Ransom Everglades improved its team score by three shots in the final round of the state Class 1A girls’ golf championship.
Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, the teams just ahead of them in the standings went lower by an even greater margin on Wednesday.
The end result left Ransom in the same No. 8 spot as it began the day — not quite reaching its top-five goal but leaving coach Julie Carse pleased with the way her squad came together over the course of the season.
“I’m a proud coach,” Carse said as the scores were tallied at Harbor Hills Country Club. “They played their best out there and were all smiles. I’m really excited to see how far they’ve come.”
Wednesday also was a day of reflection for Carrollton coach Armando Echeverria, whose squad finished 12th after having to replace three of his four top scorers from last season.
Orlando’s Circle Christian, led by two girls who teed it up at last summer’s Junior PGA Championship, captured its first state crown after holding off a furious charge from Lake Mary Prep.
Despite a second consecutive 69 from Abbey Carlson and a 72 from Samantha Wagner, the Centurions watched their 11-shot advantage to start the day shrink to just three before getting across the finish line.
The final totals: Circle Christian 587, Lake Mary Prep 590.
Both schools, along with dethroned champion Windermere Prep, feature girls who play extensively on the national junior circuit. That leaves schools like Ransom Everglades and Carrollton to set more realistic goals.
The Lady Raiders sought a top-five finish, with a realistic chance at sixth after an opening round left them four points shy of that mark. But though Carolina Garrett and sixth-grader Phoebe Beber-Frankel made marked improvements on Day 2, it wasn’t enough to gain a spot in the team standings.
Garrett parlayed a birdie/birdie start into a 1-over-par 73, five strokes better than an opening round when she couldn’t get birdie putts of any length to fall. Beber-Frankel posted an 80, a four-shot improvement.
Carrollton, making its first appearance in the state tournament since 2010, returned with a young team. After senior Rachel Williams, the rest of Echeverria’s squad was made up of two sophomores and two eighth-graders.
Tanya Eathakotti, one of Echeverria’s two eighth-graders, paced the Cyclones with her second consecutive 80. Sisters Gabriela and Andrea Delgado also turned in big performances — Gabriela’s 89 was second on the squad, and Andrea’s 98 was the first time she had broken 100 in an 18-hole competitive round.
Miami Beach girls volleyball coach Rembo Li capped off a terrific 24 hours for himself when he watched his Hi-Tides overcome a slow start and dispatch Pembroke Pines Flanagan in four sets in a Region 4-8A quarterfinal at Beach High School.
As a member of the Miami Heat’s Xtreme team, Li was present for the championship ring ceremony on Tuesday and now has two pieces of hardware for his fingers.
The Hi-Tides (13-4) advanced to the regional semifinals on Nov. 5 where they will travel to Pembroke Pines to take on West Broward, which took out Hialeah in straight sets in their quarterfinal matchup.Region 4-6A quarterfinal, TERRA d. Miami Springs 25-19, 25-12, 25-15: Region 4-4A quarterfinal, Ransom d. Pace 25-6, 25-11, 25-13: Region 4-2A quarterfinal, Princeton Christian d. Miami Christian 25-18, 25-21, 25-19:
BOYS’ SWIMMINGDistrict 11-4A, Hialeah Gardens 403, Reagan 317, Coral Gables 289, Miami Beach 268, Miami 216, Krop 201, Hialeah 106: