Girls JV Volleyball finishes season with 17-1 Record


The Junior Varsity volleyball team officially ended its season on Oct. 8 with a record of 17-1. Its only loss this year came when they fell short to St. Thomas Aquinas in a three set battle.

“The team overall played strong throughout this season and made improvements that were necessary along the way,” freshman and defensive specialist Arezu Fazelnia said.jvgirls

In their last match of the season, the team traveled to Archbishop McCarthy and played in front of a large audience.

The Lightning came off strong in the first set, winning by a score of 25-14. However, the team lost 11-25 in the second set.

Freshman and setter, Avery Reiser, said the team competed well during the first set but needed to minimize their errors during the second.

“We played smart in the first set but we failed to execute our offense and run the middle more in the second,” Reiser said.

With Archbishop McCarthy winning the second set, it forced a decisive third set to determine the winner.

The Lightning were neck and neck the entire time until they took the lead and served it out winning 15-11.

Sophomore and libero, Sammy Klopman, said the win against Archbishop McCarthy was a great end to a great season.

“We pushed through at the end, determined to win one last time before we ended our season,” Klopman said.

Head coach, Jen Meyer, said she was pleased with the outcome of the JV girls’ season.

“I’m so proud of having yet another great winning record but the loss against St. Thomas Aquinas proves that we still need to work harder for next year,” Coach Meyer said.

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Cypress Bay edges out South Plantation



The varsity football team went on the road to face off with the South Plantation Paladins, on a rainy Friday night. The Lightning (3-4, 2-2) earned its second district win of the season as they defeated the Paladins (1-4, 0-2) by a score of 39-32. The win propelled the Lightning to third place in the district 8A-12 standings.

gAfter a tough loss to Miramar, the Bay desperately needed this win against South Plantation to keep its playoff hopes alive. Quarterback Jake Nudelberg, made his first start in a month after suffering a concussion against St. Thomas, but he wasn’t the only player dealing with injury.

Injuries have plagued Cypress Bay all season long, but they have weathered the storm, as it’s been next man up for the Lightning.

“We have several guys that are banged up, but it shows our team’s character that we were able to fight through adversity and pull this off,” head coach, Mark Guandolo said.

The Lightning barely squeaked out a win as South Plantation came back from being down 11 going into halftime and held a lead going into the fourth quarter. Running back Justin Neismith scored two touchdowns and the defense held strong to get the Lightning the win.

“We were telling our team all week that they needed to focus, fight, and finish to win this game, and we were able to do all three,” Coach Guandolo said.

Andrew Parchment helped the team on both sides of the ball while dealing with a shoulder injury himself. The wide receiver/running back went in on defense on some crucial third downs plays to help seal the game.

“I did what the team needed me to do so that we could get the win,” Parchment said.

With the victory, Cypress Bay’s hopes of being in the playoffs live another week. The Lightning next go on the road to face another district rival, Flanagan, in another must-win game.

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Soccer players commit to future schools


Junior Samantha Bornstein has been dreaming of playing soccer for a Division 1 college ever since she first stepped on a soccer field.

Students athletes at the Bay have been playing sports for years in school and out of school to commit to a college and continue their passion for the game they play.

FullSizeRender(1)Senior Maria Munoz committed to Florida Tech during her junior year of high school. She said she wanted to play soccer in college, but her deciding factors for committing was distance, location, money and playing time.

“I traveled and sacrificed a lot to play soccer and I cannot imagine life without it,” Munoz said. “Some schools that gave me offers told me that I would not be starting and that is not ideal for me.”

During the recruiting process coaches come to showcases and games. If they are interested in a player they will reach out to them.

“For me, I went to visit schools when they were interested in me so I could practice with the team to get a feel of how they work there,” Munoz said. “It took three months to decide. I was waiting on offers form University of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University and University of Alabama.”

Athletes start committing during sophomore year. The earlier that a player commits, the more money he or she will be able to receive for scholarships because there’s a limited amount of money for each school. They must give a 24-hour notice to the school if they want to commit there or not.

“When I chose Florida Tech I knew that I would make a big impact on the team,” Munoz said. “It was a plus that I received a full scholarship.”

Soccer Coach Dwyer says she gets very excited when one of her girl’s commit to a college.

“The amount of hard work and travel these girls put in year round is very tough on them, so it’s rewarding when they do commit and are able to relax and enjoy their high school carreer,” Coach Dwyder said.

Coach Dwyer coached Divison 1 and is able to help them during their process of committing.

“I am able to help the girls with what they need to do early on in their high school career such as emailing college coaches starting their freshman year,” Coach Dwyer said.

Bornstein said she is currently dealing with the pressure of committing and finding the right school for her. The size of the school, coaches, the area, and mostly what she wants to study is the factors she is looking at.

