Miami-Dade County Public Schools gathered together for its annual tradition of honoring its best and brightest.
And once again, it was an impressive group of scholar-athletes that were honored at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Scholar-Athlete luncheon at Miami Airport Hilton hotel Monday morning.
Former Miami Dolphin and University of Miami standout Twan Russell served as guest speaker for the event that was sponsored by the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation, the Orange Bowl Committee, the Miami Dolphins and Publix.
Those four and several other sponsors granted scholarship awards to the student-athletes in attendance.
The Dade Schools Athletic Foundation honored Miami Norland boys’ basketball coach Lawton Williams III as the Dade Schools Coach of the Year.
Williams guided the Vikings to their fourth state title in eight seasons. He was among six finalists that also included Robert Doctor (South Miami boys’ basketball); Ed Callahan (South Dade boys’ soccer); Richard Lopez (Miami Ferguson girls’ soccer); Timothy Neal (Southwest Miami football); and Yasmin Ortiz (Miami Coral Reef girls’ volleyball).
The Special Olympic Athlete of the Year award was presented to Southridge’s Kevin Roundtree.
The foundation also granted $2,000 scholarship awards to Hialeah American’s Natacha Acosta (5.087 GPA) and Hialeah Gardens’ Eric Hernandez (5.963).
The General Chappie James Memorial scholarship awards, presented by the Orange Bowl, gave out its Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. The Gold awards ($2,500 scholarships) went to Doral Reagan’s Janeen Zamora (5.116) and Miami Palmetto’s Eric Dusseau (6.267). The Silver awards went to Hialeah-Miami Lakes’ Isabella Perez (6.514) and North Miami Beach’s Justin Vega (5.56). The Bronze awards went to South Miami’s Dolsin Rivas (5.31) and North Miami Beach Alonzo and Tracy Mourning’s Alexander Kizhner (5.9).
The Junior Orange Bowl presented scholarships to Mourning’s Betty Poler (5.193), Miami Coral Reef’s Cedric Hankerson (5.675), Miami Krop’s Cassie Pough (5.1) and Miami Northwestern’s Zephry Wright (5.578) for $1,000 each. It also gave Miami Killian’s Erika Foreman (5.132) and Hialeah-Miami Lakes’ Dennis Perez (6.319) $500 scholarships.
The Lauren’s Kids foundation honored Homestead’s Delyn Pizarro and North Miami’s David Phanor with $1,000 scholarships.
Arena Sports Advertising presented Miami Booker T. Washington’s Taquavia Gullett, Hialeah-Miami Lakes’ Jazmine Prada, and Miami Beach’s Sydney Iadarola $500 scholarships.
It also gave the same amount to Miami Jackson’s Devondre Powers, Miami Sunset’s Austin Krtausch, and Krop’s Jamal King for football.
The Albert B. Johnson Sr. Memorial Scholarship awards were presented to Southridge soccer player and runner Carolyna Guillen (6.29), and wrestlers Daniel Preciado of Miami Springs and Armstrong Pierre-Charles of North Miami.
DIBIA Athletic Development presented Norland’s Kishondra Lovett and Miami High’s Allen Baez, both basketball standouts, with a Book award and $250 scholarship.
• Region 4-3A semifinal - Delray American Heritage 21, Calvary Christian 0: For the fourth year in a row, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian had its season ended in the regional semifinals as Delray American Heritage (19-6) benefitted from 18 hits and eight errors by host Calvary.
Even a 30-minute lightning delay didn’t help the Eagles (17-6) as the game was temporarily halted during the third inning, when Heritage held a commanding 11-0 lead.
Sarah Collier’s three-run home run completed an eight-run fifth inning that saw the Stallions hit around the lineup with 12 batters making a plate appearance. Heritage had earlier sent 14 batters to the plate when it scored nine runs in the first inning. Whitney Farris hit a two-run triple off starter Cameryn Chang (12-5) to cap the scoring.
Heritage right-hander Madison Hir (4-2) earned the complete-game shutout of the Eagles, yielding three hits.
WP: Hir (4-2). LP: Chang (12-5).
• A trio of Hialeah Gardens boys’ basketball standouts signed with Barry University. Guard Adrian Gonzalez, forward Alvaro Simoza and former guard Yunio Barrueta all committed to the Buccaneers. The three led the Gladiators to a state championship (the first in school history) in 2012.
• A pair of Miami Florida Christian boys’ volleyball players accepted scholarships to play for colleges.
Outside hitter Jonathan Nova-Miralles signed with Barton College in Wilson, N.C., and setter Enrique Larach signed with Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.
The high school teammates will become collegiate rivals as both schools are in Division-II’s Conference Carolinas.
Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy and Weston Cypress Bay will meet in the District 10 finals after each won its semifinal match in straight sets.
Host Archbishop McCarthy took down Plantation American Heritage 25-20, 25-10, 25-19, and Cypress Bay defeated West Broward 25-20, 25-23, 25-16.
The district champion will be crowned when the two teams face off Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
• District 10 semifinals — Archbishop McCarthy d. Plantation American Heritage: 25-20, 25-10, 25-19: Amedeo Zanotti (AMC) 8 points, 2 aces, 8 kills. Luis Vazquez (AMC) 10 points, 3 aces, 10 digs. Michael Moreiras (AMC) 7 kills, 8 digs. Kevin Patterson (AHP) 18 digs, 4 points. Greg Holodak (AHP) 5 kills, 14 digs, 5 blocks. Tyler Gordon (AHP) 2 kills, 11 digs. AMC 18-6. AHP 5-9.
• District 10 semifinals — Cypress Bay d. West Broward 25-20, 25-23, 25-16.
Region 4-8A semifinal: Southwest at Coral Reef, 4
Region 4-8A semifinal: American at Goleman, 4
Region 3-8A semifinal: Western at Cypress Bay, 7
Region 4-7A semifinal: St. Thomas Aquinas at Cooper City, 7
Region 4-6A semifinal at Bucky Dent Park: Pines Charter at Mater Academy, 7
Region 4-5A semifinal: Pompano Beach at American Heritage, 7
Region 4-4A semifinal: Key West at Gulliver, 4
Region 4-4A semifinal: Coral Springs Charter at Monsignor Pace, 4
Region 4-3A semifinal at Palmetto Bay Park: Westminster Christian vs. Florida Christian, 7
Region 4-2A semifinal: Westwood Christian at Princeton Christian, 4
Region 4-2A semifinal: Zion Lutheran at Sheridan Hills Christian, 4
District 8 semifinals at Taravella: Deerfield Beach vs. Douglas, 5; Taravella vs. Coral Glades, 7
District 9 semifinals at Cardinal Gibbons: Pine Crest vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4; South Plantation vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 6
District 10 final at Archbishop McCarthy: 6:30
District 11 semifinals at Miramar: Everglades vs. Chaminade-Madonna, 4:30; McArthur vs. South Broward, 5:45
District 12 semifinals at Mourning: Monsignor Pace vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes, 4; Hialeah Gardens vs. Mourning, 6
District 15 semifinals at Braddock: Varela vs. Ferguson, 5:30; Sunset vs. Braddock, 7:30
District 16 semifinals at Palmetto: Palmetto vs. Westminster Christian, 4; Coral Reef vs. Killian, 7
State play-in third round: Boca Raton St. Andrews at Columbus, 7
State third round play-in: North Palm Beach Benjamin at St. Thomas Aquinas, 6
State second round play-in: Delray Beach Atlantic at Piper, 7
State second round play-in: Stranahan at Monsignor Pace, 7