Ferguson senior bowler Melissa Perez stood out among Miami-Dade County’s representatives at this year’s state bowling meet at the Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando.
Perez was the county’s lone qualifier following Wednesday’s opening round.
Perez followed that up with an impressive showing Thursday by finishing fourth in the individual bracket after winning two matches in which she was the lower seed.
After making it to the second day as the lowest seed (16) in the girls’ bracket, Perez upset the top seed Marisol Dodson of Jacksonville Sandalwood 650-555. Perez later beat Lake Worth Park Vista’s Kayla Kanarick 471-362. Perez was then defeated in the semifinals by Stuart Martin County’s Shelly Goodwin 690-619. Goodwin finished state runner-up.
Region 4-2A: If the Miami Pace boys’ cross country team whooped it up at the Region 4-2A championships as if they had just won a state title, they had every right to.
Shut out of the State Finals for at least the past 30 years, the Spartans are back in the big dance.
Behind a 14th-place finish by Ryan Ventura, the lone senior on the team, the Spartans celebrated the end of their 30-plus year drought with emphatic hugs and high fives after claiming the sixth and final qualifying spot at Mills Pond Park on Thursday.
“After finding out that we haven’t made the visit to state in over 30 years, it means everything to us,’’ said Spartans coach Johann Odermatt. “We had nothing in mind but to place. Ryan Ventura was the district champion last week. The team did an exceptional job backing him up and supporting Ryan.”
It was business as usual for perennial state power Ransom Everglades (No. 7 in the FACA/flrunners.com Class 2A poll), which used superior depth to beat runner-up Pine Crest for the boys’ title.
While North Broward Prep’s Jack Klumpp ran away with the individual title, Ransom star freshman Gaby Correa (16:56) led a 3-5-11 finish with Jan Bergengruen and Adam Friedman.
The top 15 finishers and top six teams advance to the FHSAA State Finals at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park on Nov. 17.
In a compelling showdown American Heritage eighth grade sensation Daesha Rogers, the 2011 state runner-up, beat Pine Crest star freshman Julia Montgomery by two seconds for the girls' individual title.
Miami Carrollton shone brightest for Dade girls' teams, scoring 90 points to finish fourth.
Freshman Sophia Miguez paced Carrollton with a sixth place finish on a day 10 of the top 12 finishers were freshmen or younger.
Girls’ results – 1. Daesha Rogers (AH) 18:58, 2. Montgomery (PC) 19:00, 3. Alexander (AH) 19:43, 4. Wurth (PC) 19:53, 5. Archer (RE) 20:05, 6. Miguez (Carr) 20:17, 7. Dominguez (Sun) 20:33, 8. Jovanovic (PC) 20:35, 9. Ortega (AH) 20:39, 10. S. Fernandez (SB) 20:42, 11. Pinnell (NBP) 20:43, 12. Scott (RE) 20:45, 13. DiCintio (PB) 20:51, 14. Gornisiewicz (PC) 20:52, 15. K. Smith (RE) 20:53. Top 6 girls’ team scores: 1. Pine Crest 42, 2. American Heritage 61, 3. Carrollton 90, 4. Ransom Everglades 103, 5. Doral 175, 6. Lincoln Park 196. Boys’ individual results: 1. Jack Klumpp (NBP) 16:47, 2. Jacobsen (SA) 16:55, 3. Correa (RE) 16:56, 4. Geiman (Sun) 16:57, 5. Bergengruen (RE) 17:01, 6. Luttier (CN) 17:16, 7. Nelson (US) 17:18, 8. Sweetapple (SA) 17:19, 9. Hollander (CSC) 17:23, 10. Decker (PC) 17:24, 11. Friedman (RE) 17:24, 12. Guzman (KW) 17:25, 13. Wagner (KW) 17:26, 14. Ventura (MP) 17:29. 15. Samuelson (Sun)17:32. Top 6 boys’ team scores: 1. Ransom Everglades 59, 2. Pine Crest 95, 3. Key West 107, 4. Suncoast 135, 5. St. Andrews 139, 6. Miami Pace 146.
• Florida Christian 26, Miami Country Day 10: In their final game of the season, the Patriots (7-3) came out ahead over the Spartans at home on Thursday.
Julian Seekins got the scoring started for the Patriots on a 27-yard score but the the Spartans answered when Sam Cohen caught an 85-yard touchdown pass.
