Athletics News

List of 8 news stories.

  • Maria Camposano '24 Selected in the Guatemalan U-18 Track and Field National Team

    Maria Camposano Paiz, a rising senior at Palmer Trinity, has been selected to form part of the Guatemalan U-18 Track and Field National Team.

    She will compete in Guatemala City from June 2nd to 5th in the U-18 Central American Championships. 
    “Overall, PTS has played a very important role in my athletic career," Maria said. "Coach Tammy King was the reason I started running; she has trained me and helped me achieve everything I have done. I am proud to say that I will be competing in the Central American Games this June where I will officially be representing Guatemala for the first time."
  • Jeff Rose Returns as Varsity Boys Golf Head Coach

    The Palmer Trinity Athletic Department is excited to announce the return of Jeff Rose as the Head Coach of the Palmer Trinity Boys Golf program.  

    Rose previously served as head coach from 2013-2020. During that time period, the Varsity Boys Golf team won the District Title twice (2014 & 2015), qualified for the Regional Tournament five straight years (2014-2018), and had an individual advance to the FHSAA State Championships in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Rose also coached four athletes who would become All-Dade First Team selections and the individual District Champion in 2014, 2015, and 2016 while sending multiple student-athletes to play at the NCAA level.

    Rose is a long-time member of the Palmer Trinity community and works currently as a member of the mathematics faculty. Rose also served as Director of Athletics prior to his time as the Varsity Boys Golf coach.

    Please join us in welcoming Coach Rose back on staff and we look forward to the beginning of the Golf season in August!

    Go Falcons! 
  • Varsity Girls Track & Field Wins Regional Title

    Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Track & Field team on winning the FHSAA Class 1A Region 4 Title. Maria Camposano '24 (High Jump), Noelani Sadler '24 (100m Hurdles), Angelina Deleon '25 (Discus), and Mariana Mendoza '27 (Pole Vault) all finished as Regional Champions for the Falcons. Eduardo del Rosal '23 finished as Regional Champion in the 3200m for the Boys. Congratulations to all student-athletes who have advanced to the FHSAA State Championships at the University of North Florida on May 17th. 

    Go Falcons! 
  • Erigoyen, Foster, & Ortega-Morales Sign to NCAA

    Congratulations to Valentina Erigoyen, Austin Foster, and Lucas Ortega-Morales who have each signed on to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Erigoyen will join the Babson Lacrosse team, Foster will run Track & Field at Duquesne, and Ortega-Morales will play Soccer at Bentley. 

    Erigoyen, the starting goalie for the Varsity Girls Lacrosse team will depart Palmer Trinity holding the record for saves in a game (19), season (141), and career (456) while also being named to the 2022 All-Dade Second Team. 

    Foster was an All-Dade Honorable Mention for Track & Field in 2021 and 2022 and for Cross Country in 2019. He holds the school record in the 400m Dash, 110m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, and Discus throw while winning the District Championship for Discus ('21, '22, '23), 400m Dash ('21), 110m Hurdles ('23) and 400m Hurdles ('23). Foster was also the FHSAA Regional Champion in the Discuss in 2022. 

    Ortega-Morales was selected as an All-Dade Honorable Mention in 2022 and excelled both as a member of the Varsity Boys Soccer team and through his club. 

    Go Falcons! 
  • Senior Spotlight: Emme Fundora

    Baseball and softball have been a part of Emme Fundora’s life for as long as she can remember. The daughter of a baseball player, Fundora was encouraged by her father to start playing softball around the age of four. As an active and energetic child, Fundora was quickly hooked. When she’s not actively playing or practicing, her life still revolves around sports. One of her favorite things to do is to go to baseball games with her dad and attend spring training games each year. She has also volunteered at the Miami-Dade Miracle League where she helps to coach children with disabilities and give them the opportunity to play baseball.

    The impact Fundora has had on the Varsity Softball team cannot be overstated. In her four years as a Falcon, Fundora has started the majority of games as a pitcher and has set school records in career wins (27 and counting), innings pitched in a season (99.1), and innings pitched in a career (248 and counting). Additionally, Fundora has really taken on a leadership role in her time here. In addition to her time serving as a member of Palmer Trinity’s Captain’s Circle, Fundora helps mentor the younger athletes on the team through talks and inspiration. As a result, Fundora believes the team has really bonded. “I think it helps that we all truly want to succeed and win, which creates a bond in itself,” Fundora mentions, “I remind the younger athletes that although our softball team can be seen as underdogs, it’s important we perform the way we have trained and prove to everyone what our team is all about.”
    Looking back, Fundora calls her experience as a Falcon as unforgettable. “Not only have my skills improved, but I was able to become tougher mentally. Coach Cerda and my teammates rely on me, which has really helped push me to become a better player.” Coach Cerda is quick to note how dependable Fundora has been. “She is a smart player, especially on the mound, and is willing to grind and fight for every win,” Cerda notes. She also believes that Fundora sets the tone for the team and her willingness to be silly helps keep the dugout fun.
    After graduation, Fundora’s time as a softball player will not come to an end as she plans on attending the University of Florida to study marketing and psychology while also playing on the club softball team. Additionally, she hopes to continue giving pitching lessons to younger athletes. “It’s really incredible to see little girls fall in love with softball the same way I did.”
    Be sure to come out and support Emme, whose favorite movie is Ocean’s 11, whose favorite foods are KitKats and calamari, and whose favorite artists are Pitbull and The Weekend, and the rest of the Varsity Softball team as they gear up for the District Tournament. Palmer Trinity will host Senior Day is on Friday, April 28th at 3:45 pm.
    Go Falcons!
  • Senior Spotlight: Madeline Vinas

    Madeline Vinas initially started playing tennis at the age of five because it looked like a fun sport to be involved in. When she came to Palmer Trinity in the sixth grade, Vinas decided to join the Middle School team. That Falcons team in the spring of 2017 only had three girls, not even enough to be technically considered a team or compete in the South Florida Middle School Conference. However, that did not stop Vinas and her teammates. “We enjoyed playing together even if it was just for fun.”

