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March 04, 2008

Big night at Fort Lauderdale High

It seems like a typical boys' water polo score: Fort Lauderdale 15, Nova 8.

Except this one meant a little more to Flying L's coach Ron Green, who almost giddily declared by phone Tuesday night: "We finally got off the schneid."

That's one way to put it when your team wins its first game -- ever.

Just five games into the program's existence, the Fort Lauderdale boys, who joined FTL's 3-year-old girls' program this season, took down Nova to get that elusive first win -- one that evaded the FTL girls in their 0-8 inaugural season.

"I was afraid the same fate would befall them," Green said.

It didn't, thanks to six goals from Jake Prows, three from Robert McKinnes and two from Mike Eagan.

That's a big relief for Green, whose team "had no clue" in its first game, obviously unable to rely on any leadership from returning players -- instead using a hodgepodge of swimmers, wrestlers and other athletes learning the game while putting up actual, official varsity high-school scores.

Of course, Green pointed out, the Flying L's lose just two seniors off this year's squad, so next year he'll be surrounded by experience.

Meanwhile, his goal for this season: "Make sure [Tuesday] wasn't a fluke."

--Patrick Dorsey

Boynton or Knight? Who's your #1?

ESPN did a feature today asking who would you rather have on your team -- Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.

That got me thinking, of Broward's top two players, which would you rather have -- American Heritage junior Kenny Boynton Jr. or Pine Crest sophomore Brandon Knight?

Boynton is a dynamic scorer, a player that scored 61 points in a single game this season. He was surrounded by talented players at Heritage this season -- Florida-bound senior forward Eloy Vargas and speedy junior point guard Ray Taylor. Boynton led Blanche Ely to a Class 6A state championship last season before he came to Heritage.

Knight is a complete player, a scoring point guard that nearly averaged a triple double for the season. After he missed the first half of the season with a cyst in his back, Knight returned and led the Panthers to 18 straight wins. He is joined by junior forward Ed Waite (the Class 3A Finals MVP) and senior center Jeff Pelage. The trio led the Panthers to the Class 3A title, with Knight scoring 38 points in each the district final and regional semifinal victories over American Heritage. (Boynton finished with 33 and 29 in those games, respectively.)

Who would you rather have?