SOUTHWEST MIAMI HIGH SCHOOL
COLLIN BETHEL SIGNS WITH BETHANY
Senior Collin Bethel has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Bethany College, an NAIA school in Lindsborg, Kansas. Bethel was a three-sport standout for Southwest, starring in football and track in addition to basketball.
TAVERAS HONORED BY MIAMI HERALD
Senior Carlos Taveras has been named Honorable Mention All-Dade by the Miami Herald. He led the Eagles in every statistical category.
2021-22 SEASON IN REVIEW
In the good old days, a team would end its season on a basketball court. Now, in FHSAA-world, your season can end at home staring at a computer screen. Such was the case for the 2021-22 Eagles who learned, three days after their final game, that their season was over. Why? Because the FHSAA's secret ranking formula gave them 8.672 points, 0.612 points short of what was needed to overtake Coral Gables for the final spot in the Region 4-7A tournament. This despite the fact that Southwest's 14-8 record was superior to the Cavaliers' mark of 12-9. Still, the class of 2022 has much to be proud of. Their two-year winning percentage of 73% (30 wins and only 11 losses) is the best in school history. They won the close games, going 4-1 this season in games decided by two possessions (six points) or less. This included a 3-0 record in overtime contests, including a triple-overtime thriller against Sunset. With an enormous class of 11 seniors leaving, only one starter, Jaycee Ruiz, returns. Undoubtedly the biggest loss is Carlos Taveras, who led the team in scoring (20 points/game), rebounding (7.7/game), assists (3.4/game), steals and blocks. And he did this despite playing with an injured back and injured foot. Clearly Eagles basketball is trending upward. Following a 53-year span that saw only five winning seasons, Southwest has had winning records in five of the last seven years. It will be up to the 2022-23 team to continue that trend.
The Class of '22 (from left to right) Brandon Rivera, Josue Mendoza, Joshua Fernandez, Alec Rivera, Josnel Aloma, Carlos Taveras, Ray Perez, Christian Sarria, Sean Perez, Sebastian Ching and Collin Bethel
Collin Bethel signs with Bethany College
DISTRICT 16-7A STANDINGS:
Team W-L Palmetto 4-0 SOUTHWEST 4-1 Ferguson 3-2 South Dade 1-3 Coral Reef 0-6
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