Friday, June 28, 2019
Lynn Ramsey - Florida Catholic
MIAMI | Several archdiocese of Miami teams advanced to the playoffs in Florida High Schools Athletic Association spring sports. Here is how the playoff teams did.
Defending 8A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas advanced to the Region 4 final, losing to Hollywood MacArthur 2-0 on a no-hitter. The Raiders beat Spanish River 10-2 and Coral Gables 11-2 to reach the region final.
Belen Jesuit advanced to the Region 4-7A semifinals, falling to Doral Academy 6-0. The Wolverines finished runner-up in District 16 behind Doral, beating Pembroke Pines Charter 7-0 in the region quarterfinals.
Archbishop McCarthy finished runner-up in District 15-6A. The Mavericks lost to Miami Springs 2-0 in the region quarterfinals.
Msgr. Pace won District 15-5A, falling to Cardinal Gibbons 5-1 in the Region 4 final. The Spartans advanced to the region final by beating Gulliver Prep 7-5 and Key West 5-3.
Archbishop Carroll finished runner-up in District 8-3A, falling 15-2 to Fort Pierce John Carroll Catholic in the region semifinals.
Aquinas reached the Region 4-8A final, losing to state finalist Cooper City 11-3. The Raiders won District 14, then beat Coral Gables 7-0 and Boca Raton Spanish River 11-6 to reach the region final.
Archbishop McCarthy reached the Region 4-6A semifinals, falling to Plantation American Heritage 11-1. The Mavericks finished runner-up in District 15, then beat Miami Springs 6-1 to reach the region semifinals.
Msgr. Pace won District 15-5A, then lost 15-0 to Miami Gulliver Prep in the region quarterfinals.
Chaminade-Madonna won District 7-4A, falling to state finalist Miami Westminster Christian 10-0 in the Region 4 final. The Lions beat Florida Christian 5-2 in the region semifinals.
Aquinas advanced to the boys lacrosse state final, losing to Ponte Vedra 19-7. The Raiders won the Region 4 championship, beating Gulliver Prep 10-3. They also beat Fort Lauderdale Pine crest 19-7, then Boca Raton St. Andrews 13-12; and Orlando Bishop Moore 12-11 in overtime in the state semifinals.
Christopher Columbus also won its district but fell to Davie Western 15-11 in the first round.
Aquinas lost in the Region 4 final 22-6 to Delray Beach American Heritage. The Raiders reached the region final by beating Cypress Bay 19-5 and Ransom Everglades 8-6.
BOYS WATER POLO
Aquinas reached the state semifinals in boys water polo, losing 15-14 in overtime to Orlando Olympia. The Raiders trailed 9-6 at the half but Aquinas outscored Olympia 5-2 in the third. Andrew Yurchak, who scored four goals total, scored two goals in 26 seconds to ignite the rally.
Yurchak had scored with 3:14 left in the fourth quarter to put the Raiders up 14-13. But Olympia’s Alec Johnson scored with 2:55 left in the fourth to force overtime. Then Touma Mack scoured his fifth goal of the match with 2:28 left in overtime to clinch the victory for the defending champion Titans, who lost in the final.
Luksa Vlasic also scored four goals for the Raiders, who also got three goals from Kerby Bertolett, two goals from Dane Coniglio, and one goal from Manuel Soto Estela.
Aquinas defeated Cooper City 19-6 and Fort Lauderdale 17-2 to reach the state semis.
Belen Jesuit lost 14-6 to eventual state champion Gulliver Prep in the first round.
Aquinas reached the semifinals of the team state tournament. The Raiders beat Wiregrass 4-1, then lost to state champ Miami Palmetto 4-0.
Two archdiocese teams made the state tournament in boys volleyball, only to lose to eventual state champion Orlando Freedom. Freedom beat Belen Jesuit 25-13, 25-19, 25-23 in the quarterfinals. Freedom then beat Archbishop McCarthy 25-19, 25-16, 20-25, 25-20 in the semifinals.
Msgr. Pace won District 14-1A, then fell to state finalist Fort Lauderdale Dillard 13-6 in the first round.