Norland girls’ fall flat against familiar foe in state semifinal


Clash of champions

For years, fans have asked, “Who would win if Northwestern and St. Thomas Aquinas played each other?”

They’ll get an answer this fall.

Northwestern and St. Thomas Aquinas agreed this week to play their mutual season-opener at Sun Life Stadium on the weekend of August 29-31. The date will be finalized once the schedules for the University of Miami and the Miami Dolphins are released.

"It’s pretty much all set, we’re just working out a few of the details now," Northwestern athletic director Andre Williams told The Miami Herald Thursday morning.

The two programs have combined for 11 state championships and three national titles. St. Thomas Aquinas won its seventh state crown this past season winning the Class 7A championship and won national titles in 2008 and 2010.

Northwestern went 9-3 last season reaching the Class 6A regional semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Central.

Northwestern has won four (1995, 1998, 2006, 2007) including a national championship in 2007.


Sometimes motivation isn’t enough.

Norland’s girls had every reason to play inspired basketball Thursday afternoon at The Lakeland Center facing virtually the same Orlando Edgewater team that denied them a state championship a year ago.

But poor shooting and lack of early defensive execution sent Norland on the same path to defeat, losing 60-45 to the Eagles in a Class 6A state semifinal.

“This was totally unexpected,” Norland coach Carla Harris-Curry said. “We just didn’t perform well and didn’t make plays when we needed to defensively or offensively.”

The Vikings (29-4) never led and trailed by as many as 22 points as they came up short in their bid to win their third state championship since 2009.

Norland shot only 29 percent from the field and allowed Edgewater to score 36 points in the paint - 22 of which came in the first half.

The Eagles (26-6), who will try to win their second consecutive state title when they play Fort Walton Beach Choctawatchee in the final Saturday at 1:30 p.m., shot 51 percent as a team.

“I really can’t say why this happened, but I know somewhere in the middle we weren’t on the same page,” Norland senior guard Brittany Dinkins said. “We knew what we had to do. But saying it and doing it are two different things sometimes.”

Dinkins tried her best to get Norland back in it in the second half scoring 10 of her team-high 21 points in a two-minute stretch late in the third quarter. Her drive to the basket to start the fourth cut Edgewater’s lead to 48-38.

But that was as close as Norland would get.

“Our defensive goal usually is to keep a team under 35 points for the game so for them to have 32 in the first half shows that was really poor defense by us,” Dinkins said. “Coming out of the half I tried to give us some kind of momentum, but we made poor decisions on defense still.”

The Vikings failed to convert on two ensuing possessions and lost their momentum after a three-pointer by Markeema Crawford.

Edgewater dominated inside in the first half, but hurt Norland with its ability to shoot long-range as well. Nyala Shuler went 3 for 3 from three-point range and finished with 23 points overall.

The Eagles went 5 for 9 overall from three.

Norland shot 2 for 14 from three with Dinkins making the only two on consecutive possessions during her late third quarter surge.

“We knew their players would hit some key shots and we had some defensive breakdowns,” Harris-Curry said. “Defensively we didn’t follow the plan we drew up as a staff. We just did not play well and we picked a poor time to play poor defense.”

EDGE (26-6): Shuler 23, McCullough 17, Clark 4, Lovejoy 4, McMillan 5, Crawford 7. NOR (29-4): K. Roberts 6, N. Roberts 11, Dinkins 21, Ford 3, Lovett 4. Half: E 32-17. Three-pointers: Shuler 3, Dinkins 2, McCullough, Crawford. Fouled out: Clark. Rebounds: Shuler 14. Assists: McCullough 6. Steals: Lovett 3. Blocks: N. Roberts, Shuler 2.


Barrington Christian announced it has hired Tomaris Wooten as its new football coach.

Wooten was the offensive coordinator at Champagnat Catholic most recently and coached at Belen Jesuit and Parkway Academy prior to that.


Belen senior runner Avery Lopez signed with Florida State University on Thursday.

Lopez has been part of three state championship teams at Belen and this season won several major meet individual championships including regionals and districts, and was a member of the Nike cross-country national team in 2011.


