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9 posts from October 2006

October 20, 2006

What a series!

Looks like Killian finally found a way after three straight matches came down to the final point against Varela.

Varela has beaten Killian 4 times this season, but the past four meetings have gone to five games in the two best-of-five meetings and three in the best-of-three matches.

As good as Sunset's been, surprising Miami High, and as great a reloading job Braddock and Krop have done after losing players to graduation, I'd be shocked if Round 6 between the Vipers and Killian doesn't come Thursday, Nov. 2 in the regional final.

the start of something big?

   Frank Gore is one of the NFL's top running backs for the
San Francisco 49ers.

But I remember watching his first breakout game while at the
University of Miami which came as a freshman in the Orange Bowl in
2001 against West Virginia when he ran for a pair of
touchdowns and 124 yards.

At the time I was freelancing in college for The Hurricane at UM and having already covered high schools for the Herald for a couple of years, it was a little amusing watching every national reporter wondering, who is this kid??

Well last night at the Orange Bowl, Columbus fans must have had the same feeling when another Gore, Columbus freshman Jahari
Gore ran for 100 yards and scored twice to help the Explorers
win 34-6 against Miami High.

Might be the first of many over the next four years. Columbus will play South Miami next week in a game that will decide the runner-up spot in
District 14-6A.

October 19, 2006

Kudos to our advancing golfers

Sorry for the mixup with our golf photos the past couple of days. Many times because of space, it's a rare opportunity when we can recognize some of our gifted athletes with nice pics in the paper, of which Gulliver's Andy Pumariega, Palmetto's Ernesto Marin and Varela's Katelyn Decker are all very deserving.

We'll be keeping an eye on them and the rest of Dade's representatives at state next week.

bring back the wild card

I'm wondering how many people out there think the wild card should be brought back for high school football.

When the FHSAA used to reward the 2 teams with the next best records in the region, it made every game important, not just the 4 or 5 district games.

It would make each week vital. Teams wouldn't have throw away games.

And in a case like this season where there are 4 teams in District 16-6A worthy of a shot at the playoffs, at least 1 would likely get in. In District 16-4A, Booker T., Edison and Jackson are all capable of doing damage in the playoffs. But only 2 will go and you'll likely have a 7-3 team missing out.

Homestead or Killian or South Dade or Southridge could get left out despite winning seasons.

Meanwhile, you'll have a .500 or worse team make the playoffs in District 12-6A.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to consider this when the FHSAA next re-districts.

October 18, 2006

softball news

If softball fans haven't heard already, the National High School Federation and the FHSAA have approved to keep the pitching distance at 43 feet for the upcoming season.

I personally say thank goodness! Last year was the most entertaining softball season to cover in the 6 years I've been doing this. Gulliver's 3-2 seventh-inning rally at American Heritage probably wouldn't have happened with the previous distance when pitchers dueled inning after inning. Now you can truly gauge who is a good hitter and good fielder.

Also ran into Steve Batten at the Palmetto-South Dade football game. Should be interesting to see how the former Varela skipper does now that he's crossed over to coach Palmetto and is on the other side of that rivalry.

October 12, 2006

Could be a busy signing day at Homestead this year

Alphonso Bryant, Joe Nicolas and A.J. Guyton are each getting plenty of scholarship offers and told me they will start taking visits soon.

The three are each visiting Arizona State and Bryant and Nicolas each still have UM and FSU high on their lists.

Also linebacker Maurice Harris has received offers from SEC schools like Auburn.

And I saw Rutgers taking a good look at Northwestern's Antwain Easterling last Saturday. Hmm, that would be a steal!

another good game Saturday night

For any football fan who actually won't be at the UM-FIU this Saturday night, might want to check out a pretty good high school game.

Florida Christian is hosting Curley in a game that should decide the district. Just to give you a little background these teams weren't expected to do much after each lost key players to graduation. Yet both teams beat the favorites - Parkway and Marathon - and have 3-0 district records.

Game's at 7:30 p.m. at FC and should be an exciting game and a chance to see some good players you've probably never heard of.

October 06, 2006

Power rising down south in Dade...way down south

One time for the Homestead Broncos, who I've heard feel disrespected by the lack of media attention their squad has had this season.

All I can say is, keep it up and that will soon change.

What a season Homestead is having, just from sheer drama.

After blowing a 13-point lead against Booker T. Washington, what should have been a huge opening day win turned into defeat. Then they forfeit a game against Varela after holding an unsanctioned practice at the school during that confusing Tropical Storm Ernesto week when half the county thought they weren't playing, then suddenly the games were back on.

After all that, this team has blitzed the past 4 opponents they've played. And for everyone who said 67-7 against Coral Park, big whoop! Check out who else they've crushed.

South Miami 44-0. This is a solid Cobra team with a very athletic playmaker in Mike Harris at quarterback and they were held off the scoreboard.

Palmetto 41-7 and of course tonight a second-half shutout of Killian, which played Northwestern tough and beat Southridge last week.

This team is getting it done on offense, defense and special teams. The game vs. the Ridge next week has the makings of a great one.

October 01, 2006

big swimming fact not mentioned in GMAC story

Congrats to Palmetto's swim teams on their GMAC wins. Something people didn't read is that with the Panthers victories, one of the longest streaks in Miami-Dade County ended. It broke Columbus' string of 24 consecutive years winning GMAC swimming titles. It was a bit forgotten since last year there was no GMAC championship event due to Hurricane Katrina.

But nonetheless congrats to Palmetto and Columbus on almost two decades and a half of dominance.