Dillard girls in unusual underdog role in regional semis


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Melanie Monteagudo notched her 62nd and 63rd goals to lead the American Heritage girls’ soccer team (29-0-1, No. 3 in NSCAA poll) past Merritt Island 3-0 in the Class 3A state championship game for the Patriots’ second consecutive state title.

The St. Thomas Aquinas girls soccer team (20-3-2, No.  in the NSCAA poll), extended its record-setting state title run with No. 13 as sisters Dallas Dorosy and Isabella Dorosy each scored two goals in a 5-0 win over Vero Beach in the Class 5A state title game.


Jose Morales, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ basketball: Morales had 22 points and 12 assists to help the Class 5A No. 3 Chiefs beat No. 2 American Heritage 59-58 for the District 16-5A title.

Kenneth Boyd, Stranahan, wrestling: Boyd won the 152-pound weight class at the Region 4-2A championship.

Jordan Plummer, Archbishop McCarthy, boys’ soccer: Plummer scored the game-winning penalty kick to lift the Mavericks (14-5-4) over American Heritage 1-0 (5-4 penalty kicks) in the Class 3A regional semifinals.

Dondre Duffus, Boyd Anderson, boys’ basketball: Duffus scored 19 points, including the game-winning free throws with 5.9 seconds left as the Class 7A No. 2 Cobras rallied from an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat No. 3 Blanche Ely 55-54 for the District 14-7A title.

Bri'nesha Powell, Deerfield Beach, girls’ basketball: Powell had a team-high points and four steals to help the Bucks (18-8) pull a 60-48 road upset of Class 8A No. 3 Cypress Bay in the regional quarterfinals.

Austin Vaughn, Coral Springs Charter, boys’ basketball: The 6-5 swingman had 20 points and 10 rebounds to spark a 63-59 upset of North Broward Prep 63-59 in the District 14-4A championship game, for the first District title in Panthers’ history.

Mary Katherine Moore, St. Thomas Aquinas, girls’ basketball: The 6-5 center had a game-high 21 points and 17 rebounds to help the Raiders (16-9) upset Class 7A No. 2 American 51-49 in the regional quarterfinals.

Devin Gray and Alex Spring, Calvary Christian, girls’ basketball: Gray and Spring tied for a team-high 13 points to lead the Eagles over Cardinal Newman 52-50 in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Justin Massey, American Heritage, boys’ basketball: Massey scored 16 points, highlighted by the game-winning free throws with 13.4 seconds left, as the Class 5A No. 2 Patriots (20-7) stormed back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit to stun No. 4 Dillard 68-67 in the District 16-5A semifinals.

Nicolas DeMujica and Stephan Waisman, Cypress Bay, boys’ soccer: DeMujica and Waisman each scored to lead the Lightning (16-1-3) over St. Thomas Aquinas 2-1 in the Class 5A regional finals.

Kennedy Monday, Anthony Vazquez and Jamel Morris, Cardinal Gibbons, wrestling: Monday (113 pounds),  Vazquez (126 pounds) and Morris (132 pounds) remained undefeated and led 13 winners for the Chiefs, who cruised to the Region 4-1A title.

Ken Rosa, Coral Springs Charter, wrestling: Rosa became the first Region champion when he won the 220 pound weight class at the Region 4-1A championships.

Raekwon Reggler, Somerset, wrestling: Reggler won the 182 pound division at the Region 4-1A championships.

Nick Abenoza and Sal Guerriero, St. Thomas Aquinas, wrestling: Abenoza (132 pounds) and Guerriero (138) won individual titles to help the Raiders win the Region 3-3A title.


As improbable as it might seem, four-time defending Class 5A state champions Dillard and Hall of Fame coach Marcia Pinder will be in the unfamiliar role as decided underdogs when they travel to No. 1 Coconut Creek in the Class 5A regional semifinals on Tuesday.

All eyes will be on Dillard-Coconut Creek III when Pinder and the Dillard brain trust, led by top assistant George Adams, will try to keep the Panthers’ drive for five alive against a Cougars’ team (23-3) intent on taking the Panthers’ state championship crown.

Dillard’s state title hopes took a hit when Broward Player of the Year candidate Briana Green went down with a season-ending injury before the district playoffs.

Still, Pinder refused to use Green’s absence as an excuse for the Panthers (20-7) dropping two games in the season series with a 69-40 loss in the District 16-5A championship game on Feb. 1.

“The girls are just playing,” Pinder said. “I don’t think they really had time to sit down and think that, ‘OK, Briana is gone, she is not going to be with us.’ There is no letdown, no sobbing, none of that.”

