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February 28, 2013

Hard Knocks Foundation puts South Miami-Dade on the map

While the inner city teams in Miami-Dade County seem to get much of the attention when it comes to football recruiting, there is a region of the county that has been making plenty of noise, and recently, it was loud enough where the entire state heard them - loud and clear.

As college coaches make plans to attend schools in South Florida during the month of May, many will have to start altering their plans - especially when it comes to getting a chance to see some of the emerging an elite players.

South Miami-Dade County has always produced talent, but as the Hard Knocks Foundation 7-on-7 team found out on a recent New Level Athletics South Regional tournament in Rockledge (near Cocoa), there are plenty of athletes who will have the chance to be very special over the next few years.

Coached by former South Dade High football and wrestling standout Derrick Lester and current Coral Gables assistant coach David Cooney among others, the Hard Knocks Foundation was started to help those youngsters who couldn't afford to take part in many off season events. The foundation provided the opportunity for college exposure, while giving many of these athletes the spotlight against some of the top prospects in the state - and eventually - the entire country.

"I have long said that this is as good an area as you will find when it comes to athletes and football talent in particular," said Lester. "We started this to give many of our local kids a chance to compete in off season events when they didn't have the chance to play for some of the other elite programs."

This is a team that truly surprised some of the top players in the state of Florida during the Rockledge event. They ended winning the entire thing. While it came as a shock to many, it wasn't to those who have been around these athletes for years, watching them throughout their youth football career as well.

"We all know how impressive the football talent is in South Florida," said Cooney. "The one thing that was hard to do was to watch many of our talented kids - from Southern Miami-Dade have to sit home and not compete."

The 7-on-7 format which was started by Brett Goetz and the South Florida Express, has now grown into several teams - all designed to give the over 100 major college prospects a chance to play and showcase their many skills.

Fundraising has always been a priority for this program that also provides and opportunity for many of the rising prospects to take summer trips to colleges and universities actress the southeast as well as to other key regions of the country.

Because many of the players from South Dade, Killian, Gulliver Prep, Coral Gables, Southridge and other programs have not been included in the elite 7-on-7 mix, Lester and Cooney found that giving these players a chance to compete would eventually bring in some of the heavily-recruited prospects. This year, present standouts are mixing with the future prospects to come up with a winning and a very competitive formula.

Among the rising seniors on the team include FSU receiver commit C.J. Worton  and his teammate (South Dade) Devontay Keaton. Other Class of 2014 receivers on the team include Antiwon Johnson (Coral Gables) and Malcolm Vandergraff (Killian). Killian running back Jamel Burgess is also seeing plenty of action.

Former Homestead quarterback and current South Dade prospect Kahlil Render was the talk of the first big tournament of the off season. He is joined by Killian’s Nigel Dillard.

Defensively, the rising senior class was the difference in last weekend’s tournament. Secondary standouts such as Mark Wynn (Coral Gables), Devante Gulley (Coral Gables), Tyrone McGhee (South Dade), Derrick Nottage (South Dade), Marcus Jackson (Homestead), Marcus Stevenson (Southridge) and speedy South Dade prospect Antwan Cordy continue to make a difference.

Even Homestead linebacker Frank Newman has looked good so far this off season.

The talented group of underclassmen begins with one of the nation’s best in versatile Miami Westminster Christian standout Tim Irvin (Miami Westminster Christian) and his teammate Jordan Cronkite. It also includes Jordan Herrera (Killian), Shaquery Wilson (Coral Gables), Sheldrick Redwine (Killian) and receiver Devonaire Clarington from Southridge.

The Class of 2016 is also worth keeping an eye on with Dionte Mullins (Gulliver Prep), Wanya Clarington (Southridge), John Velasco (South Dade) and Sheldon Wynn (Killian). The Hard Knocks team is also looking into the future with Class of 2017 defensive back Devonta Lopez from Pembroke Pines’ Somerset Academy.

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

















February 25, 2013

South Florida DBs will shine for the Class of 2014

It is no longer a secret that if college coaches want a quality defensive back; one that was tested against some of the best competition in the country, they would head to South Florida.

Look up and down any NFL roster and you will see big time athletes - with South Florida pedigree, making a major impact. It's always been that way.

The speed and athleticism that the football talent has in this part of the country is simply unmatched. Athletes who were former star quarterbacks, receivers and running backs have found that the riches at the next level - and beyond - could be in the secondary.

