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Ransom Everglades sailing
Ransom Everglades School was second of 16 high schools during the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association District Regatta in Miami.
By finishing second, the Raiders qualified for the Mallory Cup, the national championship regatta for high school sailing in the two-person C420 class. The Mallory Cup National Championship is in Chicago.
The district tegatta included schools from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and the Caribbean. Ransom hosted the two-day event which sailed off its shores on Biscayne Bay.
Antilles School (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Ransom scored the same low point total (102), but Antilles won on the second tiebreaker. Antilles and third place finisher (Fort Lauderdale) St. Thomas Aquinas also qualified for the national regatta.
“This was a great day for our sailing program,” Ransom Everglades’ Head Coach Ganzalo Crivello said. “It was an important regatta, and our sailors were able to maintain a great deal of focus in order to do as well as we did.”
Led by skippers Nathaniel Johansson and Alex Swerdlow, Ransom Everglades placed in the top five during 23 of 30 races.
To win the district regatta, Antilles School erased a 10-point deficit from the first day.
“After the first day, I told the team to stay confident and consistent in every race,” said Kim Murtha, the Head Coach for Antilles School. “Our sailors responded, and we were able to win the regatta.”
Murtha added: “We really look forward to representing the South Atlantic District at the Mallory Cup. We have been sailing the district event for years, and this regatta was quite impressive with the improved level of quality and depth of all the teams involved. Ransom was extremely talented, and we were fortunate to win.”
The Mallory Cup National Championship features the Top 20 teams from the seven districts of the Interscholastic Sailing Association. More than 450 high school teams are members of the association with nearly 3,500 sailors.
Conchita Espinosa basketball
The Conchita Espinosa Academy girls’ varsity basketball team (7th and 8th graders) won the Independent School League Championship.
Trailing Doctors Charter School 16-8 in the fourth quarter, the Cougars went on a 12-1 run to seal the come-from-behind victory. It marked the team’s third championship in a month. Conchita previously won the Greater Miami Athletic League as wel as the South Division of the Independent School League.
All nine team members had an impact in the win against Doctors Charter. Olivia Gonzalez, Naomi Hasegawa and Nicole Ruiz Sierra provided stellar defense to keep the game within reach. Katherine Rodriguez, Lilly Garcia and Megan Gonzalez added strong rebounding in the second half. Karen Chakour was the energy of the team, and Cristina Hernandez led the team in scoring, igniting the comeback with her outside shooting. Alyssa Soublette, who played the entire way, sealed the victory with two clutch free throws late in the game.
Miami Beach basketball
Mehdi Amrouss scored 16 points, and Elies Guennoun added 12 points to lead the Clippers over the Bucks 40-37 in the 12-13 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball at Flamingo Park. For the Bucks, Jorge Incerna scored 15 points, and Parmasar Ramdass had 10 points.