March 6-8: Speedball Classic
March 13-15: SlamFest tournament
April 3-5: Kissimmee Klassic
April 14-18: Districts
April 23-24: Regional quarterfinals
April 29: Regional semifinals
May 2: Regional finals
May 7-10: State tournament at Vero Beach Sports Village
DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS
Class 8A: Coral Reef; 7A: St. Thomas Aquinas; 6A: Lake City Columbia; 5A: Lake Wales; 4A: Gulliver; 3A: Delray American Heritage; 2A: St. Petersburg Canterbury; 1A: Bristol Liberty County.
AMERICAN HERITAGE: Coach: Marty Cooper (22nd year overall, 11th at AH); Last year: 23-5, lost in 5A state semifinal 2-0 to Creekside; Top players: Ashley Belans (sr. SS); Gianna Arrizurietta (sr. 3B); Jenna Goodrich (jr. P); Noteworthy: AH’s five state titles (2004-2012) are a Broward record and the fourth-most in Florida history.
ARCHBISHOP McCARTHY: Coach: James Woodruff (2nd year overall, 1st year here); Last year: 12-12, lost in last 6A regional quarterfinals 12-11 to Mater Academy; Top players: Jillian Depaio (sr. P); Alexa Spellman (jr. 1B); Kaitlyn O’Hara (so. CF); Noteworthy: A lot will depend on pitchers DePaio and junior Briana Dimler.
CALVARY CHRISTIAN: Coach: Lee Gilreath (4th year overall, 3rd year at CC); Last year: 17-6, lost in 3A regional semifinals to eventual state champ Delray Beach American Heritage 21-0; Top players: Tina Deibel (so. C/3B); Mia Velez (8th grade, INF); Cameryn Chang (fr. P); Noteworthy: Seven starters, including Chang (14-2, 3.61 ERA), return to a team that moves up to Class 4A. There are no seniors on the team.
CHAMINADE: Coach: Glenn Ikalina (5th year overall, 2nd year here; Last year: 17-5; Top players: Danica McCabe (sr. P); Mika Sheerin (sr. INF); Jackie Yao (jr. OF); Noteworthy: McCabe (17-4, 1.76 ERA) also led team in hitting (.478). Yao led county with 42 steals, according to coach, who is excited about the addition of six freshmen and one sophomore.
COCUNUT CREEK: Coach: Josh Brannon (1st year); Last year: 6-14; Top players: Ashley Lawton (sr. P/C); Brittany Holder (sr. CF); Samantha O’Brien (jr. 1B); Noteworthy: Sophomore 2B Amber Kelley and the three aforementioned players are the returning starters.
COOPER CITY: Coach: Phil Schmalz (7th year overall, 6th year here); Last year: 13-12, lost 15-6 in 7A regional semifinals to eventual state champ Aquinas; Top players: Bethany Williams (sr. C); Sommer Grzybek (so. OF/1B); Felicia Ianniello (so. C); Noteworthy: Team moves up to 8A this year and its untested pitching will be the key. Position players are strong.
CORAL GLADES: Coach: Richard Waldorf (1st year); Last year: 2-17; Top players: Emily Osteen (so. P); Alex Taylor (fr. P/SS); Victoria Diaz (fr. C); Noteworthy: Freshman OF Alyssa Magobet is another young player new coach Waldorf will try to build around.
CORAL SPRINGS: Coach: Kristen Bust; Last year: 11-11; Top players: Alex Voss (jr. SS); Cierra Pollock (jr. 3B); Jenna Skrypek (jr. 1B/P); Noteworthy: The infield is solid, especially the left side, where Pollock hit .530, and Voss batted .513.
CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER: Coach: Mark Montimurro (23-7, 17th year overall, 2nd year here; Last year: 23-7, lost in 4A regional final, 9-0, to eventual state champs, Miami’s Gulliver Prep; Top players: Kayla Scaperratta (so. SS); Casey Huber (jr. OF); Paige Fairchild (jr. P); Noteworthy: Scaperatta getting Division I looks. She and Huber made first-team All-Broward. But four starters were lost from last season.
CYPRESS BAY: Coach: Lonny Shapiro (11th year); Last year: 21-6, lost in 8A state final; Top players: Sarah Maloney (sr. P); Lexi DiEmmanuele (jr. OF); Maddie Gott (sr. INF); Noteworthy: Six starters return, including three who made All-Broward first team. But the roster is thin on depth.
DEERFIELD BEACH: Coach: Jerry Guthrie: Last year: 6-15; Top players: Coral Galpine (sr. SS); Vika Chursina (sr. P/1B); Sarah Strothman (so. C); Tatyana Jackson (sr. OF); Noteworthy: Galpine and Chursina provide senior leadership.
DILLARD: Gianna Faustin (1st year); Last year: NA; Top players: Kayla Bejarano (jr. P/C); Nicoley Dorsett (so. P/1B); Brianna Burrell (so. 3B); Noteworthy: Watch for a trio of freshmen – CF Torri Bush, SS Dominique Honyghan and 1B Aliyah Harris.
DOUGLAS: Coach: Brian Staubly (4th year); Last year: 16-7, lost 4-2 to Western in 8A regional quarterfinals; Top players: Kayla Boyle (jr. CF); Madison Sack (jr. C); Katie Peterson (jr. 1B); Noteworthy: Eight starters back, including junior SS Jessica England and sophomore pitcher Sami Feller.
