High School Sports

Westland upsets South Dade; Morrill steps down at Gibbons

Westland Hialeah opened the GMAC baseball tournament Monday with a huge 5-4 win over nationally-ranked South Dade in 10 innings at the Bucs’ home field. The Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the seventh to rally from a 3-1 deficit against the Bucs (20-3), ranked No. 4 by USA Today.

“We knew it was a tough situation to come into, but my guys didn’t back down, they were willing to rise to the challange and fought the whole game,” head coach Jose Alvarez said.

Brian Labastida had a stellar game as he pitched four innings to earn the win. Labastida also went 5-5, scored two runs, had three RBI and a triple, and stole two for the Wildcats.

South Dade, which has lost two games in a row, tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the seventh.

Westland Hialeah (15-8), the leaders of District 16-8A heading into the playoffs, will play at Southwest at 6:30 p.m. in a semifinal Tuesday. The Eagles beat Hialeah 4-2 in another quarterfinal.

Columbus, which beat Hialeah Gardens on Monday, will take on Goleman at 3:30 p.m. in the earlier semifinal at Southwest.

BASEBALL

▪ Westland Hialeah 5, South Dade 4 (10):

WES 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 — 5 12 3

SD 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 — 4 8 2

WP: Brian Labastida (1-0) 4 IP, ER, 5-5, 3 RBI, 2 R, 3B, 2B. Giovanni Arriera (4-3), 6 IP, 8 K’s, 3 H. Jorge Diaz 2-5, GW-RBI. 2B. Emanuel Rodriguez 2-3, R. SD (20-3): Danny Vaughan 2-3, 2 R. Alex Manoah 2-4, RBI. WES 15-8. Jose Alvarez

▪ GMAC Quarterfinals — Southwest 4, Hialeah 2: Jason Graña (8-1), CG, 4-H, RBI, 2 B, RBI.. Pablo Mendez RBI. Lewis Romero RBI. SW 11-12

▪ GMAC Quarterfinals — Columbus 7, Hialeah Gardens 3: Andy Arguellas (9-1), 4 IP, 6 K’s. Matt Alfonso 4-4, 3 RBI. Gabe Rivera 3-4, 2 RBI. COL 18-7.

▪ GMAC Quarterfinals — Goleman 15, Coral Park 1: Kevin Perez 5 IP, 0 R, 6 K’s, 4 H, 2 BB. Thomas Hernandez 3-5, R, 2 RBI. German Villar 4-4, 6 RBI, 3B, 2 R. Tony Lugo 2-3, BB, 4 R, RBI. GOL 21-2. CP 16-8.

▪ Jackson 9, Westwood Christian 4: Joel Rivera (2-0), 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 K's. Gio Campo 2-4, RBI. Ricky Guerrero 2-4, RBI. Julio Santana 2-4, RBI. JAX 10-9.

▪ Ransom Everglades 5, Miami Country Day 4: Steve Vinson (6-3), CG, 6 K's. Michael McBrayer 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI. Ilan Lindenfeld 2-4, 2R. RE 13-5.

▪ Mater Lakes Academy 6, Norland 2: Michael Gutierrez 4 IP, 2 K’s. SV: Nick Garcia 3IP, 3H, ER, 3 K’s.

▪ Palmer Trinity 12, Coral Shores 6: Miller 6 K's, CG. Pico 2-3. L. Carvajal 4-5. Milller 4-5, 3 RBI. Kross 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI.

▪ Mourning 5, Krop 1: WP: Jim Varona (3-3). LP: Lopez. Max Liff 2-4. Fabian Ortega 2-4, 2 RBI, 3B. Marcel Guardarrama 5 IP, 12 K's. ATM 11-12.

▪ Gulliver 14, Archbishop Curley 4: WP: Kevin Maura (7-0), 4 IP, 3 H. Pedro Pages 3R-HR. Adrian del Castillo HR. Tyler Grant HR. GUL 16-5.

FOOTBALL

Cardinal Gibbons announced Monday that longtime football coach Michael Morrill is stepping down as football coach after 17 years.

Morrill, who will remain as the school’s athletic director, has compiled an overall record of 113-67, and has the most wins in the school’s history.

Morrill guided Gibbons to 11 playoff appearances during his tenure coaching the Chiefs.

"It has been a privilege to have coached so many great young men through the years," Morrill said. "Cardinal Gibbons is a special place, primarily because of the people involved; students, coaches, faculty, administration. I think it is telling that so many students come back to the school in some capacity."

Gibbons announced that assistant coach Matt DuBuc, a 1992 graduate of the school, will succeed Morrill as head coach.

"Matt has been my right hand man for several years. The program is in good hands."

DuBuc, who played football at Texas Tech and four years in the Canadian Football League, has been on the Gibbons coaching staff the past 13 years.

"Having played for coach Don Marino and coached under coach Morrill, I have had the great fortune of being associated with two of the all-time greats of this program."

ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ

BASKETBALL

▪ The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches announced its Players of the Year Monday.

Miami Norland forward, McDonald’s All-American and University of Miami signee Dewan Huell was named the Player of the Year for Class 6A boys.

On the girls’ side, Flanagan’s Kiki Harrigan, a South Carolina signee, was named the Class 8A Player of the Year.

