Cypress Bay High in Weston is best known for its football team, but on Monday, the Lightning's hockey team got national recognition when a video clip of Jake Levy was selected as ESPN's play of the day on SportsCenter.
Levy's slick penalty shot, in which he worked the puck between his legs before shooting high on the Flanagan goalie, would be the envy of some Florida Panthers.
For ESPN to notice a video highlight of a high school player from South Florida takes some work.
Jake Winderman, a Cypress Bay senior, caught the goal on video and knew he had something special.
Winderman, the son of long-time Sun-Sentinel NBA writer Ira, raced home and uploaded the video to his YouTube account. Then he sent a tweet to ESPN's John Buccigross alerting him to the play. He also sent a tweet to Steve Levy, who was hosting SportsCenter that night.
A producer at ESPN noticed it and asked Winderman for permission to use the footage. Stuart Scott gave the commentary.
"It was really cool, really exhilarating to see something I filmed and produced made it on a top network like that,'' Winderman said.
Levy was expected to be a guest of the Panthers at Tuesday night's game; Ira and Jake Winderman also planned to attend.
"I think it's great, brings attention to the area,'' Panthers coach Peter Horachek said. "It's good to have young players have that opportunity.''