Glades Sports News in Brief

• Forest Hill forfeited two soccer matches, boys and girls, to Pahokee on Friday, Dec. 9.

• Glades Day Lady Gator soccer fell to Inlet Grove on Dec. 12, 3-2. Ashley Hubbard had a goal and an assist, Rachel Ruiz scored a goal and Lauren Weeks had an assist for Glades Day.

Coach Angee Lohmann said the girls played well and had several quality shots on net but the Inlet Grove goal keeper was very talented and made some nice saves.

Glades Day goal keeper Jaylin Smith allowed the three goals but had seven saves.

“I think the team actually played better last night. They are coming together as a team. They had more success working together on passing, attacking and shots on goal,” she noted.

The Glades Day varsity is (5-6-2) this year. The junior varsity team is (0-2).

The Lady Gators lost to Berean Christian 3-2 on Dec. 13. Hana Lohmann scored off on assist from Ruiz to give the Gators a 1-0 early lead. Berean responded with a goal on a free kick to tie the game. Gator goalie Jaylin Smith appeared to be bothered by the bright sunshine in her eyes. Lauren Nichols scored off an assist from Ruiz to make it 2-1 Glades Day but Berean responded with another goal on a free kick. Berean scored the winning goal off a deflection from a corner kick.

The Gators suffered another one goal loss on Dec. 15 at home against Somerset Academy, 3-2. Coach Lohmann said the girls started off strong and played a great first half. Ashley Hubbard scored on an assist by Nichols as the Gators led 1-0 at halftime. The Gators lost full back Jayci Congleton to an injury in the second half and Somerset scored three goals.

Hana Lohmann scored with five minutes to play to finish the scoring.

Coach Lohmann said it was another difficult day but she thinks things are coming together.

“I think we will have a strong 22 man roster for the district tourney next month,” she noted.

The Gators will host the District Tournament this year beginning on Jan. 13. After the holiday break they have several key district games to determine what seed the Gators will have. Lake Worth Christian is currently in first place in the district.

• Glades Central boys soccer lost to Wellington 3-1 on Dec. 12. The girls team also lost to Wellington 8-0. Juan Macias scored the only goal for the Raiders.

Coach Rose Pawlin said she felt the boys did an amazing job. She said she was also impressed with the referees for calling a fair game.

“The boys pushed their hardest and ran faster than I’ve ever seen them run. These boys really have developed into young men and they have embraced the concept of the team as a family,” she added.

Juan Perez and Martin Garcia have been outstanding contributors to the team. Pawlin said the two boys were the MVPs of the Wellington game due to hard work and dedication on the field.

“They never stopped pushing no matter how tired they were,” she added.

She also praised defender Edwin Benitez. “He did a wonderful job keeping the ball away from the goalie. We are very pleased with the growth and development these boys have shown since the first day of practice.”

Glades Central lost to Oxbridge Academy 3-2 on Thursday, Dec. 15. Andrew Louis made some remarkable saves for the Raiders. Juan Macias scored two goals in the first half for Glades Central.

• Pahokee boys soccer battled Forest Hill to a 1-1 draw. Cristo Alfaro scored the Blue Devil goal. Pahokee also rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie Seminole Ridge 3-3 on Dec. 12. The Blue Devils also had 15 shots on goal that were stopped by the Seminole Ridge goal keeper.

“We couldn’t find the back of the net as much as expected,” Coach Angel Hernandez said.

Fabian Machaen had two goals while Gustavo Medrano had one goal and William Hernandez an assist for Pahokee.

• Pahokee Girls soccer lost 8-0 to Seminole Ridge on Dec. 12.

• Glades Day boys basketball lost to talented Atlantic Christian earlier this month 79-27. They are the two time defending district champions. The Gators actually jumped out to a 6-3 early lead before the AC went on a 25-0 run to put the game away.

Glades Day got a needed district win on Dec. 12 when they defeated Donna Klein Jewish Academy, 54-53. The Gators rallied from a nine point halftime deficit, 27-18 and a 16 point deficit in the third quarter.

A.J McPhee and Jorge Acosta scored key buckets for the Gators in the comeback. McPhee led Glades Day (2-6) with 17 points and Acosta added 15 points.

The Gators were able to get a big rebound with the game on the line and run out the clock.

• Pahokee Lady Blue Devils basketball lost at West Boca Raton 61-27 on Dec. 13. Coach Elea Dean said she was disappointed in the performance, “My players were out hustled and we kept turning the ball over. West Boca has some great athletes and is well coached.” Pahokee rebounded with a big district victory at Frostproof on Dec. 16, 50-29.

• Pahokee Blue Devils basketball lost at home to Glades Central on Dec. 10, 55-48 and to Clewiston 56-49 on Dec. 13.

Coach Gertavian Blake said the team is still working hard and getting better on defense. He said they have focused a lot on the basic fundamentals of the game.

“The team is young and full of talent. They are high character young men who don’t mind putting in the work that is required to win a championship.”

Blake said he defines Pahokee basketball as building young men one game at a time.

Jacardi Smith led the Blue Devils with 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Renardo Benjamin added six points and seven rebounds against Glades Central.

Kennard Smith led Pahokee with 15 points, three assists, two steals and four rebounds against Clewiston. Deante Nelson had eight points, Lonkevious McFadden had nine rebounds, Zatavian Morgan 10 points and nine rebounds and Latarie Kinsler had eight points versus the Tigers.

The Blue Devils lost a key district game at Frostproof 58-48 on Friday, Dec. 16. The team had just 12 points in the first half but finished strong with 23 points in the fourth quarter.

“We made a great come back but we didn’t get the victory,” Blake added.

The Belle Glade Sun invites area coaches to submit scores and information on their team each week at or by text to 863-634-5900. Include final scores, a few stats and thoughts on the game.

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