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3/30/2020

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS 12) — The coronavirus pandemic may have an impact on families that don’t have enough to eat. A local non-profit is trying to do something to curb the hunger. Alana Wortsman, a business development manager from Ft. Lauderdale took part of her Sunday to volunteer and help pack food boxes at Feeding South Florida, a non-profit charity in Boynton Beach. “It’s a really scary time that we’re living in right now,” Wortsman said. Because of the coronavirus threat, schools are closing and that means some kids who would get free breakfast and lunch at school might not have as much to eat because they’re not in school. “It's really scary that, one, they’re not getting the education they need, they’re not getting the meals that they need,” Wortsman said. “This is definitely a huge team effort right now." These boxes will go to schools in Palm Beach County and also to more than two-dozen community locations where parents can pick them up. This non-profit gives out food to nearly 200,000 people in Palm Beach County each year. “It’s incredibly sad to know that families right here in some of the wealthiest areas in the United States struggle to put food on the table,” said Sari Vatske, Feeding South Florida executive vice-president. The need is expected to be even greater now due to the coronavirus pandemic because some parents may have to give up their paycheck and stay home from work and watch their children while school is out. “These meal boxes make an incredible difference. It could be the difference between a child having dinner at night or having nothing,” Vatske said. She says they expect the demand to increase. “This is unprecedented for many of us. It probably will get worse before it gets better,." Normally they would have 10 shifts a week of volunteers packing these food boxes. Due to the coronavirus threat, they’ll now add two more shifts every week and that will continue they say, for the foreseeable future. Vatske says they could use more volunteers and also cash donations. To find out more, click here. The list of food distribution sites are: oBenoist Farms Elementary oCongress Middle oConniston Middle oForest Park Elementary oGove Elementary oGreenacres Elementary oHighland Elementary oHope Centennial Elementary oIndian Pines Elementary oJupiter Elementary oLake Park Elementary oLake Worth High School oLantana Middle School oLimestone Creek Elementary oLincoln Elementary oNorthmore Elementary oOkeeheelee Middle oOlympic Heights High oOsceola Creek Middle oPahokee Elementary oPalm Springs Middle oPalm Beach Lakes High oPine Jog Elementary oRoosevelt Elementary oSpanish River High oSuncoast High oTradewinds Middle oVillage Academy oWellington Landings Middle oWynnebrook Elementary...

3/15/2020

Seniors Douglas McCalla and Logan Migliori combined for 36 points as the Defenders advanced past the Tigers in the Class 2A regional quarterfinals. BOYNTON BEACH — The shots were dropping for the Lake Worth Christian Defenders on Thursday as they advanced to the regional semifinals with a 67-58 win over the Village Academy Tigers. The Defenders (18-7) jumped out to an early double-digit lead over the Tigers (13-10) behind a late first quarter run. They scored 13 of the final 16 points in the frame, then carried that momentum into the second quarter, where they outscored the Tigers by three. Senior Douglas McCalla, who led the Defenders with 16.1 points per game coming into the regional quarterfinal matchup, poured in ten first-half points to lead the way. “When he’s on the floor, he brings the whole defense’s eyes to watch him,” Lake Worth Christian head coach Ronnell Ross said. “He brings aggression, agility, rebounding, shooting and finishing above the rim as well.” Lake Worth Christian held a 37-24 halftime lead. “Because of the penetration, it allowed open spaces and it allowed open shots,” said McCalla, who finished with 16 points. “When our shots are falling, we’re a very hard team to beat.” In the second half, McCalla got help from fellow senior Logan Migliori, who scored nine points in the fourth quarter en route to a game-high 20. The Defenders turned their sizable halftime advantage into a nearly stress-free second half, as Village Academy didn’t get back within single digits until the game’s final minute. By the middle of the fourth quarter, Lake Worth Christian extended its lead to a game-high 21 points before the Tigers came storming back to get within just six points with 18.5 seconds to play....

