Our middle school baseball team has begun their first season in Riviera history, and in only our second game the team upset Miami Country Day with a 5-4 comeback win. In our awesome uniforms, the team is looking to make some noise in our conference.
Our varsity boys and girls tennis teams have played great thus far in facing heavy competition. They have a big match today vs Ransom Everglades at Crandon Park.
The varsity girls waterpolo team had our first match in Riviera history vs Cutler Bay, and although losing the match, it felt like a victory in every way.
The varsity boys waterpolo moved to a 2-0 record defeating Cutler bay led by David Perez, Sebastion Summo, and incredible goal keeping by senior Daniel Perez.
Our varsity boys volleyball team lost a tight match to Westminster Christian, but they are clearly improving. They swept Florida Christian twice and lost a tough match to Palmetto and Killian this past week. This is our best Boys volleyball team in or history.
Our middle school girls tennis team beat Palmer and continues to be a force in our conference, while are boys are steadily improving.
Our lacrosse middle school team has competed with Westminster Christian and faces Belen this weekend at Belen, while our JV lacrosse team lost a tight game vs Ransom and faces Belen on Monday, March 13. Overall, it has been a great start to the spring sports season.
It has been our best winter sports season in Riviera history! Our MS boys and girls soccer wrapped up their seasons. It was the first middle school girls team we have fielded and they did a great job competing as a young team. Our middle school boys soccer team had an awesome season defeating the likes of Cushman, Florida Christian, Divine Savior, and Palmer among others!
Our MS girls basketball team defeated Carrollton this year showing major progress since last season while our middle school boys basketball team is currently in second place out of 10 teams in our conference and have their playoffs this Thursday and Saturday. We expect them to make the finals and maybe repeat as champions.
Our varsity boys soccer team is currently in second place and they have districts next week where we expect to win our first high school championship. We also expect our boys varsity soccer team to advance to regionals for the first time ever led by seniors Santiago Martinez, Harrison Brown, Jose DaPena and Nico Gutierrez.
Our varsity boys basketball team won 6 of 7 games and are led by seniors Guillermo de la Paz and Jorge Puig as well as freshman phenoms David Perez and Alejandro Del Valle. David Perez is one of the top scorers in dade county.
Our varsity girls basketball team has won 9 games now and that is the most in school history with 5 games left to play. Come out and support our bulldogs during the playoff season.
Our Winter Sports season has begun. Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer had their first few games on our beautiful turf field, and the home crowds are bigger than ever. Alejandro Leal, Harrison Brown, Nico Gutierrez and many more led our boys to 2 home victories while the girls team is improving. Our middle school boys team tied a close game with A goal in the last minute vs Westminster Christian, and the girls middle school team is playing its first ever season here at Riviera. Our boys middle school basketball team defeated Gulliver 39-37 in a battle in our bid to defend our championship title from last season. Our girls varsity basketball team has its first game tonight at Divine Savior led by Coach Sarah Kemper. Let's see everyone out at our games to cheer the Bulldogs!!!
Our Fall Sports Season ended string with 3 runners in cross country advancing to Regionals. Congratulations to Emi Teh, Zoe Teh, and Nico Guttierez on an awesome finish. Our swim team had 15 swimmers advance to regionals and that was the most athletes Riviera has ever seen advance in postseason. Overall, the fall season was our most successful.
The Riviera Bulldogs girls varsity volleyball team has advanced to regionals after finishing as the runner up in our district championship. Led by Senior Victoria Caldera and Junior Nico Maietto, the girls lost a tough match to Florida Christian, but due to such a successful season, they will be competing in the regional sem-final game Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm at Palmer Trinity. Way to go girls!!
