Miami-Dade High School roundup

Westwood Christian boys’ basketball unfazed by first trip to state final four

 

Last week’s best performances

TEAMS OF THE WEEK

The Booker T. Washington boys’ and Northwestern girls’ track and field teams won the team titles at the Louie Bing Invitational. Deltron Hopkins won boys’ meet MVP honors after winning the 100 meters and helping win the 400-meter relay. Junior thrower Lloydricia Cameron won the shot put and discus for the Bulls.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Jorge Perez-Laham, South Miami, boys’ basketball: Perez-Laham had a combined 45 points in two regional playoff victories over Palmetto and Hialeah Gardens that clinched the Cobras’ first trip to state final four since 2004.

Trey Mourning, Ransom Everglades, boys’ basketball: Mourning had 15 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, some of which came before the Raiders took control, in a 64-44 victory over Davie University School that clinched Ransom’s first trip to the state final four.

Zachary Johnson, Norland, boys’ basketball: Johnson had a game-high 26 points to lead the Vikings to a 85-59 win over Fort Myers in a Region 4-6A final.

Thiago Conceicao, Westwood Christian, boys’ basketball: Conceicao had 17 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks to lead the Warriors to a 71-48 victory over Zion Lutheran in a Region 4-2A semifinal that clinched their first trip to the state final four.

Melsheree Reid, Miami High, girls’ basketball: Reid hit a buzzer-beater and second consecutive game-winning shot in the playoffs to help the Stingarees beat Orlando Colonial 46-44 in a Class 8A state semifinal.

Breanna Blot, Miami Country Day, girls’ basketball: Blot had a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the Spartans to a 60-51 Class 3A state semifinal win over Seffner Christian.

Octavio Mirabal, Southridge, baseball: Mirabal went 2 for 4 with three stolen bases to lead the Spartans to a 4-2 win over Palmetto.

Karli Smith, Florida Christian, softball: Smith went 3 for 3 with two RBI in a win over Archbishop McCarthy and threw a perfect game against Somerset.

Avery Lopez, Belen, boys’ track: Lopez won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters and anchored the 3,200-meter relay at the Martin County Invitational.

Kimani Austin-Reese, Central, girls’ track: Austin-Reese won the 300-meter hurdles in 44.25 seconds at the Louie Bing Invitational.

Paul Andrey Pierre-Louis, Krop, boys’ tennis: Pierre-Louis won his singles match to lead the Lightning to a 4-3 win over Reagan.

Jackie Rosales, Mourning, girls’ tennis: Rosales swept her match to lead the Sharks to a 7-0 win over Hialeah-Miami Lakes.

Mack Shoer, Ransom Everglades, boys’ lacrosse: Shoer had four goals to lead the Raiders to a 12-5 win over Belen Jesuit.


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ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ


Special to The Miami Herald

After playing two years at Mourning High, Brazilian-born forward Thiago Conceicao arrived at Westwood Christian this past fall with a self-appointed nickname: “The Beast.”

But Westwood coach Jose Amat refused to call the 6-6, 210-pound senior by that moniker.

“I told him that he had to earn that,” Amat said. “[Last weekend], he earned it.”

Conceicao was indeed a monster in Saturday’s Class 2A regional final win over Zion Lutheran, recording 17 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks.

The 71-48 win propelled Westwood to its first trip to the state semifinals in Lakeland, where it will meet an imposing opponent in Orlando Christian Prep (21-7). Tip-off is 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Conceicao said he is not intimidated by the Warriors (24-5), who will be making their sixth consecutive trip to Lakeland with four state titles during their run.

“They’re a good team — long and athletic — but I’m not buying into the hype,” Conceicao said. “They have to play against us, too.”

Conceicao, who was born in Rio de Janeiro, moved to the United States with his mother when he was in the third grade. The rest of his family remains in Brazil.

Early on in his athletic career, Conceicao played soccer — easily the No. 1 sport in Brazil. But a desire to fit in with his American classmates and an impressive growth spurt pointed him toward basketball.

“Soccer wasn’t for me, even though I’m Brazilian,” Conceicao said. “I guess it’s kind of weird.”

Conceicao was one of two key transfers who came to Westwood this fall for their senior years. The other is 6-0 point guard Daniel Ramis, who said he was a part-time starter last season at Columbus. He now leads Westwood in scoring.

Those two were the final pieces of the starting lineup to come together at Westwood after 6-3 senior guard Armand Shoon and 6-3 sophomore forward Eugene Joseph transferred the year before.

It’s all part of a historic time at Westwood that has seen both the baseball and basketball teams make it to state for the first time in the school’s 50-year history.

Now Westwood faces a Warriors team that compiled a 137-18 record over the past five years. They also won four state Player of the Year honors in that span.

