October 23, 2012

October 09, 2012

October 02, 2012

Ransom Everglades basketball star Sam Singer commits to Cal

            Sam Singer has put up impressive scoring numbers on the basketball court the past two seasons at Ransom Everglades.

            His efforts have made him one of the highest-recruited shooting guards in the country.

            Singer chose his college destination Tuesday when he committed to the University of California. Singer, a 6-5 shooting guard, is ranked No. 45 nationally among prospects at his position by ESPN.

            Singer was one of the top scorers in the nation his junior season leading Miami-Dade County among Class 4A-1A schools with a 34.1 points per game average. That ranked second overall in the county to Carol City grad and University of Miami freshman Deandre Burnett (36.2).

            Singer, also a solid distributor on the court, averaged 7.7 assists per game last year and 6.2 as a sophomore. That season, he also averaged 6.4 rebounds and 21.4 points per game.

            Singer said he has over 30 schools interested including offers from Stanford, Richmond, Harvard and Davidson. Singer entered this school year with a 3.4 GPA.

            But after two visits to Cal, Singer said he loved the combination of the school’s solid academics and athletics.

Singer hopes to lead Ransom further in the playoffs this season after the Raiders were eliminated in the district semifinals last year.

            “The Pac-12 is one of the best conferences in the country to play in and I feel like California is a great school and a great fit for me,” Singer said. “Only one thing left to do my senior year. We didn’t do so well last year, but we’re all working hard to finish better this time.”

September 07, 2012

Gulliver students welcome Miami Heat championship trophy

Gulliver Academy's Pre-K3 through 8th grade students got the chance to see the Miami Heat's championship trophy Friday morning.

The kids wore white T-shirts in honor of the Heat's "White Hot" ad campaign, and chanted "Let's Go Heat" at the ceremony.

The event was part of the Heat's efforts to support the local community.

Below is a photo of the event. PHOTO COURTESY OF GULLIVER ACADEMY


February 29, 2012

Dillard girls' basketball coach Marcia Pinder named National Coach of the Year

Fresh off leading the Dillard girls' basketball team to its third consecutive state title, legendary Panthers coach Marcia Pinder has been named the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA National High School Coach of the Year.

Pinder, the winningest coach in state history with a record of 804-175, will be invited to coach in the WBCA High School All-America Game on March 31 in Denver as part of the award. The game will be played at 6:30 p.m. as part of the events on NCAA Women's Final Four weekend.

Pinder has led Dillard to a Broward County-best seven state titles during her 35-year career. The number of championships is one shy of the state's all-time record held by Jacksonville Ribault. The "three-peat" achieved last week in Lakeland is Dillard's first.

December 27, 2011

Adidas Holiday Slam basketball starts Tuesday

Holiday basketball continues for Miami-Dade and Broward county teams this week.
The 2011 Adidas Holiday Slam kicks off Tuesday with games all day at Florida Christian School. The 16-team field features some top teams from South Florida including Coral Springs Christian, American, University School, Palmetto, Southridge, Archbishop McCarthy, Champagnat Catholic, Westminster Christian, Gulliver and the host Patriots.
The teams will be divided into a pair of 8-team brackets - one labeled the Derrick Rose bracket and the other the Dwight Howard bracket. The semifinals will be played Wednesday and the finals of each bracket will be played Thursday. The high school tournament will be followed by a two-day, four-team Division-III college tournament to be played Friday and Saturday.
Tuesday's schedule - Rose bracket: University vs. American, 9:30 a.m.; Treasure Coast vs. Palmetto, 11 a.m.; Champagnat vs. Lake Worth Christian, 6:30; Wellington vs. Florida Christian, 8; Howard bracket: Orlando Faith Christian vs. Westminster Christian, 12:30; Gulliver vs. Coral Springs Christian, 2; Southridge vs. Center Point, 3:30; Archbishop McCarthy vs. Tampa Sickles, 5.

November 15, 2010

Longtime Dade official and coach Ralph Lewis passes away

I opened my email this morning to learn the sad news that Ralph Lewis, a longtime official in multiple sports and coach in Miami-Dade County, passed away late last night after an 18-month battle with leukemia.

Lewis, 54, officiated numerous high school and college events around the state for over two decades, as well as coached and worked at Killian and Palmetto High Schools.

This past May, we had the privilege of honoring him at our All-Dade Awards breakfast with our annual Walter Krietsch/Leo Suarez Courage Award for his years of dedicated service to high school student-athletes in South Florida.

Speaking on a personal note, Lewis was a generous, caring and professional individual, who was always willing to help others and was a pleasure to be around and work with.

The kind of guy that officiated a high school football game on a Friday night, then hit the road right after to go to Dade City and officiate a state cross-country championship at the crack of dawn the next morning...and do it with a positive attitude. He was a classy individual that will be missed.

On behalf of the Miami Herald's high school sports staff, I'd like to extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Dorothy Lewis and his extended family.

Funeral arrangements and details haven't been made available yet, but we will have that information soon either on this blog or in the newspaper.

- Andre C. Fernandez

August 31, 2010

Jacksonville Arlington Country Day no longer in FHSAA

Just ran across this press release on the Florida High School Athletic Association's website:

That should shake things up among small school basketball. ACD has made it to the Class 1A state finals six consecutive seasons, and won 5 titles in a row before last season.


Arlington Country Day resigns FHSAA membership

GAINESVILLE - Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville resigned its membership in the Florida High School Athletic Association, effective immediately.

School officials had been in contact with Executive Director Roger Dearing to tender the school's resignation. The FHSAA and Arlington Country Day mutually agreed to this decision.

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.