It took extra innings but, thanks to a terrific outing by pitcher Veronnica Sanchez and some clutch hitting, the TERRA girls softball team handed Miami Springs its first loss of the season, winning 7-3 in nine innings.
Palmetto is Miami-Dade County’s top badminton team once again. For the second consecutive year, the competition went down to the wire, but Palmetto was able to secure its second consecutive GMAC championship and first outright title since 2014. Last year, Palmetto and Killian split the team championship. Scoring nine points Wednesday at the Braddock gym, Palmetto edged Killian and Reagan, which tied for the runner-up spot with seven points each. The Panthers’ boys’ and girls’ doubles teams highlighted their victory by winning championships in each of those divisions. Kevin Lee and Vic Song paired up to win the boys’ title with a 21-18, 21-8 victory over Terra’s Patrick Chang and Anthony Lee. Maria Butler and Keeley Hagan teamed up to win the girls’ title with a 21-19, 23-21 win over Reagan’s team of Begona Alberdi and Isabella Pacheco. Reagan’s Brian Bangoy and Goleman’s Alyssa Moore each repeated as GMAC singles champions. Moore secured the girls’ title with a 21-3, 21-6 triumph over Killian’s Amanda Garcia. Bangoy won the boys’ championship with a 21-8, 21-10 victory over Southwest’s Leonardo Sanchez. Ferguson’s Megan Morales and Shahid Adam beat Mourning’s Milana Datieva and Josh Silverman for the mixed doubles title, 21-19, 21-12.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High baseball team, a group of youngsters who have had to refocus their season following the horrific events of a Feb. 14 mass shooting that took 17 lives, got a wonderful and much-needed distraction. Eagles players, along with their opponents, Coral Springs High Colts got to live baseball — big league style.
Kassandra Mendez, Tatiana Campos and Angie Bonilla all enjoyed big days at the plate as they helped lead their Coral Gables softball team to a big 13-1, five-inning mercy rule district victory over Miami High on Monday at Gables High School.
NSU University — ranked third in the nation by USA Today Expert rankings and second by Max Preps — will face No.1-ranked Montverde Academy in the championship game of the GEICO High School Nationals in Middle Village, N.Y.
Palmetto’s Victor Valderrama struck out five and gave up only two hits in a win over Dunedin in the Florida League Invitational in Sanford. At the plate, he went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI as the Panthers snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fourth and made it stand up.
South Dade wrestler Brevin Balmeceda knifed his way through seven consecutive matches to win the national championship in the 152-pound weight class for the third consecutive year at the 29th Annual NHSCA National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virgina.
The Miami Marlins are planning a series of tributes to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High that will begin with next weekend’s season-opening series against the Chicago Cubs.
Gulliver Prep’s Hall of Fame softball coach Mark Schusterman recorded his 700th career victory on Saturday when the Raiders beat Canterbury School of Fort Myers 5-4 at the SlamFest tournament at Palmetto Bay Park. Schusterman, who has coached at Gulliver since 1987 and is the school’s athletic director, has guided the Raiders to six state championships. Schusterman is a member of the FHSAA Hall of Fame.