Seminole Ridge High School senior Danielle Fernandez has signed an athletic letter of intent to play softball for the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“I feel extremely blessed,” Fernandez said, “and I’m excited to play for the Blazers next season.”
In addition to her natural athletic talent, Fernandez credits the support of her family and the mentoring from her travel team coaches, Joe DelloRocca of Crossfire and Link Flannery of the Gators.
• Runners Finish at Districts, Regionals, Move to State — Seminole Ridge cross-country runners Blake Kanarek and Michelle Howell, who finished third and fifth respectively in recent district competition, moved on regionals.
At that meet, Kanaek finished 11th in the 32-team competition and qualified for the state championships in Tallahassee. His time of 16:25 over the 500-meter course is the fastest time in SRHS history. Howell finished in 16th place, just missing state qualification.
• Hawk Cheerleaders Take the Gold — The SRHS cheerleaders earned first place in a five-team competition held recently at John I. Leonard High School. The cheerleaders’ effort earned them the opportunity to compete in Orlando Nov. 17 for a spot at the Universal Cheerleading Association national competition in February.
• Diver in State’s Top 20 — Hawk diver David Freund, competing in the Class 3A state diving championships, placed 20th overall in the state.
Above: Danielle Fernandez (seated) with mom Kirsten Fernandez, SRHS Athletic Director Scott Parks, brother (and freshman) Nico Fernandez, dad David Fernandez and Principal James Campbell.