While most high school kids will be sleeping in Thanksgiving morning and enjoying time with family, members of the Western High School football team will be setting alarms early and trudging their way out to the school for an early morning practice.
Miami Beach’s boys’ soccer team remained unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Columbus on Monday afternoon. Josue Aguilar led the Hi-Tides (4-0) with a goal and an assist. Jean-Carlo Lantigua and Franklin Rivero each had a goal and Jose Escobar recorded his fourth shutout.
Although Northwestern denied Central a path to the postseason last year, the Bulls came up short of their state championship goal. Central has won the past three postseason games in the long-standing rivalry series.
Belen, which won its eighth state title under Frankie Ruiz, ended an uncharacteristic three-year state title drought in emphatic fashion, tallying 57 points to finish comfortably ahead of Tallahassee Chiles (111) and Ocala Vanguard (133) in the Class 3A race.
Fungairino, who signed with three-time defending national champions Texas this week, won two individual state championships and helped his Belen Jesuit 200-freestyle relay to a third-place medal at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Center.
The loss brought to an end a streak of 18 consecutive postseason wins for the Raiders (21-6), dating back to a state semifinal loss to Oviedo four years ago and second only to Cardinal Gibbons’ 26 straight postseason wins from 1984-90.
It was Kathleen Golding’s third consecutive 200 IM gold medal and third All-American finish in the event when she stopped the clock at 1:59.72 — a career best, though she finished the backstroke leg hitting the lane marker.