High School Sports

Ferguson’s Cuervo, Sagemont duo sign with Division I colleges

Ferguson volleyball player Michelle Cuervo signs her letter-of-intent during a ceremony Tuesday at the school with her father, Armando, left, her sister, Melanie, standing behind her, and coach Greg Shanower to the left of Melanie.
Ferguson volleyball player Michelle Cuervo signs her letter-of-intent during a ceremony Tuesday at the school with her father, Armando, left, her sister, Melanie, standing behind her, and coach Greg Shanower to the left of Melanie. a1fernandez@miamiherald.com

Even before she began hitting volleyballs at Ferguson, Michelle Cuervo was regarded as one of the county’s top players.

After a successful career that included three trips to the state final four, Cuervo took the next step Tuesday by signing her letter of intent to play at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.

Cuervo had offers from Columbia, Rice, Indiana and Nova Southeastern in addition to Quinnipiac.

“When I went on my visit, I just loved the school and I met some of the other girls on the team and everything about the place felt right,” Cuervo said. “I’ve always wanted to be in that environment up there and it would be good for me to leave and come back and gain a broader view of the world not just Miami.”

Cuervo, who earned All-Dade first team honors each of her first three years of high school, was named The Miami Herald’s Class 8A-6A Athlete of the Year for the 2015-16 season.

“I finally made it and I couldn’t have done it with my family, my sister, my coaches and teammates helping me throughout the years,” Cuervo said. “I had a lot of great experiences learning about work ethic, team building and how to be a family.”


▪ Sagemont held its own signing ceremony Tuesday morning at the school.

Basketball standouts Tyler Polley and Tomas Verbinskis each signed with Division I schools.

Polley, a 6-8 small forward, signed with UConn. Polley had also been offered by several schools including Dayton, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. Verbinskis, a 6-6 small forward, signed with Richmond.

On the girls’ basketball side, Gabriella Zagari signed with Palm Beach State College and volleyball standout Brooklynne Villano signed with Jacksonville State.

▪ Westminster Christian softball star Ally Mena signed with Ole Miss. Mena, a senior infielder, hit 13 home runs last season.


The Orange Bowl Committee announced last month that it will hold the inaugural Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase on Feb. 25, 2017 at Nova Southeastern University.

This week the OB Committee representatives and local school administrators began hosting parent-student information sessions at high schools across Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to inform families about the event.

The upcoming sessions will be Wednesday at Miami Jackson at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at McArthur High, Dec. 6 at South Plantation and Dec. 13 at Coconut Creek High. For more information: Schuyler Easterling at seasterling@orangebowl.org or 305-341-4737.


▪ Mater Academy 1, Reagan 1: Karla Vargas goal. Amanda Diaz assist. MA 3-1-1.

▪ Coral Reef 8, Ferguson 1: Tianna Rivera 3 goals, 2 assists. Raquel Berry 2 goals, assist. Bianca Mandrini 2 goals. CR 4-0-0.

▪ Doral Academy 9, Sunset 1: Alexa Barrios goal. Caitlin Barcelo 2 goals. Kaitlyn Santa Cruz 3 goals. Isabella Fernandez goal. Madisen maysonet goal. Isabel Vera goal. DA 4-2.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons 5, Coral Springs Charter 0: Maya Alicea 2 goals. Audrey Studders goal. Kayla Patterson goal. Brandi Orlando goal. Alexia Duhaime 3 assists. CG 5-1.

▪ Mourning 5, Hialeah Miami Lakes 0: Elvimar Alvarez goal. Chiara Calcagno 4 goals. Valery Vasquez 2 assists. Daniela Periana shutout. ATM 1-4.

▪ Westminster Academy 8, Posnack 0: Randi Moore 3 goals. Lexi Gonzalez goal. Camryn Pagliaro goal. Alexis Kwasnik goal. Daisy Scasserra goal. Elise Perez goal.

▪ University School 7, Calvary Christian 1: US (5-1): Melissa Rabinowitz 4 goals. Monique Perrier 2 goals. Jessica Roman goal. CC (2-4): Karla Rivera goal. Tammy Cartyvels assist. Rachel Wendt 17 saves.

▪ Pine Crest 5, St. Andrews 0: Natalie Klar 2 goals. Jessica Nedry 3 goals. Madeleine Turner assist. Skylar Pollock shutout. PC 5-2.

▪ Florida Christian 3, Pace 1: Megan Rodriguez 3 goals. Nadia Esperigoza assist. Rachel Burke 2 assists.

▪ Late Monday — Archimedean 7, Archbishop Curley 0: Tatiana Mancera 3 goals, assist. Emely Acobo 3 goals, assist. Isabella Garcia goal, assist. Jaylene Trujillo assist. Victoria Torres assist. ARC 5-0.

