June 07, 2008

Cooper City freshman-to-be: An ESPY winner?

This year, for the first time, ESPN is giving out a youth achievement award at the ESPYs Breakfast next month (the winner also earns a trip to the awards show, which airs July 20). Among the five finalists: Max Frost, a Cooper City High School freshman-to-be who earned his spot by winning an essay contest on ESPN.com.

Here's the link to the list of finalists. Frost's video is the one on the far right. Frost plays basketball at the Jewish Community Center in Davie (where the video was filmed) and soccer at Cooper City Optimist. He will join the Cowboys this fall.

You can vote for Max by following the link. One vote per day will be counted; Frost currently is in second place. Voting ends June 15.

--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)

May 14, 2008

A few signings...

This story in today's Herald highlighted a few signings from Archbishop McCarthy (which took place today at the school). Here's an updated list, with a couple of corrections/additions/updates:

  • Football: Carlos Gonzalez, Bridgewater (Va.); Billy Scott, Concordia (Wisc.).
  • Basketball: Jamar Gopie, Elms (Mass.); Jimmy Nolan, George Mason (walk-on); Mike Savery, Methodist (N.C.).
  • Baseball: Alan Avila, Nova Southeastern; Sal Costanzo, Vassar (N.Y.); Chris Turnio, Nova Southeastern.
  • Softball: Katie Mansilla, North Carolina St.; Alexa Martinez, Auburn.
  • Soccer: Matt Delisle, Stetson; Kelsey Dunning, St. Thomas; Christine Mastandrea, Ave Maria (Fla.).
  • Track: Andrew Deleo, Clemson; Alex Hueck, Mars Hill (N.C.); Gus Vazquez Milan, Kansas St.
  • Wrestling: Colby Borchetta, Michigan State.
  • Also, Armani Appolon (basketball/volleyball) and Jonathan Ramirez (football) still are undecided, according to the school.

Elsewhere in Broward, Cooper City basketball player Cayla Aaron will sign Monday with Fairmont (W.V.) State, a Division-II school that won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Conference's tournament last season and was ranked as high as 10th in D-II. She'll receive a full scholarship.

Congrats to these students, and athletes/parents/coaches/readers -- as always -- are encouraged to keep us posted on any other signing news.

--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)

April 14, 2008

Monday afternoon clicks

A few Broward-related links of interest to surf through, before all the districts (softball, track, water polo) and regionals (tennis) intensify this week:

  • Undefeated Pembroke Pines Charter, already No. 1 in USA Today's softball Super 25, picked up another No. 1 ranking (this one from StudentSportsSoftball.com, a parter of Rivals.com). The Jaguars begin their quest for a district title Tuesday at Pompano Beach's Four Fields.
  • MaxPreps.com released its boys' and girls' basketball All-American teams from 2007-08. American Heritage junior guard Kenny Boynton was named honorable mention on the boys' side. For the girls, Fabiola Josil (Coral Glades) was on the "other seniors considered" list, while Sandra Garcia (American Heritage), Joanna Harden (Ely) and Erica Wheeler (Parkway) earned "juniors to watch" status.
  • Rankings shift: For whatever reason, American Heritage first baseman Eric Hosmer fell from No. 3 to No. 6 in the most recent Sports Illustrated-affiliated Takkle.com baseball rankings. Hosmer's teammate, catcher Adrian Nieto, also fell (from No. 21 to 26), and Flanagan infielder Rolando Gomez dropped from No. 33 to 66. Another American Heritage Patriot, though, jumped -- pitcher JuanCarlos Sulbaran went from No. 40 to No. 27.

--Patrick Dorsey

April 09, 2008

South Florida's achievers

Time to celebrate academics: The FHSAA has released its top squads for the 2007-08 winter sports, in terms of cumulative team GPA. Listed schools posted a 3.0 or better. According to the release, the top schools by class and sport will receive championship plaques at the end of the school year.

