Athletics News

List of 8 news stories.

  • Get to Know Director of Athletics, Dave Lanham

    The Falcon family is excited to welcome incoming Director of Athletics Dave Lanham to the Palmer Trinity community. Coach Lanham comes to PTS with 17 years of experience as a Director of Athletics in his home state of Maryland in both the public and private sectors. In addition to bringing a wealth of experience in the daily requirements of the Director of Athletics role, such as mentoring coaches, scheduling, game management, and conflict resolution, Coach Lanham has also served as the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 4A Baseball Director, a member of the Athletic Legislative Committee, and the 2nd Vice President of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Coach Lanham was recognized as the District Athletic Director of the Year in 2008 and 2016 before being named MSADA Athletic Director of the Year in 2017. 

    Coach Lanham is excited about the opportunity to begin working at Palmer Trinity, where he believes the core values of our community align with his own goals and visions. He is excited about where the Palmer Trinity Athletic Program stands and intends to focus on organization and communication to continue to excel while hoping to build character and sportsmanship within our Falcon athletes. Coach Lanham reflects back to high school when he first knew he wanted to teach and coach to be able to pass down the lessons taught to him. He notes that his favorite part of the job is watching student-athletes grow and develop while building strong, supportive relationships with each of them as well as the PTS coaches and faculty.  

    Prior to his roles in athletic administration, Coach Lanham served as a Physical Education and Health Teacher and Head Baseball Coach following his graduation from Pfeiffer University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health and served as a four-year starter and scholarship player on the baseball team. Coach Lanham went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Athletic Leadership and Administration from Goucher College and a Certified Master Athletic Administrator Certification from the National Interscholastic Athletic Association. 

    Outside the office and off the fields, Coach Lanham enjoys spending time with his family on family adventures and exercising. He also appreciates the chance to attend live collegiate and professional sporting events and notes that he is an avid Baltimore Orioles and Ravens fan. While he listens to all types of music and doesn’t have a particular favorite band, ESPN Sports Talk Radio is his station of choice and lists Prison Break as his favorite TV show. 

    Coach Lanham is excited to get the 2020-2021 year underway and cannot wait for sports to return and have a chance to work with all the Falcon student-athletes and coaches. 

    Go Falcons!
  • Alejandro Cortinas Signs with Macalester College

    Congratulations to Alejandro Cortinas on his commitment and signing to Macalester College to continue his football career. Cortinas has been a key piece of the Offensive and Defensive lines for the Falcons over the past four years. He was named to the All-Dade Third Team in 2018 and to the Florida Independent Football Conference Second and Third Team in 2019 and 2018, respectively. In addition to his four years on the football team, Cortinas lettered three years as a member of the Baseball team and participated in one year of cheerleading and wrestling. While we will miss you and the energy and enthusiasm you brought to Palmer Trinity Athletics, we can't wait to see what the future has in store for you! 

    Go Falcons! 
  • Gonzalez Del Valle, Malueg, & Sluman Earn First Team All-Dade Honors

    Congratulations to Carmen Gonzalez Del Valle '20, Georgia Malueg '21, and Franco Sluman '20 for being selected to the 2019-2020 Miami Herald All-Dade First Team for Soccer. This is Gonzalez Del Valle and Malueg's second consecutive year being selected to the First Team for soccer. Gonzalez Del Valle led the Falcons with nine goals and four assists while Malueg added eight goals and an assist. Sluman earned his first selection to the All-Dade team in his first year playing for the Falcons which saw him put up 16 goals and 11 assists. 

    Congratulations to the following student-athletes for also being honored by the Miami Herald:

    Second Team All-Dade: 
    Pablo Jimenez '21 - Soccer
    Emily Montes '23 - Basketball

    Third Team All-Dade: 
    Ezequiel Cutin '20 - Soccer
    Jade Leon '24 - Basketball

    All-Dade Honorable Mentions: 
    Oscar Anzola-Schnell '21 - Soccer
    Guillermo Guerra '20 - Soccer
    Soleil Martinez '20 - Basketball
    Luis Sosa '22 - Soccer
    Andrew Waldman '21 - Basketball

    Go Falcons! 
  • Comeback win for Varsity Softball

    Congratulations to the Varsity Softball team for their 22-18 win over Miami Christian to improve to 4-1 on the year. After going ahead 4-0 in the top of the 1st, the game went back and forth until the Falcons found themselves trailing 18-14 heading into the 6th inning. The Falcons would score five runs in the 6th and tack on three more in the 7th to propel them to a 22-18 road win. Caroline Zamek '22 continues to get it done at the plate, going 3-4 with five RBI's. Kaitlin Burnitz '22 went 4-5 while scoring three runs. 

