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21 posts from January 2011

January 20, 2011

Coral Park awarded GMAC boys' soccer title after Edison vacates bracket


            The Greater Miami Athletic Conference announced Thursday that the championship match of the Title-GMAC boys’ soccer tournament between Edison and Coral Park won’t be played.

            Edison vacated its slot in the tournament after reporting to the GMAC early Thursday that it had used an ineligible player during Tuesday’s quarterfinal match against North Miami Beach. The game was originally scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Ted Hendricks Stadium.

As a result, the Red Raiders forfeited their victories against NMB and Varela in the earlier rounds of the tournament and Coral Park (11-3-5) was awarded the GMAC championship – its first since 1982 in boys’ soccer.

            “I don’t want to elaborate too much, but it was a simple oversight that could happen to any school,” Edison athletic director Taj Echoles said. “In the interest of fairness, we chose to self-report the mistake.”

            The forfeiture will not affect Edison’s playoff status.

            The Red Raiders (16-3-2) have a first-round bye in next week’s District 15-3A playoff tournament that will be played at North Miami Stadium. Coral Park is the top seed in the District 14-6A playoffs that will be played at Memorial Field in Flamingo Park.


Trainers R Us Combine set for Feb. 5

MIAMI GARDENS - As demand for our services has increased over the past five years, we have recognized the need to expand our showcases to include more cities, more athletes and more grade levels. The Trainers R Us Combine will be held on Saturday, February 5th at the Betty T. Ferguson Sports Complex 3000 NW 199th St. Miami, Fl. 33056.

Very few athletes are considered elite recruits; therefore, it is important for the majority of high school football players to get assistance with the recruiting process. Our goal is to provide opportunities for athletes to gain early college football recruiting exposure in every town in the U.S. We will gear our efforts towards athletes that are flying under the radar, and the athletes that need a boost to jump up on a college recruiter’s big board.

All current high school junior football players are eligible to test and perform before some of Miami Dade and Broward County top high school coaches & college recruiters. The testing of skills will be very similar to the NFL combine. Testing includes: 40-yard dash, shuttle run, broad jump, vertical leap, cone agility drill and physical measurements. The results will be posted on the web and made available to every college football coach in the country. The top athletes will be invited to attend in the 2012 Private vs. Public All Star football game.

We want to be the place where every college looks to find players, whether they are from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach or Monroe counties. We’re excited to see what the future holds for our athletes.

The combine camp will be run by Mario Smith and his staff, and will also include high school football coaches that will assist with time and encourage athletes do their best in the combine. Smith has trained, coached and worked with more than 8500 athletes in Dade and Broward County and is widely recognized as the authority on speed, football and athletic development.

The combine will be filmed live by La Ley Sports and available for participants to view. Coaches will also have the opportunity to see participating players in action by visiting www.laleysports.com.

Participating players will also be recognized and awarded for the top scores in each category.

The combine is open to the first 200 current high school junior football players that return all required paperwork. For more information and to secure registration materials visit the official website, www.trainersrus.net or call 786-285-3699.

January 19, 2011

Cooper, Williams and Bakas on radio

As National Signing Day is now two weeks away, decisions are being finalized for athletes throughout the country, and the Maroone High School Gridiron Report will bring you closer to the action this Thursday night (9-10).

Larry Blustein will welcome in an impressive list of key guests on WQAM (560), including University School linebacker Justin Cooper, Homestead defensive end/outside linebacker Ricardo Williams and Scout.com recruiting analyst Mike Bakas.

There aren't many high school football players who have gone from Florida to Texas Tech over the years, but when Tommy Tuberville arrived in Lubbock, he has used the Sunshine State as a place to get athletes, and when the 6-1, 205-pound Cooper had the chance to play for the Red Raiders, it was simply too good to pass up.

A key member of the state 2B runner-up Suns, Cooper is athletic and is a perfect fit for Texas Tech, which recruited receiver Sean Corker last year from Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons.

During the past two years, Williams was looked at by several schools, projecting what the 6-5, 215-pounder would be like when he filled out. Well, first year head coach Al Golden and his staff made this impressive athlete a priority when they arrived at the University of Miami.

Even though he is projected as an OLB in this current scheme, many believe when he grows into the position, this cat-quick athlete, who has worked as hard as any high school player in South Florida, will be a defensive end.

Whether it's been at games, practices or at the many combines and 7-on-7 events he has attended, Bakas has followed the state of Florida for the past decade, giving fans a preview of some of the best athletes in the country.

Running the very successful Canestime.com website as a member of the Scout.com network, Bakas has been able to keep a close eye on the University of Miami, providing information that fans have been impressed with.

The Bakas Combines have also exposed players for the future.

In addition to following all your recruiting on twitter @ larryblustein, you can also listen to the show and follow all the BLOGS on www.wqam.com.

