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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 Girls Florida High School State Champs: Ransom Everglades

Two Articles On State Champs Belen

***from South Florida High School

Belen Takes Down Aquinas, Wins Water Polo Crown

In sports it’s said that losses leave a “bitter taste” in the mouths of the defeated.
Belen Jesuit got that sour taste out of its mouth Saturday when it defeated St. Thomas Aquinas 14-9 to win the boys water polo championship at the Ransom Everglades Aquatic Center.
The Wolverines (27-1) last won the water polo crown in 2009, but collectively said Saturday’s victory was sweeter because it came over St. Thomas Aquinas – the team that defeated Belen in the 2013 state title game.
Belen senior Ryan Guso, who said after Friday’s state semifinal that he was anticipating going up against Aquinas, left his fingerprints all over Saturday’s game with a game-high six goals.
“This is sweet,” Guso began. “This is something that I’ve been dreaming of for the past four years…seven years really since I’ve been on varsity. It hurt us in 2013 when we lost, so it means a lot to beat [St. Thomas Aquinas] today.”
The game was intense from the onset; partly from the loud near-capacity crowd but mostly from the familiarity between Aquinas and Belen. The two squared off twice in 2015 before Saturday’s final. They split the meetings, with each team claiming a two-point victory – both team’s only loss in 2015.
“They video tape all of our games and we watch all of their games. We know everything about them and they know everything about us so it was tough,” Guso said.
The teams traded goals early for most of the first period, playing to a 3-3 tie with 1:33 left after Parker Strickman made a bouncing shot into the left side of the net.
Belen then ended the first period by scoring three unanswered goals, the first two goals by Alexander Alepuz and Pablo Kurzan respectively, then Guso went on a personal 3-0 run to put the Wolverines ahead 8-3 with 2:39 left in the first half.
That second quarter surge ended up being the difference in the game.
St. Thomas Aquinas (24-2) threatened in the third quarter, cutting Belen’s lead down to 10-8 after an Eric Goldenberg goal. But that would be as close as the Raiders would get as Belen scored the final three goals of the game.
Kurzan scored three goals for Belen, while Alepuz and Santiago Nunez each finished with two goals.
Defensively, Belen was able to keep Aquinas’ UCLA-bound star Goldenberg in check. Goldenberg finished with four goals Saturday and said that his team didn’t do the necessary things to win the game.
“Today we ended up making more mistakes and [Belen] countered on most of them,” Goldenberg said. “[Belen] did deserve to win this game. It looked like they were more prepared to win this game and they played with no fear. It takes nothing away from our season though. I’m done, but hopefully the young guys can keep it going [at St. Thomas Aquinas].”
Strickman also netted four goals for the Raiders and Robert Schulte scored a goal.

****from the Miami Herald:

Ryan Guso, Santiago Nunez lead Belen Jesuit to second state title in boys’ water polo

As sixth-graders just starting in Belen Jesuit’s water polo program, Ryan Guso and Santiago Nunez each remembered what it was like to be a part of the school’s only other state championship water polo team.
After a six-year wait, the two Belen stars, now seniors, recaptured the feeling by leading the Wolverines to another.
Guso scored a game-high six goals and Nunez had two to lead Belen to a 14-9 win over Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday afternoon at Ransom Everglades.
It was Belen’s first state championship since 2009 in what was its third state finals appearance.
“This all started seven years ago when me and Ryan said ‘let’s play water polo and make a name for ourselves at this school,’ ” Nunez said. “It was a mountain to climb but we knew there would be obstacles. It was fitting that it would be Aquinas in the final. As a competitor, that’s what you look forward to, and you want to beat the best.”
For Belen (26-1), it was also the end of a two-year wait for payback against an Aquinas team that defeated it for the 2013 state title.
The Raiders (25-2) captured their lone state title that season, and made their fourth consecutive appearance in the final and were led by senior Eric Goldenberg and sophomore Parker Strickman, who each had four goals.
“Getting here four finals in a row is an accomplishment, but it’s not everything,” St. Thomas coach Michael Goldenberg said. “The experience in this atmosphere playing under pressure and being yelled at by rude fans is an experience all its own and will help these kids.”
Belen’s and St. Thomas’ only losses during the season came against each other.
When both teams were placed on opposite sides of the championship bracket, Nunez said it gave Belen added motivation.
“I love this and I wouldn’t want to end it any other way,” Guso said. “We became a cohesive unit throughout the season and this time we played as a team.”
After both teams traded goals for most of the first quarter, Belen secured control of the match by scoring five unanswered to take an 8-3 lead with two minutes to go in the second. Guso keyed the run with three of the five goals, and Pablo Kurzan and Alexander Alepuz scored the first two.
Aquinas battled back as Goldenberg provided scoring and assists to help it draw within two goals first at 10-8 and later at 11-9 with 53 seconds left in the third quarter.
But Belen’s defense kept Aquinas continually misfiring in the fourth quarter as the Raiders went scoreless in the final period.
“We had opportunities and we just didn’t convert on them,” Michael Goldenberg said. “There’s not much else to say.”
Belen’s journey was rewarding for the extra effort it took a squad that needed to find alternate sites to practice without a regulation-size pool on campus.
Belen coach Jimmy Aguilera expressed his pride in his players and gratitude for the people involved in supporting the team, including former Belen coach Julio Lopez, who passed away from cancer in 2011. Lopez was influential in restarting the water polo program at the school.
An emotional Aguilera — who was part of a world championship team while coaching in Cuba before coming to Miami and coaching Belen the past four seasons — said this was even more special.
“These kids sacrificed every day and we made finding a way to win this game a goal each and every day,” Aguilera said. “We dedicate this win to all the people like Lopez and all our parents for supporting this team.”

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Sunday, April 19, 2015


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Lake Nona’s comeback falls short in championship game, finish runner-up to Ransom Everglades

Lake Nona Girls

Experience was key in Saturday’s girls State Water Polo Championship game as defending champs and host Ransom Everglades earned their fifth program title over Lake Nona, 14-10.
The Lion’s led after back-to-back goals from junior Amy Branch at the 4:45 mark in the first quarter, 2-1.
At half though, the Lion’s found themselves down five before making their last push in the fourth to cut the lead to three.
Lake Nona will only graduate two off this year’s squad and believes this experience will serve them well for next season.
“This is the stepping stone,” Coach Alex Bennett said. “And I told them that they need to watch the celebration and know how it feels –you know getting to the semis all these years and finally getting to the finals and now we need this experience to win.”

Girls Quarterfinals
Olympia 14, Pembroke Pines 2
Lake Nona 26, MAST 4
Ransom Everglades 19, Lake Brantley 3
Saint Andrews, Cypress Bay
Girls Semifinals
Lake Nona 10, Olympia 7
Ransom Everglades 7, Saint Andrews 3
Girls Finals
Ransom Everglades 14, Lake Nona 10
Boys Quarterfinals
Saint Andrews 18, Cypress Bay 6
Belen Jesuit 26, Seminole 9
St. Thomas Aquinas 14, Winter Park 4
Lake Nona 18, Dr. Krop 12
Boys Semifinals
Belen Jesuit 9, Saint Andrews 4
St. Thomas Aquinas 14, Lake Nona 8
Boys Finals
Belen Jesuit 14, St. Thomas Aquinas 9