Sports Scene: Palmer Trinity School girls’ lacrosse team wins district title


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In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond, the Miami Marlins have once again partnered with The Miami Herald to co-sponsor the Team Player spotlight on the Sunday Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section of The Miami Herald in print and online.

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate youth baseball or softball players, who display sportsmanship and good grades or academic improvements. Eligible nominees are from the recreational in-house league or travel league or school league (elementary school or middle school or high school junior varsity).

Honored players – selected by random drawing – will be invited to a Marlins game where they will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item during a recognition ceremony at Marlins Park.

To nominate someone, e-mail or call 954-538-7153.

The Palmer Trinity School girls’ varsity lacrosse team capped an undefeated district season with a powerful performance against Palmetto High School, defeating the Panthers 10-3 to win the FHSAA District 32 title. The Falcons (10-2 overall, 10-0 district) advanced to the FHSAA State Series for the first time in four years.

Hana Borhani led coach Joffre Salazar’s team against Palmetto with four goals and five ground balls along with Monica Reinhard who had three goals. Ana Casariego (three assists and two ground balls) and Caro Casariego (two goals, two assists, six ground balls, caused five turnovers) had outstanding efforts.

Sara Medina also had a good game (three ground balls and forced six turnovers). Valentina Lopez scored and had two ground balls. Goalkeeper Galicia Rothe stopped five of eight shots.

The champs are Alexa Aragon-Duenas ’15, Salma Atassi ’17, Gabriella Befeler ’15, Hana Borhani ’14, Ana Casariego ’14, Carolina Casariego ’14, Julia Engellandt ’15, Jacqueline Goodrich ’19, Brittney Lary ’19, Valentina Lopez ’17, Francesca Luria ’14, Kelsey Magenheimer ’14, Casey McCarthy ’19, Sarah Medina ’14, Camille Plunkett ’14, Antonia Quintana ’15, Monica Reinhard ’14, Miranda Ricart ’14, Madison Rosen ’14, Galiecia Rothe ’14, Carina Segredo ’15, Samantha Sourber ’19, Stafani Tolchin ’16, Nicole Vazquez-Romero ’19 and Samantha Waldman ‘15.

• Palmer Trinity beat (Miramar) West Broward 12-10 in its state series opener. (Fort Lauderdale) St. Thomas Aquinas then ended the Falcons run 14-1.

Palmer Trinity ended the season 11-3.

Miami Rowing Club

The Miami Rowing Club’s high school crews excelled at the FSRA State Sculling Championships at the new course at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

With 31 high schools and youth clubs participating, the races in single shells, doubles and quads were very competitive.

The MRC Boys’ Freshmen Quad (Fabian Herrera, Antonio Ramos, Patrick Maher, Andrew Bared) won gold with an impressive effort on the last 300 meters of the race that gave them a lead of almost two lengths at the finish.

The MRC Girls’ Varsity Lightweight crew (Kamila Vasquez and Marissa Williford) overcame being almost two lengths behind in fourth place to finish first on the last stroke.

In the most exciting race of the day, the Boys’ Varsity Quad became a furious two boat competition between MRC and Sarasota. The two crews rowed at 38 strokes per minute, finishing at 45 wpm. Sarasota took an early lead, but MRC was in hot pursuit. With 300 meters to go, MRC began catching up, falling short by a couple of feet, settling for silver. The quad crew was Nicholas Montalvo, Luciano Mercenari, Zachary Skypec and Dominic Prego.

The Girls’ Junior Double (Elizabeth Ray and Sarah Hernandez) and the Girls’ Junior Quad (Abigail Sorensen, Yalene Herrera, Adrienne Orriols and Daniela Pachon) each captured silver in highly competitive events.

The Boys’ Junior Quad (Alex von Puffelen, Roury Higgins, John Morcos and Jacob Sorensen) earned a bronze medal.

Twenty MRC rowers received medals, the second highest in the state.

Sarasota won the points trophy with Plant High School second and the Miami Rowing Club third.

Archbishop Curley track & field

The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep boys’ track & field team placed second of 11 teams at the district tournament. On the girls’ side, the Knights were fourth of 11 teams.

Germaine Small and Cassie Poulard each advanced to regionals in four events. Germaine won district titles in the long jump and the 200-meter run, and Cassie captured three district championships (long jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles).

Rolph Raphael advancing to regionals in the long jump, 400 relay and 1,600 relay, and Carmen Pierre qualified in the 100 hurdles, 100-meter dash and 400 relay.

Bryan McDonald won districts in the shot put. Carmen Pierre earned the district title in the 100-meter dash, and Isaacson Innocent was the district champ in the 110 hurdles.

Of the 27 Archbishop Curley athletes who entered the district competition, 19 advanced to regionals.

