Leal leads Coral Reef to regional final in volleyball


Last week’s best performances


Belen Jesuit’s swimming and diving team won the Region 4-2A meet in Fort Myers last week with a score of 353 points. The Wolverines won all three relays. Julian Ballestas won the 100 freestyle and Boleck Depawlikowski won the 100 backstroke. Ballestas, Manny Lopez, Ryan Guso, Evan Banciella, Jose Alvarez and Tommy Avallone were part of the winning relays.


Steve Ishmael, North Miami Beach, football: Ishmael had three timely interceptions and finished with five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown to help NMB clinch its second district title in three years with a 31-28 overtime win over North Miami.

Keon Roman, Krop, football: Roman finished with 13 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns and completed 12 of 20 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lightning to a playoff-clinching 38-27 victory over Hialeah.

Charles Romane, North Miami, football: Despite losing to NMB, Romane rushed for 235 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns.

Trevon Sands, Southwest, football: Sands had a timely interception and saved a touchdown when he chased down a Varela runner to preserve a 14-6 victory and win the District 15-8A title.

Michele Marenus, Lourdes, volleyball: Marenus finished with 15 kills and 10 digs to lead the Bobcats to a Region 4-8A quarterfinal win over defending state semifinalist Palmetto.

Catherine Arnholt, Gulliver, volleyball: Arnholt led the Raiders with a season-high 47 assists and had a match-high seven aces in a Region 4-4A quarterfinal win over Carrollton.

Julio Betancourt and Eddie Martinez, Columbus, boys’ golf: Betancourt and Martinez each shot 158 over two days to finish a Miami-Dade-best 36th at the Class 2A state golf meet.

Carolina Garrett, Ransom Everglades, girls’ golf: Garrett shot a two-day 163 to finish a Dade-best 35th at the Class 1A state meet.

Nick Diaz, Sunset, boys’ cross-country: Diaz secured the individual championship of District 15-4A with a time of 16:34.36.

Katrina Santiago, Ferguson, girls’ cross-country: Santiago ran a time of 19:22.58 to win the District 15-4A championship.

Derek Chait, Palmetto, boys’ swimming: Chait won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle at the Region 4-3A meet.

Daniela Johnson, Palmetto, girls’ swimming: Johnson won the 100 breastsroke and 100 freestyle at the Region 4-1A meet.

Kelly Fertel, Coral Reef, girls’ swimming: Fertel won the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke at the Region 4-3A meet.

Isabella Paez, Reagan, girls’ swimming: Paez won the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly at the Region 4-3A meet.

Jonathan Leeds, Gulliver, boys’ bowling: Leeds bowled a 631 to win the District 16 championship.

Briana Futch, American, girls’ bowling: Futch bowled a 623 to win the District 15 championship.

Mylee Colon, Miami Springs, girls’ soccer: Colon had two goals in a 2-0 win over Killian.


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Danielle Leal had eight kills, 15 digs and a team-leading 20 assists to lead Coral Reef to a 25-19, 12-25, 14-25, 25-22, 17-15 victory over Lourdes Academy in the Region 8-4A semifinals on Monday night.

After several years of being stopped in the regional preliminaries, the Barracudas will be headed to the regional finals to meet Ronald Reagan High.

“Every year we have been knocked out by Lourdes,” said Leal, the team captain. “This was my last year to do it. When were down after the second set it took a whole set for us to come back.”

After losing the first set, Lourdes rallied by outscoring the Barracudas (23-5) in the second and third sets.

“We fought all year,” Lourdes coach Pedro Penate said. “After losing the first and fourth set we had a hard time overcoming the hump. They played a great game.”

Said Coral reef coach Yasmin Ortiz: “We have been building momentum all season long. We have just tried to maintain control. To play at this level is stressful, and the only player we have who has played at this level is Leal. We have been working hard every day.”

Baylee Waterman had a strong third set to help to return the momentum to Coral Reef.

“It is so amazing that we pulled together,” said Waterman, who recorded 17 kills and three blocks.

After winning the fourth set Lourdes had regained the momentum and the team seemed to relax and play more at ease. But it wasn’t enough to overcome Coral Reef’s determined performance.

“I could taste the win,” said Paulina Perssons, who had 31 digs and helped the Barracudas make their first regional final. “We had to keep everything off [the] floor.”

• Region 4-8A semifinal — Reagan d. Hialeah 26-24, 26-24, 22-25, 25-23: Already treading in unchartered waters by making its first appearance in a regional semifinal game, the Reagan girls’ volleyball team decided that it was still too early for the party to end.

The host Bison knocked off Hialeah in a razor-close Region 4-8A semifinal.

All four sets came down to the wire and the win advances Reagan (14-5) to Saturday’s regional final where it will be a decided underdog against Coral Reef.

