Tennis standout and state champion Roy Lederman signed with Stanford University. Steven Goldberg signed with Lehigh.
Two of its top swimmers also signed with Division I schools. Brittany Hammond signed with Missouri and Casey Francis signed with Penn State.
For lacrosse, Carli Marsh signed with the University of Florida and Jasmine Docal signed with Northwestern. Michael Diener signed with Hofstra, and Sam Talkow signed with Boston University.
• Region 4-7A quarterfinal — Plantation 29, Hialeah American 8: With a possible second round showdown game against St. Thomas Aquinas looming next week, all week long Plantation head coach Steve Davis had to work hard to keep his kids focused on the “first” task at hand.
That was to go on the road and take care of Hialeah American on Thursday night in a Class 7A first round playoff game at Traz Powell Stadium. Mission accomplished.
The Colonels used their patented smothering defense combined with some big first half plays from running back Jovante Ham and wound up cruising to a 29-8 victory. And with that, unless Miami Beach pulls off a monster upset on Friday night, the Colonels will get another shot at Aquanis next week and a chance to avenge a 24-20 last minute loss earlier this season.
“I think losing the South Plantation game (10-0) last week in the Mayor’s Cup game actually really helped us,” said Davis who saw his team improve to 8-3. “It helped get us grounded and refocused on the task at hand and that was to simply find a way to come out tonight and get the job done and that’s what we did. You can’t worry about next week until next week so we’ll see what happens now.”
Davis watched his defense, led by linebacker Ray Ciervo who had close to a dozen tackles, dominate most of the night holding the Patriots to 89 net rushing yards and 44 yards passing, 37 of those coming on the last play of the game.
“Our defense played well tonight and we needed them to play well early,” said Davis. “Because offensively we struggled.”
The Colonels were forced to punt on their first four possessions before Ham provided the spark and got things going.
After a short American punt gave Plantation a short field, Ham carried the ball three times for gains of 10, 30 and then the final two yards for the first touchdown of the game with 7:24 left in the second and an 8-0 lead after the two point conversion.
The biggest play of the night and one that seemed to break American’s back came when, facing a fourth-and-12 at the Patriot 29 with just 27 seconds left in the half, quarterback Chris Lammons found Jewison Dawkins on a bubble screen over the middle that Dawkins took and turned into a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it 16-0 at the half.
Plantation scored on its opening drive of the second half on an 8 yard touchdown run by Antwuan Haynes and the Colonel defense took it from there.
• Monarch 30, Flanagan 28: Flanagan’s Giancarlo Bonilla squared up a 48-yard field goal attempt for the win with two seconds remaining, but Monarch’s Ronnie Hoggins came sweeping through from around the right side of the line to partially block the kick.
With the deflection, the kick that Bonilla said “definitely” would’ve gone through the uprights innocuously fell short, and Monarch (8-3, 2-3 District 14-7A) won the third annual 411-PAIN Bowl, 30-28.