Archbishop Curley roster: Boys: Bryan McDonald (12); Martin Picquion (11); Nikko Antido (12); Serge Aristide (12); Rolph Raphael (12); Daniel Briz (11); Isaacson Innocent (12); Kenson Pierre (12); Widell Francois (9); John Loyer (9); Brian Pierre (9); Stanley Celestin (12); Beethoven Moise (11); Miguel Augustin (9);Gerhardt Galette (11); Jamal Mapp (12); Demonte Lumkin (12); Germaine Small (12); Brandon Moralles (7); Matthew Smith (7).

Girls: Carmen Pierre (11); Carmita Lucien (9); Ernee’cia Hercule (9); Katiana Desarmes (11) Cassie Poulard (9); Weslene Sylvestre (9); Keyela Jean Baptiste (9); Louany Doublette (11).

Miami Beach basketball

The Bulls defeated the Timberwolves 17-12 in the 9-11 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Basketball at the Scott Rakow Youth Center.

Mateo Strickland led the Bulls with 10 points. Ezequiel Ponce scored 7 points, and Santiago Machado finished with 5 points. Bryant Cuello led the Wolves with 5 points. Antonio Desouza, Tommaso Polidori and Sam Noli had 2 points apiece.

The Pelican beat the Celtics 36-22. Owen Spill paced the Pelicans with 22 points. Daniel Sordo added 6 points, and Jake Goldberg and Logan Spill scored 3 points each. Jonah Bennet added a basket. Cole Vita topped the Celtics with 10 points. Max Quibet and Gavin Basner scored 4 points each, and Jackson Gessner and Fadl Jaid had 2 points apiece.

The Heat won 28-10 over the Lakers. Maximo Bratter sparked the Heat with 12 points. Brock Levin scored 11 points, and Timmy Haynackie had 3 points. Ricardo Quiros added a basket. Andy Rios, Bryce Hammon, John Aleman, Dillon Weissman and Alteashawn Dessin each scored for the Lakers.

The Thunder beat the Raptors 21-10. Jacob Martin led the Thunder with 10 points, and Cedric Jenkins scored 6 points. Ruben Halimi totaled 4 points, and Wolfgang Alvarado added a basket. Kyle Glasgow paced the Raptors with 4 points. Samuel Vasquez and Brandon Septien finished with 3 points apiece.

The Warriors won 19-13 over the Bulls in a battle for first place. Justin Neely led the Warriors with 14 points. Aden Karp had 3 points, and Ashton Wright converted a foul shot. Athur Joulin and Mateo Strickland led the Bulls with 4 points, and Adrian Jansen scored 3 points. Aiden Fuentes added a basket.

The Knicks beat the Bucks 16-10. Anthony Delrosario had a game-high 12 points. Aidan Murphy and Magnus Kron scored 2 points apiece. For the Bucks, Jesus Molina and Antonio Todd had 4 points each, and Julius Goldberg also scored.


The Bobcats defeated the Pelicans 22-13 at the Scott Rakow Youth Center. Adonys Christo led the Bobcats with 10 points. Jack Meltzer scored 6 points, and Franco Lamanna finished with 4 points. Adrian Corniel paced the Pelicans with 4 points. Alec Miller scored 3 points, and Elijah Belval and Jamil Hall had 2 points each.

The Clippers won 17-10 over the Knicks. Max Abrahamson, Miguel Arronte and Zachary Nedjar each had 4 points, and Trent Mopsick and Owen Basner had 2 points apiece. Cole Young topped the Knicks with 8 points, and Jonathan Garcia added a basket.

The Lakers edged the Heat 22-17. Koltun Weissman sparked the Lakers with 9 points. Julian Corniel scored 8 points, and Isaac Sokol finished with 6 points and 6 assists. Drew Tobin led the Heat with 8 points. Brody Minick scored 4 points, and Noah Scheinblum and Lee Hendrix had 2 points apiece.

The Bobcats beat the Lakers 22-17. Jack Meltzer scored a game-high 18 points and Adonys Christo finished with 4 points. Julian Corniel led the Lakers with 9 points, Paul Russel and Gianfranco Catalini finished with 4 points apiece.

The Pelicans edged the Knicks 11-8. Carl Tegal paced the Pelicans with 7 points, and Trey Steward finished with 4 points. For the Knicks, Owen Ebner had 6 points, and Patrick Barker scored.

The Heat won 16-12 over the Clippers. Anton Dubrovski led the Heat with 6 points. Noah Scheinblum and Lee Hendrix scored 4 points each, and Fynn Olsen added a basket. Lohan Joulin had 8 points for the Clippers, and Pablo Baptiste-Tard finished with 4 points.

Nova Southeastern baseball

Miami’s J.D. Martinez, who played for Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines and Nova Southeastern University in Davie, is doing very well for the Detroit Tigers organization, after signing with them in March.

