When it comes to high school golf in South Florida, the American Heritage Patriots are currently top-of-the-line, on a separate echelon that hovers above the competitors.
Theyre good, and they know theyre good.
Picture the Miami Hurricanes football teams of the 1980s, put them on a golf course, and you get the 2012 American Heritage golf team.
The boys walk the course with swagger, like they own it, and the girls strut around sporting their flamboyant and splashy black and gold shorts sponsored by Loudmouth, the same brand that John Daly wears.
Tuesday at the Region 8-1A finals at Grand Palms Country Club, the Patriots backed it all up the boys outlasted Cardinal Gibbons by one stroke, 290-291, and the girls dominated play with a team score of 278, 37 strokes better than runner-up Ransom Everglades. Both punched their ticket to states.
The girls team has now reached the state tournament every year since 2005, and the boys have made three consecutive trips and have been there 13 of the past 14 years.
They work harder than most schools. They sacrifice more than most schools, boys golf coach Brandt Moser said. They enjoy the team concept, so they like coming out here under the pressure of team competition. They approach it different than most schools.
All five of American Heritages girls scored in the top six. Leading the way was junior Jamie Freedman, who shot a 4-under-par 67.
We all have fun. We all understand each other. Were like sisters, said Freedman, whose 67 also would have beaten any boy competing in the regional final. We all practice together. I think we all make each other better because we all try to beat each other all the time.
In total, American Heritage had five golfers shoot under par three girls and two boys.
On the boys side, Patriot Kristian Caparros was one of three golfers, along with teammate Jorge Garcia and Cardinal Gibbons Sean Smothers, to card a 69. It took two playoff holes to settle it, but Caparros, the sophomore, bested both in the playoff.
I didnt have any bogeys, Caparros said. I had a really solid round. I just stayed patient and kept making pars and a couple of birdies here and there.
Heritage now shifts its focus to the state championships, Oct. 30-31 at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills.
The Cardinal Gibbons boys and Ransom girls will be joining them as the top two teams in each regional advance to states.
Individually, Westminster Academys Ashley Malinchak (68) will advance in girls play along with 12-year-old eighth grader Tanya Eathakotti of Carrollton, who shot a 78 and beat out Pine Crests Sam Haubenstock in a tiebreaker.
Boys who will advance to states as individuals are Gullivers Anthony Infante and University Schools Jonah Wasserstrom.
• Boys ResultsAmerican Heritage 290, Cardinal Gibbons 291, University School 306, Archbishop McCarthy 320, TERRA 364, Chaminade 380, Miami Country Day 419 (at Grand Palms CC, par 71): Kristian Caparros (AH) 69, Sean Smothers (CG) 69, Jorge Garcia (AH) 69, Alex Lutz (CG) 71, Will Hart (CG) 72, Anthony Infante (GUL) 73, Jonah Wasserstrom (US) 73, Robert Geibel (AH) 73, Ray Boone (GUL) 74, Tyler St. Philip (AMC) 74.
• Girls Results American Heritage 278, Ransom Everglades 315, Carrollton 328, Archbishop McCarthy 340, Gulliver 353, Pine Crest 373, Cardinal Gibbons 477 (at Grand Palms CC, par 71): Jamie Freedman (AH) 67, Ashley Malinchak (WA) 68, Alejandra Merchan (AH) 69, Marissa Messana (AH) 69, Andreina Merchan (AH) 73, Clauia De Antonio (AH) 74, Tanya Eathakotti (CAR) 78, Sam Haubenstock (PC) 78, Carolina Garrett (RE) 78, Alex Hamilton (RE) 79, Katie Hanley (RE) 79, Chloe Horton (RE) 79.
More than a few high school basketball coaches have stayed up designing defenses to slow down explosive Deerfield Beach 6-3 guard Terence Johnson.
With Johnson giving an oral commitment to South Alabama, the 2011-12 Miami Heralds All-Broward first-team selection becomes a headache for the Sun Belt Conference next season.
Bucks coach Kenny Brown sees Johnson the biggest weapon on a loaded Bucks team expected to roll to the Class 8A state final four this season making an immediate impact for the Jaguars.
Terence can knock down the midrange shot and brings a tough defender, Brown said. South Alabama knows he will be well seasoned. He will play both ends of the floor. At that level it makes a difference. I think his intangibles will get him on the floor right away.
South Alabama beat out Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, Boston University, College of Charleston and Richmond, among others, for Floridas 3st1-ranked prospect in the 2013 class, according to sourcehoops.com.
Johnson scored at least 25 points in seven games and averaged 22 points to lead the Bucks to a 22-5 record and berth in the Class 8A regional finals, its deepest playoff run in 12 years.
• District 15-6A semifinals Archbishop McCarthy d. Pines Charter 25-20, 25-9, 25-15: Natalia Thomas 8 points, 3 aces, 13 kills, 8 digs. Melissa Bandera 16 spikes, 26 assists, 9 digs. Brooke Wilder 9 points, 7 kills. AM 14-10.
• District 15-6A semifinals Hollywood Hills d. Fort Lauderdale 25-3, 25-7, 25-6.
• District 13-4A semifinals - Cardinal Gibbons d. Pine Crest 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22: Savannah Stones 20 digs, 3 assists, 9 service points. Ali Jacobs 13 kills, 2 blocks, 13 digs, 8 service points, 4 aces. Sarah Martin 39 assists, 4 kills, 2 blocks, 10 digs, 4 service points. CG 11-10
• District 13-4A semifinal Chaminade d. North Broward Prep 25-19, 25-8, 25-3: Alyssa Osborn 17 service points, 4 aces, 28 assists. Jordan Palmer 15 service points, 5 aces, 5 kills. Brianna Little: 9 kills, 2 blocks. CM 21-3.
