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June 29, 2008

BTW off to Atlanta with adidas 7-on-7 win

When teams arrived on Saturday for the adidas 7-on-7 High School Football Tournament at the University of Central Florida, all eyes were on defending national champion Pahokee and Tampa Plant, with University of Georgia quarterback commit Aaron Murray. Booker T. Washington never really entered the championship talk.

While the Tornadoes lost most of their receiving corps and a major chunk of the defensive, it was a given that this team would go, compete and come home better for the opportunity to run with some of Florida’s other elite teams.

By the time the dust had settled on Sunday, the Tornadoes not only went 9-0 over the two days, but knocked off the defending national champion Blue Devils in the title game, 20-12, and along with Pahokee, which kept its national championship hopes alive again, will head to Atlanta on July 30-31 for the adidas national tournament.

“This feels great,” said BTW quarterback Torrance Moise, who completed 13 of 22 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. “We are headed to Atlanta, and plan on bringing this thing home.”

Moise and Tornadoes struck first against Pahokee (8-1), which gave sophomore quarterback Emmanuel Perez plenty of support throughout the tournament. Moises’ pass to Andre Edwards from 4 yards out put BTW up 6-0. The point after pass to Emmanuel Noel made it 7-0.

After these two tremendous defenses flexed some muscle with Natturner Harris picking off the first of two passes on the day, Pahokee got on the board when Perez hit Vincent Smith to cut the lead to 7-6.

The Blue Devils jumped on top 12-7, but then Turner broke up one pass, Keenan Frazier picked off another, and then as Pahokee marched toward extending the lead, Harris came up with his second interceptions.

The Tornadoes took a 13-12 lead on a pass from Moise to Noel from 35 yards out. Noel ended the game with eight receptions. BTW sealed the win when Moise found impressive junior Quinton Dunbar for the score. The point after to Edwards gave them the margin of victory.

Booker T. Washington advanced to the title game against Pahokee with a win over Longwood Lyman, an impressive quarterfinal win against Glades Central and an impressive win over previously unbeaten Jupiter Christian, the defending 1B state champs, in the semifinals.

Pahokee’s road nearly ended in the quarterfinals against last year’s runner up Daytona Beach Seabreeze. The Blue Devils needed a last second touchdown and extra point to win in overtime. In the semifinal, it was Murray and Plant, and the defense stepped up in a major way.

“We have nothing to be ashamed of,” said Pahokee’s Nu’Keese Richardson, who committed to attend Florida. “We had a freshman quarterback and had a tough road to travel to the finals. Booker T. is a very good team. Maybe it will be us two for the national championship in Atlanta.”


St. Thomas to host wrestling camp

St. Thomas Aquinas and head wrestling coach Mark Fee will host the Dr. Funk Wrestling Camp this July 21-25, an all-ages wrestling clinic featruing technique sessions, drills, critiquing and an end-of-the-camp tournament.

Instructors include current and former NCAA wrestlers from programs such as Appalachian State, Michigan State and Purdue (among others), and campers will be able to compete in at least 15 matches during the week. Also, a reward goes to the wrestler who is the hungriest -- literally. According to the flyer, a free lunch is provided to anyone who takes down a staff member.

Cost is $175, or $160 if you register by July 1. For more information, contact Fee by e-mail at mountaineer360@aol.com or by phone at 954-608-9533.

--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)

Longtime Southridge softball coach Gloria Satterfield passes away

   Miami-Dade County lost one of its softball coaching
pioneers Sunday when former Southridge coach Gloria
Satterfield died of lung cancer at the age of 69.

   Satterfield was the Spartans' first-ever softball coach,
hired in 1976, and led them to a record of 288-97 during her
17 seasons. She led Southridge to the state's slow-pitch state
championships five times in six seasons from 1983-1988.

   After the transition to fast-pitch softball under the
Florida High School Athletic Association in 1988, Satterfield
guided the Spartans to the playoffs twice, including a berth
in the 1992 Class 4A state championship game.

   Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Satterfield graduated from Daniel
Webster High School and later from the Oklahoma College for
Women. In 1961, she moved to Miami and spent 15 years teaching
and coaching at Riviera Junior High before working at

   Satterfield was named The Miami News Softball Coach of the
Year in 1983 and 1987. She moved back to Oklahoma two years
ago. Last spring, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. After a
brief illness, she passed away early Sunday morning surrounded
by family members at her home in Jenks, Oklahoma.

Our sincerest condolences go out to Satterfield's family.

June 27, 2008

Florida Christian standout has impressive camp

The final day of the first session of the Down & Dirty Lineman Camp at Stetson University in Deland, brought out an impressive rising junior from Florida Christian, who at 6-0, 240, was one of the strongest and toughest kids of the camp. Robert Salvador, a fullback and defensive tackle gave away a lot of size and weight in the “Board Drills”, but managed to gain a semifinal birth in the championship of his group. Salvador, coached by Paul Howell and Will Lockley, came up to the camp to make a name for himself, and by the end of the day, he had accomplished that. Salvador didn’t come to the camp by himself. Jorge Puga and Brian Benitez also took part in the drills for Florida Christian. Longtime south Florida football coach Christ Vagotis, most recently from Coral Park, was on hand to work the camp. Vagotis has been one of the best teachers of the sport through the years, and he is considered one of the best instructors at the event. Mike Conrad, Defensive Coordinator from Hallandale High, is also working the camp. Conrad, who also coached at Everglades and McArthur. Speaking of Everglades, former Everglades coach Mike Palmieri showed why his Mallard Creek, N.C. team is one of the best young programs in the Charlotte area. Defensive end/linebacker Stephen Pitts (6-1, 215) is impressive, and one of the best football players here. He is being looked at by North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest. We will have more from the first day of the second session on Saturday as well as complete adidas 7-on-7 coverage from UCF, where many local teams are expected to be in the hunt for the title. Wayne Harris, a 6-5, 330-pound defensive tackle from Andrew Jackson High in Jacksonville was the most impressive football player of the 350-plus that finished up on Friday afternoon as the heat and sun stayed away, but the humidity reached record numbers. LARRY BLUSTEIN lblustein@MiamiHerald.com

June 26, 2008

Down & Dirty: Linemen move into the spotlight

Heat, humidity and thunderstorms once again shared the spotlight with the “big guys” on the second day of the Down & Dirty Lineman Camp at Stetson University in Deland.

While the morning session went off without a hitch, the late afternoon and evening sessions watched the summer patterns last a little bit longer on Thursday. While no local players from South Florida are at the first session, some familiar coaching faces are dotting landscape.

Former Everglades coach Mike Palmieri, who also starred as an athlete at South Broward, brought some 15 of his players from the Charlotte area. Palmieri’s Mallard Creek program is one of the best young teams in North Carolina. There were some very impressive linemen in the first session.

Senior Wayne Harris (6-4, 315, Jacksonville Andrew Jackson) was perhaps the most impressive player on hand. Other seniors who caught the eye so far in this session are Corey Oberst (6-4, 280, Winter Springs), Mike Herrera (6-1, 276, Naples Barron Collier), Thomas Hooten (6-3, 305, Clearwater Calvary Chapel), Tavares hidden gem defensive end/tight end Colton Madill (6-4, 245) and Dillon Kay, a 7-foot-2, 415-pounder from White County High School in Sparta, Tn.

Junior Tony Kibler (6-5, 310, Okeechobee) is also one of the players every coach was impressed with. So was Live Oak Suwannee defensive tackle Joey Dukes (6-2, 250). I’ll have a few more players on Friday as the final day of the session brings the best competition.