    Go Falcons!
  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse Notches First Win

    Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team for defeating Lourdes 10-9 to earn their first win of the year! The game went back and forth for much of the first half before the Falcons found themselves trailing 9-5 midway through the second half. The Falcons then rattled off five straight goals with the go-ahead and final goal coming with just over five minutes remaining. The defense stayed strong in the final minutes to ensure a victory. 

    Go Falcons!
  • Varsity Baseball Wins in Extra Innings

    Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball team for defeating Doctors Charter 8-7 in eight innings on the road. Charles Fornaris '23 earned the win on the mound while Carlos Calleja '21 came in for the save. Gabriel Rodriguez '20 continues his torrid pace to start the year, going 2-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBI's. Joseph Sulkes '20 went 2-5 with two runs scored. The Falcons (2-3) will travel to Miami Country Day on Thursday, March 12th at 7:00 pm. 

    Go Falcons! 
  • Walk-Off from Crews Propels Falcons over Carrollton

    Finding themselves trailing by two runs heading into the bottom of the 7th inning, the Varsity Softball team kept their composure and strung together a series of hits to escape with a 13-12 victory over Carrollton. Down by a run, Caroline Zamek '21 tripled, followed by Emme Fundora's game tying RBI double. A few batters later, Callie Crews '25 came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a walk-off single to give the Falcons the win. Emme Fundora '23 got the win on the mound with nine strikeouts and went 2-4 with an RBI at the plate. Hannah Baron '22 went 4-4 with two RBI's. The Falcons (3-1) will travel to Miami Christian on Thursday, March 12th at 4:00 pm. 

    Go Falcons! 
  • Senior Spotlight: Gabriel Rodriguez

    Since Gabriel Rodriguez started playing baseball at this age of four, he found his home in the middle infield positions. However, when he was brought up to Palmer Trinity’s Varsity Baseball team and noticed there was a gap at the catcher position, he was quick to volunteer. Just a few years later, Rodriguez has mastered arguably the most difficult position in baseball, has been selected to the South Florida Baseball Conference First Team and All-Dade Honorable Mentions two years running, and has signed to play baseball at NCAA Division II’s Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

    Palmer Trinity Varsity Baseball Associate Head Coach, Jeff Rose, notes that it was his unselfishness that allowed him to succeed at this new position. “The combination of talent and unselfishness is rarely found in high school athletes and Gabe Rodriguez has an abundance of both,” Rose explains. The senior, who travels throughout the state of Florida during summer on the Elite Performance travel team, notes that with younger players constantly looking up to him, he makes sure, no matter the circumstance, to keep spirit up through hustle and hard work.
    Rodriguez recalls his recruitment process as long and hard. He participated in numerous showcases and tournaments, sent out countless e-mails to coaches, and faced a life-altering decision. He considered Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and Penn State, but ultimately chose Embry-Riddle, citing the highly ranked aerospace engineering program and successful baseball program as the combination that sold him. On signing day, Rodriguez was surrounded by his family, coaches, and the Palmer Trinity Class of 2020 as he emphatically announced his decision and thanked all those who worked tirelessly with him to get him to this point. Rodriguez recalls the best part as “being able to see how happy everyone was”.
    The staff at Embry-Riddle should be excited. Rodriguez’s senior year is off to a stellar start. He leads the team in batting average (.500), hits (5), runs (4), walks (3), is tied for the team lead in RBI’s (3) and homeruns (1), and is yet to strikeout. However, as successful as Rodriguez is on the baseball diamond, he is equally successful in the classroom. He believes his high academic marks are a direct result of his ability to balance academics with athletics and prioritize what needs to get done. Rodriguez looks forward to his next chapter and believes Palmer Trinity prepared him to succeed at the collegiate level.
    Off the diamond and outside of the classroom, the lover of sushi enjoys spending time with his friends and family and watching the sport he loves dearly. Additionally, he has been an active member of Big Brother Little Brother, hoping to mentor younger students. His favorite movie is Legend and favorite band is Anuel AA. Lastly, Rodriguez is an active contributor on Tik-Tok and encourages all to check out his page.
    Come out and support Gabriel and the rest of the Palmer Trinity Varsity Baseball team as their season is well underway and looking to compete for the South Florida Baseball Conference Championship.
    Go Falcons!
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