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Pine Crest’s Julia Montgomery, Aquinas’ Alexa Cruz win state titles


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The St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ cross-country team captured an elusive state title behind freshman Alexa Cruz, who clocked 18:14 to finish second and Christina Kalis, Brianna Rischar, Marina Braynon-Moore, Megan Schloss and Lily Kloepfer going 11-13-15-18-29 at the Class 4A state finals.


Michael Allinder, Miramar, football: Allinder’s 24-yard field goal held up as Miramar (7-4) sacked South Plantation quarterback John Franklin eight times and upset the Paladins 3-0 in the Region 3-8A quarterfinals.

Julia Montgomery, Pine Crest, girls’ cross-country: The freshman won the Class 2A state title to become the first state champion in school history and propel the Panthers to a school-best second-place finish.

Daesha Rogers, American Heritage, girls’ cross-country: Rogers finished third at the Class 2A state finals.

Natora Landers, Boyd Anderson, girls’ basketball: Landers scored a game-high 22 points to help the Cobras edge Plantation 43-41.

Matt Dayes, Cypress Bay, football: Dayes rushed for 184 yards and four TDs to lead the Lightning (9-2) over Deerfield Beach 41-13 in the Region 3-8A quarterfinals.

Autumn Clark, Jordyn Elliot and Julia Moore, Pine Crest, girls’ soccer: Clark, Elliot and Moore each scored in a 3-1 victory over Chaminade.

Anthony Deleva, Coral Glades, boys’ cross-country: Deleva capped his breakout junior season by finishing eighth in a Broward-best 15:55.33 at the 4A state finals.

Aisha Edwards, Coral Springs Charter, girls’ basketball: Edwards scored 17 points as the Panthers (2-1) held on for a 61-58 victory over Class 7A power Nova.

Alexander Haugen, Matthew Butler, Antony Cruz, St. Thomas Aquinas, boys’ cross-country: Haugen, Butler, and Cruz went 9-16-21 to help the Raiders finish a school-best and Broward boys’ best third at the 4A state finals.

John Belfort, Blanche Ely, boys’ soccer: Belfort scored the game-winning goal to propel the Tigers over Hollywood Hills 1-0.

Jordan Scarlett and Lajuan Hunt, University School, football: Hunt and Scarlett combined for 306 rushing yards to propel the Suns (9-0) past Cardinal Newman 27-0 in the Region 4-3A semifinals.

Diamond Williams, Cardinal Gibbons, girls’ basketball: Williams had a game-high 28 points and eight rebounds to lead the Chiefs over Western 67-38.

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It would only figure that in the year of the freshmen, Pine Crest’s Julia Montgomery and St. Thomas Aquinas’ Alexa Cruz would restore Broward among the FHSAA state cross-country state title fraternity.

In ending an 11-year state-title drought for Broward, Montgomery became the first individual state champion for Pine Crest, and Cruz helped the St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ team win an elusive state title at the state finals at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee on Saturday.

After finishing second to American Heritage eighth-grader Daesha Rogers in the district and regional finals, Montgomery turned the tables on her rival by winning the Class 2A state race in 18:20.

Pine Crest coach Paul Baur predicted the hilly Apalachee course would negate the speed advantage Rogers held at Mills Pond, and Montgomery made Baur look prophetic by executing the race plan to perfection.

“We knew Daesha would take it out hard,” Baur said. “Julia caught up with her at the half-mile point and started running side by side. Once they got to the steep, uphill climb, that was where Julia made up ground on Daesha. In about 15 seconds, Julia put about 30 meters on Daesha. Just on that surge.”

A school-best second-place finish by the Pine Crest girls’ team — behind Montgomery, Ella Wurth, Katherine Jovanovic, Savanna Gornisiewicz and Mahlet Yared — should keep the Panthers in the thick of the state-title chase with state champion Jacksonville Bolles.

Meanwhile, Cruz clocked 18:14 to finish second in the girls’ 4A race and Christina Kalis, Brianna Rischar, Marina Braynon-Moore, Megan Schloss and Lily Kloepfer went 11-13-15-18-29 to help the Raiders end Tampa Plant’s two-year reign as champion. With the Raiders’ top seven runners returning, Aquinas is in position to hold a monopoly on the Class 4A title.

Not to overlooked was a school-best, third-place finish by the boys’ team, which defied the odds after losing eight of its top 10 runners from last season.

Raiders coach Trish Butler downplayed a vow by the girls’ team to win the state title for her.

She said her sole focus was having both Aquinas’ teams sharing the top of the podium next season.

“This year I empowered the captains to determine destiny of the team,” Butler said. “What the girls did was remarkable, and the boys weren’t even ranked coming into this season.

“For both to end up with the best teams in St. Thomas history was really saying something. It wasn’t just about the girls. It was about them together.”


•  Western 68, Pompano Beach 29 – WES (1-0): Katz 13, Radler 4, DeLuca 13, Artaza 9, Lewis 5, James 11, Khan 2, Harris 2, Howard 2, Royes 7. PB (0-1): Bennett 4, Satahoq 3, Cyrille 2, James 1, Sineus 11, Schwingel 4, Kerr 2, Lopez 2. Halftime: WES 34-13. Three-pointers: DeLuca, Sineus. Rebounds: James, Artaza 8. Assists: Katz 6. Steals: Katz 5. Fouled out: Cyrille.

Deerfield Beach 72, Douglas 48 – DB (1-0): Johnson 18, Marcus 17, Jenkins 12, Kelly 3, Carpenter 9, Huntley 13. DOUG (0-1): Affatati 1, Kacprzak 20, Miednik 12, Franco 11, Hernandez 1, Allison 3. Halftime: DB 29-19. Rebounds: Jenkins 10. Assists: Carpenter 6. Steals: Carpenter 4. Blocks: Huntley 3.

