Miami-Dade High Schools

Ransom girls capture second state title in the past three years

It wasn’t perfection, but the Ransom Everglades girls left no doubt that the state Class 1A tennis trophy was coming back to Coconut Grove.

With seniors Allegra Hanlon and Claudia McKenzie leading a morning blitz Thursday that captured four of five singles divisions, the Raiders left their nearest pursuers in the dust to claim their second state title in three years.

The task took little more than two hours, with Hanlon providing the clinching point by winning the No. 1 singles crown with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Tampa Prep’s Paige Leavy.

“It wasn’t even about me [Thursday],” Hanlon said. “It was about my team and clinching the state championship for my team. That makes me feel incredible.”

McKenzie, Daniela Lopez and Heather Boehn also won their singles brackets as the Raiders followed up on Wednesday’s perfect 12-point performance.

Hanlon later teamed up with Lopez in a doubles comeback that left them with 19 points.

Delray Beach American Heritage was a distant second with 10 points, falling to Ransom in two of three singles finals. Windemere Prep was next with nine points.

“We came out extremely focused,” coach Peter Lehmann said. “We knew what the number was to clinch this thing, and the girls didn’t waste any time. They got it done in a hurry.”

The Raiders needed just four points to shut the door on American Heritage’s hope of back-to-back titles. There also was the higher goal of sweeping all seven divisions — a perfect score of 21 points.

That fell by the wayside when Lindsey Mendelson ran into a strong outing from Heritage’s Kasey Moore in the No. 4 singles final. But the other singles results were enough to put the Raiders over the top.

Even with another loss in the No. 2 doubles final, Ransom’s 19-point output has been exceeded just nine times since the girls’ tournament broke into separate classes 30 years ago.

“I can tell you that this is the best girls’ team I’ve ever coached,” Lehmann said.

On the boys’ side, MAST Academy’s doubles team of Fred Albion and Richard Torres captured the individual crown in a streaky 6-4, 0-6, 10-7 final over Andrew Dykeman and Joseph Brander of Boca Raton St. Andrew’s.

Albion and Torres trailed 4-1 in the opening set, then won the next five games before getting blanked in the second set. The MAST duo then won the first four points of the tiebreaker, lost the next six and won four in a row to finally gain the upper hand.

“We’re just happy we pulled it out in the end,” said Torres, a sophomore who also reached the semifinals of the individual singles.

MAST will play for the overall doubles crown Friday against Elio Levi and Wyatt Lovera of Port St. Lucie Morningside, which rolled to its first team title.


At Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry

Girls’ team scores

Ransom Everglades 19 points, Delray Beach American Heritage 10, Windermere Prep 9, Gainesville P.K. Yonge 3, Tampa Prep 3, Bradenton St. Stephen’s 3, Palm Beach Gardens Benjamin 1, Maclay 1.

Singles finals

No. 1: Allegra Hanlon (RE) def. Paige Leavy (TP), 6-2, 6-4; No. 2: Claudia McKenzie (RE) def. Angelica Blake (AH), 6-4, 6-0; No. 3: Daniela Lopez (RE) def. Melissa Sakar (AH), 1-6, 6-3, 6-0; No. 4: Kasey Moore (AH) def. Lindsey Mendelson (RE), 6-1, 6-2; No. 5: Heather Boehn (RE) def. Casey Accola (WP), 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles finals

No. 1: Allegra Hanlon/Daniela Lopez (RE) def. Dominique Mortier/Melissa Sakar (AH), 1-6, 6-4, 10-1.

No. 2: Rebecca Costa/Hannah Rosenfield (WP) def. Claudia McKenzie/Lindsey Mendelson (RE), 6-2, 4-6, 10-7.


Singles: Maria Ross (Sarasota Out-of-Door) def. Courtney Meredith (Westminster Acad.), 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles: Maria Ross/Mary Ann Rompf (Out-of-Door) def. Rachel Bercovitch/Sophia Chavarria (West Palm Beach Oxbridge), 6-2, 6-1.

Boys’ team scores

Port St. Lucie Morningside 18 points, Winter Haven All Saints 12, Sagemont 6, Windermere Prep 5, Bradenton St. Stephen’s 4, Pensacola Catholic 2, Ransom Everglades 1, Gainesville Oak Hall 1.

Singles finals

No. 1: Elio Livi (Morn) def. Christopher Ephron (PC), 6-3, 7-5; No. 2: Wyatt Lovera (Morn) def. Thomas Hughes (AS), 6-4, ret. (injury); No. 3: Miguel Negre Fernandez (AS) def. Nicolas Nakhlouf Rivero (WP), 6-4, 6-0; No. 4: Marcello Balderrama (Morn) def. Chris Tasker (Sage), 6-4, 7-6 (4); No. 5: Zachary Walker (Morn) def. Aldo Gomez (AS), 6-1, 7-5.

Doubles finals

No. 1: Elio Livi/Wyatt Lovera (Morn) def. Brian Berdusco/Zachary Bessette (SS), 6-3, 2-6, 11-9.

No. 2: Holleman Hughes/Miguel Negre Fernandez (AS) def. Marcello Balderrama/Logan Walker (Morn), 6-2, 1-6, 10-6.


Singles: Evan Holvoet (St. Petersburg Canterbury) def. Shaun Berman (Miami Country Day), 7-5, 6-1.

Doubles: Fred Albion/Richard Torres (MAST Academy) def. Andrew Dykeman/Joseph Brander (Boca Raton St. Andrew’s), 6-4, 0-6, 10-7.


At Sanlando Park, Longwood

Boys’ team scores

Naples Barron Collier 15 points, Wesley Chapel Wiregrass Ranch 5, Jensen Beach 8, Palm Coast Matanzas 6, Tallahassee Leon 2, Tampa King 2, Mourning 1, Springstead 0.

Girls’ team scores

Niceville 13 points, St. Johns Creekside 12, Naples Barron Collier 10, Lakeland 7, Ocala Forest 3, Jensen Beach 2, Pembroke Pines Charter 1, Venice 1.