▪ Late Monday —Stoneman Douglas 3, Spanish River 1: Marley Hall goal. Yordan Scales goal. Isabella Zapata goal. Jamie Morris assist. Krystina Masihy assist. Amanda Strauss assist. SR: Jaclyn Kantor goal. SD 3-1.


▪ University School 3, Coral Springs Charter 0: Liam Borbely 2 goals. David Mizrahi goal, assist. US 3-0-1.

▪ Westminster Christian 0, Weston Sagemont 0: WC 1-1-1.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 8, Somerset 0: Cassie Lawson goal, 3 assists. Adrianna Cabeza goal, assist. Natalia Perez goal. Nadia Colon goal. Eliana Ramirez goal. Izzy d’Ayral goal. Sofia Mallardi goal. Devyn Encalada goal. Sofia Gomez 2 assists. Emily Welch assist. Tyra Cannady, Jenny Corzo shutout. AM 4-0-2.

▪ American Heritage Plantation 7, Pompano Beach 0: Landon Lupo 3 goals. Shanyder Borgelin goal. Joseph Vinson goal. Morris Senior goal. Tom Nelson goal. AHP 2-0.

▪ St. Andrews 4, Pine Crest 0.

▪ Mourning 3, Hialeah Miami-Lakes 1: HML: Shelton Myrtle goal. HML 1-2.

▪ Miami Beach 5, American 3: Tomas Iglesias 2 goals, 2 assists. Marc Amores goal, assist. Nicolas Lopez goal. Kevin Giraldo goal. MB 4-0.

▪ Late Monday — Coconut Creek 0, Everglades 0: CC 0-1-1.

▪ Late Monday — Monarch 2, Delray Beach Atlantic 0: Davi Da Cruz goal, assist. Matheus Guimaraes goal, assist. Noah Black, Lucas Neves shutout. MON 3-1-0. DBA1-2-0.

▪ Late Monday — SLAM 8, Greater Miami Academy 0: Hector Munos 3 goals. Nicolas Garcia goal. Nico Garcia goal. Carlos Hernandez goal. Jeffrey Romero goal. Fernando Acosta goal.

▪ Late Monday — Cardinal Gibbons 4, FAU 0: Leon Useche goal. Manuel Vera goal, assist. Alfie Moore goal. Chris Benestad goal. Caleb Fiedler assist. Enrique De Leonardis assist. Ryan Cedeno assist. James Fee with 3 saves, shutout. CG 1-1-0.


▪ South Dade 58, Miami Beach 20: SD: D Waller 14, K Rule 9, D Clayton 8, Z Alexander 8. Rebounds: D. Waller 12, K. Rule 7, Z. Alexander 2. Steals: Z. Alexander 4, K. Rule 5, D. Waller 13.

▪ Keys Gate 71, Carrollton 26: KG: Denis 17, Velez 16, Moore 11, Klinar 9, Calderon 8, Jones 6, Vasquez 4. CAR: S. Mas 16, N. Paneque 8, C. Shriver 2. Three-pointers: Velez 2, Moore 1, Klinar 1, Mas 3, Paneque 1. Rebounds: Calderon 17, Denis 10, Moore 9. Assists: Moore 7, Velez 5. Steals: Velez 9, Moore 7. HT: KG 51 Carr 10.

▪ Archbishop Carroll 30, Archimedean 26: AC (1-0): Kozak 9, Martinez 9, Caldera 7, Fernandez 5. ARC: Gomes 10, Rosende 6, Villegas 3, Chin 3, Garrido 2, Mata 2.

▪ Late Monday — American 46, Coral Park 31: Chisolm 20, Dixon 17, Monzon 4, Rahmings 3, Garcia 2.

▪ Late Monday — Riviera Prep 28, Divine Savior 17: RP (1-0): Arvelo 4, Demoya 10, Gottenger 4, Carmanates 3, Portes 4, Parker 2, Santoro 1.


▪ Varela Pre-Season Classic — Columbus 56, South Dade 36: COL: Pace 19, M Rodriguez 12, Mata 10, Brooks 5, Vento 5, Valdez 2, Vidal 2, Armstrong 1. SD: Gonzalez 12, Lipscomb 10, Cobbs 6, Toussaint 5, Hankerson 4. Assists: Mata 6. Rebounds: Brooks 7. Blocks: Brooks 5. Steals: Pace 4. Three-pointers: Pace 2, Rodriguez 2, Mata 2, Gonzalez 2, Brooks 1, Vento 1. HT: 29-10 COL.

▪ JDSF Preseason Classic — Hebrew Academy 51, Katz Yeshiva 37: HA: A .Stein 9, Yerushalmi 7, Schiff 2, Tal 23, J. Stein 2, Apoj 4, Kahn 2, Katz 2. Rebounds: J. Stein 11. Assist: Tal 6. Katz YH: Stern 9, Lasko 14, Jacoby 6, Durow 3, Rose 1, Cohen 2, Portnoy 2.