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Monsignor Pace names new athletic director

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With Monsignor Pace’s long-time head football coach and athletic director Joe Zaccheo heading off into retirement at the end of the school year, that left two positions needing to be filled.

School administrators filled one of those spots this week when they “kept it in the family” by announcing that long-time baseball coach Tom Duffin will take over as the school’s new AD next June.

Duffin has not only headed the baseball program since 1997, leading the team to a pair of state titles in 2006 and last May while also reeling in his 400th career win on May 9, but went to Pace as a student in the mid-80s and helped lead the Spartans to a state title in 1985 as a player.

“It’s a bittersweet moment for me,” said Duffin, who has served as an assistant AD for the last two years and intends to continue to run the baseball program moving forward. “I’m honored to follow in my mentor’s footsteps and to continue to be a part of the Pace athletic family as Joe Zaccheo will be a hard act to follow. We’ve been able to bring the athletic program here to a prominent level and my hopes and desires will be to continue the rich tradition that we have come to know here at Pace.”

“Tom Duffin is Pace,” said school principal Ana Garcia. “He bleeds red and gold and is the epitome of a gentleman. We are blessed to continue the tradition of excellence with him leading our athletic department.”

As far as who succeeds Zaccheo taking over the football program? School officials said that decision will be coming soon.

Scalzo tears ACL

Cardinal Gibbons will have to continue its run through the Class 5A football playoffs without its starting quarterback.

Senior Nik Scalzo, a Kentucky Wildcats commit, announced Wednesday that he tore his ACL during the Chiefs’ 30-27 win last week over Orlando Jones in the Region 4-5A semifinals. He is out for the rest of the postseason, including Friday’s highly anticipated rematch against Plantation American Heritage for a spot in the state semifinals.

“Played my last high school football game this past Friday. Unfortunately I tore my ACL. Praying for a quick and speedy recovery,” Scalzo wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait to watch and cheer my boys on Friday. Once a Chief, always a Chief #CB4L This is only the beginning... #bbn can’t wait to be a wildcat!”

-Jordan McPherson

BOYS’ BASKETBALL PRESEASON

Miami High 79, Mourning 54: MHS – McBride 9, Clavero 5, Clark 2, Perez-Bravo 1, Joshua Neely 4, Arias 10, Haramboure 2, Justin Neely 27, Garcia 5, Synvrit 7 Davis 4, Fowler 3; ATM – Valladares 4, Donzel 4, Desir 7, Martinez 3, Jeremy 3, Brian, 3, Clarence 3, Adrian 2, Jordan 12, Philemon 6, Thompson 5. Rebounds: Justin Neely 14; Assists: Neely 6; Steals: Davis 4, Dorcely 4; Blocks: Davis 5; Three Pointers: McBride 2, Arias 2, Clavero, Synvrit.

Hillel 53, Hebrew Academy 51: HIL – Berkman 18, Ben-Shmuel 16, Assraf 9, Abbo 6, Taieb 4, Birmaher 1; HA – Lurie 20, Rosenthal 14, Dobin 8, Ovaknin 4, Farkas 3, Rubinov 2. Half: HA 28-13; 3-pointers: Lurie 2, Rosenthal 2, Dobin 2, Berkman, Ben-Shmuel. Rebounds: Taieb 12; Assists: Berkman 4; Steals: Assraf 5.

Champagnat 67, Palm Glades Prep. 40

Gulliver Prep 77, Miami Beach 65

Doral 52, Mater Lakes 48: DOR – Nuñez 29, Carter 8, Pellerano 6, Mercado 3, Alawie 2, Lehrman 2, Warren 2; ML – Largie 23, Poy 14, Linares 8, Garcia 3; Half: 24-24; Three pointers: Nuñez 7, Garcia, Mercado

Braddock 56, Somerset Silver Palms 30: BRAD – Hernandez 14, Allen 8, Guzman 8, E. Perez 7, C. Perez 7, Camejo 5, Paz 3, Campbell 2, Bensallam 2; SSP – Castro 13, Bernard 10, Hernandez 2, Loroz 2, Ramos 2, Marquez 1; 3-Pointers: Hernandez 2, Paz Camejo, Allen 1, Perez 1, Perez 1. Steals: Perez 3. Rebounds: C. Perez 7; Half: BRAD 27-14.

