High School Sports

Mater Academy courting Shakey Rodriguez to take over program

The Miami Herald

The boys’ basketball head coaching job at Mater Academy became vacant Thursday when Corey Stephens stepped down after a decade of leading the Lions.

Mater Academy is trying to convince one of Miami-Dade County’s most successful coaches of all-time to fill it.

Lions’ athletic director Luis Sanchez confirmed to the Miami Herald Thursday that the school has offered Marcos ‘Shakey’ Rodriguez the position.

Rodriguez told the Herald Thursday he is taking some time to mull over the offer.

“I told them I’d like to take spring break to clear my head and make sure I wanted to do this all-out,” Rodriguez said. “I do miss coaching tremendously. Part of me is excited, but part of me is wondering if I really want to get into this. I just want to take some time and think about it.”

Rodriguez, 63, won five state championships at Miami High, which ranks second-for the most titles won by a coach in county history behind Miami Norland’s Lawton Williams III (six) and fourth in state history behind Williams, Blanche Ely coach Melvin Randall (seven) and Dillard coach Darryl Burrows (six).

Rodriguez, who has 26 years of high school basketball coaching experience, also led Dr. Krop to the state final four in 2010 – a squad led by current University of Miami guard Angel Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also coached the FIU men’s basketball team from 1995-2000, compiling a 79-66 record.

Rodriguez has not coached since his final season at Dr. Krop when the ineligibility of multiple players led to his resignation and the school forfeiting a 20-3 season.

Rodriguez continued to coach on the AAU circuit, coached with the Miami Midnites, a summer-league professional developmental team, and has taught weight training at Mater Academy for the past three years.

Stephens just finished his tenth season at Mater, a campaign that ended with the Lions going 24-5 and reaching the Class 7A regional semifinals. Stephens compiled a 189-85 record during his career, and led Mater to regional semifinals appearance each of the past three seasons.


Miami Beach’s boys and Palmetto’s girls each had to work overtime Thursday to secure their GMAC tennis championships.

Palmetto held off rival Krop to win its third consecutive GMAC title. After sweeping the top three singles divisions, Palmetto had to hold off the Lightning, which won the No. 4 and 5 singles and No. 1 doubles divisions.

"They never backed down even when we fell behind 6-5 in the first set of the No. 2 doubles," Palmetto coach Kelly Gibson said. "It wasn’t easy. Krop made us work for it. But it shows the toughness of this team."

Miami Beach rallied to beat Mourning after dropping three of the five singles matches.

Mourning took a 3-2 lead after the singles matches, but the teams of Quin McLeod and Nicolas Barone (No. 1 doubles) and Omar Zarif and Luca McLeod each scored clutch wins in the doubles round. Each doubles match went three sets as McLeod and Barone beat Tom Jaworski and Santiago Uribe at No. 1 by the score of 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. The No. 2 doubles team of Omar Zarif and Luca McLeod beat Mourning’s Abdyleziz Abydov and Edward Luca, 6-7, 6-0, 7-5.

On the girls’ side, Ansofi Wreder, Roxana Montoya and Samantha Alicea won their singles matches for Palmetto, but Wreder and Montoya were beaten by Nayia Oden and Camila Ordonez in No. 1 doubles. Samantha Alicea, who won at No. 3 singles, teamed with Olivia Schutiema to outlast Tyra Fairley and Julie Shillington at No. 2 doubles and secure the match.

Girls’ final – Palmetto 4, Dr. Krop 3 – No. 1 singles: Ansofi Wreder (P) d. Nayia Oden (K) 7-6 (5), 6-2; No. 2: Roxana Montoya (P) d. Camila Ordonez (K) 7-5, 6-4; No. 3: Samantha Alicea (P) d. Julie Shillington (K) 6-1, 6-0; No. 4: Tyra Fairley (K) d. Milena Vanderreis (P), 6-4, 6-4; No. 5: Manami Maehama (K) d. Olivia Schutiema (P) 6-1, 7-5; No. 1 doubles: Oden/Ordonez (K) d. Wreder/Montoya (P) 6-2, 6-1; No. 2 doubles: Alicea/Schutiema (P) d. Shillington/Fairley (K) 7-6 (2), 6-1.

Boys’ final – Miami Beach 4, Mourning 3 – No. 1 singles: Tom Jaworski (ATM) d. Quin McLeod (MB) 6-2, 7-6; No. 2: Nicolas Barone (MB) d. Santiago Uribe (ATM) 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Omar Zarif (MB) d. Abdyleziz Abydov (ATM) 6-3, 6-1; No. 4: Edward Luca (ATM) d. Luca McLeod (MB) 6-4, 0-6, 6-3; No. 5: Daniel Ramirez (ATM) d. Omar Azzaoui (MB) 7-6, 5-0 (inj.); No. 1 doubles: Q. McLeod/Barone (MB) d. Jaworski/Uribe (ATM) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4; No. 2 doubles: Zarif/L. McLeod (MB) d. Abydov/Luca (ATM) 6-7, 6-0, 7-5.


Westminster Christian announced Thursday that football coach Sedrick Irvin will be stepping down from his coaching position.

Irvin, a star All-American running back at Southridge and later Miami High, coached the Warriors to three consecutive district championships, and a regional finals appearance in 2013.

"I would like to thank Coach Irvin for his dedication to the entire Westminster Christian School community,” Westminster Christian athletic director Gene Baker said in a statement. "He has been an integral part of several sports programs as teacher, coach, mentor, and role model. Westminster will miss him and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.”

In the statement, Baker said the school is searching for a new coach and would like to have one in place by the time spring football begins April 25.


▪ University School 11, Miami Country Day 3: Josh LaPrest 3-3, 5 RBI; Buddy Hayward 2 RBI. Univ 10-5.

