As golfers walked in to turn in their scorecards Monday at the Jacaranda Golf Course, they took a quick glance at the leaderboard.
The reaction was often the same, “Wow.”
The cause of the awe was the score of 271 that the American Heritage boys’ golf team shot to win the District 22-1A tournament. The tally broke a Broward County record for a team score in an 18-hole event.
American Heritage found out shortly after it had swept the event as the Patriots girls also secured the team title with a score of 289.
Robert Geibel led the boys by shooting an impressive 6-under-par 65, and teammates Kristian Caparros and Jorge Garcia each shot a 68. Tyler Strafaci shot a 70 and Matthew Mourin delivered a 74.
The Patriots enjoyed the victory but put it into perspective with a tough regional and state meet ahead over the next two weeks.
“It’s awesome because we all shot well as a team,” Geibel said. “We feel super confident right now, but we know we can’t afford to let our intensity decrease any, and we have to keep our confidence up.”
University School’s Jordan Gumberg continued his solid season by leading the Suns to a runner-up finish with a 69. Cardinal Gibbons finished third. The top three teams advance to regionals.
Westminster Academy’s Steven LaMay (73), Calvary Christian’s Zachary Mendez (73) and Pine Crest’s Ryan Hager (74) were the three individual qualifiers.
“We feel like we really have a shot going on,” said Gumberg, the leader on a team that went 21-3 in dual meets this season. “This is one of the strongest team we’ve had yet.”
Claudia DeAntonio won the individual girls’ title after shooting a 70. Teammates Alejandra Merchan and Marisa Messana each followed with a 72 and Jamie Freedman and Andreina Merchan each shot a 75.
Pine Crest’s Sam Haubenstock shot a 75 to lead the runner-up Panthers. Westminster Academy’s Ashley Malinchak shot a 77 to qualify individually.
Boys’ team scores: American Heritage 271; University School 293; Cardinal Gibbons 299; Pine Crest 319; Calvary Christian 326; Westminster Academy 337; South Florida HEAT 383; Pompano Beach 410; Sagemont 486. Individuals: Robert Geibel (AH) 65; Jorge Garcia (AH) 68; Kristian Caparros (AH) 68; Jordan Gumberg (US) 69; Tyler Strafaci (AH) 70; Jonah Wasserstrom (US) and Sam Madsen (CG) 72; Sean Smothers (CG) 73; Ryan Hager (PC) and Matthew Mourin (AH) 74; Joshua Mizels (US) and Jared Barclay (US) 76; Jesus Delgado (CG) and Alex Lutz (CG) 77.
Girls’ team scores: American Heritage 289; Pine Crest 356; Cardinal Gibbons 478. Individuals: Claudia DeAntonio (AH) 70; Alejandra Merchan (AH) and Marisa Messana (AH) 72; Jamie Freedman (AH), Andreina Merchan (AH) and Sam Haubenstock (PC) 75; Ashley Malinchak (WA) 77.
• Cardinal Gibbons d. Douglas 25-21, 25-22, 25-20: Savannah Stones 16 digs, 9 points. Hannah Hillis 8 kills, 3 blocks, 2 digs, 8 points, 4 aces. Ali Jacobs 7 kills, 10 digs, assist, 8 points, ace. CG 9-8.
The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings:
|1. Dr. Phillips (13)||7-0||138||1|
|2. Plant (1)||5-1||123||2|
|3. Timber Creek||6-0||104||4|
|4. Lake Brantley||6-1||98||3|
|5. Lake Mary||6-0||78||7|
|8. Palm Bch. Gardens||5-1||39||9|
|9. South Plantation||6-0||26|
|10. South Dade||6-1||17|