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Published: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:50:33 GMT

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Pack your links...the Sun Sentinel High Sports blog is moving

Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:50:33 GMT

Greetings high school sports fans...

Just wanted to post one last entry on the blog we've called home for...well, a long time.

Don't worry--Dave Brousseau, Steve Gorten and I aren't leaving you. We're just moving to a new blog platform that will hopefully make it easier for you to keep up with all your high school sports headlines.

If you've got us bookmarked, be sure to make the change. Here's our new address:

Come by and check us out often. We'll be posting all the same news you've gotten over here--just with hopefully, some new tools that will help us make it a better experience for you, our readers. We'll try to make the transition as smooth as possible.



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University School protects the ball, establishes run, moves past Heritage-Delray

Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:42:30 GMT

A season ago, University School went into its matchup against American Heritage-Delray as the top-ranked team in Class 3A and a favorite to win the state championship. But against the Stallions, the Suns turned the ball over six times. That, combined with an incredible performance from Heritage-Delray star running back Greg Bryant, kept the Suns from winning that coveted state title. Instead, Bryant's 171-yard rushing effort and those Suns mistakes helped Heritage-Delray earn a 31-20 win over University School. Heritage-Delray went on to win the state championship. Friday, University flipped the script in a highly-anticipated matchup that pitted two of the nation's best high school football teams. This time, the Suns forced two turnovers, while committing none of their own. And this time, University held Bryant to just 40 yards, while Suns running back Jordan Scarlett stole the show. The sophomore had 29 carries for 248 touchdowns with three touchdowns. His 50-yard touchdown run in the opening minutes of the second half erased Heritage-Delray's 17-12 halftime lead and the Suns never trailed again. First-year Heritage-Delray coach Stacy Sizemore was an assistant during last year's game and he felt this year's University School team is stronger than the squad the Stallions faced a year ago. "They're good coaches and there are a lot of good players on both sides," he said. "They're a lot better than they were last year because what they've done is, they've been able to run the football. That's the biggest difference in what they did. They were just able to run the football tonight." The effort sends University School to the state semifinals, where the Suns will face Clearwater Central Catholic. A win there and the Suns are playing for a state title. [...]

Miramar going through growing pains

Sat, 24 Nov 2012 06:12:38 GMT

WESTON – Miramar’s 2012 football season ended Friday night three playoff rounds from the Class 8A state championship game, where the Patriots wound up last season and had hoped to return this year. But those who expected the Patriots to not only return to the Citrus Bowl, but also avenge last year’s title loss, expected too much. This Patriots team was talented, but also young – despite its best player on offense (running back Alex Lee) and defense (linebacker Jermaine Grace) being seniors – and flawed. It committed too many untimely turnovers and was penalized too much. And so as you might expect from such a team, it finished with a .500 record (6-6). Still, after Friday’s 34-14 regional semifinal loss at Cypress Bay, Coach Damon Cogdell deemed this “a great season,” vowing this group would “bounce back” -- begin working toward next season starting in two weeks. They’ll go into next preseason as they did this fall – uncertain whether Nick Jeanty or Gerald Hawkins will be their starting quarterback. Both played Friday night. Jeanty was replaced after misfiring on all four of his passes the first two series. Hawkins made some nice throws, but finished just 7-of-16 for 95 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Patriots’ offense will need to replace Lee, who watched Friday’s game on crutches, his season cut short because of a torn meniscus in his left knee sustained against Boyd Anderson. Lee has a bright future ahead – he said Friday he is close to verbally committing to Florida Atlantic. Juniors Cameron Rigby and Michael Shiver and sophomore Alex Anderson are expected to carry the load next year. The “Dark Side” defense won’t have an easy time replacing Grace. The Patriots will need to become tougher up front. This wasn’t the season Miramar and its fans hoped it would be. But it was a necessary step for a program that should be contending for state titles again in the near future. [...]

Cypress Bay sets tone with 'The Drive'

