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11 posts from April 2009

April 30, 2009

Krop, Gulliver, American Heritage clinch state tennis championships

I just got word from Altamonte Springs that the Krop boys' and girls' tennis teams have swept the Class 4A state tennis championships.

It is the third consecutive title for the Lightning girls, while for the guys, it is their fourth in six years.

Gulliver's boys, who won all their matches yesterday, are putting the finishing touches on their third straight title.

American Heritage's girls, after clinching their second straight state title yesterday, are working on individual gold now.

Palmetto's girls finished second, and Coral Gables' boys are playing a doubles match this afternoon against Boca Raton Spanish River that could land them a runner-up spot.

We'll have all the final results and stories later tonight online and in the paper tomorrow.

April 27, 2009

Inspirational Carl Joseph, the first one-legged athlete to be inducted to Florida High School Sports Hall of Fame

Just wanted to share this amazing story with everyone. Here's the press release from the event:

One-Legged Athlete to be Inducted Sunday into Florida High School Hall of Fame

 

TALLAHASSEE,  FL – The Florida High School Athletic Association will induct one-legged athlete Carl Joseph into the FHSAA Sports Hall of Fame Sunday.

 

Joseph, now 48 and living in Tallahassee, is among the eight former Florida prep stars chosen for induction. He is believed to be the first disabled athlete to achieve this honor at the state or national level.

 

Born without a left leg, he transformed himself 
from the object of pity and ridicule as a child to one of respect and awe at Madison (FL) High School. Winning over dubious coaches along the way, he was a 3-sport standout, earning eight varsity letters and Big Bend Conference awards.

 

In high school, he was able to hold his own against two-legged athletes, usually getting the better of them despite playing -- or rather hopping -- on one leg. It was when he dropped his crutches (or propped his wooden leg against a tree) and hopped onto the playing field that he became an extraordinary athlete, seemingly defying the laws of physics and reason.

 

Captain of the varsity football team and starting noseguard, he couldn’t be blocked by only one offensive lineman, so he was double- and triple-teamed. He registered 11 solo tackles in one game. Career highlights include chasing down and sacking a quarterback, blocking a punt, recovering 15 fumbles, batting down numerous passes, and intercepting a pass. He could also punt if needed.

 

Joseph won three varsity letters in track. He could sail the discus 130 feet and the shotput 40. He excelled in the high jump, winning the district championship at 5 feet 10 inches. In practice, he cleared 6-5.

 

The pace of basketball limited Carl’s playing time. He was the eighth man on the varsity his senior year, averaging four points and three rebounds a game. A tenacious defender and rebounder, he could dunk and swat shots into the stands.

 

During the tense early years of forced integration in Madison (Pop. 3,500), Joseph’s inspirational football exploits were credited with uniting the black and white communities. He created immense interest and renewed civic pride in a football team that had been drawing sparse crowds at home. By his senior year, bleachers were overflowing in Madison and on the road.

 

Former college football coach Jackie Sherrill, a mentor to Joseph, reacted to the announcement by saying, “Congratulations to the selection committee for recognizing a young man who is not in the record books for points, total yardage, sacks or tackles but rather for his ability to inspire the sports world and motivate us to believe we can do anything if we really never, ever give up.”

Frank Yanossy, Joseph’s high school football coach, said, “There is no one individual more worthy of this award.”

 

Joseph, now a special needs teacher and prep football coach, was elated by his selection. “I feel really blessed that after all these years an honor like this could happen to me,” he said. “When I was a little kid, I used to actually dream about playing varsity sports in high school. But now, to be among these great athletes, that’s something I never could’ve imagined.”

 

Joseph, who is a bishop in his church and a gospel singer, said his inclusion in the hall of fame gives hope to everyone, especially disabled people, “that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and never quit.”

 

Officials at the National Federation of State High School Associations in Indianapolis were not aware of any disabled athletes among the 350 inductees in their hall of fame. Personnel at several state high school sports shrines said they had no knowledge of any disabled inductees.