Recently playing for the Triple A Toledo Mud Hens, Martinez was the team’s most productive hitter through 12 games, with a team-leading five home runs, 14 RBI and 11 runs. His team-best OPS sits at 1.055, with a slugging percentage of .702 and an on-base percentage of .353.

The highlight of his young season came on April 13, when he recorded six RBI on 3-for-5 hitting. Martinez’s isolated power (slugging percentage minus batting average) sits at .404, .154 higher than he’s hit at any level above rookie ball.

He did so well for Toledo that the Tigers just called him up to the Major Leagues.

Martinez was drafted in the 36th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2006, but opted to play collegiately for NAIA Nova Southeastern University. He was drafted in the 20th round in 2009 by Houston and signed with the Astros.

On July 30, 2011, Martinez was called up by the Astros to replace Hunter Pence, who was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He became the first player drafted from Nova Southeastern University to debut in Major League baseball.

On April 13, 2012, Martinez hit the first-ever home run in the new Marlins Park. With a man on in the eighth, he deposited an Edward Mujica offering into the Clevelander bar beyond the left-field wall for a game-tying blast.

Martinez was outrighted off the Astros roster in November, before eventually signing with Detroit.


Katerina Stewart of Coral Gables won the girls' 16s title at the Asics Easter Bowl in Indian Wells, Calif.

After losing only eight games in her first five matches, Stewart, the No. 1 seed was tested in the final, defeating unseeded 13-year-old Claire Liu of California 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

The 16-year-old Stewart will next play the USTA 18s clay and hard-court national events, with the hardcourt her hope for winning a wildcard into the US Open junior event.

Stewart's national junior ranking is currently too low for direct entry into the US Open juniors as she has been concentrating on playing low-level pro events in 2014. In March, she played three consecutive USTA Pro Circuit events, qualifying then reaching the final in Gainesville (lost to No. 1 seed Katerina Kramperova), winning the Orlando event and reaching the quarterfinals at the event in Innisbrook (lost to No. 183-ranked American Grace Min).

The three results lifted her to No. 686 on the WTA rankings.


Milan Bass, 13, of Miami Shores won the boys’ 14s title during the USTA Hexsel Tennis Cup at Shula’s Athletic Club in Miami Lakes.

Milan, an eighth-grader at Miami Country Day School, competes for the school’s boys’ varsity tennis team. He trains at Quayside Tennis Center in Miami Shores.

Miami Country Day tennis

The Miami Country Day School girls’ varsity tennis team did a good job, going 9-7 and winning the district championship for a second consecutive season.

Junior Megan Tate and her doubles partner Sasha Bass paced the squad. Celina Lindemann, Elizabeth Kasparaitis, Janna Sayfie, Jade Iadarola and Mariana Marulanda contributed to the success throughout the season.


Rebecca Pineda, 23, of Hialeah won the women’s 20-24 age group title during the Egg Hunt Duathlon at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.

She completed a 1.5-mile run, 11-mile bike and 1.5-mile run in 1 hour 27 minutes 18 seconds.

Other local winners: Female: 25-29: 1. Rachel Shapiro, Miami, 1:06:59. 30-34: 1. Christina Waksmunski, Miami Beach, 1:18:5. 35-39: 1. Cecilia Ceballos, Miami, 58:44. Male: 10-14: 1. Tyler Walsh, Miami Beach, 1:14:53. 15-19: 1. Serafin Dominguez Cid, Miami, 57:51. 20-24: 1. Sebastian Ramirez, Hialeah, 1:06:35. 35-39: 1. Maikel Cusimano, Hialeah, 50:15. 40-44: 1. Arturo Martinez, Cutler Bay, 53:33. 45-49: 1. Joel Lezcano, Miami, 53:19.



Isabel Olivas, 30, of Miami won the women’s overall title during the Egg Hunt Triathlon at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.

She covered the quarter-mile swim, 11-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in 1 hour 51 seconds. Miami Beach’s Rachelle Ginsberg, 36, was runner-up in 1:04:23, followed by Christina Montes De Oca, 38, of Miami in 1:06:43.

Other local winners: Female: 20-24: 1. Liz Chavez, Miami, 1:12:52. Athena 165 0-39: 1. Angela Compton, Homestead, 1:26:56. Fat Tire: 1. Lara Ruddy, North Miami Beach, 1:30:50. Men: 35-39: 1. Gabriel Benitez, Sunny Isles Beach, 58:10. 50-54: 1. Graham Walsh, Miami Beach, 1:04:37. 55-59: 1. Alexis Dominguez, Miami, 1:08:39. 60-64: 1. Pablo Gonzalez, Doral, 1:14:12.


Nominate all-star teachers

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Thirty teachers will attend and be celebrated at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota.

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