High School Sports

Defense fuels win by Miami Springs

If ever a unit took the “bend-but-don’t-break” philosophy to heart, it was the Miami Springs defense on Thursday night.

Hosting Edison at Milander Stadium, the Golden Hawks turned away the Red Raiders four times in the red zone with zero points over the course of the night, which paved the way for a 19-6 victory. And with the win, Springs, a program just three years removed from a dismal 0-10 season, is off to its first 3-0 start in more than 15 years. Edison fell to 1-1.

The Red Raiders cut Springs’ 12-0 lead in half with a touchdown by Kaii Henry and gotten the ball back at their own 18. That’s when Springs cornerback Myron Morris picked off a Malcolm Vigile pass and took it to the 1-yard line, setting up D.J. Bethune’s touchdown run two plays later.

Springs running back D.J. Bethune scored two plays later with 2:41 left to wrap things up for the Hawks.

“Just an outstanding effort by our defense,” Springs coach Darryel Bethune said. “On a night where our offense was sputtering in spots, they really came up big in key moments when it really counted and certainly it was capped off with Myron’s big pick that allowed us to put things away.”

“I just got a good read on the play and stepped up and did what I had to do,” said Morris, who has four interceptions in Springs’ first three games.

Thanks to an early one-yard scoring plunge by quarterback Gerald Anderson followed by a missed PAT, Springs would spend the next three quarters clinging to a 6-0 lead thanks to a defense, led by FIU commit Isrick McDonald’s two sacks from his defensive end position.

With just under eight minutes left, Anderson, on third-and-15 from the Edison 22 found Johnny Rembert for a touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to make it 12-0 following another missed PAT.

Edison finally dented the scoreboard on its next series when quarterback Jovis St. Luc, who only came in for one play, made it count when he dumped a screen pass to Henry and took off on a 44-yard scoring play with 6:05 left.

▪ Ferguson 21, Braddock 6: With starting quarterback Eric Porras out, Richard Valdez stepped in and ran Ferguson’s triple-option offense to a win against Braddock (0-3, 0-1 District 15-8A) at Tropical Park in the district opener for both teams.

Gianni McCrea ran for 134 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns to lead a dominant ground game for Ferguson (2-1, 1-0).

“He stepped up,” Ferguson coach Gene Chew said. “He always runs hard, and he's the one that wants the ball. In the most dire situation, he asks for the ball.”

Valdez went 4 for 7 for 71 yards and a 48-yard touchdown to Andrew Velasco to go with his 26 rushing yards.

The Falcons were one defensive breakdown away from a shutout. Braddock (0-3, 0-1) scored on an 81-yard pass from Angel Alvarez to Alex Victor in the third quarter.

DAVID FURONES

▪ Krop 13, Mourning 0: In a game delayed 56 minutes by lightning, Krop (1-2) scored two first-half touchdowns to beat Mourning (0-2) at North Miami Athletic Athletic Stadium.

Junior quarterback Edgardo Mendez connected with senior Justus Wimes for a 15-yard touchdown with 3:46 remaining in the first quarter, capping a drive that began on the opponent’s 30 after the first of Krop's three interceptions. The offense scored again on its next possession on senior Robert Henderson's 3-yard run with 9:20 to go in the second.

The Lightning (1-2) collected 211 total yards and held the Sharks (0-2) to 90, most of which came after halftime. Mourning mustered just one first down through the first two quarters and one completion -- on the final drive -- the entire game.

Weather conditions likely played a factor for both offenses as the first series alone saw four combined fumbles, though none were lost.

"Hats off to Alonzo Mourning," Krop coach David Hudson said. "They gave us a good fight. The kids came out and we didn't execute as well as we should have. Maybe the delay. Whatever. No excuses. We're just trying to get better each week. We're trying to find the right combination of young men to get the job done for us."

Christina De Nicola

▪ Pompano Beach 16, Miami Country Day 12: Sophomore John Padgett led the host Tornadoes (1-2) with 105 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 6:29 remaining on a 4-yard run to erase a 12-8 deficit against the Spartans (1-2).

