CHAMPIONS! #2 NSU Wins Tennis National Championship

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – For the first time in program history, the Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Tennis team reigns as NCAA Division II National Champions. The second-ranked Sharks upended Sunshine State Conference rival and six-time defending national champion No. 1 Barry University 4-2 in a highly competitive match that spanned nearly four hours on Friday afternoon. The Sharks set the program record for wins in a single season (27) with the victory. 

The women’s tennis national championship marks the 13th NCAA Division II national title Nova Southeastern Athletics has earned in departmental history. 

Breakdown
Records: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 27-4 | No. 1 Barry 23-5
Score: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 4 | No. 1 Barry 2
Location: Sanlando Park | Altamonte Springs, Fla. 
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How it Happened
Starting with doubles action, Natalie Espinal and Freya Davies – the second-ranked doubles tandem in Division II – defeated No. 34 Dinara Alloiarova and Viktoriaa Dema 6-3. The Buccaneers followed by winning the remaining doubles matches, taking a 1-0 lead in the national championship match. 

The match shifted to singles competition, Freya Davies tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Ailen Crespo. Natalie Espinal – the ITA Senior Player of the Year – gave Nova Southeastern a 2-1 lead in the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Alina Michalitsch. Barry was able to tie the match with their second, but final, point of the match as Alexandra Weir fell versus Viktoriia Dema in three sets (6-1, 3-6, 4-6). Sofia Shing shifted the momentum back in the Sharks favor, beating Angela Leweurs 6-3, 6-3. Lian Benedejcic – court four – and Ita Habekovic – court six – remained as Nova Southeastern needed just one more match point for the national championship victory.

Benedejcic, after dropping the first set to Dinara Alloiarova, responded with a second-set win in a tiebreaker (4-6, 7(8)-6(6)). Habekovic fell versus Clara Versier in the first-set, but battled back into the match with a win in the second. Habekovic took complete command of the decisive third-set, leading 5-2, but Versier responded with a pair of point wins, putting the score 5-4. With the match point tied at 40-40, Habekovic and Versier rallied back-and-forth, but Versier’s final attempt went long, ending Barry’s six-year championship run, as the Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Tennis team became NCAA Division II National Champions for the first-time in program history. 
 

What's Next
The NCAA National Championship victory concludes the 2024 season for the Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Tennis team. 

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Robbins Vista View Trail

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Robbins – Vista View Trail Points of Interest

Robbins Lodge & Preserve 

The entrance to this preserve lies about one-half mile north of Orange Drive on Hiatus Road. It consists of 160 acres of pasture, equestrian trails, hardwood hammocks, pavilions, an equestrian facility, gazebo, and the original house that can be rented for special events.

Mr. Bill Robbins, the Park’s namesake, was a “gentleman” cattle rancher and citrus farmer. The oak hardwood hammock at the northwest corner of the site has been augmented over the years with ornamental plants that he collected when he was International President of the Rotary Club. The hammock is part of the “ridge” system used by the original native Indians for campsites when the surrounding areas were still everglades. A beautiful bridge was built across the canal bordering the west side of the Park to access the trail system to the west.

Flamingo Gardens 

A famous tourist attraction at the corner of Flamingo Road and SW 36th Court is another spot along the trail. The original homestead of the Wray family, it is a botanical garden and horticultural enthusiast’s dream with exotic species of plants and trees from around the world. It is also a citrus farm with many varieties of fruit and a wildlife park. It has exotic and native reptiles, birds, and other animals in their wildlife habitat displayed throughout the site. It’s a great place to see, hear, and read some of the history of Davie.

Long Key Natural Area 

The western limits of the “ridge” system that runs through Davie ends at this wonderful ecological site being preserved by Broward County. The former home of the Kapok Tree Restaurant, and Pioneer City Theme Park, it is now part of the Environmentally Sensitive Land sites within the Town and a wonderful place to visit with its trail system, hardwood oak hammocks, and restored wetlands. The site maintains much of its original character of high elevated hammocks of live oaks making a beautiful and serene setting within what is known as the “Long Key Ridge System”

Vista View Park 

Surrounded by the original Imagination Farms Dairy, this Park is the site of a former landfill and superfund site obtained a clean bill of health in the 1990’s. This Park rises above the surrounding landscape along the west side of SW 142nd Avenue about a half-mile north of Orange Drive. The twin hills at the Park are one of the highest spots in Broward County. From the top, one can see Port Everglades and the downtown area of Fort Lauderdale to the east and the vast expanse of the Everglades to the west.

