High School Sports

Ransom Everglades star clinches state singles, doubles titles

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Antonio Mora has it all now.

The Ransom Everglades senior, fresh off winning the Class 1A individual singles and doubles tennis championships on Tuesday, returned to win the overall 1A singles and doubles titles on Wednesday in Altamonte Springs.

He started by beating Boca Raton St. Andrew’s Quinn Fender in commanding fashion 6-1, 6-1 in the singles final.

“The biggest difference was my serve. I thought I served really well. I hit five or six aces today, which really helped,” said Mora, who has qualified for the state finals six consecutive years since he was a seventh-grader. I wanted to win it all.”

A few hours later, he teamed with Grant Dill to win a grueling 1A overall doubles championship 6-3, 6-7 (5-7); 1-0 (10-3) by dominating play in the tiebreaker over Sarasota Lakewood Ranch brothers Connor and Jake King.

“For Grant Dill, who wanted this thing so bad, they stepped up and they did it,” Ramson Everglades coach Peter Lehman said. “I told our guys, ‘The only way to win this is to play the tie-breaker one point at a time, but take it.’”

After three days at the state tournament, Mora won four state medals – two individual brackets titles and two overall titles -- and he had won the team state title with Ransom Everglades a year ago.

“In Florida, we have so many great players, and I know so many of them down in South Florida. But at this point in time, Antonio Mora, and he proved it here today, is clearly in my estimation the best player in the state,” Lehman said.

In 2A boys team competition at Sanlando, Pine Crest topped Cape Coral 4-0, getting wins from Jameson Corsillo 7-5, 6-1, Steven Sun 6-4, 6-0, Carter Morgan in an injury default match and William Dorion 6-0, 6-0.

Corrsillo also beat Ian Ziegler from Cape Coral 7-5, 6-1 in the singles team bracket and will face Steven Sun from American Heritage Delary in the semis on Thursday. David Lins and Sergei Golovnev from the Pine Crest doubles team bracket advanced to the semis after beating Ziegler and Matthew Orozco 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5).

“We had a great doubles match. They were our state champions from last year and we needed something like that to get us going,” Pine Crest coach Farhan Malik said. “As far as the team, our depth has been strong.”

In the 2A boys individual bracket, LaSalle’s Stefano Viel was eliminated in the quarterfinals by top-seeded John Sakellarides 6-2, 3-6; 1-0 (10-4) after he won a first-round match earlier over Aiden Little from Southeast, 6-2, 6-3.

In the 2A girls individual bracket, Gulliver Prep’s second-seeded Sophia Restrepo advanced into the semifinals after beating Alachua Santa Fe’s Hailey McGahee 6-0, 6-2. She will face McKeel Academy senior Hannah Hogg Thursday at 8 a.m. Restrepo and doubles partner Chiara Von Gerlach also reached the semifinals after winning 6-0, 6-2.

In 4A team competition at Red Bug Lake Park, the Palmetto boys beat Spanish River 4-0 and St. Thomas Aquinas beat Orlando Freedom 5-0. Palmetto and St. Thomas will go ahead-to-ahead in Thursday’s semifinal round.

Palmetto picked up wins from Matt Fung 6-1, 6-1, Randy Wilson 6-0, 6-0, Daniel Martens 6-0, 6-0 and Ryan Fung 6-3, 6-0.

St. Thomas got singles wins from Jonathan Dzung 6-1, 6-4, Juan Tavera 6-0, 6-1, Gianluca Stever 6-1, 6-1 and doubles victories from Dzung and Matthew Gonzalgo 6-2, 4-6; 10-7 and Mateo Martinez and Tevera 6-1, 6-4.

In 4A girls, Palmetto beat Boca Raton 4-0 getting singles wins from Sam Alicea 6-1, 6-0 and Natalie Vanderreis 6-1, 6-0, and doubles wins from Alicea and Ally Hayduk 6-4, 6-3 and Isabella Montana and Vanderreis 6-0, 6-0.

Palmetto will face Stoneman Douglas in the semifinals Thursday. Douglas advanced after beating Lake Nona 5-1, getting singles wins from Madison Leal 6-1, 6-2, Lekha Varudandi 6-3, 2-6; 10-4, Amanda Aponte 6-4, 6-4 and Olivia Martinelli 6-0, 6-0. Aponte and Martinelli won in doubles 6-2, 6-1.

In 4A individual singles at Sylvan Park, Coral Gables Daniel Krulig -- ranked 10th in the state -- advanced into individual state championship match and will face Lake Mary’s David Gorshein on Thursday. Krulig beat Lakeland’s Kyle Eason 6-0, 6-1 and Wellington’s Chase Cerejo 6-2, 6-0.

