Ransom Everglades' young sailing team flashed its future potential with a bronze-medal finish in the 2019 Interscholastic Sailing Association Team Racing Championship, the national championship regatta also known as the Baker Trophy. RE's team of seven sophomores, one freshman and one junior finished the event on May 25-26 in Portland, Maine, in a three-way tie for second; the mathematical tiebreaker pushed the Raiders behind Christchurch School in Christchurch, Va., and 2018 champion Point Loma High in San Diego.
Fifteen RE athletes – including five members of the girls' lacrosse team – won 2019 first-team All-Dade honors in the annual ranking released May 23 by the Miami Herald. Four girls' water polo players also claimed first-team honors as more than four dozen RE athletes earned recognition.
Three Ransom Everglades athletes – lacrosse player Sophia Antezana '20, golfer Jake Beber-Frankel '20 and volleyball player Ryan Peluso '22 – earned Athlete of the Year honors in their respective sports at the Miami Herald's annual end-of-season All-Dade awards banquet on May 23. Girls' water polo coach Eric Lefebvre and boys' golf coach Dave Ragan claimed Coach of the Year honors in their sports.
Lacrosse and volleyball star Sophia Antezana ’20 and track and cross country runner Wesley Cusack ’19 were named Ransom Everglades’ 2019 Overall Outstanding Athletes at the school’s end-of-year awards ceremony at the Lewis Family Auditorium on May 20, highlighting an evening that recognized more than a dozen varsity-sport award winners, senior student-athletes and those continuing their athletic careers in college. Photo Gallery
Four RE Middle School spring sports teams – boys' varsity lacrosse, boys' tennis and boys' and girls' water polo – won South Florida Middle School Conference Championships, helping to make Ransom Everglades the most successful athletic program in the South Florida Middle School Conference for the third year in the row. Middle School teams overall won 11 out of a possible 21 championships during the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.
The boys' varsity quad of stroke Andres Segrera '18, Aston Craft '20, Jackson Bryan '20 and bow Will Mathes '19 won the 2019 USRowing Southeast Championship, earning an invitation to the 2019 USRowing Youth National Championship in June in Sarasota. The quad topped a crew from the Bolles School, surging ahead in the final meters for a victory by 0.15 seconds.
Ransom Everglades girls' water polo team gave Grace Waibel '19 – the team's lone senior, team captain, unquestioned leader and de facto big sister – a sweet parting gift as she concluded her Raiders' water polo career on May 11 at Boca Raton Community High School. Waibel and her teammates arrived to the pool thrilled to be back in the state championship after a two-year absence and left with gold medals hanging around their necks after an 11-6 defeat of Winter Park High School.
The boys' varsity tennis team dominated the district championships on April 16-17 afternoon at Continental Park, sweeping the singles and doubles tournaments to easily advance to the regional semifinals. Grant Dill '19, a member of the 2018 state champion doubles team, led RE at the No. 1 spot in singles and in doubles with Xander Lake '21 as a trio of Raider freshmen made major contributions. The team is led by coach Peter Lehmann and assistant Tom Dughi.
The girls' lacrosse team won its fifth straight district title April 18 with a 17-4 victory over Coral Reef at Miami Killian High, sending the Raiders to the regional quarterfinals on April 25. Ellie Dyke 21 led RE with six goals and one assist; Sophia Antezana '20 tallied five goals and three assists; and Calliste Skouras '19 chipped in three goals with two assists.
Three Ransom Everglades soccer players – Lindsay Gould '21, Nico Guerini '19 and Daniel Mendoza '21 – won first-team All-Dade recognition in winter sports from the Miami Herald as Mia Balestra '21 and Preston Edmunds '20 earned second-team honors, and Mia Goldberg '20 and Antonio Tsiales '19, third-team recognition. Read the full report here.
RE crew finished third in the boys' varsity quad at the 2019 Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling State Championships in Sarasota April 13-14, as Andres Segrera '19, Aston Craft '20, Jackson Bryan '20 and Will Mathes '19 just missed second place in a gripping final race against The Bolles School. The team is petitioning for a spot at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championships.
Four Raiders – Bothwell C. Gonas '89, Jenny Stadler Krueger '93, Melissa Saiontz Luse '06 and Arturo C. Pedroso '03 – were inducted on April 11 to the Ransom Everglades Athletic Hall of Fame during an emotional and celebratory evening with friends, family, current Hall of Famers and other members of the RE community at the Pagoda.
RE's girls' track and field team won its 14th consecutive district title at Miami Dade College April 11 as Vashti Claybrook '20, Zoe Tsoukas '20 and Isabella Sosa '20 earned individual gold medals to lead the Raiders. The girls topped a field of 11 teams, winning 13 medals overall.
RE's girls' water polo team defeated Coral Gables 19-2 to win its 14th consecutive district title on April 9 as nine players contributed goals in the championship game at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. The boys' team finished as district runners up, winning their semifinal over Columbus High before falling 13-10 to Belen Jesuit in its home pool in the title game. RE math and computer science faculty member Eric Lefebvre coached both teams.
The varsity sailing team finished second in the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association District Team Race Championships in Tampa on April 6-7, winning a qualifying spot for the Toby Baker Trophy Team Race National Championships in Portland, Maine, in May. Skippers Lachlain McGranahan '20, Javier Garcon '21 and Liam O'Keefe '21 led RE's sailors, who were victorious in the last race of the day.
RE Sailing finished first among 27 teams at the South Points #6 district regatta in Sarasota March 2, keeping its hold on the top spot in the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association standings with only one SAISA event remaining in 2018-19. Under coach Joe Logan, RE topped Immaculata La Salle High, Riverview (Sarasota) High, H.B. Plant (Tampa) High and Gulliver Prep.
Five RE athletes won first-team All-Dade recognition from the Miami Herald on Jan. 24 as more than 30 Raiders earned spots on the newspaper’s annual fall sports awards list. Jake Beber-Frankel ’20, Phoebe Beber-Frankel ’20 and Rachel DeAngulo ’20 won first-team honors in golf; Ellie Carrera-Justiz ’19, in volleyball; and Madison Munroe ’22, in cross country.
RE sailing finished first in the junior varsity division of the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association South Points #4 at Ransom Everglades on Jan. 19 as the squad’s varsity sailors claimed fourth overall and first among South Florida schools in the varsity competition.
RE's athletics and physical education department raised money for California wildfire victims and collected clothing donations for local elementary school children through a pair of holiday drives that got athletes and non-athletes involved. Preston Edmunds '20 and Jake Schwartz '19 spearheaded the sale of vintage RE jerseys and jackets on the Quad to raise nearly $900 for the California Fire Foundation, and winter athletic teams – girls' and boys' basketball and girls' and boys' soccer – donated dozens of sweaters and jackets to The Rotary Club of Coconut Grove's Heartwarming Holidays campaign.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.