The Spartans (1-2) made its final bid to regain the lead, reaching the Pompano Beach seven-yard line on a first-and-goal before linebacker LeAndre Dorsett hit running back Austen Weinberg, popping the ball loose and Zach Good made the game-sealing recovery with :47 remaining.

Concepcion Ledezma

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ TERRA d. Homestead (25-11, 25-9, 25-17). T: Nikki Dequesada 5 kills, 2 aces; Caitlin Donnelly 5 kills; Katelyn Barrow 4 assists, 2 kills, 6 aces; Carolina Ruiz 3 assists, 2 kills, 4 aces. TERRA 4-2.

▪ Sagemont d. SLAM (25-4, 25-5, 2-7). St: Megan Bodden 7 kills, 6 points; Nikki Rodriguez 17 points, 15 assists, 2 kills. St 3-1.

▪ Carrollton d. Lasalle (25-14, 25-13, 25-15). C: Maria Hornbacher 8 kills, 5 aces; Adrianna Rovirosa 8 kills, 3 aces; Lucy Hornbacher 5 kills.

▪ American Heritage d. Somerset (25-14, 25-12, 25-21). AH: Lu Grinspan 11 kills, 8 aces, 12 service points, 7 digs, 3 blocks; Jenna Amaro 5 kills, 1 ace, 4 digs, 5 blocks; Ahnie Jumper 19 assists, 4 digs. AHS 2-1.

▪ Hialeah-Miami Lakes d. Westland (25-16, 25-23, 25-18).

HML: Jessy Marquez 11 kills 14 digs; Angella Hernandez 4 kills, 3 digs, 3 aces, 11 service points; Noelys Martinez 2 kills, 12 digs, 7 service points. HML 4-2.

▪ Mourning d. Goleman (25-10, 25-13, 25-17). ATM: Mary Shelow 13 kills, 5 aces, 2 assists; Amanda Rey 4 kills, ace, 11 assists; Erin Donahue 2 kills, 8 aces, 2 assists, 9 digs. ATM 4-1.

▪ Miami High d. Hialeah Gardens (24-26, 25-12, 25-18, 25-19). MH: Michelle Gonzalez 6 kills, 1 block; Rosa Aguado 4 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces; Alicia Espinosa 11 assists, 3 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces. MIA 4-2.

▪ Monarch d. Hollywood Hills (25-15, 25-23, 25-6). Jada Small 8 kills, 13 digs, 5 points, 4 aces; Qui'yona Salmon 8 kills, 5 blocks. Monarch 5-1.

▪ Jensen Beach d. Cardinal Gibbons (25-18, 25-16, 25-12). CG: Kassie Akouri-Tejedor: 12 assists, 7 digs, 1 kill, 5 service points, 2 aces; Maggie Macek: 4 kills, 2 blocks. Gibbons 6-2.

▪ Highlands Christian d. FAU High (25-7, 25-7, 25-5). HC: Mineo 1 ace, 8 kills, 5 digs; Smith 18 service points, 7 aces, 2 assists, 15 digs; Gray 11 service points, 3 aces, 4 assists, 2 digs.

▪ Calvary Christian d. University School (25-8, 25-14, 25-15). US: Katelyn Barclay - 16 digs. US 2-4.

▪ Miami Beach d. Krop (25-15, 25-7, 25-17). Laura Boone 24 assists, 11 digs; Nicole Goetz 4 aces, 10 kills, 7 blocks; Ornella Borsieri 4 aces, 11 digs.

▪ Palmer Trinity d. Archbishop Carroll (25-11, 25-6, 25-10). PTS: Ellie Nosich 7 kills, 7 aces, 2 blocks, 6 digs; Dani Diaz 4 kills, 6 aces, 6 digs; Kristen Fernandez 12 digs. PTS 5-0.

▪ Stoneman Douglas d. Coral Springs (25-20, 25-18, 25-22). SD: Hannah Mutchler 9 aces, 18 assists; Marisol Figgueroa 14 digs, 3 aces.

