June 08, 2015

Tyler Dunning: "I'm all Cane right now"

Dillard linebacker and 2017 UM commit Tyler Dunning did an exclusive video interview with the Miami Herald at the UM 7-on-7 last Sunday.

 

Since it's hard to hear with all the blaring music, here are some of his quotes.

Why did you decide to commit to UM when you did?

"I felt it was a good opportunity to come here and it was already close to home," Dunning says. "I like everything about the school. I like the vibe, I like everything."

Dunning says he's even trying to recruit his teammates on a talented Dillard defense -- most notably 2017 defensive end Jon Ford, who has a Miami offer and 2016 defensive tackle Aaron Thompson and linebacker Kenneth Ruff, who are waiting on UM offers.

"I tell them all the time that if they come we're going to bring the U back, there isn't any point in leaving," Dunning says.

Dunning adds Ruff is considering South Carolina and Thompson LSU, but "if Miami offers, they're going to come."

He says other schools coming on strong are FAU, FIU, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina but adds "I'm all Cane right now. My decision isn't changing right now."

June 07, 2015

One-on-one with Southridge 4-star WR Freddie Pinder

Freddie Pinder, four-star wide receiver from Miami Southridge, took some time to speak with me last Sunday at the UM 7-on-7. Here's everything he was talking about in this exclusive interview with the Miami Herald.

 

Besides Miami, the 2016 prospect lists West Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina and Louisville among his top college choices.

Regarding Miami, Pinder says, "They still hold a place in the top. They still have a chance."

The 6-5 receiver would like to visit the other schools more often but distance plays a factor. That works in favor of the hometown Hurricanes.

"My mom wants me to stay home, but she's going to support me wherever I go," he says.

Pinder adds that he is willing to travel regardless.

June 05, 2015

Four-star WR Victor to announce college decision on June 22

Binjimen VictorBinjimen Victor, a four-star wide receiver out of Coconut Creek, will announce his college decision on June 22 on Larry Blustein's radio show.

His finalists: Ohio State, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

The talented 6-4 standout recently caught two touchdowns in Coconut Creek's spring game against South Dade and shined at the UM 7-on-7 where the Cougars won the title.

Here's what he was saying after his stellar spring game performance:

 

 

May 29, 2015

Twenty nine Miami-Dade and Broward players featured in UM-FIU regional baseball meeting

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Friday night's baseball meeting between the Miami Hurricanes and FIU Panthers at the Coral Gables Regional, the two school's first meeting since 2008, featured 29 players that played high school ball in either Miami-Dade or Broward County. Fifteen of them play for the Canes, 14 for the Panthers.

Here's a full list for both sides.

Miami Hurricanes

Zack Collins, Plantation American Heritage

Ricky Eusebio, Miami Gulliver

Johnny Ruiz, Miami Westminster Christian

David Thompson, Miami Westminster Christian

Danny Garcia, Miami Westwood Christian

Michael Mediavilla, Hialeah Mater Academy

Bryan Garcia, Miami Columbus

Ryan Otero, Miami Ransom Everglades

Andrew Suarez, Miami Columbus

Sam Abrams, Miami Killian

Garrett Kennedy, Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy

Edgar Michelangeli, Miami Florida Christian

Thomas Woodrey, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

Daniel Epstein, Davie University School

Brandon Lopez, Plantation American Heritage

FIU Panthers

Ian Exposito, Miami Palmetto

Eddie Silva, Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy

Brandon Diaz, Plantation American Heritage

Spencer Levine, Miami Killian

Charles Cormier, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

Dillon Maya, Coral Gables

Chris Mourelle, Southwest Miami

Ricardo Pozo, Miami Gulliver

Danny Dopico, Miami Columbus

Juan Martinez, Hollywood Chaminade

JC Escarra, Hialeah Mater Academy

Williams Durruthy, Hialeah Mater Academy

Anthony Duran, Southwest Miami

Andres Nunez, Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy

May 09, 2015

Archbishop McCarthy boys' volleyball reaches state final

BY WALTER VILLA
 
A tired but determined Archbishop McCarthy boys’ volleyball team defeated Orlando’s Timber Creek, 3-1, on Saturday, advancing to the 2015 state championship game.
 
The Mavericks (20-8), who defeated fellow Broward power Monarch late Friday night – the match ended at 10:50 p.m. – was back at Pine Crest at 9 a.m. on Saturday to prepare for a noon contest against Orlando’s Timber Creek (23-5).
 
“I got just six hours of sleep, maybe less,” said McCarthy outside hitter Michael Moreiras, who had 15 digs and 11 kills – both team highs – in the Mavericks’ 3-1 win over Monarch. “I was playing that whole (Timber Creek) match really tired. I just had to push through it.”
 
Tired or no, the Mavericks beat Timber Creek, 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23.
 
The match ended at 2 p.m., and – rather than a post-game speech – McCarthy Coach Karen Frank had just one word for her team:
 
“Eat,” she urged her players. “Eat!”
 
The McCarthy players were set to return to the court at 4 p.m. to play Orlando’s Bishop Moore (22-5) for the title.
 