But the Patriots defense tightened up the rest of the game, including an interception by Carlos Nieto in the end zone.
“It has been a long time since we’ve had this kind of year,” Patriots coach Chris Rivera said. “Our seniors worked really hard, and it’s good to soak it in.”
• Westminster Christian 41, North Broward Prep 6: While the Westminster Christian football team won’t be participating in postseason play this season, it proved Thursday afternoon that it has the potential to be a force in 2013.
The Warriors (6-4, 1-2), who will be returning all their key offensive playmakers next season routed playoff-bound North Broward Prep.
Quarterback Hunter Boyett, who played in his second game since returning from a shoulder injury sustained against Chaminade, tossed three touchdowns and completed 12 of his 16 passes for 149 yards.
Tim Irvin caught one of those touchdowns as part of his 33 receiving yards, ran for 98 yards on nine carries and returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown.
Tobias Moss hauled in a 53-yard bomb from Boyett to break the game open in a third quarter, in which Westminster Christian scored 27 points. Moss later returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
North Broward Prep (4-5,1-1) is in the Class 4A playoffs as the runner-up in District 7-4A. The Eagles will face District 8-4A champion Booker T. Washington in regional semifinals.
• Champagnat 22, Doral Academy 21: The Champagnat Lions (2-8) used three big offensive plays to carry them to a 22-21 victory over Doral Academy (2-8) on Thursday night.
Champagnat accumulated just five first downs but had three 40-plus yard plays result in touchdowns. Quarterback Charles Williams threw a 40-yard touchdown to 6-foot-6 receiver Isaac McDonald in the first quarter. Running back John Lynn had a 51-yard score, and Williams also ran for the game-winning 56-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Doral Academy totaled 401 rushing yards with Franco Genaro leading all rushers with 173 on his senior night. Clarence Brown added 143 yards on the ground as well.
• Coral Shores 17, La Salle 7: The Hurricanes (6-4) ran in two first quarter touchdowns to build an early lead and eventually top the Royal Lions (6-4) Thursday night at LaSalle.
The game, which was the final of the season for both teams, was the consolation matchup of the Southeastern Football Independents Conference Playoffs.
Coral Shores’ touchdowns came on a 7-yard run by Jimmy Rhyne and a 14-yard run by Kodi Roberts. La Salle’s only score of the game came on a 1-yard run by Emmanual Readon. The score was set up by Readon, who had a 34-yard run on the previous play.
Down 14-7 late in the fourth quarter La Salle took over deep in its own territory, but went three and out. The Royal Lions only had three first downs in the game.
• Goleman 55, Hialeah Gardens 0: Jeremiah Oyetunji reached his goal on a night Goleman beat Hialeah Gardens with a in an all-out brawl at Milander Park.
Oyetunji, Goleman’s senior running back, ran for 262 yards and three scores, to surpass the 1,000-yard mark this season, and the Gators (3-7) routed the winless Gladiators in a game in which four players from each team was ejected during a second quarter brawl.
It feels awesome to come out and just dominate as a team,” said Oyetunji, who scored on runs of 77, 83 and 72 yards. “Our season didn’t go as we planned. But we set the bar tonight for the future. I’m glad I was able to leave my mark on the field at Milander Stadium.”
Gators quarterback Mark Osorio ran for 77 yards and passed for 74, tossing a pair of touchdowns to Deandre Stafford.
With 3:27 left in the first half, and Goleman holding a 34-0 lead, players from both teams started throwing punches following a Gators fumble. Players and coaches from both sidelines spilled onto the field during the melee.
“That’s terrible,” Oyetunji said. “We shouldn’t even be doing things like that. We’re supposed to show good sportsmanship. I’m going to make sure the underclassmen know that’s not how we want to represent ourselves at Goleman."”
• North Miami 28, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 6: Perhaps a little hung over from a brutal overtime loss to North Miami Beach a week earlier knocking them out of the playoffs, the Pioneers were not at their sharpest but did enough to defeat the host Trojans.
Needing 110 yards to break the 1,000 yard barrier, Pioneers running back Charles Romane got it done in the fourth quarter and finished with 136 yards on 21 carries. Wide receiver Nesley Ostral also had a big day catching four passes for 143 yards.
North Miami (4-5) scored two quick touchdowns in the first six minutes on 14- and 6-yard touchdown passes from James Volcy to Stanley Clerveaux but never scored again until the fourth quarter.
