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Miami High boys' basketball team plays in new gym

 

Special to The Miami Herald

“The Asylum” is back, and this time the famous nickname is written on the court for all to see.

Miami High’s boys’ basketball team, which played all road games last season while its gym was being refurbished, returned to its court for a game for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.

The Stingarees (3-0) defeated Goleman 55-30 on Thursday night, but the game was secondary to where it was played.

Miami High, the city’s oldest high school with a tradition that dates to 1903, is undergoing a $49 million renovation that is set to be completed by November of 2013. The school’s historic gym is only part of the new construction.

“We’re glad to be back home for the first time in a year and a half,” said Stings senior point guard Alan Baez. ”It was weird last year going on the road every time, even for practice, but it made us closer as a team.”

The Stings practiced last season at Miami Lakes Tech, a half-hour away. They played their “home” games a similar distance away at Miami Beach High.

Even with those obstacles, the Stings made it to the Class 8A regional semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Hialeah Gardens 66-59.

While that was happening, workers completed the renovation of the gym. Except for the walls, everything else was brought in new.

The most controversial new feature would seem like a basic necessity at most gyms but an oddity here — air conditioning.

Marcus Carreno, who played for Miami High and coached the team to its most recent state title in 2005, worries that his current club will lose a competitive advantage in the new gym.

“The heat we had in our gym in the old days was part of our advantage,” said Carreno, who unsuccessfully lobbied to have no air conditioning in the new gym. “The atmosphere was crazy, and the fans made the gym feel even hotter. It wore teams down.”

Carreno said the air conditioning in the new place was working too well the past month, resulting in a frigid gym. Players were practicing in warm-up gear.

Another change in the new gym is the navy-blue paint on the north and south sides of the court that reads: “Stingarees” and “The Asylum.”

The latter has long been the unofficial name of the gym, given because of the zany nature of the team’s fans. Many of them witnessed a Florida-record 18 state titles — or 19 if you count the one that was won on the court but taken away due to what the FHSAA deemed as rules violations in 1998.

Regardless, “The Asylum” has always been a tough place for opponents to play. Not only did you have to beat the often-talented Stings, you also had to deal with the gym itself, including dead spots on the old wooden floors.

“There were spots where you step and sink, and you couldn’t jump as high,” Baez said. “And the roof would leak. If it was raining the night before, you would notice as soon as you walked into the gym.”

Among the other changes:

• The west “end zone” seats have been removed.

• The new capacity is 1,135 — plus 150 or so in the balcony.

• The new scoreboard is smaller and less obtrusive.

• The old wooden bleachers have been replaced by plastic ones.

• The famed arched windows have been raised. Carreno said neighborhood kids used to climb up the windows and sneak into the gym at night. That won’t happen now, the coach said.

• The 19 state-championship banners are gone — but only to get cleaned. Carreno said he expects them to return next week.

• There is a new coach’s office and new varsity lockers.

“The gym still has an old feel,” Carreno said, “but in a modern facility.”

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

•  Doral 59, Carrolton 10 – DOR: V. Machado 22, M. Neres 16, M. Grafals 12, A. Gomez 7, G. Llamo 2. CAR: A. McDonnell 8, S. Ramas 2. 3 Pointers: M. Neres 2, V. Machado 2, A. McDonnel 2.

• Hebrew 55, Mater 48 – Mat: Richard 14, Zherg 17, Chiwas 6, camacho 7, Garcia 4. Heb: Gordon 34, Weiss 3, DOBIN 12, Moyal 2, Kahn 4. Rebounds: Gordon 18. Assists: Gordon 4.

•  Late Wednesday – South Miami 71, Braddock 40 – SM (5-1): Brown 19, Cummings 15, Gil 6, Graham 10, Ayerdis 2, KD Brown 7, King 4, Evans 8. BRA: Benedit 6, Fernandez 1, Gomez 7, Osceola 13, Martinez 12, Rojas 1. Halftime: SM 42-19. Three pointers Cummings, Graham, Benedit, Oceola. Rebounds: Brown 12. Assists: Graham 6. Steals: Graham 6.

