By: Matt Rothman
The winter sports season at Coral Springs Charter is underway, led by their wrestling team under head coach Eric Perez.
They competed twice this year and had Elijah Perez go 6-2 with six pins. Zayne Yawar placed third, while Alexander Pagliai, Logan Bosworth, Preston Lindsay, Owyn Vargas, and Brandon Hankerson placed fourth, coming in fifth.
The Panthers competed again on December 17, with Elijah Perez going 2-0 before dropping out. Preston Lindsay finished in second place and beat the eighth-ranked wrestler in the state in the semifinals, while Owyn Vargas went 2-2.
“The team continues to impress me on a daily basis,” Head Coach Eric Perez said. “Their work ethic and desire to get better is an amazing thing to watch. I am very privileged to be able to watch them continuously improve.”
CSC then competed in the Bobby Stanley Duals held at Gibbons On December 28-29. The Panthers had key victories over West Broward and Hollywood Hills High School while losing closely against North Miami, Dillard, and Cypress Bay High School. Preston Lindsay went 7-0, Elijah Perez finished 4-2 and Zayne Yawar finished 5-2
The boys basketball team is winless through their first 11 games. They scored a season-high 48 points in their last game, McArthur High School, but have lost by at least 11 points in every game.
The Panthers will play their next game on January 11 at 5:30 p.m. against David Posnack Jewish Day. The Rams started the season 5-0 but have lost their last two games after beating CSC 48-46 in their only meeting last season.
The girls basketball team has had more success, winning five of their first eight games. They already have victories over Northeast, Piper, West Broward, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and South Plantation High School. The Panthers also have had two losses, coming by five points against Seacrest Country Day School and McArthur High School.
The Panthers will play Calvary Christian Academy on January 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles started the season 3-1 but have lost their last five games after falling 46-21 in the postseason against CSC.
The boys soccer team recorded a win in their second game of the season on November 13 but has yet to win since. They did record ties against Archbishop McCarthy High School and J.P. Taravella. However, they have been outscored 11-3 in their last three games.
Despite falling in their last three games, the girls soccer team is 6-4 this season. They won six straight games earlier this year and outscored their opponents 28-0 during that stretch.
Both soccer teams are set to play Coral Glades on January 9, with the girls starting at 5 p.m. and the boys starting at 7 p.m. The Jaguars soccer varsity teams have combined to win 12 games this year.
Coral Springs Charter also received their All-Conference awards from the girls bowling team led by Danielle Lucas. The senior recorded a season average of 161 and a high game of 263. Cameron Thiele and Faith Tucker were also named Honorable Mentions.
In volleyball, Sydney Mills also made the Second Team All-Conference with the Panthers after they won eight matches, while Sarah Henault and Britney Stella were Honorable Mentions. Brian Brian Hamilton and Mariana Montes from the swim team and Kendall Parrott and Lily Richardson from the cross country team were recognized as Honorable Mentions. Jordan Woods was the lone selection from the football team after their success in the fall season.
- 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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