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4C THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 w High school soccer preview BOYS CAPSULES - - ; -: i: CLASS 6A SOUTH DIVISION William T. Dwyer Panthers rnarh- Craia Mrwelpv ifirst veart. 1996-97 record: 7-9 Top players: Kevin O'Neill forward; Jonas Blomqvist fullback; Mark Mitchell, defender; Hal Fravel, fullback; Dylan Hammen, defender. Outlook: First-year coach Moseley gets an advantage: the Panthers return eight starters. But a big question mark rests ' Ir.l jf. I in goal. Two starting goanes graauaiea iasi year. Innitar Warriors rnarh- Qtan I omhrvk m.30-81. 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;. Daim Bssph ftarrlena Gators rnarh- Rrart Hnlcnmb (first veart. 1996-97 record: 1-16-1. Top players: Keith Proctor, forward; Eric Gitler, defense; Ahmed Rashwan, midtieiaer; tquine tuiene, miuiieiuei; ctowo Arhn7nw forward. Outlook: After a rebuilding year, Holcomb is ready for better things. Proctor has good speed and wrier piays very smart. District 15 NORTH DIVISION Boca Raton Bobcats Coach: Ron Matella (188-58-2). 1996-97 record: 7-12-1. 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 Ptstritto, 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, forward; 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, but the key is how well Vero will fare defensively. 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 Wellington, 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 last year's rebuilding season. Shayn Logan will be a key defender. Wellington Wolverines Coach: Jeff Gardella (first year). 1996-97 record: 19-5-2. Top players: Karl Hahn, midfielder; Billy Mall, midfielder; Dana Richard, striker; Jeff Moses, sweeper; Darren Haligas, Too olavers: Carlos Vasquez, midfielder; Ronnie Castano, midfielder; Vinnv De Arauio, forward. Outlook: In a district with Broward County powerhouse St. E.A. KENNEDY IllStaff Photograph Louis Garcia and Derrick McQuillen go through the drills to help Royal Palm Beach Thomas, Boca Raton won't have it easy. CLASS 4A ' District 14 WEST DIVISION Fort Pierce Westwood Panthers Gardella shows the way; Coach: Sam Black. 1996-97 record: 13-10. Top returners: Nusan Dorlouis, Sr., goalkeeper; Umbaldo Gamez. Sr.. midfielder; Gustavo lorres, aerenaer. Outlook: The Panthers have 13 freshman and sophomores, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach so inexperience is a factor. Lincoln Park Academy Greyhounds Coach: Gary Preslar. 1996-97 record: NA. new forces to be reckoned with 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., By Joe Capozzi Brian Paul, Fr., Fwd.; Danny Preslar, Fr., Fwd.; Derek Pollard, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Sr., defender. WELLINGTON - On his Outlook: The Greyhounds return 17 players, including seven first day as a soccer coach, Jeff Gardella told his players: "I may seniors, and figure to factor in the distnct race. Glades Central Raiders Coach: Brian Frank. 1996-97 recored: NA 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. "If we stay healthy and play together as a team we should be competing for our district," he said. Top players: Wilmane Althein, goalkeeper; Dersal Galletta, not teach you a lot about soccer, but I will teach you about sportsmanship and, hopefully, about midfielder; Jorge Huertas, forward. Outlook: The Raiders will field a lot of young players. Huertas, Post Top 10 boys 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., life." a place-kicker for the football team, won't start until after the That was in 1993. During the next four years, playoffs. "Too early to say, Frank said of the outlook. EAST DIVISION Royal Palm Beach Wildcats the girls' soccer team at Wellington Landings Middle School Coach: Jim Minear (first year). Top players: Minear has not would win three Palm Beach County championships. 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 Maybe that explains the opti mism these days at Wellington District 9 NORTH DIVISION Atlantic Eagles Coach: Mike Sicard (first year). 1996-97 record: 2-14. Top players: Matt Brigandi, midfielder; Chris Zelaya, striker; 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 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. Papard and Oierre made second-team All Conference last year. underclassmen, his district counterparts are not taking Royal Palm lightly. "I think Royal Palm will do well and surprise some High School, where Gardella brings his 49-2 coaching record to the boys soccer program. Gardella isnt making any midfielder, Spanish River: Keyed ' should be competing for the district. We certainly won't embarrass ourselves," he said. While Gardella is ready for his first year, he couldn't help but gush with enthusiasm about Wellington High's soccer future. "Our JV team is strong. In the next four years for us, soccer-wise, we'll be a force to be reckoned with. People will have to keep their eyes open." Just north of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach