Charters All Stars: 2020-21

Adam Abougendia, STAFF WRITER

  All of our athletes here at Pembroke Pines Charter Deserved to be recognized for all their hard work and dedication throughout this unprecedented year. Especially our seniors, who had their senior year taken from them, and yet still made the most of their last year here for the Jaguars. As the school year comes to a close, here are a few of our special athletes who were recognized as Charters All Star Athletes. 

Winter Sports 

Matthew Gordon

  • Senior captain of the soccer team for two years
  • Led the Jaguars to a 2020 state championship appearance 
  • 4 Year athlete making all county first team two years in a row
  • 3 goals and Over 10 assists from Left Back
  • Selected for Broward County All-Star game in 2021
  • Held 5 Shut-outs this season leading Charter to Regional Finals

Francesca Brito

  • Senior Captain of girls soccer team 
  • 5 year athlete, played on the high school team as an 8th grader
  • All county first team two years in a row
  • Selected to Broward County All-Star game in 2021 and scored the game
  • Top Scorer Totaled 35 goals in her stint at Pines Charter
  • Committed to play college soccer for Florida International University

Pete Laidley

  • Senior Starter for the Pines Charter’s boys basketball team 
  • Won 5A state championship with the Jaguars
  • Committed to play college basketball at Keystone University
  • Averaged 10 points a game in his senior year 
  • Played 40 games for the jaguars in two seasons

Ismael Baqai 

  • Senior Leader for Pines Charter’s boys basketball team
  • Won 5A state championship with the Jaguars
  • Committed to play college basketball at Washington College
  • Showed great leadership and heart according to his teammates
  • Played 35 games in two seasons with the Jaguars 

Spring Sports

Franklin Penales Jr

  • Senior stud for the Jaguars Baseball team
  • Led the team to the district championship game 
  • Had a whopping .400 batting average for a high school senior
  • Two home runs which led the team in the 2021 season 

Stella Dioguardi

  • Dioguardi as a junior led the girls water polo team to the regional championship
  • She has recorded 43 goals and 21 assists as a captain of the team
  • Collected 64 points in 14 games 

Sumedh Edavalurri

  • As a sophomore, took home the tennis solo 5A district title 
  • Went on almost a perfect season only losing once throughout the season
  • Selected for all county tennis first team
  • Only loss was to the number #1 rated tennis player in the state in the state championship match

  We here at The Chat would like to congratulate our senior standouts plus our two other younger all-stars. All the athletes at Pines Charter are exceptional student-athletes but there is only room for so many athletes here at the school. This begs the question though.. Who will be on this list next year?