Athletics News

List of 8 news stories.

  • Sadler, Stark Win FHSAA State Championship; Girls Track & Field Finishes as State Runner-Up

    For the first time in over 30 years, the Varsity Girls Track & Field team finished as the FHSAA State Runner-Up with Tammy King, a star on that 1991 team, now serving as head coach. Noelani Sadler '24 led the Falcons by winning the Individual 100m Hurdles State Championship with a time of 14.63. Also earning points for Palmer Trinity was Maria Camposano '24 (2nd Place 100m Hurdles, 4th Place High Jump), Mariana Mendoza '27 (4th Place Pole Vault), Daniella Perez-Cartaya '24 (6th Place 1600m), and Cailyn Sullivan '24 (6th Place 800m). Perez-Cartaya, Sullivan, Sadler, and Eloise Miles '26 also earned points in the 4x800m relay, finishing in 5th place. 

    For the Varsity Boys Track & Field team, Henry Stark '24 captured two FHSAA Individual State Championships in the 1600m (4:16.76) and 3200m (9:18.02). This now marks Stark's third FHSAA State Championship of the year, also having won the FHSAA Class 1A Cross Country State Championship. 

    In total, five members of the Varsity Track & Field team will continue with the sport at the collegiate level. We wish Camposano (Brown University), Perez-Cartaya (Amherst College), Sadler (Bucknell University), Stark (Appalachian State University), and Gregory Tindle (Duquesne University) the very best in their future competitions. 

    Congratulations to all student-athletes and coaches on the conclusion of an amazing season! 

    Go Falcons!
  • Twelve Seniors Honored During Signing Ceremony

    Palmer Trinity hosted its College Signing Ceremony for the Class of 2024 where 12 Falcons signed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. The 12 signees ties Palmer Trinity's record, set in 2019. We wish the Class of 2024 the best of luck in their future endeavors and can't wait to see what they accomplish next! 

    Brayden Benesch - Tufts University, Sailing
    Instrumental in starting the Sailing program at Palmer Trinity
    - Competed locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally representing the USA, ILCA Sailing, C420 Sailing, and Optimist Sailing
    Maria Camposano - Brown University, Track & Field
    - Four year runner on the Varsity Track & Field team and two years on the Varsity Cross Country team
    - School record holder in the 100m Hurdles (14.84), 100m Dash (12.45), and 200m Dash (25.81)
    - Represented Guatemala in international competition, holds national record for U18, U20, and Adult 100m Hurdles and was Central American Champion in 2023
    - All-Dade Track & Field Honorable Mention 2021, 2022, 2023
    Michael Kourakos - Northeastern University, Rowing
    - Broke Novice 2k record for his club team
    - Holds 4 State Championship Titles 
    - Competing for a spot on the national team to compete on a global landscape
    Jade Leon - Colorado School of Mines, Basketball
    - Five year starter on the Varsity Girls Basketball team
    - School record holder for points in a career (1,552)
    - All-Dade Basketball First Team in 2024, Second Team in 2022 and 2023, and Third Team in 2020 and 2021
    Mackenzie Metka - Suffolk University, Soccer 
    - Four year member of the Varsity Girls Soccer team
    - Competed at the club level for Pinecrest and Prime