April 23, 2009

South Fla. Touchdown Club F.A.M.E. awards

All South Florida residents are invited to join South Florida Touchdown Club members when they host their annual F.A.M.E. Awards Banquet. The event, which honors the top high school athletes and coaches from Miami-Dade County for their accomplishments during the past season, will be held at the Miami Springs Golf and Country Club on Thursday, Apr. 30 beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and cash bar followed by the dinner and program at 7:15 p.m.

With University of Miami color commentator Don Bailey Jr. serving as Master of Ceremonies, special presentations will include 2008 Outstanding High School Offensive Player in Classes 1A-3A and Classes 4A-6A, and 2008 Outstanding High School Defensive Player split in the same classes as well. Also presented will be the 2008 Joe Brodsky High School Coach of the Year Award.

The F.A.M.E. (Football Awards Miami Edition) Awards are part of Operation Scholarship, the touchdown club’s program that raises money for college scholarships for high school athletes around the area.

Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. For more information or to make your reservation, call the club’s hotline number at 305-477-1815 or visit their website at www.southfloridatouchdownclub.com.

This year's winners are as follows:
1A – 3A Offensive Player of the Year: Rodney Smith, WR, Archbishop Carroll (Committed to Florida State).

1A – 3A Defensive Player of the Year: Frankie Telfort, LB, Gulliver Prep. (Commited to USC).
4A – 6A Offensive Player of the Year: Lamar Miller, RB, Killian. (Committed to University of Miami)
4A – 6A Defensive Player of the Year: Cory Henry, DE, Miami Carol City (Committed to FAU).

April 21, 2009

GMAC baseball today has been moved!

Due to poor field conditions at Alex Fernandez Field after that nasty T-storm yesterday, Tuesday's GMAC quarterfinals have been moved to Killian High.

The Killian-Goleman game will be at 2:30, followed by Hialeah-Columbus immediately after weather permitting.

If there are more changes to the schedule, we will post them here.

April 20, 2009

GMAC baseball first round - Big wins for Ferguson and Southridge; North half interrupted by inclement weather

Due to that monster thunder storm that hit the North Miami area this afternoon, the Killian-Goleman and Hialeah-Columbus games at Alex Fernandez Field were postponed until Tuesday afternoon.

The other half of the bracket at Southridge went on without any weather issues. Ferguson broke open a tie game in the fourth inning and mercy-ruled Miami Springs 11-1 in six innings. From Melissa Arteaga's story that will post later online at www.miamiherald.com/hssports: Ferguson senior Javy Barros (5-1) threw a complete game and allowed just two hits and an unearned run, while striking out three. Senior Bryant Elliott went one-for-three with a double and three RBIs to ignite the Falcons’ fourth inning rally.

In the late game, Southridge won a closer game 7-4 against American to advance to the semis. The Spartans, a favorite to win it will play either Hialeah or Columbus next.

The tournament will now be run over the next 3 days. Here's the new schedule.

TUESDAY

Quarterfinals

Killian-Goleman (Fernandez), 3:30

Hialeah-Columbus (Fernandez), 6:30

WEDNESDAY

Semifinals

Ferguson vs. Goleman-Killian winner (Southridge), 3:30

Southridge vs. Hialeah-Columbus (Southridge), 6:30

THURSDAY

Championship at site either Alex Fernandez or Southridge, 6:30

April 18, 2009

Edison High chooses one of its own to try to lead it back to the football playoffs


   In the hopes of helping its football team return to the playoffs for the first time
in four years, Edison has hired former assistant Eddie Jackson as its football coach.

   Jackson played at Edison in the late 1980s, and coached Edison's linebackers for 10
years under former coach Corey Bell before spending the past two seasons as an assistant
at Jackson High. During that time he coached several top linebackers including former
University of Miami signee and Louisville star Nate Harris, and helped the Red Raiders advance
to the playoffs five times including a state semifinal appearance in 2003.

   "[Jackson] has always been a diligent and aggressive coach,'' said Bell, now the
Director of Football Operations at UM. "He always did a great job with our linebackers
[at Edison], and they were the heart and soul of our defense those years. The school
made a great choice.''

