The MAST Academy girls’ water polo team isn’t undefeated by accident.
Wednesday afternoon, one week after capturing their first-ever GMAC title, the Makos jumped into the pool at Miami Country Day for the District 14 tournament 15-0 — and left 17-0. That after a dominating performance as they clobbered Hialeah 22-8 in the semifinal and then finished off host Miami Country Day 17-2 in the championship to capture a second straight district title.
“What a great journey for these girls this season,” MAST coach Alfredo Cancelo said. “All the hard work is paying off.’’
MAST goes to the state play-in game and will host Dr. Krop Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Makos were led by the same girl that’s basically led them all season – Cara Mullery. The junior scored eight of her team’s 17 goals in the final and now has 85 this season.
“We really wanted this one, especially after the boys lost earlier today,” said Mullery referring the the MAST boys team’s semifinal loss to Country Day. “This is the first year we won GMACs and now this is the first time we’re undefeated and it’s a great feeling. We just want to keep it going.”
“She’s the spinal cord of this team,” said Cancelo of his star player. “The most skilled player I’ve ever had, not just at scoring but always making sure she distributes as well and leads those girls in the pool.”
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BOYS’ WATER POLO
Miami Country Day coach Stephanie Ragheb didn’t worry about getting a water cooler dumped on her. Her players just pushed her into the pool.
This followed her team’s 8-5 victory over Miami Beach in the District 14 boys’ championship game Wednesday at MCD. The Spartans, who are only 9-13 thanks to a tough regular season, takes on Dr. Krop in a state play-in game Saturday.
“What’s most exciting is that we have no seniors and only two juniors,’’ said a soaking wet Ragheb, “so we’re really excited about where the program is at right now and want to keep it going on Saturday.”
MCD was led by Jonathan Abramowitz who scored four of his team’s eight goals, three of them in the second half as the Spartans broke loose from a narrow 4-3 halftime lead to open up a 7-3 advantage.
HALL OF FAME
Miami Springs Senior High School will hold its Second Annual High School Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m.
The event will be held at the Miami Springs Golf and Country Club and a total of five former Golden Hawks athletes will be inducted along with three coaches.
Leading the way will be former football stars Reggie Kinlaw (Class of 1975) and Jack Fernandez (Class of ‘80). Kinlaw starred as a defensive lineman at Oklahoma before being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1979 where he would go on to help lead the Raiders to a pair of Super Bowl titles in 1980 and 1983. Fernandez, a linebacker, played four years at the University of Miami and capped off his collegiate career in style when he was named the Orange Bowl game’s MVP in 1983 when the Hurricanes stunned Nebraska to win their first national championship.
The other three athletes will be Regina Gray (basketball, track, volleyball, Class of ‘78), Margaret Skelton (swimming, water polo, Class of ‘82) and Charlene Flanagan (cross country, track, Class of ‘83). Two coaches, Bruce Walton (golf) and Mike McDonough (basketball) along with long-time athletic director Wayne Story will also go in.
Tickets are $75 each and you may contact Amy Robaina at 305-885-3585, ext. 2255 or Craig Jay, ext. 2274 for more information or to reserve your seat.
▪ Coral Park 1, South Miami 0 (9): Carlos Cabana pitched a complete game shutout with 12 strikeouts and Giancarlo Garces’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth led the Rams to a district victory.
SM: 000-000-000 -- -- 0-4-1
CP: 000-000-001 -- -- 1-8-2
WP: Carlos Cabana (4-5) CG, 12 K; Raymond Ferreiro 2-4; Alejandro Vazquez 2-3, RS; Giancarlo Garces RBI. CP 7-15.
▪ Sagemont 8, Ransom Everglades 2
RE: 000-000-2 -- -- 2-6-5
Sag: 431-000-x -- -- 8-11-0
WP: Yordani Carmona (3-2). Edison Rodriguez 2-3, 2 RS, HR, 2 RBI; Luis Tuero 2-3, RS, RBI; David Velez 2-2, RS, RBI.