In the 4A individual girls, Camila Ordonez from Dr. Krop reached the semifinals after blanking Asia Raulerson from Clermont East Ridge 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and topping Ilana Gomez-Diaz from Fort Lauderdale 6-2, 6-2. She will play Ferguson’s Slade Coetzee, who reached the semis after beating Lake Mary’s Samantha Maras 6-3, 6-1.

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Southwest had two baseball players sign with colleges. Second baseman Erick Orbeta, who is hitting .479 with 24 stolen bases, signed with Hillsborough Community College. Shortstop Danny Cruz, who is batting .338 with 15 stolen bases, signed with Marshall University.


District 16-5A semifinal: Gulliver Prep. 4, Keys Gate Charter 1: WP: Kevin Maura CG, 8 Ks; Adrian Del Castillo 1-1 HR; Lucas Costello 1-3 RBI. GP: 13-10.

District 16-7A semifinal: Doral Academy 11, Sunset 0: WP: Adrian Figueroa 4 2/3 IP, 5H, 8 Ks; Robert Leiva 2-4 2R, HR, 3 RBI; Gaby Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, HR, RBI; Arturo Sardinia 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; Nicolas Pitelli 2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Lency Delgado HR.

District 16-7A semifinal: TERRA 4, Belen Jesuit 1: WP: Carlos Lequerica CG, 1R, 3H, 13 Ks; Robert Trujillo 1-3, R, 2 RBI; David Knepper 1-3, RBI; Angel Navarro 1-2, RBI. TERRA: 10-12.

District 13-9A semifinal: Hialeah Gardens 6, Krop 1: WP: Marcos Ruiz 0 ER, 1H, 4 Ks; SV: Harold Aguilera; Ryan Delcorro 4-4; Alvaro Ramirez 2-4, 4 RBI; Javier Manganelly 1-2, RBI; Omar Eusebio 1-1, 2B.

District 13-9A semifinal:Hialeah 4, American 2: WP: Nicholas Garcia CG, 8Ks; Luis Aquino 2-2, RBI; Lazaro Hernandez 2-2; Henry Hernandez 1-3, 2B, RBI. HIA: 10-13.

District 16-9A semifinal:Palmetto 10, South Dade 0 (5 inn.): WP: Victor Valderrama (7-1); Turbo Kavalir 2-3 2B, R, 3 RBI; Brandon Abreu 2-4, RBI; Nelson Villa 2-3, 2B, PAL: 21-4.

District 15-7A semifinal:South Broward 10, Northeast 4: WP: Dylan Harbinson 4.1 IP, 7H, 3 ER, 6 Ks; Antonino Schembari 2-3, RBI; Makai Simons 1-2, 3 RBI. SB: 13-12.

District 16-6A semifinal: Miami Springs 10, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 6: WP: Joel Gonzalez; Carlos Rey 3-3, 3 RBI; Steven Torres 1-4, HR, RBI; Joel Gonzalez 1-2, 2 RBI; Anthony Nunez 1-2, 2 RBI. MS: 18-6.

District 16-6A semifinal: Goleman 4, Jackson 0: WP: Nicholas Rodriguez CG, 1H. GOL: 15-9.

District 15-9A semifinal: Southwest 1, Ferguson 0: WP: Mario Garcia 2H; Eddie Sierra GW RBI; Erick Orbeta 2-3.

District 15-9A semifinal: Columbus 3, Braddock 2: WP: Anthony Arguelles CG, 2H, 3 Ks; E.J. Doskow 1-3, 2B; Sebastian Serralta 1-3, RBI. COL: 18-5.

District 15-5A semifinal: Monsignor Pace 6, LaSalle 2: WP: Yordani Carmona 13 Ks; Sammy Infante 1-4, 2B, RBI; Robert Moya 1-4, 2B, RBI. MP: 18-6.

District 15-5A semifinal:Mater Lakes 3, i-Mater Academy 0: WP: Ruddy Gomez CG No-hitter, 10 Ks; ML: 17-8.

District 16-2A semifinal: Brito Private 10, Champagnat 2: WP: Ricky Collado 0H, 5 Ks; Jose Aquino 1-1, 3 RBI; Luis Ruize 1-3, 2R, 2 RBI. BR: 13-11.

District 14-9A semifinal: Miami Beach 11, Coral Gables 3: WP: Nolan Santos 5IP, 2H, 7 Ks; David Castillo 2-3, 4 RBI; Marcus Garcia 2-5, 4 RBI; Emmanuel Arias 3-5; Eduardo Rodriguez 2-5. MB: 12-11.

District 16-8A semifinal: Westland Hialeah 3, Reagan 2: WP: George Aguilera 4.1 IP, 8 Ks; SV: Jose Sosa 2.2 IP, 5 Ks; Robin Hernandez 1-2, 2 RBI; Angelo Piloto 2-4, GW-RBI; Emmanuel Rodriguez 1-2; Michael Uz 1-4, 3B. WH: 16-9