Shakey Rodriguez made it official Monday he is coming back to coach Miami-Dade County high school basketball.
Rodriguez formally accepted the job as boys’ coach at Mater Academy. Rodriguez, who guided Miami High to five state championships and has won over 600 games in his legendary career, had been offered the post last week after former Lions coach Corey Stephens stepped down.
"I just wanted to be absolutely sure because I want to be fully committed to the job," Rodriguez said. "It’s a choice that not just affects me, but a lot of people at the school so I needed to be sure for everyone."
Rodriguez, 63, has the second most state titles won by a coach in Dade history behind Miami Norland’s Lawton Williams III (6) and fourth in state history behind Williams, Blanche Ely coach Melvin Randall (7) and Dillard coach Darryl Burrows (6).
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Rodriguez, a 26-year coaching veteran on the high school level led Dr. Krop to the state final four in 2010.
Rodriguez has succeeded on the college level as well coaching FIU’s men’s basketball team from 1995-2000 - arguably the most successful era in the program’s history as the team went 79-66 during that span.
Rodriguez has coached on the AAU circuit mostly in recent years.
St. Thomas Aquinas’ Hank Hunter has committed to play basketball at Washington University in St. Louis.
▪ Archbishop Carroll 2, Southwest 1: Lizandro Echemendia (3-0) 7 IP, ER, 3 H, 10 K's, 3 BB. Jimmy Heyworth 2-3, 2B, R. Alex Gonzalez 1-3, R. Lizandro Echemendia 2-3,RBI. ACC 12-3.
▪ Sarasota Tournament — Palmetto 9, Braden River 2: Matt Turner (3-0), 6 IP, R, H, 6 K’s.. Tyler Pedraza 2-4, R, RBI. Carl Heldt 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI. Ryan Booth 3-4, 2 R. PAL 10-3.
▪ Somerset Academy 4, Berkeley Prep 3: Juan J Teixeira 2.0 IP, K, 0 H, 0 BB. SV: Brandon Valentin. Kenny Moreno-Costa 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, R. Luis Chavez 1-3, 2 RBI. Ricardo Leonett 1-2, R, BB. SA 13-3. BP 12-2.
▪ Miami High 5, Keys Gate Charter 2: Javier Alvarez H, 5 IP, ER, 4 K’s. Jordan Ibarra 2-3, 3B, RBI. MIA 4-10.
▪ HSBN Tournament — Miami High 4, Coral Glades 3: WP: Jonathan Sosa. LP: Marc Soto. SV: Christian Torres. Jordan Ibarra 3-5. Javier Alvarez 2-5, R, RBI. Enrique Rivero 2-5, RBI. MIA 5-10.
▪ Late Saturday — Coral Reef 3, American 1: Mike Ryan 6 IP, 4 K’s. Markel Arnaiz 2-3. SV: Fernie Marquez. CR 6-8.
▪ Late Saturday — Coral Reef 11, Krop 5: Andrew Lann CG, 5 K’s. Randy Joseph 2 H. Pedro Sanchez 2 H. CR 5-8.
▪ Late Saturday, HSBN Tournament — Sunset 8, Coconut Creek 1: Kevin Meehan 2H, 4 IP. Luis Diaz 3-3, 3 RBI. Elias Martinez 2H. Kenny Centeno 2 H. SUN 8-6.
▪ Late Saturday — Pace 7, Seminole Ridge 3: Sofia Dominguez 12 K’s, CG, 2 H. Sofia Dominguez 2 1B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R. Helen Rios 1B, 3B. Natalie Rodriguez 2B. Cassidy Zeigler 2B. MP 13-5.
▪ Columbus d. St. Brendan (22-25, 25-14, 25-12, 25-18): Gabe Campo 38 assists. Patrick Gatcliffe 10 kills, 2 blocks. Logan Plummer 10 kills, 12 digs. Eddie de Arcos 18 digs, 2 aces. COL 9-0.
▪ St Brendan 14, La Salle 3: Noah Barthelmess 4 goals. Carlos Clavijo 2 goals 6 assists. Emilio Alvarez 3goals 2 assists.
▪ Hillel 4, Doctors Charter 0: Raquel Dimitri 8-0. Orli Algranatti 8-0. Leah 8-4. Doubles: Dimitri/Algranatti 6-1.
▪ Hillel 4, Doctors Charter 2: Myles Gilbert 8-6. David Szkolnik 8-1. Doubles: Gilbert/Szkolnik 8-0. Ratzker/Rimeriz 8-5.
Somerset at Southwest, 12
Hialeah Gardens at Gulliver, 3
Miami Springs at St. Brendan, 3
Champagnat at Jackson, 3:30
Coral Springs Christian at Dade Christian, 4
Archbishop Curley at Archbishop Coleman, 1
Kings Academy at Dade Christian, 3:30
St. Brendan at American Heritage Delray, 7
Miami Country Day at Archbishop Curley, 4
Coral Shores at St. Brendan, 6:30
Last week’s best Broward performances
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Sparked by individual titles from freshman sensations Amaya Thomas (100 hurdles) and Jan’Taijah Ford (200 and 400), and Nia Lecky winning the 100 and powering the 400-meter relay team to victory, the Northeast girls’ track team upended perennial state power St. Thomas Aquinas for its first BCAA title.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Bryce Biggs, Cypress Bay, boys’ water polo: Biggs had nine goals to lead the Lightning over Cardinal Gibbons 18-5.
Amanda Rivas, Cooper City, girls’ lacrosse: Rivas had four goals to lead the Cowboys (8-3) over Western 9-8 in overtime.
Alex Sands, South Broward, boys’ volleyball: Sands had eight kills, nine digs and five points to lead the Bulldogs over Hollywood Hills in three sets.
Max Stein, Pompano Beach, baseball: Stein went 3 for 4 with a three-run home run to help the Tornadoes rally past District 14-5A rival Pine Crest 11-10.
Nyla Lindo, Pine Crest, girls’ track: Lindo won the high jump and finished second in the long jump and triple jump to lead the Panthers to the Pine Crest Panthers relays girls’ title.
Chris Schoeller, Chaminade, baseball: Schoeller drove in three runs and scored a run to lead the Lions over Boca Raton 7-5.
Amelia Meles, University, girls’ tennis: Meles won at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles to lead the Sharks over North Broward 4-3.
Yohance Haynes, St. Thomas Aquinas, boys’ track: The state’s top ranked 800-meter runner remained undefeated in that event and helped the Raiders finish fourth in the pivotal 1,600 relay as the Raiders held on to beat Blanche Ely 98.5-98 for the BCAA boys’ title.
Gianna Boccagno, Coral Springs Charter, softball: Boccagno went 2 for 3 with a RBI to lead the Panthers over Spanish River 4-1.