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20 posts from September 2007

September 13, 2007

Travelin with Bulls football team, part 2

The Bulls have landed!

After a smooth flight on AmericanAirlines (with the exception of one thrilling ride through some turbulence right around the Gulf of Mexico), NW has headed to its hotel where it will have some team meetings and then hit the sack after a long day.

The hype for this game here is palpable. About 5 or 6 people randomly came up to the NW players asking, hey are you the team from Miami? The one that's gonna play Southlake Carroll. Some wished NW luck since apparently the Dragons are the team to hate in some circles.

The Miami Herald will be posting pics on the website www.miamiherald.com/hssports on the weekend, bringing you coverage of the big game here in Dallas.

I'm planning to do a live blog from 6-7 pm tomorrow night to answer questions from Dade fans live here from Dallas.

But I need to hear from ya 3-0-5. Let's represent on the hs sports blog.

-- Dre

Travelin' with the Bulls, part 1

I will be bringing you updates as I and Manny Navarro bring you coverage of Northwestern's journey to the Lonestar state for this national championship matchup.

The team left the school around noon and arrived at MIA around 1 p.m.

The Bulls players, dressed sharp in shirts, ties...some in suits will be boarding their flight to Dallas shortly.

The players just picked up some food before we board in about 15 minutes. So far so good. Everyone looks loose, doing the typical stuff, listening to I-Pods and what now.

We're waiting for our flight, which leaves in about 45 minutes. I'll have another update when we land at Dallas-Fort Worth.

As Marcus Forston has been saying all week, it's business time.

-- Dre

September 12, 2007

Broward Volleyball Rankings - Week 3

We're two and a half weeks into the volleyball season, so it's time to re-evaluate my preseason volleyball rankings. This is something I'm going to try to do each week. Next week, the state volleyball poll will be coming out, and I will let everybody know how I voted in that. So here we go.

1. Cardinal Gibbons; 2. St. Thomas Aquinas; 3. Cypress Bay; 4. Coral Springs Christian; 5. Pine Crest; 6. Nova; 7. Hollywood Hills; 8. Calvary Christian; 9. Pines Charter; 10. Archbishop McCarthy.

No surprises with the top two teams as Gibbons extended its win streak to 38 this week, and St. Thomas scored a huge win against Pine Crest, who drop to fifth after a 1-2 start. The biggest jump fron the preaseason poll is Coral Springs Christian, who I did not rank to start the season, but defeated Pine Crest on Monday and Sagemont on Tuesday to remain unbeaten. Just missing the cut - Westminster Acadmey, Highlands Christian, Northeast, North Broward, American Heritage.

And yes, I do know that the week is not over, but with so few games on the schedule today and tomorrow, I figured it was a good time to go put this list together. So from here on out, these rankings will be a Wednesday event. Or atleast I will try to make it one.

September 11, 2007


It's here again, The Miami Herald's weekly live question and answer session. Andre is at Northwestern and will be along any minute.

Post your questions, and we'll do our best to answer.

We've got a few from earlier that we'll be taking care of first.

Fire away!

Live question and answer session

Join Bob Emanuel Jr. and Andre C. Fernandez for a live question and answer session tonight between 7-8.

I will answer all your Broward questions, and Andre will snap off your Dade answers.

Can't make it, but still have questions? Post them here and we'll get to them.

September 10, 2007


It's nearly that time again. Tuesday evening, we will host our weekly live Q&A. Andre C. Fernandez will answer your questions about Miami-Dade, and I will answer about Broward. You can post questions on this entry, and we will respond between 7-8 Tuesday night. Or, you can join us on this blog anytime within the hour tomorrow and get your questions answered.

This week's radio Game of the Week is St. Thomas Aquinas at Everglades. The game can be heard live on 670-AM at 7 on Friday.

The South Plantation High baseball program is inviting former players to participate in an alumni game vs. current players on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. at the school. Former Paladins interested in participating should contact coach Paul Liotti at (954) 326-4069.

September 05, 2007

Football on the radio

Northwestern's home game versus Homestead from Traz Powell Stadium can be heard live on 670 AM (WWFE).

It's the next best thing to being there.


September 04, 2007

Live preps blog begins at 7 p.m.

I will be answering Dade high school sports questions live beginning in 10 minutes until 8 p.m. You can send Bob Emanuel your Broward questions.

Leave them as comments on this post starting now. And we will begin answering at 7 p.m.



September 01, 2007

A perfect day for Dre

The Miami Dolphins went 17-0. Tonight, I did my own personal 17-0.

Ok anyone who knows me knows I don't like to gloat, but picking all 17 high school games tonight correctly made me break character for a bit.

Some were very close like Miami High beating Coral Park 7-6 and Emmanuel Sorin's INT that changed the outcome in favor of Norland 14-13 over Homestead.

In top 20 poll news, Saturday's games have yet to be played, but a sneak peek at next week's top 20 sees some changes. Southridge, Edison and Pace will likely fall after tough losses.

This will make room for a few teams to move in.

Catch the paper on Tuesday or the MiamiHerald.com website.



Catholic Bowling

One of the best scenes from the St. Thomas Aquinas-Cardinal Gibbons football game on Friday was the Gibbons band walking in front of Aquinas section of the stands to a chorus of boos, insults and even a thrown water bottle. It was returned ten fold when any member of the Aquinas clan made their way infront of the stands behind the north endzone, which was packed to the rim with Gibbons fans. Yep, its the Catholic Bowl.

As far as the game, you really could not have asked for a better contest - back and fourth scoring, several long touchdown passes, a few 40-yard field goals, scorching 100 degree heat. Yep, perfect. Both quarterbacks - STA's Matthew Becker and CG's Chris Schirripa - did a fantastic job of keeping their teams alive. Definitley a great start to the season.