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District 16-5A boys’ basketball semifinal at Archbishop McCarthy will be like a ‘Zoo’ for opponents

 

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LAST WEEK’S BEST PERFORMANCES

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Senior captain Mya Goodman broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in overtime as the Pines Charter girls soccer team (19-5-1) beat Palm Beach Dwyer 2-1 in the Class 4A regional finals, clinching the Jaguars’ first berth in the state Final Four.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

R.J. Kozich, St. Thomas Aquinas, wrestling: Kozich (195 pounds) led a team-record 10 individual winners as the Raiders cruised to the District 12-3A title.

Jose Morales, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ basketball: The BCAA Big 8 Tournament MVP had 15 fourth quarter points to help the eventual first-time BCAA Big 8 champions rally for a 64-60 victory over two-time defending Class 7A state champions Ely in the Big 8 semifinals.

Shauntavia Dobson, Northeast, girls’ basketball: Dobson had a game-high 13 points to lead the Hurricanes (14-7) over Fort Lauderdale 46-31 for the District 14-7A title.

Nicolas DeMujica, Cypress Bay, boys’ soccer: DeMujica had two goals to lead the three-tine defending state champion Lightning (15-1-3) over Miramar 5-0 in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals.

Kianni Lurry, Nova, girls’ basketball: Lurry had a game-high 22 points to lead the Class 7A No. 1 Titans (23-3) over St. Thomas Aquinas 52-36 for the District 15-7A title.

Dondre Duffus, Boyd Anderson, boys’ basketball: Duffus had a game-high 20 points to lead the Class 7A No. 2 Cobras (20-5) over Class 6A No. 5 Pines Charter 62-58 in the BCAA Big 8 semfinals.

Haanif Cheatham, Pines Charter, boys’ basketball: Cheatham had a game-high 25 points and six assists to lead the 6A No. 5 Jaguars over St. Thomas Aquinas 66-45 in the BCAA Big 8 quarterfinals.

Braedon Villano and Mike Weherner, Sagemont, boys’ soccer: Villano and Weherner each scored a goal to lead Sagemont (17-7-1) past Westminster Academy 2-0 in the Class 1A Regional quarterfinals.

Melanie Monteagudo, American Heritage, girls’ soccer: Monteagudo had two goals and an assist to lead the Patriots (27-0-1, No. 3 in NSCAA poll) over Naples 5-0 in the regional finals.

Anthony Georgescu, Cardinal Gibbons, wrestling: Georgescu won the 160 pound weight class to help the Chiefs win the District 14-1A title.

Celia Wojcik, Coral Springs Charter, girls’ basketball: Wojcik had a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Panthers (16-6) over Calvary Christian 69-40 for the District 14-4A title.

Richard McIntosh and Melvin Brooks, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ basketball: McIntosh had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Brooks added 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Chiefs past Class 7A No. 2 Boyd Anderson 42-39 for the Chiefs’ first Big 8 title.

Tanease Richardson, Coconut Creek, girls’ basketball: Richardson had a game-high 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Class 5A No. 1 Cougars (22-3) over Dillard 69-40 for the District 16-5A title.

Justin Massey, American Heritage, boys’ basketball: Massey had a game-high 22 points, including five three-pointers, to lead the Class 5A No. 2 Patriots (20-5) over Columbia (SC) 69-63 in the Montverde Tournament.

Dallas Dorosy, St. Thomas Aquinas, girls’ soccer: Dorosy’s goal off a free kick held up as the Raiders (18-3-2, No. 6 in NSCAA poll)' beat Miami Ferguson 1-0 in the Class 5A regional finals.

Lance Tejada III, Blanche Ely, boys’ basketball: The East Carolina signee had a game-high 28 points in a 64-60 loss to eventual BCAA Big 8 champion Cardinal Gibbons in the Big 8 semifinals.

Fabian Lyon


flyon@MiamiHerald.com

Archbishop McCarthy playing before its rabid student rooting section “The Zoo” could level the playing field against Class 5A No. 2 American Heritage, No. 3 Cardinal Gibbons and No. 4 Dillard in a District 16-5A semifinal that has created the biggest buzz in Florida.

The District’s “Big 3” is bracing for an earful from a home fan base that helped the Morrell Center earn the distinction of most difficult South Florida High School gym for opponents to play in by the FHSAA.

Taking a page from Duke’s Cameron Crazies, “The Zoo” features supporters outfitted in full body spandex suits and wearing face paint alternating ear-curdling screams, thunderous foot stomps, creative zingers and hand-waving distractions during free-throws to rattle opponents.

Archbishop’s Brady McBride, who leads the county’s most dynamic four-guard lineup along with Elie Richard, David Moya and Corey Talbot, said “The Zoo” gets the gym so amped that opposing teams are unable to hear their own calls.

“When we are on defense I feel other teams can’t even call their plays or communicate,” McBride said. “When we are on offense, they know how to stay quiet. Having your fans out there supporting you makes you want to do that much better, hustle that much more. The only way to thank them is by winning and putting on a show for them.”