   Jackson succeeds Daryle Heidelburg, who accepted the coaching position at Norland
last month. The Red Raiders went 5-5 last season, but missed the playoffs after losing a
three-team district tiebreaker to Belen.

   Edison will be a part of a new District 16-3A this season that will also include
Booker T. Washington, Jackson and Key West. The Red Raiders will play North Miami in
their spring football game May 22nd at 6 p.m. at North Miami Stadium.

   "It's exciting to be back and working with the kids over there,'' Jackson said. "I  
met with them this week and they're all really motivated and ready to go to work and get
better.''

April 17, 2009

2009 Spring Football Games

As a service to football fans and loyal readers of this website, the Miami Herald will post spring football games and jamborees across the state of Florida. If you have one to add to this list, just e-mail Larry Blustein at LBlustein@miamiherald.com.

This is just another way of showing how the Miami Herald is the best year-round source for high school football recruiting and information nationally!

Watch for our pre-summer state 100 and top 30 players in Miami-Dade and Broward, coming in the first week of June after we visit over 75 practices and games this spring, watching athletes live.

If you haven't sent your game films to Larry Blustein, you can do so by forwarding them to P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, Fl. 33009

UPDATED: May 14, 2009

May 14
Gainesville Oak Hall at Ocala St. Johns Lutheran

May 15
West Florida High at Alma Bryant High School in Grand Bay, AL
Tallahassee Maclay, John Paul II, Munroe at Aucilla
Pompano Beach Highlands Christian at Miami Country Day
Moore Haven at Hollywood Sheridan Hills Christian
Highland Christian at Miami Country Day
Tampa Berkeley Prep at Orlando Lake Highland Prep
May 16
Dade Christian at Benjamin
Village Academy at Kendall Westwood Christian
St. Augustine St. Joseph at St. Johns Country Day

May 19
Bristol Liberty County, Wewahitcka at Bozeman

May 20
Coconut Creek North Broward Prep at Cardinal Gibbons, 4 p.m.
Pines Charter at Cooper City
Monarch at Taravella (Coral Springs)
Miami Ferguson at Miami Springs (Hendricks)
St. Cloud at Viera, 6:30
Palm Bay Bayside at Space Coast

May 21
Mater, Miami Beach and Doral, 6 p.m.
Carol City vs. Miami Northwestern (Traz Powell)
Miami Sunset at Miami Killian
Miami Beach at Doral Academy (Hendricks Stadium)
Hialeah Gardens at Hialeah Barbara Goleman (3:30)
Fort Lauderdale at South Broward
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas Blue-Gold, 3:15
Miami Booker T. Washington at Miami Monsignor Pace
Doral Ronald Reagan at Sunrise Piper
Marathon at Hollywood Chaminade (4 p.m.)
Deerfield Beach at Pembroke Pines Flanagan
Coral Glades at Hollywood McArthur
Plantation American Heritage at Glades Day
Parkland Douglas at Everglades
Westlake Prep at Pompano Beach
Miami Barrington Christian at Hillel School
Sneads at Cottondale
Bradenton Southeast at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney
Interlachen at Palm Coast Matanzas
Crawfordville Wakulla, Chiles, Godby, Leon, Lincoln at Rickards (Gene Cox Stadium, Tallahassee)
Franklin County at Rocky Bayou Christian
Jacksonville Creekside, Fletcher, Sandalwood at Terry Parker
Jacksonville Bishop Kenny at Bradford High School
East Gadsden at Defuniak Springs Walton
Master's Academy at Lake Mary Prep, 7
Tavares at The Villages
Deltona Trinity at Father Lopez
Daytona Beach Warner Christian at New Smyrna Beach
Deltona Pine Ridge at St. Augustine
Jacksonville First Coast, Ed White at Jackson
Jacksonville Stanton, Paxon, Ribault at Englewood
Bushnell South Sumter at Leesburg
Middleburg at Ridgeview
West Palm Beach King's Academy at Greenacres John I. Leonard
American Heritage Delray Beach at Dwyer
Inlet Grove at Miramar Parkway Academy
Summitt Christian at Posnack Day
Punta Gorda Charlotte at Cape Coral