Pinder said the Panthers can ill afford a repeat of the District championship, when poor ball security and rushed shots led to a 41-22 halftime deficit from which they never recovered.

If the young Panthers, led by Jamesha Paul, can minimize the Cougars’ vaunted fast break with better ball-handling decisions, Pinder likes her team’s chances.

“Now we have to go back and prepare for the next one,” Pinder said. “Being patient. We rushed things in the district final. We were erratic.”


• Archbishop Edward McCarthy 11, Calvary Christian 5:

AM 3 1 2 2 2 0 1 — 11 12 1

CC 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 — 5 13 3

WP: Dimler. LP: C. Chang (0-2). Top Performers: Calvary: T. Deibel 4-4, 2R, RBI. C. Chang 2-4, HR. ABM: E. Vazquez 3-5, HR, 3 RBIs. Calvary 0-2.

• Nova 11, South Broward 1:

NH 2 0 0 1 3 5 — 11 3 3

SB 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 1 2 6

WP: L Henderson. LP: Norris (2-2). Top performers: Bourley 2 hits, 2 runs. Henderson 2 hits, run. SB 2-2.

• University School 13, Mater Lakes 1:

US 0 1 0 4 2 7 – 13 15 4

ML 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 1 1 2

WP: Flores (1-1). LP: Herranz (2-1). Top performers: Flores 11 Ks, 3-4, 2 RBIs. Frank 3-4, 2 runs.


• Cooper City 24, Krop 0: WP: Johnny Haney (1-0). LP: Ortega (0-1). Top performers: Johnny Haney 3-3, 2 RBI. run. Phillip Tomasulo 2-2, 4 runs, RBI. Quest Copler 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI. CC 1-0.

• Pinecrest 5, Pope John Paul 1: WP: Garret Rukes. LP: Parker. Top performers: Jordan Schulefanb 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs, SB. Garret Rukes 4-2. PC 1-0

• Late Saturday-Marathon 18, Sagemont 8: WP: Joel Ruiz



Region 3-8A semifinal: Deerfield Beach at Douglas, 7

Region 4-8A semifinal: Miami High at Flanagan, 7

Region 4-7A semifinal: St. Thomas Aquinas at Nova, 7

Region 4-7A semifinal: Northeast at Palm Beach Lakes, 7

Region 4-5A semifinal: Dillard at Coconut Creek, 7

Region 4-4A semifinal: Calvary Christian at Coral Springs Charter, 7

Region 4-3A semifinal: Sagemont at Miami Country Day, 7

Region 4-2A semifinal: Zion Lutheran at Boca Grandview Prep, 7


Hallandale vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 6:30

Northeast vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 3:45

Cypress Bay vs. Coral Glades, 6:30

Hollywood Hills vs. Miramar (Miramar), 6:30

Nova vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 3:45

West Broward vs. Western (Western), 6:30

Hialeah Educational Academy vs. Sagemont (Sagemont), 3:00

Posnack Day School vs. Princeton Christian, 3:30


Cypress Bay vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Cardinal Gibbons), 3:00

Coral Glades vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 3:00

Coral Springs vs. Coconut Creek (Coconut Creek), 3:00

Flanagan vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 3:00

Western vs. Monarch (Monarch), 3:00

Pompano Beach vs. Northeast (Northeast), 3:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Thomas Aquinas), 3:30

Taravella vs. West Broward (West Broward), 3:00


Blanche Ely vs. Miramar (Miramar), 4:00

Monarch vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Cardinal Gibbons), 4:00

Coconut Creek vs. Stranahan (Stranahan), 4:00

Cypress Bay vs. Cooper City (Cooper City), 6:30

Coral Springs vs. Coral Springs Charter (Betti Stradling Park), 6:30

Dillard vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach), 4:00

Flanagan vs. Everglades (Everglades), 6:30

Archbishop McCarthy vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 4:00

McArthur vs. West Broward (West Broward), 6:30

Piper vs. Western (Western), 6:30

Everglades vs. Somerset Charter (Homestead) (Somerset Charter (Homestead)), 4:00



Coconut Creek vs. Monarch (Monarch), 3:45

South Broward vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 6:30

McArthur vs. Hollywood Hills (Hollywood Hills), 3:45

Western vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 6:30


Deerfield Beach vs. Everglades (Everglades), 2:00

Douglas vs. Nova (Nova), 2:00


Coral Glades vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 4:00

Douglas vs. Taravella (Taravella), 4:00

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