Driftwood Park Trail

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Driftwood Park Trail Points of Interest

Driftwood Park Trail exists in a more urban setting than some of the Town’s other trails. Some parts exist along curbed sidewalks and some on asphalt pathways. One of the advantages of its more urban nature is that many shopping opportunities exist along this trail as well as access to several of Davie’s Parks.

Driftwood Park is an appropriate starting point. This five-acre park has picnic shelters, baseball, football, soccer, basketball, racquetball, and tennis facilities. The Boys’ and Girls’ Club located adjacent to the Park offers many recreational and educational opportunities to the neighborhood.

Traveling northeasterly along Davie Road Extension and then north along Davie Road, many retail opportunities exist within walking distance of the trail. There are also County bus connections on the Davie Road corridor. Other family and popular sites along this trail are Batten’s Strawberry Farm, Lange Park and its surrounding historic area that includes and old rock church, Davie’s first hotel, the Old Davie School built in 1918, and the Viele House, home to one of Davie’s pioneer families.

Running westerly along Griffin Road you can make a side trip south along SW 76th Avenue to Wolf Lake Park, but take caution for there’s no connecting recreational pathway yet and you must ride on the street. Continuing west on Griffin Road you pass University Drive, the Davie Cooper City Public Library and on to Pine Island Road. You will then turn south along Pine Island Road to Stirling Road and pass the David Posnack’s Jewish Community Center. Then turning east on Stirling Road you’ll pass by the Waldrep Dairy Farm, the last dairy operation in Broward County.

Finally, you’ll wind your way back through a quite neighborhood to your starting point at Driftwood Park.

Linear Park Trail

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Linear Park Trail Points of Interest

The Linear Park Trail travels east to west for eight (8) miles along the north bank of the south New River Canal, a major drainage canal originally initiated by Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward 1905-09 to drain the Everglades. Traveling westward from the Turnpike, the Trail takes you past and links with many of the Town’s important and historic downtown sites, including: Potter Park, Betty Roberts Park, Grif’s Western Wear Store, Osborne’s Hardware, Davie’s Western Theme District, Town Hall and Rodeo Arena, Bergeron Rodeo grounds, and the Canoe Landing at the site of Davie’s first Trading Post. Continuing west along the Trail you’ll encounter the George Anderson Footbridge which will take you over the south New River Canal to the Historic Old Davie School built in 1918, or Lange Park. The footbridge was dedicated to “Uncle” George, a pioneering resident, and owner of the first general grocery store in Davie.Further west you’ll meander past the remnants of an old canal lock, and there are numerous gazebos available along the canal for fishing, picnicking or for a respite from the sun. Make note that Bamford Sports Complex, Pine Island Park, Tree Tops Park, Robbins Lodge, and Vista View Parks are all accessible from trails that feed off of the Linear Park Trail.

Tree Tops Park

This 350-acre site features nature and equestrian trails and embraces segments of Pine Island Ridge. It also includes a 23-acre restored freshwater marsh which includes a boardwalk around the perimeter, offering an opportunity to observe bird life and colorful wetland plants.

Pine Island Ridge

This 101-acre site of Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) is located north of Orange Drive and west of Pine Island Road. At various times, the ridge has been a campsite for Tequesta, Seminole, and Miccosukee Indians for over 5,000 years. It has the highest point of elevation in Broward County at 29 feet above sea level, and contains wildlife and a Live Oak canopy which is uncommon this far south.

Vista View Park

Surrounded by the original Imagination Farms Dairy, this Park is the site of a former landfill and superfund site obtained a clean bill of health in the 1990’s. This Park rises above the surrounding landscape along the west side of SW 142nd Avenue about a half-mile north of Orange Drive. The twin hills at the Park are one of the highest spots in Broward County. From the top, one can see Port Everglades and the downtown area of Fort Lauderdale to the east and the vast expanse of the Everglades to the west.

Roberts Potter Park Trail

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Roberts-Potters Park Trail Points of Interest

This is one of Davie’s more urban trails. Lying within a portion of East Davie, containing the downtown Western Theme Area, the trail connects a multitude of small neighborhoods winding between the Town’s parks, schools and business districts. Beginning at Potter Park, named after Edna Mae Potter a community activist and long time resident of the Town of Davie, you could travel either north or south.

