September 29, 2013

Miami Hurricanes land oral commitment from Booker T. Washington sophomore Mark Walton

Miami Booker T. Washington running back Mark Walton orally committed to play for the University of Miami on Sunday. 

Walton — only a sophomore — becomes the second Class of 2016 recruit for the UM coaching staff, joining Cocoa cornerback Chauncey Gardner (5-11, 170 pounds).

Walton said he called linebackers coach Micheal Barrow while the UM coaches were in a meeting and head coach Al Golden was ecstatic about receiving Walton’s pledge.

“I told Coach [Golden] ‘I’m ready to join the family,’ ” said Walton, who also had brief conversations with wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll, offensive coordinator James Coley and running backs coach Hurlie Brown during the call.

Walton grew up a Hurricanes fan, and picked up a scholarship offer from the coaching staff during the summer. He knew he wanted to announce his pledge Sunday and consulted fellow Booker T. Washington teammates and UM commitments Nigel Bethel II (cornerback) and Chad Thomas (defensive end) before calling the Hurricanes coaches.

“It’s a family thing going to the University of Miami,” said Walton, whose defensive end teammate Demetrius Jackson is also a UM commitment. “I always said if I had the opportunity to go there, that’s where I wanted to be.”

Although Walton has more than 2 years to sign his National Letter of Intent, he said he’s not worried about how his commitment is perceived in the meantime.

“If you know where you want to be, then why not [commit]?” he said. “I haven’t thought about it in a negative way.”

For now, Walton is just trying to enjoy his moment.

“I’m very excited,” Walton said. “Right now, I’m speechless.”

September 25, 2013

Western coach Derek Segaloff resigns after players' protest

Davie Western coach Derek Segaloff resigned from his post Wednesday after a tumultuous start to his first season as coach.

Segaloff, 29, stepped down after meeting with school principal Jimmy Arroyo and his players, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Segaloff’s reign came to an end Monday when as many as 30 players protested his leadership by skipping the team’s practice.

The Wildcats have only scored three points in four games this season, while surrendering 114 total points to Cardinal Gibbons, South Plantation, Monarch and Everglades.

Wide receivers coach Jermaine Hollis, who was South Broward’s boys’ basketball coach last year, will replace Segaloff as head coach.

Western athletic director Cathy McCarthy reffered any other comments regarding the situation to Arroyo. Segaloff and Hollis did not respond to any phone calls or text messages.

Western hosts Miramar (4-0) on Friday.

August 23, 2013

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
enrollment).
   "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
experience"
   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
design.

April 11, 2013

New Central football coach Roland Smith excited about opportunity to return to sidelines

Roland Smith called me back this morning to talk about his new job coaching the defending state champion Miami Central football team.

The Rockets officially hired Smith Wednesday to replace Telly Lockette, who was hired to be the running backs coach at the University of South Florida in March.

Smith returns to coaching high school football in Miami-Dade County after six seasons away. Smith had been teaching at North Miami Middle School.

"I’m very excited for this opportunity and grateful to Miami Central for offering it to me," said Smith in a phone interview Thursday morning. "I’ve got a lot of energy and I’m excited to get back and help these guys try to win another state title and excel on the national level."

Smith guided his alma mater Northwestern to a state championship and a perfect 15-0 season in 2006. Smith was then removed along with the majority of his coaching staff at the time by former Dade schools superintendent Rudy Crew in the wake of the scandal involving former Bulls running back Antwain Easterling.

Smith and his coaches were cleared of all wrongdoing in the matter in the ensuing months.

During his six seasons as Northwestern’s coach, Smith led the Bulls to a 69-13 record (best of any team during that span), a state title, a state runner-up finish in 2001, and state semifinal appearances in 2002 and 2005.

Smith had been rumored to be in the running for a few premier coaching vacancies in recent years, including Northwestern and Booker T. Washington, before they hired their current coaches.

"I didn’t want to rush into just any situation," Smith said. "When Central contacted me I was at the Youth Fair with my son, and I was excited they had me in mind. I told them I needed a little time to think about it. The great thing is I get to coach again with a lot of guys that coached with me in the past and have done an excellent job here [at Central]. I’m so proud and happy to get a chance to coach with them again."

Smith takes over a Central program that ranks among the nation’s best, having won two Class 6A state championships in the past three seasons under Lockette, who guided the Rockets to a 60-10 record in five seasons.

