Coral Reef fires football coach Chevas Clements


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Coral Reef’s boys’ cross-country team secured the Region 4-4A team title last week upending fellow contenders St. Thomas Aquinas, Sunset and Columbus. The Barracudas were led by Kurt Convey’s runner-up finish.


Niko Gonzalez, Hialeah, football: Gonzalez caught a touchdown pass and had an interception to lead the T-Breds to a 35-21 win against North Miami Beach that clinched a playoff berth.

Cornelius Floyd, Gulliver, football: Floyd had three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to help the Raiders beat Pace 17-10 and clinch a playoff spot.

Hilton Joseph, North Miami, football: Joseph threw six touchdown passes in a 42-0 shutout win against Krop.

Sarah Lobo, Gulliver, volleyball: Lobo had 23 assists, 14 digs and three aces to lead the Raiders over La Salle in a Region 4-4A quarterfinal.

Brooke McDermott, TERRA, volleyball: McDermott had 15 kills to lead the Wolves to a win against Miami Springs in a Region 4-6A quarterfinal.

Nick Diaz, Sunset Boys’ cross-country: Diaz won the Region 4-4A championship with a time of 15:58.72.

Daesha Rogers, Jackson, Girls’ cross-country: Rogers ran a time of 19:09.96 to win the Region 4-3A championship.

Carolina Garrett, Ransom, girls’ golf: Garrett shot a two-day, 7-over 151 to finish a Dade-best 18th at the Class 1A state tournament.

Rodrigo Simoes, Gulliver, boys’ swimming: Simoes won the 50 and 100 freestyle to lead the Raiders to a runner-up finish at the Region 4-2A meet.

Kelly Fertel, Coral Reef, girls’ swimming: Fertel won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke to win the District 16-4A championship.

Carlos Forero, Killian, boys’ bowling: Forero bowled a 675 high series to win the District 17 individual championship.

Tori Burstein, TERRA, girls’ bowling: Burstein bowled a 531 high series to win the District 17 individual title and lead her team to the championship.

Catherine Gutierrez, Goleman, girls’ bowling: Gutierrez bowled a 450 high series to win the District 16 individual title and lead her team to the championship.

Rebecca Fallon, Coral Reef, girls’ soccer: Fallon scored two goals to lead the Barracudas to a 3-0 win against Palmetto.


Coral Reef football coach Chevas Clements was fired from his position Monday, three days before the school’s final regular-season game.

Clements said principal Adrianne Leal was tired of hearing speculation and rumors of him leaving the school for another job.

“They relived me of my duties,” said Clements, who was surprised by the move. “They told me they were going in a different direction. I came in this morning and they had bolts on the locker room doors.”

Clements was in his sixth season leading the Barracudas, who were a win away from making the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but a 19-3 loss to South Dade and Killian’s 24-0 win over Southridge on Friday ensured their elimination.

“I think I’m a good coach,” Clements said. “I think I do a good job, especially at that program where you can’t get athletes in, so I just think maybe people say, ‘What can he do with the people over here?’ But that’s just speculation.

“For her to be annoyed that everybody is coming after her coach, that should be a [compliment] to her that she has a good coach. All the time I’ve been loyal to her.

“I’ve had plenty of times to leave, and I haven’t.”

Coral Reef (5-4) plays Hialeah at Harris Field on Thursday with a chance of posting its fifth consecutive winning season.

Girls’ volleyball

St. Thomas Aquinas — sporting warm-up T-Shirts with the caption “Unfinished Business,” referring to its defeat in the 2012 state finals — used its superior size, strength and athleticism to dispatch Miami Ronald Reagan 25-8, 25-6, 25-12 in the Class 7A Region semifinals on Monday night.

The host Raiders (27-2) set the tone early with four consecutive kills by Nikki Lyons and Kimeko Bennett for a quick 10-2 lead.

Although the Bison played tough, they ultimately didn’t have the personnel to counter Aquinas’ hard-hitting duo of Kara Mason (six kills, five digs) and Lyons (eight kills, four digs).