While the Class of 2014 certainly has some marquee athletes, who can easily play on both sides of the ball - such as Miami Central running back's Joe Yearby and Dalvin Cook, Ermon Lane (Homestead), Cornelius Floyd (Miami Gulliver Prep), Chris Lammons (Plantation) and many others, the pure defensive back; those who have gone to countless camps, spent time admiring and learning from local greats such as Kenny Phillips, Antrel Rolle, Patrick Peterson and others, are what this is all about.

In just the past five years, 24 defensive backs have made their way from the football fields in Miami-Dade and Broward and have landed on NFL rosters. Those are numbers that no other state can come close to, and it drives the local high school football player harder to know they he can soon be in those same shoes.

There are once again big time prospects in this upcoming senior class who have already been coveted by some of the country's elite programs. After all, this is a region that continues to produce top-flight cornerbacks and safeties.

This year, while much of the focus will be on the uncanny depth at running back and quarterback, many will take for granted that the defensive secondary will do what its done for years - produce top-fight collegiate football talent.

Among those who head into the spring wearing that elite tag includes Miami Booker T. Washington corner Nigel Patten, Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale University), Miami Central standout Deatrick Nichols, John Battle IV (Hallandale), Marquese Dudley-Gordon (Weston Cypress Bay), Alshinard Harris (St. Thomas Aquinas), Carter Jacobs (Plantation American Heritage), Trumaine Washington (Miami Killian), Michael Johnson (Hialeah Champagnat Catholic), Antwan Cordy (South Dade), Andre Godfrey (Miramar), Marcus Leslie (Miami Coral Reef), Ryan Mayes (Miami Northwestern), Juwan Dowels (Davie Western), Andrew Soroh (Hialeah American), Jonathan Jackson (Hallandale), Deion Hallmon, Albert Smalls (Everglades) and safety Randy Ramsey from Dillard.

"You look at some of these defensive backs and you shake your head how advanced they are," said former Miami Dolphins standout Sam Madison. "Having the chance to work with many of the top kids with the 7-on-7 team or just in training, you have to be bowled over by the size and speed they bring to the game."

Madison and Patrick Surtain, who both are among the best ever to play for one team at the corner position, have the opportunity to teach so much to the players, which is a huge advantage. 

Being in such a talented area also provides a forum for so many other defensive backs who have not been put on the radar, but certainly have turned plenty of heads. Players such as Tyson Burch (Cooper City), Gavin Anderson (Weston Cypress Bay), Stanley Barnwell (Miami Monsignor Pace), Malik Bynum (Coral Springs Coral Glades), Terrance Grant (Fort Lauderdale Dillard), Laroy James and Tyree Johnson (Miami Carol City), Kevin Joseph (North Miami Mourning) and Shyenn Magdelano (Southwest Miami),

"There are so many talented players we run into at tryouts for 7-on-7, combines, camps or any other event that is held," said Dana Wiley of Prep Films. "It's amazing how ,ugh talent you uncover even after spring and into the summer. That's what makes covering football down here so much fin."

Other defensive backs to keep an eye on this spring include Miami Northwestern safety Shermarke Spence, who is the younger brother of former UM standout and current Pittsburgh Steeler, Sean Spence. What he lacks in size, this is certainly a player who makes up for it with football skill and knowledge.

In addition to Spence, others to watch will be Daniel Neptune (Miami Belen Jesuit), Kris Sanchez (Weston Cypress Bay), Bobby Stinson (Miami Springs), Justin Wiggins (Miami Dade Christian), Brandon Wright (Hialeah American) and Coral Gables' Mark Wynn Jr., to name a few.

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at  Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

February 21, 2013

Miami Northwestern-St. Thomas Aquinas to play in football in 2013

            For years, fans have asked, “Who would win if Northwestern and St. Thomas Aquinas played each other?”

            They’ll get an answer this fall.

           Northwestern and St. Thomas Aquinas agreed this week to play their mutual season-opener at Sun Life Stadium on the weekend of August 29-31. The date will be finalized once the schedules for the University of Miami and the Miami Dolphins are released.

            "It's pretty much all set, we're just working out a few of the details now," Northwestern athletic director Andre Williams told The Miami Herald Thursday morning.

    The two programs have combined for 11 state championships and three national titles. St. Thomas Aquinas won its seventh state crown this past season winning the Class 7A championship and won national titles in 2008 and 2010.

Northwestern went 9-3 last season reaching the Class 6A regional semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Central.

            Northwestern has won four (1995, 1998, 2006, 2007) including a national championship in 2007.

