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Highly regarded center Zach Brown transfers from Miami Beach to Miami High

Miami Beach’s Zach Brown, center, fights for a rebound against McArthur High’s Derric Jean (5) on Feb. 17, 2015.
Miami Beach’s Zach Brown, center, fights for a rebound against McArthur High’s Derric Jean (5) on Feb. 17, 2015. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Zach Brown, a 7-1, 250-pound center who is ranked by ESPN as the fifth-best prospect in the nation in the Class of 2017, has decided to transfer from Miami Beach to Miami High.

Last season, Brown led Miami Beach to the Class 8A regional semifinals, averaging 18.4 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks.

“I’m disappointed in the decision for Zach to leave Miami Beach,” Hi-Tides coach Jacob Shaw said via text Tuesday. “We wanted nothing but the best for him. We know the skills we taught him will take him a long way.”

Brown joins Miami High at an interesting time for the Stings’ famed basketball program. The girls’ team, which has won two state titles in a row, is graduating a star center in 6-4 Beatrice Mompremier, a McDonald’s All-American who will play for Baylor next season.

Now the Stings’ boys, who have won a Florida-record 18 state titles — but none since 2005 — get their own star center in Brown, who has the talent to make Miami High a power again.

Before the transfer, Shaw had said the following about Brown: “He’s the No. 1 defensive player in the country, and that’s why all the [colleges] are running after him. I compare his style of play to [current and former NBA players] Roy Hibbert or Dikembe Mutombo.

“Zach can be one of the best players ever to come out of Miami.”

Brown, who has two years of high school eligibility remaining, has more than 30 scholarship offers, including Virginia, Kansas, UCLA, Miami, Ohio State, Memphis and Connecticut.

— WALTER VILLA

GIRLS’ TENNIS

▪ District 14-4A — Krop 12, Reagan 12, Everglades 5, Hialeah Gardens 3, North Miami Beach 2, North Miami 2, American 1, Hialeah 1.

▪ District 14-1A — Lowrey (SAGE) 6-4,6-2. Snells (SAGE) 6-4,6-0. Hynes (SAGE) 6-2,6-3. Hernandez (SAGE) 6-3,6-4. Leontarakis 6-3,6-2.

▪ District 16-2A— Gulliver 13, LaSalle 9, Somerset 7, Coral Shores 6, Pace 4

▪ District 1A Champions — Miami Country Day: Celina Lindemann 6-0, 6-0. Jade Iadarola 6-1, 6-3. Doubles: Tate/Bass 6-4, 6-2.

▪ Late Monday, District 12 — St. Thomas Aquinas 12, Coral Springs 10, Monarch 5, Taravella 3, South Plantation 3, Plantation 1, Coral Glades 2: P. Gonzalez (STA) v. S. Fine (CS). R. Fine (CS) vs. T. Rose (STA). A. Johnson (STA) vs. A. Ubidia (CS). G. Gonzalez (STA) vs. K. Ledesma (CS). A. Coronel (STA) vs. M. Brown (CS).

BOYS’ TENNIS

▪ District 14-4A — Krop 12, Reagan 9, Everglades 6, Hialeah Gardens 3, North Miami Beach 2, American 2, Hialeah 2, North Miami 2.

▪ District 14-1A — DeBruyne (SAGE) 6-3,6-1. Tasker (SAGE) 6-1,6-1. Quiros (SAGE) 6-2,6-4. Henandez (SAGE) 6-0,6-1. Marcano (SAGE) 6-0,6-1.

▪ District 16-2A— Gulliver 12, Somerset 11, Jackson 8, Coral Shores 3, Key West 2, LaSalle 2.

▪ District 1A Final — Miami Country Day d. Hillel: Milledge Cossu 6-3, 6-2. Milan Bass 6-0,6-1. Doubles: Cohan/Cossu 2-6, 6-2. MCD 10-4.

BASEBALL

▪ Chaminade-Madonna 6, University School 5: WP: Calari. LP: McKendry. SV: Blanco. Top Performers: Evan McKendry 6 IP, ER, 7 K's. Jesse Crosno 2-4, RBI, R. Kyle Oren 2-4, RBI.

▪ Columbus 14, Coral Park 3: WP: Coioel (6-1). Top Performers: Alain Santana 2-2, 2B, 3 RBI. Danny Bello 1-1, 2 RBI. Nick Rocha 2-3, 2 RBI. COL 13-5.

▪ Palmetto 9, Braddock 2: WP: Michael Gannon (1-3). LP: Velasquez. Top Performers: Carter Nash 2-4, R, 2 RBI. Carl Heldt 2-4, RBI. Kyle Toister 2-4, 2 R, 3 RBI. PAL 11-7.

