Gulliver softball coach Schusterman gets 600th win

 

Special to The Miami Herald

The Gulliver Prep softball team drenched coach and athletic director Mark Schusterman in ice water after defeating Key West 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon in front of their home crowd to give Schusterman his 600th career win.

“To be at one place as long as I have and grow with this school has been an amazing thing,” said Schusterman, who is in his 28th season coaching the Raiders’ softball program.

A 33-year coaching veteran in five sports, Schusterman never expected to reached 600 wins in any sport let alone the sport he never intended to coach.

“When I decided that softball would be my primary sport, people were shocked,” said Schusterman, who began his coaching career in basketball. “But the competitive drive that I saw in my female athletes made them so fun to coach that I wanted to be out there every day.”

A lot of those athletes, many of whom went on to play Division I softball, were in attendance Wednesday to cheer their alma mater and high school coach to victory.

“I never dreamed I would ever stay in one place long enough to hit 600,” said Schusterman, who led Gulliver softball to its first state title in 1998. “It’s just not something you think about. But when you’re doing what you love and you have the right support, things fall into place.”

The three-time defending state champion softball team has won a total of five state titles, in 1998, 2001, 2010, 2011 and 2012, making softball the second-winningest sport in school history behind the tennis team with 11 titles.

Schusterman was repeatedly awarded for his successes with National Coach of the Year honors from the National High School Coaches Association in 2012 and ESPN Rise magazine in 2011. In 2001, he was The Miami Herald’s Dade County Male Coach of the Year.

But despite the excitement of reaching 600 wins, Schusterman said it’s not just about the victories, it’s about all the wonderful athletes, families and staff he has got to work with along the way.

Gulliver (14-4) will face American Heritage on Tuesday at FIU Softball Stadium.

BOYS’ TENNIS

The Belen boys’ tennis team, an experienced bunch made up of three juniors and a senior that have been together since their middle school years, swept through the seven brackets of the District 16-3A final at Maxwell Park.

It’s the fourth season in a row the Wolverines are district champions, and after senior Juan Lorido won his No. 1 singles final 6-0, 6-0 over Pembroke Pines Charter’s Sebastian Jimenez, it marked his fourth consecutive district title at the No.1 position, which he has filled since he was in eighth grade.

Belen won the final in every bracket in straight sets and won each set within its matches no worse than 6-3.

Lorido automatically qualifies for the state tournament individually with the No. 1 singles victory.

Last year, the Wolverines were eliminated when they lost a tight 4-3 first-round regional match with Boca Raton Olympic Heights.

DAVID FURONES

Boys’ results — Belen 27, Pines Charter 20, Miami Springs 14, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 11, Ft. Lauderdale 6, Northwestern 5, Carol City 4, Goleman 1, Mater Academy 1, Miami Central 0 — No. 1 singles: Juan Lorido (BEL) d. Sebastian Jimenez (PPC) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 singles: William Lorenzo (BEL) d. Kijon Anderson-Brown (PPC) 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 singles: Bryan Rodriguez (BEL) d. Brandon Rodriguez (PPC) 6-1, 6-2; No. 4 singles: Alejandro Hasagawa (BEL) d. Alex Martinek (PPC) 6-3, 6-0; No. 5 singles: Christian Perez (BEL) d. Jason Hseih (PPC) 6-2, 6-1; No. 1 doubles: Lorido/Lorenzo (BEL) d. Felipe Morgado/Joseph Green (HML) 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 doubles: Rodriguez/Hasagawa (BEL) d. Anderson-Brown/Rodriguez (PPC) 6-3, 6-0.

Girls’ results — Fort Lauderdale 26, Pines Charter 22, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 10, Miami Springs 8, Carol City 6, Goleman 2, Mater Academy 2, Northwestern 1, Miami Central 0.

