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Scoring machine Sarah Medina leads Palmer Trinity’s girls’ soccer state title bid

Palmer Trinity's Sarah Medina (14) kicks the ball past St. Johns Country Day's goalkeeper Kara McCurry (0) for the Falcons' lone goal in the second half of their FHSAA Class 1A Girls Soccer championship in Tampa on Feb. 10, 2012. The Falcons lost 7-1.
Palmer Trinity's Sarah Medina (14) kicks the ball past St. Johns Country Day's goalkeeper Kara McCurry (0) for the Falcons' lone goal in the second half of their FHSAA Class 1A Girls Soccer championship in Tampa on Feb. 10, 2012. The Falcons lost 7-1.
Phil Sears / Special to the Miami Herald

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The Norland boys’ basketball team secured the GMAC championship last week with victories against Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Miami High. Forward Dewan Huell dominated throughout the tournament and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the final against Miami High.

The Palmer Trinity girls’ soccer team became Miami-Dade County’s lone representative at this year’s state tournament with a 3-0 win over Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy in the Region 4-1A final. Sarah Medina scored one of the key goals in the victory.


C.J. Fisher, Monsignor Pace, boys’ basketball: Fisher averaged 22 points, six assists, and five rebounds per game last week, including a 47 point game against Florida Christian.

Eduardo Cruz, Belen, boys’ basketball: Cruz averaged 20 points per game in a four-game stretch last week for the Wolverines.

Tamorra Graham, South Miami, girls’ basketball: Graham had 28 combined points in wins against Lourdes and Ferguson to clinch the District 15-8A title.

Mia Leite, Booker T. Washington, girls’ basketball: Leite scored 16 points to lead the Tornadoes over La Salle and clinch the school’s first district championship.

Yancarlos Guerra, Mater Academy, wrestling: Guerra was one of five wrestlers that led the Lions to the District 16-2A title.

Franco Valdez, Southwest, wrestling: Valdez scored a pin in his victory at 120 pounds to lead the Eagles to the District 15-3A title.

David Gunter, Columbus, boys’ soccer: Gunter scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Explorers to a 3-2 win over Varela in the Region 4-5A quarterfinals.

Gabriel Lopez, Belen, boys’ soccer: Lopez had three saves to help the Wolverines beat Mourning in penalty kicks in the Region 4-4A quarterfinals.

Brianna Austin, Ferguson, girls’ soccer: Austin scored the game-winning goal to lead the Falcons over Lourdes 1-0 in the Region 4-5A semifinals.

Marianna Speckmaier, MAST, girls’ soccer: Speckmaier scored two goals to help in the Makos’ regional semifinal victory over Gulliver.


Special to the Miami Herald

The Palmer Trinity girls’ soccer team has put its faith in goal scorer Sarah Medina, and that was made obvious by the white T-shirts they wore Tuesday on the bus ride to Melbourne.

The shirts, with blue and gold lettering, carried the message: “Run, Forest, Run.”

In this case, “Forest” was not some goofy film character but rather a skilled soccer star, Medina, who earned her nickname when she signed with Wake Forest earlier this season.

Medina, a senior who has 46 goals and 24 assists, will lead Palmer (14-4) Wednesday at 10 a.m. in a Class 1A state semifinal against St. Johns Country Day (22-0-3).

St. Johns has won five state titles since 2005, including the past two years in a row. In 2012, St. Johns routed Palmer 7-1 in the 1A state final.

Medina was on that Palmer team, scoring a school-record 52 goals as a sophomore. She transferred to Orlando’s First Academy for her junior season before returning to Palmer.

“I remember how disappointed I was after that (7-1) loss,” said Medina. “I wanted another chance at them, but I didn’t think I’d ever get it (after transferring). Now we get another chance. We’re pumped.”

Without Medina last season, Palmer went 5-6-2.

New coach Phil Gentles came in this season, and Palmer started slowly at 4-3. But Palmer has gone 10-1 since.

The only loss was a controversial district final at Marathon. Palmer led 3-2 and was expecting two or three minutes of stoppage time added on at the end. Instead, it got seven, and Marathon scored a tying goal in the final seconds and then won it in overtime.

Because of the loss, Palmer had to play all three of its regional games on the road. Palmer survived the challenge, however, beating Miami Country Day 3-2 in overtime in the quarterfinal, avenging the district final with a 3-1 win over Marathon in the semifinal and routing Westminster Academy 3-0 in the final. Medina totaled six goals in the three games, including the game-winner in overtime against MCD and a hat trick versus Westminster.

The Westminster game provided a defensive highlight for Palmer as junior Kelly Eriksen picked up the shutout. She had never played soccer before this season, and was thrust into her current role as a goalie at midseason due to an injury to the starter.