Our Riviera Bulldogs fall sports teams are in major playoff mode. First, our middle school cross country teams ran a great final race at Greynolds Park last Thursday ending with a solid effort from everyone. Anika Kahn finished as one of the top runners in the conference . Today, our varsity boys and girls cross country teams have a huge district playoff meet at Coral Reef Park. We expect this to be our top performance in Riviera history. In Golf, we finished up our best season as a team with a district match last week at the Biltmore Golf Club. It was the first time we had five golfers compete at the varsity level, led by Ian Shapiro. In girls volleyball, our middle school team lost a heartbreaker in the playoff last Friday, however, with an all 6th and 7th grade team, we managed to go toe to toe with every team in the conference, even though we faced mostly 8th graders. With the entire team returning next year, we will have a great chance to win the conference championship. Our junior varsity girls wrapped up an awesome season with a big win at Carrollton. Our varsity girls volleyball team has our district match tomorrow vs Archimedean at Slam Academy at 5 pm. If they win this semi-final match, they face number 1 seed Florida Christian in the finals Thursday at 7 pm. Led by our lone senior Victoria Caldera, we are hoping to upset the Patriots and capture our first ever district championship. In swimming, our middle school teams have their conference championship meet this Friday at 3:30 pm, and our varsity swim teams have their district meet next Tuesday at 4:00 pm, both at Ransom Everglades HS. Both boys and girls soccer tryouts are underway as of this week, and girls basketball tryouts begin in a week, with the boys starting in two weeks. LETS GO BULLDOGS!!!
It has been an awesome fall sports season at Riviera Prep. In swimming, our boys team has defeated almost everyone we have faced. Led by the Perez brothers David and Enrique, captain Daniel Perez, Lucas Abrante, and many more, we are hoping to soon capture a district championship. Our girls teams are also swimming at the highest level in our history. Antonella Divo, Erika Arvello, Valentina Ruiz, Sarah Feiler, and Victoria Ferrer are setting the pace. This Wednesday is our Senior Day so come out and see our SENIORS in their last HOME swim meet! Our golf team continues to improve led by our star Ian Shapiro, and also a new phenom, 6th grader Krishan Nanda proving the future is bright for our bulldogs. In Cross Country, our middle school and high school teams had an amazing race at the Junior Orange Bowl Classic. It was record times for our teams, led by the Teh sisters Zoe and Emi finishing 20th and 25th overall. Nico Gutierrez led the boys with a 22nd place finish, and Getachew Singer and Xavier Pugh were right behind Nico finishing 32nd and 35th respectively. We have another big race this Friday at Coral Reef Park. Our girls volleyball teams continue great play. Our middle school girls have come a long way, and had a great win versus Slam this week, while our JV girls also defeated Slam and lost a great battle with LaSalle on Friday. Our varsity girls moved to 10-3 with our best win in school history, an upset of Lasalle led by Nico Maietto, Victoria Caldera, and Sophie Meagher. Districts are approaching soon, and we are hoping to grab our first title soon! Congratulations to all of our athletes for performing at such a high level, and representing Riviera with class!
Girls Varsity Volleyball won their first two matches handily, defeating Hialeah Education in three straight games and then defeating Slam Acadmy in three straight games to begin the season 2-0. Our middle school and JV girls volleyball teams also defeated Slam 2 games each without a loss. Our golf team, led by Ian Shapiro's 39 had a great first match, and our cross country teams and swim teams have the most participants in our school's history. On Monday, our girls middle school and varsity volleyball teams have games at 6:00 and 7:30 vs Archimedean. Let's come out and support our Bulldogs!
Welcome Back Everyone! We are excited to begin Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Swimming, and Boys and Girls Golf. It is going to be a great year at the Riv! Our motto this year is "Rising To A New Level." We will see our Bulldogs soon!
After a grueling four days in the Orlando State Tennis Tournament, Riviera's Sara Culbertson knocked off the defending state champ with ease beating her 6-1 6-1 to give Riviera Prep its first ever state championship. Also, Nicole Katzarkov and Sara finished 2nd in doubles, capping off the greatest performances in Riviera history. Congrats to both Sara and Nicole! Sara will be taking her talents to the University of Miami and Nicole to Quinnipiac University next fall.
Riviera spring sports have begun with varsity and middle school tennis competing last week led by stars Sara Culbertson, Nicole Katzarkov and Matthew Spasic, all who are expected to compete at states as well as in college next year. Our varsity waterpolo team has their first match at Miami Country Day today at 5:00 PM. In Lacrosse, we have been practicing daily, and with our new on campu sfield almost ready, the team is excited for ceompetition. Boys Volleyball recently wrapped up tryouts and are ready to begin the first ever varsity season in March. Our girls lacrosse team should be forming soon with the field ready rounding out an awesome start to the spring season!