Smith said he was set to meet with his new team Thursday afternoon.

Central has advanced to three consecutive state finals and have not lost to a Dade opponent since 2008.

In hopes of making it three championships in four years, the Rockets will take on a challenging schedule this coming season that includes a trip to New Jersey to take on national powerhouse Don Bosco Prep and games against defending Class 4A state champion Booker T. Washington, Class 3A champion Davie University School, Plantation American Heritage, Norland, Northwestern, Carol City, Homestead and Coral Reef.

April 09, 2013

Blanche Ely basketball coach Melvin Randall named Coach of the Year

Blanche Ely boys’ basketball coach Melvin Randall was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Association’s Florida Coach of the Year Tuesday.

Randall led the Tigers to their second consecutive state championship, third during his tenure and fourth in the program’s history this past season. Ely went 27-1 earned a national ranking and recently participated in ESPN’s National High School Invitational.

Randall is the second Broward coach to earn the award joining former Ely coach Wade Edmond (1996).

December 21, 2012

The FHSAA's tentative football realignment as it affects South Florida

Here's how the new football districts that include South Florida teams would look like if they stay the same. Schools can appeal the FHSAA to move until January 18th of course so expect these to change a bit.

DISTRICT 11-8A: Coral Springs; Coral Glades; Deerfield Beach; Parkland Douglas; Coconut Creek Monarch; Sunrise Piper; South Plantation; Coral Springs Taravella.

DISTRICT 12-8A: Cooper City; Weston Cypress Bay; Miramar Everglades; Pembroke Pines Flanagan; Hollywood McArthur; Miramar; Davie Western.

DISTRICT 13-8A: Miami Dr. Krop; Hialeah; Hialeah Gardens; Miami Beach; North Miami.

DISTRICT 14-8A: Miami Columbus; Coral Gables; Miami High; Miami Coral Park.

DISTRICT 15-8A: Miami Braddock; Miami Ferguson; Southwest Miami; Miami Varela.

DISTRICT 16-8A: Coral Reef; Miami Killian; Miami Palmetto; South Dade.

DISTRICT 14-7A: Pompano Beach Blanche Ely; Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson; Fort Lauderdale; Oakland Park Northeast.

DISTRICT 15-7A: Hollywood Hills; Davie Nova; Plantation; South Broward; Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.

DISTRICT 16-7A: Hialeah American; Homestead; Miami Springs; Miami Central; Miami Sunset; Miami Southridge; North Miami Beach; Reagan-Doral; South Miami; Westland Hialeah.

DISTRICT 15-6A: Boynton Beach; Coconut Creek; Fort Lauderdale Dillard; Pembroke Pines Charter; Fort Lauderdale Stranahan.

DISTRICT 16-6A: Miami Belen Jesuit; Miami Goleman; Hialeah Miami Lakes; Miami Carol City; Miami Norland; Miami Northwestern.

DISTRICT 16-5A: Plantation American Heritage; Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy; Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons; Hallandale; Key West; Miami Jackson; Pompano Beach; Riviera Beach Suncoast.

DISTRICT 7-4A: Belle Glade Glades Central; Riviera Beach Inlet Grove; Coconut Creek North Broward Prep; Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest; Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy; Fort Lauderdale University School.

DISTRICT 8-4A: Pinecrest Gulliver Prep; Homestead Keys Gate Charter; Miami Monsignor Pace; Miami Booker T. Washington.

DISTRICT 8-3A: Miami Archbishop Carroll; Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian; Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna; Miami Westminster Christian.

DISTRICT 7-2A: Boca Raton Christian; Coral Springs Christian; Belle Glade Glades Day; Pompano Beach Highlands Christian; Jupiter Christian; West Palm Beach Summit Christian; Delray Beach Village Academy.

DISTRICT 8-2A: Florida City Barrington Christian; Hialeah Champagnat Catholic; Miami Dade Christian.

INDEPENDENTS: Miami Archbishop Curley; Tavernier Coral Shores; Coral Springs Charter; Miami Doral Academy; Miami Florida Christian; North Miami Beach Hillel; Miami Immaculata-La Salle; Marathon; Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy; Miami Country Day; North Miami Mourning; Miami Northwest Christian; Palmetto Bay Palmer Trinity; Princeton Christian; Miami Ransom Everglades; Fort Lauderdale South Florida HEAT; Pembroke Pines West Broward; Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy; Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran.

November 27, 2012

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