Still can't get enough basketball in March?
Some of the top players in Dade County will be at the 23rd Annual 4A–1A Basketball All Star Game tonight (Friday) at Miami Christian School.
Admission is $6. The girls' game will be played at 6 p.m., followed by the boys' game at 7:30 p.m.
The event will also feature a slam-dunk contest for the boys, as well as a three-point shootouts for the boys and girls. Coaches and Player of the Year Awards will be given during the event as well.
The boys will be coached by Calusa Prep's Tim Fowler and Miami Christian's Ozzie Pineda. The girls' game will be coached by Palmer Trinity's James Valle and La Salle's Raymond Lopez.
In a year at promises to showcase more South Florida athletes than ever before, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl announced the 2010 game will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1:00 PM (ET). 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the game. It will be played in San Antonio’s Alamodome and broadcasted live on NBC. Ten of the nation’s top-ranked juniors have already committed to play.
Throughout the past decade, the game has featured the nation’s most elite football players and honored more than 300 of the most committed Soldier Heroes. It has been a launching pad for college and NFL stars such as Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Tim Tebow and Terrelle Pryor, as well as a platform for Soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers of the Year. In addition to more than 400 NCAA athletes, the game has more than 90 alumni currently playing in the NFL.
“For 10 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has provided the national platform for young adults to reflect the strength of Army Strong Soldiers,” said Colonel David Lee, Director of Marketing, U.S. Army Accessions command. “The Army is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the All-American Bowl and to continue to showcase the talents and strengths of the athletic, musical and Soldier Elite participants.”
While a number of South Florida performers will be added to the list in the coming months, the game has already confirmed for the 2010 game top-ranked juniors: Markeith Ambles (Henry County High) McDonough, GA; Dillion Baxter (Mission Bay High) San Diego, CA; Robert Crisp (Chapel Hill High) Chapel Hill, NC; Michael Dyer (Little Rock Christian High) Little Rock, AR; Jake Heaps (Skyline High) Sammamish, WA; Malcolm Jones (Oaks Christian High) Westlake, CA; Marcus Lattimore (Byrnes High) Duncan, SC; Christian Lombard (Fremd High) Palatine, IL; Chris Martin (Bishop O’Dowd High) Oakland, CA; and Lache Seastrunk (Temple High) Temple, TX.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has continued to grow and remains one of the nation’s premiere high school athletic events. The 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of more than 32,000 to the Alamodome on January 3rd, garnering a 1.7 U.S. household rating on NBC. The Bowl was the highest-rated sports event of the weekend other than the NFL Playoff games.
For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com & www.goarmy.com. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned by SportsLink, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company.
This weekend, Brett Goetz and his South Florida Express 7-on-7 team will see if the last month is any indication of what will happen in the second Badger Sport Skills 7-on-7 event at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Several of the elite players from the Southeast will head to USF with the hopes of bringing home a team title, and while it’s tough to pick a favorite, the Express has to be one of the most talented teams in a field that is expected to attract some big time talent in the event that starts Saturday afternoon and wraps up on Sunday.
“We have a lot of kids who have worked hard for this event,” said Goetz. “But as we found out last year, there are great players all over the place.”
After attracting national, regional and statewide media to the first practice, the Express narrowed down the field, lost a few players to other teams and has a roster than everyone feels comfortable with.
You cannot argue with the talent on this team that is made up of mostly Miami-Dade and Broward players, including receivers Ted Meline, Jelani Rouland and University of Miami commitment Quinton Dunbar (Booker T. Washington), Dante Chambers and Ivan McCarthy (Miramar), Stevie Green (Boyd Anderson), Delvin Jones (Palmetto).
Quarterbacks Brandon Doughty (North Broward Prep) and Michael Strauss (Gulliver Prep) have proven that they are quality players. So are running backs Jakhari Gore (Columbus), Ethan Grant (North Broward Prep) and versatile Eduardo Clements (Booker T. Washington).
“There is plenty of speed on the offensive side of the ball,” said Goetz. “Grant, Clements and Gore have created mismatches in practice.”
On defense, St. Thomas Aquinas’ newest standout, Lamarcus Joyner, regarded by many as the top player defensive back in the state, will be in action along with Hollywood Hills defensive back Tony Grimes, Plantation defensive backs Tim Burke, Michael Anderson, Gilbert St. Louis and Devin Drane, Boyd Anderson defensive back Demar Dorsey, Gulliver sophomore Alvin Toomer and Northwestern standout Khambrel McGee.
“This is a solid unit,” said Grimes, who many had not heard about before the event started last month. “We have speed, quickness and the ability cover receivers of all sizes and shapes.”
