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Ransom girls’ golf wins Region 8-1A, advances to states


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The Ransom Everglades girls’ volleyball team captured its first Smoothie King Invitational title by going 5-0 with wins over Westminster Christian (first win in 12 seasons), Chaminade Madonna, Calvary Christian, Gulliver and Mater Academy. Tere Bernace was named the tournament’s MVP and teammates Kathryn Trinka, Nikki Colonna, Lisette Tellez each made the All-Tournament team.

The Coral Reef girls’ volleyball team won its first GMAC title by beating Palmetto, Ferguson and Hialeah. Kristine Rios finished with 15 kills, 24 digs, 17 assists and five aces combined for the three matches of the tournament. Daniela Leal posted a combined eight kills, 22 assists and 22 digs. Baylee Waterman had a team-high 23 kills and libero Paulina Persson finished with 58 digs.


Leo Lorenzo and Charlie Simmons, South Miami, football: Lorenzo and Simmons connected for a 12-yard touchdown pass in overtime to beat previously unbeaten Southwest. Lorenzo had 108 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown, while Simmons had 89 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown.

Alin Edouard, Hialeah, football: Edouard finished with 143 yards on 15 carries and ran for three touchdowns to lead the T-Breds to a crucial 43-20 win against North Miami Beach.

Ryan Mayes, Krop, football: Mayes scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass and forced a fumble late to help the Lightning earn a season-saving 30-16 win over North Miami.

Maria Cuesta, La Salle, girls’ volleyball: Cuesta had a combined 28 kills and 24 digs to lead the Royal Lions to wins over Florida Christian and St. Brendan.

Avery Lopez, Belen, boys’ cross-country: Lopez ran a time of 15:58.23 to lead the Wolverines to the championship of the Youth Fair Invitational.

Katrina Santiago, Ferguson, girls’ cross-country: Santiago won the Youth Fair Invitational with a time of 19:33.25.

Alejandro Maestre, Braddock, boys’ swimming: Mestre won the 100 back and 200 IM to lead the Bulldogs to wins against Southwest and South Miami.

Lindsey Cannon, South Dade, girls’ swimming: Cannon won the 100 back to lead the Bucs to a win over Braddock.

Anthony Infante, Gulliver, boys’ golf: Infante shot a 5-under 66 to win the individual crown and lead the Raiders to the District 24-1A title.

Julie Steinbauer, Carrollton, girls’ golf: Steinbauer shot a 78 to secure the District 24-1A title and lead the Cyclones to the team title.

Charlie Forero, Killian, boys’ bowling: Forero bowled a 279 high game and 666 high series to secure the Youth Fair championship.

Melissa Perez, Ferguson, girls’ bowling: Perez bowled a 673 high series to win the Youth Fair Invitational.


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In a regional final dominated by Plantation American Heritage, several Dade schools also had golfers step up and advance to states.

At the Region 8-1A finals at Grand Palms Country Club in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday, the Ransom Everglades girls’ team finished in second with a score of 315. With the top two teams advancing, that was good enough to beat Carrollton by 13 strokes and earn a berth along with American Heritage.

Carolina Garrett led the Raiders with a 78, and Alix Hamilton, Katie Hanley and Chloe Horton all followed suit behind her, shooting 79s on the par-71 course.

Advancing individually was 12-year-old eighth grader Tanya Eathakotti of Carrollton, who shot a 78 and beat out Pine Crest’s Sam Haubenstock in a tiebreaker to move on with Westminster Academy’s Ashley Malinchak (68).

On the boys’ side, Gulliver’s Anthony Infante, along with University School’s Jonah Wasserstrom, carded scores of 73 to advance individually outside of American Heritage and Cardinal Gibbons, the two teams to move on.

The day, however, belonged to American Heritage, with the boys and girls claiming team titles.

The Patriot 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. Both punched their ticket to states.

The girls’ team has now reached the state championships 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 Heritage’s girls scored in the top six on the day. Leading the way was junior Jamie Freedman, who shot a 4-under 67.

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.

American Heritage now shifts its focus to the state championships at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills on Oct. 30-31.

•  Boys’ Results — American 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, Alix Hamilton (RE) 79, Katie Hanley (RE) 79, Chloe Horton (RE) 79.


•  District semifinal – TERRA d. Doral 18-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-14: Brooke McDermott 22 kills, 4 aces, 2 blocks. Katie Barrow 25 assists, 3 aces. Gaby Aquino 9 kills, 2 aces, 1 block.

•  District 16-8A semifinal – Palmetto d. Varela 25-15, 25-14, 25-14: Jamie Comendeiro 28 assists, 18 digs. Makayla Stephens 8 kills, 4 blocks. Tiffany Batten 7 kills, 11 digs. PAL 16-5.

•  District 16-8A semifinal – Coral Reef d. Killian 25-8, 25-19, 25-16: Daniela Leal; 21 assists, 4 kills, 12 digs. Adara Anselmo; 3 aces, 6 kills, 10 digs. Kristine Rios; 2 aces, 6 kills, 11 assists, 12 digs. CR 21-5.

District 15-8A semifinal – Southwest d. Coral Park 25-17, 25-16, 25-19: Sheyanne Sullivan 9 kills, 3 blocks. Millany Camilo 8 blocks, 4 kills. Massiel Castillo 24 assist, 8 digs. Denise Rodriguez 7 digs, 5 kills, 2 aces.

