The Miami Country Day boys’ and girls’ water polo teams won District 14 in back-to-back, one-goal victories that sent coach Alain Guillen diving into the pool to celebrate with his players each time Wednesday at MAST Academy.
First the Spartan girls beat MAST Academy 9-8 in overtime to clinch their fifth consecutive district title, and the boys bested Hialeah 13-12 with a fourth-quarter comeback.
Both teams have tall tasks ahead of them in the state play-in round as the girls play four-time defending state champion Ransom Everglades, and the boys will face 25-1 Belen.
• Girls’ District 14 final — Miami Country Day 9, MAST 8 (OT): Guillen’s first dive into the pool was of the more spontaneous variety.
When Sidney Thomas rifled a long shot on goal from mid-pool at the 1:14 mark in overtime, he wasn’t expecting it to find net, but when it did, and it meant a sudden-death win, he couldn’t help but let out his exhilaration.
“I was so excited,” said Guillen, clothes soaked and dripping onto the pool deck. “I went on my own. I threw myself into the pool. I didn’t think [the shot] was going to go in, and when it did, it was such a surprise I jumped in the pool.”
While Thomas’ lone goal couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, it was Nicole Halpryn’s five goals in regulation that led the Spartans.
Country Day goalkeeper Mackenzie Bolton had an exceptional performance, not only in net with 21 saves, but also offensively. She scored two long-distance goals in the first quarter to help the Spartans build an early lead.
Country Day led by as many as four but ultimately allowed MAST to come back and tie it.
Down 8-6 with under three minutes to go, MAST scored twice to force overtime. Krystal Novaton scored the game-tying goal with 1:02 remaining in regulation.
• Boys’ District 14 final — Miami Country Day 13, Hialeah 12: The Country Day boys came back from down 12-10 to score three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter.
Senior Talal Bazzi, who finished with four goals, scored the game-winner with 1:25 to play on a fast break and assist from Giovanni Cragnott. The tying goal was scored about 30 seconds earlier by Grant Kushner, who totaled five goals.
The Thoroughbreds had their final possession with eight seconds left, but MCD goalkeeper Victor Cohen made an acrobatic save on a high lob from Hialeah’s Luis Kalil at the buzzer.
“The reason why we won, in my opinion, was because we were better conditioned than they were,” Guillen said. “The boys could’ve done better. They missed a lot of shots that they should’ve scored, but even like that, we won the game.”
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• Boys’ District 15 final — Belen 13, Ransom 10: Belen took the district title from Ransom in a dominant defensive effort.
The Wolverines led 10-2 entering the fourth quarter, but the Raiders were able to score eight goals against the Belen bench.
“While the starters were in the game, the defense was phenomenal,” said Belen coach Jimmy Aguilera, who has won three national water polo titles on the Cuban national team.
Herzen Cortes scored five goals, and Santiago Nunez finished with four for Belen. Goalkeeper Ryan Guzo had 10 saves.
• Girls’ District 15 final — Ransom 14, Southwest 2: The Ransom girls led 14-0 at one point in the third quarter as the four-time defending state champs ran away with the district title.
• Coral Shores 17, Palmer Trinity 7: Slow starts in both halves doomed the Palmer Trinity Falcons in a loss to the Coral Shores Hurricanes in the District 25 girls’ lacrosse championship game at Bel Aire Park on Wednesday.
The Falcons had trouble stopping the Hurricanes offense, specifically attacker Julia Lozano, who shredded the Palmer Trinity backline for seven goals and added five assists.
The battle on ground was also a lopsided one, with Coral Shores earning a 33-11 groundball edge while suffocating the Falcons on defense. Palmer Trinity finished the game with just 15 shots on goal.
Mater Lakes pitcher Peter Llerena threw a five-inning perfect game Tuesday night in a 13-0 win against Dade Christian. Llerena struck out eight to lead the Bears (15-6-1).
• Westwood Christian received two accolades for its basketball team this week. Warriors coach Jose Amat was chosen as the Class 2A Coach of the Year by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches. Senior guard Armond Shoon was also named first team All-State in Class 2A.
