Aquinas to use meet to stay sharp


Last week’s best performances


The St. Thomas Aquinas 800-meter girls’ relay team of Kendall Ellis, Krystal Sparling, Khalifa St. Fort, and Diamond Spaulding clocked a national-record time of 1:33.47 at the Texas Relays. Ellis, Narinah Jean-Baptiste, Sparling and Spaulding then went 3:38.26 (U.S. No. 1) in the 1,600 relay before the Raiders 400-meter relay team clocked 45.75 (U.S. No. 2) for second place.


Jabari Hill, Miramar, boys’ track: The Florida-bound long sprinter won the high jump (6-2) and the 400 meters at the City of Miramar Relays.

Jake Kubiliun, University School, baseball: Kubiliun hit a double and had two RBI to lead the Suns over Chaminade 7-1.

Chelsea Draucker, Highlands Christian, softball: Draucker went 3 for 3 with a RBI to lead the Knights over Benjamin 10-0.

Corry Short, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ volleyball: Short had 21 kills, 11 points and eight digs to lead the Chiefs over Pine Crest in three sets.

Mary-Elizabeth Mahoney and Naomi Sanders, Westminster Academy, girls’ water polo: Mahoney and Sanders each scored four goals to lead the Lions (11-3) over Boca Raton 9-4.

Michael Moreiras, Archbishop McCarthy, boys’ volleyball: Moreiras had nine points, 12 digs and 18 kills to lead the Mavericks over Chaminade in three sets.

Nick Martinez, Nova, baseball: Martinez scattered three hits and struck out six before Louis Pugliese recorded the final out with a strikeout as Nova beat West Broward 2-1 in the Titans Classic championship game.

Felipe Arrigo, St. Thomas Aquinas, boys’ water polo: Arrigo had four goals to lead the Raiders over Boca Raton 15-13.

Joao Nunes, Pine Crest, boys’ volleyball: Nunes had five blocks, five kills and 21 digs to lead the Panthers over Palm Beach Central in four sets.

Sophia Gustely, American Heritage, girls’ track: The freshman star won the discus (133-2.50) and finished second in the shot put (29-0) to help the Patriots win the Miramar Relays girls’ team title.

Zachary Mathurin, Douglas, boys’ track: Mathurin won the shot put (43-11.50) and the discus (148-5) at the Miramar Relays.

Alexa Cruz, St. Thomas Aquinas, girls’ track: Cruz clocked a Florida-leading 10:43.70 to finish 10th in the 3,200 meters at the Texas Relays.

Ryan Chusid, Coral Springs Charter, baseball: Chusid went 4 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and three runs to lead the Panthers over South Dade 7-5 in the Hall of Fame Classic.

Benito Santiago, Coral Springs Christian, baseball: Santiago went 2 for 3 with a triple, run and three RBI to lead the Crusaders (13-5) over Milton 6-4 in the National Invitational in Cary, N.C.

Eric Rivera, Flanagan, baseball: Rivera hit a double and had two RBI to lead the Falcons over Sarasota Riverview 2-1 in the Sarasota Classic.

Paola Gonzalez, Archbishop McCarthy, girls’ tennis: Gonzalez won at No. 4 singles and then teamed up with Jessica Menendez at No. 2 doubles to lead the Mavericks over Chaminade 7-0.


Three red-hot St. Thomas Aquinas relay teams, led by their national-record setting 800-meter relay team of Kendall Ellis, Krystal Sparling, Khalifa St. Fort and Diamond Spaulding, will see how they stack up in less familiar sprint races at the Fort Lauderdale City Championships at Carter Park on Tuesday.

Sparling, the nation’s leader in the 200 meters (23.35) and No. 4 (11.43, wind-aided) in the 100 will compete in the 400, along with Spaulding, who ranks No. 3 nationally in the 200 (23.81).

Ellis, meanwhile, the nation’s gold standard in the 400 (53.92) will see how her added strength in the quarter mile translates to the 100.

Aquinas coach Alex Armenteros is using this late-season twist to keep his squad sharp for the Florida Relays this weekend.

At the Texas Relays on Saturday, Aquinas made its case as the nation’s top girls’ sprint corps by taking two of three relays against perennial national power Long Beach Poly.

