Virgilio Velasquez’s kicks send Miami High to OT victory


Last week’s best performances


The South Dade football team secured the District 16-8A championship with a 21-20 victory against Southridge. The Bucs capped a sweep of all four district opponents led by Antwan Cordy’s two interceptions and Terry Edwards’ 129 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries.


Dre Pickett-White, Southwest, football: Pickett-White finished with 190 yards passing, 104 yards rushing, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown to lead the Eagles to a playoff-clinching 43-12 win over Ferguson.

Marcus Jackson, Homestead, football: Jackson had two interceptions to lead a six-turnover game for the Broncos defense in a crucial 23-22 district win over Carol City.

Jenny Ceballos, Westminster Christian, girls’ volleyball: Ceballos totaled 17 digs and 12 kills to lead the Warriors to the District 16-3A title-clinching win over Palmer Trinity.

Annie Ortiz, Lourdes, girls’ volleyball: Ortiz had 32 assists and five digs to lead the Bobcats to the win over Ferguson and the District 15-8A title.

Krystal Canellas, Mater Academy, girls’ volleyball: Canellas had seven kills to lead the Lions to the District 16-6A title-clinching win over Hialeah-Miami Lakes.

Julian Radice, La Salle, boys’ swimming: Radice won the 200 IM and 500 free at the District 12-1A meet.

Kyla Valls, Ransom, girls’ swimming: Valls won the 200 and 500 freestyle and posted winning times of 1:54.50 and 5.07.91 to lead Ransom to the District 12-1A meet title.

Julio Betancourt, Columbus, boys’ golf: Betancourt shot a 74 to lead his team to a runner-up finish at the Region 8-2A meet.

Carolina Garrett, Ransom, girls’ golf: Garrett shot a 78 and helped her team qualify for state as the Region 8-1A runner-up.

Jason Gonzalez, Columbus, boys’ bowling: Gonzalez bowled a 594 to lead the Explorers to a win over Ferguson.

Briana Futch, American, girls’ bowling: Futch bowled a 640 series to lead the Patriots over Miami Beach.

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Last season, Miami High kicker Virgilio Velasquez found himself in a similar situation against the same opponent.

He had the chance to make a tying field goal against district rival Coral Gables, but his kick bounced off the upright post and missed.

This time, in swirling wind Monday night at Curtis Park, he not only tied the score at 10 with a 24-yard field goal with 1:17 remaining in regulation, but also he booted the Stingarees to a 13-10 victory in overtime with a 25-yarder after which frantic teammates mobbed him on the field.

“It was amazing. There are no words that can explain it. Everything just flashed back,” Velasquez said. “It’s been a year since. I still have that memory today. I just wanted big things to happen, and I came through, God came through, and we got a victory for the team.”

With the win, Miami High (3-5, 2-1) now controls its destiny to earn the second playoff spot in District 14-8A. If the Stingarees defeat South Miami on Friday, they are district runner-up and clinch a playoff berth.

Coral Gables (2-6, 1-2) began with the ball in overtime, but on second-and-goal at the 5-yard line, quarterback Dijon Smith found a crease through the middle, hit it, dove for the end zone, but fumbled at the 1-yard line. Miami High recovered in the end zone.

The fourth-quarter field goal to tie the score was set up by a Statue of Liberty play Miami High coach Frank Welsh drew up on a third-and-6.

Quarterback Kelvin Reyes dropped back as if he were to throw, two Cavaliers came rushing in, and suddenly the ball was in Teron Hopkins’ hands and he was cruising up the field. The 44-yard gain — plus a facemask penalty at the end of the play — put the Stingarees inside Gables’ 20-yard line.

“Anyone who goes up against us knows we’re going to run Statue,” Welsh said. “For this game here, we had to win. … We came out in everything possible because we told the guys whatever it’s going to take to win, I’m going to put you guys in that position tonight.”

The Stingarees’ lone touchdown was scored in quite unusual fashion. In the third quarter, wide receiver Keyshawn Young, who also led the team with five catches for 39 yards, picked up a teammate’s fumble and took it 74 yards for the score.

Miami High won Monday despite surrendering more than 300 rushing yards to Coral Gables. The Stingarees were aided, however, by 15 Cavalier penalties for 138 yards — two of which wiped out Gables touchdowns.

Coral Gables came into the game looking to clinch the district runner-up playoff spot behind Columbus. Now the Cavaliers need to beat Coral Park and have South Miami defeat Miami High next weekend to force a three-way tie.


The Southwest boys’ bowling team is headed to the state tournament. The Eagles won the District 16 team title over South Dade at Bird Bowl on Monday. The win marks the first time the Eagles advanced to the state final.

“We went undefeated and finished first in the district,” junior Alec Sanchez said. “It sends a message.”

