LADY LAKE -- Ransom Everglades improved its team score by three shots in the final round of the state Class 1A girls’ golf championship.
Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, the teams just ahead of them in the standings went lower by an even greater margin on Wednesday.
The end result left Ransom in the same No. 8 spot as it began the day — not quite reaching its top-five goal but leaving coach Julie Carse pleased with the way her squad came together over the course of the season.
“I’m a proud coach,” Carse said as the scores were tallied at Harbor Hills Country Club. “They played their best out there and were all smiles. I’m really excited to see how far they’ve come.”
Wednesday also was a day of reflection for Carrollton coach Armando Echeverria, whose squad finished 12th after having to replace three of his four top scorers from last season.
Orlando’s Circle Christian, led by two girls who teed it up at last summer’s Junior PGA Championship, captured its first state crown after holding off a furious charge from Lake Mary Prep.
Despite a second consecutive 69 from Abbey Carlson and a 72 from Samantha Wagner, the Centurions watched their 11-shot advantage to start the day shrink to just three before getting across the finish line.
The final totals: Circle Christian 587, Lake Mary Prep 590.
Both schools, along with dethroned champion Windermere Prep, feature girls who play extensively on the national junior circuit. That leaves schools like Ransom Everglades and Carrollton to set more realistic goals.
The Lady Raiders sought a top-five finish, with a realistic chance at sixth after an opening round left them four points shy of that mark. But though Carolina Garrett and sixth-grader Phoebe Beber-Frankel made marked improvements on Day 2, it wasn’t enough to gain a spot in the team standings.
Garrett parlayed a birdie/birdie start into a 1-over-par 73, five strokes better than an opening round when she couldn’t get birdie putts of any length to fall. Beber-Frankel posted an 80, a four-shot improvement.
Carrollton, making its first appearance in the state tournament since 2010, returned with a young team. After senior Rachel Williams, the rest of Echeverria’s squad was made up of two sophomores and two eighth-graders.
Tanya Eathakotti, one of Echeverria’s two eighth-graders, paced the Cyclones with her second consecutive 80. Sisters Gabriela and Andrea Delgado also turned in big performances — Gabriela’s 89 was second on the squad, and Andrea’s 98 was the first time she had broken 100 in an 18-hole competitive round.
Miami Beach girls volleyball coach Rembo Li capped off a terrific 24 hours for himself when he watched his Hi-Tides overcome a slow start and dispatch Pembroke Pines Flanagan in four sets in a Region 4-8A quarterfinal at Beach High School.
As a member of the Miami Heat’s Xtreme team, Li was present for the championship ring ceremony on Tuesday and now has two pieces of hardware for his fingers.
The Hi-Tides (13-4) advanced to the regional semifinals on Nov. 5 where they will travel to Pembroke Pines to take on West Broward, which took out Hialeah in straight sets in their quarterfinal matchup.
• Region 4-6A quarterfinal, TERRA d. Miami Springs 25-19, 25-12, 25-15: Brooke McDermott 15 kills, 2 aces, block. Carolina Ruiz 3 kills, 4 aces, 2 digs. Gabriella Aquino-Martinez 2 kills, 4 aces. TER 24-1
Region 16-4A quarterfinal, Gulliver d. Lasalle 26-24, 25-13, 25-21: Vero Balli 5 aces, 3 kills, 21 digs. Caro Mengotti 10 kills, 2 aces, 8 digs. Sarah Lobo 23 assists, 14 digs, 3 aces, 1 kill, 1 block. GUL15-13.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal, Ransom d. Pace 25-6, 25-11, 25-13: Caroline Sklaver 9 kills 4 aces 12 assists. Nikki Colonna 7 kills, 21 assists. Tere Bernace 25 digs. Lisette Tellez 5 kills, 12 points,10 digs.
• Region 4-2A quarterfinal, Princeton Christian d. Miami Christian 25-18, 25-21, 25-19: Tatiana Mullins 11 kills, 5 blocks, 8 digs. Kim Kinney 4 aces, 5 kills, 6 digs. Katie Wise 4 kills, 10 digs. PC 12-10.
• District 11-4A, Hialeah Gardens 403, Reagan 317, Coral Gables 289, Miami Beach 268, Miami 216, Krop 201, Hialeah 106: 200 medley: Reagan 1:44.40, Hialeah Gardens 1:46.72, Coral Gables 1:49.85. 200 free: Miguel Madeira (RR) 1:49.72, Eliezer Ponce De Leon 1:57.70, Aaron Lowenstein (MB) 2:00.59. 200 IM: Jason Perez (CG) 2:14.81, Brian Sanz (HG) 2.16.14, Alez Nordlund (MB) 2.22.08. 50 free: Che’ Davis (K) 21.88, Facundo Betancor (MH) 22.69, Jonathan Rodriguez (HG) 22.71. 100 fly: Alexander Reid (MB) 53.37, Santiago Lozano (HG) 53.85, Sebastian Velandia (HG) 54.59. 100 free: Jonathan Rodriguez (HG) 49.71, Tobias Faucher (RR) 49.97, Jose Gonzalez (RR) 50.27. 500 free: Santiago Lozano (HG) 5:08.09, Christian Lee (HIA) 5:15.22, Aaron Lowenstein (MB) 5:26.19. 200 free: Hialeah Gardens 1:30.97, Regan 1:36.78, Krop 1:37.63. 100 back: Miguel Madeira (RR) 55.88, Che’ Davis (K) 57.29, Tobias Faucher (RR) 58.03. 100 breast: Alexander Reid (MB) 59.81, Karl Marvil (RR) 1:04.17, Javier Fernandez (CG) 1:06.70.
Coral Gables 471, Hialeah Gardens 339, Krop 295, Miami Beach 286, Reagan 254, Miami 137: 200 medley: Coral Gables 1:57.31, Hialeah Gardens 2:03.19, Reagan 2:05.18. 200 free: Arianna Noya (RR) 1:55.36, Maria Lopez (HG) 2:00.35, Hanna Payne (CG) 2:04.24. 200 IM: Jessica Rodriguez (HG) 2:17.04, Sydne Vigille (K) 2:24.74, Sophie Fedotov (MB) 2:33.34. 50 free: Andrea Lopez (MB) 26.30, Hannah Banciella (CG) 26.95, Jade Lubie (K) 27.38. 100 fly: Isabella Paez (RR) 56.14, Maria Lopez (HG) 58.98, Jesitt Perez (CG) 1:06.66. 100 free: Hannah Banciella (CG) 59.31, Camila Perez (CG) 59.49, Andrea Gonzalez (RR) 1:01.34. 500 free: Arianna Noya (RR) 5:10.90, Hannah Cordes (CG) 5:25.82, jade Lubie (K) 6:01.51. 200 free: Reagan 1:46.84, Hialeah Gardens 1:50.87, Krop 1:52.26. 100 back: Hanna Payne (CG) 1:03.31, Amber Lubie (K) 1:03.99, Camila Perez (CG) 1:08.26. 100 breast: Andrea Lopez (MB) 1:10.15, Jessica Rodriguez (HG) 1:10.22, Sydne Vigille (K) 1:11.69.