Gulliver 21, Pace 20

Gulliver nips Pace 21-20 for key district victory

 

Special to the Miami Herald

Even though it’s not even October yet, with Booker T. Washington such a heavy District 8-4A favorite, Friday night’s district contest between host Monsignor Pace (2-2, 0-1) and Gulliver Prep (2-3, 2-0) had a showdown flavor to it with potentially sizeable playoff implications.

And when it was over, despite a slow 0-3 start to the season, it was Gulliver that came up with the big plays and ultimately the big win knocking off the Spartans 21-20 when running back Bo Ellis went over from three yards out with 2:57 left in the game and placekicker Grant Kurzner coolly knocked the extra point through. The score capped off a clutch had-to-have-it seven play, 48 yard drive that started with 5:22 left. The loss not only crippled Pace’s playoff chances but ruined their Homecoming as well.

“You can’t say enough about the character of this football team to come back tonight the way we did,” said Gulliver coach Earl Sims speaking of Gulliver’s 20-7 third quarter deficit. “That was two great teams out there tonight really battling it out and we have a lot of respect for Pace and their program so it makes it that much more special to get a win like this on their field.”

• Florida Christian 21, Tavernier Coral Shores 10: Michael Irwin caught four passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns to lead Florida Christian to victory in Tavernier Friday.

Julian Seekins had 11 carries for 37 yards and scored the other touchdown.

VOLLEYBALL

After battling it out with an undefeated Palmer Trinity volleyball team the Coral Reef girls went on win 25-19, 27-29, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9 on Friday night at Palmer.

The Barracudas defense made a huge impact in the match, according Coral Reef coach Yasmin Ortiz.

“The second set was a battle. We were down by seven at one point. Our defense really made the difference,” Ortiz said.

The defense was led Paulina Persson with 25 digs and five aces.

This season, Ortiz wanted to prepare her girls by bringing in a higher level of competition and that is what she has done by scheduling her girls in tougher tournaments and setting up matches with teams like Palmer that has had five consecutive district championships.

The Barracudas (11-4) took several losses in the elite division of the Winter Park and Lake Highland Tournament in Orlando and a loss from Palmer earlier in the season.

“Palmer is a great team, but today we were the better team,” Ortiz said.

Contributing to the win team captain and 2011 Miami Herald All-Dade recipient Daniela Leal had 25 assists, 17 digs, five aces, six kills and five blocks.

In their district, the Barracudas will have to face rival Palmetto next week.

COREY W. CAMPBELL

•  Palmetto d. Benjamin School 27-25, 25-17 (at Palm Beach Classic): Tiffany Batten 7 kills, 5 digs. Jamie Comendeiro 18 assists. Patricia De La Iglesia 6 aces. PAL 7-2.

• Palmetto d. St. Andrews 17-25, 25-23, 15-12 (at Palm Beach Classic): Erika Jacobs 7 kills, 11 digs. Makayla Stephens 3 blocks, 3 kills. Jamie Comendeiro 24 assists, 6 digs. PAL 8-2.

• Mourning d. Hallandale 25-6, 25-10, 25-13. ATM 10-1.

•  Late Thursday — Ransom d. Carrollton 25-14, 25-19, 19-25, 25-18: Caroline Sklaver 14 kills. Erika Sklaver 10 kills. Tere Bernace 30 digs.

• Late Thursday — Varela d. Killian 25-22, 15-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-10: Valeria Ibarra 39 assists, 5 aces, 10 digs. Maria Estupinan 23 digs, 9 kills, 6 aces. Becky Garcia 33 digs, 3 aces. VAR 4-6.

• Late Thursday — Archbishop Curley d. Somerset 25-18, 23-25, 25-17, 25-7: Shatoreia Edgecome 12 kills, 6 aces, 4 digs. Jensen Reyburn 9 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks. Jackysha Jean 8 aces.

• Late Thursday — Mourning d. Hialeah 27-25, 26-24, 25-23: Stella Azerot 11 kills, 2 aces, 7 digs. Mary Shelow 8 kills, 3 aces, 6 digs, 2 blocks. Savannah Duffy 8 kills, ace. ATM 9-1.

• Late Thursday — Miami Country Day d. Florida Christian 25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 25-19: Kayla Kotalik 12 kills, 13 digs. Breanna Blot 11 kills. Lenee Blot 8kills. Winona Paez 20 assists. MCD 9-2.

• Late Thursday — Edison d. Archbishop Carroll 25-17, 25-22, 25-22: Cerline Hyppolite 11 kills.

• Late Thursday – TERRA d. MAST 25-17, 25-18, 25-16: Brook McDermott 14 kills. Mirel Penas 5 kills. Katelyn Barrow 15 assists, 2 aces.

• Late Thursday — North Miami Beach d. North Miami 25-9, 25-23, 25-10.

• Late Thursday — Westland d. Norland 25-5, 25-20, 25-7.

• Late Thursday — Westland d. Norland 25-10, 25-11, 25-4: WES 6-3.

• Late Thursday — Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. Homestead 25-12, 25-8, 25-8: Isabella Perez 9 kills, 6 assists, 7 digs. Jazmine Prada 3 kills, 14 assists. Danelis Delgado 4 kills, 5 digs, 6 aces. Samantha Marques 6 kills, 6 digs. HML 9-2.

• Late Thursday — Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. Homestead 25-12, 25-8, 25-12: Jazmine Prada 5 kills, 18 assists. Isabella Perez 6 kills, 7 assists. Fadima Madul 3 kills, 6 digs, 15 points. HML 10-2.

