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May 31, 2010

All-Star baseball in Dade and Broward Tuesday night

    Already having baseball withdrawals now that the season is over?

    Tuesday night's action in Dade and Broward should help a bit.
    

    The Midway Sports Miami-Dade County All-Star game will be played Tuesday at 7 p.m.
at FIU Stadium. The game will feature the top players in the county from Class 6A Dade
teams against a team comprised of players from teams in Classes 4A-1A. The game will
feature 16 Division I signees and potential picks in next month's Major League Baseball
amateur draft. The Class 6A squad will be coached by Columbus' Joe Weber and American's
Ricky Gutierrez. The Class 4A-1A squad will be coached by Westminster Christian's Emil
Castellanos and Doral Academy's Ernie Perez.

   The Broward County Athletic Association all-star baseball game will be played 7
p.m. Tuesday at Nova High School in Davie. Admission is $5. The event features top
seniors from BCAA-member high schools. It was originally scheduled for May 26 but was
postponed because of rain.

May 28, 2010

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Matthew Vincent


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Matthew Vincent
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Everglades
CITY: Miramar
POSITION: QB
HEIGHT: 6-2
WEIGHT: 185
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Josh Shapiro

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: After watching him play a number of times a year ago in the progressive offense that Flanagan runs, you had to be impressed with his arm strength, ability to run the ball and create positives for the offense.

While he changed schools and is introduced to new players, coaches and a new scheme, he has picked things up quickly, putting himself in a position where he is one of the top quarterback prospects around.

To fully appreciate this quality football talent, just check out some of the things he does. Watching him this spring with college coaches on hand, they were impressed with his release, foot-speed and knowledge of the defenses.

This is a player everyone will keep an eye on as the Gators make another playoff push in 2010.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Ernest Freeman


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Ernest Freeman
YEAR: 2012
SCHOOL: Carol City
CITY: Miami
POSITION: RB
HEIGHT: 5-10.5
WEIGHT: 185
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Harold Barnwell

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: One of the premier young backs in the state of Florida, who is coming off a banner sophomore season. Will be one of the most sought after players in the region over the next two years.

Has everything you are looking for in a quality back. Has tremendous vision, great balance, speed and quickness and super instincts. Is also very good out of the backfield, catching balls and creating mismatches.

College coaches, while it's early, are extremely impressed with the way he has picked up so much in such a short time.

Represents the talent that the Chiefs have available to them with so many youth leagues feeding the school from every direction.

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May 24, 2010

Westminster Christian SS David Thompson breaks home run record

Westminster Christian sophomore shortstop David Thompson is Miami-Dade County's new home run king...and could be on his way toward one of the greatest careers the county has ever seen.

And he did it with an inning for the ages.

Thompson, who entered the state final four with 17 homers, hit two more in the same inning Monday to break the county's single-season home run record of 18 previously set by Monsignor Pace's Adrian Cardenas in 2006.

Thompson also tied the state record of 19 shared by Miramar Florida Bible's Frankie Figueroa (1996), Merritt Island's Tommy Parrott (1999) and Tampa Catholic's Donnie Scott (1978).

And the record-breaker was an inside-the-park home run that followed a shot that left the park to begin a 9-run fourth inning that brought Westminster back from a 4-0 deficit.

Oh yeah, the Warriors won 13-5 and are headed to Tuesday's Class 2A final where they will try to win back-to-back state championships. Westminster faces St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep at 4 p.m. at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Clavion Nelson


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Clavion Nelson
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: South Broward
CITY: Hollywood
POSITION: DE
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 225
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Allen Held

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Back as far as youth league with the Northeast Hollywood Eagles, this is a football talent that showed signs of being something special someday.

After playing in the rather large shadow of Djwany Mera and Trevaughn Faircloth, this is now a player that every college has made a comment about as they come in to see some quality football players.

He is cat quick, very strong and has as much knowledge of the game as any player on the roster. An impressive run stopper, he also has the potential to be a 15-20 sacks performer at this level and beyond.

So many times we watch athletes as youngsters and project what they will be like in the future. With a serious growth spurt, this imposing football talent now stands as one of the elite football talents in this class.

