Miami-Dade High School Roundup

Varela easily wins its district opener against Ferguson


Last week’s best performances


Led by quarterback Akeem Jones, who threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns, Carol City’s football team picked up its first win against Northwestern since 2004.


Jaquan Johnson, Killian, football: Johnson ran for three touchdowns and set up another with a 44-yard pass in a 27-13 victory over Southridge.

Cedrick Wiggins, North Miami Beach, football: Wiggins ran for the winning 7-yard touchdown in overtime and threw for another earlier to lead the Chargers to a 29-23 win over previously unbeaten Palmetto.

Andrew Florvil, Dade Christian, football: Florvil caught the game-winning touchdown late in a 14-13 victory over previously unbeaten Reagan.

Kathryn Trinka, Ransom Everglades, volleyball: Trinka earned All-Tournament honors at the Tampa Berkeley Prep Premier tournament. Trinka had 50 kills, 28 digs, six blocks and four aces to lead the Raiders to a couple of wins, including one over host and defending state champion Berkeley Prep.

Sophie Serrano, Ferguson, volleyball: Serrano had 40 assists, seven kills and 15 digs to lead the Falcons to a district win over Lourdes.

Nico Junghan, MAST, boys’ swimming: Junghan won the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke in each of the Makos’ victories over Krop and TERRA.

Carla Robles, Coral Reef, girls’ swimming: Robles won the 100 free and 200 IM to lead the Cudas to a win over Coral Gables.

Avery Lopez, Belen, boys’ cross-country: Lopez ran a time of 16:45.80 to secure the individual championship of the Fleet Feet Invitational.

Julio Betancourt, Columbus, boys’ golf: Betancourt shot a 69 to win the Youth Fair Invitational championship.

Julie Steinbauer, Carrollton, girls’ golf: Steinbauer shot a 78 to win the Youth Fair Invitational championship and lead her team to victory.

Carlos Forero, Killian, boys’ bowling: Forero bowled a 730 high series to lead the Cougars to a win over Coral Park.

Melissa Perez, Ferguson, girls’ bowling: Perez bowled 667 to lead the Falcons to a win over Braddock.

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With just three returning starters on a team hoping to contend in District 15-8A, Varela made a statement in its delayed district opener with a 47-7 win over host Ferguson on Monday at Tropical Park.

After the game was postponed because of inclement weather on Saturday, the Vipers jumped out to a 34-0 halftime lead thanks to four touchdown runs, including three of 20 yards or more. Tray Fance caught Storm Smith’s only pass of the game and broke several tackles for a 50-yard touchdown.

The Varela offense worked with a short field, striking quickly and often. Three times the Vipers scored on one-play drives, twice on two and once on three.

Ferguson (0-4) recorded just two first downs through the first two quarters, which came on option runs by junior quarterback Joseph Rubio

The Falcons tallied 39 total yards by halftime – all on the ground – and failed to complete a pass until senior Dominick Diaz found Hugo Tenaud for 23 yards with a running clock late in the second half.

Hugo Tenaud’s 72-yard kickoff return on Ferguson’s first possession of the third quarter was the lone score for the Falcons.

Varela (2-1) faces a quick turnaround as it plays non-district opponent Homestead (3-1) this Friday at Harris Field.

“It’s a tough situation, but it’s a district game so obviously we had to get it in,” Varela head coach Carlos Mollinedo said. “Every day is just another opportunity for them to learn. As well as we played today there’s still things we’re trying to clean up [with] that lack of experience. The kids are doing a great job under the circumstances. We’ve just got to buckle down. We need to step up.”

•  Archbishop Curley 24, Ransom Everglades 10: After a rough 0-3 start to the season, Archbishop Curley saw things get a little better Monday afternoon.

Hosting Ransom Everglades (1-3, 1-3) in a game postponed by bad weather on Saturday, Curley overcame a 10-6 third quarter deficit to score three unanswered touchdowns.