Congratulations to Sean Arrington for making first team All Dade-County honors in swimming. Sean has earned a scholarship to attend Florida Atlantic next fall. Also, we want to congratulate Nicole Katzarkov for making honorable mention in cross country. Victoria Caldera and Nico Maietta made honorable mention in volleyball and Ian Shapiro made honorable mention in golf completing a great day of awards for our bulldogs.
Congratuations to the middle school boys basketball team for earning the title of South Florida MS Conference Champs, and ending the season with an unprecedented 22-1 record! David Perez won the Most Valuable Player and Frank Gore Jr. made all tournament team.
It has been an awesome start in 2016 for our Bulldogs. Our middle school boys B basketball team won four games in a week. Our middle school A basketball team is 16-1 and have defeated Palmer, Ransom, Gulliver, Westminster, Miami Country Day, Cushman, Florida Christian, and many more. David Perez is arguably the best basketball player in middle school in Dade County. David along with Frank Gore has demonstrated a selfless attitude and it has rubbed off on the team. Coach Gardy Brun and Coach Mike Lopez have led our boys teams with class and professionalism. Led by coach Leslie Murray, our middle school girls defeated Divine Savior 41-3 and have improved as much as any team we have seen. Our varsity girls basketball team will host districts next week for the first time. Our junior varsity boys basketball team defeated a varsity Divine Savior team last week 35-32 for a huge upset. They play host to a powerful varsity Schoolhouse Prep team Tuesday, January 19 at 5 pm here at Riviera. In soccer, our girls finished their season in 3rd place out of 6 schools and lost in the first round last Tuesday at Palmer Trinity. Finishing 3rd is an excellent accomplishment for our team, especially considering they played all road games and had no home field all season. Our boys varsity soccer team plays their playoff game at Palmer Trinity at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 19.
South Florida Middle School Conference Basketball Championships
Next Saturday, January 23, our middle school boys who are ranked first will play at Westminster Christian in a tournament with the entire conference. Our girls have a tournament at Florida Christian the same day. Come out and support our Bulldogs!
It has been a busy winter season in basketball and soccer, and wrestling. In middle school basketball, David Perez and Frank Gore have dominated the scene blowing out teams, and Aiden Grimberg hit an amazing three pointer at the buzzer at Palmer on Saturday to win the game. It was one of the most clutch shots in Riviera history. Our middle school girls team pulled out their first two wins last week capping it off by winning in overtime at Palmer Trinity. Our varsity girls team is improving each game, and they have 3 games this week before we head into our holiday break. Our junior varsity boys team continues to improve as well led by Guillermo de la Paz. After a blowout win against Divine Savior, they lost a close battle vs Florida Christian. In soccer, our teams have had multiple rainouts and will look to get back on track this week with tough games at Marathon and Doctor’s charter. Hannah Evans has led the way for the girls varsity. Our boys varsity is also looking to pull out another win at Marathon this week after winning 2-0 last time out. Our middle school boys soccer team played their hearts out at a tournament at Miami Country Day and even though we lost, the team continues to play hard and represent Riviera with class. Our wrestling team had its first match at Doral this past Saturday and Jorge Puig won his match and should be able to take us to states later this year.
In a big middle school varsity matchup between Ransom Everglades and Riviera, David Perez dominated. David put on a show scoring, passing, defending and even a near first in Riviera history when David attempted a dunk on the fast break. Overall, Riviera proved to be too strong for Ransom blowing them out early with a 20-3 lead. This week the bulldogs face Curley and Florida Christian as they continue their hot start.
Our varsity girls basketball team won their opener vs. Somerset South Homestead 44-8 behind Janelle De Moya's 16 points and Maria Portes' 10 rebounds. Our MS basketball team lost 26-12 at Carrollton, but battled hard and played a great second half. Our Girls Varsity Soccer went 1-1 with a win vs. Archbishop Carroll and a loss at the powerful Lasalle behind great play from Hanna Evans and Amanda Rose Cabrera. Our boys varsity soccer also went 1-1 with a loss at Archbishop Carroll and a win against Miami Community Charter. Our MS boys soccer team is improving as we lost 3-1 in a battle vs. Divine Savior. Overall the bulldogs are competing against the best schools in Miami and performing at a high level.