• Late Thursday — Coral Reefs d. Southridge 25-21, 25-8, 25-10: Kristine Rios 2 aces, 4 kills, 7 assists, 3 digs. Baylee Waterman 7 aces. Raquel Alespeiti 7 kills. CR 10-4.

• Late Thursday — Miami High d. Miami Springs 25-15, 25-21, 21-25, 14-25, 15-8: Francine Saintcyr 11 kills, 5 blocks. Micaela Garcia 31 digs, 3 aces. Kristen Valdes 15 assists, 8 digs. MIA 8-3.

• Late Thursday — La Salle d. Doral Academy 25-16, 22-25, 25-18, 25-18: Maria Cuesta 15 kills, 4 digs. Alexia Hirlemann 4 kills, 6 digs, 7 aces. Charo Thomas 27 assits, 9 aces. Lorena Estevez 8 assits, 2 aces. LS 8-3.

• Late Monday — Hebrew Academy d. Horeb 17-25, 20-25, 25-17, 26-24, 15-12: Hailey Dobin, 17 points, 9 kills. Stefanie Suster, 8 assists, 4 kills. Michelle Shakib 9 points, 5 kills.

GIRLS’ GOLF

•  Late Thursday — Ransom 156, Carrollton 167 (at Biltmore par 35): Hamilton (R) 37, Horton (R) 37, Eathakotti (C) 39. CAR 2-1.

• Late Thursday — Ferguson 257, Braddock 258, American 261, Miami Beach 265: Diana Sanchez (FER) 47, Monique Enriquez (BRA) 48, Taylor Robinson (AM) 51.

BOYS’ GOLF

• Coral Gables 165, Marathon 189 (at Sombrero CC par 36): Brent Webber (CG) 39, Daniel Gonzalez (CG) 41, Kyle Pierce (MAR) 189. CG 12-0.

• Late Thursday – Palmer Trinity 165, Westminster Christian 189 (at Biltmore GC par 35): For PT: Alex Altizer 39, Mike Gravier 40, Jackson Fox 40.

• Late Thursday – Killian 187, Reagan 187, Sunset 256, Coral Park (inc.) (at Miccosukee): Montesano (RR) 41, Ignacio Baduell (RR) 43, Tristan Rodriguez (KIL) 45, Gonzalez (KIL) 48, Alvater (KIL) 48, Carlos Mena (CP) 49, Geraldo (RR) 51, Rodriguez (CP) 52, Delapuente (RR) 52, Pardo (RR) 53, Matos (RR) 56, William Weiss (SUN) 56.

•  Late Thursday – Miami Springs 154, Doral 193, Reagan 197: Chris Cruanyas (MS) 36, David DePablo 38, Pat Bolton (MS) 39, Marco Morales (DOR) 40, Marcos Montesano (REA) 40.

• Late Thursday – Miami Beach 167, Braddock 259: Beau Clavijo (MB) 34, Michael Lopez (MB) 42, Max Shelvin (MB) 46. MB 4-1.

BOYS’ BOWLING

•  Late Thursday – Miami Christian 7, Belen 0; Miami Christian 7, Gulliver 0: High game: Alex Yaniz (MC) 245. High series: Yaniz 686.

•  Late Thursday – Gulliver 7, Belen 0: High game: Jon Leeds (GUL) 170. High series: Leeds 501.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

• Mourning 120, Killian 45.

• Late Thursday – American 89, North Miami Beach 48, Goleman 17: Genisis Pabon won 100 free and 100 back. Omaira German won 50 free and 100 fly. Karina Medina won 100 breast. AMER 7-0.

• Late Thursday – Coral Reef 109, Sunset 29: Carla Robles (CR) won the 200 free and 50 free. Camille Etchart (CR) won the 100 free. Lea Schwartz (CR) won the 100 back. Nicole Hunnewell (CR) won the 100 breast. CR 6-1.

BOYS’ SWIMMING

• Mourning 133, Killian 35.

•  Late Thursday – American 71, North Miami Beach 58, Goleman 27: Roger Capote won 500 free and 100 breast. Ryan Capote won 50 free. Rafael Mora won 100 free. AMER 7-0.

• Late Thursday – Columbus 93, Coral Reef 86, Sunset 45: Juan Olano (SUN) won the 200 IM and 100 breast. Brady Adam (COL) won the 200 free. Doug Castro (COL) won the 100 free. CR 3-3.

GIRLS’ CROSS-COUNTRY

• Late Thursday – Hebrew Academy 15, Archbishop Curley (inc.), Archemedian (inc.), Doctors Charter (inc.), Marathon (inc.): 1. Rhian Romanik (CUR) 22:57, 2. Silvia Bacchelli (CUR) 25:25, 3. Olivia Santos (DCS) 25:39. CUR 0-5.

BOYS’ CROSS-COUNTRY

• Late Thursday – Archbishop Curley 21, Marathon 59, Doctors Charter 77, Riviera 117, Hebrew Academy 119, Archemedian (inc.), Miami Christian (inc.): 1. Josiah McLaughlin (DCS) 18:43, 2. Danny Diaz (CUR) 19:13, 3. Serge Aristide (CUR) 19:26. CUR 14-0.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

FOOTBALL

Jackson vs. Miami Beach (N. Miami), 7

Miami Country Day at Archbishop Curley, 2 South Florida HEAT vs. Barrington Christian (Harris), 7 Avon Park vs. Hialeah Gardens (Milander), 4

SWIMMING

Youth Fair Invitational at Tamiami Pool - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 6

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