The Knights (1-3, 1-1) took the lead for good in the final minute of the third quarter when quarterback Samuel Echavaria fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to Delmonte Lumpkin on third-and-goal.

They extended it to 18-10 on a 3-yard touchdown by Echavaria with 9:10 to go and then wrapped things up when Jeffrey Joseph rambled 24 yards for a score with 3:01 left.

Curley improved to 1-3 and 1-1 in the south division of the Southeastern Football Conference while the Raiders fell to 1-3, 1-3.



Belen continued its streak of winning major meets this past Saturday by capturing the Fleet Feet Invitational at Stuart South Fork High.

The Wolverines scored 20 points to finish ahead of runner-up Stuart Martin County’s 97. Avery Lopez won the individual title with a time of 16:45.80. Lopez finished ahead of teammate Fabian Tomas, who ran a time of 17:00.50. Also for Belen, Andres Fernandez (17:13.40) and Ryan Rodriguez (17:14.30) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

• Sunset’s victory in the Class 4A race highlighted a good day for Miami-Dade County at the Spanish River Invitational Monday in Boca Raton.

Boys’ team scores — Class 4A: 1. Sunset 46; 2. Coral Reef 77; Class 2A: 1. St. Andrews 43; 2. Pace 52; 3. Gulliver 77; 1. Class 1A: 1. Westminster Academy 38; 2. Dade Christian 61.

Boys’ individuals — Class 4A: 1. Kurt Convey (CR) 16:01.56; 2. Nick Diaz (SUN) 16:09.90; 3. Kenneth Castro (SUN) 16:35.05; 10. Carlos Lopez (CR) 17:03.82; 12. Malik Gunter (SUN) 17:15.94; 13. Ronny Greenup (SUN) 17:22.98; Class 2A: 1. Nic Jacobsen (Saint Andrew’s) 16:36.70; 5. Peter Paul Grooten (Pace) 17:51.75; 7. Ryan Ventura (Pace) 18:01.29; 8. Dimitri Wolfe (Pace) 18:08.44; Class 1A: 1. Scott Simpson (Kings) 16:37.48; 2. Adam Ramos (DC) 17:26.49; 6. Iverson Williams (DC) 18:21.09; 7. Joshiah McLaughlin (Doctors) 18:42.67; 9. Ivram Williams (DC) 19:18.94.

Girls’ team scores — Class 4A: 1. Spanish River 50; 3. Coral Reef 76; Class 2A: 1. American Heritage 39; 2. Gulliver 65; Class 1A: 1. Westminster Academy 42; 5. Florida Christian 116.

Girls’ individuals — Class 4A: 1. Ellyn Snider (Spanish River) 19:59.97; 7. Samara Taylor (CR) 20:57.39; Class 2A: 1. Rachelle Alexander (AH) 20:07.90; 3. Alyssa Pujals (GUL) 21:49.35; Class 1A: Amanda Baker (WA) 20:57.86; 2. Victoria Camargo (FC) 21:44.55; 5. Celeste Romero (DC) 22:36.42.


Coral Park announced Monday it has hired Jorge Borgen, a former two-time state champion alumnus of the school, as its new wrestling coach. Borgen was also a three-time NCAA tournament qualifier and a NCAA runner-up at Upper Iowa University.


•  Hialeah d. North Miami Beach 25-17, 27-25, 27-25: Nahir Navarro 5 aces, 7 kills, 11 digs. Anamarie Torres 11 kills, 2 blocks. Sabrina Bubbel 10 digs.HIA 10-0.

•  Palmer Trinity d. Ferguson 23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 25-21: Danielle Littke 13 kills, 23 digs, 42 assists. Barbara Lopez 18 kills, 5 blocks, 45 assists. Ellie Nosich 11 kills, 2 blocks, 11 digs. Kristen Fernandez 34 digs. PT 9-0.

