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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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Good Post. It will be interesting to see how it all goes down. Logic for seeding for the Canes is weird and did not reward the better teams all year...

We'll come out in the end the winners anyways...

Manny, know any scoop on why Erickson is not dominating like he used to? Is it his velocity or control? (Most probably his psyche...)

Hi Manny

Any new updates on BasketBall recruiting ???


Manny...great new blog and info. If you are going to blog the game LIVE, I will ask all the Canespacers to come over here Friday.

great work manny, as always. Too bad you wont be there saturday

Manny...Canespacers will be here on Friday to blog the game live. Are you doing a play-by-play or inning-by-inning updates or color commentary?

You should do a LIVE Q&A here soon if possible? We all miss that!

canespacers do whatever I tell them to do. I am their master, they are my minions. I will send them over here to help you out.

Thanks for the terrific job you do, Manny.

canespacers do whatever I tell them to do. I am their master, they are my minions. I will send them over here to help you out.

Posted by: 86Cane | May 28, 2008 at 03:59 PM

The post above is NOT by the REAL 86Cane but by an imposter. Place your cursor over the blue typekey "86Cane" names and you will see the difference. Apologies for the confusion.

I thought the point of the Typepad thing was to keep people from posting under other peoples names. Why is there someone else using 86's name. For any who care the if you put your mouse over the blue name it will show the real 86 signed in as Tom, the fake one just 86Cane.

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