LaSalle placed third and Ransom Everglades fifth during the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) Mallory Dinghy Nationals, hosted by the Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego.
Twenty teams from eight regions qualified for this double-handed national championship, representing more than 600 high school sailing programs. Of those 20 teams, LaSalle, Ransom Everglades and St. Thomas Aquinas were the only three teams that qualified from the SAISA (South Atlantic District).
Results: Top 5: 1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) 155; 2. Severn School (Severna Park, Maryland) 235; 3. LaSalle 237; 4. Point Loma (San Diego) 293; 5. Ransom Everglades 295.
With typical Southern California light-wind sailing conditions, the champion Mater Dei sailing team prevailed, demonstrating its expertise/knowledge of that local racing climate.
Unfamiliar with the sailing venue, Ransom Everglades struggled on the first day of racing. In the first two race sets, the Raiders posted double digit finishes.
After making some sailor substitutions, Griggs Diemar (Class of 2025) and Boris Bialer (‘22) keyed an improved effort. During the afternoon racing, Ransom Everglades became more familiar with wind conditions and sailed with better results.
On day two, Skipper Jackson McAliley (‘23) and Team Captain Eva Ganzalez-Whitehouse (‘22) raced consistently, including a first and second place finish.
The team’s most experienced skipper, Stephan Baker (‘22), will be sailing for Yale University in the fall, and Gonzalez-Whitehouse will sail for Penn.
Team roster: Eva Gonzalez-Whitehouse (Captain) ‘22, Stephan Baker ‘22, Livia Hermann ‘22, Boris Bialer ‘22, Olivia Drulard ‘23, Jackson McAliley ‘23, Ian Fox ‘24, Emery Diemar ‘24, Griggs Diemar ‘25.
Sailing for the standout LaSalle team were Justin Callahan (‘22), Danny Riano (‘23) and Mitchell Callahan (‘22), Brianna Ross (‘22) and Caroline Caudron (‘23).
Recently, LaSalle became the first team from South Florida to win the prestigious Baker Trophy at the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA)’s National Team Racing Championship and only the second team from Florida ever to do that since its inception in 1989.
Orange Bowl award
The Orange Bowl Committee announced that Alcivial Henrisme, a student athlete from Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, is the fifth recipient of the Orange Bowl Beigel-Feis-Hixon Valor Award.
Henrisme, who was nominated for the award by his high school guidance counselor, overcame life-altering family trauma and financial struggles to excel in the classroom while balancing the demand of competing in his school’s football, basketball and baseball programs.
The annual Orange Bowl Beigel-Feis-Hixon Valor Award honors Marjory Stoneman Douglas coaches Scott Beigel (cross-country coach and geography teacher), Aaron Feis (assistant football coach and security guard) and Chris Hixon (wrestling coach and athletic director) who lost their lives protecting their colleagues and students in the senseless tragedy that occurred on Feb. 14, 2018 at the Parkland school.
The award is designed to salute an outstanding South Florida student athlete who exhibits valor and courage in the face of adversity, and consists of a $10,000 scholarship.
At a young age, Henrisme and his sister were placed in foster care. They were later adopted, but their adoptive mother struggled financially and worked tirelessly in order to make ends meet. Sports became a passion and an outlet for him, and he leaned on them as an escape from reality.
Although financial restrictions limited him from the number of sports he could play growing up, Henrisme persevered to become an exceptional student-athlete in high school and will graduate this spring in the top 10 percent of his class. During his senior year as captain of the varsity football team, Henrisme led the team in sacks and won the team’s leadership award.
“Alcivial is an outstanding student, who is respectful, responsible, motivated, diligent, hard-working, and he has the ability to understand abstract concepts and ideas,” said Director of High School Counseling Services Sherri Boyce. “Alcivial is a star football player, a successful student in advanced classes, an innate leader, and a role model on and off the field.”
Henrisme will be enrolling at Valdosta State University this Fall and will be recognized during the 2022 Capital One Orange Bowl on December 30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Orange Bowl Beigel-Feis-Hixon Valor Award Recipients:
- 2018: Travis Julmice, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
- 2019: Christopher Volpe, Jupiter High School
- 2020: Kimberly Slinkosky, Cooper City High School
- 2021: Ashley Moon, Miami Springs Senior High School
- 2022: Alcivial Henrisme, Glades Central High School
Freshman golfer Lorenzo Rodriguez of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School has qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
At the 18-hole qualifier at the University of Florida’s Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Rodriguez finished at 1-under par (69) in a four-way tie for third place.
With the Top 5 advancing, a playoff determined the other three qualifiers.
With his brother, Adrian, as his caddie, Rodriguez made par on the first playoff hole to punch his ticket to the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. That prestigious event is July 25-20 at Bandon Dunes Resort in Coos County, Oregon.
Adrian is a junior golfer for Belen Jesuit.
Edison flag football
Four student athletes from the state semifinalist Miami Edison flag football team will attend college in the Fall.
Lonesha Howell will attend Florida Memorial on a flag football scholarship. Johan Gilmore will attend Florida Memorial on a flag football scholarship. Shamese Lee will attend Cottery University (Nevada, Missouri) on a flag football scholarship, and Sarly Joseph chose to pursue academics only at Florida International University.
All County Spring Sports
The Miami Herald All County teams for Broward and Miami Dade spring sports were revealed June 8 in the newspaper and online at https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/high-school.
Awards, honors, college signings
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New athletic directors, coaches
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Roundup compiled by Jim Varsallone