•  Braddock d. Coral Park 25-22, 25-16, 25-18: Cristal Parrales 3 aces, 8 digs. Jessica Sanchez 6 kills, 8 digs. Camila Neira 8 digs, 5 kills. Nicole Benavides 8 kills, 3 digs.

•  Killian d. Miami High 20-25, 16-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-9: Kristen Munoz 7 digs. Daisy Marrero 8 kills, 6 digs. Jacqueline Machado 13 assists, 5 points. KIL 6-5.

American d. Carol City 25-19, 25-7, 25-7: Kiera Whitehead 4 kills, ace. Kayla Incera 8 assists, 3 aces, dig. Rose Payano 2 kills, ace.

•  Princeton Christian d. Pinecrest Prep 25-16, 25-11, 25-27, 25-18: Tatiana Mullins 12 kills, 3 aces. Heather Hedges 5 kills, 7 aces. PRIN 5-5.

•  Sunset d. South Dade 25-6, 25-14, 25-23: Nicole Giha 4 kills, 15 assists, 5 aces. Alejandra Perdomo 4 aces, 17 kills. Gabriela Martinez 5 kills. SUN 6-4.

•  Varela d. Southridge 25-12, 25-7, 25-18: Maria Estupinan 9 kills. Blanca Rivas 6 digs, 4 aces, 12 points. Samantha Cruz 7 aces. VAR 3-6.

•  Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. Norland 25-5, 25-3, 25-4: Jazmine Prada 3 kills, 13 assists, 16 aces, 21 points. Danelis Delgado 3 kills, 15 aces, 20 points. Arelis Rodriguez 5 kills, 4 digs, 6 aces, 8 points. HML 7-2.

•  Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. Norland 25-3, 25-3, 25-5: Jazmine Prada 12 assists, 26 aces, 34 points. Olivia Napoles 2 kills, 19 aces, 26 points. Isabella Perez 6 kills. Fatima Madlum 2 kills, 5 aces. HML 8-2.

•  La Salle d. Coral Shores 25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19: Alexia Hirlemann 6 kills, 4 blocks, 5 aces. Alex Echevarria 6 kills, 4 blocks. Christina Averhoff 31 assists, 4 aces, 2 kills. Erica Stoodley 10 kills, 3 aces. LAS 7-3.

•  Miami Beach d. Central 25-11, 25-6, 25-12: Manuela Sinisterra 4 points, 2 aces. Sydney Iadorola 9 kills, 2 blocks. Solange Perez 3 kills. Genesis Ramirez 5 aces, 2 kills.

•  TERRA d. Coral Gables 25-17, 25-14, 25-12: Brooke McDermott 10 kills, 4aces. Mirel Penas 7 aces, 4 kills. Katelyn Barrow 12 assists.

•  Gulliver d. Carrollton 26-24, 23-25, 30-28, 25-22: Catherine Arnholt 26 assists. Lauren Potter 15 kills. Stephanie Rubin 8 kills, 4 blocks. Crystal Garcia 22 digs.

•  Mater Academy d. Homestead 25-6, 25-12, 25-12: Krystal Canellas 22 assists, 12 aces. Kourtney Lesperance 8 aces, 11 kills. Katie Sanchez 14 aces, 10 kills. MA 8-1.

•  Mater Academy d. Homestead 25-8, 25-8, 25-4: Alexa Sinche 9 aces, 10 assists. Katie Sanchez 12 aces, 9 kills. Sierra Perry 12 aces, 4 kills. MA 9-1.

•  Late Friday — Coral Park d. South Dade 25-8, 25-18, 25-20: Yesenia Kirkland 15 kills, 4 aces. Janice Morales 9 kills, 13 digs. Janeth Posada 13 digs, 2 aces. CP 3-7.


•  Braddock 113, Miami High 78, North Miami 10: For BRA: 500 free: Ronald Hernandez. 50 free: Jose Fernandez. 100 free: Logan El Coro.

