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Nike 7-on-7: Miramar wins and the Tornadoes do the hokey-Pahokee.

Neither lightning nor brawls nor broken legs could stop Nike from seeing its first 7-on-7 tournament through through to the end on Saturday.

You can read more about it on our recruiting page, as well as on the Palm Beach Post's site as they were the first to break it, but the big news of the day was defending 4A state champion Booker T. Washington and defending 2B state champion Pahokee gettin' it on in an early round match-up.

071208_spt_pahokee_4Booker T. converted a last-second two-point score to win the scrimmage 22-21, but after that, things get sketchy. The PBP has a Nike sales rep saying a BTW kid tossed one of the Blue Devils to the ground.  Most of the folks I talked to said one Pahokee player ran into a group of Tornadoes, prompting the fight. Before it was all said and done, freshly-minted BTW coach Earl Tillman was carted off in an ambulance with a broken tibia and both squads were sent packing. What a day.

Actually, the brawlers had it better than the rest of us: they got to go home. We had to stick around into the early afternoon that saw temperatures reach as high as 96 degrees with a heat index somewhere around 500. The best 40-times hovered around 4.7 seconds as kids gasped their way through the sauna that was Miramar Park in July. By the time Miramar and Columbus tipped off, most of the remaining players-turned-spectators looked happy to be on the sidelines and in the shade.

Of course, by then the late afternoon clouds had cooled things off a bit. After a 30-minute lightning delay, play resumed with Miramar's Eugene Smith piloting the A-team (Miramar fielded two squads) down field using short and intermediate passes.

"Teams are going to be looking for that long ball next year," said Smith. "That's why we have to work on that stuff now."

According to those in attendance, it was the first time that Nike was able to complete its annual camp on time and without having to call any games.

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RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

THIS WAS GREAT, HOWEVER I WAS SADDENED TO SEE THE INCIDENT BETWEEN BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND PAHOKEE, BOHT SCHOOLS WHO ARE NORMALLY CLASS ACTS. WHILE I DIDN'T ACTUALLY SEE WHO STARTED IT, FROM MY OBSERVATION IT APPEARED AS THOUGH EVERY BODY WAS FIGHTING. I WAS GLAD MY WIFE HAD NOT CHOSEN TO GO, I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO GET HER TO COME BACK LAST YEAR AND WATCH HIGH SCHOOL BALL AFTER A BAD INCIDENT BETWEEN SCHOOLS. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED AND EVERY ONE INVOLVED SHOULD HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR ACTIONS. I PRAY FOR THE SPPEDY RECOVERY OF BOOKER T'S COACH. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND BOYD ANDERSON'S COACH. I THINK HIS NAME IS COACH JACKSON. FROM OBSERVATION I CAN TELL HE HAS CONTROL AND RESPECT OF HIS KIDS. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME GOING TO A SEVEN ON SEVEN TOURNAMENT, BUT I WILL BE BACK. THIS WAS A GREAT TOURNAMENT DESPITE THE EARLIER SET BACK. I OBSERVED A LOT OF TALENT ON DIFFERENT TEAMS AND I CAN TELL THIS YEAR IS GOING TO TRULY BE A COMPETITIVE YEAR FOR ALL SCHOOLS INVOLVED. MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN, UH, WITHOUT FIGHTING MAY I ADD. SMILE.

RICK TRUTH SPEAKER

THIS WAS GREAT, HOWEVER I WAS SADDENED TO SEE THE INCIDENT BETWEEN BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND PAHOKEE, BOHT SCHOOLS WHO ARE NORMALLY CLASS ACTS. WHILE I DIDN'T ACTUALLY SEE WHO STARTED IT, FROM MY OBSERVATION IT APPEARED AS THOUGH EVERY BODY WAS FIGHTING. I WAS GLAD MY WIFE HAD NOT CHOSEN TO GO, I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO GET HER TO COME BACK LAST YEAR AND WATCH HIGH SCHOOL BALL AFTER A BAD INCIDENT BETWEEN SCHOOLS. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED AND EVERY ONE INVOLVED SHOULD HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR ACTIONS. I PRAY FOR THE SPPEDY RECOVERY OF BOOKER T'S COACH. I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND BOYD ANDERSON'S COACH. I THINK HIS NAME IS COACH JACKSON. FROM OBSERVATION I CAN TELL HE HAS CONTROL AND RESPECT OF HIS KIDS. THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME GOING TO A SEVEN ON SEVEN TOURNAMENT, BUT I WILL BE BACK. THIS WAS A GREAT TOURNAMENT DESPITE THE EARLIER SET BACK. I OBSERVED A LOT OF TALENT ON DIFFERENT TEAMS AND I CAN TELL THIS YEAR IS GOING TO TRULY BE A COMPETITIVE YEAR FOR ALL SCHOOLS INVOLVED. MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN, UH, WITHOUT FIGHTING MAY I ADD. SMILE.

DRUNO

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