Sorry there have not been many posts lately. Andre and I have been busy, busy, busy with trying to provide as much information and as many stories as possible for the daily papers. Unfortunately, at times, it seems like some areas are neglected, and the blog was one of them.
So, any questions for us? Post away.
Also, the Podcast for this week will be updated on Thursday to get our listeners the latest info.
The girls volleyball regional finals were Saturday and South Florida will send four teams to this week's state finals in Lakeland.
In Broward, St. Thomas Aquinas swept West Boca despite star hitter Tosin Elebute sitting out with an ankle injury. Raiders coach Lisa Zielinski said she will be playing on Wednesday though. And Pine Crest earned some revenge against Florida Christian for last year's regional final loss, beating the Patriots in five. The other two Broward teams - Cypress Bay and Cardinal Gibbons - both lost in five games.
For Dade, Killian advances for the third straight year, while Redlands Christian will make its first trip.
I caught up with Etienne Sabino after his live commitment to Ohio State University Thursday night. Here's a quick chat with Krop's monster linebacker, who is rated the top inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com.
Q: You had over 40 scholarship offers, what separated Ohio State from the rest of the pack and who were you seriously considering before you made your choice?
A: It came down to Ohio St. and USC. I attended a camp at Ohio State recently and earned camp MVP honors and that's what really did it for me. They were my last official visit and I knew that's where my heart was. The atmosphere was great.
Q: What does their linebacker situation look like for next season?
A: I know they have 1 starter graduating and could have 2 others leave early to the NFL, so once I go in there and start working hard, I know I'll have a chance to crack the lineup quickly.
Q: When did you take your visit?
A: I was there during the Michigan State game. It's an incredible experience on the field during one of their games. I can't wait to be a part of it.
Q: How were the people in Columbus, Ohio like?
A: They live for that team. They're very knowledgable. They recognized me a few times on campus. They must have looked me up on the internet. They were like "Hey, that's Sabino."
Sabino and fellow Krop defensive back Travis Howard have each committed to Ohio State.
US ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
At least three big time Miami-Dade County football recruits will be selected to the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio this coming week.
I'll give you guys hints.
Two of the three are committed to UM, and they all play defense.
JACORY CHASING HISTORY
I spoke to Jacory Harris for a while on the sidelines at the Soul Bowl. He is playing with a glove on his hand to protect a hairline fracture he suffered when he took a shot from Hialeah stud defensive lineman Corey Liujet.
Harris threw three touchdowns and ran for another. I'll take an injured Harris over anyone UM has right now. Between Robert Marve and Jacory, QB "U" is on the way back.
Harris has 32 touchdowns, which is a new regular season record for a Miami-Dade County quarterback, breaking the 23 he threw last year. He is on pace to break his overall county season mark of 37, and is on pace to tie Marve's state record 48 TD passes. Both of them on the same team... Canes' fans, as an alum of the U, I can barely wait either.
Tonight, Michael Barasch of University School passed former Blanche Ely running back Tyrone Moss on the single-season rushing list. Barasch finished the year with more than 2,000 yards. He can add to the total next week in a playoff game at Pahokee.
ADDITION: Another Broward record fell this week. Pine Crest receiver Zach Perlman caught eight passes to give him 71 for the season, eclipsing the old mark of 64.
Congrats to him as well!
The Class 1A swimming finals were earlier tonight, and although the Pine Crest girls fell to Bolles for the 17th consecutive year, the Panthers had plenty to be proud of. Senior captain Brooke Atkinson, who has been swimming for Pine Crest since middle school, finally won her first state title, taking first in the 50 free. Teammate Stephanie Eisenring won titles in the 100 and 200 freestyle in her first years swimming for the Panthers.
For Miami-Dade, Ransom's Michael and Maddy Rosenthal both placed third in the 200 IM. All season long, these two have matched each other in just about every meet, including last week's regional meet where they both won.
The 2A meet is tomorrow with Belen Jesuit looking to become the first Miami-Dade team since the 1960's to win back-to-back titles. Broward's big day will be Saturday when the Douglas boys look to repeat.