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Panthers softball reaches state

 

Best Miami-Dade performances

TEAM OF THE WEEK

The Northwestern girls’ track and field team secured its fifth consecutive state championship. The Bulls also won their 10th state title, tying them for the most in state history. Lloydricia Cameron won the discus and shot put championships. Altoniece Williams, Yolanda Springer, A’Sja Baker and La’Kayla Harris won the 1,600-meter relay title.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Nestor Cortes, Hialeah, baseball: Cortes pitched a two-hitter, striking out 11, to lead the Thoroughbreds to a 5-1 win against Goleman in a Region 4-8A quarterfinal.

Sergio Miyares, La Salle, baseball: Miyares threw a three-hitter, striking out eight, to lead the Royal Lions to a 3-0 win against Gulliver in a Region 4-4A quarterfinal.

Michael Campos, Florida Christian, baseball: Campos tossed a no-hitter to lead the Patriots to a 10-0 win against Dade Christian in a Region 4-3A quarterfinal.

Denver Keller, Coral Reef, softball: Keller went 3 for 4 with two RBI to lead the Barracudas to a 4-1 victory against Goleman that clinched their first trip to the state final four.

Gabby Draney, Gulliver, softball: Draney went 3 for 4 with three RBI and pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the Raiders to a 9-0 win against Coral Springs Charter and clinch their fourth consecutive trip to state.

Amir Rasul, Columbus, boys’ track and field: Rasul won the 100 meters at the Class 4A state meet and finished second in the 200 meters.

Davon Clark, Coral Reef, boys’ track and field: Clark won the Class 4A state triple jump championship.

Christian Williams, American, boys’ track and field: Williams won the Class 4A state high jump title.

Steven Delgado, Coral Park, boys’ track and field: Delgado won the Class 4A state discus championship.

Ebony Morrison, Killian, girls’ track and field: Morrison won the long jump and 100-meter hurdles at the Class 4A state meet to lead the Cougars to a third-place team finish.

William Rodriguez, Southwest, boys’ volleyball: Rodriguez had a team-high 13 kills to lead the Eagles to a three-game win against Columbus and the District 14 championship.

Joel Sanchez, Westland Hialeah, boys’ volleyball: Sanchez had 16 kills and 11 blocks to lead the Wildcats to a five-set win against Miami Springs and the District 13 championship.

Brandi Harrington, Monsignor Pace, flag football: Harrington had six catches for 51 yards and the game-winning touchdown to lead the Spartans to a 6-0 win against Delray Beach Atlantic and advance to the state semifinals.

Grant Nordlund, Columbus, boys’ lacrosse: Nordlund had four goals to lead the Explorers in a 16-11 loss to Boca St. Andrews in the third round of state play-ins.

ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ

Best Broward performances

TEAM OF THE WEEK

The St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ track and field team won its ninth state title and first since 2005. Kendall Ellis won her third consecutive 400-meter state title and led the 1,600-meter relay team to victory; freshman Shanell Atkins won the shot put, and the Raiders’ 3,200-meter relay team struck gold in Jacksonville on Saturday.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Kali Davis-White, Boyd Anderson, girls’ track: Davis-White pulled off a rare sprint trifecta at the Class 4A state finals, setting a state record and U.S. No. 1 time of 23.05 seconds in the 200 meters, winning the 100 and helping the Cobras defend their 400-meter relay state title.

Sarah Maloney, Cypress Bay, softball: Maloney (12-3) scattered three hits and struck out six leading the Lightning (20-5) over Palm Beach Central 5-1 in the Class 8A regional finals.

Nicholas Vazquez, Zion Lutheran, baseball: Vazquez went 2 for 3 with a grand slam and five RBI as the Lions rolled over Champagnat 14-0 in the Class 2A regional finals.

John Franklin, South Plantation, boys’ track: The FSU football recruit finished second in the 100 and led the Paladins’ 400-meter relay team to victory at the Class 4A state finals.

Christian Demby, St. Thomas Aquinas, baseball: Demby hit two doubles and drove in three runs to lead the Raiders (17-6) over Monarch 4-1 in the Class 7A regional finals.

Corry Short, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ volleyball: Short had 27 kills, seven digs, eight points and three blocks to lead the Chiefs St. Thomas Aquinas in the District 9 finals.

Shakima Wimbley, Dillard, girls’ track: The University of Miami signee won the 400 meters at the Class 3A state finals.

Eddie Silva, Archbishop McCarthy, baseball: Silva drove in two runs to lead the Mavericks over Miami Belen Jesuit 5-1 in the Region 4-6A semifinals.

Regine Williams, Hallandale, girls’ track: Williams won the long jump (18-7.50) and sparked the 1,600-meter relay team to fourth place as the Chargers finished runner-up at the Class 3A state finals.

Claire Blount and Bridget Blount, Pines Charter, softball: Claire scattered seven hits in a complete game shutout and Bridget went 2 for 3 with an RBI in a 2-0 win over Naples in the Region 4-6A finals.

Matthew Archambault, Douglas, boys’ volleyball: Archambault had nine kills to lead the Eagles (17-1) over Taravella for the District 8 title.

Lia King, Hallandale, girls’ track: King finished second in the long jump, second in the triple jump, third in the 100 hurdles and ran a key leg on the Chargers’ fourth-place 1,600-meter relay team.

Kahlil Henderson, South Broward, boys’ track: Henderson won the 200 meters at the Class 4A state finals.

Daeshon Gordon, Boyd Anderson, girls’ track: Gordon won the 300 hurdles, finished second in the 100 hurdles and ran on the Cobras’ winning 400-meter relay team at the Class 4A state finals.