• Miami Country Day’s Grant Kushner, a 3.9 student, was named to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Academic All-State team. Kushner is a member of five honor societies at his school, including Mu Alpha Theta, English Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, History Honor Society and National Honor Society, and has earned varsity letters in swimming and water polo each of his four years of high school.
• Former Columbus lacrosse standout and Miami Herald Boys’ Lacrosse Player of the Year Nicky Rodrigo, a freshman at Regis College in Weston, Mass., was named to the New England Collegiate Conference first team.
Columbus basketball point guard Johnny Minervino signed with Ave Maria University.
Three Hialeah-Miami Lakes girls’ soccer players earned Class 5A-4A honorable mention - Isabella Perez, Jazmine Prada, and Aspen Arias.
KROP 8, JACKSON 0
WP: Carlos Murillo (3-5), CG, 4K. Top performers: Carlos Murillo 3-4, 2 RBI. Eiron Sanchez 1-3, double, 2 RBI. Moises Flores 1-2, RBI. Diego Rodriguez 2-3, triple, 2 RBI.
BRITO 6, PALMER TRINITY 5
WP: Luis Forte (2-1). LP: Virginia. Top performers: Savian Fernandez 3-3, run. Herny Blanco 2-3, RBI. Julio Gonzalez 1-2, RBI, run, save. BRI 20-4
LATE TUESDAY — KROP 4, MOURNING 1
WP: Jake Norman (4-4), CG, 6K. Top performer: Emilio Escandon 1-3, RBI. Moises Flores 1-3.
LATE TUESDAY — SOFLA CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP — PALMER TRINITY 9, MARATHON 3
WP: Ben Roberts (3-4). LP: Todd Picariello. Top performers: Ben Roberts 3-4, 3 runs, 2 SB. Justin Ziegelasch 2-3, 2 RBI, double. Iggy Pigna 1-3, RBI. PT 14-9.
LATE TUESDAY — VARELA 5, SOUTHWEST 1
WP: Juan Pimentel (5-3), 5K. LP: Ray Madruga. Top performers: Juandy Mendoza 2-3, HR. JC Garcia 2-3, RBI. VAR 11-6
LATE TUESDAY — FLORIDA CHRISTIAN 8, MONSIGNOR PACE 5
WP: Will Davis. Top performers: Eric Montero 2-3, 2 doubles, RBI. Zach San Roman 2-4, 2 RBI
DISTRICT 16-4A FINAL — GULLIVER 10, KEY WEST 1
WP: Gabbee Draney (13-4). Top performers: Crystal Garcia 4-4, 2 HR, 2 singles, 4 RBI, 3 runs, SB. Ashley Leon 2-4, HR, RBI, 3 runs. Stephanie Texeira 1-3, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBI. GUL 20-5
DISTRICT 15-8A SEMIFINAL — LOURDES 6, FERGUSON 2
WP: Vanessa Flores (12-2). Top performers: Carolina Rodriguez 2-3, RBI. Jenny Herold 3-3, triple. Vanessa Flores 2-3, 2 doubles
LATE TUESDAY — DISTRICT 14-4A SEMIFINAL — ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 9, MATER LAKES 8 (8)
WP: Devan Cinalli. LP: Herranz. Top performers: Isabella Valderrama 3 runs. Jennifer Blanchard run, RBI. Maelyn Gonzalez run, 2 RBI
LATE TUESDAY — DISTRICT 16-8A SEMIFINAL — CORAL REEF 4, KILLIAN 3
WP: Dayna Wilson (15-2). LP: K. Speers. Top performers: Alex Garcia 1-2, RBI. Amy Roach 1-3, RBI. CR 22-2
TRACK AND FIELD
• District 14-4A: Columbus and Coral Park secured the team titles Wednesday at Traz Powell Stadium.
Team results – Girls: 1. Coral Park 72; 2. Coral Gables 62; 3. Braddock 17; 4. Miami High 5; Boys: 1. Columbus 111; 2. Coral Park 74; 3. Coral Gables 50; 4. Miami High 9; 5. Braddock 4.