▪ Doral Academy 10, Keys Gate 2:WP: Roy Armas (4-2) 5K’s. Top Perfomrers: Miguel Casanueva 2-4, 2 RBI. Nelson Montilla 2 H, 2 R. Luis Balbuenas H, 3 R. Michael Marin H, RBI. DA 11-7-1.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons 15, Coconut Creek 1: WP: Van Sciver. CG 12-5.

▪ Palmer Trinity 7, Miami Country Day 3: WP: Jones. SV: Miller. Top Performers: Font 3-4, RBI. Hebble 3-4, RBI. Kross 2-4.

▪ Late Monday — Sagemont 11, Archbishop Curley 1:WP: Alexis Castillo (1-1).

SOFTBALL

▪ Archbishop Curley 18, SLAM 13: WP: Rhian Romanik (3-6). Top Performers: Amanda Lesperance 5-6, 2 HR, 3 1B, 5 RBI, 5 R. Ashley Savain GS, HR, 4 RBI. Keyanna Francois 3 R. Sarisha Wiggan 1B, RBI, 3 R. AC 5-12.

▪ Coral Gables 11, Southwest 7: WP: Chanel Wilson (8-2), 12 K's, 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R. LP: Unisis Suarez. Top Performers: Meghan Ballard 2-3, 3B, 4 RBI, 2 R. Cat Ruggiano 3-4, 2B, RBI, R. CG 13-6-1.

▪ Westminster Christian 6, Gulliver 2: WP: Victoria Perez (7-4), 2-3, double, HR, 5 RBI, CG. Top performers: Carlin Labuzan 2-3, R. Ashley Castano 1-3, R. WC 13-7.

▪ Ransom Everglades 14, Keys Gate 7: WP: Jadotte, 2-3, 3R, 2 RBI. Top Performers: H. Holle 2-5, 3 RBI, R. A. Sekoff 2-3, 3 R, 2RBI.

▪ American 17, Central 0: WP: Alexis Castroman (12-7), 4 IP, 10K, 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI. LP: S. Walker. Top Performers: Alexis Guzman 4-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R. Yanelys Fernandez 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R. Karla Soza 2-4, 2 2B, R.

▪ Pace 15, Hialeah 0:WP: Sofia Domniguez 4K’s, 3 IP. LP: D.Benegas. Top Performers: Kathleen Rios 1-2, 3B. Monica Marquez 1-2, 3B. Emel Karabulut 2-3, 2B. Dani Vargas 1-2, 2B.

▪ Goleman 15, Mourning 0:WP: Natalie Costero (13-0), 3K's. Top Performers: Natalie Costero 3-3, 3R, 2RBI, 3B, 2B, 2SB. Jesica Costero 2-2, 2R, 3RBI, 2 2B. Ashley Ledesma 2-2, 3R, 2 RBI. BG 13-1.

▪ Monarch 14, Fort Lauderdale 0: WP: Estroff (14-2), PGm 14 K’s. Top Performers: Stefany Collins HR. Emily Forbes 3 H. MON 18-2.

▪ Hialeah Miami Lakes 22, North Miami Beach 2: WP: Chavelys Leyva HR, 2-3, 3 RBI, 4 R.Top Performers: Jessica Duque 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Jessy Marquez 2-3, 3 R. Yamari Soto 2-2, 2 RBI, 4 R. Julie Krueger 2B, 3 R.

▪ Braddock 13, Lourdes 2: WP: Carydad Bolivar (2-1), 6 K’s. Beatriz Navarro 2-4, 3 RBI. Eileen Bermudez 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI. Gabriela Pujada 2-4, 2 RBI. BRA 10-6.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ Flanagan d. Hallandale (25-10, 25-12, 25-11): Kishon Watson 10 kills, 3 aces, block. Terrance Cosby 4 kills, 6 aces. FLA 9-2.

▪ TERRA d. Pace (25-20, 25-22, 25-16): Javier Contreras 8 kills, ace, dig. Caleb Gill 5 kills, 2 aces. Derek Bostick 17 assists, 3 aces. TER 5-3.

▪ Douglas d. Pompano Beach (25-20, 25-27, 25-7, 25-17): Tyler Smith 14 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces. Matt Castilhos 3 blocks, 5 aces. DOU 10-1.

▪ Ransom d. Coral Park (25-14, 25-7, 25-17): Nick Cobb 8 kills. Mike Colonna 10 kills. Matt Deutch 10 points 2 aces. AJ Speigelman 6 kills, 2 blocks.

