High School Sports

Pompano Beach has six athletes sign their letters of intent

Wednesday was a big day for Pompano Beach High athletics.

Five baseball players and one girls’ soccer player signed their letter of intents to compete in college at an early Signing Day Ceremony at the school’s auditorium.

The baseball players included pitcher Trevor Kniskern (Pepperdine), pitcher Chase Costello (LSU), pitcher Michael Schuler (FAU), infielder Chris Ajello (Asbury) and pitcher Dillon Abell (New Orleans).

Soccer midfielder Petra Snelson signed to attend South Georgia State.

Athletic Director Jason Frey, who has been at the school for 17 years, said it was the largest early signing day he could remember.

“Today was all about them and their families,” Pompano Beach baseball coach Joe Giummule said. “Today is one of their dreams coming true and signing their letter of intent to play college baseball.”

Kniskern led the Tornadoes to the Class 5A state semifinals with an 11-1 record, 1.08 ERA and 94 strikeouts. He was also the Florida Dairy Farmer’s Class 5A Player of the Year.

Costello had a 7-1 record with a 2.04 ERA and 49 strikeouts last season.


▪ American Heritage had nine of its athletes sign, including four baseball players with Division I programs.

Triston Casas, one of the nation’s top corner infield prospects, and left-handed pitcher Bailey Mantilla each signed with the University of Miami. Middle infielder Cory Acton signed with the University of Florida, and catcher Julio Cortez signed with the University of South Florida. Heritage also had two softball players sign as Hannah Sipos signed with the University of Florida and Marisa Soterakis signed with South Carolina-Upstate.

Swimmer Catharine Cooper signed with San Diego State University, and Nicholas Pacitti signed with Loyola University of Maryland. Golfer Alberto Martinez signed with Florida State University.

▪ Ferguson girls’ basketball standout Natalia Pineda, the Miami Herald’s 9A-7A Player of the Year, signed with Eastern Michigan University.

The Falcons also had baseball player Anthony Ponce sign with Catawba College in North Carolina.

▪ Belen Jesuit had four signees, including three baseball players. Humberto Torres signed with FIU, Jonathan Barditch with Manhattan College and Andrew Hernandez with the University of Pennsylvania.

Swimmer Aitor Fungarino signed with University of Texas-Austin.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy: Baseball player Daniel Paret signed with Stetson, and volleyball player Nadia St. Thomas signed with Maryville College.

▪ Miami Country Day: Baseball standout Austin Pollak signed with the University of Miami, and teammate Kian Andersen signed with Flagler College. Girls’ basketball star Asha Taylor signed with Dartmouth College.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons: The baseball trio of Ty Crittenberger (UCF), Jarrett Hall (Nova Southeastern) and Kyle Petri (University of Chicago) all signed. For girls’ basketball, Emma Krause signed with William and Mary.

Volleyball standout JT Martin signed with Pepperdine. Swimmer Hudson Coldren signed with Georgia. For softball, Lauren Farias signed with Tennessee State. Tennis standout Alex Armeli signed with Christopher Newport University.

▪ Pine Crest girls’ lacrosse goalie Kennady Smith signed with Boston University.


▪ Westminster Christian 8, Franklin Academy 0: Sophia Vilar 3 goals, Nicole Alamo 2 goals, Alejandra Silva 1 goal 1 assist, Madison Bracci 1 goal 1 assist, Sofia Lopez 1 goal, shutout.

▪ La Salle 3, Coral Shores 0: Stephanie Cuan 2 goals, 1 assist; Kiki Maribona 1 goal, 1 assist.

▪ Coral Reef 12, Southridge 0: Daniela Perez 2 goals; Katherine Diaz 2 goals, 1 assist; Katrina Rodriguez 1 goal; CR 1-0.

▪ Archimedean 9, Keys Gate 0: Alexa Krochmal 3 goals, assist; Isabella Garcia 2 goals, assist; Jaylene Trujillo 3 assists; Gabriela Maldonado goal; Daniela Salce goal; Emely Acobo goal; Sofia Miliancano goal; Golnoosh Goltapeh assist; Jesenia Marin assist; A 1-0.

▪ Miami Springs 10, Northwestern 0: Enma Amaya 2 goals, 1 assist; Gabi Cimino 2 goals, 2 assists; Jasmine Romay 1 goal, 2 assists; Isa Durand, Jade Jagessar-1 goal, assist each; MS 1-0.

▪ Mourning 8, Jackson 0: Giovanna Oliviera 3 goals; Allison Wax 2 goals, 1 assist; Valery Vasquez and Yasmil Bruno 1 goal each.

▪ Ferguson 2, Killian 1: Ashley Acevedo 1 goal, Rebeka Mejia 1 goal, Gaby Arellano 1 assist; Fer 1-0.

▪ Douglas 4, Western 0: Krystina Masihy, Jordan Strauss, Emily Morris and Mia Engelbart 1 goal each; Shannon McEachern, Camilla Pacocha, Jordan Ross and Amanda Straus 1 assist each; Karlie Russell and Carlisle Sraver shutout; MSD 1-0.

▪ Taravella 4, Pines Charter 4: Luciana Scoppetta 1 goal 1 assist; Madison Gamache, Alicia Victoria and Jhanay Moore 1 goal each; Kiana Tulloch 1 assist.

▪ Pine Crest 3, Chaminade-Madonna 0: Eva Spyredes, Natalie Klar, Jessica Nedry goal each; Skylar Pollock shutout.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons 1, Pompano Beach 0: Alysa Vazquez 1 goal; Grace Motta 1 assist; CG 1-0.

▪ Calvary Christian 8, Coral Springs Christian 0: Jade Euell 3 goals; Beatriz Blanco 2 goals; Andie Ricardo, Karla Rivera and Julianne Cymrot 1 goal each.


▪ Belen 5, Mater Academy 0: Carlos Sosa, Maximiliano Llorente, Lucas Fernandez and Harrison Stoker one goal each.

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