For all the talk over coaching matchups on the state championship stage, it was that rare athlete who could perform under pressure that separated Broward’s winter sports state champions from the also-rans.
Few opponents had an answer for St. Thomas Aquinas’ dynamic sisters tandem of Dallas Dorosy and Isabella Dorosy, who helped the Raiders girls’ soccer dynasty win its 13th state title under Carlos Giron a year after coming up short.
With each Dorosy sister scoring two goals apiece, the Raiders (20-3-2) routed Vero Beach 5-0 in the Class 5A state final game to secure the No. 6 spot in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
“Alot of players saw how we lost last year and didn’t want that to happen again,’’ Giron said. “They knew the objective. We went out to a tournament in Texas and worked on some different things. It paid off at the end.”
While the Dorosys shared the wealth, American Heritage’s Melanie Monteagudo was a one-girl wrecking crew for the Patriots girls’ soccer team (29-0-1), ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA poll.
Monteagudo scored her 62nd and 63rd goals of the season to help the Patriots beat Merritt Island in the Class 3A final for its eighth state title overall.
In wrestling, Jamel Morris at 132 pounds was one of three individual state winners which carried Cardinal Gibbons to its fifth state title — the most in Broward history, under legendary coach Frank Pettineo.
American Heritage guard Keyshawn Evans re-entered the spotlight after missing the 2012-13 postseason with an injury. Evans, the Class 5A state final four MVP poured in a game-high 25 points to help the Patriots (28-7) find redemption after back-to-back state final four losses with a 98-70 rout of St. Petersburg Lakewood in the Class 5A championship game. The 98 points was a state record for points in a championship game.
Meanwhile, Sagemont 6-4 star guard Prince Ali showed some of the explosiveness which made made him a priority recruit for UConn by leading the Lions to its second state title under Adam Ross. After helping to hold Duke recruit Grayson Allen to nine points in an upset of Providence in the semifinals, Ali, the 3A state Final four MVP, poured in a game-high 20 points to lead the Lions over Tampa Prep 79-48 in the Class 3A state title game.
Christie Kazanjian and Taylor Bilecki helped Coral Glades land the Class 2A small division – non tumbling state cheerleading title while Stranahan struck state gold in the 2A Large Division – non- tumbling behind Aisha Coleman-Potts and Rachelle Rollins.
WP: Brian Gonzalez. LP: Lorenzo Hampton. Top performers: Alex Toral 2-4, 3-run HR, 4 RBI. Michael Gigliotti 2-3, 3B. Aaron Soto 2-3, 2B, RBI. Brian Gonzalez 7 K’s in 4 IP.
WP: Nick Manacchio (1-0). Top performers: Daniel Epstein 2-3, RBI. Brendan McKendry 2B, 3 RBI. Kyle Oren 2-4, run. US 13-9.
WP: Jesse Crosno (5-1). LP: Rohloff. Top performers: Evan Klugerman 2-3, 2 RBI. Adam Sinkoe 2-3. Jesse Crosno 5.2 IP, 0 runs. US 12-9.
WP: Joey Cutrone. LP: Joseph Spano. Top performers: Philip Tomasulo 2-3, grand slam, 4 RBI. Ethan Kraus 2-3, 3 runs, 3 RBI, triple. Quest Hopler 2-4, 2 runs, RBI. WES: David Flores HR. CC 13-4.
WP: Alexis Castroman (10-6). LP: Delgado. Top performers: Alexis Castroman 7 IP 0 ER. Tyenna Colon 3B. ML 12-8.Braddock 16, Coral Park 0: WP: Top Performers:
BOYS’ LACROSSEUniversity School 10, Cypress Bay 7:
TRACK AND FIELD
A berth to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China will be on the line for three of Broward’s premier quarter milers.
Westminster Academy’s star long sprinter Andrew James, Denise Spann and Boyd Anderson’s Chyna-Joi Staton will compete in the U.S.A Youth Olympic Selection Trails at the Ansin Sports Complex on Saturday.
The meet will showcase more than 150 athletes from 10 nations, vying for a spot on the Team for the Americas. The Youth Olympic Games will be held Aug. 16-28.
James, the reigning Class 1A state champion in the 400 meters, ranks No. 6 in Florida (48.13) in that distance while Staton ranks No. 11 (56.03) on the girls’ side.
BOYS’ VOLLEYBALLBerkeley Challenge: Ransom Everglades d. South Broward 25-19, 25-13: Ransom Everglades d. Winter Park 25-18, 25-12: Ransom Everglades d. Cypress Creek 30-28, 25-6: Berkeley d. Ransom Everglades 18-25, 25-13, 16-18: Westland Hialeah d. Mater Academy (23-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-21,15-3):
Miami High vs. TERRA (TERRA), 3:30
Mourning vs. Miami Springs (MSP), 3:30
Miami Christian vs. Coral Park (CP), 3:30
Carol City vs. Goleman (GOL), 3:30
Coral Gables vs. Braddock (Braddock), 3:30
Westwood Christian vs. Hialeah Educational, 4:00
Homestead vs. Coral Park (CP), 4:00
Marathon vs. Mater Lakes (Mater Lakes), 4:00