Archbishop McCarthy pitcher Brian Gonzalez and legendary South Dade baseball coach Fred Burnside were named the state’s top player and coach Wednesday by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association.
Gonzalez, a University of Miami signee who was recently selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the third round of the Major League Draft, won the Association’s prestigious Mr. Baseball Award, which is bestowed upon the top player in the state annually. Gonzalez went 10-1 in his senior season with a 0.50 ERA and pitched two no-hitters and a one-hitter in leading McCarthy to the Class 5A regional finals.
Gonzalez is the first South Florida recipient of the award since Davie Nova’s Warren McFadden (2004) and joins Alex Rodriguez (1993, Westminster Christian) and Edgar Ramirez (2002, Miami Southridge).
After winning his first state championship in his distinguished 42-year career and guiding South Dade to its first title in baseball, Burnside earned Coach of the Year honors. Burnside has compiled a 465-158 record and led South Dade to its first state appearance since 1976. It is Burnside’s third time winning the award after he won it in 2001 and 2002 while coaching Southridge.
Former Miami Palmetto and Archbishop Carroll pitcher Mike Cetta was drafted in the 24th round of last week’s MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cetta, who spent one season at Florida State after high school, transferred to College of Central Florida in Ocala where he pitched last season.
Ransom Everglades rising freshman Sydney Bent was selected to USA Volleyball’s A1 Select Training team, a program that helps identify and develop the nation’s top talent in the sport. Bent earned second team All-Dade honors as an eighth-grader last year while helping Ransom win the Class 4A state championship.
Four local athletes were honored among the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Academic All-State team.
Miami Lourdes Academy cross-country/track standout Lourdes Brea and Weston Sagemont cross-country/track/cheerleading standout Andrea Martinez were each among the 12 girls’ finalists.
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas’ James Fraser, a soccer and lacrosse standout, and Miami MAST Academy’s Santiago Gambino, a swimmer, water polo player and soccer standout, were among the boys’ finalists.
Brea, who maintained a 4.0 GPA and was an All-Dade first team selection in cross-country, is headed to Notre Dame as is Fraser, a 3.92 student.
Martinez, a 4.0 student is going to Georgia Tech, and Gambino, a 4.0 student, is headed to USC.