•  Westminster Christian 57, Sheridan Hills Christian 41 – WC: McLean 9, M. Raine 13, Potter 2, J. Raine 8, Blanco 5, Miller 6, Cronkite 4, Barbato 3, Cutilas 6, Irvin 1. Rebounds: M. Raine 8.


•  Miami Country Day 82, Doctors Charter 0 – MCD (3-0): Mackenzie 24, Swaby 12, B.Blot 6, Lewis 6, Minott 9, L.Blot 7, Edwards 5, Kotalik 9, Alvarez 2, Bauson 2. Halftime: MCD: 48-0. Rebounds: Minott 7, Kotalik 7. Assists: Lewis 9. Steals: Mackenzie 10.

•  Cardinal Gibbons 43, Plantation 32 – CG (2-0): Williams 24, Cohen 8, Lanzon 5, Blanshine 4, Pollock 2. PLA (1-2): Brekke 11, Brancal 6, Fadeus 5, Atencio 4, Bradbury 4, Prosper 2. Halftime: CG 21-16. Rebounds: Cohen 10. Assists: Williams 5. Steals: Jones 4.

•  Late Saturday – Pace 107, Cooper City 92 – MP (1-1): Fisher 33, Duarte 23, Justinen 16, Waite 8, Logan 6, Norvius 3, Desgrieux 2, S. Jean 3, A. Jean 5, Sainvil 4. CC (1-1): Buflin 4, White 3, Palmer 19, Harip 6, Shafmasta 8, Rofrofky 13, Heinc 4, Roberts 11, Sadaka 5, Sigel 20. Rebounds: Fisher 14. Assists: Fisher 10. Steals: Tariq Waite 8.

•  Late Saturday – Florida Christian 32, Boca Raton Yeshiva 29 – FCS: Jimenez 11, Martinez 6, Prinz 3, Wright 4, K. Jim 8. BRY: Betein 14, Harris 2, Citron 9, Lasko 2, Rose 2. Halftime: FC 15-10. Three-pointers: Citron 2. Rebounds: K. Jim 12. Assists: Jimenez 4. Steals: Jimenez 7.

•  Late Saturday – American Heritage 50, Florida Air Academy 47 – AH (2-0): Samons 3, R. Moncrief 24, Osceola 4, Bradley 4, Martinez 7, K. Moncrief 8. FAA: Rosich 6, Dargie 9, Diaz 9, Gomez 2, Maldon 17, Zvirblyte 4. Halftime : AH 33-23. Rebounds: K. Moncrief, Bradley 11. Steals: R. Moncrief 7.


•  Blanche Ely 3, Stranahan 0: Jadel Toussaint goal, assist. Kivens Joseph goal. Alex Amaya goal. Nithson Blaise shutout. ELY 3-1. STR 0-3.

•  American Heritage 0, Gulliver 0: Ryan Shellow (GUL) shutout. Suarez (AH) shutout. AH 5-0-1. GUL 4-0-1.

•  Pine Crest 2, Highlands 1: Brandon Danzansky goal, assist. Joao Nunes goal. Alex Briton assist. PC 4-2.

•  Archbishop Curley 2, Coral Springs Christian 0: Heriberto Patino goal. Dylan Foster goal. Kerwins Mathurin shutout.


St. Thomas Aquinas 8, Plantation 0: Jessica Hoyt 2 goals, 2 assists. Ashley Cardounel goal, assist. STA 6-0.

•  Archbishop McCarthy 3, Pine Crest 2: Yari Bradfield 2 goals. Taylor Shore goal. AMC 6-2.

•  Cooper City 3, Everglades 0: Bailee Abrahamoff goal. Ashley Lizzi goal. Madison Correa goal. Shannon Legacki 15 saves, shutout. CC 5-1.

•  University School 1, Pope John Paul II 1: For US: Jazlyn Scott goal. Stephanie Perry assist. US 4-2-4.

•  Cardinal Gibbons 4, Mater Lakes Academy 0: Mackenzie Crittenberger 2 goals, assist. Leslie Novakovic goal, assist. Francesca DeNicola goal, assist. CG 4-0-2.

•  La Salle 3, Somerset 0: Danielle Peña 2 goals. Flor Baldassini goal, assist. Daniella Vidaurretta assist. Alex Alvarido assist. Therese Vidal shutout. LAS 5-0-2.



McArthur at Everglades, 7:30

Hallandale at Flanagan, 7:30

Cooper City at Miramar, 7:30

Dillard at Pompano Beach, 7:30

Pembroke Pines Charter at Aquinas, 7:30

Boyd Anderson at Western, 7:30

Archbishop McCarthy at LaSalle, 7


Cardinal Gibbons at Chaminade-Madonna, 6

Taravella at Monarch, 6

West Broward at South Broward, 6

Plantation at Stranahan, 6

Sheridan Hills at Florida Christian, 6


Pembroke Pines Charter at Coconut Creek, 7

Northeast at Deerfield Beach, 7

Coral Springs at Flanagan, 7

Hollywood Hills at Nova, 7

Coral Glades at Pompano Beach, 7

Cooper City at West Broward, 4

Taravella at Western, 5


Archbishop McCarthy at Cardinal Gibbons, 7

Pines Charter at Coconut Creek, 5

West Broward at Cooper City, 5

Northeast at Deerfield Beach, 7

Coral Springs at Flanagan, 5

Nova at Hollywood Hills, 4

Western at Taravella, 4

Pine Crest at North Broward Prep, 6

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