A new boys basketball coach at Island Christian School inherits an experienced crew of seniors as the Eagles’ regular season opens this week.
Island Christian seniors Tyler Walker, Steve Dostaler, David Calderwood and Kurt Ihrig will carry the load this winter, head coach Jarrod Mandozzi said Monday.
Carter Coussens, a freshman, was expected to join the starting lineup in the ICS opener Tuesday, on the road against Marathon High School’s junior varsity (results pending). The Eagles take their Islamorada home court for a 5 p.m. Thursday game against Redland Christian Academy, then travel Friday to Princeton Christian.
Island Christian split two games in a preseason tournament, winning big over Redland before falling in a well-played game against Divine Savior.
“We came out strong came for the first game,” Mandozzi said. “It was good to get a win right out of the chute since there haven’t been a lot of wins in the last couple of seasons. We plan to win a few more games this year.”
The front court looks solid with Walker and Dostaler down low along with Ihrig and Calderwood on the wings, he said.
Other Eagles expected to see court time include junior Adam Dudley, sophomore Christian Walzak and freshman Mario Menendez. Underclassmen Jonathan Bradman and Anthony Ovalle round out the squad.
Lady Canes win easy
Coral Shores High’s Lady Canes ran their varsity soccer record to 6-1 with an 8-0 shutout of Miami’s Florida Christian on Monday.
Keeley Catarineau scored three goals in the Canes’ 5-0 first half, then added two more before the contest was called midway in the second half under the mercy rule. Her fifth goal, off an assist by Audrey Butler, ended it.
Butler scored a two goals and made three assists. “We don't even have to look for each other now to make passes,” Butler said. “Just by the way we know each other.”
Haille Paterson had a goal and one assist.
“We’re getting better each week and are starting to begin gelling together,” head coach Pat Fazio said. “I’m really happy with many of our players being able to play a couple of positions really well. This ability really increases our team play and depth.”
He credited the Cane defense with another “very strong” game, despite having to deal with some injuries.
Coral Shores travels to St. Brendan on Thursday for a district game, then returns home to play Coral Springs Charter at 4 p.m. Friday at George M. Barley Jr. Stadium. Pinecrest Prep visits for a 4 p.m. Monday match.
Pace speeds up
The momentum in the Upper Keys winter sports season increases this week with several Upper Keys prep squad keeping busy:
▪ Coral Shores’ boys basketball team hosts Palm Glades School at 6 p.m. Thursday in Tavernier, then travels to Keys Gate Charter for a 5 p.m. Friday game. Results from Tuesday’s regular-season opener against Palmer Trinity School were pending.
▪ The Lady Cane basketball team (0-1) hosts Immaculata-LaSalle at 4 p.m. Thursday in Tavernier. Everglades Prep visits for a 4 p.m. Dec. 7 game.
▪ Island Christian’s girls basketball team (1-0) plays Princeton Christian at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the ICS campus. Results from a scheduled Tuesday game at Marathon High were pending.
▪ Coral Shores’ boys soccer team (1-2) plays its next two matches at home: 5:30 p.m. Friday against Coral Spring Charter, and 6 p.m. Monday against Pinecrest Prep.
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