FORT LAUDERDALE: Coach: Kathleen Kennedy; Last year: 11-10; Top players: Yazmene Gonzalez (sr. SS); Sarah Sweetapple (sr. P); Brooke Sweetapple (sr. C); Noteworthy: Eight out of nine starters return. Five newcomers, including freshman 2B Carly Thornton, add to a healthy mix.
McARTHUR: Coach: Frank Girardi (6th year); Last year: 10-11; Top players: Kaycee Mansfield (jr. P/1B); Yaniset Rodriguez (sr. 3B); Kiaraliz Feliciano (jr. 2B/SS); Noteworthy: Mansfield and sophomore Janis Gomez will handle the pitching. Sophomore Alexis Talley returns at catcher.
MIRAMAR: Coach: John Lamb (6th year); Last year: 5-8; Top players: Shelby Press (sr. CF); Valerie Lamb (sr. P); Aubrenee Barlow (sr. 1B/P); Noteworthy: Five starters return, but the addition of three talented freshmen gives this team optimism.
MONARCH: Coach: Tom Popovics (26th year overall, 5th year here); Last year: 19-4, lost in 8A regional quarterfinals; Top players: Stefany Collins (jr. 3B); Madison Mihok (sr. SS); Ashley Rohloff (so. OF); Noteworthy: Mihok, a fourth-year starter, has hit over .450 every season. She and Collins combined for 13 homers and 110 RBI last season.
NORTHEAST: Coach: Lavon Smith (1st year): Last year: 11-12; lost 15-0 to Cooper City in 7A regional quarterfinals; Top players: Jamila Watson (sr. LF); Katie Hull (sr. SS/3B); Taylor Lane (so. SS); Noteworthy: Four starters return for a team strong on defense, although consistent pitching is a concern. Smith arrives from Kansas, where he was coaching NAIA football.
PEMBROKE PINES CHARTER: Coach: Tom Fadul (14th year); Last year: 23-4, lost in 6A state final, 6-2 to Lake City Columbia; Top players: Claire Blount (so. P); Courtney Dart (sr. SS); Jamie Gonzalez (sr. C); Noteworthy: The entire infield returns, but first-team All-State RF Bridget Blount is out for the season due to shoulder surgery.
PLANTATION: Coach: Michael Handler (3rd year); Last year: 1-15; Top players: Angelique Solano (sr. CF); Tiara Humprey (sr. C/OF); Anaila Paz (sr. OF/3B); Noteworthy: Handler considers the infield to be the team’s strength, but freshman pitcher Savannah Curran will be a key.
POMPANO BEACH: Coach: Sherilynn Wilder (3rd year); Last year: 16-8, lost 10-0 to American Heritage in 5A regional semifinals; Top players: Noelle McGuire (sr. SS); Erin Sundook (sr. C); Sabrina Akrouk (sr. 1B); Noteworthy: Nine players return, including a solid core of seniors.
PINE CREST: Coach: Mike Thompson (9th year overall, 6th year at PC); Last year: 9-9; Top players: Casey Cruzpino (sr. C); Samantha Restrepo (7th grade, SS); Taylor Estape (jr. P/INF); Noteworthy: Inexperienced pitching is a concern on a team with five freshmen and two middle-school players. Cruzpino has earned an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
SOUTH PLANTATION: Coach: Robyn Handler; Last year: 9-11; Top players: Jessica Trana (jr. P/1B); Katelynn Bresler (jr. C/OF); McKenna Delaware (jr. SS); Noteworthy: The team strength is offense. The pitching of Trana and sophomore Emma Maitland will be crucial.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Coach: Bryan Baucom (20th year); Last year: 22-5,, won 7A state title 1-0 over Tampa Freedom; Top players: Gwen Svekis (sr. C); Meghan King (sr. P); Rachel Colins (sr. SS); Noteworthy: Six starters return, including King, who signed with Maryland, and Svekis, who signed with Oregon. Last season’s state title was the Raiders’ third and their first since they won two straight in 2002 and 2003.
TARAVELLA: Coach: Doug Huffman (5th year); Last year: 17-4, lost in 8A regional quarterfinals 11-0 to Cypress Bay; Top players: Marina Delfino (sr. SS); Nishana Singh (sr. CF); Shannon Lee (sr. RF); Noteworthy: Delfino returns from injury and team looks for a second pitcher behind junior Megan Markusfeld (16-4, 2.94).
WESTERN: Coach: Mike Marcus (3rd year); Last year: 17-8, lost 8-0 to eventual 8A state runner-up Cypress Bay; Top players: Sammy Vance (sr. SS); Allie Lawdan (jr. C); Sydney Bates (so. P); Noteworthy: Seven starters return on a deep team that includes three freshmen expected to make impacts.
UNIVERSITY: Coach: Brian Ortagus (2nd year); Last year: 14-7; Top players: Linette Flores (jr. P/INF); Chanel Hall (jr. C); Noteworthy: Five starters return, including Flores, who has a 4.5 GPA and made second-team All-State in Class 4A. It’s a young team overall with a sixth-grader and several eighth-graders.