Miami Sunset avenges state-final loss


Special to The Miami Herald

On the other side of the net, the Miami Sunset boys’ volleyball team saw its nemesis from last year’s Class 8A state final — the same team it watched celebrate on the floor of Kissimmee’s Silver Spurs Arena after defeating the Knights in straight sets.

On Saturday in the gold bracket final of the Smoothie King Invitational, Sunset got its revenge.

With a concerted, focused effort defensively, the Knights won first place in the tournament over Orlando Bishop Moore with a 25-22, 25-20 victory at Ransom Everglades.

“We remembered that final,” Sunset coach Camilo Gaitan said. “I told [the team] this is our payback. We lost to them in the final, we’ve got to make sure that we come out strong, and we did. And it shows there with the results.”

Added senior outside hitter Juan De La Hoz, who also won tournament MVP: “It means a lot because last year we made it to state and didn’t have a chance to win it, and this year we got the revenge. We came with a lot of effort, and we did it.”

De La Hoz led the Knights (8-0) with seven kills and four digs, Alexander Lazo had five kills and two blocks, and Jose Morales registered six kills and six digs.

Gaitan and his players have gained confidence with the experience they gained in last year’s run to the state final.

“We know we’re a good team now, and we’ve proven it in this tournament,” Gaitan said. “That’s the big thing that we’re going to take away — that if we play our best, nobody can beat us.”

Final Matches:

• Gold Bracket — 1st place game: Sunset d. Orlando Bishop Moore 25-22, 25-20.

• Gold Bracket — 3rd place game: Tampa Berkeley Prep d. Southwest Miami 19-25, 25-23, 15-11.

• Silver Bracket — 5th place game: Parkland Douglas d. Coral Reef 25-19, 25-17.

• Silver Bracket — 7th place game: Ransom d. Varela 25-18, 25-16.

• Bronze Bracket — 9th place game: Palmetto d. Killian 25-19, 26-24.

• Bronze Bracket — 11th place game: Chaminade d. Archbishop McCarthy 25-14, 19-25, 15-8.

• Copper Bracket — 13th place game: Florida Christian d. Park Vista 25-23, 25-16.

• Copper Bracket — 15th place game: Belen d. South Broward 25-20, 25-17.

• All-Tournament Team: Juan De La Hoz (SUN), Alex Lazo (SUN), Jose Morales (SUN), Everett La France (SUN), Christian Malias (OBM), John Givens (OBM), Ricky Reguera (SW), William Rodriguez (SW), Jorge Rojas (DOU), Matt Archambault (DOU), Malik Audain (CR), Oscar Rouco (CR), Victor Campano (RE), Nick Wenzel (RE), Yoan Bauedo (VAR), Javier Baez (VAR).


First-year Hallandale teammates Lia King and Regine Williams put on a show for the ages at the George Steinbrenner Invitational at the University of Tampa.

In building their case as the top girls’ track duo in Florida, King broke meet records in the triple jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles and Williams won the 100 and 200 meters to help the Chargers win the girls’ team title in convincing fashion.

“This was an experience that I can’t describe, “ Hallandale coach John Battle said. “It’s like having LeBron [James] and [Dwyane] Wade on the same team. This was a message that Lia and Regine are back and ready to run against top-notch competition.”

King established personal bests in the triple jump (38-8) and 300 hurdles (43.27) and clocked 14.19 in the 100 hurdles.

In the 100 meters, Williams put on a burst with 30 meters left to force a photo finish with Tampa King’s Carrol Hardy and cross the finish line in a personal-best 11.86.

Williams eliminated any drama in the 200, pulling away from the field on the straightaway to win in 24.03. Hardy finished second in (24.59).



• Palmetto d. Southwest 20-25, 25-17, 15-9: Kory Schulz 12 kills, 11 digs, 8 points. Devin Decker 9 kills, 9 points. Alex Spillis 4 kills, 5 blocks. Wendell Dunn 7 blocks.

• Palmetto d. Park Vista 25-18, 25-13: Tarek Saade 16 assists, 3 kills. Devin Decker 4 kills, 10 digs. Tanner Ray 5 kills, 2 aces.

• Palmetto d. Archbishop McCarthy 25-19, 25-17: Tarek Saade 17 assists, 6 digs, 3 aces. Devin Decker 6 kills, 2 aces. Robbie Dillon 6 digs.

• Palmetto d. Killian 25-19, 26-24: Kory Schulz 15 kills, 13 digs, 4 blocks. Thomas Latimer 12 digs, 5 points. Alex Spillis 6 blocks, 3 kills. PAL 5-3.


