Norland’s girls’ basketball team back in familiar territory


Last week’s best performances


Joseph Lopez, South Miami, boys’ basketball: Lopez had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Cobras to a 61-48 win against Southridge in a Region 4-8A quarterfinal.

Isaiah Reese, Mater Academy, boys’ basketball: Reese finished with 10 points, nine assists, five rebounds and five steals to lead the Lions to a 56-36 win over Carol City in a Region 4-6A quarterfinal.

Beatrice Mompremier, Miami High, girls’ basketball: Mompremier had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Stingarees back to the state final four with a 69-45 win over Ferguson.

Kayla Roberts, Norland, girls’ basketball: Roberts led the Vikings to state for the third consecutive season with 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 58-31 win against Boynton Beach.

Chloe Nixon, Gulliver, girls’ basketball: Nixon finished with 15 points to lead the Raiders to state with a 44-40 win over Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian.

Franco Valdez, Southwest, wrestling: Valdez secured the state championship in the 120-pound weight class in Class 3A.

Daniel Leon, North Miami, wrestling: Leon won the heavyweight state championship in Class 3A.

Matt Kirkland, Monsignor Pace, wrestling: Kirkland won the Class 1A state championship at 170 pounds.

Andre C. Fernandez

Carla Harris wrapped up practice at Norland Wednesday evening and did what she often does for her extended family.

Harris drove to nearby FIU to watch one of her many alums — Brittanny Dinkins, a freshman at Southern Mississippi — to catch up while she was in town.

“Being there for these girls no matter how long it’s been since they played for me is what it’s about for me,” Harris said. “They still chat with me whenever they have bumps in the road. I told them as long as I have breath I’m going to be there to help them out.”

During the past 15 seasons, two state championships, and what is about to be a seventh visit to the state final four — a family atmosphere has been a key part of the success for Norland’s girls’ basketball team.

And few times has it been as important as it was this season when Harris’ only two seniors — Donneal Ford and Kayla Roberts, whose bloodlines run deep at Norland — had to become mentors to a young squad that found its way back to Lakeland despite a 17-9 season that included a three-game losing streak to end the regular season.

Eight of Norland’s losses were against in-state teams that advanced to at least the regional semifinal round, including Class 3A state champion Miami Country Day and Class 7A state semifinalist Palm Beach Lakes.

The attempt to win title No. 3 begins Friday at The Lakeland Center when Norland takes on Pensacola Pine Forest (25-2) at 4 p.m. in a Class 6A semifinal. If the Vikings win, they would face either two-time defending state champion Orlando Edgewater or Naples Barron Collier Saturday at 1:30 in the final. Edgewater has eliminated Norland at state each of the past two seasons.

Roberts, a 5-11 forward signed with Norfolk State, has had numerous brothers and sisters play for the Norland boys and girls’ basketball teams through the years. She is averaging 14.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Ford, a 5-8 guard signed with FAU, is averaging 12 points and three assists per game. Her father, Doneal, has been a coach at Norland for the past 13 seasons.

The two have helped younger players such as 6-3 sophomore forward Tyana Williams (7.5 rebounds per game), whose brother, Tyrell, is a forward on the boys’ team, to quickly become leaders on the team.


The Soccer Locker-Dade County High School Coaches Senior All-Star games will be played Saturday at Miami Country Day. The girls’ game is set for 4 p.m. followed by the boys’ Class 3A-1A game at 6 p.m. and the boys’ Class 5A-4A game at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.


Miami Springs defensive end JaRee Tolbert signed with Coastal Carolina. Sean Pratt, quarterback from Archbishop Mccarthy, signed with Ave Maria.


• Ransom Everglades 7, Gulliver Prep 6: Tyler Martin 16 saves. Mack Shoer 4 goals. Alec Rodriguez 2 goals, assist. RE 3-0.


• Mourning 13, Carol City 0: WP: Nico Zambrano (1-0) LP: Jose Lopez. Top Performers: Mathew Castrorao 3-4, double, triple, HR, 4 RBI's. Aaron Petrash 4-4, triple, 3 RBI's. Andrew Feldman 1-1 2 BB, 2 RBI's. Nico Zambrano 10 K's. ATM 1-1, 1-0.

• Braddock 6, Ferguson 2: WP: JJ Marcos (2-0). LP: Alan Samuell (0-1). SV: Josnel Cid (1). Top Performers: Willie Padron 2-3, 2B, 3 B, 3 Runs, 3 SB's, RBI. Anthony Alvarez 2-3, 2B 3 RBIs, 3 SB's, BB. Orlando Ribalta 2-3, 2 B, Run.

• Coral Gables 8, South Miami 0: WP: Tyler Santana (2-0). LP: Romero. Top Performers: Santana 4 hits, 6 Ks. Elih Marrero 3-4, RBI, 2 SB. Coco Montes 2-4, tripple, HR, RBI. CG 4-0.

• Mater Academy 4, Doral Academy 1: WP: Mediavilla (1-1) 6 IP 6 Ks. LP: Alloroa. Top performers: Angel Ortiz 2-3, double, single. Chris Cabrera single, tripple. Chris Rodriguez 3-3, 2 singles, double. MA 2-1.

• SLAM Charter 15, Somerset 0: WP: Andrew Velez (2-0). Top Performers: Nick Videll 3-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs. Jeter Downs 2-2, triple, 6 RBIs. SLAM 3-0.


