Texeira, Baucom earn softball honors

One set the Miami-Dade County single-season record for home runs. The other led his Broward County powerhouse to its first state championship in a decade.

Gulliver senior third baseman Stephanie Texeira and St. Thomas Aquinas coach Bryan Baucom were named Florida softball player and coach of the year, respectively on Tuesday by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association.

Texeira, an FIU commitment, hit .588 with 17 home runs and totaled 54 RBI this season to lead Gulliver to its fourth consecutive state championship. Texeira became the first recipient of the Miss Softball Award from South Florida since Miami Palmetto pitcher Kelly Saco in 2008.

Baucom, a 19-year coach at Aquinas, led the Raiders to a 22-5 record and their third title overall and first since 2003. Baucom is 459-92 in his career also winning the award in 1999.


Patrick Burrows recently stepped down as football coach at Homestead High to work as the assistant principal at Richmond Heights Middle School.

Burrows, who previously coached at Southridge and Southwest leading both schools to district championships, led the Broncos to a 6-4 season and a fourth-place finish in District 16-6A last fall. Homestead has yet to hire a replacement.

•  Late Friday — Westminster Christian 42, Miami High 6: Warriors quarterback Hunter Boyett threw for 163 yards and went 13 for 18 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Tim Irvin rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Jordan Cronkrite rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

Elbre Gaiter had a fumble recovery for a touchdown, Tobias Moss returned an interception for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Roshad Broadway led Westminster’s defense with 13 tackles including three for loss.


University School announced the hiring of Dan Rovetto as its new baseball coach. Rovetto took over as head coach at Coral Springs Charter midseason and guided the Panthers to a 21-7 record and the regional semifinal round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Rovetto, The Miami Herald’s Class 5A-2A Baseball Coach of the Year, replaces Eddie Tisdale, who recently moved to South Carolina.

Rovetto, a Nova High alumnus, coached as an assistant to longtime coach Pat McQuaid there during two state championship seasons in 2004 and 2005. Rovetto also was an assistant coach at Chaminade-Madonna prior to coaching at Coral Springs Charter.

• Mater Academy sophomore Danny Reyes orally committed to the University of Florida. Reyes hit .368 with four home runs and 18 RBI this past season.

• Miami Coral Park is looking for a new baseball coach. Anyone interested can contact athletic director Shawn Carney at


Plantation American Heritage golfer Jorge Garcia took home his second career American Junior Golf Association victory at the Thunderbird International Junior meet in Scottsdale, Ariz., this past weekend.

Garcia, The Miami Herald’s Broward Boys’ Golfer of the Year and a state individual champion in Class 1A last fall, won the par-72, 7,112-yard course by four strokes.

“I doubled the fifth hole but came back and eagled the seventh and birdied the eighth, which was a big momentum-builder,” said Garcia, a University of Florida commit. “After that I was just doing the same as the days before. I knew it was going to be about hitting a lot of greens today and being patient.”

Garcia led American Heritage to its first state golf championship last October.



Nova at South Plantation, 7



St. Pete Lakewood at Booker T. Washington (Curtis Park), 7

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