High gets a new soccer coach, too. In fact, the school's soccer program is new. That's why Jim Minear will play two historic roles: as both coach and architect trusted with creating a soccer team. The new school has no seniors, so Minear will field a team of underclassmen. Royal Palm Beach's football team took its first-year lumps but still finished with a respectable 2-7 record the best finish ever for a first-year school in recent memory. Like the other first-year coach in Wellington, Minear isn't making any promises about Royal Palm Beach, either. But the Wolverines' soccer outlook may not be so bleak, based on comments from another west county coach. "Watch out for Royal Palm Beach," said Glades Central soccer coach Brian Frank, whose own team is in decent shape. "I think Royal Palm will do well. They have a solid program and I think they'll surprise some of us." promises. But he is optimistic about his first year. He takes over a team that people," Glades Central coach Brian Frank said. Forest Hill Falcons Coach: Ray Kemly (51-25-12). 1996-97 record: 4-7-6. Top players: Andre Durango, forward; Nelson Godoy, striker; Steve Jiminez, 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 went 19-5-2 under Ty Brewer last year. They were knocked out of the playoffs by powerhouse Span ish River. In Gardella's pre-season debut with the boys team, the Wolverines beat Boca Raton 3-2 last week. loss in double overtime. Gelb thinks this year's team is even Still, Gardella knows his team defense with Lang K.C. Hilliker, Sr. foward, Jupiter: 14 goals, 4 assists ) Lansky Matute, Jr., forward, Palm Beach Lakes: 22 goals I Danny Lopez, J. forwad, Fort Pierce Central: 29 goals ;1 Mauricio Bermudez, sr., midfielder, Martin County: Led Tigers with 21 goals Z Rudy Gil, Jr., goalkeeper, Suncoast: 15 shutouts in 18 l games. .; Vinny De Araujo, Sr., forward, Boca Raton: 32 goals i 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. ' isn't the same as last year's. Gardella will field a mix of seniors and underclassmen led by players like midfielder Karl Hahn and sweep er Darren Haligas. And he knows there is plenty of talent in District 8-6A, from Martin County to Palm Beach Lakes. "If we stay healthy and we play together as a team, I think ,we Wellington: New coach, approach By Dani Davies Spanish River Sharks Coach: Kevin McEnroe (135-30-24). :i996-97 record: 22-4-1. Top players: Jason Versage, midfielddefender; Harold Lang, midfielder; Brent Eggleston; Marlon Howell, midfielder; Ajit Kapur, midfielder. Outlook: The Sharks won the state championship last year. McEnroe, The Palm Beach Posts coach of the year, looks to repeat with a few new faces but virtually the same talent level. Eggleston protected the backfield all season but was also a scoring threat. Versage had 1 1 goals and a team-high '12 assists. i . SOUTH DIVISION Olympic Heights Lions Coach: Darrin Karuzas (111 -24-9). 1996-97 record: 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 tiut 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. Skelton, who had 13 goals and 13 assists, could be the top sweeper in the county. 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 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., fullback; Eric Struble, Jr., striker; Michael Espirito, goalkeeper. Outlook: The Brahmans should be much improved with 1 7 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 freshman class, in which atleast five could start, including stopper John Watson, and midfielder Daniel Lint. South Fork Coach: John Mullen. 1996-97 record: 3-17. Top returners: Tyler Foss, Sr., midfielder, Richard Benzen- Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WELLINGTON The motto of the Wellington soccer program has always been We Are One, but that sentiment is more important now. better, so he will settle for nothing less than a state crown. CLASS 3A District 8 SOUTH DIVISION St. Edward's Pirates Coach: Bill Keating. 1996-97 record: 11-6-2. 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 (25-9-11). 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. He says Rincon is one of the top goalies in the area. Joe Capozzl, Julius Whlgham II Ashley Snell, one of the area's CO rx ' V"V top scorers who led the Wolverines with 45 goals last season, has 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 1.0 been ruled ineligible to play in the regular season, and a new coach, Brian Sinngo, has taken over the program. In addition to Snell, Sinngo has lost two other starters, senior Amber Lingor and junior Sara Harnett, to injuries. Jor the older players, Snell is a huge loss," said Siringo, one of the area's youngest coaches at 24. "She was somebody who was putting the ball in the net for them. If the second-highest scorer had 25 or 30 goals, it wouldn't be such a big deal, but the second only had 10." However, most of the 11 start ers aren't seniors. Only three of last season's starters return, and haffer, Sr., defender. Outlook: The Bulldogs