BASEBALL

BRADDOCK 17, KROP 7 (5)

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WP: Anthony Baldrich (2-0). LP: J. Norman. Top performers: Anthony Alvarez 2-2, 2 triples, 3 RBI, 4 runs. Albert Rafael 2-3, 2 doubles, 4 RBI, 2 runs. Cris Rivera 3-3, 2 triples, 2 runs, 3 RBI

TAMPA JESUIT TOURNAMENT — BELEN 13, CARROLLWOOD DAY 1

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WP: Albert Naya. Top performers: Javier Herrera 1-4, 2 RBI. Alec Acosta 2-2, 2 RBI, run. Willie Fabra 2-2, 2 runs. Alex Lorenzo 2-3, RBI. Elias Monsalve 1-4, 3 RBI

FOREST ACRES CLASSIC IN SOUTH CAROLINA — WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 11, BELLE VERNON 2

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WP: Jake Zarello (3-0). Top performers: Luis Touron 4-5, HR, double, 3 RBI. John Ruiz 3-3, HR, 2 RBI. Julian Infante 2-5, HR, double, RBI

LATE TUESDAY — RANSOM EVERGLADES 7, MIAMI COUNTRY DAY 2

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WP: Chris Rossi 5IP, 4K (4-1). LP: Fente. Top performers: Royevan Armas save. David Lanster 3-4, double, run, 4 SB. Royevan Armas 2-4, run, RBI. Matthew Heisenbottle 1-3, 3 RBI

LATE TUESDAY — DORAL ACADEMY 3, AMERICAN 2

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WP: Kevin Alloroa. Top performers: Carlos Pino 2-4, run, GW RBI. Alejandro Juvier 1-3, 2 runs, double. Christian Martinez 2-3, 2 singles

LATE TUESDAY — CORAL PARK 1, SUNSET 0

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WP: Kevin Diaz. Top performers: Tyler Sola 2-2. Reynaldo Ledezma 3-1, RBI. CP 6-8

LATE TUESDAY — PALMER TRINITY 11, SOMERSET 0 (5)

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WP: Julian Stark (3-1). LP: Gabriel Cortes. Top performers: Nick Font 1-3, 3 runs, RBI, double, 2 SB. Justin Ziegelasch 2-3, 3 RBI. Iggy Pigna 1-2, run, SB. PT 9-8.

LATE TUESDAY — MIAMI SPRINGS 11, MIAMI HIGH 1

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Top performer: Juan Kirk 3-3, 3 RBI. MS 10-9

LATE TUESDAY — BELEN 4, REGIS (CO) 2

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WP: David Villa. Top performers: Alec Acosta 1-2, double, 2 RBI, run. Willie Fabra 1-3, RBI. Robert Morgado 3IP save

LATE TUESDAY — SOUTHWEST 7 SOUTHRIDGE 1

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WP: Robert Cancio (1-0). LP: Dayron Moreno. Top performers: Luis Gutierrez 2 RBI. Alex Perera 2-4, 2 runs. Carlos Pena 2-4, run, RBI. SW 9-7-1

MORE SOFTBALL

CORAL REEF 12, TERRA 0 (5)

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WP: Dayna Wilson (11-2). LP: T. Sanchez. Top performers: Denver Keller 2-3, 4 RBI. Lauren Blanco 2-3, 3 RBI. Nicole Rilo 1-2, RBI. CR 18-2

CORAL GABLES 5, GOLEMAN 3

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WP: Christie Falcon 13K (11-7). LP: Francis Santos (7-5). Top performers: Christie Falcon 1-3, 2 runs. Crystal Dingle 2-4, RBI, run. Catie Falcon 1-3, triple, 2 RBI, run. CG 13-7

GULLIVER 3, KEY WEST 0

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WP: Gabbee Draney CG 13K (10-3). Top performers: Jessie Rivera 1-1, double, SB, run. GUL 15-4

LATE TUESDAY — WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 4, BISHOP SNYDER (JACKSONVILLE) 3

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WP: Kelli Kleis (12-4). LP: Sydney Wright. Top performers: Brittany Husk 2-4, HR, triple. Ally Mena 2-3, RBI. Natalie Lopez 2-4, run. WC 15-4

LATE TUESDAY — DORAL ACADEMY 15, RANSOM EVERGLADES 0 (3)

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WP: Jennifer Acevedo 8K. Top performers: Kathy Acevedo 3-1, HR, 2 RBI. Kayla Acevedo 3-2, 3 runs

LATE TUESDAY — CORAL REEF 11, CORAL GABLES 0

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WP: Dayna Wilson 5K (10-2) LP: C. Falcon. Top performers: Kylan Becker 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Carsyn Gordon 2-4, 2 runs. Denver Keller 2-4, 2 RBI. Sarah Ortiz 2-3, 2 RBI. Casandra Garcia 1-2, 2 RBI. CR 17-2

