Coral Springs Charter on historic mission

 <span class="cutline_leadin">Plastic man:</span> Coral Spring’s Austin Vaughn is known as ‘Plastic Man’ because of his agility at the basket.
Plastic man: Coral Spring’s Austin Vaughn is known as ‘Plastic Man’ because of his agility at the basket.
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Last week’s best performances


Jordan Cooper had a team-high 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Sagemont boys basketball team (32-0) over host Florida Air Academy 91-79 in the Class 3A regional final and keep the Lions’ bid to become the first Broward boys’ basketball team to finish the season unbeaten alive.


Hayley Hill, Fort Lauderdale, girls’ water polo: Hill had a team-high six goals to lead the Flying L’s over Suncoast 9-7.

John Battle IV, Hallandale, boys’ track: The LSU football signee won the Louie Bing Invitational 110 hurdles title in 14.56.

Katie Peterson, Douglas, softball: Peterson went 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs to help the Eagles rally for a 13-6 upset victory over Monarch.

Charles Mahalec, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ water polo: Mahalec had a team-high nine goals to lead the Chiefs to a 19-12 win over Westminster Academy.

Matthew Butler, St. Thomas Aquinas, boys’ track: Butler won the 1,600 meters (4:31.81) to help the Raiders capture the Louie Bing boys’ title.

Danny Cepeda, Cypress Bay, baseball: Cepeda went 4 for 4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Lightning over Cooper City, 7-3.

Alejandro Santos, Hollywood Hills, boys’ water polo: Santos had a team-high 11 goals to lead the Spartans over South Broward, 24-11.

Paige Lokeinsky, Cooper City, softball: Lokeinsky (3-1) struck out 15 to pick up the victory at the Cowboys beat cross-town rival Western, 5-2.

Rodney Simeon, Boyd Anderson, boys’ basketball: Simeon had a team-high 17 points to lead the Cobras (25-5) over two-time defending state champions Blanche Ely, 61-54, in the Class 7A regional semifinals.

Diamond Spaulding, St. Thomas Aquinas, girls’ track: Spaulding won the 100 (11.82) and 200 (24.37) at the Louie Bing Invitational.

Jason Massey, American Heritage, boys’ basketball: Massey had a game-high 20 points, highlighted by a two-handed dunk with 1:01 left, to lift the Patriots over host Cardinal Gibbons (24-6), 62-59, in the Class 5A regional semifinals.

Karl Hylton and Austin Vaughn, Coral Springs Charter, boys’ basketball: Hylton had a career-high 33 points and the 6-5 Vaughn added 29 points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Panthers (16-10) over Miami Pace 111-91 in its regional final debut, clinching the Panthers’ first state final four berth.

Javon Patterson, Boyd Anderson, boys’ track: Patterson won the 800 (1:56.08) at the Louie Bing Invitational.

Rachel Sieradzan, Calvary Christian, girls’ track: Sieradzan won the 200, 400, long jump and triple jump at the Pine Crest meet.

Derric Jean, McArthur, boys’ basketball: Jean had a game-high 28 points, as the Mustangs fell 70-60 to South Miami in the Class 8A regional finals.

Myron Dewar, Coral Springs, boys’ basketball: Dewar had a game-high 27 points to lead the Colts (20-7) over Douglas, 64-59, in the Class 8A regional semifinals.

Kenny Moreno-Costa, Somerset, baseball: Moreno-Costa went 2 for 4 with a RBI to lead the Panthers over Mater Lakes, 3-1.


Miami Pace defenders sizing up Coral Springs Charter swingman Austin Vaughn for a blocked shot in the Region 4-4A Finals were often left swiping at air.

On his way to a 10 point first quarter and 29-point game, the 6-5 Vaughn contorted his body in the air to get defenders off balance and then used his incredible 6-8 wing span to finish at the rim unimpeded.

“Austin has that knack for hanging in the air, allowing the defender to go by and then finishing,” said Charter coach Alex Groothuis. “He reminds me of Stacy Augmon at UNLV years ago. They called him ‘Plastic Man.’ You think he’s shooting on this side then he shoots on the other side. Kind of like, now you see me, now you don’t.”

Vaughn takes his Houdini act to the Lakeland Center on Tuesday when the surprising Panthers (18-10) make their Class 4A state final four debut against perennial state power Jacksonville Ribault at 8:30 p.m.

Behind Vaughn (17 points, nine rebounds), Alonzo Taylor (18 ppg, 4 apg) and 6-4 wide body Karl Hylton (14 ppg, 7 rpg), Kajuan Kinsey and Trevor Lee, Charter has defied the odds to make it to the Big Dance.

Charter hopes to rekindle the offensive explosion they had against the Spartans, when they rolled up a school-record 111 points. Charter got a career night from Hylton (33 points).

“Hustle and toughness,” Groothius said. “That is what Austin brings. He has been the heart and soul of the program since he got here as a freshman. He is beyond valuable. He is our go to guy. He is versatile and brings so much to the table for our team.”

Charter was written off as state contenders after losing five of six games during a midseason stretch, but got back in the 4A race with eight consecutive victories.

If the Panthers can continue that postseason magic and move one victory away from achieving a dream few outside the their locker room saw possible, there is a good chance Vaughn will be front and center.

“We felt like we deserved to be here the whole time,” Vaughn said. “We hope to open up some more eyes. We’re looking to win. I wouldn’t be content with anything less.”


