March 20, 2009

Dade County Private School Basketball All-Star game tonight

Still can't get enough basketball in March?

Some of the top players in Dade County will be at the 23rd Annual 4A–1A Basketball All Star Game tonight (Friday) at Miami Christian School.

Admission is $6. The girls' game will be played at 6 p.m., followed by the boys' game at 7:30 p.m.

The event will also feature a slam-dunk contest for the boys, as well as a three-point shootouts for the boys and girls. Coaches and Player of the Year Awards will be given during the event as well.

The boys will be coached by Calusa Prep's Tim Fowler and Miami Christian's Ozzie Pineda. The girls' game will be coached by Palmer Trinity's James Valle and La Salle's Raymond Lopez.



January 22, 2009

New Florida state poll for girls' basketball (Week of Jan. 19-25)

Here's the state poll for girls basketball for this week. I'm trying to get the boys' poll. Once I do, I will post.

Class 6A

Team, record, (first-place) votes



Norland (6);20-0; 60





3. South Broward;15-2;49;3

4. Edgewater;16-4;39;T4


Palm Beach



6. Our Lady of




Palm Beach



8. Blanche Ely;11-4;13;7

9. Atlantic Community;18-7;12;

10. Buchholz;8-2;11;8

Others receiving votes:

Vero Beach


Palm Beach

Central 8.

Winter Park

6. Coral Reef Senior 5.

Class 5A

1. Dillard (5);17-1;58;2

2. Nova;19-1;50;T3









Winter Haven






7. Jefferson;17-1;20;7

8. Barron Collier;16-5;19;6

9. Wesley Chapel;18-1;16;10

10. Boca Ciega;17-3;11;8

Others receiving votes: Gibbs 10.

West Boca Raton

Community 5. Pace 1.

Class 4A

1. Bishop Moore (4);14-2;56;1

T2. Andrew Jackson (1);17-2;52;3

T2. Astronaut (1);14-1;52;2





Lincoln Park



6. South

Fort Myers







Port Orange



9. Rockledge;;12;6





Others receiving votes: Bishop Kenny 9. Archbishop McCarthy 6. Monsignor Pace 6. Wiregrass Ranch 5.

Key West


Class 3A





2. P.K. Yonge;16-0;52;3



American Heritage;14-3;50;2

4. Ribault;13-3;39;4

5. Cardinal Newman;18-1;31;7


St. Petersburg





8. Gulliver Prep;17-1;19;9

9. Lake Highland;14-3;11;


Pompano Beach


Others receiving votes:


Catholic 3.



Class 2A

1. Hollywood Christian (6);19-2;60;2







3. Father Lopez Catholic;;46;1

4. King’s Academy;16-3;43;T4







North Florida



St. John


8. Lafayette;;21;6



Country Day;;11;







Others receiving votes: Maclay 6. University Christian 3. Jupiter Christian 3.

Class 1A

1. Trinity Christian-


Worth (6);17-2;60;1

2. Paxton;;50;2


Lake Worth









6. Seffner Christian;11-6;27;6




8. FAMU Developmental Research;;23;7

9. Malone;;17;8

10. Northwest Christian;;7;10

Others receiving votes: Rock 4.

June 21, 2008

Out of sight, out of luck?

It's an awkward time to be talking high school hoops. The basketball world is concentrating on next week's NBA draft and the Boston Celtics' coronation. However, this story on caught my eye and I thought it was worth mentioning.

P1_jenningsair Brandon Jennings is the top-ranked point guard in the nation and has committed to attend Arizona in the fall, but due to a large discrepancy between his first and second standardized tests, he was flagged and now awaits the results of a third test. If he doesn't make the grade, he says he'll just go to Europe to play for pay until he is eligable for the 2009 NBA Draft.

When the NBA ironed out its last collective bargaining agreement - making it necessary for high schoolers to spend a year playing basically ANYWHERE before they could apply for the draft - this was a scenario that was brought up by some pundits who were quickly dismissed. The prevailing knowledge was that any American kid with NBA aspirations would naturally spend at least one year in a college, gaining exposure and possibly pulling a Carmelo Anthony (that is, leading his team to mainstream postseason success on CBS and sending his stock soaring as Melo did in his only year at Syracuse). After all, these are kids who have grown up with regional affiliations, they all watch the Final Four, they all know the words to One Shining Moment. There is just no way, at the tender age of 18, they could be money-hungry enough to eschew tradition and ply their trade some place where they might actually get compensated for it. Is there?

Apparently, there is. According to ESPN, O.J. Mayo considered going the same route before entangling himself in his current problems. Spanish import Juan Carlos Navarro of the Memphis Grizzlies has announced he will leave the NBA to rejoin FC Barcelona. The difference in his options, when taking the weak dollar into account, is the difference between about $1.2 million in Memphis versus $15 million back home, US. And he was a journeyman role-player. What happens when the Euro Leagues start offering the Brandon Jennings, Kevin Durants and Greg Odens of the world one-year, $25 million dollar contracts? Will the recruits bite? Will the NCAA game suffer? I would think so. Will Euro-American players suffer on draft day? It is like the old tree-in-the-forest adage: If you average 30 points per game in Tel Aviv, does it make a sound?

I ask you, readers, what learning experience would you rather have at age 18: 1. A year of paid education at a top unviersity while being the big man on campus, or 2. A year making millions touring parts of the world you may never get to see again?

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

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, a parter of The Jaguars begin their quest for a district title Tuesday at Pompano Beach's Four Fields.
  • 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 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, 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 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 and No. 9 by on their Class of 2009 lists -- could be South Florida's first McDonald's All-American this decade.

--Patrick Dorsey