February 19, 2013

CLASS OF 2014: Stacked Throughout South Florida

This was the class that everyone waited on. Loaded with as much talent as there has ever been in South Florida.

As soon as the ink dried on the papers for the Class of 2013, there was an instant rush to quickly see the Class of 2014. From the first combine and 7-on-7 tryout, it's easy to see why so many have waited for this group to arrive.

This is easily the deepest class Miami-Dade has ever witnessed - with as many as 35 top-fight prospects that every college in the country has already started to get serious about.

Never before has this region of the country had running backs who could be among the top 10 nationally. In Sony Michel (American Heritage), Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby (Central), and Brandon Powell (Deerfield), you have elite ball carriers who have already established themselves.

This is also a class that will finally produce an array of quarterbacks. From the run/pass, athletic version such as Treon Harris (Booker T. Washington), Quentin "Winky" Flowers (Jackson), Trayon Gray (Carol City), Taron James (Norland) and Alin Eduoard (Hialeah), to the drop back prospects such as Sean White (University School), Wade Freebeck (St. Thomas), Nick Jeanty (Miramar), Hunter Boyett (Westminster Christian) and Peyton Bender (Cardinal Gibbons), this is a class that may be the deepest that this area has produced in a long time.

Even when you get past the top four running backs, there are also difference makers such as Mardre London (St. Thomas Aquinas), LaKeith Stafford (Norland), LaJuan Hunt (University School), Henry Bussey (Hialeah), Paul Anderson (Hallandale), Lashone Garnett and Jamal Adjemah (Southridge), Krondis Larry (Booker T. Washington), Aeron McNeal (Deerfield) and Miramar's Cameron Rigby.

"I have been watching football prospects in this region for over 30 years and have never been around so much quality depth," said Dana Wiley of Prep Films. "You could see that last year, when these athletes were juniors."

Like running back, receiver will be a place where colleges will find program changers. In nationally rated standouts such as Homestead's Ermon Lane, Steve Ishmael (N. Miami Beach), Tyre Brady (South Dade), JoJo Robinson (Northwestern), Henderson "Prince" Gray (Monsignor Pace), Isaiah McKenzie (American Heritage), Cornelius Floyd (Gulliver) and Norland's Kendrick Edwards, you have elite players.

Offensive linemen are also starting to emerge with University of Miami commitment Trevor Darling (Central), Ryan Crozier (St. Thomas Aquinas), A'lique Terry (Hialeah), Nicholas Linder (St. Thomas Aquinas), Siffo Pierre (Taravella), Erik Lenzen (Cardinal Gibbons), Nigel Kemp (Everglades), Jakhari Bolton (Killian), Deion Cineus (Miami Beach) and Belen Jesuit Jonathan Schultz, who spent last year in Jacksonville.

On defense, the focus - as usual will be in the secondary - where high level players such as Nigel Patton (Booker T. Washington), Deatrick Nichols (Central), Quincy Wilson (University School), John Battle IV (Hallandale),  Marquese Dudley-Gordon (Cypress Bay), Alshinard Harris (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Carter Jacobs (American Heritage) are among the best anywhere.

As strong as the secondary will be in this class, the line is already attracting big time prospects. Ends Chad Thomas (Booker T. Washington) and Mike Smith (Northwestern), and interior linemen Khairi Clark (Chaminade-Madonna), Anthony Moten (St. Thomas Aquinas) and Cypress Bay standout Justin Rae are already among the top recruits.

The linebackers are also going to be fun to watch - with top-flight prospect Chaminade transfer Richard Yeargin III (University School) leading the way.

In addition, players to keep an eye on include Anthony Wint (Homestead), Official Coffey (North Miami), Jean Concepcion (South Miami), Dominique Elverson (Hialeah), Roi Jean-Joseph (Edison), Griffin Jossfolk (Cypress Bay) and Terry McCray from Blanche Ely.