Jenna Goodrich, American Heritage, softball: Goodrich threw a two-hitter to lead the Patriots past Lemon Bay 5-1 in the Region 4-5A finals.


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Special to The Miami Herald

For three consecutive years, the Princeton Christian softball team had made it to the regional final.

For three consecutive years, it lost and missed out on a trip to states. But for the Panthers, the fourth time is the charm.

The Panthers can start making plans for Vero Beach after defeating Sheridan Hills Christian 12-6 in the Region 4-2A final.

It will be their first trip to the state tournament since 1997. A 16-year drought finally came to a close Monday afternoon.

“It’s been a great journey and everyone from our leadoff hitter to our last hitter did a little something,” Panthers coach Marcel Piz said. “I’m fired up and I can’t wait to get them up there.”

The Sharks’ comeback effort fell apart in the bottom of the fourth as Princeton Christian took advantage of two fourth-inning errors and scored six runs — all with two outs — to take a commanding seven-run lead.

Panthers pitcher Courtney Cox tossed a complete game and struck out five.

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WP: Courtney Cox. LP: Kimberly Detolo.

• Region 4-7A final — St. Thomas Aquinas 7, West Boca 0: The first-inning run support gave St. Thomas Aquinas left-hander Meghan King an early cushion, and she only got stronger after that.

King struck out 11 batters and never allowed the ball out of the infield, finishing with a one-hitter on an infield single, lifting the Raiders to a convincing 7-0 victory over host West Boca in Monday’s regional final.

The Raiders (20-6) will face Harmony in the state semifinals at Vero Beach, reaching their first state final four game in 10 years.

“That means the world to me, making it to the state championships after so many years,” said King (10-4). “It’s great getting the run-support I got early on.”

St. Thomas wasted no time jumping all over West Boca right-hander Shaylyn Novy. Stephanie Sobolewski and Taylor Hishon hit back-to-back two-run singles for the four-run first inning.

The Raiders added three more runs in the seventh, with Sam Sharkey keying the attack with an RBI double and Sam Strun adding a run-scoring single.

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WP: King (10-4). LP: Novy (8-5)

FOOTBALL

Booker T. Washington linebacker Matthew Thomas — one of the prized gems in Florida State’s highly-touted recruiting class in February — said Monday he is seeking a release from his scholarship so he can sign with Georgia or USC.

Thomas, the No. 1 recruit in Miami-Dade in 2013 and the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker according to Rivals.com, said he informed FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt late last month that he is not planning on reporting to school in the fall and that he hopes the school will allow him to play elsewhere. But Thomas (6-3, 205) said FSU’s coaches do not want to release him and told him last week they’re planning on visiting him in South Florida to try and talk things over.

“I’ve told them it’s nothing personal. I just didn’t make the decision I really wanted to on Signing Day,” said Thomas, who picked the Seminoles over USC, Georgia and Miami.

“What happened was on Signing Day [was] I wasn’t sure who I wanted to sign with. I had issues with different schools. But when I told my mom I didn’t want to sign with anybody and wait and give it a few days she said I couldn’t do that. She said, ‘FSU is a good school — pick them. It’s close to home.’ I wasn’t agreeing with it. But I felt like I was being disrespectful to her if I didn’t sign, so I made her happy.”

Thomas said his mother and father are now supporting him in his push to be freed from his signed letter of intent, but ultimately the power rests with Florida State’s staff.

“If I tried to go to a school in FSU’s conference I would have to sit out a couple years,” Thomas said. “But that’s not what I want to do.

“I’ve been in Miami all my life. Georgia needs linebackers. It’s a big program. I have family in Georgia. USC, growing up I never thought I would have an opportunity that big. I just want to go have fun and play football.”

MANNY NAVARRO

BASEBALL

• Region 4-7A quarterfinal — Nova 5, Northeast 2 (8): With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the eighth Nova pinch-hitter Patrick Hubert laced a 2-2 pitch for a single to left field scoring two runs as the Titans scored three runs in the eighth to come away with the win over Northeast.

Nova (14-8) will play at St. Thomas Aquinas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the regional semifinals.

Nick Marchese came away with the win pitching seven-plus strong innings for the Titans. Ralph Morel matched him inning for inning, but walked Gabe Valverde to open the eighth. He was pulled for Eduardo Uriante, who gave up a single and walk to load the bases. He struck out two to sandwich the hit and walk, before giving up the game-winning single to Hubert.

Nova scored a pair of runs in the fourth for a 2-0 lead, but Northeast (12-10) responded immediately with a pair of runs including one on a steal of home.

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WP: Marchese (5-0). LP: Morel. SV: Barrows.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Region 4-8A semifinal: Sunset at Killian, 4

Region 4-8A semifinal: Hialeah at American,4

Region 3-8A semifinal: Douglas at Flanagan, 7

Region 4-6A semifinal at Westland Gardens Park: Archbishop McCarthy at Mater, 7

Region 4-5A semifinal: Jensen Beach at American Heritage, 7

Region 4-4A semifinal: La Salle at St. Brendan, 4:30

Region 4-4A semifinal: Coral Springs Charter at Monsignor Pace, 7

Region 4-3A semifinal: PJP II at CS Chr., 4

Region 4-3A semifinal: Westminster Christian at Florida Christian, 7

Region 4-2A semifinal at Florida Memorial: Westwood Christian at Brito, 4

Region 4-2A semifinal at Curtis Park: Zion Lutheran vs. Mater East, 4

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

State play-in: Gibbons at Cypress Bay, 7

State play-in: West Boca Raton at Douglas, 7

State play-in: Sunset at Coral Reef, 7

State play-in: Westland at Southwest, 7

State play-in: Chaminade at Mourning, 7

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