Boys’ volleyball Leonard defeats Lake Worth Christian in four sets
Men’s volleyball Leonard won in four sets (23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-14) at Lake Worth Christian (5-3), bringing the Lancers’ record to 5-1.
Emilee Smarr, Palm Beach Post
BOCA RATON — One of the highest-profile regular-season flag football matchups in the state lived up to expectations as Spanish River punctured Seminole Ridge’s once-perfect record with a 24-18 victory.
It was sweet redemption in light of the Sharks’ 35-18 loss to the Hawks in the regional semifinal of last season’s state tournament.
“Beating a program like Seminole Ridge that is just great and they’re so well trained — obviously they have such a great history — is a huge win for our program,” Sharks coach Andrew Immler said.
“I’m really proud of our players and the way they played.”
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Palm Beach County Fab Five
1. Spanish River (5-1)
Last week: No. 2
The Sharks have suffered just one loss – 14-7 to an undefeated and 9th overall Western.
It was an experience that provided the battle test needed to muster that much of a double-digit lead over traditional Seminole Ridge power.
Quarterback Giannis Pacitti showed the greatness of the NBA champion of the same name, completing 74.1% of passes for 237 yards.
Pacitti threw three touchdown passes to sister Juliana Pacitti, Kaitlyn Ruiz and Juliana Anciso.
Anciso ran into the winning score on a trick play – literally named “Touchdown” – from Mya Quinn, who added a momentum-changing interception to create what would be a score drive in the second, ultimately preserving the streak of four Spanish River games.
“I’m not going to lie, at first I was scared,” Quinn said.
“Then in our caucus we were like, ‘Let’s play like we usually play’ and we played like a team, we communicated and we played like a family and that’s how we got the win.”
2. Vista Park (6-0)
Last week: #3
The Cobras added two more shutouts against Royal Palm Beach and Suncoast (3-2) to bring their season total to five.
Palm Beach County’s only undefeated team is the favorite for Thursday’s game with Wellington (4-1).
Beyond the fact that the Cobras are considered the fourth-best team in the state by the FHSAA, a good indicator can be found in the results against common opponent Boca Raton (1-5). Every team shut out the Bobcats except Park Vista who won by 41 points and the Wolverines had a touchdown and an extra point.
3. Seminole Ridge (4-1)
Last week: No. 1
After four zero-point games and an average of about 38 on offense, the Hawks couldn’t respond to the Sharks’ efforts.
A role loss shouldn’t be mistaken for a poor performance, as Seminole Ridge still had some exciting field goal plays, including a 65-yard throw and a catch from quarterback Alex Wilson to get on the board during the first game of the match.
4. Wellington (4-1)
Last week: Unclassified
The Wolverines stayed perfect against Suncoast and Boca but fell narrowly, 12-9, to a 5-0 side at Jensen Beach.
Still, Wellington is the slated title holder for District 11 according to the FHSAA despite having lower schedule odds than other members like Dwyer (3-2) and Palm Beach Central (3-3).
5. Royal Palm Beach (3-1)
Last week: Number 4
A 6-0 win over Dwyer hinted the Wildcats could be the second team to score on Park Vista, but a 27-0 Cobras shutout proved otherwise.
Royal Palm’s status in the Fab Five will depend on results against serious contenders Jupiter (1-2) and Palm Beach Gardens (2-1).
If the Wildcats take the win over a Central-Ft 5-1. Pierce on Friday, they could go higher.