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$C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 s High school soccer preview BOYS CAPSULES CLASS 6A 3 4 "-',JL. - I j is - I i j ray :? 7 U I E.A. KENNEDY IllStaff Photographer Alphonso Demares (left) drives against St. Andrew's Sean Blake during a pre-season game. Lions in for happy days Post Top 10 boys Panthers return eight starters. But a big question mark rests in goal. Two starting goalies graduated last year. Jupiter Warriors Coach: Stan Lembryk (33-30-8). 1996-97 record: 10-1 1-2. Top players: K.C. Hiliker, forward; David Green, midfielder; Jon Gentile, midfielder. Outlook: Lembryk is optimistic because the Warriors return all starters (except for sweeper Benjie Studt, last year's team MVP, whose family moved to Virginia). Last season, Hiliker had 14 goals, four assists and Green had eight goals, six assists. Palm Beach Gardens Gators Coach: Brad Holcomb (first year). 1996-97 record: 1-16-1. Top players: Keith Proctor, forward; Eric Gitler, defense; Ahmed Rashwan, midfielder; Equine Ettiene, midfielder; Steve Arbuzow, forward. Outlook: After a rebuilding year, Holcomb is ready for better things. Proctor has good speed and Gitler plays "very smart. This could be a very good season," Holcomb said. District 15 NORTH DIVISION Boca Raton Bobcats Coach: Ron Matella (188-58-2). 1996-97 record: 7-12-1. Top players: Carlos Vasquez, midfielder; Ronnie Castano, midfielder; Vinny De Araujo, forward. Outlook: In a district with Broward County powerhouse St. Thomas, Boca Raton won't have it easy. "Fair to good," was the prognosis given by Matella. Araujo, who had 32 goals and 12 assists last year, will play a key role. CLASS 4A District 14 WEST DIVISION Fort Pierce Westwood Panthers Coach: Sam Black. 1996-97 record: 13-10. Top returners: Nusan Dorlouis, Sr., goalkeeper; Umbaido Gamez, Sr., midfielder; Gustavo Torres, defender. Outlook: The Panthers have 13 freshmen and sophomores, so inexperience is a factor. But Black said Westwood's speed and quickness should make the Panthers competitive. Lincoln Park Academy Greyhounds Coach: Gary Preslar. 1996-97 record: NA. Top returners: Ian Landrum, So., goalkeeper; Chris Monroe, Sr., midfield; Gary Preslar, Sr. , midfield; Matt Young, Sr., defender; Carl Robinson, Jr. Sean Brown, Jr., Lee Glover, Jr., Brian Paul, Fr., Fwd.; Danny Preslar, Fr., Fwd.; Derek Pollard, Sr., defender. Outlook: The Greyhounds return 17 players, including seven seniors, and figure to factor in the district race. Landrum, named to the All-Treasure Lake Conference team, was one of two area players named this summer to the state's Olympic Development team. Glades Central Raiders Coach: Brian Frank. 1996-97 recored: NA Top players: Wilmane Althein, goalkeeper; Dersal Galletta, midfielder; Jorge Huertas, forward. Outlook: The Raiders will field a lot of young players. Huertas, a kicker for the football team, won't start until after the playoffs. EAST DIVISION Royal Palm Beach Wildcats Coach: Jim Minear (first year). Top players: Minear has not set his starting positions. Outlook: Minear plays the role of soccer architect at new Royal Palm Beach High. Although he'll field a team of underclassmen, his district counterparts are not taking Royal Palm lightly. Forest Hill Falcons Coach: Ray Kemly (51-25-12). 1996-97 record: 4-7-6. Top players: Andre Durango, forward; Nelson Godoy, striker; Steve Jlminez, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Falcons lost eight starting seniors. "Realistically we're young and Inexperienced," Kemly says. But he says this year's team has "more talent than I've seen here since the early 1990s." Suncoast Chargers Coach: Paul Gelb. 1996-97 record: 26-1-1 Top players: Steve Smith, forward; Jared Chipley, forward; Randall Seupersaad, midfielder; Rudy Gil, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Chargers' state championship run ended with a loss in double overtime. Gelb thinks this year's team is even better. CLASS 3A District 8 SOUTH DIVISION St. Edward's Pirates Coach: Bill Keating. 1996-97 record: 1 1-6-2. Top returners: Jesse Kahle, Sr., defender; Mark Williams, Jr., goalkeeper; Jack Beuttell, Jr., defender; Chip Hamner, Jr., defender; Adam Baslow, Jr., midfield; Jesse Carano, Sr., midfielder; Shawn Mathias, Sr., striker; Graves Fromang, Jr., striker. Outlook: Keating said this could be the strongest team he's had in fours years as coach of the Pirates, who will compete in district play with Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Central Catholic and Florida Air Academy. Defense is St. Edward's strength. District 13 NORTH DIVISION John Carroll Rams Coach: Wayne Cross. 