Dillard girls' basketball coach Marcia Pinder receives Hall of Fame honor

04/05/2014 12:00 AM

04/06/2014 5:44 PM

Her never-quenching thirst for championship basketball had Dillard’s eight-time state championship coach Marcia Pinder board a plane on Friday for Nashville, site of the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

Pinder’s Final Four odyssey 36 of the past 37 years, at her own expense, nonetheless, to pick the brain of coaching luminaries Pat Summit and Vivian Stringer, among others, laid the foundation for Florida’s all-time winning prep basketball coach to earn a berth in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

“I’m just blown away by this honor,” Pinder said. “This is probably one of the highest honors I can receive. I just appreciate the NHSAC recognizing me. When I first started, I didn’t have a clue how to get those girls to the next level. It took a lot of Final Fours and workshops. I learned a lot from some of those great college coaches.”

Pinder, selected in large part on longevity, service to high school athletics and past honors, will be inducted on June 17 when the NHSCA holds its national convention in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Pinder’s most prestigious honor, to date, comes a year after she was named the NHSAC National Coach of the Year following Dillard’s state title four-peat in the Class 5A classification.

Since setting Florida’s all-time win record two seasons ago, Pinder finished her 37th campaign at Dillard with a 854-186 mark and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

What often gets overlooked in Pinder’s rise to iconic status and pushing Dillard within one state title of tying Jacksonville Ribault’s nine state titles for No. 1 all-time, is the regular 16-hour workdays Pinder puts in to maintain Dillard as the measuring stick for all other programs.

Pinder credits her coaching staff, led by longtime right-hand man George Adams, and the satisfaction of her players earning college scholarships through basketball for keeping her competitive fires burning.

“I love the state championships, but my biggest thrill comes from the girls getting into college and pursuing their degrees,” Pinder said. “When you constantly see these players get to college, it makes you feel good. You don’t think about that last loss or last win. Some of them have turned out to be teachers and doctors. That is my Hall of Fame, right there.”

TRACK AND FIELD

Continuing their reign as relay queens, St. Thomas Aquinas’ distance medley unit of Narinah Jean-Baptiste, Alexa Cruz, Christina Kalis and Alon Relay broke the Florida Relays record in Gainesville by clocking 12:05.90 (U.S. No. 5).

Pine Crest, led by Julia Montgomery, Katherine Jovanovic and sixth-graders Tsion Yared and Amanda Schwartz, finished second in 12:26.67. Montgomery won the 3,200 meters on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Raiders’ 800-meter relay team of Krystal Sparling, Kendall Ellis, Diamond Spaulding and Jean-Baptiste, which set the nation’s top time at the Texas Relays last Saturday, also took down the Florida Relays record when they ran 1:33.43, ironically enough, breaking the 1:37.45 set by Aquinas in 2000.

Not to be outdone, the Raiders’ boys distance medley won in a state-leading 10:27.69 (U.S. No. 12).

FABIAN LYON

Florida Relays: Top three Broward finishers — Boys’ results: Distance Medley Relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 10:27.69; 110 Hurdles: 3. John Battle (Hall) 14.19; Discus: 3. Ryan Crozier (STA) 177-5. High Jump: 2. Phillip Lee (BA) 6-6; 1,600 (Unseeded): 2. Brandon Bejarano (WA) 4:24.06; 800: 1. Javon Patterson (BA) 1:52.04, 2. Matthew Butler (STA) 1:53.12. Girls’ Results — Distance Medley Relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 12:05.90, 2. Pine Crest 12:26.67; 800 Relay: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 1:33.43; 100 Hurdles: 3. Lamisha Simmons (Hall) 14.42; Discus: 3. Phoebe Gustely (AH)138-5; 3,200: 1. Julia Montgomery, (PC)10:44.06, 2. Alexa Cruz (STA) 10:49.73.

BASEBALL

Christian Demby scored in the top of the eighth to give St. Thomas Aquinas a 1-0 win over Nova.

“It was nerve-racking, but it was a good baseball game to watch,” Raiders coach Troy Cameron said.

