Miami-Dade High School Roundup

Columbus, Palmetto golf teams excel at GMAC


Special to The Miami Herald

Both the Columbus and Palmetto golf teams took a step closer in their quest to reach the state tournament with GMAC team championships Thursday at Redland Golf and Country Club.

Columbus junior Juan Yumar made a 12-foot par putt to win in a playoff on the first hole for the individual boys’ title. He and Miami High’s Jonathan Rodriguez shot 73s. Four Columbus golfers finished in the top eight and posted a team score of 302.

“I double bogeyed the last hole of the round, so I was kind of mad when I came to the clubhouse,” Yumar said. “When I saw the scoreboard, I realized I had to begin another round, and it was good.”

The Explorers will compete in the Maverick Tournament next week before district and region play begin. Columbus, which has won the GMAC team title in consecutive seasons, hasn’t made the state tournament for the past three years.

“These guys are really motivated,” coach Mike Marinelli said. “Our goal is to get there this year. Columbus used to be in the state tournament every year. It’s really our goal to get back there and compete again.”

Palmetto’s top-three girl golfers — all seniors — concluded their high school careers as four-time GMAC champions with a team score of 371. Molly Barlow and Gabby Montes placed second and third, respectively.

The Panthers have reached the state tournament eight years in a row. While their seniors have four years of high school experience, their fourth and fifth golfers have been playing for just one year.

“We’re hoping that this will help,” coach Rosanna Karpiak said. “Our four and five did their best yet, so we’re just hoping that the momentum will stay and win our district and hopefully win our region and go to state again. “The GMAC is a great tournament to gauge where you’re at and see where you really need to work so that districts and region become a positive experience and hopefully get you into the state finals.”

TERRA senior Franchesca De La Torre captured her second GMAC individual title by shooting a 77. She also won her sophomore year and placed third last season. She earned a runner-up finish at the Youth Fair Invitational two weeks ago.

“It felt really good,” De La Torre said. “I came in here and I knew I wanted to win, but I wasn’t overconfident. I just came in here, took one stroke at a time and came out with a win. It was good to finish with a win.”


•  Boys’ team scores: Columbus 302, Miami Springs 319, Palmetto 323, Coral Reef 333, Coral Gables 358, TERRA 360, Miami Beach 378. Individual scores: 1. Juan Yumar, COL, 73; 2. Jonathan Rodriguez, MIA, 73; 3. Julio Betancourt, COL, 74; 4. Marcos Montesano, REA, 75; 5. C. Melendez, COL, 77; 6. Kyle Safreed, MS, 77; 7. Pat Perez, MS, 77; 8. Francisco De La Torre, COL, 78; 9. Beau Clavijo, MB, 79; 10. Mike Carter, PAL, 80; 11. Russ Mercer, PAL, 81; 11. Daniel Ledbetter, PAL, 81; 11. Matt Martinez, PAL, 81; 11. Kevin Fertel, TERRA, 81; 15. Zach Granoff, CR, 82; 15. John Gehr, CR, 82; 15. Pat Bolton, MS, 82; 15. David Castano, PAL, 82; 15. Chris Dupont, SM, 82.

•  Girls’ team scores: Palmetto 371, Coral Reef 390, TERRA 434. Girls’ individual scores: 1. Franchesca De La Torre, TERRA, 77; 2. Molly Barlow, PAL, 84; 3. Gabby Montes, PAL, 87; 4. Ximena Corona, CR, 87; 5. Lauren Eustace, CR, 94; 6. Ester Tothova, CG, 94; 7. Jasleen Chin-Sang, PAL, 96; 8. Krystal Farinas, CR, 103; 9. Erica Schumacher, PAL, 104; 10. Monique Enriquez, BRA, 105; 10. Alyssa Rabade, TERRA, 105; 10. V. Valsco, CR, 105; 13. Leia Schwartz, CR, 110; 13. Daniele Buchard, PAL, 110; 15. Diane Sanchez, FER, 114; 16. Samantha De La Torre, TERRA, 117; 17. Samantha Varela, TERRA, 135.