Columbus 65, Varela 21: COL – Fernandez 12, Perez 9, Vidal 9, Golden 6, Jackson 5, Coney 5, Salazar 4, Aguilera 3, Botero 3, Alonso 3, Macia 2, Benitez 2, Cahill 2; VAR – Ogaza 11, Perez 7, Faithful 2, Gel 1; Rebounds: Coney 9; Steals: Jackson 3; Blocks: Salazar 2; 3 pointers: Perez 3, Ogaza 3, Fernandez 2, Vidal, Botero, Alonso, Coney, Jackson; Half: COL 45-10.

Florida Christian 64, Coral Park 47: FC – Bryan Allan 24 points, 21 rebounds, 2 blocks; Davin Hernandez 19 points.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Coral Gables 49, St Brendan 47: CG – Cruzata 20, Mendez 18, Bilbao 4, Bilbao 4, Crabill 2, Pinera 2, Cohen 2, Arguello 1; STB – Armas 13, Diaz 13, Berrios 9, Fraga 7, Gonzalez 3, Escobar 2; Half: STB 26-18; Rebounds: Cohen 10; Assists: Pinera 2; Steals: Cruzata 3; 3 pointers: Cruzata 5, Fraga, Berrios.

Colonial Christian 46, Archbishop Carroll 16: CCS: Jayda St. Germain 14 points, 15 rebounds, 8 steals, 2 assits; Jessica Givens 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assits, 3 steals; Morgan Wells, 8 points, 6 steals, 3 assists, 3 rebounds; Shariah Edwards, 8 points, 13 rebounds.

Krop 70, Lourdes 53: KR – Joseph18, Francois 17, Weingard 15, Walker 9, Hornstein 8, Knowles 2. Rebounds: Walker 13; Assists: Francois 4, Weingard 4; Steals: Francois 4, Weingard 4, Walker 4; 3 pointers: Hornstein 2, Weingard, Walker. KROP 2-0.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Goleman 2, Jackson 2: GOL – Cologero (Jojo) Albino, Bryant Hernandez one goal each.

LaSalle 5, Chaminade-Madonna 0: Kamani Turner, Samuel Rodriguez 2 goals each. Juan Diego Cozzo 1 goal. Manel Lopez shutout. LAS: 4-1.

Southwest 4, Florida Christian 1: Jonathan Campos 2 goals, Ricardo Gonzalez 1 goal 1 assist, Kris Arrieta 1 goal 1 assist. SW: 2 -2 -1.

University School 1, St. Thomas Aquinas 1: UNIV – Jaden Bullock goal, Sebastian “Nino” Smith assist. UNIV: 3-0-1.

Doral 4, Columbus 1: Andoni Garro 4 goals for Doral. DOR: 7-0.

Ransom Everglades 7, iMater Academy 1: RE – Danny Mendoza 4 goals, Joe Gross 2 goals, Antonio Ruan 1 goal. RE 4-0.

St. Brendan 4, Pinecrest Prep. 1: STB – Ernesto de Luca 2 goals, Diego Velazquez 1 goal 1 assist, Nelson Fernandez 1 assist. STB: 2-4.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Archbishop McCarthy 2, Cardinal Gibbons 1: Sofia Mallardi 2 goals, Sophia Goetz 2 assists.

LaSalle 3, Chaminade-Madonna 0: Anabel Toledo, Hanah Gonzalez 1 goal each; Deanna Prieto 1 goal, 1 assist. LAS: 2-0-3.

Coral Reef 3 Ferguson 1: Tianna Rivera 3 goals, Madison Morris 2 assists, Jada Richardson 1 assist. CR: 2-1.

Carrollton 4, Pinecrest Prep 1: Alexis Diaz-Silvera 2 goals, Marian Alcántara 1 goal, Virginia Moscetti 1 goal, 1 assist, Isabel Rodriguez 1 assist, Genevieve Barquet 2 assists, Elise Palenzuela 1 assist.

St. Brendan 3, Mater Academy 1: Sophie Gonzalez, Isa Hernandez, Gaby Obregon, one goal each. STB: 4-0-2.

Florida Christian 5, Southwest 0: Megan Rodriguez 3 goals, 2 assists; Rachel Burke 2 goals, 2 assists; Amanda Diaz 1 assists; Kaley Walkland 7 saves, shutout. FC: 1-1-2.

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