High School Sports

Pinder, Huell in McDonald’s High School All-American Game

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Pinder MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Two South Floridians will make nationally televised appearances on Wednesday as part of the 39th annual McDonald’s High School All-American Game.

Dillard’s Marcia Pinder, who has won more state titles, nine, than any other girls’ basketball coach in Florida history, will direct the East team at 6:30 p.m., a game that will be televised by ESPNU.

Norland star Dewan Huell, a University of Miami recruit, will play for the West boys’ team in the 9 p.m. game, which will be televised by ESPN.

Huell, a 6-11 forward, is one of three Floridian boys set to compete. But he’s the only one on the West roster as the organizers decided not to adhere completely to geography.

In terms of ACC recruits, Huell will be playing with two — one from Duke and one Virginia. Huell will compete against recruits from North Carolina, Duke and Louisville.

The girls’ game will feature just one Floridian — Stanford recruit Nadia Fingall — but none from Miami-Dade or Broward counties.

Pinder will coach 12 elite talents, including guard Crystal Dangerfield, a Connecticut recruit and the third-ranked player in the nation. The East roster also has two other top-five talents and a 6-9 center — Oklahoma recruit Nancy Mulkey.

SIGNINGS

Mater Academy had two athletes sign with colleges.

Girls’ soccer forward Julissa Benitez, who had 61 goals and 68 assists during her career, signed with Broward College.

Girls’ basketball guard Emily Acosta, who led her team to its first district title averaging 19 points and six assists, signed with Ave Maria University. Acosta is also a standout on Mater’s flag football team, earning Miami Herald Player of the Year honors in 2014.

BASEBALL

▪ Catholic School Challenge Tournament — Archbishop McCarthy 8, Calvert Hall 2: Johnny Leone 4 IP. Roger Garcia 2 IP.

▪ Ferguson 4, Coral Park 3: Raul Delatorre (WP) 1-2, 2RBI, SB. Jonathan Menendez 5IP, ER, 4K. Alex Soto 1-3, GW-R-HR. Daniel Irisarri 2-4, 2 SB. Jayson Gomez 1-3, R, SB. Daniel Esquivel 2-3, 2B, RBI.

▪ Mater Lakes 6, Mater Academy 0: Rene Araaz 5.1 IP, 5H, 5K. ML 11-7. MA 8-7.

▪ Miami Country Day 6, Coral Shores 2: WP: Jorden Gross. Kian Anderson 1-3, 2B, 2RBI. CS 10-5. MCD (8-10).

▪ Late Friday, Rawlings Select Classic Semifinal (Atlanta, Ga.) — South Dade 13, O' Fallon, Illinois 6: Chris Gomez (4-1). SV: Gio Borges. Alek Manoah 3-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI. Gabby Cruz 2-4, 4 RBI. Danny Vaughan 3-4, 2B. SD 15-1. O'F 6-1.

▪ Late Friday, Rawlings Select Classic Semifinal (Atlanta, Ga.) — South Dade 8, Hersey 2: Trey Moore (1-0). Willy Eacala 2-4, 2B, 3B. Jose Zepeda 2-4, 2 RBI. David Delgado 2 IP, 0 R, K. SD 14-1

SOFTBALL

▪ Late Saturday — Gulliver 8, Coral Reef 5: M. Frazier (4-2), 4 IP, 5 K's. Kayla Jensen 2-3, 2 R, BB, 2 SB. Jessie Rivera 3-3, R, RBI, 3 2B. Courtney Carroll 2-2, R, 2 RBI. GUL 11-5.

Boys’ Tennis

▪ District 16-4A — Palmetto 12, Coral Reef 10, Ferguson 9, Columbus 4, Varela 2, Killian 1, Braddock 0, South Miami 0, South Dade 0.

Girls’ Tennis

▪ District 16-4A — Ferguson 12, Palmetto 11, Coral Reef 8, Lourdes 7, Braddock 0, Killian 0, South Miami 0, South Dade 0, Varela 0.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

▪ Cooper City 18, Coral Springs Charter 1: CC (9-3): Amanda Rivas 5 goals, 2 assists. Ashley Lizzi 4 goals, 3 assists. Alyssa Demetriou 4 goals, assists. Alyson Djuren 2 goals, 3 ground balls. Olivia Lewis 2 goals, assist.

Flag Football

▪ Varela 8, Coral Park 0.

The Miami Herald’s South Florida Rankings

BASEBALL

1. Arch. McCarthy (16-0)

2. South Dade (16-1)

3. Douglas (14-2)

4. Flanagan (13-3)

5. Somerset (16-3)

6. West. Christian (16-3-1)

7. Monsignor Pace (14-4)

8. Florida Christian (12-5)

9. Gulliver (12-4)

10. Killian (12-4-1)

Under consideration: St. Thomas Aquinas (11-3), American Heritage (10-4), Calvary Christian (11-4), Nova (12-3), Hialeah Gardens (11-3), Goleman (15-2), Palmetto (11-5).

SOFTBALL

1. Am. Heritage (15-1)

2. C.S. Charter (16-1)

3. Palmetto (20-1)

4. St. Thomas (13-3)

5. Pines Charter (14-2)

6. West. Christian (14-4)

7. Gulliver (7-5)

8. Monarch (15-1-1)

9. Western (16-5)

10. Cooper City (12-5)

Under consideration: Doral Academy (12-5), Monsignor Pace (14-6), Westminster Academy (10-6), Calvary Christian (13-8).

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