He is also one of the top basketball players for the Bulldogs as well.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Deontae West


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Deontae West
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Hialeah
CITY: Hialeah
POSITION: DB
HEIGHT: 5-9
WEIGHT: 160
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Marc Berman

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: If you are looking for one of the top defensive backs in South Florida, this is one that many college coaches would rank right up near the top, and anyone who has watched him play or competed against him, wouldn't disagree.

Watching him all of last year, during the combine season and into the spring, you would have to say that this is a talented, quick football player who hasn't received the attention he deserves. Not only is he quick and talented, but he anticipates and reads as well as any secondary performer we have watched.

After a solid junior year, where he went up against some top prospects, there is little doubt that this will be one of the players to keep an eye on this season.

A number of colleges have been extremely impressed at practices an in the spring game that saw the T-Breds beat Miami Sunset.

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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Ryan McTier

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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Ryan McTier
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Sunset
CITY: Miami
POSITION: OL
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 270
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Jason Malkin

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Every spring, you come across a few players who are flying way beneath the radar screen. Here is one of those rising prospects that many have not had the chance to watch.

At a school that hasn't had as a many larger schools come by this spring, they are truly missing out on this quality athlete among others.

If McTier's size doesn't pull you in, maybe his athletic ability and improving knowledge of the game will. This is a player who many are missing out on, and while his experience is not what you may be looking for, just watching him play and seeing what potential he has is what college have slowly have come to understand.

Just watching him compete against athletic players was all that was needed to say that this is a football talent who figures to climb the talent ladder as coaches watch him play and opponents starting talking him up.
 
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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Russell Haughton-James


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Russell Haughton-James
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: American Heritage
CITY: Plantation
POSITION: OL
HEIGHT: 6-5
WEIGHT: 280
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Byron Walker

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: The road has been much traveled for this impressive line prospect, who began his high school career at Cypress Bay, moved to North Broward Prep, Western and now has settled in with a program that knows so very well the value of having a quality offensive line.

While he never established himself with any one team, college coaches have been watching this imposing football talent for three years.

Make no mistake, this is a football player who will continue to turn heads with his impressive size, strength and overall athletic ability as a football player.

With many people around him that have helped to guide him in the past, this coming year should be a very good year for the Patriots and Haughton-James.
 
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May 20, 2010

HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Terrence Mitchell


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Terrence Mitchell
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Plantation
CITY: Plantation
POSITION: RB
HEIGHT: 5-11
WEIGHT: 175
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Steve Davis

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Was singled out by one of his former teammates as one of the best kept secrets in South Florida, and after watching him for two years, the assessment is 100 percent correct.

Even as a player who was a role player in 2009 for the Colonels, he still managed to account for 1,000 total yards, combining speed, instinctive running and working harder than the next player.

The most important thing that has happened in his brief career is his ability to pick up other positions and understanding how to be a complete player, which is a trademark of Steve Davis coached teams.

In a region that has more than its share of talented athletes, keep an eye out for this quality football talent throughout the summer and into the 2010 season.
 
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HERALD SPOTLIGHT: Wayne Lyons


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Having the opportunity to watch many of the athletes in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties when they begin playing football at the youth football level, the Miami Herald will shine the spotlight on many athletes during the spring and summer.

With the chance to see the athletes away from the football field as well, we can bring you up close and personal with some of the top prospects in the nation - right here in our own backyard.

PLAYER: Wayne Lyons
YEAR: 2011
SCHOOL: Dillard
CITY: Fort Lauderdale
POSITION: S
HEIGHT: 6-1
WEIGHT: 190
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH: Manny Martin

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Where do you start with this quality student/athlete who has certainly been on the radar for over two full years now.

Started out his career as a linebacker, but has settled into a safety position that several high profile college coaches from across the country have been bowled over with. This young man is a leader, a versatile and passionate competitor who is a tremendous teammate.

With his tremendous grades in the classroom, his choices have been wide open to some of the best colleges in the country. His family will continue to look at every option available as Lyons continues to showcase his skills at team events as well as at elite events that have put him directly in the spotlight.

A top 100 statewide player who has been recognized nationally for his hard work on and off of the playing field.
 
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