McCarthy has never won a state championship in boys’ volleyball, although the Mavericks did make the 2011 final, losing to Seminole Ridge in five sets.
 
Bishop Moore has had a less hectic schedule at state as compared to McCarthy. Bishop Moore played its quarterfinal match at 4 p.m.on Friday and its semifinal at 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be more rested than McCarthy in the final.
 
“Nothing that quick and nothing this serious,” Moreiras said when asked if he had played on such short rest before, especially in a game where the stakes are as big as a state final. “We have to push through this.”

May 07, 2015

State boys' volleyball preview

BY WALTER VILLA

The boys’ volleyball state championship, which will be played out Friday and Saturday at Fort Lauderdale’s Pine Crest High School, features eight teams – six of them from South Florida – and no clear favorite.

Tampa’s Berkeley Prep beat Longwood Lyman for the 2014 title, but both of those schools failed to make it back to state. Also missing is Orlando’s Dr. Phillips, which was 25-0 before getting upset in the district playoffs.

Of the eight teams that will be at Pine Crest this weekend, only

two - Timber Creek (2009) and Bishop Moore (2010, 2012) - have won state titles. Both of those schools are from Orlando.

“It’s up for grabs,” Palmetto Coach Chris Kallinosis said of the tournament. “Usually there’s a strong favorite or two. But I think there are at least five teams who have a legitimate shot.”

Palmetto (19-7) got perhaps a tough draw by having to face Bishop Moore (20-5) in Friday’s quarterfinals. Bishop Moore swept Berkeley Prep to get here. But a further look reveals that Palmetto beat Bishop Moore 25-15, 25-22 during the regular season. Bishop Moore also lost to Wellington, a team Palmetto beat.

In addition, Palmetto has 6-6 senior outside hitter Devin Decker, a player Kallinosis considers to be the best in the county.

“He’s been starting for us all four years,” the coach said.”He’s a force at the net. He’s our captain and a big reason why we are at state.”

Wellington (18-8) takes on Mourning (24-6) in the other part of Palmetto’s side of the bracket. Mourning beat Wellington 2-1 earlier this season.

Mourning has won eight matches in a row. During that streak, the Sharks beat Southwest and Palmetto, avenging earlier losses to those teams. They also beat Berkeley Prep.

But the Sharks, who lost to Bishop Moore in the 2013 state quarterfinals and Lyman in last year’s state semifinals, were 0-3 against Orlando teams this season, losing to Dr. Phillips, Bishop Moore and Apopka.

The other half of the bracket features Monarch (21-2) against Archbishop McCarthy (18-8) and Timber Creek (22-4) vs. Columbus (24-2).

Monarch is the surprise team of the tournament. The Knights went 2-13 in 2012 and 3-13 in 2013 before posting a winning record last year.

This year, they won a district title for the first time in program history, but they have yet to play a team outside of South Florida.

They lost in straight sets to Wellington in their only matchup against a team currently at state.

McCarthy is back at state for the first time since 2012. From 2009 to 2012, the Mavericks lost to the eventual state champion four years in a row: Timber Creek, Bishop Moore, Seminole Ridge and Bishop Moore.

In terms of common opponents with Monarch, McCarthy has the edge having beaten Wellington 3-1.

Columbus, which reached the state semifinals in 2012, may have the toughest challenge of all the local teams in its matchup with Timber Creek, which is led by 6-5 junior Michael MacGillivray, a Division I prospect according to his coach.

McCarthy Coach Karen Frank, who has seen every team at state play this season, believes it will be a “close” tournament.

“At the beginning of the year, everyone was talking that it would be a Lyman-Dr. Phillips final, and neither of those teams are here,” she said. “I think all eight teams have the ability to advance to the final.”

February 06, 2015

Jon Jay, Gio Gonzalez to attend charity game at Columbus Saturday

Gio Gonzalez and Jon Jay are taking a moment before the start of the Major League Baseball season to help kids in need.

The two famous Miami-Dade County baseball alums will be coaching when Columbus High hosts a Miracle League baseball game Saturday morning at its school's baseball field in support of children with special needs.

The game will be played at 11 a.m. and will be attended by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and Marc Buoniconti, President of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, who will each throw out the game's first pitches along with Columbus School President Brother Kevin Handibode.

Each Miracle League player will be paired up with one of the Columbus varsity players who will be their "buddy" and who will assist the player throughout the game both on and off the field.

For more information about joining a team, volunteering during games or supporting the Miracle League of Miami Dade, please visit www.mlomd.org.

May 22, 2014

Torrance Gibson misses Plantation American Heritage spring game for disciplinary reasons

Outgoing seniors Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie were two big names on hand to watch the Plantation Anerican Heritage spring game on Thursday afternoon.

But the team's biggest name wasn't even on campus.

Dual-threat quarterback Torrance Gibson, rated the No. 1 player at the athlete position by both ESPN and 247Sports, missed the school's intrasquad scrimmage for disciplinary reasons.

Gibson — who tweeted Monday "Minor setback for a major comeback. Just wait on it" — did not give a reason himself via text message Thursday for his absence.

"I'm not playing," he said.