•  Late Wednesday – Coral Reef 58 - South Dade 30 – CR (6-1): R. Alespeiti 13, A. Alespeiti 12, K. Toussant 12, Arabitg 9, S. Schonenberg 3, J. Hollin 3, C. Rodriguez 2, J. Esdaile 2, D. Charles 2. SD: Sheftall 10, Johnson 9, Thomas 4, Calhoun 3, McClean 2, Joseph 2.

•  Late Wednesday – Coral Gables 50, Miami Springs 31 – CG(1-4): Landsberg 20, Salazar 2, Howie 4, Fuller 13, Sams 6, Ellison 7. MS: Zapata 4, Acevedo 2, Padrino 18, McKenney 5, P. Wood 2. Three-pointers: Landsberg 2, Fuller, Padrino. Rebounds: Alvarez 8, Ellison 8. Assists: Fuller 4. Steals: Fuller 4. \

•  Late Wednesday – Hillel 37, Westminster Academy 77 – Hil: Kaswan 18, Wainer 7, Fromzion 4, Sredni 4, Ohayon 2.

•  Late Wednesday – Mater 55 Hialeah Educational 30 – Mat: Dalmau 10, Ordoqui 8, Acosta 8, Angulo 7, Peña 7, Diaz 6, Lorenzo 4, Hernandez 4, Sandoval 1. HEA: Williams 16, Morrero 7, Zamora 4, Sanchez 2. Halftime 29-8. Rebounds: Dalmau 10. Assists: Acosta 5. Steals: Lorenzo 5.

•  Late Wednesday – American 72 Jackson 35 – Amer (2-2): Smith 26, Jones 18, Bradshaw 13, David 7, Jo.Williams 2, Vargas 2, Arellano 2, Grant 1, Riley 1 Jackson Paschal 10, DeLaRosa 10, Mitchell 9, Bellot 4, Johnson 2. Halftime: Amer 38-13. Rebounds: Smith 11. Assists: Jones 4, Bradshaw 4. Steals: Bradshaw 4.

•  Late Wednesday – Calusa Prep 39, St Brendan 34: Leonard 11, Desinor 10, Bowles 7.

•  Late Wednesday – North Miami Beach 53, Carol City 50 – NMB: Fevrier 4, Stgermain 8, Janvier 11, Pierre 18, Pierrelouis 7, Exalant 5. CC: Gaines 20, Williams 4, Murphy 12, Warren 8, Mcgrath 2, Milton 4. Three-pointers: Murphy 2. Foul outs: Janvier. Foul outs: Williams. Rebounds: Janvier 12. Assists: PierreLouis 4. Steals: PierreLouis 5.

•  Late Wednesday – Northwestern 60, Westland 19: Halftime: NW 35-16.

•  Late Wednesday – Central 51 Homestead 44: Williams 26, Walker 21, Duhart 2. Tierra Chambers 2

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

•  Miami Beach 44 Coral Gables 40 – MB(2-1): Tolliver 11, Warren 7, Williams 10, Klepper 2, Lasouba 6, McCall 4, Greenfield 4. Halftime MB 21-20. Three-pointers: Tolliver 3. Rebounds: Williams 11. Assists: Warren 4. Steals: Tolliver 4.

•  South Miami 61, Ferguson 12 – SM: Perez-Laham 8, Simmons 8, Cratit 12, Bartley 7, Lopez 7, Barney 8, Chavez 6, Ricondo 5. Fer: Alicea 4, Silva 1, Davis 2, Schey 4, Blanco 1. Assists: Perez-Laham 5. Rebounds: Simmons 10. Steals: Perez-Laham 4, Barney 4.