    Daniella Perez-Cartaya - Amherst College, Cross Country/Track & Field
    - Four year varsity runner on both Cross Country and Track & Field teams 
    - School record holder in the 1600m (5:12.25), 3200m (11:16.45), 5k (19:08.20) and a part of school record 4x800m relay team
    - All-Dade Cross Country First Team 2023, Honorable Mention 2021 and 2022
    - All-Dade Track & Field Honorable Mention 2021 and 2023
    Noelani Sadler - Bucknell University, Track & Field
    - Four year varsity runner on Track & Field team
    - School record holder in the 400m Hurdles (1:05.93)
    - All-Dade Track & Field Honorable Mention 2021, 2022, 2023
    Henry Stark - Appalachian State University, Cross Country/Track & Field 
    - Four year varsity runner on Cross Country and Track & Field team. 
    - 2023 FHSAA XC Class 1A State Champion
    - 2023 Miami Herald Runner of the Year
    - School record holder in the 1600m (4:18.02), 3200m (9:15.22), and 5k (15:05.95) and a part of the school record 4x800m relay team
    - All-Dade Cross Country First Team 2022 and 2023, Third Team in 2021
    - All-Dade Track & Field Honorable Mention in 2022 and 2023
    Stone Stroud - University of Miami, Football
    - Three year player on the Varsity Football team
    - Led team in Interceptions in 2023 despite missing second half of season due to surgery
    Gregory Tindle - Duquesne University, Track & Field 
    - Four year member of the Varsity Track & Field team
    - School record holder for Javelin (48.84m)
    - All-Dade Track & Field Honorable Mention 2023
    Ethan Vanzant - St. Thomas University, Football
    - Three year member of the Varsity Football team 
    - All-Dade Football Third Team in 2023
    Andres Williams - University of Miami, Football
    - Four year member of the Varsity Football team
    - School record holder for touchdowns in a career (30) and tied for touchdowns in a season (15)
    - All-Dade Football Second Team in 2023, and Honorable Mention in 2022
    - All-Dade Honorable Mention for Baseball in 2021 and 2022
    - Florida Independent Football Conference Player of the Year 2023
  • Senior Athlete Spotlight: Augustine Schuitemaker-March

    For as long as Augustine Schuitemaker-March can remember, she has loved the game of baseball. With two brothers playing baseball and a family who loved attending Major League Baseball games whenever the opportunity arose, it was natural for Schuitemaker-March to transition into the game of softball. Schuitemaker-March began playing in 6th grade while still living in New York, playing there through her freshman year of high school before making the move down to Miami and joining Palmer Trinity’s Varsity Softball team as a sophomore in 2022.

    Schuitemaker-March calls her experience on the team “amazing”, noting how close the team is. “It feels more like a family than just a school team,” says Schuitemaker-March. “Our team is filled with younger players who continue to get better each year and encourage each other. I am very excited to see the team continue to improve and work together each season.” Schuitemaker-March is also quick to point out the impact that Varsity Head Coach Jen Cerda has had on the team. Schuitemaker-March believes that Coach Cerda’s understanding and care allows the team to both play to the best of its ability and have fun while doing so. She also believes Coach Cerda is a terrific leader who has not only improved the team significantly on field, but has helped them grow off of it as well.

    Something that makes the Varsity Softball team unique is that it is a team mixed with both Middle School and Upper School student-athletes, including two sixth graders. While this dynamic could result in a separation amongst the team, Schuitemaker-March loves the opportunity to be a role model to the next generation of Falcons. Through words of wisdom and encouragement, Schuitemaker-March wants to inspire the younger players to be confident and resilient. “I tell them that mistakes are okay and unavoidable, so all we can do is work on our challenges and try to do better next time.” In fact, if you ask Schuitemaker-March her favorite memory of being on the team, it was when the team did Bigs & Littles where each younger student-athlete was showered with posters and gifts from an upperclassmen buddy who then became a mentor. Coach Cerda also sees the leadership that Schuitemaker-March brings to the team. “She is source of energy and intensity and keeps the team motivated, even after a tough inning or game,” Cerda speaks of Schuitemaker-March.

    Off the field, Schuitemaker-March is an active participant in The Symphonettes, an all-girls community service initiative dedicated to benefitting youth performing arts in Miami. She also tutors Ukranian students to expand their English fluency. In her down time, Schuitemaker-March enjoys spending time with family and friends. One of her favorite activities is going swimming in the ocean with her dogs.

    Schuitemaker-March, whose favorite food is sushi, favorite movie is Mamma Mia!, and favorite artists are Morgan Wallen and Zach Bryan, is excited to attend Tulane University in fall where she plans to double major in Philosophy and Neuroscience.

    Be sure to come out and support Augustine and the rest of the Varsity Softball team in their road up to the District Tournament, beginning the week of April 29th.

