Dade golf teams show off their promise at state


To call the performance by Miami-Dade golfers at the state golf tournament overwhelmingly successful would be an overstatement. Interesting might be the proper description.

Ransom Everglades was the highest-finishing Dade team, taking 10th place of 16 teams in Class 1A.

What makes that interesting? The Raiders have three 10th graders and two 11th graders playing for them, and their top two finishers in the state meet that concluded Wednesday are both 10th graders — Carolina Garrett and Chloe Horton.

Making Garrett’s round particularly interesting was that she improved her first-day score by nine strokes with a 77 Wednesday to finish at a 19-over-par 163. Even more interesting was the fact that Garrett posted that score with a triple-bogey on 18 after enduring a long delay on the tee.

Horton shot an 81-88—169.

“Carolina had a rough time on the first day,” Ransom coach Scott Jones explained. “Then when she finished she had a nice self-talk, and the result was how she performed in the second round.”

Of the self-talk, Garrett said: “I told myself I wasn’t going to repeat another meltdown in the second round.”

As for the young team’s future, Garrett vowed, “We definitely will be back next year.”

Another young team from Dade that should be back at state next year is the Columbus boys. The Explorers were led by 11th grader Eddie Martinez (79-79—158) and 10th grader Julio Betancourt 81-77—158).

“It is an amazing experience for them,” coach Mike Marinelli said. “Next year we will compete, and that will be for the title.”

One of the youngest players in the state tournament was Carrollton seventh grader Tanya Eathakotti, who finished with scores of 90 and 88. One of the top boys’ efforts came in Class 1A as Gulliver Prep’s Anthony Infante, a stellar player throughout his high school career, put together rounds of 80 and 84.



•  Region 4-8A quarterfinal — Reagan d. American, 25-15, 25-11, 23-25, 25-20: Wednesday afternoon turned out to be another day of firsts for Reagan. Just two days after capturing their first-ever district championship beating Miami Beach, the Bison broke new ground again when they knocked off American on its home court in four sets.

The victory sends Reagan (12-5) to its first-ever regional semifinal where they will host Hialeah either on Monday or Wednesday.

“What’s amazing is … we lost eight seniors and really had a young inexperienced team this year,” coach Melissa Garcia said. “With so many new faces on the court that would normally spell for a chemistry problem, but give these girls credit.”


•  Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Palmer Trinity d. Miami Country Day 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 20-25, 15-10: What started out with what appeared to be a routine sweep and quick night for the Palmer Trinity girls volleyball team turned into anything but on Wednesday night.

What the Falcons did not count on was a gritty and determined Miami Country Day team that used its home gym with football players and soccer players noisily rooting them one and fed off the atmosphere to battle back from an 0-2 deficit for force a five-set, two-and-a-half hour marathon.

But the Spartans, perhaps having used up a ton of energy in fighting back to win the third and fourth sets, ran out of gas in the fifth as Palmer (19-5) prevailed and will now advance to take on Westminster Christian next week in a regional semifinal and a rematch of last week’s district championship.

“I told them before that fifth set to settle down and regain their focus because they lost their focus after those first two sets,” Palmer coach William Gonzalez said. “I reminded them of the recent tradition, including two trips to state, that Palmer volleyball has achieved and to play the way they know how and they responded.”


•  Region 4-3A Quarterfinal — Westminster Christian d. Doctors Carter 25-11, 25-22, 25-7: Behind offense and defense, Westminster Christian cruised in straight sets against Doctors Charter to advance to regional semifinals.

Westminster Christian is yet to lose in the regional quarterfinal round in coach Julie Doan Kurenuma’s eight-year tenure at the helm.

Outside hitter Sammy Ceballos paved the way for the Warriors (24-4) with her ferocious spikes. She totaled 17 kills and nine digs in extensive playing time with the Warriors battling injuries.

“We just moved a couple of people around,” Kurenuma said. “Some girls had injuries, so we saved them a little bit in hopes that we could pull it out.”



• Late Tuesday – Region 4-6A quarterfinal – McCarthy d. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 25-16,25-13, 25-18: Melissa Bandera 9 spikes, 3 aces, 30 assists. Natalia St. Thomas 13 sp, 3 aces, 8 kills. Alyssa Savery 9 spikes, 2 aces, 13 kills. AM 15-10.

• Late Tuesday scores - Region 4-6A quarterfinal – Hollywood Hills d. Mater Academy, 25-23, 25-8, 25-21; Region 4-2A quarterfinal – Sheridan Hills Christian d. Northwest Christian 25-6, 25-14, 25-7; Region 4-2A quarterfinal – Greater Miami Academy d. Zion Lutheran, 25-12, 25-12, 25-15; Region 4-2A quarterfinal – Westwood Christian d. Island Christian, 25-17, 25-15, 25-9.


•  District 16-3A: Belen posted a perfect score to win the boys’ team title and Northwestern took home the girls’ title at Larry and Penny Thompson Park on Wednesday afternoon. Avery Lopez ran a time of 16:04.51 to lead the Wolverines, whose team finished first through seventh for a score of 15. Senior Altoniece Williams ran a winning time of 21:21.94 to lead the Bulls’ girls.

Team scores – Boys: 1. Belen Jesuit 15; 2. Mater Academy 80; 3. Central 89; 4. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 139; 5. Homestead 141; 6. Northwestern 147; 7. Goleman 160; 8. Norland 168; 9. Westland Hialeah 195; Girls: 1. Northwestern 30; 2. Central 53; 3. Mater Academy 61; 4. Homestead 96; 5. Carol City 133; 6. Hialeah-Miami Lakes 150.