•  Coral Shores 48, Miami Day Country 7: Coral Shores beat Miami Day Country with the help of a stout defense and a steady rushing attack. The Hurricanes defense limited the Spartans to only a touchdown while accounting for seven sacks and two interceptions. The offense was carried by running back Cody Roberts, who had 166 yards rushing and two scores.


•  Hillel 32, Northwest Christian 22: Hillel (2-2, 2-0) rallied from a six-point deficit in the second half and defeated Northwest Christian at FIU North in front of 200 fans giving tribute to their senior class.

The seniors were the ones being honored, but it was the juniors who would take the spotlight. Junior receiver Nathaniel Rub caught four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Most of his damage, however, came on the ground; he rushed for 108 yards, including a 56-yard score. Quarterback Alex Froimzon threw for 111 yards and a touchdown; he also ran for another. The big play of the game cam on special teams when Daniel Doron forced a fumble, recovered it and scored the go-ahead touchdown for in the third quarter.

Northwest Christian (3-2) was led by Dwayne Jones, who threw for 93 yards.



•  Archbishop Curley d. Dade Christian 25-21, 25-20, 25-15: Jensen Rayburn 10 kills 2 blocks, 4 digs. Megan Romanik 6 aces, 7 kills, 6 digs. Shatoreia Edgecome 2 aces, 4 kills, 2 digs, 2 assists.

•  American d. Hialeah Gardens 26-25, 25-17, 16-25, 26-24: Kiera Whitehead 15 kills, 8 blocks, 2 digs. Kayla Incera 15 assists, 3 kills. Nina Ortiz 3 kills, 2 digs.

•  Saint Brendan d. Key West 25-11, 25-18, 30-28: Juliana Calienes 20 kills. Kasey Garcia 12 kills. Tamara Araujo 10 kills. Stefani Rodriguez 19 digs. SB 8-4.

•  Ransom d. La Salle 25-14, 25-19, 25-19: Lisette Tellez 6 digs, 6 kills. Sophie Bullard 7 kills. Nikki Colonna 27 assists. Jessica Mandel 7 kills. RAN 11-2.

•  Killian d. Southridge 25-14, 25-9, 25-13: Daisy Marrero 7 kills, 11 points. Fabiana Morales 25 assists. Marisela Sarobe 5 kills, 6 points. KIL 7-7.

Doral d. Miami Springs 25-19, 26-24, 25-18: Jessica Almeida: 7 kills, 2 aces. Kailyn Woods 15 kills. Natalia Castro 5 kills, 35 Assists, 2 aces. DOR 7-5.

•  Colonial Christian d. Island Christian 25-14, 25-20, 25-3: Abbe Acosta 21 aces, 14 kills. Toni Torres 12 points. Francesca Franco 11 assists. CC 6-5.

•  Miami High d. Barbara Goleman 25-4, 25-12, 25-11: Micaela Garcia 8 Aces, 7 digs. Francine Saintcyr 5 kills, 3 blocks. Arlene Zamora 4 kills, 3 assists, 11 aces. MH 10-4.

•  Late Wednesday – Carrollton d. Florida Christian 25-13, 18-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-10: Christina Beauparty 13 kills. Patricia Nikolas 8 kills, 11digs. Manuela Hernandez 22 digs, 6 aces.


•  Coral Gables 110, Krop 48: Camila Perez (CG) 200 IM, 500 Free. Daniela Torres (KR) 100 breast.

•  South Dade 126, Killian 49: Christina Bramblett 200 Free. Daniel Tuzio 50 Free. Lindsey Cannon 100 Back. Carole Martino 100 Free. Dayanara Marin 500 Freestyle. SD 3-1.


•  South Dade 103, Killian 65: John Cannon 200 Free. John Worthley 200 IM. Ishmail Azimulla 50 Free. SD 4-0.

•  Coral Gables 100, Krop 71: Maxwell Wood (CG) 200 Free, 500 Free. Andrea Dion (CG) 100 Breast. Nicholas Coard 200 IM, 100 Fly.


Westminster Christian 172, Chaminade 184 (Hillcrest CC): Doug Schoeller 41, Billy Braun 41, Sergio Escalante 42, Brendon Abernathy 43, Josh Gere 43, Andrew Boyton 45, Max Soto 46.

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