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May 09, 2013

World of Sports Hosts Technique Camp, June 1-2

For a student athlete, it’s all about: Training harder. Playing better. Getting noticed! World of Sports and My Speed Trainer (formerly Cris Carter Speed Program) have partnered to present the 1st annual premier training football event — the Technique Football Camp. This two-day event will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2013 from 10am-2pm (9am check-in) at Coral Springs, 10000 NW 29th Street Coral Springs, FL 33065.
Football has changed. You may have noticed. The cuts are quicker, the action is faster, the hits are harder and the players are more powerful and explosive than at any other time in the game’s history. To keep up, athletes must commit themselves to training – off and in season – to push beyond perceived limits, break through physical barriers to become faster, more powerful, more agile, more instinctive and lightening quick.
MST Training, Protocols and Ratings will help raise the level of athleticism, and raise the level of the game. This nationally held event provides student athletes the opportunity to work with Trainers and College Coaches—experts who have trained Division 1 and NFL players. Camp participants will get excellent trainer from college coaches and current and former NFL players who have tested the water.
The World of Sports TECHINQUE Football Camp is $75 for one day- $125 for both days, but spaces is limited. The event is open to entering high school football players graduating in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 (recently graduated seniors are not eligible). Participants fee include: Evapor Performance T-Shirt and Short, Insurance, Recovery Shake.
Pre-registration is required. Any interested athletes should confirm their spots before the event! Register online at theworldofsportsinc.com/Participants form.
Event Overview
Why is this camp so important? World of Sports mission is to enable every athlete to reach their potential using natural, scientifically based training methods. This camp introduces athletes in South Florida the tools, information and tests needed to reach that potential.
For more details visit theworldofsportsinc.com or contact: Joshauwa Brown, Camp Director: 954.478.9117 • theworldofsportsinc@yahoo.com.

May 03, 2013

Mastrole elevates E.J. Manuel to 1st Round Selection


When Ken Mastrole speaks to the students at his many passing clinics, he explains that hard work will lead to open doors. That philosophy recently came true for the one-time Cardinal Gibbons standout quarterback.

After years and years of making quarterbacks better and changing the course of many futures, Mastrole, who played collegiately at the University of Maryland and Rhode Island, watched his own "stock rise" - if you will.

Mastrole's many connections through the years - in high school, college and professionally - led him to Florida State University quarterback E.J. Manuel. A gifted and talented prospect, Manuel had never maximized his talents with the Seminoles.

What Mastrole did was come in - and put the gifted passer through every test imaginable. By last week's NFL Draft, many had felt that his improvement and ability was worthy of a first round pick. When the Buffalo Bills made the selection, Manuel and his instructor were center stage.

"I felt all along that if E.J. expected to be picked high in the NFL Draft, there would be a lot of work to do," Mastrole said. "You knew he had the desire when he began to improve in the first few weeks. By the time he began throwing for teams, many had made up their mind that there wasn't a better all-around quarterback in the draft."

While the selection of Manuel began to focus in on Mastrole, those who have known and worked with him for years, knew it was a matter of time. He had worked with several marquee quarterbacks in the state, getting them better and bringing all regional, state and national attention.

His prized students in the upcoming class include Sean White of University School and Washington State-bound Peyton Bender from Cardinal Gibbons to name a few. His weekly clinics have opened the door for several local players who have taken full advantage.

Plans to move his Mastrole Passing Academy events across the state are in the immediate plans. His clinics and combines have been split between south Florida and the Fort Myers area, which he calls home these days after playing Arena League in the area.

"We all knew that Coach Mastrole was special," said White. "He cares about developing and making sure that you maximize what you have. He is one of those people who is on the fast track to the top of his profession."

Mastrole also evaluates several quarterbacks throughout the state as well as this Miami-Dade/Broward County area. He offered a look at some for the Class of 2014.

Sean White
Davie University School
All the tools as one of the best pure rated passing quarterbacks in the southeast. Generates velocity with a compact stroke and can make all the throws required at Division 1 level. Steady improvements in anticipation from year 1 to year 4. White also has the strong pocket presence and can change launch points quickly.
WHAT'S AHEAD: White has a high ceiling and will now go from a pro style offense to working mostly out of the gun. Timing and speed of delivery in a fast punch offense will be key in White's growth this spring.

