Calvary Christian’s two-time pole vault state champion Emily Gale is headed to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and her identical twin sister Amanda is following her.
Amanda Gale — No. 2 in Florida (12-0) — and Emily Gale (11-0, No. 6) are co-favorites for the Class 1A state title and will solidify their futures as college teammates when they sign letters of intent with the Ragin’ Cajuns on Wednesday.
The Gales, who led Calvary Christian to its first state track title last season, said the opportunity to learn under Lon Badeau, a pole vault guru, played a pivotal role in choosing the Ragin Cajuns over North Florida and Vanderbilt.
“Coach Badeau has been tracking us since our sophomore year,” Amanda Gale said. “I’ve talked to him and people that have vaulted with him and I’ve only heard good things. We know we will be in good hands.”
Emily Gale is seeking her third consecutive state title after winning the 4A crown as a sophomore at Cypress Bay and then the 1A title at Calvary Christian last season. Amanda Gale was a state runner-up last season but leapfrogged her sister this season when she cleared a personal-best 13-0 to win the Royal Invitational title on March 3.
DISTRICT 14-3A SEMIFINAL — CALVARY CHRISTIAN 4, WESTMINSTER ACADEMY 3
WP: C. Chang (12-5). LP: Strandberg. Top performers: S. Gilreath 3-3, 2 doubles, RBI. S. Nance 2-4, run. CC 15-5
DISTRICT 15-7A SEMIFINAL — MONARCH 16, BLANCHE ELY 0 (3)
WP: Kaylyn Kirk (16-2). Top performers: Sydney Robinson 3-3, run. Stefany Collins 2-2, 4 RBI, HR. MON 16-3
DISTRICT 16-3A SEMIFINAL — WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 15, PALMER TRINITY 0 (3)
WP: Victoria Perez (4-0). LP: J. Evans. Top performers: Jackie Feely 2-3, RBI. Maria Loboguerrero 1-2, RBI. Kristin Guthery RBI, double, 3 runs. WC 20-4
DISTRICT 16-6A SEMIFINAL — MATER ACADEMY 15, HIALEAH-MIAMI LAKES 0 (3)
WP: Alexis Castroman (4-2) no hitter, shutout, 6K. LP: Prada. Top performers: Alexis Castroman 1-2, 2 runs, RBI. Y. Llavore 2-3, double, triple, 3 RBI, run. A. Guzman 2-3, 2 triples, 2 RBIs, 3 runs. MA 14-7.
DISTRICT 15-4A SEMIFINAL — TERRA 5, CARROLLTON 4 (9)
WP: Tayler Sanchez (13-7). Top performers: Victoria Conway 3-4, RBI. Vivian Calderon 2-5, run. Victoria Pandolfo 2-5, run
DISTRICT 13-8A SEMIFINAL — AMERICAN 12, KROP 0
WP: Andrea Rincon (14-6) 5 K. LP: B. Miller. Top performers: Michelle Murch 3-3, 3 RBI, Isabella Rodriguez 3- 3, 3 RBI. Andrea Rincon 2-3, 2 RBI. AME 19-7
DISTRICT 15-8A QUARTERFINAL — BRADDOCK 15, CORAL PARK 0 (4)