Gulliver 1, Osceola 0


WP: Stephanie Texeira (2-0). Top performer: Ashley Leon 0-2, BB, 2 SB, R.

Westminster Christian 2, Timber Creek 1


WP: Kelli Kleis (9-3). LP: Adkins. Top performers: Natalie Lopez RBI bunt single, R. Brittany Husk double, R. Caitlin Charlton go-ahead RBI single. WC 11-3.

South Dade 4, Florida Christian 3


WP: Samantha Cardillo. LP: Karli Smith. Top performers: Dani Harrah 2-4, RBI, R. Lizzie Diaz 2-3, double. Shelby Herbert 1-3, double, RBI, R. SD 12-8.

South Dade 5, Marathon 4


WP: Christina Bramblett (9-5). LP: Jordan Roney. Top performers: Lizzie Diaz 2-4, 2 doubles, R, RBI. Kailin Brousseau 1-2, RBI SAC, 1 R. Christina Bramblett 2-3, RBI. SD 11-8.

South Dade 4, Coral Gables 0


WP: Christina Bramblett (8-5) Shutout. LP: C. Falcon. Top performers: Dani Harrah 1-3, R. Crystal Bennett 2-3, R, RBI. Shelby Herbert 1-3, RBI.

Goleman 11, Florida Christian 8


WP: Francis Santos 4 K (4-2). Top performers: Mel Costero 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 R. Angie Montalvo 2-3, 3 RBI, triple, 3 R. Sharon Zamora 2-4, 4 RBI, triple, 2 R. GOL 10-6.

Goleman 19, Marathon 6


WP: Emily Santos 9 K (3-2). Top performers: Mel Costero 2-4, 4 RBI, triple, 3 R. Francis Santos 2-4, 2 RBI, double, 2 R. Jessi Costero 2-4, 2 RBI, double, 2 R. GOL 11-6.

Late Friday — Gulliver 10, LaBelle 5


WP: Lilly Barlow (1-0). Top performers: Ashley Leon 3-3, 2 R, RBI, double. Stephanie Texeira 2-3, 3 RBI, double 2 HR. Jessica Rivera 2-3, 2 R, double.

Late Friday — Gulliver 4, Park Vista 2 (9)


WP: Gabbee Draney (6-1). Top performers: Gabbee Draney CG. Briana Bahadue 2-4, RBI. Ashley Leon 3-5, 2 runs, triple.

Late Friday — Westminster Christian 3, Palm Beach Gardens 2


WP: Kelli Kleis (8-3). LP: Bailey Whalen. Top performers: Kristin Guthery 2-2, GW RBI single. Kleis 3-3, RBI; CG, 6 K. WC 10-3.

Late Friday — Goleman 9, Braddock 2


WP: Vicky Morales 6 K (4-2). Top performers: Angie Montalvo 3-4, double, 3 RBI, 2 R. Rahni Ramjit 2-3, 2 RBI, double, 2 R. Sharon Zamora 2-4, 3 RBI, double, 2 R. GOL 9-6.

Late Friday — Hialeah-Miami Lakes 18, Central 1 — WP: Jazmine Prada. Top performers: Prada no-hitter; H, RBI, R. Julie Krueger 2-3, 2 RBI, 3 R. Chloe Baldino double, RBI, 3 R. Alexis Baker 2-4, 2 R. HML 5-7.


• Pine Crest 189, Key West 126, Chaminade 50, Westminster Academy 42, North Broward Prep 40, Upperroom Christian 34 — long jump: Schneider Dorcius (UC) 19-5.5; triple jump: Gino Brown Jr. (CHA) 43-2; shot put: Jack Gruba (KW) 42-10.5; discus throw: Jack Gruba (KW) 132-5; high jump: Kalvin Cline (PC) 5-8; pole vault: Conner Wright (PC) 12-7; 3200-meter relay: KW 10:12.96; 110-meter hurdles: Schneider Dorcius (UC) 16.78; 100-meter dash: Demarco Haynes (CHA) 11.47; 1600-meter run: Everrett Wagner (KW) 4:44.32; 400-meter relay: CHA 45.19; 400-meter dash: John Decker (PC) 51.48; 300-meter hurdles: Daniel Samuel (PC) 43.51; 800-meter run: Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 2:02.20; 200-meter dash: Quanzell Moore (KW) 23.68; 3200-meter run: Everrett Wagner (KW) 10:49.43; 1600-meter relay: KW 3:38.64.