2/20/2020

The coaches and players weren’t all thrilled with the process, but Lake Worth Christian girls soccer did enough to take down Katz Yeshiva on Tuesday and continue its unbeaten start to the season. Angelina Adolphy scored two goals in the 3-1 win as the Defenders improved to 5-0-1. Lake Worth Christian coach Adam Fabel had hoped for an easy home victory, but down three starters his team had to grind out a win. “That game looked like a game of survival,” Fabel said. “Big picture, they won the game. Hopefully they learned something from it. But they need to be more prepared and ready to step up.” In the 19th minute, junior Adolphy stole a pass for the Defenders and then drew a foul. Adolphy took the ensuing free kick from the right side and bounced it into the far corner of the goal, giving her team the lead. “Since sixth grade, you see everybody before you do the same stuff,” Adolphy said. “Learning just to take those shots, power shots, just nail it into the goal. If you see the goalie’s weak, you got to take advantage.” Yeshiva had an opportunity late in the half to tie the game when good dribbling from Jolie Aloof led to a shot for Leora Bakst, but her kick was blocked short of the net. At the half, Lake Worth Christian led Yeshiva 1-0. At the start of the second half, a kind bounce went the way of Brooke Santiago, Lake Worth Christian’s leading scorer, who found herself right in front of the net and easily tapped the ball past the goalie. “Being one goal down, anything can happen,” Fabel said. “Once we got that second goal, early in the second half, I think it kind of let a little air out of their fight.” Later in the half, with a comfortable lead, Adolphy added her second goal, which was nearly a mirror image of the first. This time, her free kick sailed into the top-right corner of the net. Yeshiva got on the board before the end of the match when Dalia Baum went straight through the middle of the defense and shot into the left side of the net. But it was too little, too late for Yeshiva. Yeshiva is 2-3-1 with a match Thursday against South Florida HEAT. The Defenders, whose lone tie came against Berean Christian, can now rest up during winter break. They face a tough slate of matches come January, beginning with Cardinal Newman. “Having other girls get some experience, get some field time, I’m hoping that experience that they got today will help carry over later on, as we make a run into the playoffs,” Fabel said....

12/17/2019

Terri Kaiser knows what it takes to get her volleyball teams to the state championship, and she knew the way her team was playing in the second set of Saturday’s state semifinal wouldn’t be enough. After Kaiser’s Lake Worth Christian team fell in a hole too deep to climb out of against Naples Seacrest Country Day in the second set, she told her team to stop playing scared. “We played fearful, then we kind of let the other team play with us,” Kaiser said. “We had that in the second game. So third game, fourth game, I just said, ‘Play who we are. Stop looking at the stands. Just focus.’” After the Defenders (26-4) dropped the second set, they turned things around, outscoring the Stingrays 50-21 in the final two sets. Lake Worth Christian clinched a trip to the Class 2A state championship with a 3-1 victory (25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 25-7). The Defenders will play for the state title at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers on Friday at noon. “I think everything is special, especially when you buy into the players and the coaching staff that I’m working with," Kaiser said. “Because every year the players change a little bit. Seniors graduate, and then you have a new group and then you’ve just got to train them to be a good system.” Senior Michigan State commit Sarah Franklin led the Defenders with 23 kills, seven aces, and 11 service points and added three blocks. Freshman Abigail Toeniskoetter led the Defenders with eight blocks. Karly Horn had 16 digs, while Caitlyn Walters had 15. Franklin reached the 2,000 point mark for her career in this match. “She’s very coachable," Kaiser said. "She’s been like that since I first met her.” Kaiser learned after the match that Saturday’s victory was the 700th of her career at Lake Worth Christian. “I didn’t know, number 1," Kaiser said. "Number 2, it’s amazing because I love this game.”...

11/9/2019

Lake Worth (CBS12) — There were only two undefeated high school girls volleyball teams left in Palm Beach County heading into Thursday as Lake Worth Christian prepared to face Benjamin in a battle between those undefeated teams. One senior for Lake Worth Christian known for her defense shines through on the team called the Defenders. "She leads on the court, she leads with her play," says Lake Worth Christian head coach Terri Kaiser. "She leads with her attitude, she leads with her effort. She's just one of those players that, you can't win without her." Lake Worth Christian has won all 10 games of the season so far, thanks in part to Caitlyn Walters. She is thankful she transferred to the Defenders for her senior season after her Dad took the women's volleyball head coaching job at Palm Beach Atlantic. "She grew up with the game," says Kaiser. "So she brings that (experience) to the court." "I started playing when I was 9 (years old) in club," says Walters. "And it was just so enjoyable to have fun doing what I love with my teammates." And naturally leading other people. Walters is competitive to the point where she's hard on herself, but not her teammates. "It's just knowing that even though you made that mistake you still know that you have her right there behind you," says fellow senior Sarah Franklin. "She's just right there, ready to say don't worry, you've got the next one." "To be there for each other," adds Walters. "And make sure that we can win together, and not just as individuals."...

9/27/2019

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