Brianna Buckley lifts Cypress Bay to girls Class 3A golf title


Last week’s best performances


The American Heritage girls’ golf team went 3-5-5-8 behind Claudia DeAntonio (146), Marisa Messana (148), Adreina Merchan (148) and Jamie Freedman (149) to win the FHSAA Class 2A state title by 47 shots. It marked the fifth state title in the past nine years for the Patriots.


Deltron Sands, St. Thomas Aquinas, football: Sands caught a 30-yard pass from Wade Freebeck on a fourth-and-7 play with 3:42 left as the Raiders (8-1, 4-0) scored 16 consecutive points to rally past upset-minded Plantation (7-2, 3-1) 16-6 for the District 15-7A title.

Carlos Penaranda and Andrew Iglesias, Pines Charter, boys’ cross country: Penaranda (16:55) finished ninth and Iglesias finished 13th to help the Jaguars earn second place at the Region 4-3A championships.

Marta Ciesla, Pine Crest, girls’ swimming: Ciesla sparked the Panthers to the Region 4-1A title by leading the 200 medley relay to victory and winning the 50- and 100-freestyle.

Nelson Ervin, Blanche Ely, football: Ervin threw for 148 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers (4-5, 3-0), who started the season 0-4, beat Northeast 45-12 to clinch the District 14-7A title.

Amanda Medlock, Western, girls’ volleyball: Medlock had 15 kills, six aces and 13 digs to help the Wildcats (19-6) rally for a 17-25, 25-14, 25-8, 25-22 victory over Douglas in the Class 8A regional quarterfinals.

Clara Smiddy, South Florida HEAT, girls’ swimming: Smiddy won the 200 IM and 100 backstroke at the Region 4-1A championships.

Kristian Caparros and Jorge Garcia, American Heritage, boys’ golf: Caparros (147) and Garcia (148) finished third and fourth respectively to help the Patriots finish runner-up at the Class 2A state finals.

Julia Montgomery, Tsion Yared and Katherine Jovanovic, Pine Crest, girls’ cross-country: Montgomery (19:31), Yared (19:37) and Jovanovic (19:53) finished 2-3-5 to help the Panthers, ranked No. 2 in the FACA Class 2A poll, win the Region 4-2A title.

Valentina Haupt and Macarena Haupt, Cypress Bay, girls’ golf: Valentina Haupt (80) finished tied for 18th and Macarena Haupt (81) finished 21st to lead the Lightning to a runner-up finish at the Class 3A state finals.

Kent Haeffner, Pine Crest, boys’ swimming: Haeffner won the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and led the 200 medley to victory to help the Panthers win the Region 4-1A title.

Danarious Graham, Deerfield Beach, football: Graham rushed for two touchdowns and threw for a third to help the Bucks (9-0, 7-0) beat South Plantation 42-16 for the District 11-8A title.

Alyssa Osborn, Chaminade, girls’ volleyball: Osborn had 32 assists, six points and four aces to lead the Lions over Pope John Paul II 25-7, 25-17 and 25-23 in the Class 4A Regional quarterfinals.

Sam Madsen, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ golf: Madsen (152) finished seventh at the Class 2A state finals.

Daniel Whelan, Douglas, boys’ golf: Whelan (73) finished tied for fifth at the Class 3A state finals.

Taylor Eaddy, American Heritage, boys’ swimming: Eaddy finished second in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle and led the 200-medley relay and 200-freestyle relay to victory to power the Patriots to the Region 4-2A title.

Casey McCracken, Brandon Bejarano and Patrick Sastre, Westminster Academy, boys’ cross country: McCracken (17:10), Bejarano (17:18) and Sastre (17:58) finished 2-3-6 to help the Lions win the Region 4-1A title.

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What timing. Four holes from closing out one of the best rounds of her young career, Brianna Buckley now couldn’t find her ball.

The Cypress Bay sophomore spent more than a minute traipsing behind the 15th green at Mission Inn’s Las Colinas course in Howey-in-the-Hills on Wednesday, to no avail. “Did I really lose this ball?” she thought to herself.

