Winter sports approach the finish line

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With spring sports kicking off and winter sports beginning to wrap up, the athletic department has their work cut out for them as they navigate a complex schedule of what team gets what field at what time. 

The reason these teams overlap is because the winter sports teams, specifically girls soccer and girls basketball, have kept up their win streaks meaning they continue their path to the state championship. Here’s a look at their journeys to the ring so far:

Girls soccer

Currently holding a 12-3-1 record, the girls team has killed it on the field throughout the entire season. During their regional expedition, the girls have destroyed three teams without even breaking a sweat: 10-0 against Northeast on senior night (Jan. 29), 9-0 against Dr. Joaquin Garcia (Jan. 31) and 7-0 against Rockledge (Feb. 13). Possessing the second seed in region four, the girls are now slotted to play Merritt Island, the three seed, and the winner of that will likely face Archbishop McCarthy in the regional finals. After a week full of conditioning, the girls have their game faces on and aim to become back-to-back state champs.

Girls basketball

The girls basketball team has also played phenomenally this season, currently holding a 20-6 record entering regionals. The Patriots are working towards bringing the state championship back home after winning it all in 2022 but suffering a brutal loss by one point in 2023’s state finals game. In the first round of regionals, they will take on the Jensen Beach Falcons Feb. 14, a team Heritage previously beat 72-28 in Feb. 7 in the district semifinal. They also defeated Boynton Beach 59-25 Feb. 9 to earn the title of district champs. Should the Patriots – who have the number one seed right now – earn the win Feb. 14, they will next play Feb. 19 against the winner of Norland vs Northwestern: another step in the road to reclaiming their state championship.

Sophomore shooting guard Jasleen Green displays her exemplary shooting form on her free position after earning the penalty call from the referees. Green has been a difference maker since her freshman year on the varsity girls basketball team as she is a leader in points for the team. (Photo/Zoe Horwitz)

The varsity girls soccer team, led by head coach Cindy Marcial and assistant coach Lito Garro, is all smiles after their win in the first round of regionals, which also marked senior night for the team’s five seniors. The girls hope to keep up the momentum all the way through the state championship game. (Photo/Grant Horwitz)

Zoe Horwitz, a junior at American Heritage, returns to the Patriot Post for her third year as the Sports Editor and Assistant Editor-In-Chief. Besides reading and writing, she spends her time playing with her dog or tutoring younger students through Learn with Peers, a non-profit organization she helped found in 2020. During her freshman year, she co-founded FALIA (Food Allergy/Intolerance Awareness) at school, a club that advocates for those with food allergies. Zoe also plays lacrosse, as she plays for a club team and American Heritage girls varsity lacrosse team. Zoe is very excited to be contributing to the Patriot Post.