•  District 15-8A semifinal – Braddock d. Sunset 25-21, 25-22, 14-25, 25-16: Nicole Benavides 12 kills, 6 digs, 4 aces. Jessica Sanchez 12 kills, 7 digs, 3 aces. Karina Fernandez 32 assists, 8 digs. Camila Neira 8 kills, 8 digs.

•  District 16-6A semifinal – Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. Westland 25-6, 25-15, 25-16: Jazmin Prada 5 kills, 17 assists. Samantha Marques 8 kills, 13 digs, 9 aces. Arelis Rodriguez 9 kills, 8 digs. Isabella Perez 4 kills, 7 assists. HML 15-5.

•  District 16-3A semifinal – Palmer Trinity d. Florida Christian 21-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-12: Barbar Lopez 24 kills, 14 digs, 38 assists. Danielle Littke 10 kills, 7 aces, 47 assists. PT 19-4.

•  District 16-3A semifinal – Westminster Christian d. Marathon 25-7, 25-15, 25-9:Kelsey Taylor 30 points, 6 digs. Susie Forbes 17 digs, 4 assists. Sammy Ceballos 18 kills, 5 digs. WC 22-4.

•  District 15-3A semifinal – Doctors Charter School d. Mater Lakes 25-23, 25-20, 25-16: Carol Sayori Assato Kiam 6 aces, 20 kills, 28 digs. Brianna Bruny 7 blocks, 10 kills, 23 digs. Allison Yao 4 aces, 1 kill, 13 digs, 35 assists.

District 16-2A semifinal – Calusa Prep d. Redlands 25-8, 25-3, 25-10: Miranda Lendoiro 15 kills. Kaitlin Lucas 16 aces. Jazmine Reyes 20 assists. CP 7-7.


•  Coral Park d. Palmetto: High Game: Bridget Gomez (CP) 127. High Series: 503. CP 7-0.

•  Reagan 7, Mourning 0: High Game: Maria Rojas and Natalie Ochoa-Odon (R) 158. High Series: Ochoa-Odon (R) 411.

•  Coral Reef 7, South Dade 0: High Game: Jasmine Smith (CR) 166. High Series: Jasmine Smith (CR) 473. CR 9-1.

•  American 7, Miami Beach 0: High Game: Briana Futch (A) 224. High Series: Briana Futch (A) 640. AMER 7-2.

Southwest 7, Sunset 0: High Game: Amanda Penton (SW) 146. High Series: Amanda Penton (SW) 387.

•  Goleman 7, Krop 0: High Game: Catherine Gutierrez 177. High Series: Catherine Gutierrez 499. Record 9-0.

Late – Goleman 7, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: High Game: Vanessa Galvez 171. High Series: Vanessa Galvez 439. GOL 8-0.


•  Mourning 5, Reagan 2: High game: Quinn Festge (ATM) 187. High series: Jose Gomez Reagn 449. ATM 8-1.

•  American 5, Miami Beach 2: High Game: Jonathan Araujo (A) 153. High Series: Jonathan Araujo (A) 375. Amer 4-5.

•  Southwest 7, Sunset 0: High game: Alec Sanchez (SW) 213. High series: Sean Ottoway (SW) 530.

•  South Dade 7, Coral Reef 0: High Game: Jesse Drenthe (SD) 223. High Series: Jonathan Stadmire (CR) 561.

•  North Miami 7, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: High Game: Albert Lewis (NM) 185. High Series: Albert Lewis (NM) 482. NM 4-5

•  Mourning 4, Reagan 3: High Game: Quinn Festge (M) 187. High Series: Jose Gomez (R) 449.

•  Krop 5, Goleman 2: High game: Patrick Maciel 155. High Series: Patrick Maciel 411. KRO 5-3.

•  Coral Park d. Palmetto: High game: Giovanni Andres (CP) 181. High series: Andres 510. CP 5-2.

•  Late – Goleman 7, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: High game: Paris Webb 236. High Series: Webb 569. GOL 7-1.


•  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.

•  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 (LS) 20:04.


Posnack 162, Donna Klein 513, Hillel 864, Sagemont, inc., Zion Lutheran, inc (at Markham Park).

•  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 (LS) 24:14, 4. Hodgson (Som) 25:36, 5. Ricote (LS) 25:39, 6. Montoto (LS) 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).


•  Preseason – St. Brendan 7, Miami Country Day 1: Ashley Espinosa and Nicole Dennis each had 2 goals. Alex Alvarado had 1 goal and 2 assists.



South Miami vs. Columbus (Tropical), 6:30


District 15-8A semifinals at Sunset: Southwest vs. Lourdes, 5:30; Braddock vs. Ferguson, 7:30

District 16-8A final at Coral Reef: Palmetto vs. Coral Reef 7

District 16-6A final at Mater Academy: 7

District 16-5A semifinals at Hallandale: Mourning vs. American Heritage, 5; Pompano Beach vs. Hallandale-Dillard winner, 7

District 14-4A final at Edison: 6


District 11-3A at Westland Pool - Prelims: 8 a.m.; Finals: 4

District 12-1A at Ransom - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Diving at UM: noon; Finals: 6

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