LATE TUESDAY — HIALEAH GARDENS 12, KROP 2 (5)

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Top performers: Alexa Lavernia 3-3. Kristy Veiga 3-3. Yureisy Hernandez 2-3

LATE TUESDAY — PALMETTO 14, SOUTHWEST 4

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WP: Amanda Guglietta (10-5). LP: S. Lanzas. Top performers: Amanda Guglietta 3-4, 2 doubles, run, RBI. Erin Love 2-1, run, 3 RBI. Mia Bellinghieri 3-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI. PAL 13-7

LATE TUESDAY — KILLIAN 10, FERGUSON 0

WP: Kelly Speer CG shutout 8K. Top performers: Speer 1-2, triple, 2 runs. Megan Zollo 1-3, HR, 4 RBI. Gabi Albertson 2-3, RBI, run. Amanda Luis 1-3, double, 2 RBI

LATE TUESDAY — PALMER TRINITY 11, SOMERSET 0 (5)

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WP: Julian Stark (3-1). LP: Gabriel Cortes. Top performers: Nick Font 1-3, 3 runs, RBI, double, 2 SB. Justin Ziegelasch 2-3, 3 RBI. Iggy Pigna 1-2, run, SB. PT 9-8.

More BOYS’ TENNIS

•  District 16-4A final (continued after Monday rain delay) — Palmetto 21, Coral Reef 12: Marko Petrovic (PAL) won No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-2. Danny Trainor (PAL) won No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-0. Mark Hellinger (PAL) won No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0. Victor Garcia (PAL) won No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-3. Jake Guttentag (PAL) won No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-4. Marko Peterovic/Mark Hellinger (PAL) won No. 1 doubles 6-4, 6-3. Danny Trainor/Victor Garcia (PAL) won No. 2 doubles 6-4 6-1.

•  District 14-4A final — Krop 20, Reagan 15, NMB 6, American 4, Hialeah Gardens 3, Hialeah 0, North Miami 0: Alex Knight won No. 1 singles. PA Pierre-Louis won No. 2 singles. Ariel Hollender won No. 3 singles. Alex Rothman won No. 4 singles. Alejandro Rico won No. 5 singles. Knight/P.L won No. 1 doubles. Hollender/Rothman won No. 2 doubles

•  District 16-2A final — Gulliver 21, Doral Academy 13: Chase Perez-Blanco (GUL) won No. 1 singles. Baker Newman (GUL) won No. 2 singles. Brian Granoff (GUL) won No. 3 singles. Andres Nido (GUL) won No. 4 singles. Robert Roque (GUL) won No. 5 singles. Perez-Blanco/Newman (GUL) won No. 1 doubles. Brian Granoff/Roque won No. 2 doubles.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

•  District 16-4A final (continued after Monday rain delay) — Girls Palmetto 19, Coral Reef 11: Gaby Wreder (KIL) won No. 1 singles. Olivia Schuitema (PAL) won No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-4. Alex Schlesinger (PAL) won No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-2. Stephanie Levine (PAL) won No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-0. Samantha Sarason (PAL) won No. 5 singles 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Alex Schlesinger/Stephanie Levine (PAL) won No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-0.

•  District 16-2A final — Gulliver 19, Doral Academy 15: Olivia Thaler (GUL) won No. 1 singles. Ariana Rahmanparast (DA) won No. 2 singles. Estefana Navarro (GUL) won No. 3 singles. Madeline Benn (GUL) won No. 4 singles. Tatiana Ramirez (GUL) won No. 5 singles. Valentina Briceno/Ariana Rahmanparast (DA) won No. 1 doubles. Estefana Navarro/Tatiana Ramirez (GUL) won No. 2 doubles

•  District 14-4A final — Krop 21, Ronald Reagan 14, North Miami Beach 6, American 4, Hialeah 2: Cassie Pough won No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0. Danna Gandelman won No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0. Naiya Oden won No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0. Sophia Sultan won No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-0. Naomi Maehama won No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-1. Pough/Gandelman won No. 1 doubles 6-0, 6-0. Oden/Sultan won No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-0

FOOTBALL

Coral Park running back Triqon Bethel signed with King’s College in Pennsylvania.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