Amat said his team is embracing the underdog role. For the layup line, they wear T-shirts that read: “I believe.”

And before Tuesday’s game, Amat plans to show his kids the movie Hoosiers.

“We hope it inspires the kids,” Amat said, “because we want to shock the state.”

BASEBALL

Hialeah Gardens 12, North Miami Beach 3

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WP: Christian Suarez. Top performers: Suarez 5 IP, 7 K. Alejandro Piedra 3-3, 2 R, 3 RBI. Damien Escandell 3-3, triple, R, 2 RBI. Richard Abreu 2-4, double, R, 2 RBI. HG 3-3.

Miami Christian 11, Keys Gate 3

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WP: Cristobal Arenas 5IP, 7K. Top performers: Laz Gonzalez 3-3, 2 RBI, 3R. David Lopez 2-3, 3RBI, 3R. Miguel Perez 2-3, 3 RBI. Ernie Angueira 2-4, 2RBI.

American 9, Hialeah 3 – WP: Kevin Peraza 7 K. Top performers: Edison Cabrera 2-5, 2 RBI. Eric Gonzalez 2-2. Matt Ruiz 2-4. AM 4-0.

Hialeah Educational Academy 10, Mater East 6 – HEA 4-0.

SOFTBALL

Pace 5, Archbishop Carroll 2

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WP: Briana Heredia LP: D. Cinalli. Top performers: Heredia CG, 7 IP, 9 K, 0 BB. Zuylnn Brito 2-3, 2 RBI, R. Lauren Hofmann 1-3, RBI, R, SB. MP 6-3.

Coral Reef 10, St. Brendan 0

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WP: Michelle Mesa (1-0). LP: D. Delgado. Top performers: Kylan Becker 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R. Carolina Colli 3-4, RBI. Cassandra Garcia 3-5, 2 RBI, 2 R. Michelle Ryan 2 RBI. CR 4-0.

Miami Springs 14, Westland 0

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WP: Taylor Navarro (3-0). Top performers: Taylor Navarro no-hitter, 6K. Nicole Fernandez 1-2, double, 2 RBI. MS 6-1.

American 15, North Miami Beach 0

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WP: Andrea Rincon (3-0). LP: A. Flete. Top performers: Ashley Brooks 2-2, 4 RBI. Isabella Rodriguez 2-3, triple, RBI. Sydney Sosa 2 IP, 5 K.AM 4-0.

Late Thursday – Goleman 5, Miami Springs 3

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WP: Francis Santos (2-1). Top performers: Santos 3 K; 2-3, HR, triple, RBI, 2 R. Angie Montalvo 1-4, GW 3-R HR. GOL 4-2.

Late Thursday – Doral 12, Ransom Everglades 0 (5)

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WP: Jennifer Acevedo 5IP. Top performers: Dayra Pla 2-3. Nayla Nader 2-3, 4 RBI, 3 runs.

Late Thursday – TERRA 4, Carrollton 3

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WP: Tayler Sanchez (3-1). Top performers: Sanchez 5K. Natalie Valdez 1-3, 2 RBI.

Late Thursday – Pace 4, St. Brendan 3

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WP: Brianna Heredia 7IP 5K. LP: D Delgado. Top performers: Kristen Cazanas 2-3, 2 RBI. Sofia Dominguez 2-4. Heredia CG, 5K; 1-2, triple, 2 RBI.

Late Thursday – Coral Gables 12, Miami Beach 5

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WP: Christie Falcon 11K (2-0). LP: Olya Seichrist (3-2). Top performers: Vicky Padin 4-4, 2 runs, RBI. Catie Falcon 3-4, triple, 2 runs.

BOYS’ TENNIS

•  Belen 7, Dade Christian 0: Bryan Rodriguez won No. 1 singles 8-1. Mark Lagunas won No. 3 singles 8-2. Alejandro Hasagawa won No. 5 singles 8-0. BEL 3-1.

•  Krop 7, Hialeah Gardens 0: Leeland Bein (KR) won No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0. Joey Levy (KR) won No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0.

•  TERRA 7, St. Brendan 0: Alex Pizarro (TER) won 8-2. TER 5-1.

•  Palmetto 7, South Miami 0: Alexa’s Andrejevic (PAL) won singles No. 1 8-0. Max Woodbury (PAL) won singles No. 2 8-0. PAL 3-1.

•  Late Friday – TERRA 4, Ferguson 3: Jose Ortega (FER) won No. 1 singles 8-1. Brian Melamud (TER) won No. 3 singles 8-1.

•  Late Thursday – Coral Reef 6, Southridge 1: Tony Falcon (CR) won No. 1 singles 8-1. Falcon/Michael Gordon won doubles 8-3.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

•  Krop 7, Hialeah Gardens 0: Naomi Maehama (KR) won No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0. Ja’laya Williams (KR) won No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0.