The icing on the cake came in the 800-meter relay where Sparling, Ellis, St. Fort and Spaulding displayed incredible stick handling to set a national record in 1:33.47.

In the 1,600-meter relay, Ellis, Narinah Jean-Baptiste, Sparling and Spaulding took over the nation’s top time by clocking 3:38.26.

The lone blemish for Aquinas came in the 400-meter relay when Long Beach Poly clocked a U.S.-leading 45.73 to edge the Raiders team of Sparling, Spaulding, St. Fort and Kristen Laidlaw (45.75) in a photo finish.


• South Broward d. Cypress Bay (25-9, 25-18, 25-17): Adam Roberti 30 assists, 3 kills, 7 points. Steven Garay 19 kills, 13 digs, 15 points. SB 7-2.

• Monarch d. Coral Glades (25-15, 25-12, 23-25, 25-18): Gabe Mohammed 8 kills, 4 blocks. Sean Drexl 48 assists, 9 digs, 9 points, 3 kills. MON 8-5.

• St. Thomas Aquinas d. Pine Crest (25-17, 25-17, 25-17): Stefano Rivera 31 assists, 2 kills, 3 digs, 2 blocks, 9 points, 3 aces. Robert Carsello 6 kills, 8 digs, 11 points, 2 aces. Daniel Alex 5 kills, 2 blocks. STA 12-1.


• South Plantation 7, Cooper City 5: Emma Rose 2 goals, assist. Aly Alsina 2 goals. Isabela Cianci goal, assist. Valentina Rivera 12 saves. SP 5-6.


•  St. Thomas Aquinas 16, University School 8: US (8-3): Blaine Preston five goals. Daniel Eisdorfer two goals, four assists. Daniel Harris 12 saves.

• Western 17, Plantation 1: WEST 5-7.



District 11-4A finals at South County Park: 8:15 a.m.

District 12-4A at Cypress Park: 8:30 a.m.

District 13-4A finals at Midtown Athletic Club: 8 a.m.

District 15-3A finals at Pembroke Pines Charter

District 15-2A at Brian Piccolo Tennis Center: 8 a.m.

District 14-1A at Weston Tennis Courts: 8 a.m.


Fort Lauderdale City Track Championships, Joseph C. Carter Park, Fort Lauderdale, 4 p.m.


Sagemont vs. Archbishop Curley, 3:45

Monsignor Pace vs. Pine Crest, 4:30

Blanche Ely vs. Fort Lauderdale, 6:30

Dillard vs. Boyd Anderson, 3:45

Coconut Creek vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 4:00

Cooper City vs. Cypress Bay, 6:30

Deerfield Beach vs. Coral Glades, 6:30

Pines Charter vs. Coral Springs, 6:30

Taravella vs. Douglas, 3:45

Everglades vs. Miramar, 3:45

Flanagan vs. McArthur, 6:30

Hallandale vs. North Miami (Pepper Park), 3:45

Hollywood Hills vs. West Broward, 3:45

Plantation vs. Monarch, 3:45

Northeast vs. Nova, 7:00

South Plantation vs. South Broward, 6:30


Coral Springs vs. Deerfield Beach, 6:00

Monarch vs. Douglas, 4:30

Everglades vs. South Plantation, 4:30

Chaminade-Madonna vs. Flanagan, 4:30

South Broward vs. Hollywood Hills, 4:30

Miramar vs. McArthur, 4:30

Piper vs. University School, 4:30

Plantation vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4:30

Taravella vs. Pompano Beach, 4:30

Pine Crest vs. Western, 4:30


Somerset Academy vs. Palmer Trinity (PT), 4:00

North Broward Prep vs. Mater Lakes, 7:00

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Pompano Beach, 4:00

Monarch vs. Coconut Creek, 4:00

Western vs. Cooper City, 6:30

Taravella vs. Coral Glades, 4:00

Douglas vs. Coral Springs, 6:30

Deerfield Beach vs. Fort Lauderdale, 4:00

Flanagan vs. Nova, 6:30

Plantation vs. Hallandale, 4:00

Piper vs. Hollywood Hills, 4:00

McArthur vs. South Plantation (Pop Travers Park), 6:30

Stranahan vs. Northeast, 6:30

West Broward vs. Pines Charter (Silver Lakes Park), 6:30

South Broward vs. University School (UNI), 4:00

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