Boys' Soccer - Gulliver Prep
With a young team but some of the best talent in
the area, Gulliver Prep should be fun to watch this season.
The Raiders (17-2-2) lost to eventual state champ
American Heritage in the Class 3A regional finals last
year but return several key players, including senior
midfielders Rafael Faria and Camilo Ronderos, junior
keeper Sebastian Evers and county Player of the Year
Nico Rodriguez-Fraile, a junior forward. A native
Spaniard, Rodriguez-Fraile scored 28 goals and had 14
assists last season. "Not many people are as quick as
Nico," coach Michael Stewart says. Faria, known as Rafa,
is a 6-foot-2 midfielder/forward who uses his height to
win 50/50 balls and get headers on net. Ronderos is the
team's center midfielder, an extremely intelligent player
who had 12 goals and five assists last season. He is
the only player on the team who remains from the
2006 state title squad. Evers is one of the region's best
keepers, a tall, agile athlete with a big wingspan and
the ability to play the field if needed. Freshman lefty
Pierangelo Pacini played for the middle school team
before moving up and seeing mostly varsity action as
an eighth-grader. Like the team as a whole, he is young
but has the chance to be special. "Tactically-wise I think
we're a ball movement-type team, a transition team,"
Stewart says. "We're going to try to move the ball
around a lot on the floor using our touch skills."
Girls' Basketball - Hialeah
Expectations are high after a trip to the Class 6A state semifinals last season. While power post Jalyssa
Charadan has graduated from that unit, senior Ty'tetania McClenney returns following a season in which
she averaged 14.6 points and 4.8 steals per game to pick up All-Dade first team honors from The Miami
Herald. Junior Jasmine Wilkins averaged a double-double last year while 6-foot junior post Chandler
Merkerson put up 7.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 steals per contest.
Boys' Basketball - South Dade
Four starters return for South Dade, including senior two-sport stars Ed Stinson, a 6-foot-6 forward who
averaged 17 points and 15 rebounds per game last season, and Dontravious Floyd, a 6-foot-3 wing who
has committed to Central Florida for football. Junior guard Vincent Williams is likely a future Division I
hoops player, while sophomore forward Michael Birts and freshman point guard Javon Price lead a talented
contingent of underclassmen.
Girls' Golf - Plantation American Heritage
The Patriots won their second straight title and third in four years this fall, taking home the Class 1A championship
by 22 strokes. The team posted a single-round state record 281 to blow open what had been a close contest
with St. Andrew's. Senior Lindy Duncan took home medalist honors with a two-day total of 135 — third in
state history behind two finishes by former Scot and current LPGA star Morgan Pressel. Sophomore Kyle Roig, last
year's champ, finished with a 2-over-par 146, good for sixth place, while junior Shelby Coyle finished tied for 10th.
BREAK OUT TEAMS
BOYS' SOCCER – GOLEMAN
Jeysson Marin scored 32 goals for the regional quarterfinalists last year.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL – WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN
Sophomore forward Julie Trembley is a star in the making.
BOYS' BASKETBALL – SOUTH MIAMI
Paul Harzel and Keon Palmer lead a loaded team.
GIRLS' SOCCER – LOURDES
Andrea De Ona, a junior forward, keys last year's regional finalists.