The recreational center located next to the park has programs run by the Police Athletic League. Going north form the Park you’ll wind your way through quiet neighborhoods and visit Veteran’s Park, a small park on a beautiful lake, with picnic tables, a playground, tennis court, and a fishing dock. This Park was dedicated to Davie’s many veterans.

If you go south from Potter Park you’ll connect with the Linear Park Trail along Orange Drive. Running west from there you can make a side trip north on SW 61st Avenue and stop by the Betty Roberts Park. The park is named after a former Mayor, Councilperson and long time resident of the Town of Davie. She was also the first woman Mayor in Broward County. The park is located on the site of a plant nursery that was owned by Betty and her husband David.

Coming back to Orange Drive continue westerly along the south New River Canal with its lush landscaping and pavilions for those occasional rest stops along the way. The recreational path then winds to the north to connect to the South Florida Education Center at College Avenue. A 700-acre campus, the Center is home to one private university, three public universities, a community college, technical center, police and fire academies, two high schools, one middle school, and three elementary schools. Travel to the east and then south along Davie Road to Davie’s Downtown Commercial area and Western Theme District. Many of the buildings downtown reflects Davie’s effort to create a distinctive architectural style reminiscent of an old western town.

Torres Finishes Top-Five at NCAA National Championship

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Joseba Torres concluded his NCAA National Championship tournament with his third consecutive round under-par. Torres (-5/69/69/70) finished tied for fifth at the national championship and was the highest placing individual representative in the field of 105 student-athletes. 

Torres began his final round with a pair of pars, before birdieing two-of-three holes. He finished the front-nine with four straight pars, posting a 34 (-1) across the first nine holes. Following the turn, Torres added another four consecutive pars, before adding a pair of birdies across his final five holes.

Torres ends the NCAA National Championship with the second lowest scoring average on par fours (3.94/-2), held an average of 4.67/-3 on par fives, and recorded 15 birdies across all three rounds of competition. 

The Nova Southeastern Sharks Men’s Golf team, under the direction of Head Coach Joey Marino, returns to action in the fall of 2024. A special thank you to Joseba Torres and Mike Hay for the contributions and lasting legacies they have left on NSU Men’s Golf. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Golf throughout the off-season, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_MGolf. 

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Shenandoah Park Trail

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Shenandoah Park Trail Points of Interest

The Shenandoah Park Trail is a neighborhood trail that winds through the Shenandoah subdivision. It begins at Shenandoah Park located at 14452 Shenandoah Parkway.

The park has a shelter with a grill, children’s play area, baseball and football fields, basketball court, activity building, tennis court, roller hockey rink, and recreational trails. Following Shenandoah Parkway east out from the park, the trial is a winding tree covered path going out to SW 136th Avenue.

Turning to the left, one could access the local supermarket and other retail stores at the corner of I-595 and SW 136th Avenue. Turning to the right and going south, would bring one to Western High School, the largest school in Davie.

At the corner of SW 14th Street you would turn right and travel west. On the south side of 14th Street is the subdivision known as Oak Hill, one of Davie’s most equestrian–oriented communities. Lots within this subdivision must contain a least an acre and many are much larger. Continue west and you will travel pat the rear entrance of Shenandoah Park.  

This Trail winds around the outside and through many of the residential neighborhoods that make up the Shenandoah area, connecting them all in an ever winding loop.

Westridge Robbins Park Trail

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Westridge-Robbins Park Trail Points of Interest

Traveling north along Nob Hill Road one can access Bergeron Park, named for Dorothy & Percy Bergeron, early Davie settlers. The park contains picnic pavilions, jogging trails, and trailhead parking.

Westridge Park 

Part of the original Pine Island Ridge, the site covers about 50 acres and has an elevation of 20 feet above sea level which makes it one of the natural areas owned by the Town. The site has several archaeological sites on it and the southern tip served as a canoe landing for the Indians that lived in the area over 5,000 years ago. The site was cleared for cattle back in the 1950’s and the Town has started a reforestation plan on the site to restore some of the original canopy. Hiking, biking, or horseback riding along the many trails gives a unique view of the ancient but beautiful landscape and the natural beauty of the site.