Lakes, which closed out a rough 1-9 season scored on the game’s final play when Michael Anderson fell on a fumble to avoid the shutout.
• Archbishop Curley 21, Ransom 6: Archbishop Curley defeated Ransom Everglades with a commitment to its rushing attack.
The Knights rushed for a 99 yards and three touchdown with carries being distributed six different ways.
The standout offensive player was Knights senior running back Jousha Amador. Amador scored the game’s final touchdown with a 12-yard sweep.
They had to wait an extra two days to do it, but the Westwood Christian girls volleyball team broke down the doors of history on Thursday night when the Warriors overcame a first set loss to rally and defeat Calusa Prep. 3-1 (25-27, 25-12, 27-25, 25-10) in a Region 4-2A semifinal contest at Miami Christian.
And with it, came the program’s first-ever berth in a regional final where they will host Hollywood Sheridan Hills Christian on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game was supposed to be played on Tuesday but, due to a communication snafu, the two teams showed up at separate locations prompting the postponement.
“It’s an exciting time for all of us and I’m really proud of the girls for having worked so hard to get to this point,” said Westwood coach Emily Pergl who saw her team improve to 19-3. “There were a lot of different momentum swings in the match tonight and we struggled to keep it at our pace at times but we managed to pull through.”
The key moment in the match came late in the pivotal third set. Westwood was trailing Calusa 22-18 and appeared headed for a 2-1 deficit but rallied to win 27-25. The winning shot came when senior Elizabeth Jenkins, who finished the night with 18 kills and a dozen service points, sent a kill shot over the net that appeared to be deep. But Calusa’s Victoria Alexander stretched for it and got a hand on the ball deflecting it away giving the point and set to Westwood.
Calusa, which had a roster filled with eighth and ninth graders and just two seniors, finished 10-8.
• Westminster Christian 1, Miami Country Day 0: Rebecca Barrios assist. Andrea Xiques shutout. Kelly Rico goal. WC 2-0.
• Mater Academy 1, Miami Springs 0: Sydney Johnson goal. Julisa Benitez assist. Julia Sanchez shutout. MA 6-0.
• South Dade 6, Killian 2: For SD: Jade Hayes 3 goals, 2 assists. McKenzie VanHeusen 2 goals, assist. Bania Duran goal. For KIL: Stephanie Galindo 2 goals. Rachel Kramer assist. SD 4-0-1. KIL 3-2.
• Lourdes 8, South Miami 0: Ana Organvidez goal. Carly Cuadra goal. Ali Verdeja goal. LOU 4-0.
• Goleman 2, American 0: Lucia Cuervo 2 goals. Kaley Huguet assist. Annmarie Rodriguez shutout. GOL 1-4.
• Cardinal Gibbons 8, Pace 0: Mackenzie Crittenberger 3 goals. Francesca DeNicola goal, assist. CG 1-0-2.
• TERRA 9, Booker T. Washington 0: Bianca Combe 3 goals, assist. Betsie Zambrana 2 goals, 2 assists. Erin Bigler 2 goals. TER 3-2.
• Ransom Everglades 8, Archbishop Carroll 0: Matt Lirman 3 goals. David Goldstein goal. Jake Deuel shutout. RE 2-0.
• Ferguson 2, Coral Park 1: Danny Herrera goal. Anthony Quiroz goal. FER 3-0. CP 0-2.
• Miami Country Day 3, International Studies 0: Joel Meler goal, 2 assists. Eduardo Macedo goal, assist. Mitchell Mosheim shutout. MCD 2-0.
• St. Brendan 1, Florida Christian 0: Guillermo Ruiz goal. SB 1-0.
• Hillel 3, South Florida HEAT 1: Julian Ribak, Aaron Franco, and Nety Silverman had one goal each.
• American Heritage 2, Doral Acadamy 0: Donald Tomlinson 2 goals. Jamar Champion -Hinds and Philip Delvaille had one assist each.
• Preseason – Palmetto 44, Coral Park 38: For PAL: Gross 9 points. Bellinghieri 8 points. Calice 8 points. For CP: Janice 27 points.
• Preseason – Late Wednesday – Miami High 65, Pace 45: Beatrice Mompremier 25 points, 15 rebounds. Amanda Mendoza 11 points, 5 assists. For MP: Brandi Harrington 17 points.