1. Ermon Lane, WR, 6-1, 180, Homestead.
2. Dalvin Cook, RB, 6-0, 190, Miami Central.
3. Joseph Yearby, RB, 5-10, 195, Miami Central.
4. Treon Harris, QB, 6-0, 185, Miami Booker T. Washington.
5. Quinton "Winky" Flowers, QB, 6-1, 200, Miami Jackson.
6. Steve Ishmael, WR, 6-2, 180, North Miami Beach.
7. Chad Thomas, DE, 6-4, 230, Miami Booker T. Washington. 
8. Mike Smith, DE, 6-3, 230, Miami Northwestern.
9. Nigel Patton, DB, 5-9, 175, Miami Booker T. Washington.
10. Deatrick Nichols, DB, 5-8, 175, Miami Central.
11. Tyre Brady, WR, 6-4, 185, South Dade
12. Joseph “Jo-Jo” Robinson, Athlete, 5-11, 185, Miami Northwestern.
13. Jacob McCrary, WR, 6-1, 175, Miami Coral Reef.
14. Nicodem Pierre, QB, 6-2, 205, Miami Coral Reef.
15. Alin Eduoard, QB, 6-2, 180, Hialeah.
16. Trevor Darling, OL, 6-5, 310, Miami Central.
17. Lamar Parker, WR, 5-10, 175, Miami Booker T. Washington.
18. Henderson "Prince" Gray, WR, 5-10, 175, Miami Monsignor Pace.
19. Cornelius Floyd, WR/DB, 6-1, 160, Miami Gulliver Prep.
20. Kendrick Edwards, WR, 6-6, 220, Miami Norland.

1. Sony Michel, RB, 6-0, 210, American Heritage.
2. Khairi Clark, DT, 6-3, 300, Chaminade-Madonna.
3. Anthony Moten, DT, 6-4, 270, St. Thomas Aquinas.
4. Brandon Powell, RB, 5-9, 180, Deerfield Beach.
5. Quincy Wilson, DB, 6-2, 190, University School.
6. John Battle IV, DB, 6-2, 190, Hallandale.
7. Sean White, QB, 6-2, 200, University School.
8. Mardre London, RB, 6-1, 196, St. Thomas Aquinas.
9. Marquese Dudley-Gordon, S, 6-0, 180, Cypress Bay.
10. Richard Yeargin III, LB, 6-4, 218, University School.
11. Corey Holmes, WR, 6-1, 190, St. Thomas Aquinas.
12. Emmanuel Soto, WR, 6-2, 171, University School.
13. Alshinard Harris, DB, 5-11, 160, St. Thomas Aquinas
14. Chris Lammons, Athlete, 5-11, 175, Plantation.
15. Ravian Pierce, TE, 6-4, 210, Plantation.
16. Ryan Crozier, OL, 6-4, 280, St. Thomas Aquinas.
17. Wade Freebeck, QB, 6-4, 185, St. Thomas Aquinas.
18. Carter Jacobs, S, 6-2, 200, American Heritage
19. Isaiah McKenzie, Athlete, 5-9, 170, American Heritage.
20. George Rushing, WR/DB, 6-1, 185, Cardinal Gibbons

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current Class of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. All you have to do is send a You Tube or Hudl link and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein at   Floridakids1@aol.com.

Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein.

February 10, 2013

Homestead (4-2A), St. Thomas Aquinas (3-3A) win regional wrestling titles

Region 3-3A: St. Thomas Aquinas cruised to the team championship Saturday at Lake Worth Park Vista.

Team top 5: 1. St. Thomas Aquinas 218.5; 2. Palm Beach Gardens 128; 3. Jupiter 106; 4. Cypress Bay 94; 5. Coral Springs 86.5.

Championship finals (Broward only) – 106: Francois (PL) dec. Radli (Jupiter) 4-0; 113: Uhre (STA) tech fall Strent (CB) 16-0; 120: Lira (WES) dec. Gomes (STA) 8-7; 126: Guerriero (STA) maj. dec. Bonadies (Wellington) 12-4; 132: Hall (STA) tech fall Jeanite (PBG) 18-1; 138: Sadek (Coral Glades) dec. Taroli (Port St. Lucie) 7-4; 145: Thome (Seminole Ridge) dec. Perez (STA) 6-5; 152: Iglesias (STA) pin Moore (SR) 0:42; 160: Weiss (STA) dec. Tucker (Nova) 11-6; 170: Jeovenetta (STA) maj. dec. Chevelon (PBG) 11-2; HWT: Seidle (CB) pin Lynn (Boca Raton) 1:00.

Consolation finals (Broward only) – 106: Gibson (CS) pin Mitchell (Wellington) 1:59; 120: MacFarlane (Wellington) pin Whipp (Monarch) 3:54; 126: Carter (Monarch) maj. dec. Sage (CB) 10-0; 138: Abanoza (STA) dec. Santosus (Park Vista) 11-5; Bradley (Jupiter) pin Sinbela (Western) 4:42; 170: Kochlany (Royal Palm Beach) dec. Solomon (Piper) 11-4; 182: Anderson (CS) dec. Vargas (Taravella) 6-2; 195: McNamara (CB) tech fall Armstrong (Park Vista) 17-2; 220: Minnis (Piper) pin Marshall (Nova) 1:45.