Facing elimination, the Eagles rallied to make the finals of the best-of-3 Baker format tournament. Southwest made quick work of South Dade, winning two matches to secure the title.

“It means a lot to us, especially being one of the teams that could’ve gotten knocked out,” senior Sean Ottiway said. “The experience has been wonderful. I love these guys.”

Both teams advanced to the state tournament.

On the girls’ side of the bracket, Braddock won the District 16 team title over Ferguson.

The Bulldogs and the Falcons battled frame for frame until late in the second match when the Bulldogs were able to pull away for the victory.

The Falcons faced a tough challenge to make the final round. Ferguson was nearly eliminated in its semifinal match, playing a fifth game versus Coral Reef.

The teams were nearly tied going into the 10th frame, when Ferguson senior Melissa Perez clinched the victory by bowling three consecutive strikes. Both Ferguson and Braddock advanced to the state tournament. The state tournament will be held Nov. 7-8 at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando.

Individually, Terra’s Tori Burstein won the girls district title and advanced to the state tournament. Burnstein bowled a 619 high series. Burnstein is the first athlete from Terra to qualify for a state tournament in any sport.

“I recently got a new ball, and it’s been doing really well,” she said. “Everything was working today.”

Gulliver’s Jonathan Leeds won the boys’ district title with a 631 high series. Leeds edged out South Miami’s Jonathan Morales by three pins. Both boys advanced to the state finals.



•  Boys’ team results (*-Advance to the state tournament, **Individual) 1. Southwest*, 2. Ferguson*. 1. Top 10 boys: 1. Jonathan Leeds**, GUL, 631; 2. Jonathan Morales**, SM, 628; 3. Jon Hall, SD, 615; 4. Jonathan Stadmire, CR, 606; 5. Sean Ottoway, SW, 600; 6. Alex Yaniz, MC, 599; 7. Peter Ross, CR, 595; 8. Brandon Williams, KIL, 573; 9. Kristopher Garcia, SM, 569; 10. Cody Stacy, SD, 561.

•  Girls’ team results – 1. Southwest*, 2. Ferguson*. Top 10 girls: 1. Tori Burstein**, TER, 619; 2. Melissa Perez, FER, 591; 3. Jasmine Smith**, CR, 546; 4. Samantha Boellard, TER, 524; 5. Alexis Colon, BRD, 524; 6. Alejandra Missiego, CR, 445; 7. Jessica Donado, BRD, 432; 8. Brianna Colon, BRD, 423; 9. Monica Tarver, KIL, 418; 10. Jennifer Cruz, SW, 407.


The state golf tournaments gets under way Tuesday in Central Florida.

The tournaments, divided into Class 2A and Class 1A, will be played at three courses, with Class 1A girls’ and boys’ Class 1A at Mission Inn Resort & Club at Howey-in-the-Hills; the girls’ Class 2A at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake; and the boys’ Class 2A at Deer Island Country Club in Tavares.

Making the tournament as teams from Miami-Dade and Broward counties are Plantation American Heritage and Ransom Everglades in Class 1A girls; Plantation American Heritage and Cardinal Gibbons in boys’ Class 1A; Cypress Bay and St. Thomas Aquinas in girls’ Class 2A; and Cypress Bay and Columbus in boys’ Class 2A.

First tee times at all courses are at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.



•  Dade Christian 1, MAST Academy 1: Gaby Roldos goal. Sophia Gomez assist. DC 0-0-1, MAS 0-0-1.

•  Killian 8, TERRA 2: Amanda Perez: 3 Goals. Erika Foreman 2 goals, 1 assist. Rachel Kramer 1 goal, 4 assists.

Cristina Salabarria 1 goal, 2 assists.

•  Southwest 2, Coral Park 2: for SW: Daniela Tenjido goal. Stephanie Doimeadios goal.

•  Lourdes 8, Braddock 0: Bailey Plummer 2 goals, 1 assist. Rebecca Alvarez 2 goals, 1 assist. Michelle Fortolongo 1 goal. LOU 1-0, BRA 0-1.

•  Mater 8, Westland 0: Karly Villar 3 Goals, 2 Assist. Alexis Hogan 1 Goal, 2 Assist. Elexus Martin 1 Goal, 1 Assist. MAT 1-0.

•  Miami Springs 2, Goleman 0: Ale Salazar, Anett Cea had 1 goal each. Sofia De la Puenta strong defense. MS 1-0.


