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New Canes honored; Baseball update

Just got home from a busy morning which included attending The Miami Herald's 2007-2008 All-Dade Breakfast where four Canes were honored for their high school accomplishments.

Tim "Ice" Harris, who led Booker T. Washington's football to the Class 4A state championship and coached the track team to a state title in 2007 before taking a job as Randy Shannon's right hand man last month, was named the county's boys overall Coach of the Year. His son, future Canes cornerback Brandon Harris (whom I got a chance to speak with for about 10 minutes), became only the second athlete in Dade history to repeat as overall Male Athlete of the Year. Together, they became the first father-son duo to win the two major awards.

Northwestern, the Class 6A state champions, were honored by having quarterback Jacory Harris take home Class 6A-4A Offensive Player of the Year and linebacker Sean Spence taking home the Defensive Player of the Year award. Jacory, bashful as usual, cracked a smile and said "these people are crazy" when I handed him the award (he only broke every passing record in the county). Spence arrived fashionably late and had his father accept his award on his behalf. Jacory spoke to me briefly, but told me he and the Bulls currently at Northwestern have been hitting the weights hard this summer and are focused on competing for starting jobs. "We've all been doing real good," Jacory told me. "We're focused."

** BASEBALL UPDATE... After the breakfast, I made my way over to Mark Light Stadium where the Canes were practicing and I got a chance to catch up with coach Jim Morris and a few of his players as they prepare for Friday's Regional showdown with Bethune Cookman at 4 p.m..

Morris said he won't officially announce who will pitch when until Thursday. But word around the campfire is it will be the current No. 3 man in the rotation Enrique Garcia (6-2, 4.67 ERA) who gets the nod Friday. Current No. 1 starter and ACC Freshman of the Year Chris Hernandez (11-0, 2.44 ERA) told me he's preparing to pitch for Saturday and will be out scouting both Ole Miss and Missouri in Friday's regional opener at noon. If that is indeed the case, then we know left-hander Eric Erickson, who has struggled a bit since returning for injury, would be the guy pitching on Sunday.

I'll be at Friday's games (blogging live). Andre Fernandez will be there for us on Saturday and Sunday.

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