May 22
Miramar Red vs Blue
Coconut Creek at Plantation
Hollywood Hills at Coral Springs
Hialeah Westland at Braddock (Tropical, 4 p.m.)
Dr. Krop at Miami Belen Jesuit, 4 p.m.
Miami MacArthur North at Archbishop Carroll
Miami Varela at Miami Coral Park (4 p.m.)
Miami La Salle at Melbourne Central Catholic (7 p.m.)
Southwest Miami vs. American (North Miami Stadium - 5 p.m.)
Miami Edison at North Miami (6 p.m.)
Miami Gulliver at Miami Ransom Everglades, 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville Bolles, Raines, Forrest at Lee
Lake City Columbia, Jacksonville Wolfson at Jacksonville Mandarin
Green Cove Springs Clay at West Port
Gainesville Buchholz, Gainesville, Eastside at Santa Fe
Tampa Lennard, Tampa Catholic at Spoto
Tampa Jesuit, Leto, Alonzo at Sickles
Dunnellon, Lake Weir, Citrus at North Marion
Plant City, Durant, Newsome at Armwood
Tampa Middleton, Chamberlain, Hillsborough at Gaither
Tampa King, Tampa Bay Tech, Tampa Wharton at Freedom
Valrico Bloomingdale, Brandon, Riverview at Gibsonton East Bay
Cedar Creek Christian at Bishop Snyder
Bell at Branford
Cypress Creek at Gateway
Sarasota Booker at North Port
Bradenton Bayshore at Sarasota
Bradenton Christian at St. Petersburg Shorecrest
Tampa Blake, Jefferson, Robinson at Plant
Panama City Mosley at Port St. Joe
Agape Christian at Pierson Taylor
Orlando Bishop Moore at University
Orange Park at Baker County
Cross City Dixie County at Suwannee
Orlando Evans at East Ridge
Orlando Timber Creek at Dr. Phillips
Orlando Olympia at Port Orange Spruce Creek
Orlando Freedom at Winter Park 7 (Showalter Field)
Mount Dora at West Orange
Umatilla at Eustis
Orangewood, Pine Castle at Trinity Prep
Melbourne Florida Air Academy at Celebration
Miami LaSalle at Melbourne Central Catholic
Kissimmee Poinciana at Satellite
Agape Christian at Pierson Taylor
Pine Castle at Trinity Prep
Gonzalez Tate at Pensacola Washington
Pensacola Escambia at Pensacola High
Pensacola Pine Forest at Pace
St. Petersburg Lakewood at Dunedin
West Gadsden at FSU High
Ocala Trinity Catholic at Pinellas Seminole
Fort White at Chiefland
South Walton at Baker
Jupiter, Boca Raton Olympic Heights at Martin County
Sebastian River at West Boca Raton
LaBelle at Naples Palmetto Ridge
Port Charlotte at Fort Myers Bishop Verot
Immokalee at South Fort Myers
Naples Golden Gate at Gulfport Boca Ciega
Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Naples St. John Neumann
Avon Park at Lake Placid

May 23
Cypress Bay Blue vs. Gold
St. Andrew’s Academy at Miami Archbishop Curley (2 p.m.)
Titusville Astronaut at Merritt Island
Wekiva at Cocoa Beach
Canterbury Christian at CFCA 7
Naples at Venice
Bradenton Prep vs. Sweet Water, Alabama

May 26
Peniel (Palatka) at Florida Deaf
Baldwin, Ponte Vedra, Yulee at Fernandina Beach
Hamilton County at Union County

May 27
Osceola at Dixie Hollins
Miami Palmetto at Coral Gables
Orlando Edgewater at Boone