January 16, 2011

Montalvo receives US Navy appointment

Over the past year, colleges and universities across the country have followed LaSalle quarterback Rafi Montalvo with plenty of interest.

On Sunday, the impressive run/pass threat landed at the one place many called the “best fit” for the 6-0, 195-pounder - the U.S. Naval Academy.

This chance of a lifetime was something that appealed to Montalvo and his family, who had been active in the entire recruiting process.

One of the most productive quarterbacks in South Florida, Montalvo’s appointment to a school, program and lifestyle was truly the perfect fit.

“Everything about the Naval Academy was tremendous,” Montalvo said. “Words cannot explain how excited I am to get there.”

With Navy starting to look toward this region of the country more and more, Montalvo jumped on the radar screen last spring, when coaches from several schools began to see his arm strength, foot speed and leadership on the field.

On his visit to Annapolis, Montalvo had the chance to meet former St. Thomas Aquinas All-State linebacker Vinny Mauro, who was injured this past year during his freshman season. He also spoke with quarterback Ricky Dobbs, who not only lifted the football program to another level, but also has lofty career goals like being the President of the United States - down the road.

“Just to listen to people who have gone through the experience was great to hear,” Montalvo said. “This is a huge honor!”

Statewide 2011 Commitment List

January 14, 2011

National Signing Day TV Show, Feb. 2

The 3rd annual South Florida High School Football Signing Day TV Special and Celebration will take place on February 2nd at Dave & Buster’s Hollywood. This Celebration Show starts at 6pm and the LIVE TV show airs on NBC6 at 7:30pm. The event is hosted by Joe Rose and Adam Kuperstein along with special guests including Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein.
ALL senior football players in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County, along with coaching staffs, Athletic Directors, families and friends are invited to be a part of the TV show and celebration at Dave & Buster’s Hollywood. Last year the event was billed as “The largest gathering of high school recruits ever in South Florida.”
During the TV Show, The Scion Player of the Year Trophies for Miami-Dade and Broward County will be awarded along with two (2) $2,000 school donation winners. Last years winners:
2010 Scion Player of the Year Winners:           2010 Donation Winners:
Lamarcus Joyner – Broward County                 Blanche Ely – Broward County   
JJ Worton – Miami-Dade County                      Southridge – Miami-Dade County 
A select number of un-committed players will announce a college selection and sign LIVE on air plus the show will feature player interviews and highlights from that days earlier signings around South Florida.  
Come out and join us or watch the show as the players celebrate the next step in their athletic and academic careers.  This special night is possible because of our partners including Scion, USArmy, Dave & Busters, U18 Sports Medicine, Gatorade, BP, NBC6 and Sports Radio 560 WQAM.
For questions, more information or to confirm player or coaches’ attendance please visit www.southfloridahighschoolfootball.com or CALL 954.533.8556 ext. 224 or email bsaal@arenaadv.com

January 11, 2011

Russell, Finnie and Long on radio

All-Star games, commitments and National Signing Day highlight the Maroone High School Gridiron Report as the show shifts back to Wednesday this week from 9-10 p.m. on WQAM (560 AM).

Larry Blustein and Mike Levine welcome Twan Russell of the Miami Dolphins and the Under Armour Dade vs. Broward game, Miami Central defensive back and recent Miami commitment Thomas Finnie and ESPN Florida high school football analyst Corey Long.

The Inaugural Miami Dolphins Dade vs. Broward All-Star Football Game presented by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) and the Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) will be held at Traz Powell Stadium (11380 NW 27th Ave in Miami), on Friday, January 14th at 7:00pm. 

As a supporter of high school football in South Florida, Russell, Director of Youth Programs for the Miami Dolphins, has been behind this game, attracting top-flight players and coaches
Mark Guandolo of Cypress Bay High School will coach the Broward All-Star Team and Coach Daryle Heidelburg of the 3A state runner-up Miami Norland Vikings, will coach the Dade All-Star Team.

This has been quite a year for Finnie, who helped guide his Rockets to the school's first ever 6A state football title, received plenty of interest from major colleges across the country, giving his verbal commitment to the University of South Carolina.

Things have changed for the quality defensive back last week when he was offered by his hometown school, Miami, and decided to make the switch, giving head coach Al Golden and his staff an elite recruit - from the start!

Throughout the past year, Long has tracked Florida high school players in places such as Oregon California, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia, watching games and camps along the way.

With National Signing Day now under a month away, Long will help pin down what the college programs are doing in the state, and were some of the local players may be headed.

This is a show you do not want to miss!

Check out all the information at www.wqam.com as well as BLOG updates on the Maroone High School Gridiron Page and via twitter@larryblustein.

