Northwestern girls, Boyd Anderson boys win Region 4-3A track titles

LIST OF COMPLETE STATE QUALIFIERS, STANDINGS FROM THE REGION 4-3A MEET

By MANNY NAVARRO
mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com

Boyd Anderson hasn't won a boys track and field state championship since 2001.

Northwestern's girls have won six in a row. 

After winning Thursday night's Region 4-3A meet at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, both will head to Jacksonville next week feeling pretty confident. 

The Lady Bulls -- maybe they should be known as the Killer T's this season -- steamrolled the field once again, winning nine individual titles, all three relays and placed nine state qualifiers in the sprints, six in the hurdles, five in the jumps, three in the 800 meters and three in the throws.

Junior Timetria Mitchell, one of three stars whose first name starts with the letter for Northwestern, won both hurdles events. After posting the fourth-fastest 100-meter hurdles time in the country last month (13.72), she won the same event Thursday in 13.80 and took home the 300-meter hurdles title in a respectable 43.77 seconds. 

"I need a scholarship," said Mitchell, who won her first individual state title last year in the 100-meter hurdles. "My whole family counts on me. I have good grades. I'm all in on track. I just have to keep going to show my little brothers and sisters if I can do it, they can do it too."

Sophomore Twanisha Terry, meanwhile, ran a career-best 11.68 in winning the 100 meters, tying her with St. Thomas Aquinas junior Khalifa St. Fort for the seventh-fastest time in the nation this year. Terry also finished second in the 200 meters (24.03) behind senior Lakayla Harris (23.60).

Sophomore Taranique Alexander posted a season-best triple jump of 39-feet, 1-inch to win that event and also took home first place with a season-best 18-9.5 to win the long jump.

Sophomore Kayla Clark doubled in the throws, posting a career-best 129-7 to win the discus and 41-11 to win the shot put.

Bulls 800-meter runner Daesha Rogers finished in 2:15.25, her fastest time of the year and among the state's top five fastest runs on the year.   

On the boys' side, first-year Boyd Anderson coach Garrett Schubert was happy to see the Cobras come away with a narrow 94-85 win over Northwestern. The Cobras finished third at state last year, but could push for the title this year.

Senior Javon Patterson, headed to Kansas State, posted the nation's 15th-fastest time in the 800 meters (1:52.49) at the Florida Relays back on April 4th. Thursday, he cruised to the regional title in 1:56.40 and anchored the 4x800-meter relay team that started the day with a victory (7:52.95).

"It was a complete team effort," Schubert said. "Phillip Lee won the high jump, won the long jump, took second in the 100 and placed in the 200. So he gave us 30-plus points. J Glenn Durosier placed in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Lenny Laguerre, took second in the triple jump and ran the first leg on the 4x400. It was a good effort overall."

Northwestern freshman Thomas Burns, the younger brother of University of Miami cornerback and track star Artie Burns, won titles in both boys' hurdles events.

Burns, already ranked among the nation's elite in the 300-meter hurdles, ran a career-best 38.22 in winning the event Thursday. The time was .11 seconds faster than what his older brother ran when he won the Class 3A state title in 2013 as a senior. 

The younger Burns won the 110-meters Thursday in 14.41 seconds. Artie Burns won three state titles in the 110 hurdles.

"I was excited that I won because not many freshman come in and win two hurdles in the region," Burns said. "Artie and I have talked about track our whole lives. Same with football. Like him, I'm just trying to make the NFL and the Olympics. If I win a state title next week I wouldn't know what to say. I would just sit there and smile." 

Region 4-3A champions

Girls - 1. Northwestern 250.5; 2. Boyd Anderson 70; 3. Palm Beach Lakes 65. 100m: 1. Terry (NW) 11.68. 200m: 1. Harris (NW) 23.60. 400m: 1. Staton (BA) 56.12. 800m: 1. Rogers (NW) 2:15.25. 1600m: 1. Allmark (SUNC) 5:09.47. 3200m: 1. Andersohn (DOR) 11:24.78. 100m hurdles: 1. Mitchell (NW) 13.80. 300m hurdles: 1. Mitchell (NW) 43.77. 400m relay: 1. Northwestern 45.92. 1600m relay: 1. Northwestern 3:48.91. 3200m relay: 1. Northwestern 9:26.08. High jump: 1. Harrison (BA) 5-2. Pole Vault: 1. Chaput (MI) 9-0. Long jump: 1. Alexander (NW) 18-9.5. Triple jump: 1. Alexander (NW) 39-1. Shot put: 1. Clark (NW) 41-11. Discus: Clark (NW) 129-7.

Boys - 1. Boyd Anderson 94; 2. Northwestern 85; 3. Archbishop McCarthy 58. 100m: 1. Walden (NW) 10.83. 200m: 1. Singh (HOM) 22.12. 400m: 1. M. Smith (CC) 48.84. 800m: 1. Patterson (BA) 1:56.40. 1600m: 1. Cross (Merritt Island) 4:18.09. 3200m: Cross (Merritt Island) 9:31.00. 110m hurdles: 1. Burns (NW) 14.41. 300m hurdles: 1. Burns (NW) 38.22. 400m relay: 1. Coconut Creek 42.57. 1600m relay: 1. Northwestern 3:20.06. 3200m relay: 1. Boyd Anderson 7:52.95. High jump: 1. Lee (BA) 6-4. Pole vault: 1. Colozzo (South Fork) 14-6. Long jump: 1. Lee (BA) 22-2.5. Triple jump: 1. Lewis (Creek) 45-7. Shot put: 1. W. Gordon (NOR) 55-9.5. Discus: 1. Hanna (CEN) 159-06.

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.

February 10, 2013

Archbishop McCarthy beats Gulliver during Marlins Park Winter Warm-Up

Three-time defending state champion Archbishop McCarthy beat Gulliver Prep 3-1 on Saturday as part of the third annual Field of Dreams game at Marlins Park. It was held during the MetroPCS Miami Marlins Winter Warm Up.

Junior left-hander Brian Gonzalez, who also produced a two-run double in the first inning, earned the victory. The Raiders manufactured a run in the sixth on junior shortstop Joe Dunand's RBI line drive to right-center field following a leadoff single, balk and groundout. The Mavericks countered with an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning on junior outfielder Brandon Vicens' sacrifice fly.

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