Ransom Everglades beats Chaminade, gets to state


Special to The Miami Herald

Host Ransom Everglades made it to state in volleyball for the first time since 1994 with a straight-sets regional final win over Chaminade on Saturday afternoon.

But the next step figures to be the most difficult of all as the Raiders (28-2) will play Orlando’s Bishop Moore (30-0) in a Class 4A state semifinal on Friday at 4 p.m. in Kissimmee.

Saturday’s 25-20, 25-13, 25-12 win over Chaminade snapped a streak of six consecutive years in which Ransom had been eliminated by a Broward County team in the regionals.

It was also the third time this season that Ransom had defeated Chaminade (24-4), a quality opponent that beat just about everybody on its schedule this season except for the Raiders.

“This feels unreal,” said senior Kathryn Trinka, who led Ransom with 16 kills. “I wasn’t expecting the game to go so short. It feels like we were supposed to still be in the game right now.”

The game ended so quickly because of Trinka, junior setter Nikki Colonna (26 assists) and senior Nicole Cruz (12 service points), among others.

Cruz said Ransom’s earlier wins over Chaminade “boosted our confidence.”

Chaminade coach Jason Johnson, who led the Lions to the state semifinals in 2009 and had been 5-2 in elimination games against Ransom entering Saturday, gave the Raiders credit.

“They played well, and we made our fair share of errors,” he said. “Some of that is them putting us in bad spots.”


• Region 4-1A: Overlooked by the so-called cross-country experts heading into the Region 4-1A championships, Miami Westminster Christian sixth-grader Hailey Mira’s stirring rally from seventh place to a runner-up finish paced the Warriors to their first regional girls’ title.

The Warriors’ No. 4 runner going into the regional championships, Mira finished in a career-best 20:51 to highlight an upset-filled girls’ race at the Westminster Academy Sports Complex.

“I was expecting to finish 15th,” Mira said. “When I was going down the last hill my coach said to run as fast as I could. I just tried to push my hardest, and I did it. I was nervous. I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time. This gives me a lot of confidence going into states. I am hoping for first place.”

The top 15 individuals and top six teams advance to the FHSAA state finals at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee on Nov. 17.

Mira and Calvary Christian eighth-grader Nicole Taggart, a surprise region champion (20:43), stole the spotlight from region co-favorites Westminster Academy’s Amanda Baker, who dropped out with a quadriceps injury, and Florida Christian’s fifth-place finisher Victoria Camargo.

Warriors coach Jose Garcia said Mira’s push at the two-mile mark provided the spark to place five runners in the top 21, including Victoria Hoppe, Cali Gumpel Natasha Strump, Kelsey Mira — Hailey’s twin sister — and Nicole Romanach, and ultimately help the Warriors earn their first state berth since 2008.

“We knew how good Hailey was, but it was up to her,” Garcia said. “She went out there and did it. She was about 20 feet away from the fourth girl in the pack and right there she just put a move down the hill, caught up to the pack and ran away. It was awesome.”

Ranked seventh in the region, the Dade Christian girls’ team also defied the odds by advancing to state with a fourth-place finish.

Celeste Romero led the Crusaders with an eighth-place finish, and Julianne Ramos returned after missing the district championships to finish 36th despite a few vomiting spells.

The Westminster Christian boys’ team also booked its state berth after finishing a Dade-best third in their race.

Dade Christian’s Adam Ramos threw his name into the Class 1A conversation by finishing second in 16:57 to lead all Dade boys’ runners. An 18th-place finisher at states in 2011, Ramos will settle for nothing less than a top-10 finish this time around.

“It was an incredibly tough race,” Ramos said. “It was so much tough competition.”


Boys’ top 6 teams: 1. Westminster Academy 98, 2. Calvary Christian 100, 3. Westminster Christian 123, 4. Dade Christian 140, 5. Archbishop Curley 155, 6. Miami Country Day 163.

Boys’ individual results: 1. Scott Simpson (KA) 16:35, 2. Ramos (DC) 16:57, 3. Bejarano (WA) 17:10, 4. Otto (BRC 17:13, 5. Guilbert (CalvChr) 17:20, 6. Bradford (JC) 17:20, 7. McCracken (WA) 17:28, 8. Matese (Ben) 17:36, 9. Nevils (SFH) 17:37, 10. Witzke-Bellarosa (PJP) 17:43, 11. I. Williams (DC) 17:54, 12. Mauger (Ben) 17:56, 13. Acuna (JC) 17:57, 14. Tchividjian (CalvChr) 17:58, 15. McLaughlin (DC) 18:00.

Girls’ top 6 teams: 1. Westminster Christian 57, 2. King’s Academy 84, 3, Westminster Academy 104, 4. Dade Christian 157, 5. Wellington Christian 160, 6. Calvary Christian 171.

Girls’ individual results: 1. Nicole Taggart (CalvChr) 20:43, 2. H. Mira (WC) 20:51, 3. Sullivan (PJP) 20:53, 4. Camp (PS) 20:56, 5. Camargo (FC) 21:04, 6. Hoppe (WC) 21:09, 7. Selbach (WA) 21:17, 8. Romero (DC) 21:18, 9. Slupecki (CSC) 21:27, 10. Richardson (KA) 21:32, 11. Gumpel (WC) 21:36, 12. Strump (WC) 21:39, 13. G. Gumpel (WC) 21:40, 14. Ahkee (KA) 21:58, 15. Sweeney (CalvChr) 21:59.

