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Sam Singer has put up impressive scoring numbers on the basketball court the past two seasons at Ransom Everglades.
His efforts have made him one of the highest-recruited shooting guards in the country.
Singer chose his college destination Tuesday when he committed to the University of California. Singer, a 6-5 shooting guard, is ranked No. 45 nationally among prospects at his position by ESPN.
Singer was one of the top scorers in the nation his junior season leading Miami-Dade County among Class 4A-1A schools with a 34.1 points per game average. That ranked second overall in the county to Carol City grad and University of Miami freshman Deandre Burnett (36.2).
Singer, also a solid distributor on the court, averaged 7.7 assists per game last year and 6.2 as a sophomore. That season, he also averaged 6.4 rebounds and 21.4 points per game.
Singer said he has over 30 schools interested including offers from Stanford, Richmond, Harvard and Davidson. Singer entered this school year with a 3.4 GPA.
But after two visits to Cal, Singer said he loved the combination of the school’s solid academics and athletics.
Singer hopes to lead Ransom further in the playoffs this season after the Raiders were eliminated in the district semifinals last year.
“The Pac-12 is one of the best conferences in the country to play in and I feel like California is a great school and a great fit for me,” Singer said. “Only one thing left to do my senior year. We didn’t do so well last year, but we’re all working hard to finish better this time.”
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.
The Greater Miami Athletic Conference announced Thursday that the championship match of the Title-GMAC boys’ soccer tournament between Edison and Coral Park won’t be played.
Edison vacated its slot in the tournament after reporting to the GMAC early Thursday that it had used an ineligible player during Tuesday’s quarterfinal match against North Miami Beach. The game was originally scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. at Ted Hendricks Stadium.
As a result, the Red Raiders forfeited their victories against NMB and Varela in the earlier rounds of the tournament and Coral Park (11-3-5) was awarded the GMAC championship – its first since 1982 in boys’ soccer.
“I don’t want to elaborate too much, but it was a simple oversight that could happen to any school,” Edison athletic director Taj Echoles said. “In the interest of fairness, we chose to self-report the mistake.”
The forfeiture will not affect Edison’s playoff status.
The Red Raiders (16-3-2) have a first-round bye in next week’s District 15-3A playoff tournament that will be played at North Miami Stadium. Coral Park is the top seed in the District 14-6A playoffs that will be played at Memorial Field in Flamingo Park.
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
The Florida Dairy Farmers Association announced its Boys' and Girls' Soccer Players of the Year.
Archbishop McCarthy's Chrissy Gratz finished second behind Melbourne's Kristin Grubka in the girls' voting.
American Heritage coach Phil Zayas, who led his team to the Class 3A state title, finished third in the Coach of the Year voting behind John Planamenta of Palm Harbor University.
Melbourne also swept the boys' awards as Ryan Price won the Player of the Year and coach Jerry McCabe won Coach of the Year.
Still can't get enough basketball in March?
Some of the top players in Dade County will be at the 23rd Annual 4A–1A Basketball All Star Game tonight (Friday) at Miami Christian School.
Admission is $6. The girls' game will be played at 6 p.m., followed by the boys' game at 7:30 p.m.
The event will also feature a slam-dunk contest for the boys, as well as a three-point shootouts for the boys and girls. Coaches and Player of the Year Awards will be given during the event as well.
The boys will be coached by Calusa Prep's Tim Fowler and Miami Christian's Ozzie Pineda. The girls' game will be coached by Palmer Trinity's James Valle and La Salle's Raymond Lopez.