April 21, 2012

Miami-Dade County district baseball schedule

Here's a look at this week's district baseball schedule for Dade teams:


District 14-8A semifinals at St. Thomas University: Goleman vs. Miami Springs, 4; Reagan vs. Coral Gables, 7

District 15-4A semifinals at La Ley Sports Complex: Ransom Everglades vs. La Salle, 4; TERRA vs. Doral, 4

District 16-3A quarterfinal at Westminster Christian: Palmer Trinity vs. Somerset, 4

District 14-2A semifinal at Moore Park: Horeb Christian vs. Champagnat Catholic, 4


District 13-8A semifinals at Alex Fernandez Field: Hialeah Gardens vs. American, 4; Krop vs. Hialeah, 7

District 15-8A quarterfinals: Braddock at Sunset, 3:30; South Miami at Southwest, 7

District 16-8A semifinals at Killian: Palmetto vs. Southridge, 1; Killian vs. South Dade, 4

District 16-6A semifinals at Westland Gardens Park: Belen vs. Westland Hialeah, 4; Hialeah-Miami Lakes vs. Mater Academy, 7

District 14-4A semifinal at Monsignor Pace: Jackson vs. Archbishop Carroll, 7

District 16-4A semifinals at Tavernier Coral Shores: Gulliver vs. Key West, 4; Coral Shores vs. St. Brendan, 7

District 15-3A semifinal: Dade Christian at Miami Country Day, 4

District 16-3A semifinals at Westminster Christian: Florida Christian vs Marathon, 1; Westminster Christian vs. Palmer Trinity-Somerset Charter winner, 4

District 15-2A semifinals at Miami Christian: Princeton Christian vs. Westwood Christian, noon; Brito vs. Miami Christian, 3

District 16-2A semifinal at Colonial Christian: Redland Christian vs. Island Christian, 4


District 15-8A semifinals: South Miami-Southwest winner at Ferguson, 3:30; Braddock-Sunset winner at Columbus, 6:30

District 16-6A final at Westland Gardens Park: Belen-Westland Hialeah winner vs. Hialeah-Miami Lakes-Mater Academy winner, 7

District 15-4A final at La Ley Sports Complex: Ransom Everglades-La Salle winner vs. TERRA-Doral winner, 7

District 14-2A final at Moore Park: Horeb Christian-Champagnat Catholic winner vs. Mater East, 7


District 13-8A final at Alex Fernandez Field: American-Hialeah Gardens winner vs. Hialeah-Krop winner, 7

District 14-8A final at St. Thomas University: Goleman-Miami Springs winner vs. Coral Gables-Reagan winner, 7

District 16-8A final at Killian: Southridge-Palmetto winner vs. Killian-South Dade winner, 4

District 14-4A final: Jackson-Archbishop Carroll winner at Monsignor Pace, 7

District 15-3A final at Miami Country Day: Mater Lakes-Curley winner vs. Dade Christian-Miami Country Day winner, 7

District 16-3A final at Westminster Christian: 4

District 15-2A final at Miami Christian: Princeton Christian-Westwood Christian winner vs. Brito-Miami Christian winner, 3:30


District 15-8A final at Braddock: 3:30

District 16-2A final: Redland Christian-Island Christian winner at Colonial Christian, 4

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.

January 20, 2012

Southridge hires Lamont Green as new football coach


Lamont Green led South Miami’s football team to its first playoff victory in nearly a quarter century this past season.

Starting next week, Green will start working on returning his alma mater, Southridge, to state championship status.

Green, a former All-American linebacker at Southridge and standout at Florida State University, told The Miami Herald Friday morning he has been hired as Southridge’s new football coach.

"I always knew one day I’d be back [at Southridge]," Green said. "I didn’t think it would happen this fast though. The opportunity was there and I couldn’t pass it up."

Green takes over for Patrick Burrows, who stepped down last month to pursue an administrative position in Miami-Dade County. Burrows led the Spartans to a pair of district championships in the past three seasons and a berth in the Class 8A regional finals last season.

Green is hoping to continue to elevating Southridge to the championship status it enjoyed in the early 1990s when it won a pair of state championships under Don Soldinger.

"We have some outstanding players at that school, and if we can keep them disciplined they can be very successful," Green said. I’m going to try to bring an offense that is more conducive to the explosive athletes that are there.

"But my mentality has always been tough defense. You hit a team hard on the field and get their attention. If we can do those things, the wins will pile up from there."

Green led South Miami to a 9-3 record this season in his first season as a high school head coach in Dade. The Cobras made their first playoff appearance in six seasons, and won a playoff game for the first time since 1987. South Miami had won only three games combined over the prior three seasons.

Green said his two assistant coaches this past season – offensive coordinator Charles Rackley and offensive line coach William Campbell – will join him at Southridge. Green said he will meet the team Tuesday.