Region 4-2A: Homestead secured the team championship at Stuart Martin County Saturday.

Team standings: 1. Homestead 172; 2. Boca Raton Olympic Heights 149; 3. Jensen Beach 142; 4. Melbourne Palm Bay 110; 5. Palm Bay Heritage 99; 6. Archbishop McCarthy 70; 7. Blanche Ely 66.5; 8. Bayside 65; 9. Miami Springs 64.5.

Championship finals (Dade/Broward only) – 106: Gillis (AM) dec. Garay (Hallandale) 6-0; 113: Richard (Bayside) dec. Gillis (AM) 6-4; 120: Farley (Palm Bay) dec. Almendarez 5-4 (Mater Academy); 126: Guerra (Mater Academy) dec. Bayonne (Heritage) 7-2; 138: Muccio (Melbourne) pin Medal (MS) 2:44; 145: Vonniederhausern (Palm Bay) tech fall Duran (MS) 15-0; 152: Boyd (Stranahan) tech fall Rossi (Jensen) 14-4; 160: Aroyo (Olympic Heights) pin O'Connor (HOM) 1:28; 182: Simmons (HOM) pin Porter (Palm Bay) 1:13; 220: Richardson (HOM) dec. Castoro (Jensen Beach) 5-3.

Consolation finals (Dade/Broward only): 106: Cleristor (Olympic Heights) dec Delisca (HOM) 8-1; 126: Preciado (MS) maj. dec. Sincoff (OH) 9-1; 138: Sincoff (Olympic Heights) tech fall Bohannon (HOM) 18-7; 145: Broner (HOM) dec. Hagan (Okeechobee) 7-4; 152: Malloy (Heritage) maj. dec. Norman (HOM) 12-2; 182: Knight (Ely) tech fall Bailey (NW) 17-2; 195: Wint (HOM) dec. Abreu 6-4 (Olympic Heights); HWT: Burgess (Central) pin Jean-Baskin (Ely) 1:39.

Archbishop McCarthy beats Gulliver during Marlins Park Winter Warm-Up

Three-time defending state champion Archbishop McCarthy beat Gulliver Prep 3-1 on Saturday as part of the third annual Field of Dreams game at Marlins Park. It was held during the MetroPCS Miami Marlins Winter Warm Up.

Junior left-hander Brian Gonzalez, who also produced a two-run double in the first inning, earned the victory. The Raiders manufactured a run in the sixth on junior shortstop Joe Dunand's RBI line drive to right-center field following a leadoff single, balk and groundout. The Mavericks countered with an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning on junior outfielder Brandon Vicens' sacrifice fly.


Late Saturday boys' basketball district results

Late Saturday – District 16-6A final – Norland 57, Northwestern 52 – NOR: McKnight 9, Roberts 2, Henry 4, McCrea 17, Deceus 8, Mike 1, Williams 7, Johnson 9. Half: NOR 25-23. Three-pointers: McKnight, Johnson. Rebounds: McCrea 9. Assists: Johnson 6. Blocks: Williams 4.

Late Saturday – District 15-4A final - Ransom Everglades 56, Doral Academy 19

– RE (24-2): Mourning 7, Singer 14, Campano 2, Rivlin 1, Stern 4, Ertel 3, Roach 10, Marx 11, Bonner 1, Rose 3. DOR: Fernandez 2, Ruiz 7, Fernandez 5, Pierre 2, Steel 1, Marcondes 2. Three-pointers: Marx 3, Rose. Rebounds: Mourning 15. Assists: Ertel 6. Blocks: Mourning 6. Steals: Singer, Ertel 4.

Late Saturday – District 16-4A final - Gulliver Prep 71, Key West 53 -

GUL: Beattie 8, Ralat 20, Carreras 15, Lafuente 17, Thomas 9, Paniz 2. Half: G 38-29. Rebounds: Ralat 9. Steals: Ralat 4. Assists: Ralat, Lafuente, Thomas 3. Blocks: Ralat 2. G 21-6.

Late Saturday – District 14-2A final – Champagnat Catholic 66, Hebrew Academy 37

Late Friday – District 14-8A final – Miami High 62, Miami Springs 51

February 09, 2013

Late Friday District boys' basketball championship results

Hey guys,

With state soccer, regional soccer, regional wrestling and district basketball...oh yeah and baseball and softball underway, space went fast in the paper.

Luckily, there's the internet.

