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I'll once again answer questions from noon to 1 pm on this post. Feel free to leave your questions or comments on high school sports here.
St. Thomas Aquinas announced Monday it has hired baseball alum Troy Cameron as its new baseball coach. Cameron, a graduate of St. Thomas in 1997, was a USA Today first team All-American and was drafted in the first round (29th overall) that year by the Atlanta Braves.
Cameron played 10 seasons making it as high as Triple-A with the Braves, Indians, Rockies, White Sox and Padres before retiring in 2005.
Here's a look at this week's district baseball schedule in Broward:
District 11-8A first round at Coral Springs: South Plantation vs. Deerfield Beach, 5
District 15-7A semifinal at Northeast: Boyd Anderson vs. Monarch, 7
District 16-7A quarterfinals at Nova: South Broward vs. Cooper City, 4; McArthur vs. Plantation, 7
District 15-6A quarterfinal at Archbishop McCarthy: Hollywood Hills vs. Stranahan, 7
District 13-4A quarterfinals at Broward College Davie: North Broward Prep vs. Somerset, 1; Cardinal Gibbons vs. Pine Crest, 4; Chaminade vs. University, 7
District 14-3A quarterfinal at Westminster Academy: Sagemont vs. Highlands Christian, 7
District 13-2A semifinal at Zion Lutheran: Posnack vs. Sheridan Hills Christian, 3:30
District 11-8A quarterfinals at Coral Springs: Taravella vs. Piper, 5; South Plantation-Deerfield Beach winner vs. Douglas, 7:30
District 15-7A semifinal: Coconut Creek at Northeast, 7
District 16-7A semifinals at Nova: McArthur-Plantation winner vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 4; South Broward-Cooper City winner vs. Nova, 7
District 15-6A semifinals at Archbishop McCarthy: Fort Lauderdale vs. Pines Charter, 4; Hollywood Hills-Stranahan winner vs. Archbishop McCarthy, 7
District 13-4A semifinals at Broward College Davie: Cardinal Gibbons-Pine Crest winner vs. Chaminade-University winner, 4; North Broward Prep-Somerset winner vs. Coral Springs Charter, 7
District 14-3A semifinals at Westminster Academy: Coral Springs Christian vs. Westminster Academy, 4; Sagemont-Highlands Christian winner vs. Calvary Christian, 7
District 11-8A semifinals at Coral Springs: Douglas/South Plantation/Deerfield Beach vs. Coral Glades, 5; Taravella-Piper winner vs. Coral Springs, 7:30
District 12-8A semifinals at Cypress Bay: West Broward vs. Cypress Bay, 4; Flanagan vs. Everglades, 7
District 16-5A semifinal at Pompano Beach Community Park: Dillard vs. Pompano Beach, 6:30
District 11-8A final at Coral Springs: 7
District 15-7A final at Northeast: 7
District 16-7A final at Nova: 7
District 15-6A final at Archbishop McCarthy: 7
District 13-4A final at Broward College Davie: 7:30
District 14-3A final at Westminster Academy: 7
District 13-2A final: Posnack-Sheridan Hills Christian at Zion Lutheran, 7
District 12-8A final at Cypress Bay: 7
District 16-5A final at Pompano Beach Community Park: 6:30
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
With the baseball season in its second week, Gulliver's baseball team is earning top spots in the national polls.
The Raiders are ranked No. 2 by ESPN Rise's Top 50 poll. Gulliver, the defending Class 3A state runner-up, is also expected to be in the top two when Perfect Game releases its top 50 Friday.
Also cracking the ESPN top 50 were Flanagan at No. 15. The Falcons are the defending Class 6A state champions.
Westminster Christian, the two-time defending Class 2A state champions, came in at No. 43.
And Archbishop McCarthy, the defending Class 4A state champions, debuted at No. 46.
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
Already having baseball withdrawals now that the season is over?
Tuesday night's action in Dade and Broward should help a bit.