LARRY BLUSTEIN lbustein@MiamiHerald.com

June 25, 2008

Coral Gables High to host recruiting showcase

Because "there is a college for every athlete," as the press release (and the website) attest, Coral Gables Senior High School has scheduled a baseball recruiting showcase Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The target: "unsigned seniors, college players looking to transfer and upcoming high school juniors and seniors looking to get recruited," according to officials at Team USA College Recruiters, Inc.

Coaches include former UM player/Yankees prospect Rey Noriega. Among the success stories: Coral Park's Alex Castellanos, who went to Belmont Abbey (N.C.) College and was drafted in the 10th round by the Cardinals this year.

Cost is $70 in advance or $80 on the day of the showcase. E-mail (teamusacr@aol.com) or call (305-273-8904) for info.

--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)

Miami-Dade's best football players of all time

Okay, with the input of several people who have been around here a long time, dating back decades, we finally got this best of Miami-Dade County off the ground. Down the road, we will do one for Broward as well.

What we are looking for is more names or updates on the ones we have listed. When we have all the names that we can get from everyone around, we will sit down and pick a top 100 all-time team.

Here is a starting point:


DB - Greg Jackson -

OL - Chris Pettaway - 1985

S - Daryl Williams


DB - Brandon Harris - 2008


Rudy Barber - 1989

DL - Cedric Bembry - 1989

RB - Terry Daniels - 1978

ATH - Dwight Duncombe - 1972

DE - Ricky Jean Francois - 2005

DE - Willie Jones - 2001

WR - Sinorice Moss

WR - Santana Moss

LB - Godfrey Myles - 1987

LB - Timothy Paulk - 1987

S - Kenny Phillips - 2005

OL - Willie Roberts - 1977

PK - Ramon Russell - 2004

QB - Ethenic Sands - 1998

DL - Lester Williams - 1978

LB - Willie Williams - 2003


WR - Eddie "Rabbit" Brown - 1988

WR - Demetrius Byrd - 2004

RB - Jessie Causey - 1968

S - Dwight Drane - 1979

WR - Darnell Jenkins - 2001

RB - Willis McGahee
RB - Elvis Peacock - 1974


RB - Danyell Ferguson - 1992

QB - Brian Griese - 1993

RB - Alonzo Highsmith - 1983

QB - Lew Pytel - 1969

QB - Mike Shula - 1983


OL - Mitch Berger - 1970

LB - Glenn Cameron - 1971

DB - Neal Colzie - 1970

QB - Craig Curry - 1968

RB - Frank Gore - 2001

LB - Ralph Ortega - 1971

QB - Larry Rentz - 1965

RB Ted Saussele - 1959

WR - Gerald Tinker - 1968

LB Jon Vilma - 1999

RB Billy Williamson - 1958


WR - Orlando Iglesias - 1997

WR - Barry Smith - 1969


S - Dorain Munroe - 2005


DB - Bill Frohbose - 1969


RB - Darrell Cox - 1960

RB - Nat Moore - 1968

OL - Keith Ferguson - 1977

QB - Greg Jones - 1986

DL - William Joseph - 1998
QB - Larry Libertore - 1958

WR - Jacquay Nunally -

OL - Wilmore Ritchie - 1971

QB/DB - Jackie Simpson - 1953


S - Sean Taylor - 2001

RB - Tyrone Ashley - 1988

QB - Alex Brawner - 1969

RB - Silvio Cardozo - 1969

RB - Bucky Dent - 1969

DE - Ted Hendricks - 1965

RB - Rock Preston


DB - Devin Bush - 1991

QB - Ryan Collins

QB - Rohan Davey - 1997

RB - Michael Timpson - 1985


LB - Micheal Barrow - 1988


RB - Joe Brodsky - 1953

DT - Nat Cain - 1970

DB - John Harris - 1974

LB - David Little - 1977

DL - Fred Robinson - 1979

RB - Elliot Walker - 1974


RB - Rufus Ferguson - 1969

S - Derrick Gibson - 1997

WR - Randal Hill - 1987

QB - Jim Stoeckel - 1969

S - Demetrice Morley - 2005

RB - Bobby Washington - 2004