"I enjoyed my time at South Miami and I appreciate the opportunity, but Southridge is where my heart has always been," Green said. "I couldn’t wait and watch someone else get the job and then who knows when it would have ever been open again. I had to come back."


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.

August 11, 2011

The Herald's Broward County Top 25 recruits for Class of 2012

Here's a look at the top 25 recruits in Broward County courtesy of our Recruiting Analyst Larry Blustein



1. Tracy Howard, DB, 6-0, 180, Miramar: Make no mistake about it, ever since he was a sophomore, his future was out there for all to see. Big time talent with huge offers on the table!

2. Jelani Hamiton, DE, 6-5, 255, St. Thomas Aquinas: This University of Miami commitment is a major talent who was up for the challenge in every tough game the Raiders had in 2010.

3. Avery Johnson, WR, 6-3, 180, Ely: An early LSU commit, following in the footsteps of his brother (Patrick Peterson), this will be a huge year for this potential BCS player.

4. Willie Bailey, DB, 6-1, 170, Hallandale: Headed to the University of Florida, this impressive football talent has tremendous range and is capable of picking 10 passes off this season.

5. Malcolm Lewis, WR, 5-11, 185, Miramar: Has emerged into a prospect that colleges across the country have been impressed with. Makes plays all over the field and continues to be the catalyst on offense.

6. Danny Isadora, OL, 6-5, 320, Cypress Bay: One of the most physical linemen in South Florida this season, here is a talent who continues to impress at every event, and in every game he takes part in.

7. Kevis Jones, Athlete, 6-2, 220, Northeast: There may not be a player who does more to help his team win than this gifted football talent.

8. Justin Ferguson, WR, 6-2, 200, Flanagan: This Notre Dame-bound standout made quite an impact during his first season in Broward County. A quality pass catcher.

9. Macgarrett Kings, RB, 5-11, 190, University: Headed to Michigan State, here is an exceptional talent who can play running back, receiver and return punts and kicks. One of the most versatile players on a loaded team.

10. Dami Ayoola, RB, 5-10, 195, St. Thomas: This four year varsity performer has been very solid during his career, sharing carries with other backs, but producing and coming up big along the way.

11. Orlando David, DE, 6-3, 225, Chaminade-Madonna: After sitting out most of the 2010 season, this gifted talent has made a huge impact in the off season with colleges watching his every move.

12. Devonte Mathis, WR, 6-1, 200, Miramar: This former quarterback has now transformed into a quality receiver who has everything it takes to make an impact at the next level.

13. Josh Witt, LB, 6-2, 210, Cypress Bay: This University of Miami commitment burst onto the scene last year after moving from Texas. He continues to become one of the top players in South Florida.

14. Jean Marc Charles, DL, 6-3, 265, Hollywood Hills: One of the players who continues to fly beneath the radar screen, but if you've watched him over the past year, you will understand why colleges are impressed.

15. Brian Cox, Jr., DE, 6-3, 220, St. Thomas Aquinas: The son of former Miami Dolphins standout has arrived from Ohio with plenty of talent and a solid reputation of playing the game at a high level.

16. Kameron Davis, OL, 6-5, 275, Boyd Anderson: Another prospect who doesn't get the recognition he deserves. A very athletic and smart player who has great feet and knowledge of playing the position.

17. Fred McRae, WR, 5-9, 170, Chaminade-Madonna: What he lacks in size, this play-maker certainly makes up for with his speed, ability to get open and make key catches.

18. Brandon Butler, DB, 6-0, 180, Boyd Anderson: Another of the physical secondary prospects who has made an impression with big play capabilities. Plenty of colleges continue to keep an eye on his progress.

19. Trevon Coley, DE, 6-2, 220, Miramar: There is no player who has watched his stock rise more than this quality football talent who began as an offensive lineman, but now dominates on the defensive side of the ball.

20. Camden Krohn, RB/DB, 6-0, 190, Cooper City: Whether it's as a running back, receiver or defensive back, here is one of the most physical and talented football players in South Florida. He continues to get better.

21. Cole Champion, LB, 6-1, 195, St. Thomas Aquinas: This three-year varsity performer returns for yet another year as a catalyst for the Raiders. An ultra big time play maker who competes hard on every snap.

22. Adrian Burton, RB/DB, 5-9, 180, Ely: He runs the ball out of the backfield, catches upfield and is considered as one of the elite defensive backs in South Florida. On a team loaded with talent, this is one of the best.

23. Erick Hallmon, S, 6-1, 195, Cardinal Gibbons: Yet another four year varsity player who broke in as a linebacker, but is projected by many to play the safety at the next level. A quality talent.

24. Traveon Henry, RB, 6-1, 200, Pine Crest: The questions have been asked over and over again: if he sticks to just football, leaving basketball behind, how good will he be? The answer is big time. He has it all.

25. Marshall Morgan, PK, 6-3, 195, American Heritage: Very seldom do you see a kicking specialist rated so high, but in this case, you have a three-time All-State prospect, on the way to Georgia, who has the best leg in the nation!

January 25, 2011

Coral Park LB Arrington Jenkins commits to FSU

Another one of Miami-Dade County's top recruits is heading to Tallahassee.

Coral Park linebacker Arrington Jenkins announced Tuesday morning he is committing to Florida State. Jenkins, a 6-3, 220-pounder, who came to Coral Park as a senior after a couple of solid seasons at Killian, is rated the No. 8 overall prospect in Miami-Dade County by The Miami Herald, and No. 2 among linebackers.

Jenkins is also ranked No. 43 among linebackers nationally by Rivals.com.

Coral Park coach Tim Wood said Jenkins committed late Monday night, choosing the Noles over Illinois and Minnesota.

"He really enjoyed Minnesota and Illinois after the trips he took there recently," Wood said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. "But FSU won him over in the end since they had been after him since his sophomore year at Killian. He obviously wanted the opportunity to play for a major program and in front of big crowds. But in the offseason, he wanted to be somewhere comfortable. I know he has family up there so that played a part in his choice."

Jenkins is the second player from Coral Park to commit to a major school in the past week, joining wide receiver Juwan Caesar who committed to Michigan State.


Jenkins joins other notable South Florida players that have committed to FSU - Miami Central RB Devonta Freeman, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas WR Rashad Greene and OL Bobby Hart, Miami Jackson OL Ruben Carter, and Nova DL Nile Lawrence-Stample.

January 22, 2011

Cypress Bay's Mark Guandolo named finalist for national coaching award

Mark Guandolo has coached some great football players that have gone on to prominent careers in college and the NFL.

One of them has helped him in the running for a national honor.

Guandolo, Cypress Bay's football coach, is one of five finalists for the NFL's High School Football National Coach of the Year award. The award, which was created in 1995 honors coaches who had a profound impact on the athletic and personal development of NFL players.

Guandolo was one of 50 nominees chosen this season. He was nominated by Carolina Panthers linebacker Jon Beason, whom Guandolo coached while at Chaminade-Madonna.

As part of being chosen as a finalist, Guandolo received a $2,500 cash award and a $5,000 grant for his school's football program. The winner will be announced this week, and will receive $5,000 and a $10,000 grant for his team. The winner will also earn a trip to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu as a guest of the NFL. All grants are awarded by the NFL Youth Football Fund.

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

October 31, 2010

Northwestern football coach Billy Rolle fired

       With help from Herald writer J.T. Wilcox, I confirmed that Northwestern's coach Billy
Rolle was fired late Saturday night following the Bulls' narrow 19-7 victory against Edison.

   "It was a principal's decision,'' Northwestern Athletic Director Earl Allick said. îîThat's all I can say for now.''

   Rolle did not return phone calls from The Herald.

   While Allick did not elaborate on the reasons behind the dismissal, he said that assistant junior-varsity football coach Monte Dilworth was named the interim coach.

    Northwestern (6-2, 3-1) has won its past two games, and clinched the runner-up playoff berth in District 13-6A. However, consecutive losses the prior weeks to Central and Columbus cost
the Bulls the district championship, and cast doubt as to the team's chances to win a state title this season.

   During the loss to Columbus, Northwestern lost its starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury that has sidelined him the past two games. The Bulls also had several players
suspended earlier this season after being involved in a brawl during a game against Hialeah.

  Rolle, the only coach in Miami-Dade County history to win a state championship with two different schools, has won three state titles overall in his 14 years as a coach. He has won two
state titles, and one mythical national title during two successful stints as Northwestern's coach.

   Rolle, who has helped send numerous stars to college, including Vernon Carey, Antonio Bryant, Jacory Harris, Aldarius Johnson, Tommy Streeter, Sean Spence, and Marcus Forston, led the
Bulls to a state title in 1998. He was also an assistant on the 1995 championship team under then-coach Willie Goldsmith.

   Rolle guided Killian to a state crown in 2004, and then returned to Northwestern in 2007 to lead it to a state and national title, following the dismissal of several of its coaches
at the time due to a sex scandal involving an athlete.


August 27, 2008

The Miami Herald's football preview publishes Thursday, Aug. 28

For those of you that have been anxiously awaiting, and those that haven't heard, a reminder that Thursday, Aug. 28, The Herald will release its High school football preview sections.

The 10-page sections bring you in-depth coverage of all the teams in Dade and Broward Counties and insights from our staff writers as to who will be the best teams and top players. It will be packaged with the Herald's pro and college sections.

And remember, you can check out our district-by-district breakdown series of podcasts at www.miamiherald.com/hssports.

Look for the 4 goofy guys in the football outfits. Great, now I'm going to get an angry email from Larry because I called him goofy.