    Now, a fourth-year Varsity Tennis player and a team captain, Vinas looks back on her journey. “I joined this community for the fun and nice people and that made me enjoy the game even more.” Through the years, Vinas has been adamant to ensure that she is always having fun and helps to pick the team up when they struggle. “We never let ourselves get too upset over a loss and encourage each other to keep going,” Vinas recalls, also mentioning Varsity Head Coach Kevin Chow encourages a similar mindset. “He always believes in us and sees the potential in all of us.” Vinas tries to spread this positive message to younger Falcons, emphasizing the importance of getting involved, creating lifelong friendships and memories, and sticking through it when the going gets tough.

    In an individual sport, sometimes it can be tough to find a sense of team unity and togetherness, but Vinas is quick to refute that idea. By encouraging each other and supporting all members of the team during their matches, the team stays connected and keeps spirits up. Additionally, Vinas states that her favorite memories of the team are the bus rides where she is able to bond with her teammates and the celebrations that ensue after a victory.

    When she’s not out on the court, Vinas likes spending time with friends and going to yoga. She has been heavily involved in Breakthrough Miami in her time at Palmer Trinity and also volunteers her time for Bake a Wish where she helps bake cakes for underprivileged children on their birthdays. Vinas’s favorite movie is The Great Gatsby, favorite food is sushi and boba tea, and favorite artists are Tyler the Creator and Tame Impala. Vinas looks forward to studying Psychology at Clemson University and hopes to one day work for the FBI.

    Good luck to Madeline and the rest of the Varsity Tennis team as they compete this week through the rest of the FHSAA State Series.

    Go Falcons!
  • Palmer Trinity Hosts Signing Day for Davenport, del Rosal, & Kelsey

    Earlier today, we honored Aden Davenport (Football), Eduardo del Rosal (Cross Country/Track & Field), and Kyle Kelsey (Football/Track & Field) on NCAA Signing Day as they continue on their respective athletic careers at Eastern University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, and the University of Rochester. 

    Aden Davenport was honored as Second Team All-Dade in 2022 and an Honorable Mention in 2021. He finishes as the school record holder for passing yards in a game (471), passing yards in a season (2,144), and passing yards in a career (4,339). Eduardo del Rosal was a Third Team All-Dade selection for Cross Country in 2022 and was an Honorable Mention in 2019 and 2021 for Cross Country and 2022 for Track & Field. Kyle Kelsey was named to the All-Dade Second Team in 2021 for his efforts on the 4x100m relay team. Eduardo and Kyle will look to add to their list of accolades as they gear up for the 2023 FHSAA Track & Field State Series. 

    We wish these Falcons the best of luck in their future endeavors and can't wait to see what is in store. 

    Go Falcons! 
  • Senior Spotlight: Eduardo del Rosal

    Back in the 6th grade, Eddy del Rosal knew he wanted to try a spring sport, but wasn’t exactly sure which sport was best suited for him. When his former PE teacher mentioned that he had “good running form” and should try Track & Field, del Rosal figured it was worth a shot. Seven years later, del Rosal never missed a season of Track & Field and ended up joining the Cross Country team for six seasons as well. Throughout the process, aside from continually progressing, training, and setting personal record after personal record, del Rosal credits his teammates for helping him get out of his shell and comfort zone while also improving his overall confidence.

    However, it has not always been a smooth road for del Rosal. He has had to overcome multiple injuries that had sidelined him for quite a bit of time, notably knee problems starting in 7th grade and a stress fracture in 10th. Through it all, del Rosal found solace in the fact that he knew he was not facing career ending injuries and that he would continue to run no matter what the future held. He stayed motivated and returned stronger than ever through each setback. Varsity Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Tammy King urges younger Falcon athletes to take a page out of del Rosal’s book. “Over the past 6 years, the most outstanding remarks I can share about Eddy, is his unique response to hard workouts and training. When the workouts get harder and faster, Eddie smiles bigger. As the races become more competitive, Eddy keeps on smiling. His approach to his coaches, teammates and daily challenges, is to do it with a smile, a great example for so many to follow.”

    Looking back on his time as a Falcon, while there are many great memories, winning the Cross Country Regional Championship this year stands out as a highlight. While he may have set a personal record, it was his team’s performance that shines in his memory. “It was a new course to us, but everyone stepped up and ran a great race,” del Rosal recalls.

    This week will serve as the culmination of his seven-year run as a Falcon when he participates in Palmer Trinity’s 2023 NCAA Signing Day to sign a celebratory letter at Division III’s Rose Hulman where he will continue to participate in both sports and study engineering. “The recruitment process was a very fun one, although making the decision proved to be very difficult. Ultimately, I decided on Rose Hulman because I knew I would have plenty of teammates to push me in and outside the classroom, facilities, and a very strong mechanical engineering program.”

    Outside of school, del Rosal does not have much time for anything outside of his studies and training, but enjoys spending time with his friends and sailing. His favorite movie is Star Wars, favorite food is pasta, favorite band is The Beatles, and he enjoys playing the guitar in whatever additional free time he has.

    Be sure to come out and support Eddy and the rest of the Track & Field program as Palmer Trinity will serve as host to the Palm League Championships on April 13th and the FHSAA District Championship on April 20th.

    Go Falcons! 
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