Miami-Dade High Schools

Sunset Knights turning heads after pair of wins to start the season

It was an important play early on: Palmetto quarterback Hugh Lowson, on fourth down, lofted a high pass to 6-3 receiver John Charlemangne.

But Sunset cornerback Tariq Peters — all of 5-3 — was there near his goal line to bat down the first-quarter pass.

“My main objective is to get respect on this field,” Peters said.

Mission accomplished for Peters and the Sunset Knights, who reached high and routed Palmetto 31-13 Thursday afternoon at Southridge.

Sunset’s first-year coach Joseph Petisco said he believes this is the first time his alma mater has ever beaten Palmetto.

Sunset, which opened in 1977, is 2-0 this season, which is twice as many wins as the program has had in each of the past four years.

Thursday’s win also served as vindication for Petisco, who played for Sunset from 1998 to 2001.

“Those guys (Palmetto) used to beat me up pretty bad when I was a player,” Petisco said. “To get a win against them … We just want to open people’s eyes.”

The Knights did just that against Palmetto (0-2), taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never trailing.

Sunset had two touchdowns called back because of first-half penalties or the score might have been more lopsided. As it was, the Knights got three touchdowns from running back Curtis Doctor, including 18- and 48-yard pass plays from quarterback Ludavic Saintvil. Doctor’s third score came on a three-yard run.

Doctor ran for 65 yards and had 131 from scrimmage. Saintvil ran for a game-high 68 yards and passed for 152. And running back Keenan Bullard added 66 yards and one touchdown.

Sunset’s secondary — led by Peters and his twin brother, Tarik, as well as Steven Cruz, who had an interception — was another bright spot.

And while the Knights may be an early surprise to some so far this season, Petisco isn’t shocked at all. Before the game, when discussing Sunset’s futility against the Panthers, he confidently said: “We’re about to [beat Palmetto].”

He was right.

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Varela 53, Coral Park 25:

Behind three touchdowns from Anthony Guevara and two more from quarterback Justin Vargas, Varela’s rushing attack torched Coral Park for a 53-25 win on Thursday night at Tropical Park.



Vargas made the most of his six carries, finishing with 121 yards. His two scores were from 34 and 48 yards out. Guevara went for 72 yards on 10 rushes while is backfield mate, Julian Harris, took nine carries for 40 yards and another touchdown.

“[Guevara] is shifty. He reads well. He has a little bit of a burst,” Varela coach Carlos Mollinedo said. “Harris has good vision. He runs low to the ground. He’s our power back, but he’s got some breakaway speed.”

Varela (1-1) scored twice on special teams. Andrew Williams took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, and one of Guevara’s scores came on a 65-yard punt return that he picked up off a bounce.

Marquez Davis ran for 210 yards, including a 73-yard touchdown, on 19 carries for Coral Park (0-2) in the losing effort.

David Furones

VOLLEYBALL

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American (5-0, 3-0) d. Westland Hialeah (0-2, 0-2) (25-19, 25-11, 25-18). AM:

Nia Webster: 2 aces, 2 kills, 1 dig. Keimi Maetinez: 2 aces, 4 digs, 9 assists. Lenysse Dyer: 7 digs, 3 digs, 1 assist.



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Killian d. Southridge (25-15; 25-11; 25-13). K:

Alanna had 8 kills; Adriana Arteaga 3 kills and Sofia Gonzalez 6 kills.

K:

3-0.



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Florida Christian d. Keys Gate (25-7 25-10 25-9). FC:

Katerina Rey 14 service points, 6 aces, 3 kills and 6 assists, Jessica Barcelo 12 service points 4 aces and 13 assists, Rebeka Carp 13 service points 4 aces and 4 kills.



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Riviera Prep d. Dade Christian (25- 15, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16).

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North Miami Beach d. Central (25-17, 25-17, 25-20). NMB:

Laura Hernandez: 15 aces, 3 kills, Vanessa Fleury: 4 kills, 3 blocks, Octavia Ried: 5 aces, 2 kills.



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Mourning d. Miami Springs (25-22, 25-15, 25-15).