▪ Coral Park 9, Hialeah 8: Daniel Vera (1-0); Irwing Hernandez 3-4, 2 RS; Brandon Gomis 3-4, 3 RBI; Bran Socorro 4-4, 2 RBI; Eric Estevez 2 RBI. CP 9-4.

▪ Homestead 16, Norland 6: Jesus Cedillo (1-1); David Munoz 4-5, HR, 3 RBI; Jose Navarro 3-4, 4 RBI; Horatio Campillo 3-5; David Villasane 3-5. Home 6-9.

▪ Sunset 9, Reagan 5: Erick Orbeta 2-4, 2 RS; Justin Marcano 2 2B; Elias Martinez 2-3. Sun 7-6.

▪ Columbus 6, Coral Gables 4: Jose Machado (3-1); Dom Diaz (S) 2 IP, 4 K; Hernan Sardinas 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Danny Bello HR. Cbs 11-5.

▪ Southwest 1, Ferguson 0: Jason Graña (WP) SO; Giancarlo Garces BB, RS.

▪ Somerset 10, Coral Springs Charter 0: Brandon Valentin (3-2) SO, 5 IP, 7 K; Derek Cartaya 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RS; Luis Chavez 3-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Gianny Galvez 2 2B, 4 RBI. Som 11-3.


▪ St. Thomas Aquinas 10, Cypress Bay 0: Brooke Stock (9-3); Maddy Carpe 1-2, HR, 2 RBI; Lindsey Gehring 2-3, 2 RBI.

▪ Monsignor Pace 12, Terra 0: Sofia Dominguez 14 K, CG, 2 2B, 2 RS; Monica Marquez 2-3, 3B, RS; Cassidy Zeigler 2-4, 2 RS. Pace 12-5.

▪ Westminster Christian 4, Wellington 3: Victoria Perez (7-4) CG, HR; Ally Mena HR, 2 RBI; Daniella Amador 3-3. WC 12-4.

▪ Archbishop Curley 14, Palm Glades 3: Ashley Savain (2-0); Kaylin Ayuaca 3B, 4 RS; Brianna Hernandez 2 RS, RBI; Sarisha Wiggans 4 RBI, 2 RS; Olya Seichrist 3-4, 3 RBI. Curl 11-2.

▪ Carrollton 13, Coral Shores 3: Nora Zubiaga (7-5); Cat Uliivarrii 2-3, 2 RBI; Natasha Gonzalez 4-4, 2 RBI; Jackie Lorente RS, 2 RBI. Carr 10-8.

▪ Archbishop Carroll 15, Greater Miami Adventist 0: Justine Cinalli (5-7) 8 K; Justine Cinalli 3-4, 5 RBI; Lauren Loyal 4 RBI; Valentina Hoyos 3 RBI; Michele Moye 2 RBI. AC 5-7.

▪ Calvary Christian 11, NPB Benjamin 1: C.Crump (9-3) 15 K, HR; A. Chang 2-4, 2 RBI. Cal 12-8.


▪ St. Thomas Aquinas d. South Plantation 23-25, 25-10, 25-20, 25-23: Paul Donnelly 5 kills; Tyler Howard 5 kills; Evan Wurts 11 assists, 15 points; Carlitos Matos 13 assists; Nick Rowe 4 digs. STA 4-3.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy d. American Heritage 25-12, 25-8, 25-12: Michael Moreiras 17 points, Jimmy Brooks 7 kills; Luis Vazquez 14 points, 30 assists; Jon Gomes (AH) 6 kills; Malcolm Tilokee (AH) 10 digs. McC 8-1, AH 0-3.

▪ Braddock d. Greater Miami 25-6, 25-23, 25-19: Anthony Lizardo 8 kills; Brian Hernandez 7 kills; Dylan Rivera 25 assists.

▪ Belen d. Sunset 22-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-15: Andres Piñate 14 kills; Lucas Osorio 16 kills; Christopher Jauregui 9 kills; Sebastian Paoli 28 assists.

▪ Slam d. Hialeah Gardens 24-26, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17: Rex Reilly 10 blocks; Dennis Toledo 25 digs; AJ Alvarez 35 assists. Slam 9-4.

▪ Killian d. Miami High 25-13, 25-15. 25-10: Jason Harris 12 kills, 10 assists; Christopher Hallstrand 10 kills; Jomar Mondestin 9 kills. Kil 9-0.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons d. Nova 25-8, 25-6, 25-13: Jt Martin 14 kills; Reece Kramer 11 kills.


▪ University School 4, North Broward 3: Rengifo (NB) def. Cohen 8-2; Fedotovskij (U) d. Gomez 8-5; Velikij (NB) d. Milgrim 8-5; Zager (U) d. Shen 8-2; Pollack (U) d. Jultak 8-6; Rengifo/Gomez (NB) d. Cohen/Milgrim 9-8; Zager/Pollack (U) d. Shen/Velikij 8-4.


▪ Miami Country Day 6, Palmer Trinity 1: Allexii Bassette 8-0; Celina Lindemann 8-5; Jade Iadorolla 8-2.

▪ University School 4, North Broward 3: Babb (NB) d. Witchen 8-3; Dubova (NB) d. Ohaya 8-5; Neira (NB) d. Guttman 8-1; Meles (U) d. Zeitler 8-3; Bell (U) d. Bairman 8-1; Witchen/Ohaya (U) d. Babb/Dubova 8-6; Guttman/Meles (U) d. Zeitler/Bairman 8-5.


▪ Mourning 15, Coral Gables 10: Francisco Randazzo 9 saves; Anthony Kaminsky 5 goals; Kyhel Vigille 4 goals.