• Goleman 11. South Dade 2: WP: Vicky Morales (4-2) 5 K's. Top Performers: Alexis Guzman 3-4, 3 RBI's, DB. Kristy Veiga 1-3, 2 RBI's, DB. Natalie Costero 1-3, 2 BB. BG 5-2.

• Doral Academy 17, TERRA 0: WP:Anielises Palmeiro (1-0).Top Performers: Anieliesis Palmeiro 1-2, RBI, HR, 3 IP, 7Ks, H, 2 BB. Grethell Santos 2-2, 2B, 3RBI. Amanda Aragon 1-1, HR, 4RBI Grand-Slam. DA 3-1.

• Westminster Christian 15, Archbishop Caroll 0: WP: Victoria Perez (1-0). LP: Justine Cinalli. Top Performers: Madison Precht 2-2, double, 4 RBIs. Labuzan 2-2, double, 2 RBIs. Victoria Perez 1-2, perfect game.WCS 3-1.

• American 10, Miami Central 0: WP: Andrea Rincon (3-0) 2 IP, 4 Ks. LP: Shakira W. Top Performers: Michelle Murch 2-2. Karla Soza 2-3. Vanessa Abreu 2-3.

• Hialeah Miami Lakes 17, North Miami Beach 7: WP: Julie Krueger 8 Ks.(1-2). Top Performers: Jessy Marquez 3 BB, 2 runs scored. Nicole Touzan 3-4, 3 runs scored. Stacey Vega 3-4. Chloe Baldino 3-4, Double, 3 runs scored. Concepcion Campos 3 runs scored, 2-3.

• Florida Christian 8 Miami Springs 2: WP: Smith (1-0). LP: Santos. Top Performers: Brianna Ernst 2-4, 2 runs, RBI. Shanon Renouf 2-4, 2 doubles. Faith Vazquez 2-4 triple, 2 RBIs. Karli Smith HR, 3 RBIs.

• Saint Brendan 3, Palmetto 2: WP: Jesika Fraga 2-3, 2 runs scored.

• Late Tuesday-Coral Reef 12, Palmetto 5: WP: Michelle Mesa (4-0). LP: D. Williams. Top Performers: Carsyn Gordon 5-5, HR, RBI, 2 Runs. Kylan Becker 4-5, 4 RBIs, Run. Sarah Ortiz 1-5, HR, 2 RBIs. Amanda Grullon 2-4, RBI, Run. Michelle Mesa CG. CR 4-0.

• Late Tuesday-Ferguson 19, Lourdes 10: Jennifer Herold 2-4, single, HR, 2 RBI's. Amanda Senra 3-4, single, 2 doubles, 3 RBI's. Alexis Gimbel 2-3, single, double.

• Late Tuesday- TERRA 12, Coral Gables 1: WP: Tayler Sanchez (2-1) 3 Ks, 2-3, run, 2 SB. Oceana Camejo 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, 2 SB. Victoria Conway 3 runs, 3 SB


• TERRA 7, Mater Academy 0: Singles: Diamanti 8-0. Melamud 8-0. Perez-Doval 8-0. Ogden 8-2. Pizarro 8-5. Doubles: Rasmussen/Yeung 8-2. Danies/Rasm 8-2. TERRA 4-0.

• Palmetto 7, Columbus 0: Petrovic 6-2. Trainor 6-2. Holy 6-2. Andrejevic 10-2. Guttentag 6-3. Doubles: Petrovic/ Trainor 6-1. Holy/Andrejevic 8-0. PAL 3-0.

• North Miami Beach 5, Hialeah 2: Singles: Guevara 8-2. Aronson 8-1. Doubles: Guevara/Saintlouis 8-1. Aronson/Bennett 8-1. NMB 2-1.

• Krop 7, American 0: Singles: Rothman 8-0. Hollender 8-0. Gale 8-3. KRO 3-1. AME 0-2.

• Mourning 7, Hialeah Miami Lakes 0: Singles: Pablo Sanchez 8-0. Sam Prudhomme 8-0. Sebastian Tomassi 8-0. Doubles: Sanchez/Prudhomme 8-0.


• TERRA 6 Mater Academy 1: Waddell 8-3. Pizarro 8-3. Menendez 8-1. Doubles: Waddell/Pizarro 8-3. Marisa/Landa 8-3. TERRA 4-0.

• MAST 4, Ferguson 3: Singles: B. Gomez 6-0. N. Rubio 6-3. C. Monge 8-5. S. Lopez 8-5. A. Rivero 8-6. Doubles: B. Gomez/I. Guzman 8-5. G. Mercado/V. Espaillat 8-1. FER 2-1.

• North Miami Beach 4 Hialeah 3: Singles: Lawrence 8-6. Cabral 8-1. Doubles Cabral/Astudillo 8-0. NMB 2-1.

• Mourning 7, Hialeah Miami Lakes 0: Natalie Hernandez 8-1. Jackie Rosales 8-1. Mara Cerrini 8-0. Doubles: Hern/Cerrini 8-2. ATM 5-0.

• Krop (4-1) 6, American 1: Singles: Maehama 8-0. Shillington 8-0. Levy 8-3. KR 4-1.


• Late Tuesday-Miami Country Day 69, Tallahassee Maclay 20: MCD (25-3): Mackenzie 6, Anyagaligbo 15, Berry 10, Lewis 7, Minott 19, Alvarez 6, Edwards 3, Bauson 3. TM: Craig-1, Jeffrey-1, Schuchts-10, Stubblefield-1, Parker 7. Halftime MCDS 37-12. Rebounds: Berry 10.

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