Mary Shelow 14 kills, 2 aces, Indira Dandridge 7 kills, 2 blocks, Amanda Rey 3 kills, 5 aces, 24 assists.

ATM:

3-0.



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Monarch d. Ft. Lauderdale (25-19, 25-6, 25-16). M:

Kaitlin Grote 14 points, 11 aces, 17 assists, 4 digs, 1 kill, 1 block, Dalana Adams 11 points, 5 aces, 5 digs, 1 kill.

M:

3-1.



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Miami Beach d. Miami High (22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-11). MB:

Pearl Keane 14 kills, Maryah Dinane 4 aces and 9 kills, Nicole Goetz with 16 kills and 2 aces.



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Westminster d. Pinecrest Prep (25-8, 25-4, 25-8). WCS:

Courtney Clausell 4 kills, Gabrielle Miller 6 kills, Julia Decker 4 kills, Connor Crotty 13 assists, 18 service points, 5 aces.

WCS:

2-0.



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Coral Reef d. Sunset (25-18, 25-17, 25-14). CR:

Kristine Rios 12 assists, 11 kills, 5 digs, Lexie Mesa 9 kills, 3 digs, Trina Malone 5 kills, 2 digs.



BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

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King of the Hill Season Opener. Top Overall:

Miami Sunset 56, John A. Ferguson 67, Coral Reef 68, Columbus 94, Coral Gables 158, Calvary Christian 181, Miami Country Day 221, Doral Academy 250, Gulliver Prep 305, MAST Academy 312.

Top Individuals:

1.

Nick Diaz (Miami Sunset), 2. Kurt Convey (Coral Reef), 3. Carlin Berryhill (Coral Reef), 4. Malik Gunter (Miami Sunset), 5. Humberto Freire (Columbus), 6. Leonardo Rodriguez (Ferguson), 7. Jorge Arecess (Columbus), 8. Derwin Moultrie (Coral Reef), 9. Abiel Payano (Ferguson), 10. Gino Gonzalez (Miami Sunset). 11. Joel Lacy (Calvary Christian), 12. Danny Ferro (Calvary Christian), 13. Alexander Elortegui (Coral Gables), 14. Iverson Williams (Dade Christian), 15. Daniel Verdecia (Ferguson), 16. Cameron Berryhill (Coral Reef), 17. Deshay Fernandes (Coral Gables), 18. Guillermo Rojas (Ferguson), 19. Adrian Crespi (Ferguson), 20. Gabriel Prado (Miami Sunset), 21. Andrew Trujillo (Miami Sunset), 22. Pedro Hernandez (Columbus), 23. Alec Cuevas (Columbus), 24. Collin Dickerson (Coral Shores), 25. Javier Arriaga (Ferguson).



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Krop (host), Miami beach, ATM, and Palmetto. Place:

Palmetto 45, Hialeah gardens 56, Miami Beach 71



Top 3: 1. Lylia Jiang (P). Samantha Piedrahita (A). 3. Clarissa Islam (A). Boys called due to lightning.

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

Top Individual: 1. Alyssa Pujals (Gulliver Prep), 2. Sabrina Quijano (Lourdes), 3. Lauren Gavulic (Ferguson), 4. Emily Castella (Lourdes), 5. Briana Vergara (Coral Reef), 6. Rachel Osman (Coral Reef), 7. Meylin Muniz (Doral Academy), 8. Calyope Ortega (Lourdes), 9. Lianna Farnesi (Lourdes), 10. Andrea Gongora (Lourdes), 11. Nicole Lopez (Lourdes), 12. Isabella Allen (Miami Country Day), 13. Melissa Melchor (Ferguson), 14. Erin Mullin-Garcia (Lourdes), 15. Carla Rodriguez (Coral Reef), 16. Alexis Clay (Coral Gables), 17. Jinal Mickens (Mater Academy), 18. Alexandra Smith (Lourdes), 19. Emily Acosta (Mater Academy), 20. Victoria Rodriguez (Lourdes).

