By Daniel Boston '00, Sports Information Coordinator
The girls' swim team is the 2018 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Swimming Champion. This championship was the fifth straight championship for the Lady Raiders. At the 2A championships, they took first place in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke. The Raiders were led this season by Chloe Hernandez '21, Emily Cordovi '19, and Olivia Hernandez '19.
The boys' swim team finished its season as the 2018 2A swimming state runner-up. The Raiders had strong performances in the 200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle that led them to the second place trophy. Jonathan Rodriguez '19, Phillip Meria '20 and Rene Peralta '19 were key contributors to the Raiders' success this season.
The football team had a great year, finishing the season 8-4 and qualifying for a playoff berth. They defeated Monsignor Edward Pace High School in the 4A regional quarterfinal and advanced to play the No. 1 seed, University School, in the regional semifinal. The season came to a close during the regional semifinal with a 13-40 loss. The Raiders were led offensively this year by Yulkeith Brown '21 (1,430 rushing yards), Will Poses '19 (1,580 passing yards), Amin Hassan '20 (300 receiving yards), Nick Hassan '19 (290 receiving yards), Sean Moore '19 (350 receiving yards) and Anton Hall Jr. '20 (426 all-purpose yards). Will Bettridge '22 solidified the Raiders' kicking game with his field goal accuracy and long-distance punting. Defensively, the Raiders were led by Matteo Uccelli '19 (4 sacks), D'Sean Perry '19 (89 tackles), Westley Neal '20 (19 tackles for a loss) and Donte De Rosa '20 (88 tackles).
Boys' and Girls' Cross Country
The boys' and girls' cross country teams both had amazing seasons, marked by many of the runners achieving personal-best running times throughout the season. Most notably, the Lady Raiders finished the season as district runner-up and were 19 points from advancing to the state championship. Natalie Varela '20 had another strong season as she claimed the 2018 district championship crown and ran the third-fastest time of any Miami-Dade competitor at the FHSAA Class 2A Cross Country State Championship.
This season, the boys' golf team competed with a very young team that included two freshmen. The highlights of this season included John Marshall '22 winning the Westminster Invitational with a low score of 67, and Alexander Dalmau '22 averaging a score of 73 throughout the season – rivaling some of the best golf scores in Miami-Dade County.
The girls' golf team finished the season in fourth place at the district tournament. Key performers this year for the Lady Raiders were Tori Hagenlocker '22 and Hailey Miller '19.
The girls' volleyball team finished the season 11-11. The Raiders were able to finish the season as district runner-up, before suffering a playoff exit in the class 5A regional quarterfinal. Top performers for the Raiders were Isabella Sakran '20 with 150 kills and Olivia Connor '20 with 33 aces. Defensively, the Raiders were led by Carly Wood '19, who recorded 182 digs, while Caitlyn Landsom '19 and Leah Boyd '19 fortified the net with 50 blocks combined.
Boys' and Girls' Bowling
The boys' and girls' bowling teams had one of their best seasons. The boys team finished 9-4, with Mason Gebhart '19 and Wallace Hallot '21 leading the way. The girls' team was 8-2 this season, and were led by Alyssa Jensen '21 and Kaylee Rodriguez '20.