▪ Miami Christian point guard Eddie Camacho and Zion Lutheran senior Brandon Bornelus each made the Association’s All-State Class 2A second team. Champagnat Catholic forward Denzel Jenoure made third team.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES

Seven of South Florida’s best student-athletes earned a spot on the Florida High School Athletic Association’s 22nd annual Academic All-State Team.

For the girls it was Posnack’s Cali Chussid, Marathon’s Sydney Konrath, University School’s Bryn Tolchinsky, Krop’s Deborah Vainstein and Terra’s Catarina Vale.

On the boys’ side, Archimedean’s Ignacio Ortega Castineiras and Belen Jesuit’s David Fager were recognized.

As part of the honor, each member of the team will be honored at a celebratory banquet on June 13 in Gainesville where they will be presented with a $1,350 scholarship.

Nominees had to be a graduating senior who earned a varsity letter in at least two FHSAA-recognized sports during his or her junior and senior years while maintaining an unweighted GPA of at least a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

SOFTBALL

▪ District 15-6A semifinal — Archbishop McCarthy 18, Stranahan 3: Kat Rodriguez (4-1), 5 SO, 3-3, 2 2B, 1B, 3 RBI. Amber Hernandez 2-3, 2 1B, 2 RBI.

▪ District 15-8A quarterfinals — Braddock 15, Varela 0: Carydad Bolivar 2 H. Nicole Caldera 3-4, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R. Nicole Vazquez 2-4. Carydad Bolivar 2B, RBI, 2 R.

▪ District 13-9A semifinal — American 15, Hialeah 0. Krop 13, Hialeah Gardens 3.

▪ District 12-9A — Miramar 10, West Broward 5. Western 11, Cypress Bay 1.

▪ District 15-7A — Pines Charter 10, Blanche Ely 0.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ St Brendan d. Florida Christian (25-9, 25-6, 25-12): Albert Collins 4 aces, 14 digs. A.J de la Torriente 9 kills, 4 digs. Ryan Diaz 4 kills, 2 blocks. SB 13-6.

▪ Ransom d. La Salle (25-20, 25-16, 25-22): Nick Cobb 14 assists, 5 kills. Jake Rivlin 4 kills. David Snitcovsky 5 kills. Noah Mandel 2 kills

▪ Ransom d. La Salle (23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-14): Ryan Peluso 3 aces, 6 digs, 4 assists. Riss Mendizabol 5 kills, 11 points. Ben Cobb 4 digs. Max Bolzar block, kill.

FLAG FOOTBALL

▪ Mater Academy 13, Goleman 0: Vanessa Acosta 60 yds, TD. Cindy Aragon 61 rushing yds, TD. Karla Vargas 12 FP, 8 sacks. MA 5-3.

▪ Varela 12, Homestead 6.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

TENNIS

State championships at Altamonte Springs and Casselberry

BASEBALL

GMAC semifinals at Southwest: Columbus vs. Goleman, 3:30; Southwest vs. Westland Hialeah, 6:30

SOFTBALL

District 11-9A semifinals Taravella: Douglas vs. Taravella, 5; Monarch vs. Coral Springs-Deerfield Beach winner, 7

District 15-9A semifinals at Braddock: Lourdes vs. Ferguson, 1; Southwest vs. Varela-Braddock winner, 4

District 16-9A semifinals at South Dade: Coral Reef vs. South Dade, 4; Palmetto vs. Southridge, 7

District 14-8A semifinals at St. Thomas Aquinas: Fort Lauderdale vs. South Plantation, 4; St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Piper-Plantation winner, 7

District 15-8A semifinals at Cooper City: McArthur vs. Nova, 4; Cooper City vs. Hollywood Hills, 6:30

District 16-8A semifinals at Central: Westland Hialeah vs. Reagan, 2; Central vs. Mater Academy, 4

District 16-7A semifinal at Indian Hammock Park: Terra vs. Sunset, 7

District 7-4A opening round at Westminster Academy: SLAM vs. University School, 4

District 8-4A semifinals at Florida Christian: Ransom Everglades vs. Florida Christian, 5; Carrollton vs. Westminster Christian, 7

District 8-3A semifinals at Marathon: Archbishop Carroll vs. Archbishop Curley, 3:30; Posnack at Marathon, 6

District 8-2A semifinal: Colonial Christian at Miami Christian, 4:15

TRACK AND FIELD

District 12-4A at Coral Springs: 3

The Miami Herald’s South Florida Rankings

BASEBALL

1. Arch. McCarthy (21-1)

2. South Dade (20-2)

3. Douglas (18-2)

4. Flanagan (16-4)

5. Somerset (20-3)

6. Pace (16-4)

7. Gulliver (15-5)

8. Florida Christian (17-6)

9. West. Christian (17-6-1)

10. Am. Heritage (14-4)

Under consideration: Goleman (20-2), Brito (14-6), Columbus (15-7), University School (17-6), Calvary Christian (14-6), St. Thomas Aquinas (15-4), Killian (14-7-1), Doral (15-8).

SOFTBALL

1. Am. Heritage (19-2)

2. C.S. Charter (19-3)

3. Pines Charter (18-3)

4. St. Thomas (17-4)

5. Cooper City (14-8)

6. Gulliver (14-8)

7. West. Christian (17-5)

8. Palmetto (21-4)

9. Doral (15-5)

10. Western (17-6)

Under consideration: Monarch (17-2-1), Monsignor Pace (16-7), Westminster Academy (14-7), Calvary Christian (13-8), Douglas (14-9).

NOTE: Rankings through last week’s games.

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