Recognize South Florida

Updated: November 20, 2008, 4:25 PM ET
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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.