▪ St. Thomas Aquinas d. South Plantation (25-12, 25-5, 25-16): Matt Vechione 3 kills, 3 digs. Mike Murphy 2 kills, 2 blocks. Paul Donnelly 2 kills. STA 9-7 (4-3).

▪ SLAM d. Mater (25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 26-24): Alain Martel 12 kills, 14 points. Adrian Potts 15 digs, 20 points. AJ Alvarez 35 assists, 22 points.

▪ West Broward d. American Heritage (25-8, 25-15, 25-12): AHS 1-5.

▪ Ferguson d. Braddock (25-13, 25-14, 26-24): Haykel Chala 19 kills, 6 digs. Jorge Chiriboga 14 digs. Allain Laroche 28 assists, 4 kills. Aldahir Escudero 9 digs, 6 kills.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy d. Nova (25-11, 25-7, 25-5): Alex Suarez 10 points, 2 aces, 13 digs, 4 kills. Jimmy Brooks 9 points, 6 kills, 2 blocks. Nicky Grossman 12 points, 9 digs, 3 kills. AM 8-3.

▪ Mourning d. Mater Lakes: Nico Triana 7 kills 5 aces. Carlos Jimenez 6 kills ace. Erick Nascimento 29 assists, 2 aces, 2 kills. ATM 9-2.

▪ Hebrew Academy d. Riviera Prep (26-24, 20-25, 15-10): Yosef Hochner 9 kills, 6 blocks. Chad Masin 7 kills, 12 digs. Aharon Diveroli 6 kills, 10 digs. HA 5-3.

▪ Hiealeah Miami Lakes d. American (25-16, 25-18, 25-27, 25-12): Diego Vega 32 assists. Kenneth Cardona 10 kills, 18 digs. Ariel Centurion 32 digs. Abraham Castillo 13 kills. HML 4-6.

▪ Cypress Bay d. Cooper City (25-14, 25-12, 25-23): Mario Desimoni 10 Kills 13 Digs. CB 8-2.

▪ Belen d. Florida Christian (22-25 25-20 25-16 25-23): Eduardo Cruz 15 kills. Liam Fernandez Rocha 12 kills. Christopher Jauregui 9 kills. BEL 12-5.

▪ Monarch d. Pembroke Pines Charter (25-7, 25-5, 25-11): Tyler Johnson 6 kills, 8 points, 5 aces. Lucas Neves 5 assists, 10 points, 2 aces, 2 digs. MON 13-1.

▪ Late Monday — Chaminade-Madonna d. Everglades (28-26, 25-14, 25-2): Zach Wilkerson 11 kills, 11 points, 2 blocks. Max Klyczek 7 kills, 7 points, 3 digs. CM 10-3.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

▪ Belen 7, Archbishop McCarthy 4: D. Dager 2 goals, 2 assists. B. Pascual 2 goals. G. Garcia goal, 2 assists. D. Hondal goal. R. Perez goal. J. Powell assist. M. Abud assist. M. Salas 8 saves.

▪ Gulliver 17, Palmetto 2: Zach Goldschmidt 2 goals. Trevor Pelletier 3 goals, 3 assists. Enrique Falla 3 goals. GP 10-4.

▪ Late Monday — Columbus 14, University School 7: Chris Melendez 3 goals, assist. Mike Perry 3 goals. Alec Gonzalez 2 goals. Austin Volovar 2 goals. Nick Quesada goal, 2 assists. Kyle Glaser 3 assists. Jonathan Nickas 15 saves. COL 12-4.

▪ Late Monday — Cardinal Gibbons 16, Miami Country Day 3: RJ Breton goals, assist. Trent Motta 2 goals. Cole O'Hallaron 3 goals. James Foster 4 goals, assist. Luke Motta 3 goals, 2 assist. Reilly Diamond 2 goals, assist. Caleb Fiedler goal. Joe Maguire (G) 7 saves

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

▪ St. Thomas Aquinas 14, Park Vista 3: Madison Cunnigham 10 saves. Carli Adams 4 goals. Logan Milican 3 goals. STA 10-3.

GIRLS’ FLAG FOOTBALL

▪ Hebrew Academy 20, Keys Gate 0: Sarina Abramowitz 260 passing yards, 3 TD. Florencia Chami 200 receiving yards, 2 TD, 2 INT. Hadassah Bixon 8 Flag Pulls. HA 5-3.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 14, South Plantation 0: Hannah Asher 20-24, 159 yds, 2TD. Maddie St. Philip 11 receptions, 121 yd, TD, XP. Reagan McCray 6 receptions, 78 yd, TD, XP. AM 7-2.

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