• Pine Crest 207, Key West 88, North Broward Prep 64, Westminster Academy 62, Upperroom Christian 46, Chaminade 2 — long jump: Adanaca Brown (UC) 16-4; triple jump: Sofie Bates (PC) 31-3.25; shot put: Isabella Luke (WA) 29-11.5; discus throw: Isabella Luke (WA) 103-0; high jump: Brooke Oman (WA) 5-0; pole vault: Taylor Logue (PC) 10-1; 3200-meter relay: PC 11:15.13; 100-meter hurdles: Kayla Burke (NBP) 14.74; 100-meter dash: Dani Pendergast (PC) 12.65; 1600-meter run: Katie Pinnell (NBP) 5:28.31; 400-meter relay: KW 53.95; 400-meter dash: Dani Pendergast (PC) 58.65; 300-meter hurdles: Kayla Burke (NBP) 44.68; 800-meter run: Julia Montgomery (PC) 2:22.03; 200-meter dash: Dani Pendergast (PC) 26.08; 3200-meter run: Katherine Jovanovic (PC) 12:03.92; 1600-meter relay: PC 4:28.5.


Late Friday — Archbishop McCarthy 9, Summit Christian 8


WP: Alex Guzman. SV: Jonathan Quintana. Top performers: Brandon Vicens 2-3, double, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB. Brian Gonzalez 2-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBI. Aaron Soto 2-4, 2 R, SB.

Late Friday — Florida Christian 4, Westminster Christian 2


WP: Andrew George. Top performers: Milton Ramos 1-2, triple, RBI. Ruben Someillan 2-3, double, RBI. Michael Fernandez 1-2, 2 RBI. FC 7-3.

Late Friday — St. Brendan 8, Naples Barron Collier 7 — WP: Yari Cabrera. Top performers: Gerson Sotolongo 2-4, 3-R HR. Max Guzman 3-4. Henry Knez 2-4.


The Gulliver girls’ tennis team placed third out of 16 teams in the DecoTurf High School Tennis Championships in Louisville, Ky., a premier national tennis tournament.

Olivia Thaler was an all-tournament team selection for her singles play. She also paired up with Estefania Navarro to make the all-tournament doubles team.

• Lourdes 6, Varela 1: Sophia Quirch (LOU) won singles No. 2 8-2. Sydney Galindez (LOU) won singles No. 3 8-2. • Late Friday — Marathon 5, Palmer Trinity 2: Hallie Parten (PT) won singles No. 1 8-4. • Late Friday — Key West 5, Pace 2: Lemieux (MP) won singles No. 1 8-2. • Late Thursday — Cardinal Gibbons 6, Pace 1: Lemieux (MP) won singles No. 1 8-0. Norton (CG) won singles No. 2 8-0. Norton (CG) won singles No. 3 8-3.


• Late Friday — Palmer Trinity 4, Marathon 3: Waleed Mneimneh (PT) won singles No. 1 8-0. Alex Block (PT) won singles No. 2 8-1. • Late Friday — Pace 6, Key West 1: LeSende (MP) won singles No. 1 8-1. Ibanez (MP) won singles No. 2 8-4. • Late Thursday — Cardinal Gibbons 6, Pace 1: Northecide (CG) won singles No. 1 8-4.


• Pine Crest 22, Cardinal Gibbons 9: Sam Talkow 8 goals. Zach Smith 4 goals, 2 assists. Patrick Haley 11 saves.


• Gulliver 19, Miami Country Day 9: Alex Guerra 8 goals, 2 assists. Johnathan Chow 3 goals, 7 steals.

• Gulliver 11, Columbus 4: Andres Guerra 4 goals. Hunter Pelletier 2 goals, 2 assists, 3 steals. GUL 11-5.

• Cooper City 7, Krop 5: Culver 18 saves. CC 5-3.

• Ransom Everglades 10, Pines Charter 9: Andres Lamas 3 goals.

• Ransom Everglades9, Boca 7: Harry Tafur 3 goals.

• Ransom Everglades 10, Cypress Bay 6: Carter Shoer 4goals.

• Ransom Everglades 9, Miami Beach 3: Alex Petros 12 saves.

• Spanish River 13, Cooper City 12: Brandon Bogumill (CC) 6 goals. CC 5-4.


• Gulliver 11, Cypress Bay 3: Megan Stoyonavich 4 goals. Katja Rocha goal, 3 assists, 4 steals. Elizabeth Perez 8 saves. GUL 15-1.

• Ransom Everglades 12, Pines Charter 1: Danielle frese 3 goals.

• Ransom Everglades 17, Palmetto 2: Carolina Meneses 3 goals.

• Ransom Everglades 15, Coconut Creek 1: Chelsea Johnson 6 goals.

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