Junior Jordan Spicer got the win, giving up one hit in seven innings.

“Nova was exactly how we expected, they were strong on the mound. They did a great job holding their offense down, and their pitcher, Nick Martinez, pitched unbelievably,” Cameron said.

Jawuan Harris had the winning RBI.

The Raiders (13-5) will take on Hollywood Hills at 7 p.m. Monday.

VERONIKA QUISPE

• St. Thomas Aquinas 1, Nova 0:

STA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 6 0

NOV 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 0

WP: Jordan Spicer 7IP, hit. LP: Nick Martinez. Top Performers: Christian Demby 2 hits. Alex Dickinson 2 hits, single, double. Juwan Harris RBI. STA 13-5.

• Southridge 8, Chaminade-Madonna 1:

SR 0 0 3 2 0 0 3 — 8 8 1

CM 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 7 1

WP: Erick Lopez (2-2). LP: Brendan Tuttle. Top Performers: Lopez CG, 7H, 7K. Josten Heron 3-3, HR, 4 RBI. Jamar Criss 2-2, RBI. SR 15-3. CM 6-12.

• Coral Gables 6, Southwest 2:

SW 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 — 2 7 0

CG 4 0 0 0 2 0 X — 6 6 1

WP: Tyler Santana (6-1). LP: David Huerta. Top Performers: Tyler Santana 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER. Rolando Rodriguez 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI. Coco Montes 1-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI. CG 15-6.

• Columbus 6, Braddock 1:

BRA 0 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 3 0

COL 0 0 2 3 0 1 — 6 10 0

WP: Chris Coitel. LP: JJ. Marcos. Top Performers: 3 IP, 6 Ks. Dan Marini 5 Ks. Danny Casals 3-4, 2 RBI. Danny Diaz 1-2, 2 RBI. COL 18-4.

• Flanagan 12, Miramar 2:

FLA 0 7 3 1 1 — 12 10 1

MIR 0 0 0 2 0 — 2 4 4

WP: A. Sarmiento 3 IP. LP: Sunchez. Top Performers: O. Rodriguez 4-3, 2 runs, 4 RBI. K. Mora 2-2, run, RBI. D. Sarmiento 4-2, 2 runs, RBI.

• South Plantation d. Hallandale 7-0 (forfeit): SP 5-8-1.

• Late Thursday—Hialeah 5, Miami Beach 2: WP: Alexis Herrera (4-3). LP: Jonathan Gonzalez. Top Performers: Alexis Herrera CG, 11 Ks. Ramid Alvarez 2-3. Branden Perdomo 2 RBI.

• Late Thursday—University School 8, Calvary Christian 5: WP: Fred Sultan. Top Performers: Evan McKendry 3-4, 3B, 2 RBI. Brendan McKendry 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI. Fred Sultan CG, 2 ER, 5 K’s. US 11-9.

SOFTBALL

• Gulliver 15, Cypress Bay 4:

GP 2 1 3 4 5 — 15 16 1

CB 0 0 1 2 1— 4 6 0

WP: Draney (11-3). Top Performers: Gabbee Draney 3-3, RBI, double. Jessica Pagliery 2-3, HR, 3 RBI. Brianna Bahadue 3-3, 3 runs, RBI. GP 16-4.

• West Broward 6, Western 0:

WB 0 2 3 0 1 0 X — 6 8 0

WEST 0 0 0 0 0 0 0— 0 3 1

WP: Laicona (7-3). LP: Bates. Top Performers: WB: Mandy 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs. Laiacona 2-3, 2 RBI, run, 7K’s. WEST: Vance- 2-3. WB 14-6.

• Monarch 6, Coral Glades 2:

CG 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 2 5 0

MON 1 0 4 0 1 0 X — 6 5 1

WP: Brooke Hale (8-1). LP: Osteen. Top Performers: Stefany Collins 2 RBI, HR. Victoria Alonzo RBI. Aubrey McNulty RBI. MON 17-3.

