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Pines Charter runs to its first boys’ cross-country District 15-3A title

No longer do conversations about the Pines Charter boys’ cross-country team start and end with Andrew Iglesias.

With Iglesias, the Jaguars’ All-American runner sidelined with an injury, surging twin brothers Carlos and Daniel Penaranda propelled the Jaguars to the District 15-3A title, the first in school history, at Mills Pond Park on Thursday.

Building off a runner-up finish at the B.C.A.A championships, Carlos Penaranda won the individual title in a personal-best 16:36 to lead a 1-2-3 Jaguars’ finish with Daniel Penaranda (17:13) and Timothy Taylor (17:34).

“I was expecting to win, for sure,” said Carlos Penaranda. “I train with the No. 4 runner in the state, Andrew Iglesias, so I knew I could only get better. I knew I was going to be one of the top runners in the county and this district. I’m hoping to see where I get to in the Region. I hope top five or top 10.”

Iglesias offered vocal support from the sidelines and will undoubtedly bolster a deep roster upon his return for the Region 4-3A championships on Nov. 10.

“This is very pleasing. I have a lot of young talent,” said Jaguars coach Joe Hazera. “We can go eight, nine, 10 deep. I can have Andy sitting down and couple other guys sitting and still we can come through like this.”

The top three girls’ teams and top four boys’ teams along with the top 13 individual finishers qualify for the Region championships in Stuart.

Cardinal Gibbons’ senior Morgan Rodriguez credited a more relaxed approach this season to a relatively easy defense of her District title in 20:27.

But the battle for the girls’ team title between the Chiefs and Archbishop McCarthy was as close as advertised with a 34-35 victory for the Chiefs being decided by the No. 5 runners.

“We knew it would be back and forth with Archbishop,’’ Rodriguez said. “There are so few other complete teams. We knew what we had to do to win.”

•  District 15-3A results. Boys’ individuals – 1. Carlos Penaranda (PPC) 16:36, 2. D. Penaranda (PPC) 17:13, 3. Taylor (PPC) 17:34, 4. Farrell (AM) 17:40, 5. Levine (OH) 17:55, 6. Hunter (AM) 18:02, 7. Sahagian (CG) 18:05, 8. McNair (PPC) 18:14, 9. Santana (AM) 18:19, 10. Wich (CG) 18:29, 11. Graham (Ccreek) 18:30, 12. Roberts (CG) 18:32, 13. Adarve (PPC) 18:34. Boys’ team scores: 1. Pines Charter 27, 2. Cardinal Gibbons 58, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 58, 4. Coconut Creek 107, 5. Dillard 149, 6. Olympic Heights 151,7. Stranahan 171. Girls’ individuals – 1. Morgan Rodriguez (CG) 20:27, 2. Bowden (AM) 21:06, 3. Hazera (PPC) 21:12, 4. Aguilar (AM) 21:16, 5. Vigarino (CG) 21:17, 6. Sarduy (AM) 21:27, 7. Haley (CG) 21:41, 8. Davis (PPC) 21:56, 9. Mendoza (AM) 22:11, 10. Belina (CG) 22:13, 11. Langsett (CG) 22:27, 12. Devove (FtL) 22:42, 13. Norton (CG) 23:00. Girls’ team scores: 1. Cardinal Gibbons 34, 2. Archbishop McCarthy 35, 3. Pines Charter 85, 4. Fort Lauderdale 96, 5. Olympic Heights 129, 6. Blanche Ely 157.


•  Reagan 35, Westland 8: Reagan (8-1, 5-0) took an important step in its season and was able to stave off the nearest competition in a battle of independents in 5A by defeating Hialeah Westland 35-8 at Ted Hendricks Stadium in front of about 200 fans.

The Bisons were led by the two-pronged running attack of Keenan Springer, who led all rushers with 182 yards and two touchdowns, and Immanuel Pierre (130 yds, 2 TDs), while quarterback Kevin Campo threw for a score to Kyle Castleton in the third quarter.

Westland (4-6, 3-2) was led on the ground by its seniors on Senior Night. Patrick Stephenson led the team in rushing with 80 yards and also scored a touchdown. Quarterback Matthew Sandoval threw for 89 yards and also threw for a two-point conversion to Tervel Parrish.



•  American Heritage 10, Calvary Christian 0

•  Pines Charter 4, Coral Springs 0: Rachelle Smith 2 goals. Kayla Faulkner goal. Alexys Nowak goal. PPC 3-0.

•  St. Thomas 8, South Plantation 0: Sara Perlman 5 goals, assist. Jessica Hoyt goal, 4 assist. Rachel Bogue, Caroline Fernandez had one goal each. Brittany Macaluso shutout.

•  University 1, Chaminade 1: Valerie O’Toole goal. Hannah Katz assist. US 1-0-1.

•  North Broward Prep 2, Coral Springs Charter 1: Christine Creighton goal, assist. Kelsey Blow goal. Nikki Giordano assist. NBP 2-0-1

•  Late Wednesday – Pines Charter 9, Nova 2: Kayla Faulkner five goals, assist. Courtney Zaher 2 goals. Alexys Nowak goal, three assists.


•  Late Wednesday scores: Boca Raton Pope John Paul II d. Sagemont, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18; St. Thomas Aquinas d. Blanche Ely, 25-7, 25-7, 25-6.



South Plantation at Deerfield Beach, 7

St. Thomas Aquinas at Cooper City, 7

Cardinal Gibbons at Hallandale, 7

Taravella at Coral Springs, 7

Plantation at Nova, 7

Fort Lauderdale vs. Stranahan (South Plantation), 7

Somerset Academy at North Broward Prep, 7

Northeast vs. Monarch (Coconut Creek), 7

Blanche Ely at Coral Glades, 7

West Broward at Everglades, 7

Coconut Creek at Boyd Anderson, 7

Piper at Douglas, 7

Champagnat at Archbishop McCarthy, 7

WPB Summit Christian at Highlands Christian, 7

South Florida HEAT at Northwest Christian, 7:30

Calvary Christian at Delray American Heritage, 7

Pompano Beach at WPB Forest Hill, 7


Region 4-3A at Plantation Central Park Aquatic Complex - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 5


District 10-4A at South County Park - Girls: 3:30; Boys: 4:15


Cardinal Gibbons at Taravella, 4

Archbishop McCarthy at Key West, 7



Miramar at Flanagan, 5

American Heritage at Dillard, 7

Cypress Bay at Western, 6


Region 3-3A at Boca Raton - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 5:30

Region 4-1A at Nova Southeastern University - Prelims: 9 a.m.; Finals: 4:30


Archbishop McCarthy at Marathon, 11:30 a.m.

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