“The hardest part about committing is seeing yourself at the school and making sure you made the right choice for yourself,” Bornstein said.

Bornstein said she has a passion for soccer and could not see herself dropping the sport after high school. Which is why she decided that she wanted to play for college.

“My goal schools are High Point University and North Carolina because they have D1 soccer teams and the schools themselves are beautiful,” Bornstein said.

Bornstein said that the process is really rough for committing, and that most of the time she has to be the one to contact the coaches.

“I’m constantly calling them on a regular basis so they remember me,” Bornstein said.

Bornstein continues to strive to be a better player even when she is at her best because committing is a very competitive thing.

“Committing is a long and rough process between contacting coaches and putting your heart into the game, but it’s all worth it at the end,” Bornstein said.

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National Football League is off to a solid start



The NFL season has finally arrived. After what was a long and controversial offseason for Tom Brady, he picked up right where he left off. The Patriots prepared to play without its superstar quarterback for four games, due to the deflate gate scandal, but were lucky enough to have him back for opening night. Brady and Rob Gronkowski once again proved why they are one of the deadliest tandems in the league, when healthy. Brady completed five passes to Gronkowski for 94 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 28-21 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As the Patriots captured a victory, so did the rest of the AFC East. The Jets easily beat the Cleveland Browns, while the Dolphins struggled for a good sum of its game against the Redskins. The Dolphins ultimately came out victorious, thanks to a punt return for a touchdown by Jarvis “Juice” Landry. After a long offseason, full of prominent free agency acquisitions for the AFC East, there is a tie atop the division for first place.

Moving to the other side of the league, the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys provided some great entertainment. After putting together a great fourth quarter drive which resulted in a late touchdown, Eli Manning and his Giants fell short.  Tony Romo led the Cowboys to a victory after a game winning touchdown pass to Jason Witten in the two- minute drill. The St. Louis Rams also were victorious in overtime against the Seattle Seahawks. With a team led by newly acquired quarterback Nick Foles, the Rams came into this season with high expectations, and they performed well in week one.

Overall, it was an exciting week around the league, full of thrillers and competitive matchups.

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Girls JV Volleyball Stays Undefeated


The Junior Varsity volleyball team is off to a great start this season. On Friday, Sept. 11, the girls defeated Everglades High School in Miramar, earning yet another win to improve its undefeated record to 8-0.


“The team has been playing exceptionally well because we take what we learned in practice and use it in the game,” right side Maya Nadu said.

The Lightning were in control from the start. The first five points came in the form of service aces putting them ahead 5-0 before Everglades recorded its first point. The Bay allowed only five more points before claiming the first set 25-10.

Sophomore and middle hitter, Andrea Villanelle, said the team competed well against Everglades, but needs to work on some things during practice.

“We need to work more on serve receive and offense because that’s the most important part of volleyball,” Villanelle said.

The second set proved to be less challenging, as the girls capitalized on a barrage of Everglades’ errors and added multiple service aces and kills to deny them of reaching double digit points. Cypress Bay captured the second set by a score of 25-6 and won the game in straight sets.

Jen Meyer, second year head coach for both JV and varsity, is extremely proud of both teams strong start to the season.

“The JV girls have been a privilege to coach because they listen well and execute when they need to during practices and games,” Coach Meyer said.

Coach Meyer said she wants to push the team to improve on their skills even more by focusing on key aspects of their game.

“The girls need to strengthen their blocks and perfect their transitioning on the court,” Coach Meyer said. “We will continue to work hard at practice until we perfect it.”

The next home game is against Piper High School on Sept. 29 at 4:30.

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Cypress Bay Shuts Out Taravella



The varsity football team played their second regular season game against J.P. Taravella at Piper High School’s football field on Sept. 3. The Lightning (1-1) earned its first win of the season as they dominated J.P. Taravella (0-2).

The Thursday night matchup was almost cancelled due to bad weather. After 15 seconds of play, Piper officials told the referees that the game couldn’t be played because of nearby lightning. The entire stadium needed to be evacuated. Players, fans and cheerleaders waited for close to an hour before play resumed with 11:45 remaining in the first quarter.

The Bay’s defense was electric against a good Taravella offense, shutting them out by a score of 31 to 0. Taravella didn’t have a single play within the Lightning red zone as Cypress Bay forced three turnovers, two three-and-outs and allowed only 11 yards passing.

“Our defense was tough and we were able to put it back together with Jake Liechtenstein back on the field playing for us,” Cypress Bay head coach, Mark Guandolo said.

The Lightning offense was also firing on all cylinders after struggling to score the week before against Deerfield Beach high school. Wide receiver/running back Andrew Parchment took over the game early and never looked back. He finished the night with two rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception.