• Miami Beach 15, Central 0: WP: Olya Seichrist. Top Performers: Daniela Guerra 4-4, HR. Rosemary Machado 3-3, BB. Iriana Diaz 4-4, 2B.

•  Braddock 16, Coral Park 0: WP: Ginger Morales (6-8) no-hitter. Top Performers: Cristal Parrales 2-2. Alyssa Flores hit. Kristen Reyes hit. Beatriz Navarro 3 runs.

• American 11, South Dade 1: WP: Andrea Rincon (14-5) 5 IP, 7 Ks, ER, 3 H; 1 for 3, 2 RBI. LP: Christina B. Top Performers: Alexandra Fernandez 2-3, RBI. Kayleen Romero 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI. Amanda Sosa 2-2, 2 RBI. AME 16-7.

• Late Thursday—Palmetto 14, Goleman 1: WP: Morgan Bowers (1-0). LP:Viegra. Top Performers: Rachel Blackburn 4-4, 2 doubles, triple, 3 runs, RBI. Amanda Guglietta 2-4, HR, run, 5 RBI. Karra Brown 2-3, run, 2 RBI. PAL 13-6.

• Late Thursday—Pines Charter 7, West Broward 0: WP: Blount. LP: Laiacona (6-3). PC Top Performers: Feinstien 2-4, run, 4 RBI. WB 13-6.

Late Thursday—Pace 12, Cardinal Gibbons 2: WP: Sofia Dominguez. LP: C. Cottec. Top performers: Sofia Dominguez 5K, 2B- 3 runs. Nati Leon 2 runs. Cassidy Zeigler 3-4 3B. Veronica Perez 2-3, 2 runs. Natalie Rodriquez 2-4, 2 runs.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

•  Miami High d. Hialeah Gardens (25-21, 27-25, 23-25, 25-22): Manuel M. 19 kills, 6 aces ,4 digs. Demitrius M. 14 kills, 26 assists, 3 digs. Ralf C. 13 digs, 3 aces. MIA 9-0.

Tampa Berkley Prep invitational—Southwest d. Westminister Christian (25-9, 25-11): Daniel Sainz 17 kills.Ricardo Reguera 4 kills, 8 digs. Southwest d. Tampa Berkley Prep (19-25, 25-23, 26-24): Ricardo Reguera 11 kills, 4 digs. William Rodriguez 13 kills, 9 digs. Joseph Perez 32 assists, 7 digs. SW 9-0.

• La Salle d. Coral Gables (21-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-14, 15-11): Andres Saladrigas 15 kills, 7 blocks, 12 digs, 24 assists. Justin Gutierrez 15 kills, 4 digs, 7 aces. John Pierce 9 kills, 7 blocks, 6 digs. Nicolas Doimeadios 23 assists, 6 digs. LS 3-8.

• St. Thomas Aquinas d. Monarch (25-14, 25-17, 25-20): STA 14-1: Kyle Schroeder 10 kills, 2 digs, 5 blocks, 3 points, ace. Stefano Rivera 31 assists, 3 blocks, kill, 2 digs. Sean Davis 11 kills, 2 blocks, 5 points. Nicholas Rusk 12 kills, dig , block

•  Westland Hialeah d. Mater Academy (23-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-21,15-3): Javier Delgado, Ever Sanchez, Pedro Martinez. WH 6-2.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

• South Plantation 11, Cardinal Gibbons 10: Isabella Chianchi 6 goals. Emma Rose 3 goals. Valentia Rivera 7 saves. SP 7-6.

• Late Thursday—St. Andrews 20, Cardinal Gibbons 14: Katie Sagel goal. Lia Alvarez goal. Catherine Haley goal. Caroline Kemp goal. Meghan Moran 2 goals. Michelle Miggins 2 goals. Rene Somerville goal. Sabrina Deluze 2 goals.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

• Late Wednesday—Western 16, West Broward 2: Robert Rodriguez 2 goals, assist. Josh Cimerberg 4 goals, assist. Jonah Leiberman 2 goals, assist. Alec Rodriguez goal, 3 assists. WEST 6-7.

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