The Riviera Bulldogs traveled to Tallahassee for the state cross country meet, and Nicole Katzarkov ran an incredible race to finish 43rd overall in the state. It is a great accomplishment and Riviera is so proud of her. In Stuart, Florida, Sean Arrington finished 7th in the state in the individual medley, and he finished 6th place in the butterfly. The Riviera Boys Swim team finished 23rd overall in the state of Florida. It wraps up our best fall season in Riviera Bulldog history.
Congrats to Nicole Katzarkov and Sean Arrington on advancing to the cross country state finals. Nicole finished 13th overall in our regional meet to advance to states for the second year in a row. Sean Arrington won the entire region in the swim playoff dominating the butterfly. We wish both of our state qualifiers good luck this coming weekend.
Riviera Bulldogs are having our best season in our history. In Volleyball, our varsity girls beat Archimedean on Tuesday to advance to the finals of the district, and lost in the district title game at Florida Christian. By winning the 2nd place trophy, our team advanced to regionals. Forty students attended the game by riding a fan bus. The support was awesome, and our girls enjoyed the loud crowd at the game. Now, the team plays state champs Palmer Trinity on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm at Palmer. Our middle school swim team was 1.5 points behind Ransom in the South Florida Middle School Conference Championship hosted by Ransom. Our boys relay team finished the season undefeated. Our varsity swim team had many athletes advance to regionals as well. Sean Arrington finished the district as the number one overall swimmer. Our team is off to regionals on Friday, October 30. In golf, Ian Shapiro advanced to regionals and did very well in rough weather conditions only finishing a few strokes off making it to states. It was our best golf team in school history. In Cross Country, our team saved its best race for districts, with Nicole Katzarkov advancing to regionals with an 8th place overall finish. Our entire boys team qualified for regionals for the first time with 6 runners finishing in the top groupings of the race led by Xavier Pugh and Michael Charley. The team is off to Forty Lauderdale on Thursday, October 29 to compete in the big regional event. The future is bright for Riviera athletics as we move into our winter season.
Our Golf team had their district tournament and Ian Shapiro won a playoff and qualified for regionals making him the first golfer to advance past districts. Our team had a excellent season showing great improvement since we began in August. Our middle school cross country team had their championship meet at Larry and Penny Thompson Park and ran an awesome race. Ishaan Tembe finished fourth overall in the conference. Overall the team had an excellent season. Our varsity cross country district meet is Friday, October 23 at Larry and Penny Thompson Park. In swimming, our middle school team won their meet at Miami Country Day, as our boys middle relay team has been undefeated all year. After a rainout on Friday, we have our middle school championship meet scheduled for Wednesday, October 21. Our varsity swim team has their district meet Tuesday, October 20th at Ransom Everglades. In Volleyball, our middle school team closed out its season by advancing in the conference tournament with an upset of Palmer Trinity before losing to the number 1 seeded Miami Country Day. Our Varsity volleyball team won a match vs. Princeton Christian before losing a battle against highly ranked Divine Savior last Thursday. Our volleyball team has its district semi-final game Tuesday, October 20, vs. Archimedean Academy at 7:30 pm at host Florida Christian. If we win, we face Florida Christian Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm. Come out and support our Bulldogs as we have a big week of playoffs.
The high school and middle school cross country teams competed at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in the Junior Orange Bowl on Thursday, October 8th.. There were 63 teams that competed. Zoe Teh came in 26th place out of 176 runners in the varsity middle school race. Anika Kahn came in 26th place out of 178 runners in the junior varsity middle school race. The varsity boys team improved their 5k time as a time by over two minutes. Nicole Katzarkov came in 5th place in the girls open varsity race with a time of 23:03. The middle school has their championship race this Thursday, October 15 and the high schoolers are preparing for their district race on Friday, October 23rd. There is no school that day and we would love to have some Bulldog love on the race-line. In Golf, districts are October 13th, and want to wish our golfers a great match. Sophomore Ian Shapiro has a chance to win the district. Our varsity swim team had two meets this week, beating Slam and Carrollton in both boys and girls. Our middle school has a big meet at Miami Country Day on Tuesday, October 13th, while their Middle School Championship is Friday at Ransom Everglades. Varsity districts are October 20th, also at Ransom Everglades High School. In Volleyball, our middle school girls split a double header against Westminster. Our middle school volleyball team has a game on Tuesday before taking on Palmer at Palmer on Thursday in a playoff game. Our varisty volleyball team had 4 games this past week, winning two and losing two. Volleyball is 6-2 in district play and have a big week in preparation for our district tournament next week. Please check our calendar so you can come and see our Bulldogs in playoff competition.
