American Heritage’s golf teams built some momentum Monday a week before heading to the state championships.
The Patriots swept the boys’ and girls’ team championships at Lago Mar Golf Course.
Heritage’s Jillian Bourdage shot a 67 to secure the girls’ individual title and led her team to its fourth regional title in the past five seasons. The Patriots edged rival Archbishop McCarthy by seven strokes as the Mavericks, led by runner-up Christen Simons, also qualified for state.
Heritage’s boys won their fifth consecutive regional crown as the Patriots and Cardinal Gibbons each advanced to state. Heritage shot a team score of 298 to finish 11 strokes ahead of Gibbons.
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The Chiefs had the individual champion on the boys’ side, however, as Isak Nilsson shot a 71 to win medalist honors.
▪ Region 8-2A Boys’ Results — 1. American Heritage 298; 2. Cardinal Gibbons 309; 3. Jensen Beach 315; 4. Sebastian River 318; 5. Belen Jesuit 320; 6. Archbishop McCarthy 321; 7. Okeechobee 332; 8. Pompano Beach 329; 9. Pines Charter 359: 1. Isak Nilsson (CG) 71; 2. x-Daniel Fulleda (OK) 72; 3. Jonathan Cachon (AH), Daniel Gonzalez-Quevedo (AH) and Turner Grass (AH) 74; 6. x-Griffin Thompson (Seb) 75; 7. Ty Strafaci (AH), Alex Vogelsong (JB) and Anthony Wells (AM) 76; 10. Nick Badyna (AM), Carson Yates (CG), Enrique Vila (Bel).
▪ Region 8-2A Girls’ Results — 1. American Heritage 308; 2. Archbishop McCarthy 315; 3. Jensen Beach 383; 4. Lincoln Park 388; 5. Cardinal Gibbons 470: 1. Jillian Bourdage (AH) 67; 2. Christen Simons (AM) 76; 3. Georgette Garcia (AM) 77; 4. Casey Weidenfeld (AH) 79; 5. Lorena DeAntonio (AH) and Julia Matzat (AM) 80; 7. x-Ana Garcia Alija (CG) 81; 8. Sunny Li (AH) and Michelle Rodriguez (AM) 82; 10. x-Taylor Sukmana (LP).
With the haunting memories from a year ago still perhaps fresh in their minds, the Columbus golf team was not about to let any incorrect scorecards keep them from state this time around.
The Explorers, who missed out on a trip to the state tournament last year by one shot when an incorrectly signed scorecard cost them two shots, left little doubt who the best team was when they turned in an impressive team score of 300 to run away with the Region 8-3A tournament at Weston Hills Golf and Country Club.
Dealing with brutal playing conditions that had the wind gusting up to 25 to 30 mph at times, Columbus finished a whopping 29 shots ahead of its nearest pursuer, Cypress Bay. The Lightning’s second place finish, however, was good enough to punch its fourth consecutive trip to state, which will be played at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills on Nov. 3-4.
Columbus is usually led by its No. 1 Rafael Martinez, but while Martinez shot a nice 1-over par 73, he took a back seat on this day to teammate Sharif Amastha, who came in with an even par 72 to tie for medalist honors with South Dade’s Cole Castro.
Castro qualified for state individually, along with West Broward’s Alec Quirogo, who shot 75.
▪ Region 8-3A — 1. Columbus 300, 2. Cypress Bay 329, 3. Palmetto 337, 4. West Broward 345, 5. Miami Beach 354, 6. South Dade 368, 7. TERRA 376, 7. Flanagan 376, 9. Krop 428: 1. x- Cole Castro (SD) 72, 1. Sharif Amastha (COL) 72, 3. Rafael Martinez (COL) 73, 4. Alec Quirogo (WB) 75, 5. Robert Nieves (COL) 76, Howard Ki (CB) 76, 7. Jose Ferre (CB) 78, 8. Jake Moscoso (COL) 79, Andres Torres (WB) 79, Luke Ashworth (WES) 79.
