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4 posts from March 2010

March 20, 2010

Tracking State Football Classes

The Miami Herald is trying to give every football player in the state of Florida exposure. While there is no guarantee that every athlete listed will be offered a collegiate scholarship, the names are out there for colleges and universities to check out.

You can do your part by making sure that the names, schools and other information is correct. We have contacted every high school coach in the state who has also provided us with game film of teams and players, which helps us evaluate every player who puts on a uniform in the state of Florida.

If there is anything you need to add to this list, please send the correspondence on to Larry Blustein at LBlustein@miamiherald.com.

We provide this service, along with other information to help the recruiting experience. Keep in mind that we add over 100 names per week to these lists!






March 19, 2010

Four Gulliver baseball players commit to UM; Valencia to USF

Hey guys,

Back with a little baseball news.

Gulliver baseball coach Javy Rodriguez called me Thursday and said four of his underclassmen, sophomore Chris Chinea, shortstop Adrian Marin, center fielder Ricky Eusebio and junior pitcher Chris Diaz all committed to the University of Miami.

The Raiders' senior catcher Andrew Valencia committed to South Florida. We had a typo in my story today, which I'm having fixed soon on the website and will for Saturday's paper, saying Valencia was also going to UM. He is going to USF.

Also, a former Dade star pitcher had a pretty good game this week in college.

Former Killian High pitcher Teddy Kaufman had a career night Tuesday, throwing pitching a complete-game shutout for the University of South Florida in a 4-0 win against the University of Central Florida. Kaufman struck out a career-high 14 batters … most by any USF pitcher since 1987 … and walked only two. He has a 3.27 ERA in six games this season … best among the team's starters.


March 15, 2010

Dillard girls' basketball team invited to ESPN national tournament

    Fresh off its Class 5A state chaampionship victory, the Dillard girls' basketball team has been recognized nationally with an invitation to the second annual ESPN RISE National High School Invitational.
    The Panthers are the only South Florida boys' or girls' program to be invited to the 12-team event that will be televised live on the ESPN networks April 1-3. The tournament will be played at Coppin State University’s Physical Education Complex in Baltimore and will feature some of the country’s top boys and girls high school basketball teams and players. 
    Dillard went 26-4 and will be joined by Class 6A state champion Lake Mary in the 4-team girls' bracket. The Panthers will square off against Peddie School of New Jersey on April 2nd at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU. Lake Mary will face national power Oak Hill Academy (Va.) at 4:30 p.m. and the winners will play for the title on April 3rd at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN2.
    The boys' 8-team bracket will feature Florida powerhouses such as Class 6A champion Winter Park, Montverde Academy, as well as national powers Oak Hill, Findlay Prep (NV) and Christ School (NC).
    Follow this link for a full bracket that includes dates, and TV info: http://www.espnmediazone3.com/us/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/NHSI-1st-Round-Bracket-2010.pdf

March 03, 2010

Pine Crest boys' basketball advances to Class 3A championship

Defending state champions have cruised so far in the first day of the FHSAA boys' basketball state championships here at The Lakeland Center.

Pine Crest, led by its star guard Brandon Knight, romped against Williston 77-63 in the Class 3A state semifinal.

Although he played only 26 minutes due to foul trouble and due to a minor leg muscle injury, Knight finished with 25 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

Knight's teammates helped overcome an uncharacteristic 35-turnover performance by the Panthers.

Tevin Westbrook had 11 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Traveon Henry had 17 points and seven rebounds. Forward Matt Milk had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Billy Thompson, Jr. had nine points and seven rebounds.

In other games so far:

Five-time defending Class 2A state champion Jacksonville Arlington Country Day moved down to 1A this season.
The Apaches have a chance to continue their dominance after an easy 63-43 win against West Palm Beach Summit Christian moved them into the 1A final.

Their opponent will be two-time defending state champion Orlando Christian Prep, which also won convincingly 59-33 against Boca Raton Grandview Prep.

ACD will try to break the state record for most consecutive titles when they take on OCP in the 1A championship at noon Thursday.