BOYS’ GOLF

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Killian 233, Sunset 260, Braddock 269.

Anthony Abadin (Kil) 52, Edward Gutierrez (Brad) 58.



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Columbus 151, Belen 159. Col:

Julio Betancourt 37, Rafa Martinez 38, Joaquin Trigueros 38, Jake Moscoso 38, Javi Rodriguez 39, Francisco de la Torre 39.

Bel:

Andrew Cecol 39, Armando Marquez 39, Leo Herrera 39, AJ Martinez 42, Nick Vega 42 Christian Lastre 49.

Col:

4-0.



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Palmetto 148, Coral Gables 190. P:

Daniel Hasty 35, Nikolas Campos 35, Gareth Williams 39, Carl Gallo 39.

CG:

Roberto Nieves 39, David Atkins 41, Lorenzo Santilli 48, George Ramirez 62.



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University School 157, Chaminade-Madonna 161. CM:

Sergio Escalante 34, Travis Still 41, Emma Persinger 42, Andrew Drugan 44.

US:

Blake Maier 39, Jared Barclay 39, Sam Bennett 39, Gabe Perges 40.



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Calvary Christian 157, Westminster Christian 174.

At Palm Aire CC, Par 35.

CC:

Rubin 37, Duame 39, Butts 40, Bennett 41.

WC:

Cruz 44, Meho 43, Perez 46, Downey 47.



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Ransom Everglades 168, Riviera Prep 197.

At Biltmore, Par 35.

RE:

Zach Buttrick 40, Blake Goldman 40.

RP:

Ian Shapiro 37.



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Palmer Trinity (+15), Westminster Academy (+17).

At Woodmont Country Club, Par 36. Match called due to weather after 6 holes, match result counted, however final scoring was in relation to par (+/-) due to hole variance.

PT:

Fox +2, Rojas +3, Fumagalli +4, Abdelnour +6.

WA:

Neuman +3, Johnston +3, Bishop +5, Abernethy +6.



GIRLS’ GOLF

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Coral Gables 193, Palmetto 194.

At Granada Par 36.

P:

Alexa Rivas 36.

CG:

Bianca Mangravite 47, Ally Jackman 48, Marisa Urrutia 48.

CG:

2 - 0.



GIRLS’ SWIMMING

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Braddock 72 - American 72.

Maria Ibarra 100 Back 1:20 BRAD, Leilani Proenza 500 Free 6:10 BRAD, Omara Ferman 100 Fly 1:15 AMER.



BOYS’ SWIMMING

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Braddock 76 - American 37.

Ronald Hernandez 100 Free :58 BRAD, Manuel Sarcars 50 Free :26 BRAD, Emmanuel Ortiz 200 IM 3:36 AMER.



FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

FOOTBALL

Archbishop McCarthy vs. Inlet Grove (Inlet Grove), 7:00

Cypress Bay vs. Boyd Anderson (B.A.), 7:00

Calvary Christian vs. Pope John Paul II (Pope John Paul II), 7:00

Everglades vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Gibbons), 7:00

Chaminade-Madonna vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 7:30

Coral Reef vs. Cooper City (Cooper), 7:00

Benjamin vs. Coral Springs Charter (Coral Glades), 7:00

Dillard vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield), 7:00

South Broward vs. Douglas (Douglas), 7:00

Fort Lauderdale vs. Flanagan (Flanagan), 7:00

Hollywood Hills vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 7:00

Highlands Christian vs. Palmer Trinity (Palmer), 4:00

Stranahan vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7:00

Monarch vs. Nova (Nova), 7:00

Jupiter Christian vs. North Broward Prep (N.Brow.Prep), 7:00

Pine Crest vs. Kings Academy (Wpb King), 7:00

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Doral Academy (Doral), 7:00

Plantation vs. Taravella (Piper), 7:00

Somerset Academy vs. Braden River (Braden River), 7:30

Western vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7:00

University School vs. Key West (Key West), 7:30

Westminster Academy vs. Florida Christian (Florida Christian), 7:30

Pompano Beach vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom Everglades), 7:30

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