By: Matt Rothman
Marjory Stoneman Douglas had another exciting week of athletics with basketball, soccer, and wrestling.
The boys’ soccer team lost 2-1 against Cypress Bay High School on December 11. They also lost 3-1 against South Broward High School a week later. Their record for the season is now 3-3-2.
Next, the Eagles are set to play on Wednesday, December 20, against South Plantation High School. The Paladins are 7-0-1 this season after winning only seven last year and lost 5-0 against MSD in their only meeting.
The girls soccer team played to a 2-2 draw against Cypress Bay, with Gianna Rizzo and Emily Rodriguez scoring with Alexa Jourdan and Layla Segelnick recording assists.
Both soccer teams were scheduled to have senior night against Coral Springs High School on Thursday, but the game was rescheduled for January 18 due to weather. The girls then also canceled their game against Miami Palmetto Senior High School.
Next, the Eagles will South Plantation High School on Wednesday, December 20, at 5 p.m. The Paladins are 4-3-1 this year but lost 7-0 in their only meeting with MSD last year.
The boys’ basketball team lost their first game of the week against Coral Glades, scoring 77-53, even though four of the Eagles’ players scored in double digits. Blyfield Birch led the team with 13 points, while Ethan Schwartzman scored 11. Brady Kuebler and Ayden Mclean each contributed 10 points to the team’s score.
The Eagles then fell 63-48 against Coral Springs High School, with Mclean scoring a team-high 17 points, but beat Coral Springs Charter 63-41. Without their leading scorer Jaheem Smith, Jack Servaites scored 20 points, with McLean adding 17.
“We got strong play from Blyfield Birch, filling a major void for us without Smith,” Head Coach Shaune Cannon said. “We had a week of ups and downs, some great play even though we lost, so I believe these ups and downs are building character.”
MSD went on to fall 65-53 against Nova High School and is 5-6 on the season heading into their matchup on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. The Titans are 2-7 this year and have wins over Coral Springs Charter and Pompano Beach High School.
The girls basketball team beat Coral Glades 39-11 for their third win before falling 50 against Coral Springs High School. They went on to play in a tournament on Friday and Saturday and lost 70-40 against Mater Lakes Academy and 34-32 against Boyd H Anderson High School.
The Eagles are now 3-6 this year and will play Cardinal Gibbons High School in their next game on Friday, December 22, against Cardinal Gibbons High School at 6 p.m. The Chiefs are 8-0 and rank 31st in the state of Florida. They also made a deep postseason run and won 22 games last season.
The wrestling team continued to shine this year and had two more wrestlers finish first in their last tournament with Rocco Duygulu and David Levia.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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