    Go Falcons!
  • Senior Athlete Spotlight: Jake Pearcy

    Beyond all Jake Pearcy has accomplished as a four-year letterman on the Varsity Football and Baseball teams, Pearcy has found a passion in coaching younger student-athletes in our local communities. Over the past few years, Pearcy has served as a swimming instructor. In doing so, Pearcy became a role model to many of these children, teaching them the importance of self-esteem, building their confidence, and having fun. Pearcy also volunteers at the Miracle League where he hosts baseball games for children with mental and physical disabilities. Pearcy believes he has learned a lot through these experiences, and in turn, they have inspired him.
    Starting at Palmer Trinity, Pearcy was nervous to join two varsity teams during his first year on campus as a freshman. However, as he gained friends, he became known as a hard-worker who was always striving to get better.  His leadership prowess grew quickly, believing that the best leaders are ones who lead by example both on and off the field. “That is the type of leader I strive to be, while also motivating younger players to find their drive to be better than they were yesterday,” Pearcy reflects. It is clear that his experiences coaching local youth has positively impacted his ability to lead a Varsity Baseball team filled with underclassmen.
    Pearcy started playing baseball at only five years old when his father introduced him to the game and he quickly fell in love with it. As a senior, Pearcy has seen the baseball program grow quickly under the guidance of Varsity Head Coach Howard Cuervo. Pearcy believes that the new staff has had a profound effect on the team in terms of both skill development and confidence. Most importantly, it is their dedication to the program and its players that has Pearcy excited. Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach Kris Cartelle believes that Pearcy has been instrumental to the team’s success. “When he’s on the mound, our team is confident that we have a great chance to win,” Cartelle speaks of Pearcy, “his work ethic and preparation are second to none.”
    Looking back at his time as a Falcon, the 2022 Varsity Football Regional Quarterfinal win over Archbishop Carroll is a memory that stands out. “This game was one of the most competitive sporting events I’ve played in and to finally beat a team that had beat us multiple times over the past year felt very special,” Pearcy remembers. His favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs, favorite movies are The Dark Knight and Prisoners, and favorite musicians are Kanye West and Frank Ocean, he loves to play other sports such as basketball or tennis for fun and hang out with his four dogs in his free time. In the fall, Pearcy is excited to study business at Indiana University.
    Be sure to come out and support Jake and the rest of the Varsity Baseball team as they continue their hot start to the season. Senior Day will be held on April 22nd.
    Go Falcons! 
  • Senior Athlete Spotlight: Valentina Fonteles Camps

    Despite signing up for Girls Lacrosse every year, Valentina Fonteles Camps did not actually join the team until her junior year. “I always imagined myself sitting alone on a team while all the girls who had dedicated their lives to the sport interacted,” Fonteles Camps describes of why she never followed through after signing up. As a junior, Fonteles Camps ultimately decided to not let a fear of rejection or failure stop her from trying something new. Throughout the entire fall and winter, you would find her out on the fields training to ensure she would be ready. “I trained and practiced whenever I could and taught myself the game so when the time came, I would be as ready as I could ever be,” Fonteles Camps reflects.
    It turns out, Fonteles was right to face her fears because she realized how wrong she was in being fearful of being outcasted. “Everyone welcomed me with open arms and took me under their wings.” In addition, Fonteles Camps thrived as an upperclassman on a team filled with not only many underclassmen, but middle schoolers as well. In Fonteles Camps, they saw someone that they trusted and looked up to. Whether it be giving advice, a hug, or a ride, Fonteles Camps has become a big sister to the majority of the young team and is happy to help them in any way, whether it be school, athletics, or life, thus earning her the nickname Mama Camps. “This is my favorite subject to talk about because all my girls are my little sisters,” Fonteles Camps says excitedly, “I love them and I care for them with all my heart!” Varsity Head Coach Jose Herrera believes that her dedication to the game and the team, as well as her natural ability as a mentor, makes her an invaluable asset. Herrera describes her as someone who “embodies the true spirit of leadership, seamlessly blending her defensive prowess on the field with a nurturing presence that guides and inspires her teammates.”
    Lacrosse is just one of the many extracurricular activities that Fonteles Camps is a part of. She is extremely talented within the orchestra program, is a certified GenCLEO chapter speaker who travels to many local schools to educate younger students on climate change, and participates in beach cleanups around Miami. When she is not busy with extracurriculars, you will often find her working out at Soul Cycle.
    Fonteles Camps’s favorite food is peanut butter toast, favorite movie is Kingsman, and lists her favorite bands and artists as Harry Styles, Blink-182, and Wallows. She is excited to attend TCU in the fall with a major in interior design and architectural lighting design with a minor in fine arts.
    Be sure to come out and support Valentina and the rest of the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team in the lead up to the District Tournament! The senior class will be celebrated on April 4th for Senior Day.
    Go Falcons!
  • Senior Athlete Spotlight: Melina Ruiz