Broward's achievers:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: boys' basketball (3.09 GPA, 4th in 5A), girls' basketball (3.527, 2nd in 5A), wrestling (3.068, 2nd in 2A), girls' soccer (3.513, 4th in 5A), boys' soccer (3.159, 6th in 5A)
  • Posnack: boys' basketball (3.341, 1st in 1A), girls' basketball (3.582, 4th in 1A), girls' soccer (3.626, 3rd in 2A)
  • Archbishop McCarthy: girls' basketball (3.065, 9th in 4A), girls' soccer (3.234, 10th in 4A), boys' soccer (3.125, 3rd in 4A)
  • Westminster Academy: girls' basketball (3.565, T-5th in 2A), girls' soccer (3.571, 6th in 2A), boys' soccer (3.569, 2nd in 2A)
  • Florida Bible Christian: girls' basketball (3.312, 8th in 1A)

And Miami-Dade:

  • Belen Jesuit: boys' basketball (3.197, 1st in 4A), wrestling (3.093, 3rd in 1A), boys' soccer (3.032, 5th in 4A)
  • Ransom Everglades: boys' basketball (3.337, 3rd in 3A), girls' basketball (3.468, 7th in 3A), wrestling (3.032, 4th in 1A), girls' soccer (3.247, 12th in 3A), boys' soccer (3.104, 7th in 3A)
  • Gulliver Prep: boys' basketball (3.026, 7th in 3A), girls' basketball (3.447, 9th in 3A), girls' soccer (3.372, 9th in 3A), boys' soccer (3.297, 4th in 3A)
  • Miami Country Day: boys' basketball (3.361, 5th in 2A), girls' basketball (3.514, 8th in 2A)
  • Monsignor Pace: girls' basketball (3.399, 4th in 4A)
  • Carrollton: girls' basketball (3.356, 12th in 3A), girls' soccer (3.187, 13th in 3A)
  • Miami Christian: girls' basketball (3.366, 11th in 2A), girls' soccer (3.278, 13th in 2A)

--Patrick Dorsey

April 04, 2008

Here we go again...

Pembroke Pines Charter softball is at it again. But they weren't the only teams in action Thursday:

  • The Pines Charter Jaguars moved to 20 wins and no losses Thursday at the Kissimmee Klassic, winning another pitchers' duel (2-0 over Gulliver Prep). Check the box score here to see how another grind-it-out win played out.
  • In non-tournament softball action, Cooper City's Kara Clauss (7-2) pitched a two-hit, 10-strikeout shutout in a 2-0 win against equally strong St. Thomas Aquinas. With these two teams, Pines Charter, Flanagan and a few others, Broward softball looks pretty strong this year.
  • American Heritage baseball grabbed third Thursday at Palm Beach County's Gary Carter National Grand Slam Tournament, shutting out Wellington 8-0.
  • Speaking of American Heritage, basketball player Kenny Boynton earned a Parade All-American bid for his play during his junior season. Read more here.
  • Broward's first lacrosse district champion is...Pine Crest, whose girls' team downed St. Thomas Aquinas 11-8 on Thursday. The Panthers play Park Vista in next Tuesday's first-round play-in game. The boys' state representative will be decided Friday.

--Patrick Dorsey

April 01, 2008

Tuesday morning roundup

Just a few notes from Broward on this Tuesday...

  • Local baseball powerhouse American Heritage won its opening game Monday at the Gary Carter National Grand Slam tournament up in Palm Beach County, 10-2 against Highlands Christian. Touted slugger Eric Hosmer also apparently won the home-run derby. Check out the bracket here; the Patriots are set to play East Boynton at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
  • On the basketball rankings front: RISE Magazine, MaxPreps.com and USA Today have finalized their 2007-08 boys' basketball top 25s. State 5A champ Dillard stayed at the No. 18 spot in the RISE rankings, but didn't crack the other two lists. In Miami-Dade, USA Today listed Norland as its 24th-best team. As for the Rivals.com top 50, Dillard (No. 21), Norland (No. 38) and Boyd Anderson (No. 41) earned mentions.
  • The first FHSAA district lacrosse tournaments started Monday, and Tuesday competition comes to Broward. The first girls' District 12 semifinal game (at St. Thomas Aquinas) starts at 5 p.m. The boys' District 11 semifinals (at Pine Crest) also begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Other baseball tournament action kicked off Monday, with Broward teams playing everywhere from Nova to Tallahassee to Golden Gate. More on that as the tourneys progress, along with softball and other sports.

--Patrick Dorsey

March 28, 2008

Another serving of McDonald's

Courtesy of our friend Manny Navarro on the Canes beat, next year's McDonald's All-American games will be played at BankUnited Center, hosted by coach Frank Haith and the University of Miami.

This is a big deal for the Canes, but could carry extra meaning for at least one local high-school star. Who knows what the selection process will bring, but American Heritage guard Kenny Boynton -- ranked No. 7 by Rivals.com and No. 9 by Scout.com on their Class of 2009 lists -- could be South Florida's first McDonald's All-American this decade.