• The third annual Soccer-Max/Soccer Locker boys and girls senior all-star games will be played Friday at Plantation American Heritage. The girls’ game will be played at 6 p.m. followed by the boys; game at 8.

• The sixth annual Soccer Locker Dade County Soccer Coaches All-Star games will be played Saturday at Miami Country Day. The Class 5A-1A girls’ game will be held at 3 followed by the boys’ Class 3A-1A game at 5 and the boys’ 5A-4A game at 7. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will go to the Cancer Society.




WP: Ralph Martinez. LP: Suarez. Top performers: Kevin Williams 3-4, SB. Romy Gonzalez 2-2, 2 SB. Kevin Peraza 2-4. AME 3-0



WP: Michael Mediavilla (2-0). Top performers: Michael Mediavilla 2-3, RBI. Deyvid Silva 2-3, 2 RBI. Aramis Garcia 1-2, 2 RBI. MA 3-0




WP: Kelli Kleis (2-0). LP: Jordan Roney. Top performers: Natalie Lopez 3-4, 2 RBI, SB. Carlin Labuzan 2-2, 2 RBI. Brittany Husk 2-4, double, RBI



WP: Yesenia Mondragon.



WP: Amanda Garcia (5-1). LP: Cathling. Top performers: A. Garcia shutout, 3K, 2-3, 2 singles, 3 runs, RBI. M. Oliva 3-3, 2 doubles, single, 4 RBI, run. I. Abreu 3-3, 2 doubles, triple, 3 RBI, 2 runs. MA 5-1.


•  Late Wednesday — Mourning 15, North Miami Beach 5


•  Late Wednesday — Mourning 14, North Miami Beach 0


•  Late Wednesday — Gulliver 18, Coral Shores 3: Jordi Dalmau 3 goals, assist. Trevor Pelletier 3 goals, 5 assists. Pierce Bailey 2 goals, 5 assists. Lucas Altman 16 saves



North Miami vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 3:45

Brito Miami vs. Archbishop Carroll (Carroll), 3:30

Dade Christian vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes (HML), 7

Sheridan Hills Christian vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7

St. Brendan vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 7

Boca Christian vs. Princeton Christian (Princeton), 4

Doral Academy vs. Ronald Reagan (RR), 3:30

Hialeah Gardens vs. Westland Hialeah (Walker Park), 3:30


Krop vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3

Archbishop McCarthy vs. Florida Christian (FCS), 7

Southridge vs. Braddock (Braddock), 4

North Miami vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes (HML), 3:30

Hialeah Gardens vs. Hialeah (Milander), 7

Hialeah Gardens vs. Lourdes (LOU), 4

North Miami Beach vs. Carol City (CC), 3:30

Key West vs. South Dade (SD), 7

Mater Lakes vs. St. Brendan (STB), 4


Louie Bing Classic prelims at Traz Powell Stadium


TERRA vs. Ferguson (FER), 2

Sunset vs. South Dade (SD), 3

Key West vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 3


Carrollton vs. Miami Country Day (Jockey Club), 2:30

Sunset vs. South Dade (SD), 3

Venice vs. Krop (Krop), 2

TERRA vs. Ferguson (FER), 2


Goleman vs. North Miami Beach (Victory Pool), 3

Coral Gables vs. Hialeah (Milander Pool), 4

Southwest vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom), 5

Miami Country Day vs. MAST (MAST), 5

Coral Reef vs. Gulliver Prep (Gulliver), 4:30

Southwest vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom), 4

Miami Country Day vs. MAST (MAST), 4

Hialeah Gardens vs. Mourning (FIU North), 3:15


Miami Country Day vs. MAST (MAST), 4

Coral Reef vs. Gulliver Prep (Gulliver), 4:30

Southwest vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom), 4

Hialeah Gardens vs. Mourning (FIU North), 3:15

Goleman vs. North Miami Beach (Victory Pool), 3

Coral Gables vs. Hialeah (Milander Pool), 3


St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Columbus (Columbus), 5

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