•  District 12-2A – 1.Pembroke Pines Charter 403, 2. Fort Lauderdale 378, 3. Pompano Beach 361, 4. Archbishop McCarthy 240, 5. Key West 211, 6. Mater Academy 203, 7. Hollywood Hills 97, 8. Stranahan 52, 9. Hialeah Miami Lakes 51, 10. Dillard 44: 200 medley relay – 1. Pompano Beach 2:00.89, 2. Pines Charter 2:08.21, 3. McCarthy 2:09.86: 200 free: 1. M. Aponte (FTL) 2:01.00, 2. Adams (FTL) 2:01.65, 3. Perez (HML) 2:04.48. 200 IM; 1. Rodriguez (PPC) 2:26.38, 2. Stewart (PB) 2:29.55, 3. Collier (PB) 2:29.94. 50 free: 1. Schulte (PB) 26.03, 2. Armstrong (PPC) 26.85, 3. Hill (PPC) 26.91. 100 fly: 1. M. Aponte (FTL) 1:00.93, 2. A. Aponte (FTL) 1:07.20, 3. Petrillo (FTL) 1:08.23. 100 free: 1. Adams (FTL) 56.67, 2. Aseere (PB) 57.05, 3. Hill (PPC) 58.71. 500 free: 1. Calero (PPC) 5:29.77, 2. Perez (HML) 5:39.83, 3. A. Aponte (FTL) 5:48.10. 200 free relay: 1. PB 1:46.53, 2. FTL 1:47.65, 3. PPC 1:50.03. 100 back: 1. Aseere (PB) 1:03.43, 2. Fernandez (PPC) 1:08.21, 3. Rigau (PPC) 1:12.35. 100 breast: 1. Schulte (PB) 1:13.95, 2. Lawson-Corley (FTL) 1:18.97, 3. Portella (PB) 1:19.55; 400 free: 1. FTL 3:58.94, 2. PPC 4:02.84, 3. AM 4:08.13. Diving: 1. Degouveia (FTL) 343.10, 2. Cassanelli-Warriner (FTL) 310.90, 3. Rutherford (FTL) 306.20.


•  District 12-2A – 1.Belen 515, 2. McCarthy 274.50, 3. Fort Lauderdale 268, 4. Pines Charter 255, 5. Mater Academy 182, 6. Pompano Beach 148, 7. Key West 107.50, 8. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 84, 9. Stranahan 75, 10. Hollywood Hills 72, 11. Dillard 22: 200 relay: 1. BEL 1:45.29, 2. PPC 1:50.33, 3. MA 1:52.62. 200 free: 1. Ballestas (BJ) 1:43.33, 2. Rutkin (FTL) 1:43.70, 3. Hall (ABM) 1:51.62. 200 IM: 1. Lopez (BJ) 2:05.74, 2. Viloria (PPC) 2:09.43, 3. Colon (MA) 2:09.54; 50 free: 1. Marcoux (FTL) 22.67, 2. Guso (BJ) 23.04, 3. Mila (ABM) 23.19; 100 fly: 1. Alvarez (BJ) 52.69, 2. Nichlany (ABM) 53.47, 3. Ring (PB) 56.84. 100 free: 1. Ballestas (BJ) 47.47, 2. Parada (PPC) 49.36, 3. Marcoux (FTL) 49.95. 500 free: 1. Rutkin (FTL) 4:41.35, 2. DePawlikowski (BJ) 4:41.80, 3. Santos (MA) 4:49.47; 200 free: 1. BEL 1:31.62, 2. FTL 1:32.00, 3. AM 1:35.09. 100 back: 1. DePawlikowski (BJ) 53.56, 2. Alvarez (BJ) 54.65, 3. Parada (PPC) 58.76. 100 breast: 1. Lopez (BJ) 1:03.25, 2. Colon (MA) 1:04.47, 3. Wermuth (BJ) 1:06.08; 400 relay: 1. AM 3:24.90, 2. FTL 3:26.43, 3. BEL 3:26.89; Diving: 1. Honner, FTL 312.90, 2. Hardegree (HML) 295.65.


•  District 16-4A final – Gulliver d. Coral Shores 25-16, 25-8, 25-20: Catherine Arnholt 30 assists. Stephanie Rubin 12 kills, 15 digs. Melanie Brooks 22 digs. GUL 13-11.

•  District 15-4A final – Archbishop McCarthy d. Hollywood Hills 25-13,25-18,25-22: Alyssa Savery 8 sp, 3 aces, 15 kills, 5 blocks, 6 digs. Grace Balcazar 10 kills. Melissa Bandera 8 points, 4 aces, 40 assists. AM 14-10.

•  District 13-6A semifinal – American d. Krop 13 23-25, 25-9, 17-25, 25-20, 15-8: Kiera Whitehead 13 Kills, 8 Digs, 3 Blocks, Ace. Kayla Incera 20 assists, 5 digs, 2 aces. Silver Harris 5 kills, 4 digs, 1 assist.

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