--Patrick Dorsey

March 27, 2008

Chelsey Lee: 'I will never forget this'

Caught up with Parkway Academy's Chelsey Lee, back in South Florida after spending some time in Milwaukee for the seventh annual girls' McDonald's All-American Game (won by the West on Wednesday).

She already missed it. A lot.

"It was most definitely an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life," was the first thing she said. "I will never forget this."

When she rattled off all the things she did, all the people she saw, it was easy to see why. Some highlights:

-Meeting the Doctor himself, Julius Erving, the day before Wednesday's game -- and wearing his championship rings. "I almost died right there," Lee said.

-Just being around 23 basketball players of such high caliber -- or, as Lee put it, "just being able to be in a room among people who are destined to be great."

-Being one of those players made Lee an instant (albeit short-lived, for now) star. "All the kids [were] wanting your autograph," Lee said. "You're not yet a celebrity, but everybody knows you're on that road."

-The nervousness Lee and her fellow All-Americans shared before the game, a feeling of "Can you believe all this? For Us?" she said. (How's that for humble?).

-Getting up close with four other Rutgers signees from around the nation, including co-MVPs Brooklyn Pope (Fort Worth, Texas) and Nikki Speed (Pasadena, Calif.), along with Jasmine Dixon (Long Beach, Calif.) and April Sykes (Crawford, Miss.).

And they didn't just share time on the court -- even trying to decide who will room with whom next fall. "I'll probably just take Nikki," Lee said. "Me and Nikki were real cool." Stay tuned on that one.

-With the East down big at halftime -- after beating the West on Tuesday in a closed scrimmage -- Lee and her teammates tried to fire each other up in the locker room. Enter Alonzo Mourning. "When he walked in," Lee recalled, "we forgot everything we just said."

'Zo did end up giving a pep talk to the team. His biggest message: "No matter the outcome," Lee recounted, "you've got to be something special to have made it here."

--Patrick Dorsey

Thursday links, and more

Just a few clicks and tidbits of interest from the Broward high schools scene...

  • Parkway Academy's Chelsey Lee (five points on 1-of-3 shooting) and the East lost 80-64 in last night's McDonald's All-American game in Milwaukee, but her future Rutgers teammates don't look too shabby.
  • StudentSportsSoftball.com (partner of Rivals.com) posted a photo gallery from the Southern California-based Nike Faster to First softball tournament, which Pembroke Pines Charter (still undefeated after last night) won earlier this month. Check photos No. 22, 30 and 33 for the Jaguars' celebration shots. There's also a video, but it's not quite George Lucas-level.
  • No surprise: Pines Charter tops the all-class rankings from Wednesday's first Miracle Sports softball poll (posted here by the Orlando Sentinel). Naturally, the Jaguars also rank as 4A's No. 1. Others showing up in the polls: Flanagan (No. 7, 6A), Cooper City (No. 13, 6A), St. Thomas Aquinas (No. 2, 5A -- also No. 9 in all-class), Archbishop McCarthy (No. 14, 4A), American Heritage (No. 2, 3A), Coral Springs Charter (No. 3, 3A), Westminster Christian (No. 5, 2A) and Hollywood Christian (No. 11, 2A).
  • From the old-school files, apparently Chaminade-Madonna football star-turned-Hurricanes linebacker Glenn Cook has been one of UM's standout players this spring. Even better news for Cook: His spring won't be wasted, as he just received a sixth year of eligibility after sitting out last year with a foot injury.
  • Looking ahead: The BCAA track championships are Saturday at Coral Springs, with the prelims having been completed the last two nights. More from Fabian Lyon in Friday's Herald.

--Patrick Dorsey

March 26, 2008

Did somebody say McDonald's?

ESPNU subscribers out there can catch Parkway Academy's Chelsey Lee in the McDonald's All-American Girls' Basketball game tonight at 7 p.m., televised live from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Lee, a 6-3 center and Rutgers commit who helped Parkway win the 3A title last month, is South Florida's third McDonald's All-American in five years. Dillard's Erica Brown (headed to LSU after two years in junior college) was on the 2005 team and Sylvia Fowles of Edison/Gulliver (an All-American at LSU, looking for another trip to the Final Four) made it the year before.

No South Floridians (or Floridians, even) are in the boys' game, televised on ESPN at 9:30.

--Patrick Dorsey