August 22, 2012

First AP Florida state football rankings

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:

Class 8A

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.

 Class 7A

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.

Class 6A

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.

Class 5A

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.

 

Class 4A

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.

 Class 3A

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.

 

Class 2A

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.

 

Class 1A

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.

August 06, 2012

July 26, 2012

Miami Southridge safety Jamal Carter chooses UM

            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.”

April 21, 2012

Broward County district baseball schedule

Here's a look at this week's district baseball schedule in Broward:

MONDAY

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

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

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

FRIDAY

District 12-8A final at Cypress Bay: 7

District 16-5A final at Pompano Beach Community Park: 6:30

 

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 17, 2011

6A FINAL Armwood 40, Miami Central 31

ORLANDO - The Armwood Hawks made a strong statement to be the best team in the nation when they beat previously unbeaten Miami Central to take home the 6A state championship game with a 40-31 victory at the Citrus Bowl.

Armwood got on the board first when senior defensive back Jarvis McCall jumped in front of an Austin Stock pass and returned it 44 yards for the score and a 7-0 lead at the 10:47 mark of the first quarter.

The Hawks moved the lead to 10-0 when Nick Feely connected from 23 yards out with 5:23 left in the first quarter.

When Stock threw his second interception of the game with 4:23 left and Leon McQuay took it back 38 yards, the Hawks led 16-0 in the opening quarter.

The Rockets finally got on the board when sophomore running back Dalvin Cook jetted 63 yards for a score at the 7:32 mark of the second quarter, cutting the lead to 16-7.

Central cut the lead to 16-14 right before the half on a 7-yard run by Joseph Yearby.

The Hawks extended the lead in the third quarter after another turnover to 23-14 on a pass play from Alvin Bailey to Wade Edwards, but the Rockets came back and cut the lead to 23-21 when Cook raced 99 yards with a kickoff.

Bailey gave the Hawks a 30-21 lead when he took it in from 13 yards out.

Emilio Needelman cut the Hawks lead to 30-24 with 8:24 in the fourth quarter on a 36-yard field goal.

The Hawks showed why they are one of the best in the country when Matt Jones took a pass from Alvin Bailey 80 yards for a 37-24 lead with 7:52 left.

The Rockets cut the lead back to 37-31 with 5:01 left in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run by Yearby.

Nick Feely ended the sxcorting with :33 left in the game on a 41-yard field goal.

Armwood 16 - 0 - 14 - 10 - 40
Central 0 - 14 - 7 - 9 - 31
A - Jarvis McCall 44 yard interception return (Nick Feely kick), 7-0.
A - Nick Feely 23 field goal, 10-0.
A - Leon McQuay 38 yard interception return (kick failed), 16-0.
C - Dalvin Cook 63 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 16-7
C - Joseph Yearby 7 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 16-14
A - Wade Edwards 28 pass from Akvin Bailey (Nick Feely kick), 23-14
C - Dalvin Cook 99 kickoff return (Emilio Nadelman kick), 23-21
A - Alvin Bailey 13 pass (Nick Feely kick), 30-21
C - Emilio Needelman 36 field goal, 30-24
A - Matt Jones 80 pass from Alvin Bailey (Feely kick), 37-24
C - Joseph Yearby 6 run (Emilio Nadelman kick), 37-31
A - Nick Feely 41 field goal, 40-31

A - 5,706

December 16, 2011

7A FINAL: Manatee 40, First Coast 0

ORLANDO - The Bradenton Manatee Hurricanes rolled to the 7A state championship with a 40-0 win over previously unbeaten Jacksonville First Coast at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Manatee got on the board first in the opening quarter on a 13-yard run by junior quarterback Cord Sandberg.

Sandberg once againgot into the act as he threw a 44-yard scoring strike to junior running back Anthony Lauro and a 14-0 advantage early in the second quarter.

The Hurricanes extended the lead to 23-0 with 9:46 left in the third quarter when Blake Keller recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.

Manatee pushed the lead to 30-0 when Lauro took it in from the 10 with 6:25 left in the third quarter.

Nick Tankersley made it 33-0 with 6:10 left in the game when he hit his second field goal, a 29-yarder.

MANATEE 7 - 10 - 13 - 10 - 40
FIRST COAST
0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
M - Cord Sandberg 13 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 7-0.
M - Anthony Lauro 44 pass from Cord Sandberg (Nick Tankersley kick), 14-0.
M - Nick Tankersley 25 field goal, 17-0.
M - Blake Keller recover blocked punt (run failed), 23-0
M - Anthony Lauro 10 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 30-0.
M - Nick Tankersley 29 field goal, 33-0.
M - Taren Cotton 1 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 40-0.

