Spring Sports in Full Swing



With the Spring sports season underway, the ILS Athletics program continues to field competitive and talented squads in competition across the South Florida landscape.

The Spring season includes the most teams in competition at the same time, with Track and Field, Varsity and JV Baseball, Softball, Beach Volleyball, Boys Volleyball, B oystering and Girls Tennis and Lacrosse all taking their respective fields.

These days, the ILS Baseball team is probably the hottest of the school’s spring clubs. The varsity baseball team won its fifth and sixth games in a row this season, with dominant victories over Ronald Reagan and Dade Christian last week.

First, the team defeated Reagan High by a final score of 8-5 earlier in the week. Sophomore Nico Perez-Salah recorded his third win of the young season going four innings while striking out nine and only allowing two runs.

Sophomore Manny Oquendo had a two-RBI double early in the game to give the Royals a lead. Senior Nick Perez and freshman Mason Tejeda each had two-RBI singles late in the game to secure the win.

The baseball team also defeated Dade Christian by a final score of 17-1. Junior Emilio Batista picked up his first win of the season on the mound allowing zero earned runs while striking out three. Offensively, it was a full team effort.

The Royal Lions are now 6-0 and hope to carry the momentum into next week.

The tennis team continued to roll as well with two victories for the girls’ team!

The girls ILS tennis first took down MAST Academy last week, withIsabella Rojas in the number 1 spot, Isabella Puglisi playing in the second spot, Romina Gutierrez stepping into the 3rd position and senior Carmen Isusi into the 4th spot. Valeria Macineiras stepped into the 5th and final spot for her first match of her ILS career.

The top-4 girls had no issues cleaning up with scores of 6-0, 6-0, 6-1 and 6-2. These matches alone secured the win for the girls before the 5th single and 2nd doubles match even started. The girl’s number 1 doubles consisting of Bella Rojas and Isabella Puglisi, who was also making her season doubles debut. They were able to also get the win with some strong net play from a freshman who a few weeks ago would do whatever she could to not have to be at the net.

The girls finished with a 6-1 win which puts them in a strong position to get a good draw when we come to districts.

The boys team battled but ultimately fell to a tough MAST boys tennis team. The girls picked up another win as well over St. Brendan High school. The girls won all their matches 7-0 in the competition.

The Track Team had two meets this week. The first being at Belen on Tuesday, with the boys winning the 4-x-100, which was run by Joshua Pina, James Brill, Sebastian Giugovaz and Jude Servius.

Giugovaz also came in second in the 200-meters with a 22.69 followed by Jude Servius in a close third with a time of 22.72, both just off the school record.

For the girls, Carly Costaregni came in third in the 100-meters with a time of 13.64. Victoria Morera came in 3rd in the 1600 meters with a personal best time of 5:49. Carolina Juara came in second in the long jump with Emilie Reyes in a close third.

The second meet was the Archbishop McCarthy Big Blue Invitational on Saturday. The highlight of the meet was Senior Sebastian Giugovaz breaking the school record, which has stood for eight years, in the 400-meters with a time of 51.58! Even with a heavy rain in the end, many personal records were broken, and we are looking forward to our next meet at Palmer Trinity!