1996-97 record: 10-10-1 Top returners: Jeff Chandler, Jr., forward; Jack Behren, Jr., centermidfielder; Scott McLam, Sr., Sweeper. Outlook: The Rams kept most of last year's District 7-3A runner-up squad intact and should be competitive in 13-3A. Benjamin Buccaneers Coach: Tim Sanders (31-19). 1996-97 record: 5-12-2. Top players: Matt DeStefano, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Buccaneers are in a rebuilding year but the skill level has improved, anchoredby the goalie. Cardinal Newman Crusaders Coach: Brian Baughman (25-9-1 1). 1996-97 record: 17-4-3. Top players: Jeremy Clubb. Outlook: Baughman expects to compete with St. Andrew's for the district title. District 8 SOUTH DIVISION King's Academy Lions Coach: Glenn Martin (6-20-5). 1996-97 record: 0-15-2. Top players: Ned Perry, sweeper; Brett Burge, goalkeeper. Outlook: Martin to contend for district title. Sixteen of his returning players attended Duke University Soccer Camp. Pope John Paul II Eagles Coach: Mario Rincon (5-9-2). 1996-97 record: 5-9-2. Top players: Rod Almeida, forward; Chris Corn, midfielder; Ryan Lodono, forward. Outlook: The Eagles are young and inexperienced. Rincon says some key players have to perform well. St. Andrew's Scots Coach: Mike Duncan (18-5-5). 1996-97 record: 18-5-5. Top players: Gianni Straub, midfielder; Felix Grandos, sweeper; Juan Gonzales, striker; Daniel Rincon, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Scots won the district champsionship last year. Duncan expects at least the same this year. Joe Capozzl, Julius Whigham II District 8 NORTH DIVISION Martin County Tigers Coach: Juan Kalb. 1996-97: 20-2-2. Top returners: Mauricio Bermudez, Sr., midfielder, Eric Ja- kab, Jr., defender; . Brian Wojcieszak, Jr., defender; Matt Pistritto, Jr., midfielder, Jason Stocks, Jr., midfielder. Outlook: Bermudez was the leading scorer with 2 1 goals last season, and is the lone senior. The Tigers return five starters and should once again be one of the state's toughest teams. Palm Beach Lakes Rams Coach: Michael Cavanaugh (31-46-1 1). 1996-97 record: 14-5-1. Top players: Lansky Matute, forward; Damian Hurge, for-rward; Effian Gayle, midfielder; Corey Stewart, goalkeeper. Outlook: The loss of four starters to graduation means the Rams will play many underclassmen. Matute had 22 goals ' while leading Lakes to the school's best finish. Vero Beach Indians Coach: Dylan Lewis. 1996-97 record: 1 1-9. Top returners: Tim Long, Sr., sweeper, Willie Peaveley, Sr., .forward; Alain Pierre, Sr., forward. Outlook: Lewis, the former coach at Sebastian River, said he ' expects the offense to produce plenty of goals. 'SOUTH DIVISION Lake Worth Trojans , Coach: Jorge Castellanos (first year). ' 1996-97 record: 10-8-2. 'Top Players: No returning starters. Outlook: Castellanos is realistic. He said his team is "very young and inexperienced". Martin County is the district favorite, and against teams like John I. Leonard and Welling-' ton, Lake Worth will have its work cut out. ; John I. Leonard Lancers Coach: Bob Snyder. 1996-97 record: 8-8. "Top players: Arturo Moraga, midfielder; Enrique Morales, - forward. Shayn Logan, defense. 'Outlook: With the return of scoring threats Moraga and -Morales, the Lancers should contend for the district title after Uast year's rebuilding season. Wellington Wolverines I Coach: Jeff Gardella (first year). 1996-97 record: 19-5-2. 4 Top players: Karl Hahn, midfielder; Billy Hall, midfielder; Dana 'Richard, striker; Jeff Moses, sweeper; Darren Haligas, full- - back. ' Outlook: The Wolverine field a mix of underclassmen and seniors. Gardella says it's a rebuilding year but Wellington can give favorite Martin County a run if his team stays healthy. .District 9 ' NORTH DIVISION Atlantic Eagles !f Coach: Mike Sicard (first year). 1996-97 record: 2-14. ; Top players: Matt Brigand!, midfielder; Chris Zelaya, striker; f Jason Mendiguren, midfielder. Outlook: Sicard has just two seniors in starting positions. None of his starters had double-digit scoring totals last year. -They'll have little margin for error if they hope to contend in a district with Spanish River and Olympic Heights. Santaluces Chiefs : Coach: Jayson Chung (first year). 