A - 5,196

5A FINAL - Norland 38, Wakulla 0

ORLANDO – The 5A Florida State Football championship game is over, and the Miami Norland Vikings, for the second time in school history, brings a state title back to South Florida.

The 15-0 Vikings beat Crawfordville Wakulla (12-3), 38-0, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

Johnson gave the Vikings a 14-0 lead with 11:00 second quarter on a 5-yard run.

When Jacob Stephen's knee hit in the endzone, Norland had grabbed a 16-0 lead, and then Johnson brough back the free kick 69 yards for a 23-0 advantage.

The Vikings added to the lead early in the third quarter when Guirlin Philippe connected on a 31-yard field goal for a 26-0 advantage.

Johnson scored his third TD of the game with 10:08 left in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run for a 32-0 lead.

Johnson added his fourth TD with 6:00 left in the fourth quarter on a 40-yard run and a 38-0 lead.


NORLAND

7- 16 - 3 - 12 - 38

WAKULLA

0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
N - Duke Johnson 4 run (Guirlin Philippe kick), 7-0.
N - Duke Johnson 5 run (Guirlin Philippe kick), 14-0.
N - Jacob Stephen tackled in the edzone, 16-0
N - Duke Johnson 69 punt return (Guirlin Philippe kick), 23-0
N - Guirlin Philippe 31 field goal, 26-0
N - Duke Johnson 3 run (kick failed), 32-0.
N - Duke Johnson 3 run (kick failed), 38-0.

A - 3,361

December 13, 2011

Class 1A-2A-3A-4A All-Tournament Team

Like we have every year, Elite Scouting Services and the Miami Herald took a look at the eight teams playing in the first weekend of the Florida state high school championships.

Watching every game, and breaking down each athlete who participated in the finals, here is a look at the athletes who stood out and made a lasting impression.

Win or lose, Jefferson County, Chipley, North Florida Christian, Admiral Farragut, Delray American Heritage, Madison County, Booker T. Washington and Jacksonville Bolles came to play hard and left Orlando with so many memories.

OFFENSE
MVP : Greg Bryant -American Heritage Delray- 39 -247-Yards (3 TD's)

QB-Matt Dobson -North Florida Christian. (7-9 200 Yards -3TD's). Dobson has been starting at North Florida Christian since his freshman season. He took over as quarterback and the Eagles were once again holding up a championship trophy.

RB-Greg Bryant-American Heritage Delray. (39-247 Yards-3TD's). This top-flight junior was outstanding as he helped lead the Stallions over Madison County. In the 2nd half he took over the game. Bryant finished with a game high three touchdowns.

RB-Tim Betros-Jacksonville Bolles-(14-117-2TD's). Following a family tradition for the Bulldogs, this impressive junior helped in a 21-pont fourth quarter to beat No. 1 Booker T. Washington. He had a huge run, which made several highlight reels, leaping over a BTW player on his way to a big play.

WR-Branton Lee-North Florida Christian. (3-86 Yards and 2 TD's). This gifted junior had just three catches, but they were enough to give the 2A state champions just the spark they needed, putting up a pair of TDs.

WR-Ladarian Smiley-Jefferson County. (5-116 Yards-2 TD's). This gifted sophomore showed just what kind of athlete he was in the 1A title game, making key catches and finding the end zone.

OL-John Theus-Jacksonville Bolles. If you watched this young man play over the past five years, you know why he is regarded as the top offensive lineman in Florida. He dominated against a very physical and athletic Booker T. Washington defense. Another reason for the 21-point fourth quarter.

OL-Tyler Daniels-Chipley. While his team didn't score a lot of points in the 1A final, this sophomore was aggressive, held his blocks and provided protection. This is a player to keep an eye on over the next two years.

OL-Drew Sarvary-North Florida Christian. This three-year varsity performer came to Orlando and was a major part of the Eagles' domination up front. The 6-6, 290-pounder was able to do pretty much do whatever he wanted all game long.

OL-John Heck-Jacksonville Bolles. Another three-year starter on an experienced line that dug down deep in the fourth quarter. The North Carolina-bound standout played one of his best games of the season.

OL-Denver Kirkland-Booker T. Washington. This gifted junior has been opening holes, pass blocking and showcasing his athletic frame for two years. In the 4A title game, he helped give his quarterback plenty of time to throw. We would not be surprised to see him back on this list next year.

DEFENSE
MVP: Matthew Thomas-Booker T. Washington.15 Tackles, 2 Fumble recoveries and 1 Forced Fumble.

