I'll be back from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday to talk high school sports. Feel free to leave me any questions or comments between now and then if you wish.
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I'm chatting live again today from noon to 1 p.m. Feel free to drop in.
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.
Here you go. The first state poll of the season.
The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school preseason football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses and rating points:
1. Plant (10) 117
2. Miramar (2) 105
3. Dr. Phillips 77
T4. Christopher Columbus Catholic 57
T4. Fletcher 57
6. Lake Brantley 45
7. DeLand 32
8. Seminole Ridge 31
9. Cypress Bay 28
10. Miami Southridge 25
Others receiving votes: Sandalwood 24, East Lake 20, Palm Beach Gardens 13, Apopka 8, Vero Beach 6, Palm Beach Central 5, Park Vista Community 4, Timber Creek 3, Olympia 2, Spruce Creek 1.
1. Manatee (10) 112
2. Dwyer (1) 91
3. First Coast (1) 82
4. St. Thomas Aquinas 72
5. Lakeland 65
6. Fort Pierce Central 54
7. Evans 41
8. Countryside 38
9. Lincoln 28
10. Kissimmee Osceola 17
Others receiving votes: Fleming Island 15, Oviedo 10, Venice 10, Charlotte 6, Cooper City 5, Boyd Anderson 5, Royal Palm Beach 5, East Ridge 2, Edgewater 1, Port St. Lucie 1.
1. Miami Central (8) 114
2. Armwood (4) 107
T3. Gainesville 78
T3. Mainland 78
5. Columbia 41
6. Winter Haven 37
7. Miami Northwestern 31
8. Belen Jesuit 28
9. St. Augustine 25
10. Bartram Trail 22
Others receiving votes: Naples 21, Palm Bay 15, Seabreeze 12, Pine Forest 12, Niceville 7, Pace 6, Sickles 6, Jefferson 5, South Fort Myers 3, Middleburg 3, Pensacola 2, Lake Gibson 2, Largo 2, Miami Carol City 2, New Smyrna Beach 1.
1. Miami Norland (5) 105
2. Glades Central (3) 92
3. Immokalee (3) 82
4. Palmetto (1) 77
5. Pasco 63
6. Plantation American Heritage 46
7. Jesuit 44
8. Bishop Kenny 37
9. Lake Wales 26
10. Wakulla 25
Others receiving votes: Robinson 23, North Marion 8, Hardee 6, Port Orange Atlantic 6, Godby 5, Miami Jackson 5, Ponte Vedra 5, West Florida 3, Rockledge 1, Matanzas 1.
1. Miami Washington (11) 109
2. Bolles School (1) 104
3. Cocoa 101
4. South Sumter 39
5. East Gadsden 27
Others receiving votes: Yulee 26, Gulliver Prep 25, Dunbar 13, Raines 13, Jones 7, North Broward Prep 6.
1. Delray American Heritage (10) 116
2. Madison County (1) 101
3. University School 76
4. Berkeley Prep (1) 57
5. Trinity Christian-Jacksonville 45
Others receiving votes: Chaminade-Madonna College Prep 22, Clearwater Central Catholic 21, Cardinal Newman 15, Ocala Trinity Catholic 15, Orlando The First Academy 12.
1. North Florida Christian (8) 113
2. Glades Day (4) 108
3. Warner Christian 78
4. Admiral Farragut 55
5. Eagle's View 33
Others receiving votes: Evangelical Christian 20, Dade Christian 15, Carrollwood Day 14, Jupiter Christian 13, FAMU Developmental Research 12, Lake Mary Prep 7, Victory Christian 6, Florida Air Academy 6.
1. Union County (3) 102
2. Jefferson County (7) 88
3. Northview (2) 76
4. Trenton 75
5. Holmes County 58
Others receiving votes: Chipley 52, Hawthorne 9, Crescent City 7, Dixie County 7, The Villages 6.
I visited Norland this morning for the first day of official high school football practice.
Here's a conversation I had with linebacker Shafique Neloms on why the Vikings are still contenders even after the departure of star running back Duke Johnson.
For the second time in a week, the University of Miami football team boosted its secondary with one of Miami-Dade County’s best.
Miami Southridge senior safety, ranked among the top 20 players in the country at his position, committed to the Hurricanes Thursday afternoon at a ceremony at his high school auditorium.
Carter chose UM just four days after the Hurricanes landed a commitment from Miami Northwestern’s Artie Burns, another of the nation’s top defensive backs.
“I’ve been liking the Canes since I was a little kid,” Carter said. “Coach [Al] Golden is smart and I think he’s going to help bring the Canes back to how they were in the old days.”
Carter, ranked No. 18 among the country’s safeties by Rivals.com, started every game last season for Southridge. The Spartans had one of the top defenses in the county and advanced to the Class 8A regional finals.
Carter said he made up his mind to go to Miami two weeks ago. He had narrowed his top choices to UM, FSU, LSU and Hawaii. He said his commitment to the Hurricanes is solid.
Should he sign with Miami, Carter would add to a secondary growing in young South Florida talent that already includes freshmen Tracy Howard (Miramar) and Deon Bush (Columbus).
Carter, whose height is 6-2, has bulked up from 180 pounds to 215 in the offseason under the tutelage of former UM assistant and Southridge coach Don Soldinger, who will serve as the Spartans’ strength coach this coming season.
Carter would also give the Hurricanes another weapon in the kick return game. Last season, Carter returned seven punts for touchdowns at Southridge.
“Jamal is the kind of player that can get all the players around him going on the field,” Southridge coach Lamont Green said. “He’s a great talent, a great person and I think he’ll do well.”
Green coached Carter in Optimist leagues growing up when he played for the Palmetto Raiders. Then, Carter became friends with his would-be future teammate, Bush.
“It’s going to be a battle between all of us over there, but I think we all have a chance to become the next great players at UM,” Carter said.
For the immediate future, Carter hopes to take Southridge a step further this coming season.
“We already had the aggressiveness last season,” Carter said. “But I think being a smarter team and having the discipline brought by coach Green, we’ll see what happens this season.”
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
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.