▪ St. Thomas d. Nova High School (25–5, 25–14, 25–15). STA: Derry Costigan: 5 kills, 5 digs, 9 assists, 8 aces, 23 Service points; Brook Bauer: 7 kills, 1 block, 3 aces, 5 service points. STA 4-1.

▪ Calvary Christian d. University School (25-8, 25-14, 25-25). CC: Haley Batchelor 6 kills 2 blocks and 1 ace; Marielle Diaz 9 digs 3 aces. CC: 5-1.

▪ Pine Crest d. Pompano (27-29, 18-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15-6). Lauren Houle 26 kills 2 digs. Pine Crest 6-0.

▪ Ferguson d. Lourdes (25-21, 28-26, 25-23). F: Alex Reczek 4 aces 17 digs; Chelsey Luciano 8 digs; Bria Beverly 12 kills 3 aces.

▪ MAST Academy d. Mater Lakes Academy (25-9, 25-19 and 26-24). MAST: Mia Boloix 20 Kills 17 Digs and 1 Ace; Anastasia Ray 26 assists 2 kills, 2 aces.

GIRLS’ GOLF

▪ Ransom Everglades 129, Gulliver 133 at Biltmore Golf Club: Ruby Willie (G) 26; Madison Kinder (RE) 30; Aditi Mehrotra (RE) 32; Kaelie Cochran (RE) 32; Olivia Lundeen (G) 32.

▪ Cypress Bay 304, Archbishop McCarthy 328. At Grand Palms, par 72. CB: Nunez - 73, Ferre - 75, V. Haupt - 76, J. Haupt - 80. AM: Simons - 78, Rodriguez - 79, Benedetto - 81, Sommer - 90.

BOYS’ GOLF

▪ Calvary Christian 152, University School 165 At: The Palms at Palm Aire. CCA: Cory Duame 35, Zach Mendez 38, Wyatt Rubin 38, Derek Butts 41. US: Jared Barclay 40, Blake Maier 41, Sam Bennett 42, Christoffer Tonnesen 42. CCA 6-0.

▪ Cypress Bay Invitational 18 Holes (Weston Hills CC): Park Vista (297) Cypress Bay (309) Columbus (311) St. Thomas (312). PV: August 74, Mason 73, Reeves 74, Chuppe 76, Daigler 81, Logan 88. CB: Arrazola 73, Cachon 79, Gallego 73, Ki 84, Andersen 86, Maldonado 90. CM: Martinez 73, Trigueros 75, Betancourt 81, Moscoso 82, Amastha 84, Rodriguez 88. STA: Galluzzo 76, Voltz 79, Curozuo 79, Weigand 78, Civetti 86, Gorrucho 82.

CROSS-COUNTRY

▪ Pine Crest Cross Country Invitational – Boys: Top teams: 1. Belen Jesuit, 2. Pine Crest, 3. Calvary Christian, 4. Miami Country Day, 5. Archbishop McCarthy, 6. Highlands Christian, 7. Gulliver Prep, 8. Mater Academy, 9. South Florida Heat, 10. Dade Christian. Top individuals: Ryan Rodriguez, Belen Jesuit, 2. Jaime Lopez, Belen, 3. Joel Lacy, Calvary Christian, 4. Bruno Zayas, Belen, 5. Tucker Hindle, Boca Raton Christian, 6. Nicolas Roca, Belen, 7. William Shine, Archbishop McCarthy, 8. Jeremy Farrell, McCarthy, 9. Jorge Gomez, Belen, 10. Michael Kennedy, Pine Crest.

