High School Sports

Willie Trimmer retires as La Salle football coach

La Salle coach Willie Trimmer is shown Aug. 6, 2009 during a photo shoot for that year’s high school football preview.
La Salle coach Willie Trimmer is shown Aug. 6, 2009 during a photo shoot for that year’s high school football preview. For the Miami Herald

Willie Trimmer spent the past 14 seasons keeping the Immaculata-La Salle football team at competitive level.

Trimmer helped bring back the program after an over decade-long hiatus. But after coaching for 42 years, Trimmer announced Tuesday he is calling it a career.

“It is the right time to step back and enjoy life a little,” Trimmer said. “Our youngest son is graduating from university this May, and I had always promised my wife, Charlene, that when he completed his studies I would slow down.”

Trimmer helped restore the football program at La Salle after the school had shut down the program from the mid-1980s through the late 1990s.

Trimmer will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in April and will be honored with La Salle’s Brother Carl Shonk Faculty Award for Distinguished Service to the school and its students.

Trimmer’s successor was also announced Tuesday.

La Salle hired Matt Dillon, formerly the coach and athletic director at Pope John Paul II in Boca Raton. Dillon, a Fort Lauderdale native, had been at Pope John Paul since 2011 where he led the Eagles to a 10-2 season and an appearance in the Southeast Football Conference Championship game during his stint. Dillon, who also coached at Dowling Catholic in West Des Moines, Iowa where he won two state titles, is entering his 30th year coaching at the high school level and has compiled a record of 168-115.

Dillon also coached on the college level at his alma mater, Cornell College, and was a two-time All-American quarterback as a player there.

“I am really excited to become part of the LaSalle family,” Dillon said. “We have competed against one another during the past few years, and I know firsthand the quality of athletes and students we have at the school.”

BASKETBALL

Freshly minted state basketball champions Blanche Ely boys and Dillard girls will get another shot at a national title that has proved elusive.

Ely coach Melvin Randall confirmed the No. 5 USA Today Super 25 Tigers (28-0) have accepted a bid to play in the Dick Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in New York on April 2-4.

Randall said the Class 7A state champions, who have already left their mark as the first Broward public school to finish the season undefeated, are treating this as a business trip after its previous state champion teams in 2012 and 2013 came up short on the national level.

Ely, led by Therrell Gosier and LaQuincy Rideau, is expected to be the lone nationals invitee without a top-100 player on its roster.

Class 5A state girls' champion Dillard (29-1), led by FABC Class 5A Girls’ Player of the year Jacaira Allen, will put its No. 3 USA Today Super 25 ranking on the line as it attempts to add the first national title to coach Marcia Pinder’s Hall of Fame career.

Dillard hopes the experience of competing in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions this past year and winning its ninth state title and fifth in the past six years under Pinder will prove the difference against a loaded field.

FABIAN LYON

BASEBALL

▪ Archbishop Caroll 10, Champagnat 9: WP: Alvarez 2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 6 K's, 2 BB. Top Performers: Labrada 2-3, 2 R, 3 RBI. Austin 1-2, R, 2 RBI. Quicuti 1-4, RBI. Alonso 1-4, RBI.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons 18, Dillard 3: WP: Chikerotis (1-0). Top Performers: Glazer 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI. CG 6-6.

▪ SLAM 23, Archbishop Curley 4: WP: Camacho 3 IP. Top Performers: Frias 3-3, 3 R, 2 RBI. Downs 2-2, 2 RBI. Garcia 1-4, 2 RBI. Santana 2-3, 2 RBI. Rodriguez 2-4, 3 RBI. Vargas 2-3, 2 RBI. SC 10-4.

▪ Pace 6, Florida Christian 3: WP: R.Rodriguez. SV: M.Rodriguez. Top Performers: Sanchez 3-3. Cutillas 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R. Hampton 2-2, 2 R. MP 9-6.

SOFTBALL

▪ Miami Country Day 13, SLAM 10: WP: Sennett (6-3), H, 2 R, 7 K’s. Top Performers: Allen H, 2 RBI. Lash 2 H, RBI, 2 R. MCD 6-3.

▪ Krop 11, Hialeah Gardens 10: Top Performers: KRO: Klein 3-5, 2 RBI. Studnik 2-4, RBI. Coachman 3-4, RBI. HG: Hernandez GS. Torres 4-4, HR.

▪ Coral Reef 8, Palmetto 4: WP: Mesa (11-1), CG, 3 K’s. Top Performers: Gordon 3-3, HR, 3 RBI. Becker 2-3, 2 R. Colli 2-4, 2 R. Ryan 1-3, RBI. Keller 1-4, RBI. Garcia 1-3, 2 R. CR 12-1.

