer who weighs 240 pounds.

“We’re really excited that Kyle chose Stetson,” Alexander said. “His size and skill level is perfect for our offensive system and his presence in the paint will mean a lot for the future of this program.”

College baseball: Lindsey Caughel strikes out 7 in Stetson's 4-2 win over Bison

Stetson's Lindsey CaughelFor the second time in as many days, the Stetson Hatters got solid starting pitching from starter Lindsey Cauhel (5-2) and just enough offensive production Saturday to defeat visiting Lipscomb Bison at Melching Field in DeLand.

DELAND -- Stetson pitcher Lindsey Caughel faced the minimum through five innings as the Hatters took a 4-2 victory from the Bison at home earlier today.

Caughel allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings of work with one walk and seven strikeouts. The victory moved Stetson (25-13 overall, 8-6 in the Atlantic Sun Conference) past Lipscomb (17-22, 9-8) into fourth place in the league race. In order to hold that spot, the Hatters will have to complete the series sweep on Sunday. The final game of the weekend is set for an 11 a.m. start.

59-year-old woman found murdered in home near DeLand; person of interest questioned and released

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DELAND -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office has launched a murder investigation after a 59-year-old woman was found dead in her home near DeLand late Friday night with obvious signs of fresh trauma to her body.

Sheriff's deputies interviewed a "person of interest" in the killing who knew the victim, but he was released, agency spokesman Gary Davidson said this evening.

Deputies were dispatched to the victim's residence at 88 Melodie Lane just north of DeLand after receiving a 9-1-1 call at 10:35 p.m. Friday reporting that Margaret Gee had been found unresponsive and not breathing.

Florida Highway Patrol: Edgewater woman, 41, thrown from SUV in rollover and killed

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EDGEWATER -- A 41-year-old Edgewater woman was killed Thursday night when she lost control of her SUV, which left the roadway on East New York Avenue and overturned several times, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Deborah Bennett, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from her 2002 Isuzu while the sport utility vehicle was overturning. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:10 p.m. single-vehicle accident near the intersection of East New York Avenue and Damascus Road just outside DeLand, said Sgt. Kim Montes, spokeswoman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

Bennett was travelling west in the outside lane when for unknown resons she left the roadway to the right, and overcorrected, which resulted in the SUV overturning, Montes said. A traffic homice investigation is ongoing, including whether alcohol may have been a factor, she added.

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