Lyons, especially, put on a hitting clinic, elevating from the middle row for one emphatic kill after another.

“I thought Nikki played very well,” said Raiders coach Lisa Zielinski. “Nikki does a great job finishing but we had some great passing and the sets were good. We got a contribution from everybody which freed her up a little bit as well.”

The Bison (13-5) rallied in the first set to cut the lead to 14-6, only to watch the Raiders rattle off a 10-2 run, highlighted by kills from Mason and Lyons to open a 24-8 lead.

Kaylie McHugh had five digs and Mackenzie Zielinski had a game-high 32 assists for the Raiders, who advance to face the Atlantic-Dwyer winner in the Regional finals Saturday.

Jessica Almeida had three kills and Monique Douglas had three aces, one block and a kill for Ronald Reagan.

The Bison saved their best play for the third set, taking their first lead, 5-4, when the Raiders’ Kristyne Beauzil’s return hit the net. But freshman outside hitter Brook Bauer erased any hope of a Bison comeback with four aces to push the lead to 15-7.



•  Sunset d. Southridge 6-0: Eddy Pineiro 4 goals. Jonathan Diaz 1 goal, 1 assist. Christian Gutierrez 1 goal. Mario Malpica 3 assists. David Villegas 1 shutout. SUN 1-0.

•  South Dade d. Coral Reef 1-0: Tim Handy 1 goal. Richard Martinez shutout. SD 1-0.

•  Ferguson d. Palmetto 4-2: Carlos Sanchez 2 goals. Fernando Montes 1 goal. Danny Herrera 2 assists. FER 2-0-0.

•  MAST d. Westland Hialeah 2-0: Santiago Morales 1 goal, 1 assist. Daniel Regalado 1 goal. Daniel Godoy 1 assist.

•  Varela d. Killian 3-0: Gian Artuso 1 goal. Kevin Pizzolo 1 goal. Jake Tosta 1 goal.

•  Columbus d. Coral Gables 4-2: Eddi Diaz 1 goal, 1 assist. Danny del Rio 1 goal. David Gunter 1 goal. Pedro Van Eerdewijk 1 goal. CC 2-1-0

•  Ransom Everglades d. Jackson 4-1: Ferris Bustamante 2 goals, Matt Lirman 2 goals. RE 1-0.

•  American Heritage d. Cypress Bay 2-2: Zackery Atkinson 1goal Kenn Guichard 1 goal. AH 1-0.


•  Reagan d. Southwest 3-0: Daniella Borjas 1 goal. Sofia Betancour 1 goal. Jessica Mendez made 1 goal. Belen Lella 1 assist. RR 4-1-1.

•  Florida Christian d. Miami Country Day 2-0: Katelyn Godoy 2 goals. Natalia Tohme 7 shutouts. FCS 1-0

MAST d. Key West 4-2: Mariana Speckmier 3 goals. Nati Gilbert 1 goal. MAST 5-0.

•  Dade Christian d. Greater Miami 8-1: Abby Clanton 4 goals. Amanda Martin 3 goals. Sofia Diaz 1 goal. DC 3-1.

•  Hialeah-Miami d. Booker T. Washington 3-1: Apsen Arias 2 goals. Syann Marc1 goal.

•  American High 2, Mourning 2: Soma Gubasci (ATM) 2 goals. ATM 0-1-0.

•  St. Brendan d. Carrollton 3-1: Alexa Dussaq 2 goals. Alex Guixens 1 goal. Mallory Ryan 6 saves, Nicole Dennis 1 assist. Kate Alvarez 1 assist. SB 3-0.

•  TERRA d. Homestead 8-0: Natalie Diaz 2 goals. Karina Bermudez 1 goal, 2 assists. Carolina Schooley 1 goal, 1 assist. Nina Maceo 1 goal, 1 assist. Sofia Aviles 1 goal. Nikole Bermudez 1 goal. Kaitlyn Ritter 1 goal. Alexandra Pepin 1 assist. Silvana Naccarato 1 assist. TER 3-0

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