Individual results – Boys: 1. Avery Lopez (BEL) 16:04.51; 2. Fabian Tomas (BEL) 16:21.17; 3. Ryan Rodriguez (BEL) 16:25.25; 4. Michael Magoulas (BEL) 16:32.32; 5. Alexander Isaac (BEL) 16:44.64; 6. Andres Fernandez (BEL) 16:59.67; 7. Osiel Gonzalez (BEL) 17:07.57; 8. Marcus Smith (CC) 17:35.71; 9. Jims Thimogene (NOR) 17:38.21; 10. Gilbert Rodriguez (MA) 17:46.35; 11. Allen Seraphin (CEN) 17:51.94; 12. Sir-Wade Frye (CC) 18:19.43; 13. Charles Rodriguez (MA) 18:39.87; 14. Andres Cedeno (HOM) 19:32.09; 15. Olson Eelisca (HOM) 19:32.64; Girls: 1. Altoniece Williams (NW) 21:21.94; 2. Destiny Johnson (HOM) 21:29.61; 3. Yolanda Springer (NW) 21:32.01; 4. Sharie Hinds (CEN) 21:55.61; 5. Roselore Desir (CEN) 22:09.53; 6. Torrencia Allen (NW) 22:20.27; 7. Timetria Mitchell (NW) 22:21.45; 8. Venus Garcia (MA) 22:37.78; 9. Kayla Jackson (HOM) 22:45.23; 10. Ivette Trana (MA) 22:50.40; 11. Mendalina Simeon (CEN) 23:02.74; 12. Alexis Rodriguez (MA) 23:12.93; 13. Recardia Cooper (NW) 23:45.10; 14. Henfield Lidicia (CEN) 24:02.31; 15. Janice Rincon (MA) 24:22.15.

•  District 15-2A: Monsignor Pace’s boys and Doral Academy’s girls secured the team championships Wednesday afternoon at Larry and Penny Thompson Park. Pace senior Ryan Ventura ran a time of 17:34.13 to win the boys’ individual title. The top four girls runners were all from Doral led by individual champion Melanie Villalobos (21:45.52).

Team scores – Boys: 1. Monsignor Pace 31; 2. Doral 45; 3. La Salle 88; 4. Jackson 91; 5. Booker T. Washington 104; 6. Mourning 140; Girls: 1. Doral 17; 2. La Salle 55; 3. Jackson 75; 4. Booker T. Washington 117; 5. Mourning 118.

Individual results – Boys: 1. Ryan Ventura (Pace) 17:34.13; 2. Peter Grootens (Pace) 18:05.88; 3. Enrrique Hernandez (DOR) 18:28.70; 4. Nick Montalvo (LaS) 18:41.93; 5. Christopher Ventura (Pace) 18:49.75; 6. Alejandro Morejon (DOR) 18:52.55; 7. Varquan Small (BTW) 18:54.90; 8. Donald Hutchinson (BTW) 19:02.79; 9. Rony Llanos (DOR) 19:12.94; 10. Kenny Lopez (JAC) 19:23.48; 11. Dimitri Wolff (Pace) 19:29.57; 12. Gustavo Guerra (Pace) 19:36.49; 13. Vicente Caycedo (DOR) 19:38.85; 14. Juan Arbeleaz (DOR) 19:39.41; 15. Carlos Tornell (LaS) 19:40.23; Girls: 1. Melanie Villalobos (DOR) 21:45.52; 2. Kelly Riveron (DOR) 21:47.35; 3. Lianna Farnesi (DOR) 21:49.88; 4. Brittney Wasserbeck (DOR) 22:20.92; 5. Shamaria Lovett (JAC) 22:37.57; 6. Amy Ravelo (LAS) 23:23.23; 7. Maria Camacho (DOR) 23:26.99; 8. Natalie Fernandez (Pace) 23:57.72; 9. Maria Escobar (DOR) 25:04.50; 10. Lara Ricote (LAS)25:21.03; 11. Maria Navia-Jiminez (LAS) 25:21.25; 12. Gabriella Lucca (DOR) 26:20.11; 13. Alina Montoto (LAS) 26:45.88; 14. Yiraitza Hernandez (JAC) 27:16.89; 15. Kimberly Valmyre (JAC) 27:45.65.


• TERRA 2, Doral Academy 1: Natalie Diaz goal, assist. Carly Duncan goal, Nina Maceo assist. TERRA (1-1)

•  Late Tuesday – Marathon 4, Florida Christian 3: for FC: Kaetlyn Godoy goal, 2 assists. Natalia Baixeras goal, assist. Jessica Barcelo goal. MAR 1-0, FC 0-1.

•  Late Tuesday – St. Brendan 7, Pace 0: Adri Prieto 3 goals. Nicole Dennis 2 goals. Mallory Ryan shutout. SB 1-0.

•  Late Tuesday – La Salle 4, Carrollton 2: Nicole Baldassini 3 goals.

•  Late Tuesday – Dade Christian 1, Ransom 0: Karyna Gastesi goal Amber Socarras assist. Julie Ramos shutout. DC 1-0-1.

•  Late Tuesday – Mater Academy 6, Hialeah 1: Karly Villar 3 Goals, 1 Assist. Alexis Hogan 1 Goal, 1 Assist. Saige Griffin 1 Goal. MA 2-0.

•  Late Tuesday – Coral Park 2, Southwest 2: Nina Torres 1 goal. Laura Villareal 1 goal.


•  Late Tuesday – Preseason – Sunset 3, Ferguson 1: Juan Marquez 2 goals, 1 assist. Eddy Pineiro 1 goal. Nick Feanny 1 assist. Jonathan Ochoa assist.

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