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Miami Rowing Club
The Miami Rowing Club did well at the State Rowing Championships in Sarasota.
The MRC boys’ Junior 8 defeated a very fast field to win the state championship. They are Kevin Acosta (coxswain), Steven Chica (stroke), Marco Brugo (seventh seat), Roury Higgins (sixth seat), John Morcos (fifth seat), Zach Skypeck (fourth seat), John Michael Toohey (third seat), Alex Van Puffelen (second seat) and Juan Pedro Umbert (bow).
The MRC girls’ Junior 8 beat a highly competitive field to win gold. They are Gaby Diaz (coxswain), Abby Sorenson (stroke), Yailene Herrera Ortiz (seventh seat), Adrienne Orriols (sixth seat), Kamila Vasquez (5 seat), Samantha Salazar (fourth seat), Pilar Bancalari (third seat), Sol Helou (second seat) and Marissa Lynn Williford (bow).
The MRC boys’ varsity lightweight quad was also crowned state champion. They are Dominique Prego, Bernie Ramirez, Carlos Tornell and Jose Bared.
The event featured more than 60 teams competing in a new world-class Sarasota rowing course.
Miami Beach basketball
In front of a capacity crowd at the Scott Rakow Gym, the second seeded Knicks defeated the top ranked Hornets 25-17 to win the championship in the 7-8 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball.
Alexander Raymond led the Knicks with 12 points, and Logan Spill scored six points. Jackson Gessner finished with five points, and Eli Rudd added a basket. The Hornets’ Brett Burstein scored a game-high 14 points, and Dillon Weismann had three points.
Champs: Knicks (8-3-1): Owen Basner, Felipe Cordeiro, Jackson Gessner, Bryan Gonzalez, Michael Guevara, Adam Hyman, Alexander Raymond, Eli Rudd, Caleb Samuel, Logan Spill.
Runners-up: Hornets (7-3-2): Brett Burstein, Troy Campolo, Philip Castro, Tomas Desouza, Jefferson Eig, Matias Ferreira-Demelo, Lohan Joulin, Noah Scheinblum, Dillon Weissmann, Sean Wendell.
• 9-11: Semifinals: The No.10 seeded Bulls upset the third ranked Bucks 16-14 to continue their magical post-season run, earning a spot in the championship game.
Brothers Joshua and Justin Neely led the Bulls with six points apiece. Max Gotlin and Daniel Sordo each added a basket. Dahveon Morris topped the Bucks with nine points, and Noah Milon finished with three points. Thomas Murphy also scored.
The Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 19-14 to clinch a spot in the title game.
Brock Levin sparked the Lakers with seven points, and Zack Barcenas scored six points. Owen Spill had four points and Luke Barcenas two points. Evan Fredel scored seven points for the Grizzlies, Bryan Saka scored 5 points and David Alfonso scored 2 points.
• 12-13: The Grizzlies beat the Heat. 33-28. JR Hopkins scored 19 points, and Donald Dinerman added eight points. The Heat’s Ivinson Bernadel scored 18 points and Andy Saklas added four points.
The Nets edged the Bulls 30-28. Isaiah Mansara scored 13 points, and Noah Ogaza chipped in six points. Adrian Thompson scored 10 points for the Bulls, and Angel Rodriguez had nine points.
The Heat defeated the Bulls 54-36 to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Ivinson Bernadel scored 22 points, and Alexis Amaya added 14 points. For the Bulls, Angel Rodriguez had 14 points and Ayoub Amrouss 12 points.
The Clippers beat the Bucks 33-28 to also advance. Mehdi Amrouss and Elies Guennoun sparked the offense. For the Bucks, Parmasar Ramdass totaled 11 points and Jorege Incerna had seven points.