• Region 4-3A: The Belen cross-country team captured its 16th regional championship at South Fork High School in Stuart.

Senior Avery Lopez led his team with a time of 16:01. The next three spots were also Belen runners — Fabian Tomas (16:12), Michael Magoulas (16:23) and Ryan Rodriguez (16:26).

The team scored 16 points over second-place Martin County High School. The team qualified for its 42nd consecutive state championship.

Boys’ top 6 teams: 1. Belen 16, 2. Martin County 85, 3. Pines Charter 127, 4. Melbourne 143, 5. Archbishop McCarthy 157, 6. Jensen Beach 176.

Boys’ individual results: 1.Avery Lopez (BEL) 16:02.34, 2. Fabian Tomas (BEL) 16:12.05, 3. Michael Magoulas (BEL) 16:23.68, 4. Ryan Rodriguez (BEL) 16:26.09, 5. Tyler O’Brien (MART) 16:36.02, 6. Alexander Isaac (BEL) 16:40.24, 7. Carlos Penaranda (PPC) 16:43.02, 8. Marcus Smith (CC) 16:54.96, 9. Osiel Gonzalez (BEL) 16:55.23, 10. Samy Eabbar (FOH) 17:03.77, 11. Carlos James (MER) 17:07.75, 12. Andres Fernandez (BEL) 17:08.70, 13. Jon Gonzalez (MART) 17:14.95, 14. Joshua Negron-Santiago (PSL) 17:15.42, 15. Luis Nieves (BOY) 17:16.27.

Girls’ top 6 teams: 1. Merritt Island 36, 2. South Fork 72, 3. Archbishop McCarthy 123, 4. Northwestern 134, 5. Cardinal Gibbons 154, 6. Martin County 164.

Girls’ individual results: 1. Sarah Hammond (MER) 19:36.78, 2. Bethany Hardcastle (SF) 19:43.53, 3. Elizabeth Harper (MER) 20:15.37, 4. Tabatha Henry (OKE) 20:32.45, 5. Nina Li (MER) 20:34.52, 6. Laurie Scott (SF) 20:36.98, 7. Rebecca Fleeman (EG) 20:42.14, 8. Morgan Rodriguez (CGIB) 20:42.41, 9. Sharie Hinds (CEN) 20:45.77, 10. Destiny Johnson (HOM) 20:52.27, 11. Carolin Cubero (MER) 20:54.83, 12. Kali Hazera (PPC) 20:55.52, 13. Alexandra Sclafani (MART) 20:56.29, 14. Sara Bowden (AMC) 21:02.71, 15. Tiffany Hosey (PAB) 21:03.15.





First downs1217
Rushes-yards17-89 31-377
Passing yards194 58
Passes13-30-0 4-9-0
Fumbles-lost3-1 4-2
Penalties-yards2-30 6-60
Field goals-att1-2 0-0

KR 7 7 3 0–17
NOR 14 13 14 6–47


NOR- Stafford 6 run (Pharisien kick)

KR- Durante 6 pass from Roman (Beiner kick)

NOR- Smith 92 kickoff ret (Pharisien kick)

NOR- Edwards 40 pass from Taron (run failed)

KR- Durante 40 pass from Roman (Beiner kick)

NOR- Stafford 2 run (Pharisien kick)

NOR- Murat 12 run (Pharisien kick)

NOR- Miller 4 run (Pharisien kick)

KR- Beiner 31 fg

NOR- Forbes 53 run (kick failed)

Individual Statistics– Rushing (att-yds) – KR: Durante 2-(-8), Pierce-Johnson 2-14, Nelson 3-19, Roman 2-32, Murray 8-32. NOR: Cato 2-5, Attley 1-9, Snell 3-10, Miller 2-11, Edwards 1-20, Murat 2-25, Watson 5-57, Stafford 7-116, Forbes 8-124. Passing (comp-att-int, yds)– KR: Nelson 2-7-0, 16, Roman 11-23-0, 178. NOR: Brown 0-1-0, 0, James 4-8-0, 58. Receiving (rec-yds-TD) – KR: Pierce-Johnson 1-2, King 1-2, Murray 2-9, Ridore 1-9, Randle 3-31, Durante 2-46, Nelson 4-84. NOR: Tyson 1-1, Dinson 1-8, Murat 1-9, Edwards 1-40.


• Miami Beach 8, Miami High 0: Jesse Stein 3 goals, assist. Star Emison goal, 3 assists. Cristy Mejil 3 goals, 2 assists.

• Pine Crest 3, Ransom Everglades 1: Jennifer DeFaria goal. Autumn Clark goal. Jordyn Elliott goal. PC 2-1-2.

• Florida Christian 1, St. Brendan 1: Katelyn Godoy (FC) goal. Nicole Dennis (STB) goal. FC 1-1-1. STB 1-1-2.

• Late Friday – Gulliver 4, Coral Shores 0: Samantha Lujan goal, assist. Kai-Lin Hernandez 3 assists. Ciara Keane shutout. GUL. 4-0-1.

• Late Friday – Archbishop Curley 2, Doctors Charter 0: Alyssa Lambert goal. Jenny Lamy goal. Megan Romanik 2 assists.


• Late Friday – Regan 8, Krop 0.

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