    Melina Ruiz sees the huge impact that tennis has had on her life. Contrary to most sports, tennis does not allow on-court coaching, forcing Ruiz to lean on her years of training and guide herself to the best of her ability. In turn, Ruiz believes that she developed many characteristics such as independence, problem solving, and determination from a very young age that has set her up for success.
    Ruiz’s mom first placed her in the sport at the age of four after watching her best friend play. Along with tennis, Ruiz competed in gymnastics and dance until the age of seven when she had to choose one to stick with. Ruiz chose tennis and never looked back. That decision shaped the remainder of Ruiz’s childhood and even educational experience. Something many students may not know is that Ruiz does not attend Palmer Trinity full time. She enrolls in three classes in person and completes the remaining ones online. This allows her to complete a full day of training. On Monday-Saturday, an average day of training for Ruiz entails a two-hour practice in the morning, gym training afterwards, and two-three hours in the evening back on the court, on top of her schooling. Weekend tournaments consist of three-six matches and her national schedule has brought her to compete all over the country.
    Her vast experience has led her to thrive as a captain on the Varsity Tennis team. She loves competing individually, but to constantly support those around her. “As the captain, I have learned to reassure the players that all that matters is that they go out on the court and give their very best, no matter the outcome,” Ruiz describes. Varsity Head Coach Kevin Chow believes that everything Ruiz does is to the best of her ability, referring to her as a “team player who goes above and beyond what is needed of her.” In return, Ruiz always feels that her teammates are there for her no matter what. Ruiz notes that her favorite memory as a Falcon was playing in the District Finals as a sophomore with her full team and large crowd watching, fueling her to compete at her very best.
    Off the court, Ruiz loves to spend time by the ocean. With a full schedule of tennis, Ruiz does not always have much time to relax, but feels fully at peace out on the beach. She is very active in Palmer Trinity’s community through community service, attending the Visions Trip to the Dominican Republic, serving as Co-President of Fueling Futures which helps underprivileged students at Miami-Dade College ensure they have food and groceries to live, and is an ambassador and active member of Miami Learning Experience and Fight Like a Kid.
    Ruiz, whose favorite food is pasta, favorite artist is Morgan Wallen and once broke her knee in middle school from growing too fast, is excited to study biology on a pre-med track in college while hopefully continuing to play her favorite sport. She is currently considering the University of Florida, Clemson, College of Charleston, SMU, and University of Tennessee.
    Be sure to come out and support Melina and the rest of the Varsity Tennis team as they continue a great start to the season. Senior Day will be held on April 3rd.
    Go Falcons!
  • Gold Standard Breakfast February 2024

  • Varsity Girls Basketball Wins District Title

    Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Basketball team on capturing their fourth District Championship over the past five seasons with a 51-46 win over Somerset South Homestead. Both teams battled with neither able to pull away until late in the game. Jade Leon '24 led the Falcons with 23 points. Emma Esparza '27 added seven points, nine rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Palmer Trinity will host Carrollton on Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00pm in the Regional Quarterfinals. 

    Go Falcons! 
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