•  American 51, Goleman 32, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 10: For AM: 500 free: Roger Capote 5:59. 100 breast: Roger Capote. 200 IM: Ryan Capote 2:38. 100 free: Gualberto Plazas 1:09. AM 5-0.


•  Miami High 104, Braddock 98, North Miami 8: For BRA: 100 fly: Cindy Acosta. 200 IM: Mabel Soto. 100 free: Talisha Domenech.

•  American 65, Goleman 17, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 8: For AM: 200 IM: Maria Fung 3:30. 100 fly: Omaria German 1:14. 100 back: Genesis Tabon 1:24. AM 5-0.

•  Palmetto 79, Coral Reef 78, Ferguson 17: For CR: 200 IM: Kelly Fertel. 100 breast: Fertel. 50 free: Carla Robles.


•  Coral Reef 7, Palmetto 0: High game: Peter Ross (CR) 190. High series: Ross 506. CR 3-3.

•  Sunset 7, Braddock 0: High game: Nicholas Machado (SUN) 167. High series: Machado 442.

•  American 5, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 2: High game: Marcos Belisao (HML) 165. High series: Bryan Alvarez (AM) 410. AM 3-2.

•  North Miami 4, Krop 3: High game: Albert Lewis (NM) 157. High series: Lewis 424. NM 1-4. KR 2-2.

•  Reagan 5, Miami Beach 2: High game: Andres Garanton (RR) 171. High series: Jose Gomez (RR) 403.

•  Mourning 7, Hialeah Gardens 0: High game: Alan Neiman (ATM) 188. High series: Neiman 491. ATM 5-0.

•  Southwest 7, Killian 0: High game: Carlos Forero (KIL). High series: Alec Sanchez (SW) 527.

•  Columbus 5 TERRA 2: High game: Jason Gonzalez (COL) 246. High series: Gonzalez 696. COL 4-2.

•  South Miami 5, Ferguson 2: High game: Jonathan Morales (SM) 203. James Styron (FER) 530.

•  South Dade 7, Coral Park 0: High game: Devin Gajus (SD) 236. High series: Jon Hall (SD) 633.


•  Coral Reef 7, Palmetto 0: High game Jasmine Smith (CR) 182. High series: Smith 510. CR 4-1.

•  American 7, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: High game Briana Futch (AM) 164. High series: Futch 450. AM 3-2.

Hialeah Gardens 7, Mourning 0: High game: Breanna Byers (ATM) 108. High series: Byers 303. HG 3-2. ATM 0-4.

•  Hialeah Gardens 5, Krop 2: High game: Karina Fernandez (HG) 135.

•  Reagan 7, Miami Beach 0: High game: Natalie Ochoa-Odon (RR) 141. High series: Selena Aseff (MB) 339.

•  Southwest 7, Killian 0: High game: Melissa Perez (SW) 138. High series: Bianca Byndoss (KIL) 356.

Braddock 7, Sunset 0: High game: Jessica Donado (BRA) 141. High series: Briana Colon (BRA) 363. BRA 3-2.


•  American Heritage 298, Columbus 317: Mourin (AH) 72, Geibel (AH) 74, Garcia (AH) 74, Yumar (COL) 77, De La Torre (COL) 78, Strafaci (AH) 78, Betencourt (COL) 81, Martinez (COL) 81.



NW Christian at Hollywood Christian, 5

West. Christian at Florida Christian, 5

Internat’l Studies at Archbishop Curley, 5:30

Doctors Charter at Hialeah Educational, 4

Colonial Christian at Greater Miami, 4

Carrollton at Gulliver Prep, 5

Marathon at Palmer Trinity, 6

Westwood at Princeton Christian, 5

Doral Academy at Reagan, 7:30

Mater Lakes at St. Brendan, 5


Southwest vs. Mourning (FIU North), 3:30


Gulliver Prep vs. Archbishop McCarthy (International Links), 3:30

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