The Final Serve

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By Sofia Ponce, Melany Freytes and Victoria Gayarre

The Boys Volleyball team, lead by Coach Melissa Lopez, wrapped up their season 7-7, with an impressive performance that got them to district playoffs.

“We made fourth seat in this year’s playoffs losing to ATM (Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School), who have held the district title for the last six years,” said Lopez.

Lopez explained that the team, with only three seniors, is a young one, but that they proved to be “motivated, disciplined and eager to learn the game of volleyball.” She added that she looks forward to watching the team grow in the next few years.

Junior Jay Brady said, “Our record was positive, and we beat our rival Pace during our senior night when we came back from a 2-0 deficit.”

Senior Angelo Moline-Castro also agreed that the team had a great year. “This is the second year we’ve made it to districts so I think we’ve been getting better and I’m very proud of my team for their hard work this year,” he said.

 

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End of the journey for flag football

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By Rafael Llamas
Sports Editor

Even though the team didn’t win any games this season (March-April) flag football Coach CC Bovee has high expectations for next year.

A good portion of the team is made up of seniors so there will be a big change in the roster for next year. Coach CC said, “It was tough but fun this year this past season. It was a pleasure teaching a sport I love so much to eager young ladies. Next year we are coming back strong!”


As the girl’s flag football season comes to an end, the team reflects on their performance and effort, but most importantly are the unique experiences some of the players had, and the sad realization that this was the last season for a lot of the players.


Katelynn Garcia stated, “It was during our senior night when I was able to tell my teammates and coaches how much I appreciate them and how much I’m going to miss them in college.”


This was the third season for this young team, so there is definitely a lot of room for improvement and change. As the school grows bigger so will the team, and as the seasons go, so will the players. For one individual player a goodbye will be extra hard to say.


Senior and captain of the team, Ariana Bocalandro, has been a member for two seasons. Bocalandro said, “After being part of the flag football team for two years, I can say that what I will miss the most of being part of a family that loves football just as much as I do.”


The team might not have had a great season performance wise, but a lot of memories and smiles were shared.

 

Lady Bears Beat Rival Pace

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By Leslie Betancourt
Staff Writer

This has been a great season (January-March) for our varsity softball team, with the girls earning district runner ups after beating rival Pace at the first district game and losing the championship game by a few runs. The outcome of the season was 10-8.

The team welcomed two new coaches, Lauren Badia and Nicolas Wydra, with open arms.

Wydra stated, “Being a coach has been great! I originally stopped coaching well over eight years ago, but I came out of retirement for my step-daughter whose team (The Lady Bears) didn’t have a coach.”

The 38-year old had this to say regarding where he draws motivation, “Watching students that I teach and athletes that I coach working vigorously to become better. When I

 

see them putting in the effort that it takes to get better, it motivates me to work even harder so that they can achieve their goals.”

Senior team captain and Wydra’s step-daughter, Mariah Hernandez, said this about the team, “We brought a lot of new girls on to the team, but we played cohesively and competitively. It was a great season and a great way to end senior year.”

New to the team this year was Coach Lauren, who was born and raised in Hialeah and started coaching at Barbara Goleman High School in 2012. She explained, “I’ve been around sports all my life. It’s a very big passion of mine, so I decided to study it in college.” Coach Lauren worked with the JV team.

The 28-year old uses her love for the game and her passion for seeing her players improve as a huge motivation. “My favorite part about being a coach is seeing my girls get better, seeing their hard work pay off on the field when they get the winning hit or score the winning run,” she stated.

Senior co-captain Jessica Brady said, “I think the girls did well, and there were games that were very difficult under certain circumstances, but they still did good.”

 

The Last hit for Varsity Baseball

By Amanda Milian

Staff Writer

Junior pitcher Miguel Temes allowed three hits and struck out four on his way to a complete game, 9-1 victory over the Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) Titans, extending the Bears’ winning streak to six games in their home finale at Paul Demie Mainieri Field at Frank R. Esposito Stadium on April 25.

“I’ve been working on it [pitching], and my main focus this year is to not allow any walks, throw strikes, and just do my job,” said Temes about his performance.

Junior first baseman Rolando Leyva, added three hits and three RBI, including a two-run double in the sixth inning that broke the game wide open. Junior shortstop Adrian Perez added a triple and 2 RBI for Mater Lakes.

The Bears (13-11) got on the scoreboard first when Leyva’s first-inning single drove in second baseman Christian Caro for the game’s first run.

