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).
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.
BOYS’ BASKETBALLRansom Everglades 59, Mourning 39: RE: MOU:
GIRLS’ BASKETBALLDistrict 3A-15 semifinal — Miami Country Day 83, Doctors Charter 7: MCD (22-2): DC (4-4):
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.