Calvary’s Lacy looks to rise to elite status

10/04/2013 12:01 AM

10/04/2013 1:09 AM

Conspicuously absent from the major invitational headlines since transferring to Calvary Christian, former South Plantation freshman sensation Joel Lacy is ready to hit his All-Broward first-team gear at the Cardinal Gibbons Invitational at Mills Pond Park on Friday.

“If there is going to be a meet Joel can run low on a slow course it will be the Gibbons meet,” Calvary Christian coach Scott Sherrod said. “He is a fighter and very competitive. The training we will do before districts will dictate what he will do at states. If Joel doesn’t go under 16 [minutes] at states, I would be surprised.”

In most cases a modest 16:35 season best would take Lacy out of contention against a loaded field, led by St. Thomas Aquinas’ Manuel Velasquez (15:42, Florida No. 12), Pines Charter’s Andrew Iglesias (16:02) and Coral Glades’ Anthony Deleva.

But considering Sherrod has held Lacy back from overextending himself until this point, a vintage Lacy in full throttle mode Friday could net a top-five finish.

“Joel is just a free-wheeling kid,” Sherrod said. “He is maniacal about winning. When I say we are going to run this in 5:20 he wants to run it in 5:05. The hardest thing is trying to keep Joel from overtraining. I would much rather have that than motivating people all day. I’m trying to keep him nice and fresh for the state finals in November.”

Lacy and a résumé highlighted by a ninth-place finish in Region 3-4A and setting a personal-best 16:23 in a fifth-place finish at the Foot Locker South Regional last season, has given Calvary a cornerstone runner the Eagles can build their Class 2A state title chase around. Besides forming a formidable one-two punch with senior Pasha Guilbert, Lacy has taken a vocal leadership role with a youth-laden Eagles squad.


Plantation American Heritage infielder Gianna Arrizurieta committed to Penn State this week. Arrizurieta hit .532 with 25 RBI last season and earned All-Broward first-team honors.


Westminster Christian defeated Westwoon Christian 25-8, 25-10, 25-18.

The Warriors (14-3) were led by Kelsey Taylor, who recorded 21 assists, six aces and five digs.

Jenny Ceballos added 12 aces, 10 assists and seven kills.

•  Westminster d. Westwood Christian 25-8, 25-10, 25-18: Jenny Ceballos 12 aces, 7 kills, 10 assists. Sylvia Hernandez 14 kills, 4 aces, 15 digs. Kelsey Taylor 21 assists, 6 aces, 5 digs. Susie Forbes 6 aces, 12 points, 8 digs. WCS 14-3.
•  West Broward d. Douglas 25-16, 26-24, 25-21: Bonito 22 assists, 15 points, 5 digs, 2 blocks. Aremas 13 points, 7 kills, 9 digs. WB 10-0.
•  Sagemont d. Archbishop Curley 25-11, 25-9, 24-26, 25-9: Megan Bodden 16 kills, 20 points, 7 digs. Brooklynne Villano 19 points, 4 kills. SAG 8-4.
•  Cypress Bay d. Western 25-22, 25-23, 25-22: Amanda Medlock 15 kills, 3 aces, 5 digs. Mellissa Taylor 21 assists, kill, 4 digs. WES 10-2.
•  American Heritage d. Hallandale 25-8, 25-17, 25-16: Laura Perez 7 kills, 5 aces, 11 points, 9 digs. Isabel Acosta 9 digs, 3 kills, 7 aces, 9 points. AH 7-6.
•  Coral Springs Christian d. Highlands Christian 25-20, 25-19, 26-28, 25-10: Sullivan 10 points, 40 digs. Chapman 8 points, 21 digs, 11 kills. HC 4-10.


•  North Broward 49, Coral Springs Christian 12: 200 Medley Relay: NB 2:09.47. 200 IM: Anton Voronin (NB) 2:02.91. 50 Free: Voronin (NB) 0:23.47. 100 Free: Luke Otsuka (NB) 1:08.88. 200 Free Relay: NB 1:55.44. 100 Breast: Brendon Teeters (CSC) 1:03.25. 100 Fly: Teeters (CSC) 0:55.19.

South Florida Heat 87, North Broward 38: 200 Medley Relay: SFH 1:58.43. 200 Free: Tavi Hernando (SFH) 2:49.22. 200 IM: Anton Voronin (NB) 2:02.91. 50 Free: Voronin (NB) 0:23.47. 100 Free: Luke Otsuka (NB) 1:08.88. 200 Free Relay: SFH 1:44.13. 100 Back: Luke Smutny (SFH) 1:03.32. 100 Breast: Kevin Wilson (SFH) 1:05.00. 400 Free Relay: SFH 5:41.19.


•  South Florida Heat 102, North Broward 35: 200 Medley Relay: SFH 2:05.82. 200 Free: Marissa Brannan (SFH) 2:03.34. 200 IM: Rose Smiddy (SFH) 2:19.07. 50 Free: Geena Squartino (NB) 0:25.66. 100 Fly: Mary Smutny (SFH) 1:09.31. 100 Free: Squartino (NB) 0:55.72. 500 Free: Brannan (SFH) 5:30.50. 200 Free Relay: SFH 1:49.28. 100 Back: Kristin Sauer (SFH) 1:09.74. 100 Breast: Smiddy (SFH) 1:15.43. 400 Free Relay: SFH 3:59.90.


•  North Broward 168, Olympic Heights 180 (at Osprey Point Golf Course par 36): Shiao (NB) 31, Ford (OH) 41, Nadelman (NB) 43, Cherry (OH) 45, Fedelmin (NB) 46, Page (NB) 48, Hartley (OH) 51, Krause (OH) 52.


•  Kings Academy 219, Calvary Christian 275, North Broward (Incomplete) (at Mayacoo Lakes par 36): Claire Fitzgerald (NB) 39, Danielle Giachos (KA) 44, Kelsey Maglio (KA) 45, Mareta Eberhardt (KA) 60, Rina Arai (NB) 63, Kerrigan (CC) 64, Keith (CC) 68, Callie Catoe (KA) 70, Mia Viau (NB) 70.



American Heritage vs. Jackson (Curtis), 7:30

Archbishop McCarthy at Hallandale, 7

Fort Lauderdale at Ely, 7

Northeast at Boyd Anderson, 7

Calvary Christian at Benjamin, 7

Key West at Cardinal Gibbons, 7

Chaminade at Westminster Christian, 4

Coconut Creek at Suncoast, 7

Cypress Bay at Cooper City, 7

Monarch at Coral Springs, 7

Coral Springs Charter at Pine Crest, 7

Champagnat vs. Coral Springs Christian (Mullins), 7

Taravella at Deerfield Beach, 7

Dillard vs. Stranahan (South Plantation), 7

South Plantation at Douglas, 7

Everglades at Flanagan, 7

Dade Christian at Highlands Christian, 7

Plantation vs. Hollywood Hills (McArthur), 7

McArthur at Miramar, 7

University at North Broward Prep, 7

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Boynton Beach, 7

John Carroll at Pompano Beach, 7

St. Thomas Aquinas at South Broward, 7

Glades Central at Somerset, 4

LaSalle at Westminster Academy, 7


Coral Glades at Coconut Creek, 4:30

Zion Lutheran vs. Princeton Christian, 5:30

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