Eventually, someone suggested she check the hole.

“I’m thinking probably not, but I’ll go do it anyway,” Buckley said. “And there it was! I couldn’t believe it!”

What timing. Now it really was the round of her life, especially when Buckley followed with birdies at Nos. 16 and 17. It led to a 1-under-par 71 — a career best and more than enough fuel to propel Cypress Bay to the state Class 3A golf championship.

“She won it basically by herself,” coach Mike White said after the Lightning finished off their 10-stroke triumph over Melbourne Viera.

“We were down by four going in, and I think [Buckley’s] score compared to their No. 4 [player’s] score was better by over 20 strokes. That’s basically winning it by yourself right there.”

It was more than enough to offset a rough outing by top player Valentina Haupt, as the Lightning claimed its first state title. Cypress Bay’s team score of 653 was the lowest in the big-school championship (previously 2A) since the 2009 edition.

“This is why I love high-school golf,” White said. “Our No. 1 and No. 2 really didn’t figure in today, but we get a 71 from our No. 5 and our No. 4 shoots an 80 to clinch it for us.”

It was a day for Broward County to flex its muscle. St. Thomas Aquinas placed fourth, as three players improved upon their first-day scores. And though Western took its lumps after standing third to start the day, the Wildcats still finished in the top half with a tie for eighth.

“That’s amazing,” Aquinas coach Ed Waters said. “It’s great that the state is so well represented from Broward County. We’re proud of that.”

Cypress Bay was runner-up at last year’s 2A tournament, unable to overcome a 10-shot deficit to Lake Mary after the first day.

“The girls left here last year crying,” White recalled. “They vowed to come back and give themselves another chance.”

The resolve became even stronger when the Lightning finished a tough first day in blustery winds just four shots behind Viera.

“I went to bed [Tuesday] night thinking we can’t lose again — we can’t lose states again,” said Buckley, daughter of former Dolphins cornerback Terrell Buckley. “Then I came out here with a great attitude and played the best I could.”

And how.

Buckley had a feeling it could be a special round when she parred every hole of the front nine, but it wasn’t until the final stretch that it turned magical. The hole-in-one was her second this year, joining one she recorded at Weston Hills.

Wednesday’s 71 was Buckley’s best 18-hole score anywhere and matched the tournament’s lowest. Just one day earlier, she had turned in an 85.

“She has been grinding it out all year for us,” White said. “She never gives in. If things are going bad, she’ll find a way.”

Ariana Garcia’s 76 paced Aquinas’ second-day improvement, coming in eight shots better than Tuesday’s total. Garcia shaved six strokes off her opening score, and Julia Matzat (79) improved by four as the Raiders finished 13 shots off the pace.

“That [improvement] was really important to us,” Garcia said. “Even if we came up short, we weren’t going to be mad.”

Western, with three freshmen in the lineup, couldn’t build on its first-day momentum as no one went lower than an 84.

“We just put a little too much pressure on ourselves,” coach Nick Pincket said.

On the boys’ side, Cypress Bay slipped one spot to 12th as only Juan Pablo Arrazola (76) managed to break 80.

“We had our opportunities,” coach Vince Grossi said. “Some breaks went our way, others didn’t.”

Bradenton’s Lakewood Ranch ran off with its third consecutive title, 15 shots ahead of Lithia Newsome.

Girls’ soccer

The Pembroke Pines Charter girls’ soccer team shut down North Miami Beach with an 8-0 victory.

Rachelle Smith and Alexis Noak led the Jaguars by each scoring two goals. Maya Goodman registered one goal and four assists. Rachel Lorenzo, Emily Sosa and Amy Echuchurry each scored a goal.

The Jaguars improved to 3-0-1.

•  Pembroke Pines Charter d. North Miami Beach 8-0: Rachelle Smith 2 goals. Alexis Noak 2 goals. Maya Goodman 1 goal, 4 assists. Rachel Lorenzo 1 goal. Emily Sosa 1 goal. Amy Echuchurry 1 goal. PC 3-0-1.