•  Carrollton 5, Palmer Trinity 2: Alexandra Fields (CAR) won No. 1 singles 8-0. Lindy Lyons (CAR) won No. 2 singles 8-0. Nina Cubero (CAR) won No. 3 singles 8-0. CAR 4-1.

•  TERRA 6, St. Brendan 1: Victoria Cambe (TER) won 8-2. Celeste Tamers (TER) won 8-1. Jessica Waddell (TER) won 8-2.

•  Palmetto 7, South Miami 0: Natalie Calderon (PAL) won singles No. 1 8-2. Sam Sarason (PAL won singles No. 2 8-1. PAL 4-0.

•  Late Friday – TERRA 6, Ferguson 1: Jessica Escobar (FER) won No. 1 singles 8-0. Victoria Cambe (TER) won No. 2 singles 8-2.

•  Late Thursday – Coral Reef 7, Southridge 0: Sinai Benitez (CR) won singles No. 1 8-0. Isabella Carlsson (CR) won singles No. 2 8-0.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

•  Gulliver 15, Palmetto 7: Ryan Cordero 15-4 on faceoffs, 5 goals, 2 assists. CJ Hassan 2 goals, assist. Corey Langer 5 takeaways, 5 groundballs. GUL 4-0.

BOYS’ WATER POLO

•  Late Friday – MAST 21, Miami Country Day 17: Nick Sellar 8 goals, 3 steals, 4 assists. Gabe Garcia: 4 goals, 3 steals, 2 assists. Conrad Ruiz 5 goals, 2 assists. Giovanni Ciagnotti (MCD) 7 goals, 2 steals, 4 assists. MAST 1-1.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

•  North Miami Beach 6, Goleman 5: Kelly Hodge 3 goals, 4 assists. Christine Curiac 2 goals, 2 assists.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Pace at Archbishop Carroll, 3:30

Ransom at Archbishop Curley, 4

Ferguson vs. Columbus (Columbus), 6:30

Coral Reef vs. Miami Palmetto (CR Park), 3:30

Key West vs. Dade Christian (DCS), 3:30

Somerset Acad. vs. Mater Lakes (FMU), 4

Fla. Chr. vs. Somerset Cha.(Goulds Park),5

Doral vs. TERRA (Indian Hammocks), 3:30

Westwood Chr. vs. Brito (Miami Chr.), 4

Sunset vs. Coral Park (CP), 3:30

Champagnat vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 7

Varela vs. Southridge (SR), 7

Coral Gables vs. Miami Springs (MSP), 3:30

NW vs. N. Miami (Pepper Park), 3:30

Posnack Day School at Princeton Chr., 3:30

Miami Beach vs. Ronald Reagan (RR), 3:30

Miami High vs. Goleman (Slade Park), 3:30

Killian vs. South Dade (SD), 7

Braddock vs. South Miami (SM), 3:30

Coral Shores vs. St. Brendan (STB), 4

Ransom Everglades vs. LaSalle (Tamiami), 7

Palmer Trinity at Westminster Chr., 3:30

SOFTBALL

Somerset Academy vs. Carrollton (CAR), 4

Ronald Reagan vs. Coral Gables (CG), 3:30

Southridge vs. Coral Reef (CR), 3:30

Westland Hialeah vs. Krop (Krop), 3:30

Palmer Trinity vs. Florida Christian (FCS), 7

Ferguson vs. Lourdes (Palmetto Bay), 4

Goleman vs. Miami Beach (Flamingo), 3:30

Keys Gate vs. Miami Christian (MCS), 4

Sunset vs. Coral Park (CP), 3:30

Miami Palmetto vs. Killian (Palmetto Bay), 7

Miami High vs. Miami Springs (MSP), 3:30

Westwood Christian at Princeton Chr., 4

Miami Country Day at Redland Chr., 3:30

Braddock vs. South Miami (SM), 3:30

Ransom vs. TERRA (Indian Hammocks), 3:30

South Dade vs. Varela (Varela), 3:30

SW vs. Westminster Chr.(Palmetto Bay), 7

BOYS’ TENNIS

Varela vs. Ferguson (FER), 2

Southwest vs. Killian (Ron Eahman), 2:30

Sunset vs. Coral Reef (CR), 3

N. Miami vs. Hialeah (Goodlet), 3

Archbishop Curley at Pace, 3:30

Hebrew vs. MCD (Jockey Club), 4

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Lourdes vs. Gulliver Prep (GUL), 4

Hebrew vs. MCD(Jockey Club), 4

Sunset vs. Coral Reef (CR), 3

N. Miami vs. Hialeah (Goodlet), 3

Southwest vs. Killian (Ron Eahman), 2:30

Varela vs. Ferguson (FER), 2

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