▪ Southwest 2, Archbishop Carroll 0
AC: 000-000-0 -- -- 0-2-2
SW: 020-000-x -- -- 2-3-0
WP: Andres Fletes CG, 8 K; Anthony Piulats RS. SW 9-13. AC 5-19.
▪ SLAM 6, Mater Academy 5
SLAM: 402-000-0 -- -- 6-9-0
MA: 030-020-0 -- -- 5-5-0
WP: Juan Osorio; Sv: Andrew Velez. Jonathan Fernandez 3-4, 3 RBI; Jose Garcia 3-4, RBI.
▪ Somerset 4, North Broward 0
Som: 000-100-3 -- -- 4-7-2
NB: 000-000-0 -- -- 0-3-1
WP: Angel Perez; Sv: Mark Bejar. Derek Cartaya HR; Mark Bejar 2 RBI. Som 15-9, NB 12-10.
▪ Florida Christian 7, Pace 5
Pace: 000-303-0 -- -- 5-6-2
FC: 102-031-x -- -- 7-10-0
WP Frank Chacon. Christian Coipel 2-4, HR, 3 RBI; Ruben Someillan 2-4; Brandon Chinea 2-3; Kendrick Garcia 2-2, 2 RBI.
▪ Keys Gate 11, Somerset 0
KG: 421-130-0 -- -- 11-8-2
Som: 000-000-0 -- -- 0-0-4
WP: Erin McGlothin. Crystal Williams HR, 3 SB; Madison Wells 2 BH, 3 SB; Jessy Lamboy HR, 3 RBI; Lauren Richardson RBI; Natalie Esparilla 4 SB. KG 12-4.
▪ St. Brendan d. TERRA 25-14, 25-19, 25-21: Jahn Lozada 18 kills, 14 digs; Marc Diaz 26 assists; Albert Collins 10 digs; A.J de la Torriente 7 kills. StB 10-5.
▪ Mourning d. SLAM 25-19, 25-13, 25-11: Nico Triana 3 kills; Alex Silva 3 kills 6 blocks; Erick Nascimento 20 assists. Mour 10-3.
▪ Columbus d. Coral Reef 25-16, 25-12, 25-18: Guillermo Brito 10 kills; Javier Cisneros 7 kills. Cbs: 13-1.
▪ District 31 semifinal — Belen 7, Columbus 6: Bel goals: D.Dager 3 goals; G.Garcia 2 goals; B.Pasqual and M.Abud goal each. Cbus goals: A.Gonzalez 3 goals; D.Cicarelli, M.Perry and A.Romagosa goal each.
▪ Mater Academy 21, SLAM 0: Angelica Gutierrez 190 RY, 3 TD; Emily Acosta 3 INT; Makayla Mills 3 SACK. MA 8-2.
BOYS’ REGIONAL TENNIS
4A at Normandy Shores: Coral Reef at Miami Beach, 2; 4A: Dr. Krop at Cypress Bay, 10 a.m.; 3A: Mourning at Belen Jesuit, 3; 2A: Gulliver at American Heritage, 3; 1A at Crandon Park: Ransom at MAST, 3; 1A: Sagemont at Delray American Heritage, 10 a.m.
GIRLS’ REGIONAL TENNIS
4A at Biltmore: Palmetto at Coral Gables, noon; 4A: Dr. Krop at Cypress Bay, 10 a.m.; 3A at Kendalltown Courts: TERRA vs. Doral, 3; 2A: Gulliver at Pine Crest, 10:30 a.m.; 1A at Crandon Park: Carrollton at Ransom, 3
BCAA Big 8 championship at Silver Lakes South, Pembroke Pines: Douglas vs. Cooper City, 7; GMAC championship at Palmetto Bay: Palmetto vs. Coral Reef, 4
TRACK AND FIELD
District 16-1A at Dade Christian: 1
BOYS’ DISTRICT LACROSSE
30 at Pines Charter: 7; 31 at Belen Jesuit: 5
GIRLS’ DISTRICT LACROSSE
29 at Douglas: 7; 30 at University School: 7; 31: West Broward at Cooper City, 6; 32 at Ransom Everglades: 6