January 08, 2011

Southridge's Holliman switches to Louisville; Dillard's Lyons picks Stanford

Southridge's Gerrod Holliman had a change of heart.

And Dillard's Wayne Lyons didn't letting a coaching change affect his choice.

Both local stars made commitments during the U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio today. Holliman, rated the No. 2 overall prospect in Miami-Dade County, decided to join the top prospect, Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater - Holliman's teammate today on the East squad - and go to the University of Louisville.

Bridgewater engineered a comeback for the East to win the game 13-10. Holliman de-committed from Mississippi and chose Louisville.

Meanwhile, Lyons one of the top players in the state committed to Stanford during the game. Lyons emphasized the importance of academics on his decision.

Dolphins Dade vs. Broward, Jan. 14

The Inaugural Miami Dolphins Dade vs. Broward All-Star Football Game presented by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) and the Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) will be held at Traz Powell Stadium located at 11380 NW 27th Ave in Miami, FL 33167 on Friday, January 14th at 7:00pm. The game will feature stand-out student athletes from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. All proceeds from the game will be distributed between both counties to help support the funding of their athletic programs. Admission to the game will be $10. Advanced ticket sales are not available. The game is endorsed by the Broward and Dade County School Boards, as well as the Miami Dolphins.

“This game is about two things, helping athletes showcase their talents to have an opportunity to get to college and raise dollars for the BCAA and the GMAC to ensure schools have the resources they need to compete equally, “ said Twan Russell, Director of Youth Programs for the Miami Dolphins. “One hundred percent of the dollars will benefit the counties directly which is a great boost for the community and in line with the organization’s efforts to make a positive impact with youth programs in South Florida.”

Coach Mark Guandolo of Cypress Bay High School will coach the Broward All-Star Team and Coach Daryle Heidelburg of Miami Norland Senior High School will lead the Dade All-Star Team. The coaches and athletes selected to participate in the game were selected by GMAC staff, BCAA staff, along with high school coaches and members of the media from both counties.

Under Armour is the inaugural title sponsor of the Dade vs. Broward All- Star Game and will supply both teams with uniforms for the game.

“Under Armour’s commitment to high school football is an integral part of our mission, said Leon Duncan, Under Armour’s director of Retail Media. “South Florida is one of the most important football environments in the United States. We want to do our part to make sure athletes have the ability to compete and they have the resources needed to do so at a high level.”

The counties will battle for the bragging rights for a year and the coveted county championship trophy. The annual game will alternate between the host locations of Traz Powell Stadium in Dade County and Lockhart Stadium Broward County.

“This game is an extension of the commitment we have to our student athletes, giving them opportunities to showcase their talents to colleges,” said Damian Huttenhoff, Director of Activities and Athletics for the BCAA. “We pride ourselves in helping all athletes reach their maximum potential.”

“We are excited about making this an annual event,” added Cheryl A. Golden, Instructional Supervisor for the GMAC. “We feel anytime you can positively impact our communities by raising dollars for sports and giving kids opportunities to better themselves is the right thing to do.”

Both teams began practice on Wednesday, January 5th.

Dade County Practice schedule (Traz Powell 11380 NW 27th Ave Miami, FL:
Wednesday, January 5 through Thursday, January 13, 2011 – 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Broward County Practice Schedule (Dillard High School 2501 NW 11th St Ft. Lauderdale, FL):

Wednesday, January 5 through Thursday, January 13, 2011 – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Coaching Staff

Daryle Heidelburg – Miami Norland, Head Coach
Darryl Baker – Miami Norland
Darryle Bethune, North Miami
Torriano Brooks – Miami Norland
Harold Cole – Dade Schools Athletic Foundation
David Conney, Coral Reef
Jose Stewart, Miami Norland
Tim Everson, Miami Norland
Larry McFarley, Ronald Reagan
Anthony Saunders, Miami Springs
Wes Keller – Columbus
Jovani McCray – South Dade
Ritchy Desir – NMB          
Anthony Clark – Palmetto
Sterling Darling – Miami Coral Park
RUNNING BACKS               
Collin Alford – Columbus
Deangelo James – American
Bill Kenzy – Braddock
Andre Oneil – Miami High               
Shawn Corbett – Varela  
Trevor Ishmael – North Miami Beach
Darian Peters – Dr. Krop 
Dominique Rhymes – Northwestern            
Dimitri Stimphil – South Dade
TIGHT ENDS               
Kendel Lafluer – American              
Mark Bernard – Miami Edison
John Dennis – Columbus 
Charles Fleming – Hialeah              
Chris Lopes – Ronald Reagan                         
Pierre Maignan – Miami Norland  
Kent Mertens – South Dade           
Gabriel Pou – Coral Gables
Alex Rodriguez – Hialeah Gardens
Cleveland Smith, North Miami Beach
Jordan Thomas – Coral Reef          
Daniel Bauta – South Miami           
Kenneth Bromell – American         
Michel Charles – South Dade         
Theiren Cockran – Homestead
Devonte Forbes – Dr. Krop
Britton Hall – Homestead               
Joseph Montgomery – Miami Beach
Tommy Myles – Miami Southridge
Vicente Jackson – North Miami     
Matt Larrubia – Columbus              
Andew Pittman – Miami Killian
Marcus Pyron – Miami Beach        
Edwin Rodriguez – Southwest Miami
Jermaine Reve – Miami Northwestern
Michael Dock – Coral Gables
Andre Guillaume – Miami Edison  
Leo Borba – Ferguson
Ivan Toomer – Homestead
Darryl Brown – American
Anthony Clark – Palmetto
Coaching Staff