▪ Calvary Christian 21, Pine Crest 0: WP: Chang (8-4) 3 IP, 2 K’s, 3-3, HR, 5 RBI. Top Performers: Jurch 2-2, 2 RBI. Veliz 4 RBI. Nevels 4 RBI. CC 8-4.

▪ Monarch 25, Northeast 0: WP: Estroff (13-2). Top Performers: Rohloff HR. Collins HR. Robin HR. MON 17-2

▪ TERRA 8, Lourdes 2: WP: Sanchez 4 K’s, 2-3, R. Top Performers: Camejo 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI. Conway 2-3, R. Jolly 3 R, 4 SB. TER 16-2.

▪ Chaminade-Madonna 5, Universit School 1: WP: Tuxbury (9-2) 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 11 K's, 3-3, 2 2B, 3B, 3R, 2 RBI. Top Performers: Patalano 2-3, 2B, RBI, R. CM 15-3. US 9-4.

▪ Keys Gate 12, Princeton Christian 0: WP: Baker (2-0), 3 K’s, 1B. Top Performers: C.Williams 3-3. J.Williams 3-3. Ma.Wells 1B, 2B. Tyre 1B, 2B. Mo.Wells 2 1B. KG 10-3.

▪ American 19, Ronald Reagan 1: WP: Alfonso (1-0), 4 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks, BB. Top Performers: Castroman 3-4, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R. Guzman 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R. Romero 3-4, HR, RBI, 4 R. AME 12-9.

▪ Braddock 9, Ferguson 6: WP: Brenes (6-3). Top Performers: Bolivar 2-3, 3 RBI. Flores 2-2, RBI. BRA 9-5-1.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ Archbishop McCarthy d. Cooper City (25-18,25-11,25-13): Sanchez 15 point, ace, 5 kills. Vazquez 11 points, 3 aces, 28 assists. Covone 8 kills. AM 5-3.

▪ Douglas d. Coral Glades (25-11, 25-13, 25-11): Toops 10 kills, block. Greenberg 5 kills. DOU 7-1.

▪ Columbus d. Coral Gables (25-8, 25-14, 25-14): Taboada 21 assists. Diaz 9 kills. Cancio 8 kills. COL 6-1.

▪ Hebrew Academy d. Miami Christian (25-17, 25-18, 25-12): Ben-Avner 9 aces, 17 kills. Del-Giglio 6 aces, 34 assists. Kahn 7 aces, 13 kills. Masin 17 digs, 7 kills. Kahn 38 assists. HA 3-1.

▪ Florida Christian d. La Salle (25-18,25-14,25-13): Gonzalez 9 kills, 3 digs, 9 points. Benites 11 digs, 6 points, 5 aces. Tejedro 19 assists, 3 kills. Perez 6 kills. FC 4-3.

▪ Ransom d. Belen (25-14, 25-20, 25-16): Cobb 6 kills, 1 block, 8 digs. Snitcovsky 4 kills. Spiegelman 4 kills. Mendizabal 5 digs.

▪ Cypress Bay d. American Heritage (25-18, 25-13, 25-15): AH: Gordon 13 kills, 3 points, ace, 15 digs, 2 blocks. Gomes 2 kills, 9 points, 4 aces, 6 digs, 3 blocks.

▪ Miami High d. SLAM (25-7, 25-10, 25-11): Melenciano 13 kills, 2 blocks. Sierra 6 kills, 5 blocks. Maloney 4 kills, 11 assists, 3 aces. MIA 10-0.

▪ Mater Academy d. Hialeah High (25-23, 15-25, 25-16, 25-20): Cruz 9 kills, 5 aces. Golden 12 kills, 11 blocks. Roja 3 aces, 4 kills.

▪ Westland Hialeah d. Northwestern (25-10, 25-12, 25-10): WH 5-0.

▪ HML d. Mater Lakes (25-11, 25-22, 25-18): Perdomo 10 kills, 4 digs. Cardona 8 kills, 11 digs, 4 aces. Vega 12 assists, 8 digs. Centurion 13 digs. HML 2-6.

▪ Mourning d. Krop: Nascimento 3 aces, block, 34 assists. Jimenez 9 kills, ace, block, 6 digs. Silva 10 kills, block. ATM 4-0.

▪ Late Monday — Pace d. Slam (27-25, 18-25, 25-13, 25-18): Bazile 7 kills, 4 aces, 11 points. Ruiz 19 digs, 5 aces, 6 points. Matos 24 assist, 6 points.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

▪ North Broward Prep 4, Archbishop McCarthy 3: Babb (NBP) 8-2. Golden (NBP) 8-4. Gil (AM) 8-5. Gonzalez (AM) 8-4. Fersanova (NBP) 8-5. Doubles: Babb/Golden (NBP) 6-0. Gonzalez/Gil (AM) 6-3.