Peyton Bender
Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
Washington State commit will now have full reigns of Broward county's top offensive teams through the air. Bender is very savvy in the pocket avoiding pressure and keeping his eyes moving through 2nd and 3rd progressions. Has a lighting fast release and has an excellent understanding of defensive coverages and reads. Bender's offensive fit is exactly what Cardinal Gibbons has incorporate. The Air Raid style of offense with vertical passing game combined with space and separation.
WHAT'S AHEAD: His ability to deliver through progressions and maintain proper footwork and balance is a strong characterstic in his game. Bender will continue to take the next step in his maturation process by ball placement for throws required at the next level.

Treon Harris
Miami Booker T. Washington
Excellent athlete and the ability to be a game changer for the offense. Harris took Booker T to a state championship last year through the air and on the ground. Very raw and has the ability to play at the next level if the offense is custom fit to his skill set. Can raise the level of average players around him and creates when the pocket breaks down around him.
WHAT'S AHEAD: Will need to work on steps and the number taken with a rhythm based offense. A bit of a 3/4 release, Harris is better suited in an offense he can run first option then pass. Very valuable option because of his ability to play multiple positions on the field.

Quinton Flowers
Miami Jackson
One of the most explosive players on the map in Dade County. Another raw ability quarterback that does show the ability to make timing throws and moves through progressions. Difficult to sack but will need to work on ball security in a high level conference at the next level. Strong arm who makes plays inside the pocket and is even much more dangerous on the edge.
WHAT'S AHEAD: This Spring could be the time Flowers continues to work on his drop steps in relation to the routes and reads. If he continues to show where he left off last year staying in the pocket and moving through reads he could become one of the top 5 dual threat quarterbacks in the country.

• Nico Pierre (MIAMI CORAL REEF):
Physical quarterback that can make all of the throws. Best fit offense- Kansas State style of play.

• Wade Freebeck (FORT LAUDERDALE ST. THOMAS AQUINAS): This could be a similar path to the last starter - John O'Korn. Freebeck had a strong season last year and has a very high ceiling. Will obtain multiple D1 offers by the end of spring football. Upside, Upside, Upside is the best words used to describe this signal caller.

• Jorge Pola Jr. (MIAMI BELEN JESUIT): Operating out of the always exciting Wolverines' offense, Pola Jr. has the ability to run and throw.

• Hunter Boyett (MIAMI WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN): Disappointed by a collar bone injury last year, Boyett has the arm and legs to garner serious attention this spring. Should have an excellent 2013 campaign and should be considered as a dual threat qb.

• Danarious Graham (DEERFIELD BEACH): Strong arm. Transferred from Blanche Ely. Will need to show he can lead his team to playoffs and execute the offense to start gaining serious looks. Graham is as talented as any signal caller on the list and will need to just prove it in the fall.

• Nick Jeanty (MIRAMAR): Already obtaining D1 offers. Jeanty has pure skills with the ability to distribute the ball quickly. A strong spring and fall will move this athlete up in the rankings. Has already gained national attention by his performance at the Nike Elite 11 camp in Atlanta.

• Eugene Sainterling (LAUDERDALE BOYD ANDERSON): Looks the part with size and arm strength. Has the ability to make a name for himself as he takes over for Boyd Anderson. With the nickname "Geno" and the arm and height this QB will make a stay on a number of radar screens this spring.

• Nick Velar (HOLLYWOOD CHAMINADE): Transfer from St. Thomas has the ability to keep pressure off of lineman and distribute the ball quickly. A smart QB who can put his team in a good situation.

• Kelly Benson (MIAMI MONSIGNOR PACE): Benson has the arm and the ability to take Pace into the playoffs. Will need to continue to grow from his junior campaign and will gain interest with his strong right arm.

• Alin Edouard (HIALEAH): Miami commit can make the throws at multiple angles and has the ability to burn a defense that is not disciplined. Very calm and controlled QB that continues to climb the charts.