•  Columbus 58, Sunset 26 – COL (2-1): Melendez 14, Rico 14, O’Brien 13, Minervino 7, Durant 6, Rodriguez 4. SUN: DelSolar 8, Felipe 7, Alvarez 3, Garcia 2, Montero 2, Fletcher 2, Felipe 2. Halftime: COL 34-15. Three-pointers: Melendez 3, Minervino, Rico. Rebounds: Obrien 11. Assists: Minervino 9. Steals: Minervino 4.

•  Southridge 78, Killian 43 – SR: T. Wimbley 11, M. Sanchez 6, G. Johnson 5, J. Garcia 6, C Bartley 6, S. Chandler 5, D. mays 4, M. Davis 6, B. Molano 3, n D. Clarenton 2.

. •  Miami Springs 66, Reagan 44 – MS: Fisher 13, Metellus 3, Troya 19, Alderete 2, Thomas 6, Olivares 12, Reinvil 5. Rea: Ortega 11, Dacunha 19, Pena 3, Prado 3, Humphries 2, Sarmiento 6. Rebounds: Troya 11. Assists: Reinvil 5. Steals: Olivares 3.

•  Late Wednesday – Champagnat 60 Mater East 24 – CHA: Holanda 13, Chapotin 5, Leadon 24, Domingues 4,

LaBranche 8, Armstrong 2, McDonald 2, Arnaud 2. ME: Larkin 5, Delanuz 4, Garcia 6, Richardson 4, Betancourt 1, Blanco 4. Steals: Holanda 4, Domingues 4. Assists: Chapotin 5, LaBranche 5. Champ: 1-1.

•  Late Wednesday –Miami Lakes 64, Doctors Charter 42: Ortiz 20, Wims 10, Contreras 10. Gol: Bateast 2, Carcas 4, W. Lopez 12, Russo 11, Blake 5, Wolley 2, Suarez 9, Quintana 4, Rodriguez 1.

•  Late Wednesday – Miami Springs 53, Goleman 50 – MS (3-1): Fisher 7, Troya 17, Olivares 17, Damota 2, Alfonso 9, Reinvil 1. Rebounds: Alfonso 9. Assists: Reinvil 4. Steals: Olivares 2.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

•  Mater Academy 8, Westland Hialeah 0: Karly Villar 2 Goals, 1 Assist. Alexis Rodriguez 1 Goal, 1 Assist. Julissa Benitez 1 Goal, 1 Assist. MA 14-1.

•  Lourdes 8, Braddock 0: Bailey Plummer 3 goals, 1assist. Amanda Delgado 2 goals. Sophia Portuondo goal. LOU 8-1 .

•  Hialeah-Miami Lakes 7, Homestead 0

•  Coral Gables 8, South Miami 0: Gabrielle Saliamonas, 2 goals. Gabriela Urban 1 goal, 1 assist. Claire Shillington, 1 goal. Kelly Rendon, 1 goal, 1 assist. CG 9-2.

•  Somerset 5, Hillel 0

•  Southwest 2, Coral Park 0: Daniela Tenjido 2 assist Vanessa Plasencia goal. Paola Rivero goal SW 2-5-2.

BOYS’ SOCCER

•  Palmer Trinity 2, Westminster Christian 0: Alejandro Martinez-Oletta - 2 goals. Alex Salgado 1 assist and outstanding defense. Daniel du Feu shutout. Alejandro-Rodriguez-Santilli assist. PT 8-2.

•  Archbishop Curley 3, International Studies 1: Heriberto Patino goal, 2 assists. Di-Stephano Accielien goal, assist. Theo Desarmes 1 goal. Tony Yeash 8 saves. AC 4-1.

•  Miami Country Day 2, Dade Christian 0: Joel Meler and Edurado Macedo had one goal and an assist each. Mitchell Mosheim fifth shutout. MCD is 8-0-1.

•  Ferguson 1 Edison 0: Giovanni Herrera 1 goal. Carlos Lopez fourth shutout. FER 6-2-2.

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