Archbishop will face Cardinal Gibbons (21-5) while American Heritage (19-6) and Dillard (18-5) will square off, which will inevitably lead to a team ranked in the state’s top four going home in the first round.

The Mavericks (18-5) have shown they belong with victories over American Heritage and Dillard, and a loss to Cardinal Gibbons on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

Throw in the energy Archbishop will feed off from its zany fan base, and it’s not inconceivable, the Class 5A No. 7 Mavericks — not even on the radar before the seas on started — could be posing with the District 16-5A trophy on Saturday night.

“I think the District should be the state final four,” said Mavericks coach Mark Saxton. “It’s a championship game every time you play one of them. That is why the sixth man is so important. It is hard for other teams to come in and play their best basketball. Right now ‘The Zoo’ is invaluable.”

SOFTBALL

• Monarch 11, Pompano 5: WP: Emily Forbes (1-0). LP: Jessica Abrahamson. Top performers: Sarah Goldman 2-3, HR, 3 RBI. Victoria Alonzo 2-4, 2 runs, RBI. MON 1-0.

•  McArthur 12, South Broward 1: WP: Janis Gomez (1-0). LP: Angie Norris (0-1).

•  Coral Springs Charter 14, Calvary Christian 4: WP: Fairchild (1-0). LP: C. Chang (0-1): Top Performers: Calvary: M. Veliz, 3 RBI: Calvary (0-1).

GIRLS’ TENNIS

• Archbishop McCarthy 7, Calvary Christian 0: 1. R. Gil d. Caitlin Kahn 8-6. 2. K. Berman d. Kristi Pitts 8-0. 3. Paola Gonzalez d. Mackenzie Moody 8-0. 4. Gloria Cabrero d. Sam Rosenblum 8-0. 5. Jessica Menendez d. Nicole Dattero 8-0. Doubles: 1. Berman / Menendez d. Pitts/Rosenblum 8-5. 2. Gonzalez / Cabrero d. Moody/Dattero 8-2.

•  Cardinal Gibbons 3, Ft. Lauderdale 4: Singles - Groeneveld (CG) d. Gomez-Diaz 8-2; Romero (FL) d. Landi 8-4 ; Stevens (FL) d. Norton 8-0; Bennis (FL) d. Harmon 8-5; VanSciver (CG) d. Herrera 8-0. Doubles: Groeneveld/Landi (CG) d. Gomez Diaz/Romero 8-2; Stevens/Bennis( FL) d. Norton/Cumming 7-8 (7-3) due to darkness

BOYS’ TENNIS

• Archbishop McCarthy 6, Calvary Christian 1: 1. A. Puglisi d. Michael Mendez 8-3. 2. F. LaFontant d. Keegan O'Leary 8-6. 3. W. Paniagua d. Keegan Hinsly 8-1. 4. L. Gallego d. C. Keller 8-5. 5. N. Goncalves d. N. Gourry 8-1. Doubles: 1. Mendez/OLeary (CC) d. S. Plate/j. Bradley 8-0. 2. A. Balke/ N. Menendez d. Hinsly / Keller 8-2.

• Cardinal Gibbons 5, Ft. Lauderdale 2: Singles - Mooney (FL) d. Ernewein 8-2; Northecide (CG) d. Fonseca 8-0; Cole (CG) d. Lowe 8-2; Taylor (CG) d. Thibodeaux 8-0 ; Mendazo (CG) default; Doubles: Mooney/Fonseca (FL) d. Mendoza/Lang 8-2; Piedra/Lordon (CG) d. Lowe/Thibodeaux 8-1

• Coral Reef 7, South Miami 0: Singles: 1. Johann Rapp d. Jesus Rodriguez 8-0. 2. Lucas Nickolich d. Mark Batista 8-0. 3. Pedro Otala d. Cristian Burey 8-0. 4. David Vasserman d. Wilmer Mendoza 8-0. 5. Simon Galvis (no opponent). Doubles: 1. Alexandre Monnier and Bryce Todd d. Jesus Rodriguez and Mark Batista 8-3. 2. Hugo Rodriguez and Simon Galvis d. Cristian Burey and Wilmer Mendoza 8-0.

•  Miami Beach 6, Columbus 1: No. 2 singles: Justin Wald won 9-8. No. 3 singles: Omar Azzaoui won 8-3. No. 4 singles: Sam Turken won 9-7. No. 5 singles: Jonathan Hirschenson won 8-2. MB 1-0.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

District 12-8A final at Cypress Bay: 7

District 13-8A semifinals at Miramar: Miramar vs. McArthur, 6; Everglades vs. Flanagan, 7:30

District 15-7A semifinals at South Broward: Nova vs. Plantation, 6; St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Broward, 7:30

District 15-3A semifinals at Miami Country Day: Hillel-International School of Broward winner vs. Miami Country Day-Doctors Charter winner, 5; Dade Christian-Archbishop Curley winner vs. Sagemont-Hialeah Ed./Somerset Central winner, 7

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