Mark Guandolo – Cypress Bay (Head Coach)       
Joe Courcelle – Cypress Bay                               
Doug Dutton – Cypress Bay                               
Josue Uribe – Cypress Bay                                 
Boomer Bray – Cypress Bay                               
Donnell Bennett - Northeast
James Clyburn – Boyd Anderson
Fred Flowers – Northeast
Roger Harriot – University School
Chris Wagner – West Broward
Antwon Chaney – Cypress Bay
Imonni Carswell – Plantation
Douglas Cook – University
Dane James – Boyd Anderson                             
Danny Epstein – Cypress Bay                             
Shaquille Kearse – Miramar
Denzel Wimberly – Cardinal Gibbons      
WIDE RECEIVERS                                                            
Robby Anderson – South Plantation
Curt Evans – Chaminade
Reggie McKnight – Hollywood Hills
Jessie York – Boyd Anderson
Anthony Williams – Boyd Anderson
TIGHT ENDS                                                                    
Mike Frattiani - West Broward   
Mario Pannunzio – Cypress Bay  
Reed Webster – Taravella
Patrick Bailey – Dillard
Lebert Barrett – Plantation
Scott Boyette – South Broward
Jordan Burdi – Miramar
Russel Haughton James – Heritage
Kyle Jossfolk – Cypress Bay
Shernard Martin – Stranahan
Andy Moas – West Broward
Greg Rozier – Ely
Brandon Schoenthal – Cypress Bay
Alvin Arnold – Hollywood Hills
Grant Burke – West Broward
Dominick Lopez – Taravella
Shaun Ward – Boyd Anderson
Patrick Williams – University
Zach Wilson – Cypress Bay
Markies Hall – Miramar
Ken Hankerson – St. Thomas
Kurt Joseph – South Plantation   
Enzo Nitty – Cypress Bay
Kent Turene – Boyd Anderson
Michael Williamson – Deerfield Beach
Devon Gaulden – University
Courtney Hall – Ely
Stevenson Montgomery – Miramar
Nick North – McArthur
Seitu Smith – Deerfield Beach
Cory Tinale - Boyd Anderson
Alex Belmonte – Cypress Bay
Justin Duvernois – St. Thomas

January 05, 2011

Miami Jackson DB Robenson Therezie commits to Auburn

Miami-Dade County's not done at the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game.

Jackson's Robenson Therezie committed to Auburn moments ago, joining the No. 1 ranked team in the country.

Therezie (5-10, 180), a stellar player for the Generals on offense and defense, had 48 tackles and two interceptions, and caught 24 passes for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran for 494 yards on 62 carries and six touchdowns to help the Generals make it to the Class 3A regional quarterfinals.

Alongside his family, Therezie chose Auburn over Alabama and Florida.

Earlier in the game, Miami Pace DB Jabari Gorman committed to the Gators.

Pace safety Jabari Gorman commits to Florida

The Under Armour High School All-America Game is on ESPN Live.
And two of Miami-Dade County's best players have chosen this platform to reveal their college choices.

Pace safety Jabari Gorman just moments ago committed to the University of Florida.

"It feels good to be a part of a new program that can win a national championship,"
Gorman said. "That all starts in two weeks."

   With family, his mother and Pace coach Alvin Slaughter around him, Gorman pulled out a
Gators cap and put it on saying he was "a Florida man." Gorman was considering Miami,
Ohio State among his many choices.

Gorman (5-11, 170 pounds) had seven interceptions, 68 tackles, 10 pass breakups and four forced fumbles this season for Pace, which went 10-1 and advanced to the Class 2B regional finals. On offense as a receiver, Gorman caught 23 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns.

Columbus wide receiver Tacoi Sumler, an Oregon commitment, Northwestern wide receiver Eli Rogers (Louisville commit), St. Thomas Aquinas offensive lineman Bobby Hart (FSU commit) and defensive back Marcus Roberson (uncommitted), and Plantation linebacker Ryan Shazier (Ohio State commit) are playing in the game.