The last time Booker T. Washington’s boys won a state track title it followed up a football state championship season in 2007. The Tornadoes are hoping for a repeat this season with Booker T. winning a state football title in 2012.
Many of Booker T. Washington’s speedsters lead the squad that should challenge for the Class 2A state title along with defending champ Plantation American Heritage and Orlando Jones.
Juniors Deltron Hopkins, Krondis Larry, Terrawn McPhee and Nigel Patten and senior Nicholas Norris are among the best group of sprinters in the nation. Former hurdler Vaquan Small will now run the 800 meters and help on the relays. The key will be the Tornadoes’ performances in the field events.
Dade Christian is also coming off a stellar football season in which it earned its first state runner-up. The Crusaders hope some of the stars from that team will help them improve upon last year’s Class 1A runner-up finish.
Throwers Andrew Florvil and Sterling Mack are joined by jumpers Gary Sampson, Blake Janvion, Kenneth Lewis and Jonathan Saintil on a squad that enters as a favorite.
The track and field season will begin in earnest Friday and Saturday at Traz Powell with the annual Louie Bing Invitational.
The following weekend, Dade’s top contenders will also compete at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational at Southridge Stadium.
Princeton University freshman goalie Ashleigh Johnson, formerly of Ransom Everglades, became the first player to sweep the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s Player of the Week awards, winning the Southern Division Player, Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week.
Johnson set a school record for saves in a match with 19 in her first college outing against California on Feb. 8.
Coral Gables 2, Coral Reef 1
WP: Carlos Perez (1-0). LP: Mora. SV: Tyler Santana (1). Top performers: Perez 4 IP, 0 ER, 3 H. Elih Marrero 1-3, R, RBI. Yoan Gonzalez 2-3. CG 1-2.
Late Saturday – Killian 7, Flanagan 5
WP: Vladimir Nunez. LP: Chris Rodriguez. SV: Mike Perez (2). Top performers: Nick Mira 2-3, 2 RBI. Nunez 4 IP, 0 H, 5 K. Mike Perez double, 2 RBI. KIL 3-0.
Late Sat. – Florida Chr. 4, St. Brendan 3
WP: Alex Valverde (2-0). Top performers: Zach San Roman 1-3, RBI. Milton Ramos 1-2. FC 2-1.
Late Saturday – Gulliver 5, La Salle 2
WP: Lucas de la Cruz (1-0). LP: Mathis (1-1). Top performers: Henry Hernandez 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI. Joe Dunand 1-3, HR, 2 RBI. Oscar Marchena 2-3.
Late Saturday – Ferguson 3, Palmetto 1
WP: Sergio Ramos (1-0). LP: Exposito. SV: Alan Saumell (1). Top performers: Chris Medina 1-1, double; 3 IP, 5 K, H. Jose Brito 2-2 double. Saumell 2 IP, K, 0 H. FER 2-1.
Late Thursday – Pace 6, St. Thomas Aquinas 1
WP: Merrill. LP: Frank Rubio (0-1). Top performer:
Gulliver 13, Southwest 3 (5)
WP: Gabbee Drainey (1-0). Top performers: Ashley Leon 3-3, 2 doubles, 2 R. Stephanie Texeira 3-3, HR, 3 RBI. GUL 1-0.
Miami Country Day 10, Keys Gate 5
WP: Taylor Sennett (2-0). LP: A. Norris. Top performers: Taylor Sennett 3 H, 2 RBI, 2 R. Jenna Lilly 2 H, 2 RBI, 2 R. Avery Watson 4 H, 3 RBI, 3 R. MCD 2-0.
• Belen 101, Ferguson 90, Dade Christian 54, So . Fla. HEAT 38, Sunset 37, Pace 36, Coral Park 34, La Salle 23, American Heritage 21, Key West 19, Archbishop Carroll 13, Mater Academy 11, NW Christian 4: MP won 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay; BEL won 1600-meter relay, 3200-meter relay, 6400-meter relay, distance medley, 440-meter shuttle hurdle; Eric Couto (BEL) won high jump; Pablo Espitia (FER) won pole vault; Jonathan Saintil (DC) won long jump; Leon Rechourse (LAS) won triple jump; Kevin Delgado (CP) won shot put, discus throw.
• Ferguson 97, So. Fla. HEAT 77, Lourdes 75, Key West 58, La Salle 39, Mater Academy 29, Pace 24, Dade Christian 15, American Heritage 11, Sunset 9, Coral Park 9, NW Christian 4: FER won 400-meter relay, distance medley; MP won 800-meter relay, 1600-meter relay; LOU won 3200-meter relay, 6400-meter relay; KW won 400-meter shuttle hurdle; Ally Pond (HEAT) won high jump; Rachel Dietrich (KW) won pole vault; Hannah Sodergren (HEAT) won long jump; Hayle Fortier (HEAT) won triple jump; Natalie Dakka (CP) won shot put; Sydney Molina (FER) won discus throw.
Region 4-8A semifinal: Hialeah Gardens at Miami High, 7
Region 4-8A semifinal: South Miami at Palmetto, 7
Region 4-6A semifinal: Pembroke Pines Charter at Norland, 7
Region 4-4A semifinal: University School at Archbishop Carroll, 7
Region 4-4A semifinal: Ransom Everglades at Gulliver, 7
Region 4-3A semifinal: Westminster Christian at Florida Christian, 7
Region 4-2A semifinal at Northwest Christian: Zion Lutheran vs. Champagnat, 7
Region 4-2A semifinal at Miami Christian: Westwood Christian vs. Calusa Prep, 7
Southwest vs. Columbus (COL), 6:30
Varela vs. Miami Palmetto (CR Park), 3:30
LaSalle vs. Dade Christian (DCS), 3:30
Coral Park vs. Braddock (Braddock), 3:30
American vs. Hialeah Gardens (HG), 3:30
Coral Reef vs. Killian (Killian), 3:30
Homestead vs. Northwestern (NW), 3:30
South Dade vs. Southridge (SR), 6:30
Archbishop Carroll at Sunset, 3:30
Hialeah at North Miami Beach, 3:30
Norland vs. Mourning (Pepper Park), 3:30
N. Miami vs. Carol City (Scott Park), 3:30
Ferguson vs. South Miami (SM), 3:30
Reagan vs. Goleman (STU), 6:30
Westland vs. Mater (West. Gardens), 3:30
Mater Lakes at Westminster Chr., 3:30
Doral at Westwood Christian (WCS), 3:30
Westwood Christian at Arch.Carroll, 3:30
Pace vs. Hialeah Gardens (HG), 3:30
Homestead vs. HML (HML), 3:30
Westland Hialeah at Central, 3:30
Mater Lakes vs. Jackson (Jax), 3:30
Mater Academy at Northwestern, 3:30
Miami Beach vs. Ronald Reagan (RR), 3:30