• West Broward 14, Flanagan 2:

WB 7 0 0 7 X — 14 15 1

FLA 0 0 0 2 0 — 2 4 3

WP: Laiacona (5-1). LP: Degen. Top Performers: Mandy 4-4, 2 B, 2R, 5 RBIs. Calzadilla 3-3, 2 B, 2R, 2 RBI. WB 6-1.

• Monarch 22, Deerfield Beach 3:

MON 12 10 0 — 22. 18 0

DB 2 0 1 — 3 5 0

WP: Emily Forbes (6-2). Top Performers: Victoria Alonzo 3 hits. Madison Mihok 3 hits. Ashley Rohloff 3 hits. Stefany Collins HR, 4 RBIs. MON 6-2.

• Pope John Paul 7, Calvary 3:

CC 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 — 3 9 4

PJP 4 2 0 0 0 1 X — 7 7 1

WP: C. Norton. LP: C. Chang 1-3. Top Performers: C. Chang 3-3. T. Deibel 2-4, RBI. C. Norton 2-4, HR, 3 RBIs.


• Chaminade Madonna 4, Pace 3:

MP 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 — 3 5 3

CM 2 1 0 0 1 1 — 4 3 4

WP: McCabe (5-0) 7 IP, 9 K's, 1 ER. LP: Lorenzo (2-2). Top Performers: CM: Yao 1-2, run, 2 SB. Sheerin M. 1-2, run 2 SB. MP: Leon 1-4, 2 RBI's. CM 6-0. MP 3-2.

• Hollywood Hills 9, Stranahan 6:

HH 4 1 0 2 1 1 0 — 9 15 1

SH 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 — 6 9 5

WP: Ariel Hernandez (1-0). LP: Chris Ford 6 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 2 K's. Top Performers: HH: Ariel Hernandez 4IP, 9H, 6R, 2K's. Danny Pena 3-5, 3 R, double. D'Andre Diaz 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBIs, double. Jed Wilson 2-4, 2 RBIs. SH: Chris Ford 3-3, J. Johnson 2-2, 2 RBIs. HH 3-1.

• Late Friday- Pines Charter 9, Fort Lauderdale 2: WP: Derick Garcia (1-1). Top Performers: Derick Garcia 5 IP, 2 hits, 5 Ks, 2-4, 2 RBI's. Alex Monge-Rodriguez 3-5, RBI. Anthony Gomez 2-3, RBI. PC 2-1.


• Cooper City 7, Flanagan 6: FLA: Sofia Martinez 2 goals. Brittney Heaven 10 blocks. Deja Jackson goal.


•  Late Saturday-Pine Crest 185.5, Calvary Christian 115.5, 3. South Florida HEAT 77.5, Key West 64, Archbishop McCarthy 63, American Heritage 56, Highlands Christian 36.5, North Broward Prep 29, Dade Christian 17: 4x100 meter relay: PC 53.76, Key West 54.04, South Florida HEAT 55.60. 100 meter hurdles: Sara Caroll (HC) 16.95, Megan Eisenfelder (PC) 17.39, Kristi Isabelle (SFH) 17.61. 100 meter dash: Aaliyah Allen (KW) 13.44, Marelle Rukes (PC) 13.91, Alexandria Moore (KW) 14.14. Long Jump: Rachel Sieradzan (CC) 15-11.00, Jordana Aburgattas (CC) 14-07.00, Taylor Logue (PC) 14-05.75. High Jump: Nyla Lindo (PC) 5-03.00, Corinna Kuchenbecker (SFH) 4-10.00, Jordana Abugattas (CC) 4-10.00.Shot Put: Taylor McDuffie (CC) 38-06.50, Jessica Gushue (CC) 31, Phoebe Gustely (AH) 29-06.25. Discus: Phoebe Gustely (AH) 123-01, Sophia Gustely (AH) 109-10, Amber Bender (CC) 94. Pole Vault: Taylor Logue (PC) 9-07.00, Nicole Thraum (PC) 9-01.00, Madison Towrisa (AMC) 9-01.00.


• Late Saturday-Calvary Christian 161.33, Pine Crest 139.16, Archbishop McCarthy 106.5, Key West 84, American Heritage 65.5, Highlands Christian 50.5, South Florida HEAT 28, Sagemont 10, North Broward Prep 6: 4x100 meter relay: Calvary Christian 44.91, Highlands Christian 47.63, Pine Crest 47.67. 100 meter dash: Reyshaun Bryan (AH) 11.81, Christopher Julien (HC) 11.95, Quanzell Moore (KW) 11.98, Myles Eaddy (AH) 11.98. 110 meter hurdles: Eduardo Caballero (AMC) 16.26, Tony Bridges (PC) 18.88, Victor Santana (AMC) 19.18. Pole Valut: Erik Vinson (KW) 13-01.00, Derek Logue (PC) 11-07.00, Zachery Lightfoot (KW) 11-01.00. High Jump: Jordan Sampson (CC) 5-06.00, Thomas Meli (PC) 5-04.00, Nikolas Punchard (PC) 5-04.00. Discus: Joseph Bost (AMC) 129-08, Jack Gruba (KW) 125-01, Storm Sims (CC) 121-03. Shot Put: Joseph Bost (AMC) 42-05.25, Jack Gruba (KW) 41-01.25, Nicholas Bost (ACM) 39-09.50. Long Jump: Alex Janvier (CC) 19-03.00.

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