• District 14-3A semifinals - Sagemont d. Coral Springs Christian 25-14, 25-16, 25-18: Megan Bodden 15 points, 14 kills, 11 digs. Sag 13-13.
• Zion Lutheran, 442, Donna Klein 593, Posnack, 614, Hillel 835, Sagemont, Inc. (at Markham Park). 1. Jordan Stauber (Pos) 20:4, 2. Roseman (ZL) 21:22. 3. Gelrod (Hillel) 22:23, 4. Safe (Sag) 23:10, 5. Strauss (ZL) 23:54, 6. Hurwitz (DK) 23:57, 7. Lewittes (DK) 24:05.
• Coral Springs Charter 41, Immaculata-La Salle 44, Chaminade 57, Delray American Heritage 103, Sheridan Hills 110, Somerset 148, University School, inc. (at Central Park). 1. Connor Hollander (CSC) 18:03, 2. N. Montalvo (ILS)18:22, 3. Williams (CM)19:06, 4. Puentes (SH) 19:18, 5. Fisher (CM) 19:21, 6. Tornell (ILS) 20:04, 7. Shiver (CSC) 20:53.
• Pine Crest 35, Westminster Academy 55, Miami Country Day 73, Highlands Christian 75, South Florida HEAT 153, Coral Springs Christian 172, Florida Christian 173 (at Greynolds Park). 1. Brandon Bejarano (WA) 17:25, 2. Decker (PC) 17:30, 3. Nevils (SFH) 17:34, 4. M. Hernandez (PC) 17:39, 5. King (WA) 17:50, 6. T. Gonzalez (PC) 17:53, 7. Strouse (MCD) 18:22.
• Posnack 162, Donna Klein 513, Hillel 864, Sagemont, inc., Zion Lutheran, inc (at Markham Park). 1. Gabrielle Sumkin (Pos) 24:382. 2. J. Sumkin (Pos) 25:403. Chussid (Pos) 25:56, 4. C. Rosner (Pos) 26:38, 5.Martinez (Sag)26:52, 6. Sekoff (Pos) 27:15, 7. Rosenstein (DK) 27:18.
• Immaculata-La Salle 33, Sheridan Hills 53, University School 77, Chaminade 88, Coral Springs Charter 95, Somerset, inc. (at Central Park): 1. Aubrey Paulding (SH) 23:01, 2. Clements (SH) 23:36, 3. Ravelo (ILS)24:14, 4. Hodgson (Som) 25:36, 5. Ricote (IL) 25:39, 6. Montoto (ILS) 26:28, 7. Ranck (CM) 26:45.
• Pine Crest 19, Westminster Academy 84, South Florida HEAT 92, Florida Christian 98, Coral Springs Christian 108, Miami Country Day 117, Highlands Christian 207 (at Greynolds Park): 1. Julia Montgomery (PC) 19:14, 2. Wurth (PC) 19:55, 3. Camargo (FC) 20:49, 4. Yared (PC) 20:56, 5. Phillips (PC) 21:15, 6. Selbach (WA) 21:23, 7. Jovanovic (PC)21:26.
District 11-8A semifinals at Taravella: Deerfield Beach-Taravella winner vs. Coral Glades, 5; South Plantation-Coral Springs winner vs. Douglas, 7.
District 12-8A final at Western: 7
District 15-7A semifinals at Monarch: Coconut Creek vs. Monarch, 6; Northeast vs. Blanche Ely, 7:30
District 16-7A final at South Broward: 4:30
District 16-5A semifinals at Hallandale: Mourning vs. American Heritage, 5; Pompano Beach vs. Hallandale-Dillard winner, 7
Miami Edison vs. University (Nova), 7
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Fort Lauderdale (Northeast), 7
McArthur at Cooper City, 7
Piper vs. Taravella (Coral Springs), 7
Pines Charter vs. Stranahan (South Plantation), 7
Boca Raton Christian vs. South Florida HEAT (PAL), 4
SFC first round: Pine Crest at Miami Florida Christian, 7
SFC consolation: Westminster Academy at Miami Archbishop Curley, 4
SFC consolation: Marathon vs. Coral Springs Charter (Mullins), 7
District 11-8A final at Taravella: 7
District 15-7A final at Monarch: 6
District 15-6A final at Archbishop McCarthy: 7
District 16-5A final at Hallandale: 6
District 13-4A final at Pine Crest: 7
District 14-3A final at Highlands Christian: 7
SWIMMING AND DIVING
District 9-3A at Coral Springs Aquatic Center- Diving
District 10-3A at Central Park Aquatic Complex - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 5:30
District 12-2A at Pembroke Pines Charter - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 5
District 10-1A at Boca St. Andrews- Prelims: 10 a.m.; Finals: 5:30
Plantation at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Cardinal Gibbons at American Heritage, 7:30
Western at Miramar, 7
Boyd Anderson at Blanche Ely, 7
Everglades at Cypress Bay, 7
Douglas at South Plantation, 7
Coral Glades at Northeast, 7
Deerfield Beach at Coral Springs, 7
Coconut Creek vs. Monarch (Deerfield Beach), 7
Hollywood Hills at South Broward, 7
Hallandale at Pompano Beach, 7
Moore Haven at Calvary Christian, 4
Chaminade-Madonna at Venice, 7:30
North Broward Prep at Orlando Lake Highland Prep, 7
Somerset at WPB Kings Academy, 7
District 13-2A final at Zion Lutheran: 7
SWIMMING AND DIVING
District 9-3A at Deerfield Middle - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 5.