In the third inning, the Titans (8-17) scored their only run when Temes’ throwing error into right field allowed SLAM shortstop, Ryan Sablon to score from first after reaching base on a single. Temes did not allow a hit after the third inning error, thanks to the help of some stellar defense by the Bears.

“With our defense, we have found our niche, and have been playing outstanding [during the winning streak],” said Bears Coach Cesar Temes Jr. about their winning streak.

The Bears started the season 4-0; MLA lost their star junior first baseman, Lazaro Lapiera for the season due to a fractured orbital.

Coach Temes Jr. attributes the team’s positive attitude during their losing streak to their improvement on defense and work ethic.

“That put us in a downward spiral,” said Coach Temes Jr. when talking about Lapiera’s injury. “We struggled but started to play a little better thanks to our defense, which has been playing outstanding.”

The Bears winning streak was halted at six games in their regular season finale, losing 8-7 to Westwood Christian.

Mater Lakes season ended abruptly with a 5-0 defeat to the St. Brendan Sabres in the District 15-5A semifinal game. The Bears finished the season with a 13-13 record.

 

Lady Bears Back to Bat

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Jennifer Furones
Staff Writer

The Lady Bears Softball Team is back in season and better than ever. After a victorious season last school year, the softball team has made some changes, starting with the coaches.

Coaching the varsity team is Nick Wydra, health science teacher, and Jay Brady, father of team captain Jessica Brady. Coach Lauren Badia oversees the JV team.

At the end of the last season, several members left the team and there was a sense of disunity and a fear for what was to come of the Lady Bears. With the guidance of three new coaches and new team members, they are hoping to become undefeatable this season.

Coach Brady said, “We hope to win districts and beat our district rivals, Pace and St. Brendan. We are working really hard and we have a great team.”

Senior Mariah Hernandez said, “I feel like the team is really pulling together and is working hard and playing really well.”

The Lady Bears played their first pre-game on February 7th against Ronald Reagan High School, bringing their first victory of the season at 13-4.

Jessica Brady, senior and team captain, hopes to instill qualities in each member that they can use in and out of the field.

She said, “I hope I can teach them to be reasonable and try my best to set an example. I encourage them to do well in school and focus on their grades alongside their career in softball.”

 

New Beginnings for MLA Baseball

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By Ruddy Gomez
Contributing Writer

Out of the nine players in the starting lineup, there are only two seniors on this year’s baseball team.

“With almost no seniors, this is a young group, but we are a strong team with even better chemistry,” said co-captain Brandon Quinones, senior. Quinones believes that this is one of the better teams the school has had in the past couple of years, and is optimistic for the future. And he’s not the only one.

According to Ceasar Temes Jr, head coach, this team’s chemistry and potential is nothing to mess with. “I am very excited about this group,” said Temes Jr., “Everyone gets along with each other and helps each other out.”

Unfortunately, the Bears seem to be off to a rough start, losing key district games and other rivalry games.. However, this hasn’t affected the team much, as they still believe they have the potential to be a great team. “Right now we’re in a slump, but it is better to lose in the beginning of the season rather than at the end of the season,”said Coach Temes Jr.

Along with the coach, co-captain Jose Rojas, senior, believes that this team can make a change. “We’re a great group of guys who love each other and have fun. I’m confident that we can turn this season around.”

In March, the Bears had two district games and a game at Marlins’ Stadium.

 

Lady Bears: A Team with Heart

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By Natalie Martinez
Staff Writer

Nearly every day of the week from 4 pm- 6pm, the Lady Bears Basketball Team can be seen on the court working hard and even sacrificing their weekends to dedicate themselves to the sport.

They are girls dedicated to playing ball, girls that don’t mind a little dirt, or even some scratches and bruises. These are girls that are confident; they walk into a game with a smile on their faces and hope for the best as they try their hardest.

We can’t forget the vital figures, the people that teach them the steps to succeed in the sport, Coach CC Bovee and Coach Thalia Jimenez. They work hard as well by being there at practice every day to ensure that they can lead and guide their young players.

Coach Bovee stated, “This year’s basketball season has been like previous years, making strides towards building a competitive program. With hard work and consistent dedication, anything can be accomplished.”

Being part of a team means a lot for the Lady Bears. When asked about the relationship of the team members, junior Daniela Llanes stated, “This team has turned into a family; we all have each others back and look out for one another.”

The team won one game out of the 12 this season, but no matter the outcome of the season, the girls are always going to remain united. Even though some of the players will begin a new journey, their time spent shooting hoops for the Lady Bears will not be forgotten.

When asked about her time spent with the team, senior Renee Rodriguez said, “Being a part of this team will forever be one of my favorite high school memories.”