With the football season wrapping up this weekend in Orlando, some of the state’s best boys’ basketball teams will clash in Weston this weekend.
Hoop Exchange will hold its annual Southern Series on Friday and Saturday at Sagemont School in an event that will feature three defending state champions and two of last year’s state qualifiers from South Florida.
One of the premier matchups involving Miami-Dade County teams will pit defending Class 6A state champion Norland taking on Miami High at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Vikings are ranked No. 1 in Class 6A bySourceHoops.com and face the Stingarees, who enter the weekend ranked No. 10 in Class 8A.
Defending Class 8A state champion Hialeah Gardens will take on defending Class 5A state semifinalist Plantation American Heritage at 7 p.m. Friday. Both teams are favorites to make a run at a state title this season in their respective classes.
Host Sagemont, a state runner-up in Class 3A last season, is currently ranked No. 1 in that class, and plays a pair of tough opponents. The Lions start Friday by taking on much-improved Deerfield Beach, the top-ranked team in Class 8A, at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sagemont will face Tampa Catholic, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, at 6:30 p.m.
Defending Class 7A state champion Blanche Ely, which enters the tournament ranked No. 21 nationally by MaxPreps, will play Cardinal Gibbons at 8 p.m. Saturday night.
Friday’s schedule: Coral Springs Christian vs. Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, 5:30; Plantation American Heritage vs. Hialeah Gardens, 7; Deerfield Beach vs. Sagemont, 8:30.
Saturday’s schedule: Palm Beach Lakes vs. Chaminade-Madonna, 3:30; Norland vs. Miami High, 5; Sagemont vs. Tampa Catholic, 6:30; Blanche Ely vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 8.
• Miami Country Day 5, Curley 0: Avery Watson 2 goals, 1 assist. Ava Hanson 2 goals. Calypso Peritacos 1 goal. Laurel Ivory 5 shutout . Elizabeth Kaspiritis 1 assist . Yakira mattison 1 assist
• Lourdes 6, Coral Gables 0: Cristina Rodriguez Garcia 2 goals. Sofia Rosell 1 goal. Amanda Delgado 1 goal. Bailey Plummer 1 goal. LOU 12-2, CG 12-3.
• Miami Springs 8, Homestead 0: Odailys Matos 3 goals, Alessandra Salazar 2 goals, Heissel Mayor 1 goal.
• Ferguson 8, South Miami 0: Isa Jara 2 goals. Ana Jenkins 3 goals. Natalie Solis 2 goals. Isa Jara 3 assists. Angel Oneil assist. Nicole Rafols 1assist. Natalie Solis 2 assists.
• Late Monday – Ferguson 8, Coral Park 0: Angie Gomez 1 goal. Isa Jara goal. Ana Jenkins 2 goals. Angel Oneil 2 goals. Marcela Ramirez goal. Natalie Solis goal. Angie Gomez assist. Isa Jara 4 assists. Marcela Ramirez 1 assist, Natalie Solis 2 assists.
• Late Tuesday – Gulliver 8, TERRA Environmental 0: Kai-Lin Hernandez 1 goal, 1 assist. Samantha Earle 2 goals, 2 assist. Hansine Vexlund 2 goals, 1 assists. Nicole Harris 1 goal, 1 assist. Vanessa Martinez 1 goal, 1 assist. Samantha Lujan 1 goal. Natalia Verde 1 assist.
• Sunset 3, Coral Reef 2: Eddy Pineiro 2 goals. Umberto Veronesi 1 goal. JP Duque 1 assist.
• Miami Country Day 5, Archbishop Curley 2: Edurado Macedo 2 goals. Maurizio Boano goal, assist. Connor Quinton, Daniel Mendez one goal each. MCD 11-1-3, CUR 2-3-1.