▪ Riviera 4, Palmer-Trinity 3: Culbertson (RP) 8-1. Katzenkof (RP) 8-1. Brown (PT) 8-3. Vivi Anel (PT) 8-1. Kelly Blary (PT) 8-2. Doubles: Culbertson/Katzenkof (RP) 8-1. Gottinger/Johnston (RP) 8-6.

▪ Pine Crest 6, University School 1: Steranovich 8-6. Obolevitch 8-0. Malik 8-1. Feldman 8-1. Snyder (PC) 8-0. Doubles: Bush/Benayoun (US) 6-4. Taylor/Raben 8-2.

▪ American Heritage 7, Somerset Academy 0: Casella 8-1.Gottlieb 8-2.Dolabany 8-2.Bowen 8-1. Chinchilla 8-0. Doubles: Gottlieb/Casella 8-0. Dolabany/Bowen 8-0.

▪ Hebrew Academy 6, Dr. Charter 1: Adoath 8-4. Herskowitz 8-5. Doubles: Adoath/Herskowitz 8-6. DC 2-5.

▪ Gulliver 5, Ransom 2: Dalmau 9-7. Lyons 8-1. Gonzalez Rico 8-1. Ramirez 8-3. GP 13-0.

BOYS’ TENNIS

▪ North Broward Prep 4, Archbishop McCarthy 3: Puglisi (AM) 8-5.Rendifo (NBP) 8-1. Gomez (NBP) 8-0.Namer (NBP) 8-2.Shen (NBP) 8-1. Doubles: Dean/Gomez (NBP) 6-1. Lovinsky/Riviati (AM) 6-3.

▪ American Heritage 5, Somerset Academy 2: Shanklin (SA) 9-8. Bekisoglu (AH) 8-0. Austidillo (SA) 8-6. Uekawa (AH) 8-5. Doubles: Shanklin/Golindano (SA) 8-5. Golindano/Austidillo (SA) 8-4.

▪ Palmer Trinity 6, Riveria 1: Mneimneh 8-3. Opuciuch 8-0. Devine 8-2. Rodriguez 8-0. Portuando 8-1. Doubles: Spasic/Harrington (RP) 8-3. Maldonado/Bailey 6-1.

▪ Pine Crest 7, University School 0: Dern 8-2. Seckler 8-1. Ercan 8-2. Kotite 8-1. Hoghooghi 8-0. Doubles: Dern/Mishkel 8-6. Riley/Berman 8-3.

▪ Hebrew Academy 4, Dr. Charter 3: Zurita 8-5. Katz 8-5. Doubles: Zurita/Millon 8-4. DC 5-3.

▪ Late Monday — Westminster Christian's 4, Marathon 3: N.Salazar 8-2. R.Salazar 8-3. Joseph 8-4. Jimenez 8-3.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

▪ Ransom Everglades 8, Palmetto 1: Cummiskey 2 goals, assist. Allmon goal, assist. Helguero-Kelley 10 ground balls. RE 7-3.

▪ Westminster Christian 16, Riviera Prep 2.

▪ Late Monday— St. Brendan 15, Plantation 14: Clavijo 11 goals. Leon goal, 4 assists.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

▪ St. Thomas Aquinas 14, St. Andrews 12: Woodall 8 goals. Adams 3 goals, 4 assists. STA 8-3.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

▪ Westminster Academy 14, Ft. Lauderdale 5: LaStella 7 goals. Stevenson 10 saves. WA 9-1.

▪ Mourning 9, Krop 7: Lombello 3 goals. Iglesias 3 goals.

BOYS’ WATER POLO

▪ Westminster Academy 16, Ft. Lauderdale 9: Woodburn 5 goals. Bevill 13 saves. WA 9-2.

GIRLS’ FLAG FOOTBALL

▪ Mater Academy 52, Hebrew Academy 6: Gutierrez 2 TD Passes ,Rushing TD, INT for TD. Emily Acosta Receiving TD, INT for TD. Alanis Sandoval 2 sacks, INT for TD. MA 4-1.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 32, Nova 0: McCray 7 receptions, 78 yds, 4 TD. Ensign 3 receptions, 22 yds, TD. Asher 11-21, 67 yds, 2 TD. Cotera 6-11, 78 yds, 3 TD. Defense: 4 INT. AM 3-0.

BOYS’ TRACK

▪ Belen 249, Pace 126, Mater 47.5, Westminster Christian 47, Northwest Christian 38.5, Palmer 29: Shot Put: Simms 120'10. 300 M Hurdles: Mejia 41.94. Pole Vault: Murphy 10'.

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