DL-Kenneth Madison-Jefferson County. (11 Tackles-3 Tackles For Loss). This impressive two-way performer put his name on the recruiting map for the future. Even though he is a sophomore, this is an impressive, physical specimen. He played very well as he helped shut down Chipley in the 1A finale.

DL-Max Tejada-Jacksonville Bolles. (12 Tackles-1 Sack-1 Tackle for loss- 2 Pass Break Ups). This three-year starter was quite impressive in the 4A state final game. He is a very active play maker who follows the flight of the ball as well as anyone on the field.

DL-Evan Gentry-North Florida Christian. (4 Tackles-1 Sack-1.5 Tackles for Loss). One of the most impressive players on a team loaded with talent, Gentry played all over the field, showing his football skills and athletic ability in the 2A title game. Just a junior!

DL- Giancarlo Bennardo, Delray American Heritage. (6 tackles, 4 tackles for loss). This gifted junior was all over the field, making life tough for Madison County in the 3A title game. An aggressive play-maker who made the difference on an athletic Stallion unit.

LB-Matthew Thomas-Booker T. Washington. (15 Tackles-2 FR-1 FF). There may not be a more talented junior defensive player in the state of Florida this year. A versatile football player who can pay DE, LB or safety. Quick, agile and plays the pass as well as anyone you will see in the state. Big time future ahead!

LB-Dallas Griffiths-North Florida Christian. (14 Tackles-2 Tackles for Loss). Ask anyone who watched this 6-2, 225-pound junior play in the 2A state title game, and everyone will tell you he was simply one of the best on the field. Big time senior prospect.

LB-Shavarist Alexander, Jefferson County. (13 Tackles-1 Tackle for loss). Just a junior, this was a huge reason why his team brought home another state title. He was all over the field and made it difficult for Chipley to get much going late in the game.

DB-Travis Blanks-North Florida Christian. (3 Tackles). Having watched this quality football prospect performer the past three years, it was no surprise to see him make a major statement in the Eagles' convincing 2A state title win. He was without a doubt one of the best defensive backs to have played this past weekend.

DB-Keyvon Caffey-Booker T. Washington. (12 Tackles-1 Forced fumble-1 Pass Break Up). The Tornadoes leading tackler during the regular season, showed why he is a prospect to be watched. This senior had quite a career as a safety.

DB-Michael Johnson-Booker T. Washington. With all the tremendous defensive backs this program continues to churn out each year, this is a junior who turned heads in Orlando, and will continue to make a splash in the off season. Will be a top-flight 2013 prospect.

DB-Deshawnte Gallon, Madison County. (9 Tackles). Coming into the game, this is one of the players that everyone wanted to watch performer, and by the time the game had ended against American Heritage Delray, this senior was indeed everything he had been the past two seasons.

DB-Tony Fields, North Florida Christian. Looking for a prospect to follow the next few years? Here is a player who just took over in the secondary, and when you have a sophomore stepping up to make so many plays, it's little wonder why the Eagles rolled in 2A.

In addition, there were some other players who made an impression as well:
* QB - Treon Harris-Booker T. Washington. (85 Yards Rushing-2 TD's / 12-20 172 Pass -1 TD).
* RB - Alphonso Footman-Jefferson County. 19-137 Yards -2 TD's.
* RB - D.J. Stewart, Jacksonville Bolles.
* RB - Dvon Ballard-Booker T. Washington. 8 - 83 Yards
* RB - Ryan McIntyre, Chipley. 126 yards, TD.
* WR - Lamar Parker, Booker T. Washington.
* WR - Warren Hart. North Florida Christian. 10-77 2 TD's.
* OL - Kelly Parfitt, American Heritage Delray.
* OL - Connor Benson- Epstein, American Heritage Delray.
* OL - Ira Denson, Madison County.
* OL - Denzel Whitfield, Jefferson County.
* DE - Drew Faintch. North Florida Christian. 6 Tackles, 1 sack 1 tackle for loss.
* DE - Chad Thomas, Booker T. Washington. -1 tfl, 1 tackkle, 1 sack.
* DE - Justin Akerman, Jacksonville Bolles. 7 tackles -1 tackle for loss.
* LB - Jordan Smallenski, Jacksonville Bolles. 9 tackles - 2 tackles for loss
* LB - Zach Slafsky, American Heritage Delray.
* LB - Silmore Dallaway, American Heritage Delray.
* LB - Tevin Roundtree, Madison County. 11 tackles- 2 tackles for loss.
* LB - Jacob Pugh, Jefferson County. 9 tackles.
* DB - Rayshawn Jenkins, Admiral Farragut.
* P/PK - Brooks Abbott, Jacksonville Bolles.