Sat, 24 Nov 2012 05:41:55 GMT

WESTON – On the very first play from scrimmage Friday night, Cypress Bay’s Jaranta “Tay” Lewis took the snap and charged up the middle 6 yards on a designed quarterback keeper. And so began a more-than-seven-minute drive of straight smash-mouth football – one which Cypress Bay coach Mark Guandolo proudly deemed “a statement” after his team’s 34-14 triumph against Miramar. The Lightning had lost to the Patriots in the second round of the playoffs last year, and also in 2008, but they sent a resounding message with this 13-play, 60-yard touchdown drive following the opening kickoff. They ran the ball all but one play on the drive – a 12-yard completion from Lewis to Alex Montgomery on second-and-10 from Miramar’s 33 – as they showed no fear of the vaunted “Dark Side” defense that bottled up South Plantation running back Alex Collins in a 3-0 win a week ago. Then after Miramar’s defense stiffened, holding Cypress Bay’s star back Matt Dayes to 4 yards and 1 yard on back-to-back carries near the goal line, Guandolo gave the ball to Dayes again on third-and-goal from the 1. Dayes was stopped, but before going down, he lunged and reached the ball out just over the goal line for the score. “When you keep your defense on the sideline and keep their offense on the sideline, that’s important,” said Guandolo. “You run the clock seven minutes. Plus, it’s a statement. The guys came out ready to play. They’d been waiting all week for this one.” Cypress Bay controlled the ball and the clock, and thus the game, throughout. The Lightning defense forced three-and-outs on the Patriots’ first two possessions, prompting Coach Damon Cogdell to switch quarterbacks from Nick Jeanty to Gerald Hawkins. Leading 17-0 in the first half, Cypress Bay had run 33 offensive plays. Miramar had run eight. “We just came out, we were physical, we ran at them and played good defense. That’s what we’re going to do,” Guandolo said. “We talked about our big guys making plays and they did – Matt Dayes, Alex Montgomery, Lucas [Gallub], Nico Marley, all those guys were making plays.” Added Dayes: “We practiced hard this whole week. We were well prepared for them and we came out and just did our thing.” Said Cogdell: “They had a great game plan. Keep it on the ground. They took seven minutes off the first quarter the first drive. Coach did a great job game-planning for us.” Dayes racked up 168 yards on 29 carries, including three touchdown runs. Most of his runs were tough carries between the tackles, though he sprinted 59 yards for a score in the fourth quarter on the first play after Miramar failed to recover an onside kick. “I give all the props to my o-line,” Dayes said. “They did well for me. My fullback Josh Kaiser and all my receivers, they blocked well for me, so I thank them.” The way Cypress Bay won Friday was vintage Guandolo – powerful rushing attack, stifling defense. It’s how Chaminade-Madonna won two state titles with him as coach in 2003 and 2005, and it’s how Cypress Bay will have to play to keep advancing in this year’s playoffs. The Lightning will now travel to play Seminole Ridge in the regional finals. Miramar is behind them. “We know our district’s the toughest in the state,” Guandolo said. “To get out of district is tough, and Miramar’s the team you’ve got to beat. They’ve been there a bunch of times, so it was a big win for us.” [...]

St. Thomas Aquinas' volleyball player Bridgette Villano an Under-Armour All-American

Wed, 21 Nov 2012 20:07:35 GMT

It was an impressive season for the St. Thomas Aquinas volleyball team, which advanced to the state tournament this year. Now, post-season honors are starting to roll in and one of the Raiders has notched a big one.

Senior Bridgette Villano was named an Under-Armour All-American honorable mention selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Villano is just one of two Florida players on the list, joining Tallahassee Maclay's Haley Cole.

Villano, a 5-foot-9 libero, had 168 digs, 74 kills, and 55 aces this year for the Raiders. She has signed to play college volleyball at Tennessee.


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VIDEO: McCarthy's Yarisbeth Bradfield on Mavs' confidence-building win over Gibbons

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 05:27:19 GMT

After losing 11 players to graduation or transfers, Archbishop McCarthy girls soccer coach Mike Sica knew his young Mavericks would take their lumps this season.

But this week, the Mavericks have shown plenty of promise, playing like an experienced, veteran squad. Monday night, they put together a comeback effort to defeat Pine Crest. Tuesday, McCarthy sophomore Yarisbeth Bradfield scored in the fifth minute against Cardinal Gibbons, and that proved enough as the Mavericks hung on for a 2-0 win. (For the record, Bradfield had McCarthy's other goal too--one that came in the 78th minute and virtually iced the win).

After the game, both Sica and Bradfield talked about how this has been a confidence-building week for the Mavericks. And they'll need to carry that forward as they share a district with powerhouse American Heritage and a solid Pembroke Pines Charter.


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American Heritage's Raigyne Moncrief, Archbishop McCarthy's Raigyne Moncrief make college choices

Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:20:54 GMT

Two of Broward County's top girls basketball players have made decisions about their college plans.

According to American Heritage coach Natasha Kossenko, Patriots guard Raigyne Moncrief recently committed to Louisiana State University. And Archbishop McCarthy coach Wally Haywood confirmed Monday that Mavericks guard Khayla Livingston has verbally committed to Cleveland State.

Moncrief, a two-time first-team All-County selection, averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 5.0 steals per game as a junior last season. She earned attention from several major programs in both the ACC and SEC, but ultimately, chose LSU.

Livingston, meanwhile, was an All-County honorable mention last year after averaginig 11.8 points and 5.0 assists per game. She received attention from a number of schools including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Southern Alabama.


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