Girls’ individual qualifiers – 1600: Mejia, Veerley (CP) 6:05.74; Pozo, Ashley (CP) 6:14.04; Maltes, Yessica (CP) 6:22.10; Campo, Laura (CP) 6:22.33; 3200: Pozo, Ashley (CP) 15:58.30; Maltes, Yessica (CP) 16:00.04; Campo, Laura (CP) 16:03.59; Pena, Allison (CG) 16:12.03; 100 Hurdles: Medina, Jessica (CP) 21.21; Gutierrez, Claudia (CP) 21.26; Mena, Katherine (CP) 22.19; Quijada, Megan (CP) 22.53; 300 hurdles: Pierre, Kayla (CG) 55.35; Mendez, Michelle (CG) 59.01; Mena, Katherine (CP) 1:03.42; Gutierrez, Claudia (CP) 1:03.60; 400 relay: Coral Gables 55.12; Coral Park 57.73; 100: White, Kayla (CG) 12.83; Sweeting, Andrisa (MHS) 13.56; Williams, Jessie (BR) 13.70; Ford, Johnesha (CG) 13.74; 200: White, Kayla (CG) 26.88; Pierre, Kayla (CG) 28.80; Williams, Jessie (BR) 29.32; Zelaya, Bella (CG) 29.37; 400: Mendez, Michelle (CG) 1:09.61; Hernandez, Kinberly (CP) 1:11.75; Calvo, Sophia (CP) 1:14.94; Uzieda, Nicole (CP) 1:16.66; 800: Mejia, Veerley (CP) 2:46.39; Alzola, Katherine (CP) 2:54.70; Moran, Gema (CP) 3:00.83; Gonzalez, Alexa (BR) 3:05.46; 1,600 relay: Coral Park 5:06.67; Coral Gables 5:19.18; 3,200 relay: Coral Park 12:18.70; High Jump: White, Kayla (CG) 4-02; Pole Vault: Schiefer, Johanna (CG) 10-0; Long Jump: Pierre, Kayla (CG) 14-09.75; Rmahattan, Anusha (BR) 14-03.5; Ford, Johnesha (CG) 13-10; Megens, Savannah (BR) 13-09; Triple Jump: White, Kayla (CG) 33-0; Pierre, Kayla (CG) 32-05.25; Calvo, Sophia (CP) 28-07; Mena, Katherine (CP) 28-06; Shot put: Somarriba, Lucyhelena (CP) 32-06.5; Dakka, Natalie (CP) 25-09.5; Concepcion, Arlene (CP) 24-11; Vasquez, Carolina (CP) 21-11; Discus: Dakka, Natalie (CP) 77-05; Somarriba, Lucyhelena (CP) 75-11; Concepcion, Arlene (CP) 74-07; Vasquez, Carolina (CP) 66-11.