As we head into October playoff time, our middle school and varsity girls volleyball team had a great week. The middle school team battled rivals Ransom and Gulliver with close defeats, and there has been significant improvement this season. Varsity volleyball won two more district games and are now at 5-1 in the division. This week varsity volleyball has 4 games, including a major battle for first place Tuesday night against Florida Christian. Our golf team has a match Monday, October 5th against Ransom, Palmer, and Key West, and another battle with Belen on Thursday. Ian Shapiro has a chance to win districts next week, so these are important matches to prepare. Our middle school swim team had a match last week vs Gulliver and Cushman and split the match beating Cushman, while losing to Gulliver. We have seen the middle school swim team make great strides this year. Our varsity swim team has a match on Wednesday, October 7th vs. Slam and Carrollton, and this will be our Senior Day for Brandon Espinosa, Sean Arrington, and Jack Cuddihy, swimming in their final home meet. Our cross country teams has multiple meets this past week. Our middle school had two matches, one at Morningside Park, and the other in the big 305 Classic. Ishaan Tembe finished in third at Morningside, and our team has shown incredible teamwork in their effort to run as a group setting a great example of the family that Riviera is. Our varsity teams ran the 305 race against over 30 schools, and clearly have shown that the Riviera Bulldogs will be competing with the top schools in Miami for many years to come.
Our varsity volleyball team had another great win vs Greater Miami Academy 25-6, 25-16, and 25-12 giving us a 4-1 record in our district. Alexa Aguirre had 8 aces and 15 digs. Victoria Caldera had 15 kills, and Martina Maietto had 8 blocks and 8 kills.
Our Bulldog Golf team had two matches against Belen and Ransom and Ian Shapiro won both shooting a 36 and a 37. Our team has improved and is playing on a high level which is impressive because we are very young. Our Volleyball team had a big district win against Archimedean led by Melody Hershman who had 14 kills and Nicolette Maietto with 12 kills and 8 digs. Also, Ella Snayd added 20 assists and 4 aces. Volleyball is 3-1 in our district. We hope to see our first district banner hung in the gym come October Playoffs.
Riviera Golf began the week with Ian Shapiro shooting an awesome 79 at the Dade County Youth Fair Golf Invitational at Palmetto Golf course. Ian is one of the top golfers in Dade County and it's only his sophomore year. Our golf team is improving fast and competing with some of the top schools. Bulldogs swimming had a big meet against Cutler Bay and Westminster Christian and our girls swam their best race. The boys won both meets and showed that they are a force in our district. Our Volleyball team had a big district game against another Bulldog team, Archbishop Carrol. Victoria Caldera led the team to three straight wins to sweep the match. Cross Country had a race on Saturday against more than 70 schools in Boca Raton at the Spanish River Invitational. Nicole Katzarkov finished 2nd in her meet and won an award for an amazing race! Xavier Pugh won the 1A race and our boys won the JV race by 10 points! Good luck to our athletes in the upcoming week as we continue to build on our success!
Our Riviera Bulldogs continued its strong start to the fall sports season with a hard fought volleyball game at Florida Christian on Thursday where our lady bulldogs lost a close match. Our girls know that Florida Christian will be our biggest competition in our district this season. Tonight is another match at 6:00 pm home vs. Calusa Prep.
Our Varisty Cross Country team had a great meet last Friday at Tropical Park. Nicole Katzarkov finsihed 21st out of a large pool of 199 runners. Congrats Nicole.
Today, September 15th, our varsity golf team has the Dade County Youth Fair tournament at Palmetto Golf course, and our swim team has a meet on Wednesday, September 16th here at Riviera. We hope to see our fans continue to support our team.
Congrats to our own Sean Arrington who has made the 2014-15 Swimming Scholastic All-American Team. It is an incredible accomplishment and we are proud to have Sean represent our Bulldogs. If you have not seen Sean swim yet, it is a sight to see and we hope everyone has the chance to see him in action.
