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Two more Coral Shores athletes are taking their talents to the collegiate level. 

Coral Shores’ Gillanda “Gia” Carbin served as cheerleading captain during her junior and senior years. She was also selected as an All-American in cheerleading on three occasions. 

Carbin, a four-year varsity cheerleader, was recently joined by her family and coaches as she signed a letter of intent to continue her cheerleading career at the Division II Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida. 

“I am so happy to get to start this new chapter in my life at EWU,” Carbin said. “I enjoyed learning new skills and having fun with my team. They will always be my second family.”

Lauran Hall, head cheer coach during the 2023-24 season, said coaching Gia was an absolute honor.

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From left, Gillis Carbin, Gia’s dad; Sara Beeler, head cheerleading coach; Gia Carbin; Lauran Hall, coach; and Yolanda Carbin, Gia’s mom.

“It has been a pleasure to watch her talent evolve over the past two years to where she is today,” Hall said. “Gia has been a huge asset to Coral Shore High School’s cheerleading team, and I know she will be invaluable to EWU as well.”

Carbin recognized her parents, Yolanda and Gillis, for their continued support over the years. Carbin’s parents say they couldn’t be prouder of their daughter. 

“Learn from everything you can. Be the woman I know you can be,” Yolanda told Carbin.

In addition to cheerleading, Carbin participated in track and field for the Hurricanes from 2021 to 2023.  

The Hurricanes’ basketball standout Isaac Rivera signed a letter of intent to begin his collegiate career at TTB Preparatory School. Rivera started playing for the varsity squad during his sophomore year. Last season, he was team co-captain.

During his senior year, Rivera registered 15.6 points, 6.2 assists per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.

“Coral Shores is a very special school. I will have lasting memories of being able to play the game I love with some of my best friends,” Rivera said. “I’m truly looking forward to this opportunity. This is about me taking steps to further improve what I enjoy most. My goal is to be the best version of myself.”

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Coral Shores’ basketball standout Isaac Rivera celebrates with his parents. From left, Jennifer Torres, mom; Rivera; and Iscancel Perez, dad.

Tony Simmons, head basketball coach, said it’s been a privilege to coach a talented player in Rivera, who loved the game and contributed to the team. 

“His ability to play the game is strong and his commitment to get better ensures that his game will even get better.  We will miss his contributions here,” Simmons said. 

Rivera’s parents say they are elated at their son’s achievements and his journey ahead. 

“It’s a gift to be Isaac’s mom. Watching him do what he loves is a wonderful feeling,” said Jennifer Torres.

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is one of the many who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures in Western New York. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 5-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club. When he's not working, he's busy chasing his son, Lucas, around the house and enjoying time with family.