The Midway Sports Miami-Dade County All-Star game will be played Tuesday at 7 p.m.
at FIU Stadium. The game will feature the top players in the county from Class 6A Dade
teams against a team comprised of players from teams in Classes 4A-1A. The game will
feature 16 Division I signees and potential picks in next month's Major League Baseball
amateur draft. The Class 6A squad will be coached by Columbus' Joe Weber and American's
Ricky Gutierrez. The Class 4A-1A squad will be coached by Westminster Christian's Emil
Castellanos and Doral Academy's Ernie Perez.
The Broward County Athletic Association all-star baseball game will be played 7
p.m. Tuesday at Nova High School in Davie. Admission is $5. The event features top
seniors from BCAA-member high schools. It was originally scheduled for May 26 but was
postponed because of rain.
Westminster Christian sophomore shortstop David Thompson is Miami-Dade County's new home run king...and could be on his way toward one of the greatest careers the county has ever seen.
And he did it with an inning for the ages.
Thompson, who entered the state final four with 17 homers, hit two more in the same inning Monday to break the county's single-season home run record of 18 previously set by Monsignor Pace's Adrian Cardenas in 2006.
Thompson also tied the state record of 19 shared by Miramar Florida Bible's Frankie Figueroa (1996), Merritt Island's Tommy Parrott (1999) and Tampa Catholic's Donnie Scott (1978).
And the record-breaker was an inside-the-park home run that followed a shot that left the park to begin a 9-run fourth inning that brought Westminster back from a 4-0 deficit.
Oh yeah, the Warriors won 13-5 and are headed to Tuesday's Class 2A final where they will try to win back-to-back state championships. Westminster faces St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep at 4 p.m. at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.
Several top baseball players from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties highlighted the
Class 3A-1A All-State teams released late Tuesday night.
Three members of Miami Westminster Christian's state championship squad made the
Class 2A first team. Senior catcher Anthony Iglesias and outfielders Carlos Saade, a
senior, and David Thompson, a freshman, led the Warriors to their first state title
since 1998 in May.
Miami Christian senior third baseman Gaby Escoto, who hit safely in all 28 games this
past season, also earned first team honors.
State runner-up Plantation American Heritage was represented on the Class 3A in the
form of shortstop Deven Marrero. Miami Gulliver Prep senior pitcher Steven Rodriguez and
Miami Florida Christian catcher/designated hitter Danny Canela also made first team.
Brito Miami Private junior designated hitter Manny Machado was the only player from
Dade or Broward to earn first team honors in Class 1A.
The All-State teams for Classes 6A-4A are expected to be released Thursday.
Here's a look at the rest of the players that made All-State from Dade and Broward:
Class 2A … Second team: P Michael Arostegui, Westminster Christian, Sr.; INF Blake
Martinez, Weston Sagemont, Jr.; OF Michael Taylor, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy,
Sr.; UT Kevin Moesquit, Pompano Beach Highlands Christian, Jr.; Honorable mention: P
Kyle Young, Westminster Christian, Sr.; C Taylor Gushue, Fort Lauderdale Calvary
Christian, Fr.; INF David Corral, Westminster Christian, Sr.; OF Julian Loret deMola,
Westminster Christian, So.; Jameel Middlebrooks, Westminster Christian, So.
Class 3A … Second team: P Mike Clark, American Heritage, Sr.; Bryan Radziewski,
Florida Christian, Sr.; Dylan Wolchik, Coral Springs Charter, Sr.; INF Eric Acevedo,
American Heritage, Sr.; Stephen Perez, Gulliver Prep, Sr.; OF Alex Marrero, Florida
Christian, Sr.; Third team: P Jimmy Nesselt, American Heritage, So.; C Breandon Sedell,
American Heritage, So.; INF Hector Crespo, Florida Christian, Sr.; OF Patrick Grady,
Pompano Beach, Jr.; Honorable mention: P Chris Diaz, Gulliver Prep, So.; C Matt Watson,
Pompano Beach, Sr.; OF Jonathan Torres, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest, Sr.