Linebackers Darius Davis (American Heritage), Jamaal Bass (Miramar) and sophomore Jeremy Cash (Ransom Everglades) have also looked very impressive.
As impressive as this team is, it could have been far better as Michaelee Harris will miss the games because of SAT testing and super sophomore Teddy Bridgewater had a prior family commitment. The Express also had Killian defensive back Richard Leonard early on as well as Central trio Joshua Reese, Brandon Gainer and Jeffrey Godfrey, who all opted not to play in the event.
DAVIE – It was billed as the match of the night. Kendrick Sanders, 3A state champion from South Dade, who is rated No. 1 in the nation in the 145-pound class, against 1A state champion Frank Pettineo, who finished the regular season unbeaten. It certainly lived up to its billing!
Sanders won an impressive 8-0 decision over Pettineo in the 11th Annual Miami-Dade/Broward Wrestling Challenge at Nova. Miami-Dade registered a 79-21 win over Broward.
The win was just another for Sanders, who finished his high school career with three state titles.
While the match was close at 3-0 in the third period, Sanders remained in control, scoring five more points down the stretch to close out the win.
Sanders, who won the MVP for the Miami-Dade County team, came up with a second win on the night when he beat Miguel Rodriguez of Ely, 8-0. It was another match in which he rook control from the start.
“It was a great career,” said Sanders. “I will always look back on these years and know that they were very special.”
Miami-Dade opened the evening when Dr. Krop’s Tal Cohen scored a 6-2 decision over Andy Ball of St. Thomas.
Broward got on the board when Domingo Simmons defeated Mauricio Villenueva of South Dade, 9-5.
South Dade state champion Willie Wiggins went deep into the second period when he pinned Jefson Nelson of Boyd Anderson to give Miami-Dade a commanding lead. State champion Wilson Metelus also showed why he is one of the best when he defeated Durvan Thompson of Boyd Anderson, 17-2 for 41-14 lead.
The Miami-Dade team continued to put the pressure on all evening with big wins up and down the lineup.
Simmons was awarded the MVP for the Broward squad.
Miami-Dade leads the series 11-0.
MIAMI-DADE 79, BROWARD 21
103 – Tal Cohen (Dr. Krop) d. Andy Ball (St. Thomas), 6-2; 112 – Javier Carbajal (S. Dade) d. Alex Chircosta (Douglas), 4-1, Kevin Guzman (Miami) d. Sean Donelly (St. Thomas), 5-4; 119 – Domingo Simmons (Gibbons) d. Mauricio Villenueva (S. Dade), 9-5, Matt Barrera (M. Springs) p. Zach Lebovich, 3:19; 125 – Paul Marcello (Gibbons) d. Jonathon Olivera (Southwest), 12-8, Alex Abramat (Cypress Bay) tf. 19-4; 130 – Gunnar Magliocca (St. Thomas) d. Alian Espinosa (Pace), 2-1 (OT), George Gulesian (Columbus) d. Chris Andrade (Gibbons), 11-4; 135 – Jake Rio (Columbus) p. Gerald Torres (Everglades), 1:25, Wilson Metelus (S. Dade), tf. Durvan Thompson (Boyd Anderson), 17-2; 140 – Marcial Rodriguez (Mater) d. Michael Sabbag (Everglades), 14-9, Robert Ruiz (HML) d. Jovan Condrey (Gibbons), 10-6; 145 – Kendrick Sanders (S. Dade) d. Frank Pettineo (Gibbons), 8-0; 152 – Tony Castro (HML) d. Ronnie Talledo (Taravella), 3-2; 160 – Victor Boyd (Stranahan) md. Julien Gomez (Coral Park), 12-4, Josh Comer (Homestead) md. J.C. Velasco (Coral Springs), 12-3, Luke Weiss (St. Thomas) d. Oxsun Ramirez (Southwest), 5-2; 171 – Antonio Starr (HML) d. Jared Nuby (S. Broward), 6-2; 189 – Jonathon Fernandez (Sunset), d. Mike DiPierro (Cooper City), 12-7, Kieffer Scott (Pace) d. Ryan Conley (Western), 10-4; 215 – Willie Wiggins (S. Dade), p. Jefson Nelson (Boyd Anderson), 3:45, David Castillo (American) p. Ariel Klein (Cooper City), 4:35; 285 – Bernard Barnes (Carol City) p. Aaron Thompson (Fort Lauderdale), 1:34, Nick Stevens (Coral Springs) md. Larry Wilson (Miami High), 15-3