▪ Archimedean Meet – Boys: Doctors' Charter 20, Curley 46, Archimedean 78. Jonathan Gill (DCS) 18:25, Darwin Abreu (DCS) 19:08, Sean Smith (Cur) 19:21

▪ Pine Crest Cross Country Invitational – Girls: Top teams: 1. Pine Crest, 2. Mater Academy, 3. South Florida Heat, 4. Miami Country Day, 5. Calvary Christian, 6. Gulliver Prep, 7. Archbishop McCarthy, 8. LaSalle, 9. Pope John Paull II, 10. Coral Springs Christian. Top Individuals: 1. Tsion Yared, Pine Crest, 2. Julia Montgomery, Pine Crest, 3. Alyssa Pujals, Gulliver Prep, 4. Mahdere Yared, Pine Crest, 5. Jinah Mickens, Mater Academy, 6. Amanda Schwartz, Pine Crest, 7. Katherine Jovanovic, Pine Crest, 8. Isabell Allen, Miami Country Day, 9. Marina Gonzalez, LaSalle, 10. Carolyn Shields, South Florida Heat.

▪ Archimedean Meet – Girls: Curley 23, Doctors' Charter 27, Archimedean 41. Rhian Romanik (Cur) 23:30, Taisa Strouse (DCS) 25:00, Catherine Padilla (DS) 27:12

BOWLING

Miami Springs boys’ d. Miami High 1703-1160.

Miami Springs girls’ d. Miami High 1359- 733.

SWIMMING

▪ Gulliver Dual Meet — Boys: Keys Gate Charter d. Miami Country Day 93-74. Gullver Prep d. Miami Country Day 118-51. Gulliver Prep d. Keys Gate Charter 109- 60.

▪ St. Thomas Aquinas Dual Meet — Boys: St. Thomas d. Taravella 146-30. Taravella d. David Posnack Jewish School 103-64. St. Thomas Aquinas d. David Posnack Jewish School 145-30.

▪ Gulliver Dual Meet — Girls: Miami Country Day d. Keys Gate Charter 76- 59.5. Gulliver d. Miami Country Day 124-42. Gulliver d. Keys Gate Charter 132-35.

▪ St. Thomas Aquinas Dual Meet — Girls: St. Thomas d. Taravella 146-32. Taravella d. David Posnack Jewish School 86-62. St. Thomas Aquinas d. David Posnack Jewish School 150-23.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

FOOTBALL

Gulliver Prep vs. Chaminade-Madonna (Chaminade), 4:00

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Belen Jesuit (Belen), 4:00

Somerset Academy vs. Dade Christian (DC), 7:30

Carol City vs. Booker T. Washington (Traz), 7:30

Miami Central vs. Coral Reef (Harris), 7:30

Champagnat vs. Trinity Christian, 7:30

Coral Gables vs. Columbus (Tropical Park), 7:30

Goleman vs. Southridge (Southridge), 7:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Hialeah (Milander), 7:30

Keys Gate vs. Oxbridge (Oxbridge), 7:00

Killian vs. North Miami Beach, 7:30

Saint Andrews vs. LaSalle (LaSalle), 7:00

Westland Hialeah vs. Ronald Reagan (Reagan), 3:30

Westminster Christian vs. Immokalee (Immokalee), 7:30

BOYS’ GOLF

Miami Palmetto vs. TERRA (TERRA), 2:30

BOYS’ SWIMMING

Southwest vs. Hialeah Gardens, 1:30

Ferguson vs. Coral Reef (MDCC-South), 3:30

Krop vs. Miami Beach, 4:00

Marathon vs. Miami Country Day, 4:00

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Miami High vs. Jackson (Jackson), 5:00

Palmetto vs. Miami Beach,5:00

Florida Christian vs. Miami Country Day (MCD), 5:00

South Dade vs. Coral Gables (CG), 5:00

Coral Shores vs. Archbishop Curley, 5:30

Zion Lutheran vs. Princeton Christian, 5:30

Gulliver Prep vs. Key West (KW), 5:30

Mater Lakes vs. Doral Academy, 6:30

Westwood Christian vs. Archemedian, 6:30

GIRLS’ GOLF

Miami Palmetto vs. TERRA (TERRA), 3:00

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

Southwest vs. Hialeah Gardens (Hialeah Gardens), 1:30

Krop vs. Miami Beach (Miami Beach), 3:00

Ferguson vs. Coral Reef (Coral Reef), 3:30

Marathon vs. Miami Country Day (Miami Country Day), 4:00

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