QB - Demetrius Brown - 1984

DB - Terry Cousins

OL - Michael Dames - 1984

WR - Chad Johnson

DB - Samari Rolle - 1994


WR - Eddie Brown - 1981

Joe Caldwell - 1956

Steve Diamond - 1963
DL - Jim Dooley - 1948

RB - David Eldredge - 1939

WR - Fred Frink - 1930

DE - Ben Hanks - 1991
RB - Sedrick Irvin - 1996

WR - Andre Johnson - 1999

WR - Warner Mizell - 1926

E - Claude Moorman - 1956

DL - Dick Plasman - 1933

RB - Bruce Smith - 1943

OB - Arnold Tucker - 1943

OB - Pete Williams - 1945


OL - Lomas Brown - 1981

RB - Vince Kendrick - 1969

RB - Freddie Miles - 1980


OC - D.A. Arthur - 1968

WR - Dwayne Bowe - 2003

QB - Jackie Holmes - 1967

WR - Dieter Matthes - 1967

WR - Omar Rolle - 1994

LB - Darren Smith - 1988


RB Melvin Bratton - 1982

RB - Larry Brinson - 1973
OL Vernon Carey - 1999

DE Taurean Charles - 2002

RB - Antwain Easterling - 2007

DT - Marcus Forston - 2008

QB - Jacory Harris - 2008

WR - Aldarius Johnson - 2008

LB - Marvin Jones - 1990

WR - Snoop Minnis - 1996

DE - Horrace Morris

WR - Brett Perriman - 1984

RB - Buster Rhymes - 1980

LB - Sean Spence - 2008

LB - Nate Webster - 1996

DL - John Browning - 1992

QB - Jose Rios 1970

DB - Earl Little - 1992


OL - Max Jean-Gilles - 2002

RB - Randy Keiser -

QB - Doug Wiggins - 2007


RB - Markeith Cooper -1996

Larry Crawford - 1977

OL - Chris Myers

RB - Cecil Sapp


RB - Darren Davis - 1996
RB - Troy Davis - 1994

OC - Steve Everitt - 1988

LB - Lamont Green - 1994

DE - Willis Peguese - 1986

TE - Willie Roberts - 2000

RB - Tony Smith - 1981


DB - Steve Tannen - 1966


Harvey Clayton - 1979

WR - Herman Jones - 1974

Willie Jones - 1975

DB - Antrel Rolle - 2001


LB Keith Carter - 1985
DB - James Colzie - 1993

WR - Dennis McKinnon - 1979

LB - Derrick Thomas - 1984

DE - Joey Veargis - 1990


PK - Fuad Reveiz - 1981

REMEMBER: Nominations should be based on high school performance and not what the athlete did after high school!

If you have any names to add, change or fill in a position, please e-mail me at lblustein@MiamiHerald.com.

Pace QB shines in Ann Arbor

Courtesy of Black PR Wire:

Stephen Morris, 15 of Miami Shores, Fla., recently received top honors at the University of Michigan Football Camp, winning both the Smokehouse indoor race and the Top Gun competition, which is awarded to the quarterback that scores the highest marks for throwing accuracy and distance.

The University of Michigan Football Camp is the nation’s largest football camp with nearly 2,000 prep football players participating. As an incoming junior and the starting quarterback at Miami’s Monsignor Pace High School, Morris went to the camp to learn more about the vaunted spread offense that Michigan will be running under new Head Football Coach Rich Rodriguez. However, when the five day camp concluded, Morris came away with much more than a few new plays, as he won both contests that were competed for among the 150 quarterbacks who attended the camp. Morris first became the Smokehouse Champion, which is given to the winner of the 40 yard indoor race that is competed among only those in the same position who previously recorded the fastest 40 yard sprint times. Morris won with a time of 4.62. In addition, on the camp’s last day, Morris received the coveted Top Gun award, after turning in the highest score based on multiple tests of passing accuracy and distance. Morris is the first high school junior to win both competitions and wowed the audience of college head coaches with throws measuring over 70 yards. 

