The St. Thomas Aquinas boys’ volleyball team defeated Cardinal Gibbons 25-11, 25-26, 25-18 on Thursday to win the District 9 championship.
The Raiders (20-3) were led by Stefano Rivera’s 30 assists, 14 points, four digs and three kills. Sean Davis added 13 points, seven kills, six blocks and four digs, while Kyle Schroeder registered six blocks, six digs and five kills.
• District 12 final — Mourning d. Hialeah Gardens: Host North Miami Mourning beat Hialeah Gardens 25-20, 25-16, 25-20 in the District 12 final. The Sharks (16-6) advanced to Tuesday’s regional match against McArthur.
“We just started a brand new lineup that we felt was going to give us better intensity,” Mourning’s Pedro Carvalho said, following an eight-kill, four-block performance. “We feel like this is the year we can get the farthest.”
Daniel Barrera had nine kills, Julian Moreira added five kills and five blocks, and setter Matheus Mera had 25 assists, four blocks and an ace for the Sharks, a state quarterfinalist last year. Xebastian Aguilar had eight kills, Josue Fonseca seven kills and an ace, and setter Enel Gomez added 21 assists for the Gladiators (9-5).
“We needed to start over. We had to start fresh,” Mourning assistant coach Chad Moreschi said. “I think they’re ready to move forward.”
Mourning built a 13-4 lead in the second set on Moreira’s kill. Erick Nascimento’s ace widened the gap to 20-7 before the Gladiators could recover. Fonseca’s kill in the third set pulled Hialeah Gardens within 15-14, but Mera and Alex Silva’s combo block triggered a 4-0 Sharks run. Carvalho and Mera’s block put Mourning up 22-18 before the Sharks sealed it.
“We are really proud of the way our team has come together,” Mourning coach Dee Rey said after her team switched to a new offense within the past week. “We had to make that change.”
• District 13 final — Miami d. Miami Springs: Despite trailing in the final two sets, Miami High rallied to defeat Miami Springs 25-22, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23 in the District 13 championship.
Coach Eugemir Guedes was ecstatic about his team’s performance.
“They’ve been working for three years to get to this point,” Guedes said. “Everything’s on them; I know I work hard with them, and they deserve winning this championship.”
After trailing in the third and fourth sets by five and six, Guedes relied on his star, Manuel Melenicano, to come through.
“That’s my best man; he’s a basketball boy, and he came a long way. He didn’t play this good at the beginning of the season,” Guedes said. “He came a long way to win this for us because really it was everything on him [Thursday].”
• District 9 final — St. Thomas Aquinas d. Cardinal Gibbons 25-11, 25-16, 25-18: Stefano Rivera 30 assists, 3 kills, 4 digs, block, 14 points. Kyle Schroeder 5 kills, 6 digs 6 blocks. Sean Davis 7 kills, 4 digs, 6 blocks, 13 points. Nicholas Rusk 8 kills, 9 digs, block. Robert Carsello 4 kills, 7 digs, block, 7 points. Ben Pflum 3 kills. STA 20-3.
• District 8 final — Taravella d. Monarch 25-23, 25-14, 25-22: MON: Bruno Teixeira 15 kills, 5 blocks, 6 digs, 3 points. Sean Drexl 34 assists, 7 digs, 2 blocks. Leo Ferguson 7 kills, 7 blocks. MON 16-7.
• District 11 final — McArthur d. South Broward 25-12, 17-25, 25-16, 25-23.
Casey Wohlleb was named the boys’ basketball coach at North Broward Preparatory School.
Wohlleb was a member of the Eagles coaching staff as an assistant for the past three years.
“We are very excited to announce Coach Wohlleb as the head of our boys’ basketball program. He is an integral part of the NBPS community, and we are confident that he will excel in his new role,” incoming athletic director Michael Ostrowski said in a statement. “He has enthusiasm, experience and wants to give back to a game that has given to him. We are grateful that he has chosen to begin his head coaching career here, and we are looking forward to the continued development of our student-athletes under his guidance.”