• District 15-2A Quarterfinal: Riviera Prep 51, Divine Savior 46: RP (8-13): Alvarez 15, Portes 14, Guerra 14, Espinosa 4, Barouh 4. DS: Anez 17, Martinez 9, Rebellon 6, Padron 1, Diermenjan 13. Half 31-25 RP. Rebounds: Guerra 13. Assists: Alvarez 4. Steals: Portes 5. RP will play Calusa Prep at 7:30 p.m. Miami Christian tonight.

•  District 15-3A Quarterfinal: Miami Country Day 60, Doctor’s Charter 21: MCDS (20-6): Clements 9, Cambo 2, Parizo 17, Kappos 5, Sherwood 4, Gomez 8, Figueroa 10, Wendrow 5. DC: Floyd 4, Neus 9, Baptiste 2, Romanik 4, Adrien 2. Rebounds: Figueroa 10. Assists: Sherwood 7. Steals: Clements 3, Parizo 3, Gomez 3.

•  District 16-2A Quarterfinal: Princeton Christian 55, Redland Christian 48: PCS (9-10): Johnson 17, Herrmann 11, Rodriguez 9, Thomas 18. RC (17-6): Lagree 14, Gonzalez 4, Valdivia 14, Morgado 11, Kinsey 3, Vazquez 4. Rebounds: Thomas 10. Assists: Rodriguez 10.

•  District 16-3A Semifinal: Palmer Trinity School 48, Westminster Christian 46 (2OT): PTS (11-13): Becker 17, Mike Vega-Sanz 15, Matt Vega-Sanz 7, Pico 4, Roberts 2, Bonet 2. WC (12-14): Brown 14, Miller 11, Velazquez 9, McLean 7,Raine 2, Paicley 2. Rebounds: Becker 10 Steals: Roberts 2, Mike Vaga-Sanz 2 Ast.: Mike Vaga-Sanz 3 Blocks: Becker 3.

•  District 16-3A Semifinal: Westwood christian 57, Marathon 29: WWC (18-7): Pineda 3, Hernandez 12, Jou 5, Desinor 14, E Joseph 18, Aguero 2, Reyes 2, J Joseph 4. Rebounds: Desinor 9. Assists: Hernandez 7. Steals: Hernandez 6. Blocks: Jou 4.

•  District 15-8A Semifinal: Braddock 63, SouthWest 56: SW: Davidson 17, Bornemann 14, Diaz 10, Aluma 7, Martinez 6, Acosta 2. BRA: Echemendia 26, Garcia 12, Diaz 8, Ruiz 7, Cueto 3, Esquivel 3, Sanchez 2. Assists: G. Cueto 7. Steals: A. Diaz 3, E. Garcia 3. Blocks: J. Reese 2. Rebounds: A. Echemendia 5.


• Norland 10, North Miami: WP: Brandon Carter no-hitter in 5 1/2 innings, 5 SO, 2 BOB. Top performers: Dillon Belle 2-3, triple, 4 RBI. Darius Pryce 2-3, RBI. Cleveland Westbrook 2-3, 2 SB.

•  Southwest 7, Miami High 1: WP: Jorge Rammirez. LP: Evan Delgado. Top performers: Israel Luis 3-4, RBI. Jason Grana 2-3. Alec Delgado 2-3.


• Reagan 17, Coral Park 7: Melanie Isaza 9 SO’s, 4-4, walk. Priscilla Gamundi 4-4, 4 RBI. REA 1-0.

•  South Dade 16, Sunset 0: WP: Christina Bramblett no-hitter. Top performers: Thea Ramirez: 1-1, 1R, 2RBI. Tabi Rodriguez: 1-2, 2R, 1RBI. Christina Bramblett: 2-3, 2R.


• 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.

•  TERRA 6, Miami Springs 1: 1. Luis Diamanti 8-6. 2. Brian Melamud 8-0. 3. Andres Perez-Doval 8-0. Doubles: 2. Jaime Danies/Derek Rasmussen 8-5.


• Coral Reef 7, South Miami 0: Singles: 1. Alexandria Hitt d. Franshesca Gonzalez 8-1. 2. Nicole Jimenez d. Emily Peretta 8-4. 3. Cathy Xin d. Monika Coll 8-0. 4. Bruna Decerega d. Alexa Pardo 8-1. 5. Thais Barraque d. Anthonique Jay 8-1. Doubles: 1. Alexandria Hitt and Nicole Jimenez d. Franshesca Gonzalez and Emily Peretta 8-6. 2. Cathy Xin and Ana Arrocha d. Monika Coll and Alexa Pardo 8-2.

•  TERRA 7, Miami Springs 0: 1. Jessica Waddell 8-3. 2. Maria Acosta 8-3. 3. Victoria Cambe 8-0.

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