PHOTO COURTESY OF MIGUEL FLORES
By Aaron Groff
The Beach High football team was as hyped up as they’ve been in a long time, coming off a two-win improvement from their winless 2006 season. This season, new Head Coach Ralph Jimenez is trying to build a sense of team discipline and a strong work ethic that has led Beach to a 3-7 record.
Last year, Jimenez was the offensive coordinator at G. Holmes Braddock, where he helped build the team into district champions. He hoped to push the Hi-Tides “as far as these kids can achieve,” surpassing their win total from last year and improving for the second straight season.
In the team’s Homecoming game on November 7, they suffered a narrow defeat from Miami Springs.
The swimming team, coached by Charles Pilamunga, Sunday Lewandowski, and Erin McCunniff, placed fourth in Districts and sent five athletes to Regionals last season. “This team has the potential to do very well,” Pilamunga declared before this season.
After the regular season, the boys and girls teams had identical 4-6 records, and in district competition, he girl’s placed second while the boy’s placed fifth. Diver Hunter Becerra, a junior, cleaned up in Districts, Regionals, and States, placing first for diving at all three. Carlotta Fiodoro, a junior, represented the girls, and finished first in the backstroke at Regionals and fifth at States. Fiodoro’s times at Regionals also qualified her as an All-American.
According to Coach Michael Perez, last year’s golf team a d v a n c e d to Regionals for the first time in fifteen years. This year, they made it two in a row, f i n i s h i n g the regular season with a 7- 1 record.
The cross-country team, coached by Juan Camarotti and David Reese, is coming off of a successful season for the boys’ and girls’ teams. Reese’s goals were for the athletes “to show up every day” and that “everyone who starts, finish.” The teams did not live up to last season’s standards, but after a slow start, the boys had a “sudden rejuvenation,” according Reese. He recognized junior Marcell Machado, sophomores Ulysses Galvez, Brian Lomba di and Mark Zavalla, and senior Kyle Rego as the team’s most impressive runners. Like last year, only one cross-country runner, junior Rachael Grosz, advanced to Districts and Regionals.
The Volleyball team, coached by Lynn Tenniswood-Camarotti, is coming off a strong 2007 season, as well, where they finished 10-8-2. This year, the team shot off to a 3-0-3 start, before finishing with a 7-7 record and heading to Districts.
“The team really has come a long way this season,” said Tenniswood. “They are now playing at an extremely competitive level!”
T h e b o w l i n g team is c o a c h e d by Alberto Muhtar, b o y s , and Peter K r a u s , girls. This s e a s o n , the girls have an outstanding 9-1 record while the boys were not as superb. “[The girls team] have done a tremendous job,” claimed Kraus, who recognized juniors Nicole Perry, Margot Ryan, and Stephanie Hidalgo.