Boys’ individual qualifiers – 800: Freire, Humberto (COL) 2:03.51; Diaz, Eddy (COL) 2:04.95; Marenco, Christian (CP) 2:08.56; Lyn, Zach (COL) 2:10.60; 1600: Fernandez, Danny (COL) 4:32.97; Pozo, Leonel (CP) 4:47.20; Linares, Danny (COL) 4:51.88; Elurtegui, Alexander (CG) 4:52.70; 3200: Fernandez, Danny (COL) 10:21.47; Pozo, Leonel (CP) 10:34.55; Garcia, Marcos (COL) 10:40.79; Hernandez, Petey (COL) 10:46.26; 110 hurdles: Guest, Jordan (COL) 15.60; Linares, Christian (BR) 15.77; Henriquez, Luis (CP) 16.16; Smith, Dijion (CG) 16.56; 400 relay: Coral Gables 45.03; Miami High 45.34; Columbus 46.15; Coral Park 46.44; 100: Rasul, Amir (COL) 10.72; Wilson, Jesus (COL) 10.99; Washington, Anthony (MHS) 11.24; Johnson, Dre’quan (CG) 11.43; 200: Rasul, Amir (COL) 21.97; Wilson, Jesus (COL) 22.67; Washington, Anthony (MHS) 23.29; Johnson, Dre’quan (CG) 23.59; 400: Zayas, Daniel (COL) 53.69; Palmer, Brian (COL) 54.02; Guzman, Eric (COL) 54.44; Johnson, Nick (CG) 54.61; 300 hurdles: Henriquez, Luis (CP) 43.40; Rodriguez, David (CP) 45.50; Frias, Derek (COL) 47.40; Arzola, Antonio (COL) 48.40; 1,600 relay: Columbus 3:39.00; Coral Gables 3:48.98; Coral Park 3:54.39; 3,200 relay: Columbus 8:51.14; Coral Park 9:28.31; Coral Gables 9:43.92; Braddock 10:15.16; High Jump: Wynn, Mark (CG) 6-02; Fernandez, Nayran (CP) 5-10; Waters, Jeremiah (CP) 5-08; Budyszewick, Carlos (CP) 5-08; Pole Vault: Amat, Michael (COL) 10-06; Bonilla, Sean (COL) 10-0; Budyszewick, Carlos (CP) 9-06; Rodriguez, Alec (COL) 9-0; Long Jump: Smith, Dijion (CG) 21-03; Johnson, Antiwone (CG) 21-0; Guest, Jordan (COL) 20-07; Fernandez, Nayran (CP) 20-03.75; Triple Jump: Guest, Jordan (COL) 43-0; Smith, Dijion (CG) 41-07; Johnson, Antiwone (CG) 40-04; Will, John Paul (COL) 39-10; Shot Put: Delgado, Kevin (CP) 54-10; Delgado, Steven (CP) 50-09; Gonzalez, Erik (COL) 48-07; Marquez, Ulises (COL) 43-09.5; Discus: Delgado, Steven (CP) 156-04; Delgado, Kevin (CP) 136-06; Catanach, Steven (COL) 124-0; Jimeno, Juan (CP) 121-02.
• District 29 semifinals — Ransom Everglades 11, Gulliver 5: Mack Shoer 5 goals. Alex McDowell 3 goals. Tyler Martin 19 saves. RE 7-8
GMAC final at South Dade: American vs. Columbus, 7
District 13-8A final at Milander Park: 7
District 14-8A final at Slade Park: 7
District 16-8A final at Coral Reef: 4
District 16-6A final at Homestead: 4
District 14-4A final at Miami Lakes Optimist Club: Carroll-Mater Lakes winner vs. Pace, 7
District 15-4A final at Carrollton: 4
District 16-3A final at Palmetto Bay Park: 7
District 15-2A final at Princeton Christian: 4
TRACK AND FIELD
District 13-4A at Traz Powell: 10 a.m.
District 16-4A at Southridge: 9 a.m.
State championships in Altamonte Springs and Casselberry
BOYS’ WATER POLO
District 13 championship at MAST – Semifinals: Krop vs. North Miami Beach, noon; Mourning vs. Hialeah Gardens, 1; Final: 6
District 16 championship at Gulliver - Semifinals: Palmetto vs. Terra, 1:30; Coral Reef vs. Gulliver, 1:30; Final: 5
GIRLS’ WATER POLO
District 13 championship at MAST – Semifinals: Mourning vs. Hialeah Gardens, 10 a.m.; Krop vs. Goleman, 11 a.m.; Final: 5
District 16 championship at Gulliver - Semifinals: Palmetto vs. Terra, noon; Sunset vs. Gulliver, noon; Final: 3:30
District 30 final at Lakes by the Bay Park: 6
GMAC North divisional at Goleman: 8 a.m.
GMAC West divisional at South Miami: 8 a.m.
District 15-8A final at Ferguson:
District 16-2A final at Redland Christian:
Region 4-2A at Belle Glade Glades Central – Prelims: Finals:
Region 4-1A at Westminster Academy – Prelims: Finals:
District 16-3A at Traz Powell – Prelims: Finals:
State championships in Altamonte Springs and Casselberry
District 29 final at Gulliver:
District 15-4A at Ferguson: