Miami Springs boys’ golf team tops Columbus for district title


Last week’s best performances


•  The South Dade football team remained undefeated with a 28-14 win against Jackson. Senior quarterback Khalil Render completed 8 of 16 passes for 245 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Junior running back Johnnie Hankins finished with 126 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns.


•  Mike Smith, Northwestern, football: Despite losing to national No. 1 Booker T. Washington, 21-9, Smith had four sacks to lead the Bulls to the near upset.

Jordan Cronkrite, Westminster Christian, football: Cronkrite ran for 89 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 27-21 comeback win against Gulliver.

•  Nick Delgado, Archbishop Carroll, football: Delgado had three touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bulldogs in their first win of the season, which came against Palmer Trinity.

•  Annika Reczek, Ferguson, volleyball: Reczek finished with seven kills and three blocks to lead the Falcons to a key district win against Lourdes.

•  Kasey Garcia, St. Brendan, girls’ volleyball: Garcia had 27 kills in three matches Saturday and earned all-tournament honors at the Florida Christian Invitational.

•  Leonel Pozo, Coral Park, boys’ cross-country: Pozo won the boys’ title at the Viper Invitational in 17:33.21.

•  Destiny Johnson, Homestead, girls’ cross-country: Johnson won the Viper Invitational girls’ title in 21:14.40.

•  Connor Creighton, Coral Reef, boys’ golf: Creighton shot a 35 in a meet against Palmetto and Miami Springs.

•  Chloe Horton and Phoebe Beber-Frankel, Ransom Everglades, girls’ golf: Horton and Beber-Frankel each shot 38 to lead the Raiders to a win against Carrollton.

•  Boleck de Pawlikowski, Belen, boys’ swimming: De Pawlikowski won the 200 IM and 500 free for the Wolverines in a meet victory that included eight teams.

•  Megan Wells, Keys Gate, girls’ swimming: Wells won the 100 backstroke in a meet victory for the Knights against Miami Country Day.

Alex Yaniz, Miami Christian, boys’ bowling: Yaniz bowled a 740 high series to lead the Victors over Belen.

•  Brianna Colon, Braddock, girls’ bowling: Colon bowled a 509 to lead the Bulldogs to a win against Reagan.

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Winning district golf titles has proven to be quite routine over the past 10 to 15 years for the Columbus boys’ golf program. But all of that changed Monday afternoon.

Wanting to prove knocking off Columbus for the first time in more than 15 years in a dual meet tournament six weeks ago was no fluke, the Miami Springs boys’ golf team went out and did it when it really counted.

Led by Pat Bolton’s 1-under par 70 and a 2-over 73 by Kyle Safreed — the best rounds for both — the Golden Hawks edged the Explorers by two shots, 298-300, in the District 23-2A tournament at Miami Springs Country Club. And with that, Springs dethroned the Explorers of their longtime hold on the district trophy.

“Beating [Columbus] a few months ago was big because now we knew what we could do when we went out there and played the kind of golf we’re capable of playing,” said Bolton, who recorded five birdies and four bogeys in his round. “This is a great moment for our program, and now we want to keep it going.”

The Hawks and Explorers are not done facing each other. Both, along with third-place finisher Miami Beach (321), advance to next week’s regional tournament at Hillcrest Country Club in Hollywood. Miami Beach, thanks to a 73 and 74 from Beau Clavijo and Max Shelvin, respectively, was a surprise third-place finisher, nine shots better than Belen.

Columbus’ Juan Yumar wound up reeling in medalist honors with a 3-under, 68 but it would have been a 66 had he not double-bogeyed the last hole.

That proved to be the difference in team scores when Safreed, one of the last players on the course, birdied his final two holes, causing the four-shot swing in Springs’ favor. Luke Llaneras (77) and Pat Perez (78) rounded out the Springs’ scoring.

“Just a terrific effort by all of the kids [Monday],” Springs coach Roger Piermarini said. “Beating Columbus earlier in the season was definitely a big plus as it gave our kids a great deal of confidence.”

Elizabeth Hopkins helped Miami Beach to the girls’ team title and earned medalist honors with a 98.


Top 3 advance to regional’s

1. Miami Springs 298

2. Columbus 300

3. Miami Beach 321

4. Belen Jesuit 330

5. Ronald Reagan 346

6. Mourning 469


1. Juan Yumar (COL) 68

2. Pat Bolton (MSP) 70

3. Kyle Safreed (MSP) 73

4. Beau Clavijo (MB) 73

5. Max Shelvin (MB) 74

6. Julio Betancourt (COL) 76

7. Luke Llaneras (MSP) 77

8. Rafa Martinez (COL) 77

9. Pat Perez (MSP) 78

10. Francisco de la Torre (COL) 79


1. Marcos Montesano (RR) 80

2. Daniel Perez (BEL) 80

3. Tyler Sloman (KR) 81


•  Miami Christian d. Coral Gables 7-0: High Games Alex Roque (MC) 205, Daniel Cortes (MC) 187. High Series: Alex Yaniz (MC) 643. MC 7-3.

•  American d. HML 5-2: High Game: William Zepka (HML) 156, Carlos Ibanez (AHS) 152. High Series: Zepka (HML) 428; Orlando Perez (AHS)426. AHS 3-4.


•  American d. Reagan 7-0: High Game: Briana Futch (AHS) 224; Natalie Ochoa-Odon(R) 136. High Series: Futch (AHS) 546; Ochoa-Odon (R)377. AHS 6-2.


TERRA d. La Salle 25-22, 26-24, 25-17: Brooke McDermott 15 kills, 8 aces, 4 blocks. Katie Barrow 15 assists. Mimi Peñas 14 kills, 5 aces, 1 block. TER 18-0.

•  HML d. SLAM 25-7, 25-4, 25- 8: Jessy Marquez 4 kills, 4 digs, 3 aces. Fatima Madlum 11 assists, 9 aces. Olivia Napoles 5 kills, 7 digs. Emily Garcia 10 aces, 16 points. HML10-5.

•  Late Saturday, La Salle d. Florida Christian 25-21, 25-21: Erica Stoodley 7 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs. Alex Echevarria 5 kills, 4 blocks, 2 digs. Jackie Urteaga 9 digs. Therese Vidal 13 assists, 5 digs. ILS 15-6.

•  Late Saturday, La Salle d. Glades Day 19-25, 25-20, 15-8: Alex Echevarria 4 kills, 3 blocks, 2 digs. Erica Stoodley 11 kills, 1 block, 10 digs. Camilla Latimer 5 kills, 1 block, 5 digs. Jackie Urteaga 17 digs. ILS 16-6.

•  Late Saturday, Florida Christian d. Highlands Christian 25-14, 18-25, 16-14: Katerina Rey 7 points, 8 digs, 8 assists. Veronica Gomez 5 kills, 9 assist, 10 digs. Christina Berndt 5 points, 4 kills, 6 digs. FCS 11-8.

•  Late Saturday, Florida Christian d. Pace 25-14: Natalia Tohme 9 points, 5 kills, 6 digs. Katie Reeder 5 kills, 9 digs. Christina Berndt 7 points, 3 kills FCS 12-8.


•  South Dade 107, Braddock 63: 200 Free: Al Mercado, 50 Free: John Worthley 100 Breast: John Worthley 100 Back: Angel Gutierrez. 100 Fly: Jake Maguire 100 Free: Jalen Watson SD 5-1.


•  South Dade 112, Braddock 49: 200 Free: Brianna Miranda. 50 Free: Christina Bramblett. 100 Free: Christina Bramblett. 100 Fly: Carole Martino. 100 Back: Carole Martino. 100 Breast: Mariah Henry. 200 IM: Skylar Miranda. 500 Free: Elizabeth Martino. SD 5-1.


•  Late Saturday, St. Brendan 71, Key West 70: Sofia Fernandez (SB) 22:15.10, Ashley Campis (SB) 22:55.10, Susana Gutierrez (SB) 23:17.11, Julia Vilena (SB) 23:22.06, Gabriela Gutierrez (SB) 23:23.15, Lauren Laverina (SB) 23:23.70, Cristina Ortega (SB) 25:37.52.


•  Late Thursday, Palmetto 243, Ferguson 276, South Miami 292, Sunset 296 (at Miccosukee): Amelia Gallo 71(PAL), Kristin Perez 72 (SM), Samantha Altamiranda 73 (SUN). PAL 8-1. 



Southwest vs. Ferguson (Bird Bowl), 3:00

South Miami vs. Braddock (Bird Bowl), 3:00

Coral Park vs. Coral Gables (Bird Bowl), 3:00


Chaminade-Madonna vs. Miami Country Day (Greynolds), 4:00

Booker T. Washington vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30

Coral Gables vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30

Krop vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30

Hialeah Gardens vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30

Miami Beach vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30

Miami Springs vs. Mourning (Ives Estates), 3:30

Coral Reef vs. Braddock (Larry and Penny), 4:00

Homestead vs. Braddock (Larry and Penny), 4:00

Hebrew Academy vs. Archbishop Curley (Home), 4:00


Westland Hialeah vs. Mourning (FIU North), 3:00

South Miami vs. Miami High (Hadley), 3:00

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