May 28
Hallandale at South Plantation
Hialeah at Stranahan
Homestead vs Homestead South Dade (Harris Field)
Miami High at West Broward (Cooper City)
Miami Coral Reef at Miami Jackson (Curtis Park)
Ely at Riviera Beach Suncoast
Miami Norland at Dillard
Fort Meade at Lakeland George Jenkins
Fleming Island at Nease
Lake Gibson at Auburndale
Bradenton Braden River at Sarasota Riverview
Keystone Heights at St. Augustine Pedro Menendez
West Nassau, Trinity Christian at Hilliard
Ocala Forest at Ocala Vanguard
Jupiter Christian at Fort Pierce Westwood (Port St. Lucie)
Royal Palm Beach at Delray Beach Atlantic
Lantana Santaluces at Boca Raton
Palmetto at St. Petersburg Northeast
Eau Gallie at Melbourne
Titusville at Rockledge
Clearwater Countryside at Naples Lely
Gulf Coast at Mariner
Port Orange Atlantic at Calvary Christian
Flagler Palm Coast at Bartram Trail
Ridge Community at Kissimmee Osceola 7:30

May 29
North Miami Beach at Stuart South Fork
Glades Central at Miami Central (Traz Powell Stadium)
Pahokee at Boyd Anderson (Lockhart Stadium)
Hialeah Miami Lakes at Key West
Summit Christian at Miami Westminster Christian, 4 p.m.
Archbishop McCarthy at Coral Springs Charter
Wellington at Boynton Beach
Boca Raton Pope John Paul II at West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman
Largo at Bradenton Manatee
Ocala Trinity Catholic at Seminole
Williston at Crystal River
Hawthorne at Bronson
Daytona Beach Seabreeze at Harmony
Daytona Beach Mainland at Cocoa
Palm Bay at Okeechobee
Jacksonville Providence at Episcopal
Fort Walton Beach Choctawatchee at Fort Walton Beach
Crescent City at Palatka
Evangelical Christian at Estero
Seminole at Lake Howell 7
Apopka at Deland
Lake Brantley at Hagerty
Longwood Lyman at Oviedo, 7
Ocoee at Orlando Colonial, 7
Liberty at Lake Region
Oak Ridge at Jones, Florida Citrus Bowl 8
Gainesville St. Francis at Trenton
Jacksonville Arlington Country Day, Mandarin Christian, Eagle's View at University Christian
Arcadia DeSoto at East Lee County
Tarpon Springs East Lake at St. Petersburg Gibbs
Frostproof at Haines City
Wellington at Boynton Beach
Lake Mary at Winter Springs
Brooksville Central, Hernando at Spring Hill Springstead
Cape Coral Island Coast at Bradenton Lakewood Ranch
Fort Myers Dunbar at Fort Cypress Lake
Arcadia DeSoto County at East Lee County
North Fort Myers at Lehigh
Fort Myers Riverdale at Baker
Estero at Fort Myers Evangelical Christian
Treasure Coast at Port St. Lucie

May 30
Miami Southridge Red vs. Black, TBA
St. Lucie West Centennial at Fort Pierce Central (1 p.m.)
Palm Beach Lakes at Clewiston
Tarpon Springs at Lakeland
Newberry at Madison County
Gainesville P.K. Yonge, Taylor County at Mayo Lafayette
Bradenton St. Stephens at Lakeland Victory Christian (Bryant Stadium)
Fort Myers at Naples Barron Collier

April 16, 2009

Killian baseball team circling the wagons; GMAC baseball field looks set

What a turnaround season for the Killian baseball team.

The Cougars looked buried early on starting the year 2-9, but they have come on strong in their second wave of district games and won eight of their past 10 games.

It looks like the result is coach Angel Herrera's tough young squad is headed to the GMAC tournament.

That's right, wins against Palmetto and Southridge in recent weeks has propelled the Cougars into a Monday matchup with Goleman in the first round.

Killian beat Coral Reef 9-3 on Thursday, coupled with Southridge's 6-4 win against Palmetto did the trick.

Miami Springs also beat Miami High 12-2, which should put the Golden Hawks into a first-round game against Ferguson Monday.

Due to space restrictions, Thursday's baseball results won't appear in the paper until Saturday, but they will be posted online at www.miamiherald.com/hssports in the next couple of hours.

So please check them out there.