Congrats to our Varsity Girls Volleyball team for winning their district opener at Greater Miami Academy 25-20, 25-15, and 25-17. Melody Hershman had 13 kills. Veronica Sena added 8 kills and 10 digs, and Alessandra Iurman had 17 digs. Isabella Siu was awesome with 27 assists. Good luck to our Varisty Swim team who hosts Marathon and St. Brendan's today at 3:30 pm.
The Riviera Bulldogs opened their 2015-2016 school year after 3 weeks of preseason preparation and the hard work paid off.
It was an awesome first week of Golf for Ian Shapiro, who shot a 77 in his 2015 debut, the Westminister Invitational at the Biltmore Country Club. He followed that with a 36 in his nine hole Thursday match-up hosted by Ransom Everglades, also at the Biltmore. Our Boys and Girls Varsity Swimmers won the Coral Shores Invitational led by Sean (Phelps) Arrington, John "Jack" Cuddily, and "Captain" Ericka Arvelo. To quote one parent who drove down to the beautiful Founder's Park in Islamorada, "Sean Arrington swims beautifully. He is a sight to see." The Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams opened the season at the Westwood Christian Invitational, held at Indian Hammocks Park..
Our girls came in first. Nicole Katzarkov, one of the top runners in the state, won the race. Gaby Junco came in third. For the boys, Michael Charley came in 6th and it was his first high school distance race! The boys ran as a pack for a while which was really great to see.
We want to congratulate all of our student-athletes on a great first week!!!
The first day of practice/try-outs for our fall sports is Aug. 3. Offerings include boys/girls cross country, boys/girls golf, boys/girls swimming, and girls volleyball. Make sure your completed FHSAA eligibility forms are turned in before this date.
The JV Volleyball team defeated Belen Jesuit yesterday in a gut-wrenching battle. Manny Guerra had 3 blocks on the net, while Alberto Borgonovo served for 9 points and had 4 tips for kills. Carlos Basnuevo added for a 78% pass percentage, and Nick Ingold recovered 3 kills. Overall, the team will enter the JV tournament with a record of 6-4.
Congratulations to our MS Girls Tennis team for their runner-up finish at the Middle School Conference Championships! They were led by outstanding performances from Francesca Basile who won the #2 conference singles, and the doubles team of Isabella Siu and Daniela Gutierrez that also won the #2 doubles position. Awesome job!
Congratulations to the Water Polo team for an outstanding nail biter match at yesterday's Districts playoff. Advancement to the Finals came down to a shootout...unfortunately our opponents were the first to score. We're proud of all members of our water polo team for their outstanding season!
Prep Junior Sara Culbertson scored an upset yesterday against the top seed from Ransom at the Tennis District Finals, earning her a berth at the FHSAA Tennis State Championship in Orlando on April 13-14, 2015.
Congrats to our Girls and Boys Varsity Tennis teams for their outstanding efforts at Districts. Advancing to the Semi's in Singles are Sarah Culbertson, Nicole Katzarkov, and Will Culbertson. In Doubles we have Sarah and Nicole, as well as Matthew Spasic and William Culbertson competing today.
Nelson Guevara was the top scorer against St. Brendan with five goals in yesterday's game against St. Brendan. Tyler Shelley also had a goal and an assist. Ripley Shelley had 4 assists, and Michael Charlie contributed with an assist. Michael Vara was the leader in face offs. Jordan Barouh anchored the defense and also played Midfield during the game.
Congratulations to the MS boys and girls Tennis teams for their first combined win over Epiphany! The boys swept all positions with Bradley Cohen, Daniel Padron, Noah Jonasz, and Josu Gaubeka getting their first win of the season. Way to go!
Our Water Polo team defeated Hialeah Gardens 15-3. Goalie Daniel Perez had an exceptional outing, and the team had superior defense throughout the game. In addition, we had excellent scoring by Rene Peralta, Brandon Espinosa and Andrew Johnson.
The MS Lacrosse team defeated PT 5-1 on 3/13 for their second consecutive win. The team was led by Tyler Shelley with 2 goals and 1 assist, Ripley Shelley with 1 goal and 3 assists, Spencer Glasscock with 1 goal, and Lukas Plank also with 1 goal. Lukas was the team leader in ground balls.