Hialeah finished its season 19-5.

Reagan didn’t clinch the win without plenty of tense moments, the biggest coming at the end when it led 24-20 in the fourth set and watched as the T-Breds fought off three consecutive match points to cut it to 24-23.

That’s when Reagan setter Natalia Castro pulled a fast one on her opponent, faking the set shot and shooting a quick shot over the net to a gap that Karla Moran dove for but could not handle, ending the match.

“I saw a small opening and decided to just go for it,” said Castro who finished with five kills, two blocks and 28 assists. “This is really exciting for us and a great feeling. Hopefully we can keep it going.”

Kaitlyn Woods had 14 kills and two aces while Jessica Almeida pitched in nine kills and three aces.

“An overwhelming feeling and I’m just really excited for all of the girls because I know how hard they have worked to get to this point,” said Reagan coach Melissa Garcia. “We obviously will have our work cut out for us on Saturday but we’ll just go in there and do our best and see how it all works out.”



• South Miami 2, Southwest 1: Hubernesto Mutis 2 goals. SM 1-0.

• Ransom Everglades 5, Tavernier Coral Shores 0: Casey Collucci 3 goals. Jeremy Peters goal. Arthur Deakin. RE 1-0.

• Gulliver 8, St. Brendan 0: Alberto Poleo 3 goals, assist. Christian Arajo 2 goals. Nick Megaloudis goal, assist. GUL 1-0.

• Ferguson 5, Braddock 0: Agustin Galecio goal, assist. Julian Gonzalez goal, assist. Michael Mejia goal. FER 1-0. BRA 0-1.

• Dade Christian 2, International Studies Charter 1: Matthew Brian 2 goals. Ian Trotta 10 saves. DC 1-0.

• Westland Hialeah 2, American 2: Luigi Infanzon (WES) 2 goals. Maykol Valdes (WES) 2 assists. WES 0-0-1. AM 0-0-1.

• North Miami 2, Homestead 0.


• Miami Springs 8, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: Annet Cea 3 goals. Ale Salazar 2 goals. Sofia De la Puenta goal, assist. MS 4-0.

• Mater Academy 1, Goleman 0: Karly Villar goal. Elexus Martin assist. Julia Sanchez shutout. MA 4-0.

• Lourdes 8, Coral Park 0: Bailey Plummer 3 goals, assist. Michelle Figarola 2 goals, assist. Nicole Perez goal. LOU 3-0. CP 0-2-1.

• South Dade 9, Sunset 1: Jade Hayes 3 goals. McKenzie VanHeusen 2 goals, assist. Allie Ingram goal, assist. SD 3-0.

• South Miami 3, Southwest 1: Alina Carmona 2 goals. Rosemary Chavez goal, assist. Madison Askew assist. SM 3-1.

• TERRA 9, Jackson 0: Rachel Hairston 3 goals, assist. Natalie Diaz 3 goals, assist. Erin Bigler 2 goals, assist. Carlee Soeder goal, assist. Vivian Calderon 3 assists. TER 2-2.

• Mast Academy 5, Mourning 0: Maraina Speckmier 3 goals. Nati Gilbert 2 goals. MAST 1-0-1.

• Killian 10, Southridge 2: Stephanie Galindo 3 goals, assist. Emily Boggess 2 assists. Jayda Hamilton 2 goals. Rachel Kramer goal, 2 assists. Cristina Salabarria 3 goals, assist. Erika Foreman goal. KIL 2-1.

• Homestead 2, Central 1.

• Late Saturday – Gulliver 1, Doral Academy 1: Madeline Intriago (GUL) goal. Alissa Bello (DA) goal. Tatiana Hoyos (DA) assist. GUL 2-0-1. DA 0-1-1.



Region 4-4A semifinal: Ransom Everglades at Gulliver, 7

Region 4-3A semifinal: Palmer Trinity at Westminster Christian, 7

Region 4-2A semifinal: Sheridan Hills Christian at Greater Miami Academy, 7

Region 4-2A semifinal at Princeton Christian: Westwood Christian vs. Calusa Prep, 7


Pine Crest at Greater Miami Academy, 4

Monsignor Pace at Mater Lakes, 6

Columbus at Coral Park, 3:30

Florida Christian at Miami Country Day, 7

Archemedian at Westwood Christian, 4


Hillel at Archbishop Curley, 4

Gulliver Prep at Archbishop Carroll, 4

Pine Crest at Greater Miami Academy, 2

American at Homestead, 3:30

Monsignor Pace at Mater Lakes, 4

Florida Christian at Miami Country Day, 5

Archemedian at Princeton Christian, 4

University School at Ransom Everglades, 3:30

Palmer Trinity at Archbishop McCarthy, 4

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