Robbins Lodge & Preserve 

The entrance to this preserve lies about one-half mile north of Orange Drive on Hiatus Road. It consists of 160 acres of pasture, equestrian trails, hardwood hammocks, pavilions, an equestrian facility, gazebo, and the original house that can be rented for special events.

The bells of Easter Hill mark the location where the Wray, Chaplin and Wood families who pioneered this area, celebrated Easter sunrise services in the 1960’s. That site now includes a gazebo for weddings and Sunday concerts in the Park.

Mr. Bill Robbins, the Park’s namesake, was a “gentleman” cattle rancher and citrus farmer. The oak hardwood hammock at the northwest corner of the site has been augmented over the years with ornamental plants that he collected when he was International President of the Rotary Club. The hammock is part of the “ridge” system used by the original native Indians for campsites when the surrounding areas were still everglades. A beautiful bridge was built across the canal bordering the west side of the Park to access the trail system to the west.

Flamingo Gardens 

A famous tourist attraction at the corner of Flamingo Road and SW 36th Court is another spot along the trail. The original homestead of the Wray family, it is a botanical garden and horticultural enthusiast’s dream with exotic species of plants and trees from around the world. It is also a citrus farm with many varieties of fruit and a wildlife park. It has exotic and native reptiles, birds, and other animals in their wildlife habitat displayed throughout the site. It’s a great place to see, hear, and read some of the history of Davie.

Pine Island Ridge Trail

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Pine Island Ridge Trail Points of Interest

Pine Island Ridge 

This 101-acre site of Environmentally Sensitive Land (ESL) is located north of Orange Drive and west of Pine Island Road. The ridge was once the homesite for both the Tequesta and Seminole Indians over the past 5,000 years, and many archaeological sites still exist on this parcel. It also contains the highest point of elevation in Broward County at 29 feet above sea level, and many varieties of wildlife live within its dense and beautiful Live Oak hammocks.

Westridge Park 

Part of the original Pine Island Ridge, the site covers about 50 acres and has an elevation of 20 feet above sea level which makes it one of the natural areas owned by the Town. The site has several archaeological sites on it and the southern tip served as a canoe landing for the Indians that lived in the area over 5,000 years ago. The site was cleared for cattle back in the 1950s and the Town has started a reforestation plan on the site to restore some of the original canopy. Hiking, biking, or horseback riding along the many trails gives a unique view of the ancient but beautiful landscape and the natural beauty of the site.

The Recreational Trail crosses Pine Island Ridge at Southwest 24th Street, North Old Orchard Drive, and South Abiaca Circle, and near Southwest 36th Street. Bicycle riding on the ridge itself is prohibited because of its environmental and archaeological sensitivity.

Peaceful Ridge Trail

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Peaceful Ridge Trail Points of Interest

The Peaceful Ridge Trail is a local trail that connects the neighborhoods along SW 26th Street and Hiatus Road to the I-595 corridor. There are plans to expand its linkages to other trails as development takes place to the south along Hiatus Road and these will eventually connect the northern neighborhoods to the Robbins Lodge Park.

At the corner of Hiatus Road and 26th Street is the former Math Igler Groves site where the Town is currently developing a neighborhood park. The recreational trails will have historical sign markers along the way.

If you head north and then east, the Trail travels along the Interstate 595 corridor and links up to Fox Trail Elementary and Indian Ridge Middle Schools at the corner of SW 100th Avenue and I-595. The corner is also the location of Davie’s Police and Fire Department Complex. The Police Department building includes a large community meeting room to accommodate various events throughout the year.

Traveling a short distance to the south along the sidewalk on Nob Hill Road will take you to Bergeron Park, a small neighborhood park named after Dorothy and Percy Bergeron, early settlers in the Town.

The Peaceful Ridge Trail will also provide linkages to the future County Greenways Trail system which will connect Davie through the Flamingo Road or Hiatus Road corridors.

Robbins Lodge & Preserve 

The entrance to this preserve lies about one-half mile north of Orange Drive on Hiatus Road. It consists of 160 acres of pasture, equestrian trails, hardwood hammocks, pavilions, an equestrian facility, gazebo, and the original house that can be rented for special events.

The bells of Easter Hill mark the location where the Wray, Chaplin and Wood families who pioneered this area, celebrated Easter sunrise services in the 1960’s. That site now includes a gazebo for weddings and Sunday concerts in the Park.