• Sean Pratt (ARCHBISHOP MCCARTHY): New school should be beneficial to Pratt and his maturation as a quarterback. Accurate and has the ability to move the pocket. This will be an important spring for Pratt to build chemistry and a comfort level with a new offense.

• Lee "Bud" Martin (FORT LAUDERDALE DILLARD): Strong arm and has shown well at combines and camps. A strong run into the playoffs should continue to help Martin's stock rise.

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.


May 02, 2013

Stranahan hires alum Willie Hill as new football coach

Courtesy of Miami Herald writer Concepcion Ledezma

Stranahan has announced the hiring of former Dragon Willie Hill as its
new head coach on Thursday.
   A former standout as a defensive back and track star at Stranahan, the
31-year-old Hill hopes revive a struggling program which is coming off an
3-7 season.
   "This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up, and I had others," said
Hill, who will be moving from Clewiston and will be on the Stranahan
faculty as a graphic photo shop teacher and head the STEM program (dual
   "My wife (Erin) and brother are Dragons, I come from a long line of
Stranahan graduates. I don't see our program as struggling, as much as just
having some down years. While I plan to keep most of the assistants, I am
targeting some assistants positions to fill in with guys with college
   He plans to add his brother Renaldo, also a former Dragon standout,
among his coaching staff.
   After graduating from Stranahan, where he played alongside Asante
Samuels, Hill went on to letter at Central Michigan University as a
standout receiver and track athlete while earning a degree in graphic

May 01, 2013

UPDATED: Baseball, softball games rescheduled for Thursday

Here you go, hot off the presses right here from the Miami Herald.

After a fun day of rain and rescheduling and running around sloshing around Miami, here's the list of games that were postponed and were rescheduled for Thursday.

Here's Thursday's new schedule

BASEBALL regional quarterfinals

Region 4-8A: Coral Gables at American, 11 a.m.

Region 4-8A at Alex Fernandez: Hialeah at Goleman, 2

Region 4-8A: South Dade at Sunset, 11 a.m.

Region 3-8A: Cypress Bay at Douglas, 1

Region 3-8A: Coral Glades at Flanagan, 1

Region 4-7A: Monarch at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7

Region 4-7A: Nova at Northeast, 7

Region 4-6A: Belen at Archbishop McCarthy, 7

Region 4-6A at Westland Gardens Park: Pembroke Pines Charter at Mater Academy, 11 a.m.

Region 4-5A: Riviera Beach Suncoast at American Heritage, 7

Region 4-5A: Pompano Beach at Jensen Beach, 7

Region 4-4A at St. Thomas University: Gulliver vs. La Salle, 11 a.m.

Region 4-4A: TERRA at St. Brendan, 11 a.m.

Region 4-4A: North Broward Prep at Monsignor Pace, 7

Region 4-3A: Delray American Heritage at Coral Springs Christian, 7

Region 4-3A at Florida Memorial: Mater Lakes vs. Westminster Christian, 4

Region 4-3A: Dade Christian at Florida Christian, 7

Region 4-3A: Highlands Christian at Boca Raton Pope John Paul II, 7

Region 4-2A at Miami Christian: Redland Christian vs. Brito, 10 a.m.

Region 4-2A: Westwood Christian at Colonial Christian, 4

Region 4-2A: Champagnat Catholic at Zion Lutheran, 3:30

Region 4-2A at Curtis Park: Sheridan Hills Christian vs. Mater East, 7


Regional semifinals

Region 4-8A: American at Goleman, 11 a.m.

Region 4-6A at Bucky Dent Park: Pembroke Pines Charter at Mater Academy, 6

Region 4-2A: Zion Lutheran at Sheridan Hills Christian, 2

Only games that have been played so far Wednesday are:


Region 4-8A: Killian 1, Southwest 0

Region 4-4A: Coral Springs Charter 14, Archbishop Carroll 4


Region 4-8A Coral Reef-Palmetto suspended 2-1 in 1st. was going to play Wednesday night at Palmetto Bay Park.

Region 4-4A: Coral Springs Charter 13, Monsignor Pace 0

Region 4-2A: Princeton Christian 18, Westwood Christian 3