April 15, 2009

New High School Florida Softball poll is out

Here's the new Florida High School Softball poll with records updated through April 14
The GMAC final between Palmetto and Ferguson is tonight at Palmetto Bay Park.
And tomorrow night at FIU, Cooper City takes on Florida Christian at 5:30 p.m. followed by Gulliver against Pembroke Pines Charter at 7:15 p.m.
Class 6A
1.Fletcher,22-0,79
2.Eau Gallie,15-1,73
3.Timber Creek,19-3,71
4.P.B. Gardens,19-2,70
5.Cooper City,18-4,68
6.Sickles,16-3,61
7.Park Vista, 21-2,51
8.C.Countryside,16-6,33
9.Winter Springs,17-4,15
10.Palmetto,17-5,11

Class 5A
1.Chamberlain,20-1,93
2.Pinellas Park,19-2,89
3.Niceville,20-2,57
4.Bartram Trail,16-3,55
5.Palm Harbor U.,19-4,54
6.Manatee,18-2,39
7.N.Ft.Myers,20-3,33
8.Auburndale,17-2,30
9.St.Thomas,16-5,24
10.Fleming Island,16-2,23
Class 4A
1.Naples,19-1,90
2.P.P.Charter,21-1,89
3.Lake Wales,18-1,85
4.Bartow,17-2,67
5.Dunnellon,20-1,56
6.Riverdale,21-2,26
7.Space Coast,19-3,25
8.Jensen Beach,18-3,23
9.Braden River,16-4,20
10.Pasco,18-3,15
Class 3A
1.American Her.,19-4,100
2.Gulliver Prep,15-4,69
3.Florida Christian,17-6,60
4.Florida (FSU),9-1,49
5.St.Pete Catholic,20-3,48
6.Cardinal Newman,17-3,39
7.Keystone Hgts.,19-3,36
8.Trinity Prep,14-1,34
9.P.K.Yonge,17-1,33
10.Bolles,15-4,28
Class 2A
1.Port St. Joe,19-2,76
2.Westminster Chr.,14-3,75
3.Am.Heritage (DB),16-4,64
4.Hollywood Chr.,16-4,63
5.Hilliard,20-5,61
6.Bell,8-4,40
7.Providence,14-8,37
8.Oak Hall,14-2,23
9.Pine Castle Chr.,10-5,22
10.Mt.Dora Bible,7-1,18
Class 1A
1.Eagle's View,12-6,100
2.Canterbury (St.Pete),12-3,87
3.Lake Worth Chr.,17-5,55
4.Princeton Chr.,12-2-1,50
5.Hernando Chr.,13-3,39
6.Sheridan Hills,17-2,38
7.Lake Mary Prep,10-2,37
8.Merritt Island Chr.,13-3,33
9.Rocky Bayou Chr.,6-2,21
10.Berean Chr.,8-8,20
All Class Poll
1.Naples,(4a),77
2.P.P.Charter,(4a),76
3.Fletcher,(6a),65
4.Eau Gallie,(6a),63
5.Lake Wales,(4a),61
6.Timber Creek,(6a),44
7.Cooper City,(6a),28
8.P.B.Gardens,(6a),24
9.Bartow,(4a),23
10.Chamberlain,(5a),19

GMAC baseball is next week!

For those baseball fans anxious for the postseason, here's an early look at the way the GMAC tournament bracket is shaping up.

The action begins Monday with the quarterfinals, followed by the semifinals Tuesday and the final on Thursday.

Monday's games will be played at Alex Fernandez Field in Hialeah and Southridge.

The games at Fernandez will be - Goleman vs. either Killian or Palmetto at 3:30 p.m. followed by Columbus vs. Hialeah at 6:30 p.m.

Meanwhile at Southridge, Ferguson will play either Miami High or Miami Springs at 3:30, followed by Southridge vs. American at 6:30

The semis will be at 3:30 and 6:30 on Tuesday at Southridge and will pit the winner of Goleman-Palmetto/Killian against Ferguson or MHS/Springs. The other game will be Southridge-American winner against the Hialeah-Columbus winner.

The final will be played at a site to be determined Thursday at 6:30.

Who do you think will win? I invite you to share your opinions on this post. I will post the finalized matchups later in the week when they are released by the GMAC.