Standing at 6’2” and weighing 185 pounds, Morris looks forward to another successful fall season at Monsignor Pace.

Last year, Pace's Von Thomas was the Miami Herald's 3A-1A first-team QB. Could the Class of 2010 Morris be the school's next successful signal caller? At least one Michigan recruiting follower is keeping an eye on him.

--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)

Pahokee to defend 7-on-7 title this weekend

The 2007 Adidas 7-on-7 national champion Pahokee Blue Devils will head to Orlando to defend a title they won last year. Pahokee beat Daytona Beach Seabreeze last year, and will join area teams Boca Raton, Boyd Anderson, Dwyer, Gulliver Prep, Jupiter Christian and Southwest this Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, at University of Central Florida.

More than 200 teams across the nation will compete in the Adidas 7-on-7 this summer. The top two Florida teams will advance to the national championship in Atlanta, July 30-31.

In addition the local teams competing, here is a list of the teams competing in Orlando:

· Atlantic High School (Port Orange)

· Centennial High School (Port St. Lucie)

· Clearwater Central Catholic High School

· Cypress Lake High School ( Fort Myers)

· Dr Phillips High School (Orlando)

· Eagle's View High School (Jacksonville)

· Father Lopez High School (Daytona Beach)

· Freedom High School (Tampa)

· Gainesville High School

· Gulf Coast High School (Naples)

· Jenkins High School (Lakeland)

· Jones High School (Orlando)

· Lake Gibson High School (Lakeland)

· Lake Mary High School

· Lely High School (Naples)

· Lyman High School (Longwood)

· New Smyrna Beach High School

· North Marion High School (Citra)

· Olympia High School (Orlando)

· Plant High School (Tampa)

· Seabreeze High School (Daytona Beach)

· Titusville High School

· Treasure Coast High School (Port St. Lucie)

· Walton High School (DeFuniak Springs)

· Winter Springs High School

· Wolfson High School (Jacksonville)

We will have coverage of the event for you on the blog and in the weekly column next week. Times of the event are: Saturday, June 28 (1 p.m.-5 p.m.)

Sunday, June 29 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)



June 21, 2008

More future stars on the way

Putting out the list of Class of 2010 players in our weekly recruiting column has opened up a flood of others who we didn’t mention.

While we said it was a sampling of the upcoming class in South Florida, many reminded us about some of the top players who are getting it done in the summer so far.

Palmetto offensive lineman Ronald Regula (6-1, 240), who was one of the players we saw during the spring, is in Georgia this weekend to participate in the Ultimate 100 Camp, which he was invited to as the OL MVP for the National Underclassmen Combine held in Boca Raton back in February.

Another quality Class of 2010 offensive line prospect is Perry Meiklejohn (6-4, 295) from Westminster Christian. Last season, Meiklejohn attended Coral Reef and started every game at center. He attended the recent University of Miami Summer Camp and more than held his own with fellow 2010 player Jose Jose of Booker T. Washington and Hurricane commitment Corey White from Fleming Island (Jacksonville area).

Meiklejohn ran a 5.06 (40 yard dash) and turned in other good combine numbers. He has also been invited to Florida States ‘Camping With The Stars’ on July 19.

Finally, if you have been a UM fan and have followed high school football through the years, you will remember Dave Heffernan, who was a tremendous player for the ‘Canes back in the 1980s. Well, the next generation of the Heffernan football playing is turning some heads. Class of 2010 middle linebacker Tommy Heffernan (6-2, 200) is slated to start for the Explorers in 2008.

If you have more players who we need to know about, just drop a line.