“I find ways to get [Parchment] the ball. He’s a heck of a back,” coach Guandolo said.

Cypress Bay now heads into their bye week after a dominant win to prepare to face the nationally ranked Saint Thomas Aquinas on Sept. 18.

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School athletics prove to be dominant throughout year


Over the course of the 2014-2015 school year, the Cypress Bay athletics department received many awards, including a state championship and many district titles.

The boys soccer team won its fourth state championship in five years, beating West Orange High in Melbourne on Feb. 14. Captain Luis Perez and first team all county winner Jake Fuhrman led the team. The girls lost to St. Thomas High in the regional semi-finals.

Taking it from the field to the court, the boys basketball team won the district championship on Feb. 9, beating Western High with the help of point guard Jordan Davis. The girls team lost in the regional championship to Deerfield High and lost in the district championship to Piper High.

The boys golf team won the district championship on Oct. 14, beating Western High. Johnathan Cachon was the team’s top performer, leading them to another district title. The boys also made an appearance in the state championship, where they played at Howie-in-the-Hills Country Club on Nov. 4-5. The girls team also won the district title and regional championship with the help of junior Brianna Buckley.

The boys lacrosse team won the district championship on April 10 at Pines Charter High, beating Archbishop Mcarthy High 14-8 with the leadership of defenseman Anthony Courcelle.

Moving over to the mats, the boys wrestling team made an appearance in the state championship, where they played at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee on March 13-14. The team was lead by star wrestler Tyler “Catfish” Sage.

Skating over to the ice, the boys hockey team came up short in the state championship in Ellenton, Florida from Feb. 20-22. The team was lead by forward and top scorer Josh Rosenzweig.

The water polo team is on its way to states right now, as Andres Schmidt plans to bring the team to a victorious ending to the season.

The football team did not win regionals or districts, finishing the season 7-3 with the help of wide receiver Darrell Malone.

The boys tennis team is also traveling to states right now, as they play to bring home the title with the leadership of the Plutt twins (Michael and Scott).

The boys and girls track team is competing in regionals right now, as Thomas Morin and Stephanie Gilbert pace to lead them to victory.

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Boys tennis team advances to states

Boys tennis team advances to states


The boys tennis team won the district tournament held at the Pembroke Lakes Golf and Racquet Club on March 30 and 31. The boys went undefeated, winning all of their matches in both the singles and the doubles draws.

“I’m so proud of all of them,” Coach Vincent Grossi said. “They dominated the entire tournament.”

There were eight teams in the tournament, which included Flanagan, Cooper City, Western, West Broward, Miramar, Nova, and South Broward. The players played best two out of three full sets for each match in both singles and doubles.

“It was a long two days with a lot of tennis, so I’m glad they were able to stay focused and pull it out,” Mr. Grossi said. “They went in, did what they needed to do, and came out with the win.”

Senior and No. 1 starter for the boys Christopher Morin won his draw in a third set in his final match.

“I knew I was going to have to stay focused because there was some tough competition,” Morin said. “We were both cramping because of the heat so I had no idea what was going to happen.”

Senior and No. 2 for the boys Michael Plutt won his final match in a third set as well.

“I just wanted to do whatever I could to help my team,” Plutt said. “I was really happy to win that match.”

Coach Grossi said the boys are hoping to continue with their successful season through states, which will be held in Orlando April 14-17.

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Girls basketball ends season


The girls basketball team ended its season with a 17-8 overall record. The girls lost the district championship 54-53 to Deerfield Beach High.

USECoach Scott Selvidge said this season was not as successful as he’d hoped but it was a good experience.

“I had a great experience with the girls. I got to spend lots of time with them and making them better basketball players,” he said.

In the last game of the season against Deerfield Beach, senior Jessica Lazano tore her ACL during the first quarter.

“Unfortunately, in that last game one of my best players tore her ACL, which hurt us a little bit, but the girls worked hard,” Coach Selvidge said.

Lazano was heartbroken after tearing her ACL and wishes she could’ve finished the game.

“I was really excited to play in our championships game and I was so angry when I tore my ACL,” Lazano said. “The feelings I got, mentally and physically, I never want to feel again.”

Senior Lauren Aleman said she played her hardest this season and is proud of her teammates.

“This was the best season that I’ve played and I think all the other girls played well too,” she said. “I wish this year wasn’t ending so soon and I really hope that the girls next year will get really far.”

Her sister Ali Aleman, who is a junior, played alongside her sister this year and plans to play next year.

“Basketball is a sport like no other and I love playing it,” Ali said. “I hope next year I can go to the championships again, just like my sister did in her senior year.”

Coach Selvidge said he is eager to prepare for next season and wishes for a more successful season next year.

“We’ve got some work to do in the off season and we’ll begin that in the very near future in preparation for next year,” he said.

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