1996-97 record: 0-17-2. ..Top players: Phillip Papard, defense. Edvard Pierre, midfielder; Kevin Roberts, defense; Pedro Sosa, midfielder. ' Outlook: The Chiefs have a first-year coach who knows about winning: Jayson Chung was The Palm Beach Post High School I player of the year in 1 980 and '8 1 . He debuts as coach with a :,'team that should play better than last year's 0-17-2 record. Spanish River Sharks "Coach: Kevin McEnroe (135-30-24). 1996-97 record: 22-4-1. 'Top players: Jason Versage, midfielddefender; Harold Lang, Z midfielder; Brent Eggleston; Marlon Howell, midfielder; Ajit Kapur, midfielder. ; Outlook: The Sharks won the state championship last year. lti McEnroe, The Palm Beach Posts coach of the year, looks to repeat with a few new faces but virtually the same talent level. SOUTH DIVISION Olympic Heights Lions Coach: Damn Karuzas (111-24-9). 1996-97 re- cord: 28-2-1. Top players: Alphonso DeMares, foward; John Skora, goalkeeper; Danney Skelton, sweeper. '.Outlook: The Lions lost the state championship "game to St. Thomas. In a new district this year, ? Heights lost eight starters but still have enough . talent to compete with Spanish River for the title. ' DeMares is one of the state's most proflic scorers. ; He had 36 goals last year. : CLASS 5A District 14 .. NORTH DIVISION Fort Pierce Central Cobras Coach: Jay Stewart. 1996-97 record: 16-8-2. Top returners: Billy White, Sr., defender; Peter Scanna, Sr., '.'midfielder; Renato Reis, Sr., midfielderdefender; Danny I Lopez, Jr., forward. ": Outlook: The Cobras were runners-up to Martin County in District 13-5A last season and should be a contender for a -; post-season spot again this season. Lopez could be among the area's most prolific goal scorers after scoring 29 last season. Okeechobee Brahmans - Coach: Shawn Poland. 1996-97 record: 3-18. Top returners: Zack Smith, Jr., midfielder; Todd Hackett, Sr., fullback; Eric Berger, Sr., sweeper; Adam Homer, So., full-Z back; Eric Struble, Jr., striker; Michael Espirito, goalkeeper. ; Outlook: The Brahmans should be much improved with 17 j returners, including four seniors. Despite last year's record, - Okeechobee advanced to the second round of the district playoffs. Port St. Lucie Jaguars Coach: Scott Hoffman. 1996-97 record: 7-14-1. Top returners: Adam Pruett, Sr., forward; Zach McElroy, Sr., " midfielder; Dominic Balzano, Sr., midfielder; Bernard Fontus, -So., forward. ' Outlook: The Jaguars are building for the future. Hoffman is ' ' impressed by his freshmen class, in which atleast five could start. " South Fork Coach: John Mullen. 1996-97 record: 3-17. l' Top returners: Tyler Foss, Sr., midfielder, Richard Benzen-k haffer, Sr., defender. Outlook: The Bulldogs will feature a young squad this season l and Mullen, a long-time youth soccer coach in the area, takes over his first season at South Fork. SOUTH DIVISION William T. Dwyer Panthers ' Coach: Craig Moseley (first year). 1996-97 record: 7-9 " Top players: Kevin O'Neill forward; Jonas Blomqvist fullback; " Mari Mitchell, defender; Hal Fravel, fullback; Dylan Hammen, r defender. Outlook: First-year coach Moseley gets an advantage: the DeMares, a senior, left his brother, sister and parents in his hometown of Barranquilla to play high school soccer well enough to earn a college scholarship. To say his plan worked would be an understatement. He scored 36 goals as a junior and assisted on 12 others. Now, in his senior year, DeMares may be the best soccer player in Florida, Karuzas said. There has been much attention and media spotlight. When DeMares talks about success in the Olympic Heights soccer program, he praises teammates like sweeper Danny Skelton (13 goals, 13 assists) and goalkeeper John Skora (seven shutouts in seven starts as a junior). He's even willing to make a high-profile sacrifice this season: Because he made such an impression last year as a scoring forward, Karuzas may move DeMares to the midfield in an effort to throw off opposing teams. Karuzas wants very much to win the District 9-6A championship, but it will be a challenge with teams like Spanish River. Olympic Heights is not as talented as last year's team, from which eight starters graduated. "We're lacking depth and we don't have the experience we had last year." DeMares said he'll do