will feature a young squad this season and Mullen, a long-time youth soccer coach in the area, takes over his first season at South Fork. The team's strength should be in its midfield and goalkeeping, Mullen said. most of the other eight have no varsity experience. But Siringo has confidence in the talent of his younger players. Some come from a junior var Kara Rao, Jr., forward, 1 " Olympic Heights: one of the top .1 players in the state Amanda Hopkins, Snr., " ' goalkeeper, Wellington: made 100 saves last season and had 7.4 shoutouts last year ' A Mattle Gallagher, Jr., ,r midfielder, Martin County: had ;-10 goals and 1 1 assists in 13 , games before being injured , , ,; Amber Tollefson, So., midfielder, Spanish River: led , j the Sharks to the state semi- ; , finals with 22 goals. 't Maren Jaffee Jr., striker, ' Spanish River: was out with an , injury last year, but scored 31 : goals as a freshman Liz Swinson, Sr., goalkeeper1, Boca Raton: had 20 shutouts j last season to help lead the ' Bobcats to the state semi- ., t finals. Janet Martin, So., midfielder, 1 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. Shoemaker named to All-County bowling team sity team that went 14-1 last season. Talented incoming freshmen join them on a team that is very ALLEN EYESTONEStaff Photographer New Wellington coach Brian Sinngo lost some key players, but is confident. Siringo said. Snell may be eligible by districts, and is practicing with the team now. Spanish River, last year's state champions who handed the Wolverines three of their five season losses, are no longer district rivals because of rearranged districts. "They have no fear," Siringo said of his freshmen who played together in middle school. "Spanish River? The younger girls don't even know where the school is. They aren't a rival for me or my freshmen and I like that." Despite the monkey wrench in his early-season plans, Siringo is optimistic. He still has senior goalie Amanda Hopkins, who had 100 saves and seven shutouts last year, and despite a 1-0 loss to St. Andrew's in the jamboree, he said his freshmen "played perfectly . . . better ,than I ever imagined." Bowling different from last year s, but still strong. "The freshmen are going to have to step up and play like uperclassmen, and the upper- By Chuck Otterson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer , WEST PALM BEACH -Sun-,'coast's Jason Shoemaker heads 1 the All-County high school bowl-'. Ing team announced Monday. ' Shoemaker, whose 223 average was the highest in the Palm -Beach County Bowling Proprietors' Travel League, was inducted into the Young American Bowl-' ing Alliance Hall of Fame during .the awards banquet at Vista Bowling Center. Award winners: classmen are going to have to rise above their own expectations," Siringo said. "Everyone is going to have to play as one." mantha Curry, Jennifer Glllum, Patricia Linn, Sarah Linn, Alison Smith, Charlotte Vening). All-County Team Boys - Jason Shoemaker (223 M average), Suncoast; Adam Graber (2H.5o), William T. Dwyer; R.J. Marrero (212.81), Palm Beach Lakes; Rob Bethke (203.W), W.T. Dwyer; Eric Komrowskl (192), Jupiter. Girls - Jennifer Busby (192.50), Wellington; Stephanie Infantlno (170.65), Olympic Heights; Diana Egan (163.40), Suncoast; Ragen Miller (160.M), Jupiter; Crystal Walker (155.72), Royal Palm Beach Other individual awards North: High scratch series, Shoemaker, 737; Busby, 626. High scratch game, Graber, 290; Walker, 211. High handicap series, Marrero, 780; Vening, 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; Infantine 657. High scratch game, Saul Ehrenprels, Spanish River, 258; Melissa Sargent, Olympic Heights, 213. High handicap series, Robert Smoot, Boca Raton, 749; Gaylord, 750. High handicap game, Seth Bayles, Spanish River, 293; Lippl, 269. Most Improved, Ryan Croteau, John I. Leonard; and Lippl. His coaching style will be to Ca an, Matt Garbarlno, Adam Graber, Jason Winer, Kevin Storm). Runner-up (South Division champion): Santalucej (Ivan Berroa, Joe Bog-giano, ChucK Gardner, Shaun Harrington, Russell Kahn, David McKnight). Handicap Atlantic (Anthony Compagno, Scott Gershman, Jared Gosdin, David Upton, Scott Brown). Runner-up (North Division champion): Suncoast (Javier Castano, Jason Feng, Sam Flsch, Josh Semerenko, Jason Shoemaker, Steve Yu). GIRLS Scratch - Wellington (Jennifer Busby, Katie Chiet, Jill Suss, Jaime Wagoer). Runner-up (South Division champion): Spanish River (Patti-Ann Dresback, Melissa Lippl, Allison Schneider, Erin Spurgeon, Samantha Stonelake). Handicap - Atlantic (Stacey Ceravlno, Michelle Gaylord, Kelly Rowland, Nicole Sears). Runner-up (North Division champion): Cardinal Newman (Sa- depend on all the talent on the team, instead of focusing around one high-scoring player. Im fully confident that at least five girls can finish the season with double figures in goals," County Champions BOYS Scratch - William T. Dwyer ( ' Rob Bethke, Shawn

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