•  Hillel d. Doctors Charter 6-0: Sharon Stambouli 2 goals. Ali Wolf 2 goals. Michelle Jafif 1 goal. Ashley Stambouli 1 goal. Denisse Gampel 1 shutout. SH 1-0.

•  Pine Crest d. North Broward 2-0: Autum Clark 1 goal. Kylie Bitarolis 1 goal. PC 2-1-1.

•  Palmer Trinity d. Goleman 7-2: Hana Bornani 2 goals, 1 assist. Sofia Rivas 2 goals. Sarah Medina 1 goal, 2 assists. Anabel Danon 1 goal, 1 assist. Ashely Reid 1 goal. Mercedes Pliego 1 assist. PM 2-1.

•  Late Tuesday — American Heritage 14 d. Hallandale 0: Julia Jasse goal, 3 assists. Dejah Cason goal, assist. Mia Gomez 2 goals. Dara Magdaleno goal, assist. Bella Almagro goal, assist. Jessica Bleir 2 goals. AH 4-0-0.

Boys’ soccer

Diego Arcon led American Heritage (1-0-1) to a 6-0 victory over Hollywood Hills.

Arcon registered two goals and one assist. Facundo Cignarelli scored two goals, and David Cehin-Hung scored one goal. Kevin Ramos had one goal and one assist.

•  American Heritage d. Hollywood Hills 6-0: Diego Arcon 2 goals, 1 assist. Facundo Cignarelli 2 goals. David Cehin-Hung 1 goal. Kevin Ramos 1 goal, 1 assist. AH1-0-1

•  South Broward d. Mourning 2-1: Juan Bolivar 2 goals. Sama Gubacsi 1 goal SB 2-0-0.

•  South Florida HEAT d. Palmer Trinity 3-2:Nicolas Paz (PT) 2 goals. Alejandro Martinez-Oletta (PT) 2 assists. PT 0-0-1

•  Westminster Academy d. FAU High 7-0: James Scassera 3 goals. Chris Manning 2 goals. Harold Eubanks 1 goal. Zach Ferraguti 1 goal. Cody Grimm shut-out. John Kelley shutout. WA 1-0-0.

•  Everglades 1, Miramar 1: Jose Rivas 1 goal. Alex Alexis 1 assist. EVER 1-0-1.


•  Zion Lutheran d. Sagemont 72-57: Erica Correa (STA) 26 points, 7 rebounds. Jessica Black (STA) 13 points. Samantha Provenzano (STA) 9 points. Candance Smith (STA) 4 points. STA 1-1.

•  Palmer Trinity d. Keys Gate Charter 60-9: Claire Hebb, 14 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds. Kyrah James 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals. Samantha Waldman 8 points, 4 steals, 4 rebounds.



Westminster Academy vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 5:00

Hialeah Gardens vs. Flanagan (Flanagan), 7:00



American Heritage vs. Kathleen (Home), 7:00

Glades Day at Archbishop McCarthy, 7:00

Boyd Anderson vs. Taravella (C.Springs), 7:00

Coral Springs at Cardinal Gibbons , 7:00

West Broward at Coral Glades 7:00

Coral Springs Christian at Victory Christian 7:00

Cypress Bay vs. Northeast (Northeast), 7:00

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield), 7:00

Nova vs. Douglas (Douglas), 7:00

Piper vs. Everglades (Everglades), 7:00

Stranahan vs. Fort Lauderdale (Dillard), 7:00

Highlands Christian at Marco Island Academy ,7:00

Hollywood Hills at McArthur 7:00

North Broward Prep vs. Kings Academy (Wpb King), 7:00

South Plantation vs. Plantation (PAL), 7:00

South Broward vs. Western (Western), 7:00

Inlet Grove vs. Suncoast (Suncoast ), 7:00

Boca Christian at Somerset Academy, 3:00

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