Here's some late results for some big district boys' basketball finals and semifinals involving South Florida teams that we'll have in the Sunday paper.

Late Friday – District 15-8A final - South Miami 56, Columbus 45: SM: Perez-Laham 10, Simmons 18, Lopez  1, Cratit 8, Bartley 11, Barney 3, Blanco 5, Lobue 1. COL: Melendez 15, Minervino 9, Rico 11, Durant 10. Assists: Perez-Laham 5. Rebounds: Simmons 16. Steals: Barney 2.

Late Friday – District 16-8A final – Palmetto 72, Coral Reef 66 (OT): PAL: Coffey 24, Schulz 21, Pubchara 13, Wasser 6, Mulett 3, Parlic 2. CR: Hankerson 24, Glasford 18, McCrary 7, Avdain 6, Stevens 6, Pearl 2, Cannady 2, Bryan 1. Half: PAL 36-26. End of regulation: 61-61. Rebounds: Coffey 10. Assists: Wasser 9. Steals: Schulz 4.

Late Friday – District 13-8A final – Hialeah Gardens 52, Carol City 39

Late Friday – District 16-6A semifinal – Norland 47, Belen 36 – NOR: McKnight 4, Roberts 5, Huell 7, McCrea 6, Mike 10, Williams 11, Johnson 4. Half: N 15-12. Three-pointers: Mike. Rebounds: McCrea 9. Assists: Johnson 4. Steals: Johnson 6.

Late Friday - District 13-4A semifinal – North Broward Prep 61, Pine Crest 58: Despite trailing Pine Crest for most of the game, North Broward Prep rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the defending state champions.

Jacolby Harris led the Eagles with 18 points. Damon Arnette followed with
16 points and Taarig Lewis added in 12 points for North Broward Prep

The Eagles will face University School, which eliminated Cardinal Gibbons – considered a state contender – in its semifinal, in the district championship on Saturday at 7 p.m.

“We’ve played Pine Crest tough the last two years,” Eagles’ coach Scott
Williams said. “Our kids knew what they had to do.”

With under a minute to play in the fourth quarter, Pine Crest (18-9) held a
58-57 lead. On the right wing, Kalvin Cline’s cross-court pass was stolen
by Harris.  After driving up the court, Harris was fouled and knocked down
two free throws to give the Eagles its first lead of the second half at

Pine Crest attempted to hold for the final shot of the game. The Panthers
were able to get the ball inside with 23.1 seconds remaining, but Arnette
on help defense stole the ball from Antonio Vrankovic. Harris was fouled
again and converted on two more free throws to seal the game for the

NBP (16-11): Harris 18, Lewis 12, Arnette 16,

Reyes 6 Rifkind 6. PC (18-9): Crawford 20, Marcinkevicius 16, Antonio
Vrankovic 9. Halftime: Pine Crest 38-29. Three pointers PC: Crawford 4 NPB:
Lewis 4, Rifkind 2

 Late Friday - District 13-4A semifinal - University School 62, Cardinal Gibbons 52: University School relied on its aggressive play attacking the basket and
its tough defense on Cardinal Gibbons (19-4) as the Suns pulled away in the
fourth quarter.

Maquedius Bain led University School (15-7) with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Jalen Battle followed with 16 points and four rebounds.

US (15-7): Bain 17, Battle 16, Bullock 14, Baton 8, Hewitt 7. CG (19-4):
Morales 22, Andino 14, Brooks 8, Goosby 8. Halftime: US 26-18. Assist:
Hewitt 6, Barton 4, Bullock 2, Allen 2, Bain 3. Rebounds: Bain 12, Hewitt
6, Battle 4, Barton 3, Morales 5, Simmons 4, Goosby 4.

Late Friday - District 15-2A final - Westwood Chrstian 93, Miami Chrsitian 70: The Warriors won their second district title in a row. WWC: Shoon 20, Joseph 21, Ramis 31, Conceicao 18, Molina 3, Jou 3. Rebounds: Conceicao 14. Blocks: Conceicao 5. Steals: Shoon 5. Assists: Ramis, Gonzalez 5.


February 08, 2013

National Signing Day video: Northeast WR Stacy Coley

Here's National Signing Day video of Northeast WR Stacy Coley courtesy of Herald writer Christina De Nicola.


National Signing Day video: St. Thomas Aquinas/Chris Carter/Mark Barr

Here's an interview with St. Thomas Aquinas WR Mark Barr and NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter.

Video courtesy of Herald writer Christina De Nicola.


Mark Barr/Cris Carter