Ransom Everglades advances in boys’ soccer

01/31/2014 12:16 AM

01/31/2014 12:18 AM

The Ransom Everglades boys’ soccer team cruised to a 5-0 victory in the Region 4-2A quarterfinal against visiting Tavernier Coral Shores on Thursday night, but the foregone conclusion that the Raiders would advance carried greater significance.

It was a milestone victory for Ransom coach David Villano — No. 400 of his career.

“It’s not my 400 wins. It’s the school’s 400 wins. It’s the players,” said Villano, who has coached at Ransom for 27 years. “I just happened to be here over the time period when all that happened.”

The win sets up a regional semifinal Tuesday against Gulliver, which eliminated Ransom in the same round last season.

Matt Lirman led the charge with three goals for the Raiders (20-1-4).

STATE CHEERLEADING

There were cheers and hugs and smiles all around, not to mention the requisite photos on the Silver Spurs Arena stage as parents snapped away and the thump-thump-thump of house music bounced off the walls. Then came the wait.

For now, call St. Brendan’s cheer squad the provisional state champions.

The Sabres put themselves in position for their first state crown by finishing atop the Class 1A Extra Large Varsity finals night by finishing with 86.50 points out of 100 — but victory came with a twist, courtesy of Mother Nature.

With parts of the Florida Panhandle still digging out from Tuesday’s freak snowstorm that snarled the Deep South, four squads were unable to make their performance times Thursday — including two in St. Brendan’s division.

Those teams were added to Friday’s schedule, putting the official results on hold overnight.

Still to come: Fort Walton Beach and Crestview, which will perform Friday afternoon. The Sabres won’t learn of the final results until around 5 p.m. Nor could they hang around, with Senior Night ceremonies set on campus.

Jeff Shain

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

• Miami Country Day 88, Somerset Central 48: MCDS (18-6): Clements 15, Lynott 3, Cambo 9, Parizo 20, Wesley 6, Kappos 8, Sherwood 6, Gomez 13, Figueroa 5, Wendrow 3. SC: Edwards 20, Francois 6, Dubose 3. Gelin 4, Reynolds 3, Renharst 4, Powell 2, Beaubrun 6. Three-pointers: Cements 2, Parizo, Edwards 4. Rebounds: Cambo 10. Assists: Lynott 8. Steals: Parizo 4.

•  Ransom Everglades 59, Mourning 39: RE: Mourning 14, Woolworth 8, Bonner 2, Bercow 6, Rivlin 16, Tomasino 10, Ertel 3. MOU: Dangenvil 12, Faehler 9, Salazar 8, Souffrant 10. Rebounds: Tomasino 11. Blocks: Mourning 5. Assists: Rivlin 4.
•  Late Wednesday — Southridge 69, North Miami Beach 57: SR (18-6): Garcia 4, McNair 2, Bartley 8, Giles 6, Mitchell 12, Bernard 4, Collier 14, Chandler 19. Three-pointers: Bartley 2, Chandler 1. Rebounds: Bartley 7, Chandler 6. Assists: Garcia 5. Steals: Mitchell 3, Garcia 3, Chandler 3.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

• District 6A-15 final — Norland 75, Mourning 10: NOR (14-9, 14th consecutive district title): Ford 12, Clarke 2, Harrisson 2, Bostik 12, Barnes 1, Roberts 15, B. Williams 2, Alexander 4, Koonce 7, T. Williams 16, Flager 2. MOU: Viera 5, Mejia 2, Gaspard 2, Edri 1. Rebounds: T. Williams 14. Assists: Alenxander 3. Steals: Bostik 6. Three-pointers: Ford 2, Bostik 1, Roberts 2, Viera 1.

•  District 3A-15 semifinal — Miami Country Day 83, Doctors Charter 7: MCD (22-2): Alvarez 6, McKenzie 12, Lewis 6, Dawson 3, Edwards 4, Minott 24, Anyagaligbo 19, Berry 9. DC (4-4): Exalan 4, Heard 3. Rebounds: Minott 10. Steals: Mackenzie 10.

FOOTBALL

Miami Country Day announced Thursday the hiring of former Miami Dolphin Sean Hill as the team’s new coach. Hill has worked at Miami Country Day since 2011 and was a seventh-round draft choice of the Dolphins in the 1994 NFL Draft.

Miami Central senior running back Dalvin Cook, an early enrollee at Florida State University, earned honorable mention honors on the 2014 PARADE All-America team.

ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ

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