Gibson did acknowledge he is not injured.

"No," he said, "I can't play."

Heritage athletic director Karen Stearns did not want to comment on Gibson's situation to “respect his privacy,” but also acknowledged he is not injured.

As for the defending Class 5A champions' offense, it moved as well as it could behind freshman quarterback Jason Brown.

Brown — who held his head high and proceeded to keep working while struggling during the first half of play — had two interceptions and a fumble, but got on the scoreboard with a goal-line fade pass to junior receiver Brandon Johnson towards the end of the first half.

Senior linebacker Christain Irving (5-11, 205) caught both interceptions, and ecstatically said on the sidelines he had “magnets in his gloves.”

Junior linebacker Bradley Clement (5-10, 225) and junior weakside defensive end Brian Burns (6-5, 205) also were standout players on defense. Five-star cornerback Tarvarus McFadden (6-3, 195) had his fair share of frustration with the offense avoiding his side of the field.

When Gibson does return to the helm of the Patriots' offense, he'll have his share of weapons to compensate for the departures of Michel and McKenzie.

The Patriots have a trio of running backs at their disposal in senior speedster Travis Jackson (5-7, 180), junior Shaddrick Lowery and sophomore Kyshaun Bryan (5-10, 185). Gibson will also look to continue his chemistry with Johnson and fellow junior wide receiver Dredrick Snelson.

As for Michel and McKenzie, they will be roommates when they arrive at the University of Georgia on May 31.

And as for the current crop of Heritage players, coaches from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Jacksonville and Florida Tech were on hand for the game. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder — former Heritage coach from 1983-1987 — visited the school earlier Thursday.

May 01, 2013

UPDATED: Baseball, softball games rescheduled for Thursday

Here you go, hot off the presses right here from the Miami Herald.

After a fun day of rain and rescheduling and running around sloshing around Miami, here's the list of games that were postponed and were rescheduled for Thursday.

Here's Thursday's new schedule

BASEBALL regional quarterfinals

Region 4-8A: Coral Gables at American, 11 a.m.

Region 4-8A at Alex Fernandez: Hialeah at Goleman, 2

Region 4-8A: South Dade at Sunset, 11 a.m.

Region 3-8A: Cypress Bay at Douglas, 1

Region 3-8A: Coral Glades at Flanagan, 1

Region 4-7A: Monarch at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7

Region 4-7A: Nova at Northeast, 7

Region 4-6A: Belen at Archbishop McCarthy, 7

Region 4-6A at Westland Gardens Park: Pembroke Pines Charter at Mater Academy, 11 a.m.

Region 4-5A: Riviera Beach Suncoast at American Heritage, 7

Region 4-5A: Pompano Beach at Jensen Beach, 7

Region 4-4A at St. Thomas University: Gulliver vs. La Salle, 11 a.m.

Region 4-4A: TERRA at St. Brendan, 11 a.m.

Region 4-4A: North Broward Prep at Monsignor Pace, 7

Region 4-3A: Delray American Heritage at Coral Springs Christian, 7

Region 4-3A at Florida Memorial: Mater Lakes vs. Westminster Christian, 4

Region 4-3A: Dade Christian at Florida Christian, 7

Region 4-3A: Highlands Christian at Boca Raton Pope John Paul II, 7

Region 4-2A at Miami Christian: Redland Christian vs. Brito, 10 a.m.

Region 4-2A: Westwood Christian at Colonial Christian, 4

Region 4-2A: Champagnat Catholic at Zion Lutheran, 3:30

Region 4-2A at Curtis Park: Sheridan Hills Christian vs. Mater East, 7

SOFTBALL

Regional semifinals

Region 4-8A: American at Goleman, 11 a.m.

Region 4-6A at Bucky Dent Park: Pembroke Pines Charter at Mater Academy, 6

Region 4-2A: Zion Lutheran at Sheridan Hills Christian, 2

Only games that have been played so far Wednesday are:

Baseball

Region 4-8A: Killian 1, Southwest 0

Region 4-4A: Coral Springs Charter 14, Archbishop Carroll 4

Softball

Region 4-8A Coral Reef-Palmetto suspended 2-1 in 1st. was going to play Wednesday night at Palmetto Bay Park.

Region 4-4A: Coral Springs Charter 13, Monsignor Pace 0

Region 4-2A: Princeton Christian 18, Westwood Christian 3

April 30, 2013

Weather postpones some softball regional semifinals

            Inclement weather led to the postponement of several regional softball semifinal games Tuesday.

            Region 4-8A: The Palmetto-Coral Reef game was moved to Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Coral Reef. The American-Goleman was also rescheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Goleman.

            Region 4-6A: The Pembroke Pines Charter- Mater Academy game was moved to Wednesday at Bucky Dent Park at 7 p.m.

            Region 4-4A: The Coral Springs Charter- Monsignor Pace game was moved to noon Wednesday at Pace.

            Region 4-2A: The Westwood Christian-Princeton Christian game was moved to Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Princeton Christian. The Zion Lutheran-Sheridan Hills Christian game was moved to Thursday at Sheridan Hills tentatively at 4 p.m.