•  Ransom Everglades d. Florida Christian 25-18, 25-20, 25-21: Victor Campano 9 kills, 3 aces, 13 points. Nick Stern 8 kills, 4 blocks, 2 aces, 14 points. Nick Wenzel 6 kills. Blake Adler 16 digs

•  Late Tuesday — Palmetto d. Coral Reef 29-27, 22-25, 25-17, 26-24: Devin Decker 14 kills, 6 digs. Tarek Saade 32 assists, 16 digs, 6 blocks. Wendell Dunn 4 kills, 6 blocks. Tanner Ray 5 kills, 11 digs. PAL 8-3

•  Late Tuesday — Braddock d. Archemedian 25-12, 25-14, 25-15: Idalberto Delgado 9 kills, 6 digs, 5 aces. Alvaro Llaralde 5 kills. Guillermo Gallegos 10 assists, 3 aces

BOYS’ LACROSSE

•  Pine Crest 14, Gulliver 8: Sam Talkow 6 goals, assist. Zach Smith 3 goals, 3 assists. PC 10-3

•  Late Tuesday — Palmer Trinity 17, Killian 14: Taylor Marks 6 goals, assist. JD Madril 5 goals, assist. Nic Paz 3 goals. Dan Du Feu 2 goals 3 assists.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Miami Springs vs. Hialeah (Alex Fernandez Field), 7

Killian vs. American (American), 3:30

Braddock vs. Columbus (Columbus), 6:30

TERRA vs. Miami High (Curtis Park), 7

Archbishop Curley vs. Dade Christian (DCS), 3:30

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

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

North Miami vs. Northwestern (NW), 3:30

Mater Lakes vs. North Miami Beach (NMB), 3:30

Coral Shores vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 3:30

Miami Central vs. Norland (Scott Park), 3:30

Mater Lakes vs. Goleman (Slade Park), 3:30

Coral Gables vs. South Dade (SD), 7

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

Ferguson vs. Southwest (SW), 7

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

Ronald Reagan vs. Westwood Christian (WCS), 3:30

Doral Academy vs. American Heritage (AHP), 7

SOFTBALL

Somerset Academy vs. Archbishop Curley (CUR), 4

Lourdes vs. Coral Reef (CR), 4

Mater Academy Charter vs. Florida Christian (FCS), 7

Palmer Trinity vs. Keys Gate (La Ley Sports Complex), 4

Miami Springs vs. Coral Park (CP), 3:30

Braddock vs. Killian (Palmetto Bay), 7

South Miami vs. Miami High (Fern Isle), 3:30

Hollywood Christian vs. Westwood Christian (WWC), 4

Ransom Everglades vs. Cardinal Gibbons (CG), 4

TRACK AND FIELD

University of Florida Relays in Gainesville

South Miami, Mourning vs. Hialeah Gardens (HG), 3

BOYS’ TENNIS

District 15-1A finals at Moore Park: 9 a.m.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

District 15-1A finals at Moore Park: 9 a.m.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Hialeah vs. Mourning (ATM), 4:30

Westwood Christian vs. Ferguson (FER), 5

Coral Reef vs. Southridge (SR), 5

Archemedian vs. TERRA (TER), 3:30

Sunset vs. Varela (VAR), 7:15

Hialeah Gardens vs. Westland Hialeah (WES), 3:30

BOYS’ WATER POLO

Columbus vs. Mourning (FIU North), 3:30

Hialeah Gardens vs. North Miami Beach (Victory Pool), 4:30

Goleman vs. Krop (MAR JCC), 7

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

Hialeah Gardens vs. North Miami Beach (Victory Pool), 3

Goleman vs. Krop (MAR JCC), 6

BADMINTON

Miami Central vs. Goleman (Goleman), 3

Southwest vs. Goleman (Goleman), 3

Mourning vs. Coral Park (CP), 3

TERRA vs. Miami Palmetto (McKinney Court), 3

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

Miami Palmetto vs. Killian (KIL), 5

University of Florida Relays in Gainesville

Last Chance Invitational at Dade Christian

Ransom Everglades Invitational

Ransom Everglades Invitational

University of Florida Relays in Gainesville

Youth Fair Invitational at Southridge - Prelims: Finals:

Ransom Everglades Invitational

Ransom Everglades Invitational

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