whatever Karuzas wants. Responses like that prompt Karuzas to call DeMares "a coach's delight. He's a very humble guy. He likes to win be he's real quiet, real humble." DeMares wouldn't say much about Olympic Heights' game plan this season. "We're a young team but we look good." Olympic Hts. has its own Fonz, whose soccer (36 goals last year) is his schtick. By Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON The Fonz says he's watched Happy Days maybe once or twice. Re-runs on Nick-At-Night. He only looks for it if there's nothing else on TV, especially a soccer game. Heeeeey! Alphonso DeMares wasn't even born until 1980. Back then, they weren't airing many American sitcoms in his native Colombia. He didn't master the English language until a few years ago. All he knows is that after arriving in America last year and quickly turning into one of Florida's best high school soccer players, his teammates at Olympic Heights starting calling him The Fonz. "He's the guy from Happy Days," says DeMares, who at 17 bears no resemblence to the duck-tailed 1950s hipster Arthur Fon-zerelli. "He wears a leather jacket and all the girls like him." This season, DeMares stars as Fonzie, the humble forward who brings more happy days to the Olympic Heights soccer program. He wears No. 17 and his coach really digs him. "He's our playmaker. He's our leader," said Damn Karuzas, whose Lions went 28-2-1 last season before losing to Fort Lauder-dale-St. Thomas Aquinas in the state championship. "No. 1, his decision-making, his intelligence of the game is on another level. And No. 2, his physical ability and technical abilities are equal to that." 1 . Olympic Heights 2. Spanish River 3. Martin County 4. Boca Raton 5. Cardinal Newman 6. Suncoast 7. Jupiter 8. Fort Pierce 9. St. Andrew's 10. Wellington Players to watch Alphonso DeMares, Sr., forward, Olympic Heights: 36 goals, 12 assists Danny Skelton, Jr. sweeper, Olympic Heights: 13 goals 13 assists John Skora, Sr., goalie, Olympic Heights: 0.00 avg. in 7 games Harold Lang, Sr. forward, Spanish River: Strong defender last year Jason Versage, Sr., midfielder, Spanish River: Keyed defense with Lang K.C. Hilliker, Sr. foward, Jupiter: 14 goals, 4 assists Lansky Matute, Jr., forward, Palm Beach Lakes: 22 goals Danny Lopez, J. forwad, Fort Pierce Central: 29 goals Mauricio Bermudez, sr., midfielder, Martin County: Led Tigers with 2 1 goals Rudy Gil, Jr., goalkeeper, Suncoast: 15 shutouts in 18 games. Vinny De Araujo, Sr., forward, Boca Raton: 32 goals 12 assists Ronnie Castano, Jr., midfielder Boca Raton: 2 goals and 7 assists Felix Granados, Jr., sweeper, St. Andrew's: Could be top sweeper. Gianni Straub, Jr., midfielder, St. Andrew's: Ex-sweeper is scoring threat. Rao leads Olympic to new heights ... Post Top 10 girls 1 . Spanish River ' 2. Wellington 3. Martin County 4. Olympic Heights 5. Boca Raton 6. John Carroll 7. Vero Beach 8. Suncoast 9. Benjamin 10. John I. Leonard Players to watch Kara Rao, Jr., forward, Olympic Heights: one of the top players in the state Amanda Hopkins, Snr., goalkeeper, Wellington: made 100 saves last season and had 7.4 shoutouts last year Mattie Gallagher, Jr., midfielder, Martin County: had 10 goals and 1 1 assists in 13 games before being injured Amber Tollefson, So., midfielder, Spanish River: led the Sharks to the state semi-finals with 22 goals. Maren Jaffee Jr., striker, Spanish River: was out with an injury last year, but scored 31 goals as a freshman Liz Swlnson, Sr., goalkeeper, Boca Raton: had 20 shutouts last season to help lead the Bobcats to the state semi-finals. Janet Martin, So., midfielder, John Carroll: scored 31 goals as a freshman Summer Corum, So., forward, Vero Beach: helped lead her team to a Treasure Lake Conference championship Stephanie Keating. Jr., midfielder, St. Edward's: was an All-State selection as a sophomore Marley Goodman. Sr., Center-forward, Cardinal Newman: scored 37 goals last season. By Dani Davies Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The hardest thing is the speed. For Kara Rao, who plays soccer for the under-17 national team as well as Olympic Heights High School, adapting to the different levels of play on the two teams can prove difficult. "The biggest difference is the speed of play," said Rao, a junior midfielder who was chosen for the All-Area first team as a freshman and a sophomore and All-State