▪ Flanagan 47, Everglades 7: A stunning loss to open district play against South Plantation last month must seem like a year ago to Flanagan.
Hosting Everglades (2-5, 1-3) in a District 12-8A matchup, the Falcons (6-1, 4-1) rolled to a 39-0 halftime lead, prompting a running clock in the second half, and finished up with a victory over the Gators in a game that was postponed last Friday because of inclement weather and poor field conditions.
Flanagan has outscored its past four district opponents by a combined score of 155-13. The Falcons can wrap up a second consecutive district title with a win over Cypress Bay on Friday.
“Even though we had guys out for that South Plant game, we learned our lesson since then and have been treating every game like a playoff game, including [Monday],” Flanagan coach Devin Bush Sr said. “We came out and took care of business and now need to do it again on Friday.”
Bush Sr. watched quarterback Cato Nelson enjoy a big game as he completed 8-of-15 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Anthony Johnson only touched the ball four times but ran for 95 yards and two scores, including a 78-yarder in the second quarter.
St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end and Ohio State University commitment Nick Bosa became the latest South Florida star player to be presented his official jersey for the 2016 Under Armour All-American game.
At a ceremony held at Aquinas, Bosa officially accepted his invitation to compete in the ninth annual event, which is slated for Jan. 2 in Orlando.
Bosa’s teammate Sam Bruce was originally scheduled to receive a jersey as well, but his ceremony was postponed after he arrived late from an official visit to Ohio State. Bruce, a University of Miami commitment, will likely have his ceremony later this week, according to Aquinas coach Roger Harriott, who said that while Bruce enjoyed his trip to Ohio State he remains committed to UM.
Bosa joins Flanagan linebacker Devin Bush Jr. and wide receiver Dredrick Snelson as well as Gulliver Prep all-purpose athlete Dionte Mullins as roster invitees. Hallandale’s Josh Hammond will be presented his jersey Tuesday.
▪ District 13-8A Semifinals — West Broward d. Miramar (25-12, 25-18, 25-12):Webster 12 kills, 3 blocks; Strauss 18 assists. WB 17-4.
▪ District 13-8A Semifinals — Flanagan d. Everglades (25-14, 22-25, 23-25, 25-15, 15-13).
▪ District 14-4A Quarterfinals — Pine Crest d. University School (25-8, 25-9, 25-8): Bruny 9 kills, 2 blocks, 5 digs. PC 18-8.
▪ District 14-4A Quarterfinals — Chaminade-Madonna d. Somerset Charter (25-9, 25-12, 25-15): Sheerin 15 points, 10 aces, 6 kills. Whittaker 12 points, 7 aces, 4 kills. Franzosa 10 assists, 9 kills. CM 12-14.
▪ District 16-4A Quarterfinals — Ransom d. Coral Shores (25-7, 25-7, 25-15): Diaz 10 aces. Elkin 3 kills. Ortiz 3 kills, 3 aces
▪ District 16-4A Quarterfinals — Carrollton d. St. Brendan (24-26, 25-19, 25-18, 29-27): Socarras 22 kills, 5 blocks, 5 aces. Fernandez 24 digs. Hornbacher 11 kills. CAR 12-14.
▪ District 11-8A Quarterfinals — Coral Springs Charter defeated Coral Glades (18-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-15, 15-11):Kaufman 19 assists 4 kills; Rondi 7 kills, 4 points, 2 aces. CSC 3-18.
▪ District 11-8A Quarterfinals — Deerfield Beach d. Taravella (25-14, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23).
▪ District 15-2A Opening Round — Hebrew Academy d. Brito (25-3, 25-8, 25-18): Dobin 15 aces, 13 kills. Shushan 11 aces, 8 kills. HA 3-11.
▪ District 15-8A Opening Round — Coral Park d. Braddock (25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 15-10).
▪ District 16 — Palmer Trinity d. Miami Community Charter (25-1, 25-5, 25-3): Stiff 11 aces, 3 assists, 5 digs. Hamilton 6 aces, 13 assists, 4 digs, kill. Seide 3 kills, 10 aces, 2 digs. PT 15-7.