honorable mention as a sophomore. "It gets frustrating." In the past two years, Rao has scored 64 goals and made 36 assists for the Lions. Olympic Heights coach Diego Cardona has been playing soccer for 25 years and coaching for seven. He said Rao is the best female player he's seen for her age. . "She's the kind of girl that can make everything happen on the field," Cardona said. "It's her abilities with the ball and her endurance, but what makes her so good is the love she has for the game and her dedication." Rao is the team captain, and Cardona said it's like having an assistant coach on the field. "She gets along well with the girls," he said. "They know she has better skills than anyone is South Florida, so they listen to her." Rao looks forward to playing a Boca High team this season that the Lions have never defeated. They may have a chance. Thirteen of the seventeen Lions play club soccer, and a few key Shoemaker named to All-County bowling team Bowling E.A. KENNEDY IllStaff Photographer Kara Rao plays on an under-17 national team and is the best for her age that Lions coach Diego Cardona has ever seen. returnees will round out the offense. Junior Jill Patton, who had 120 saves last season, will return in goal, and Paul Hurley, who didn't start last season because of a knee injury, will be Rao's right hand in the midfield. "Patton and Hurley are both full of experience and have a great touch with the ball," Cardona said. He will also start three freshmen who all have club experience. But the team's success will undoubtedly center around Rao. "It's difficult to have one player as good as Kara," Cardona said. "I can definitely see her fitting into a Division I program. Other teams try to mark her, but that's when we have to play around the rest of the girls. We ,have the talent to do that." " By Chuck Otterson k Palm Beach Post Staff Writer I WEST PALM BEACH Sun-l' coast's Jason Shoemaker heads ; the All-County high school bowl-' ; ing team announced Monday. ! Shoemaker, whose 223 aver- age 'was the highest in the Palm Beach County Bowling Proprietors' Travel League, was induct- ed into the Young American Bowl- ing Alliance Hall of Fame during " the awards banquet at Vista Bowl-l ing Center. Award winners: mantha Curry, Jennifer Glllum, Patricia Linn, Sarah Linn, Alison Smith, Charlotte Venlng). All-County Team Beys Jason Shoemaker (223 M average), Suncoast; Adam Graber (214 .56), William T. Dwyer; R J. Marrero (212.11), Palm Beach Lakes; Rob Bethke (203.69), WT. Dwyer; Eric Komrowskl (192), Jupiter. Girls - Jennifer Busby (192.50), Wellington; Stephanie Infantlno (170 45), Olympic Heights; Diana Egan (163.40), Suncoast; Ragen Miller (140 Ml, Jupiter; Crystal Walker (155.72), Royal Palm Beach. Other individual awards Nerth: High scratch series, Shoemaker, 737; Busby, 626. High scratch game, Graber, 290; Walker, 211. High handicap series, Marrero, 780; Venlng, 704. High handicap game, Kenny Bedell, Palm Beach Gardens, 296; Amy Schmidt, Royal Palm Beach, 284 Most Improved, Chris Lau, Royal Palm Beach; Christian Jackson, Palm Beach Lakes. South: High scratch series, Boggiano, 697; Infantlno, 657. High scratch game, Saul Ehrenprels, Spanish River, 251; Melissa Sargent, Olympic Heights, 213. High handicap series, Robert Smoot, Boca Raton, 749; Gaylord, 750. .High handicap game, Seth Bayles, Spanish River,, 293; Llppl, 269. Most Improved, Ryan Croteau, John I. Leonard; and Llppl. Callan, Matt Garbarlno, Adam Graber, Jason Millar, Kevin Storm). Runner-up (South Division champion): Santaluces (Ivan Berroa, Joe Bog-oiano, Chuck Gardner, Shaun Harrington, Russell Kahn, David McKnlght). Handicap - Atlantic (Anthony Compagno, Scott Gerihman, Jared Gosdin, David Upton, Scott Brown). Runner-up (North Division champion): Suncoast (Javier Castano, Jason Feng, Sam Flsch, Josh Stmerenko, Jason Shoemaker, Steve Yu). GIRLS Scratch - Wellington (Jennifer Busby, Katie Chief, Jill Suss, Jaime Wagner). Runner-up (South Division champion): Spanish River (Pattl-Ann Dresback, Melissa Llppl, Allison Schneider, Erin Spurgeon, Samantha Stonelake). Handicap - Atlantic (Stacey Ctravlno, Michelle Gaylord, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Ser). Runner-up (North Division champion): Cardinal Newman (Sa County CMmplom . , BOYS - 1 , . Seritch - William T. Dwyer (Rob Bethkt, Shawn

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