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Dudukovich’s top winter sports storylines

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 9:07 pm

The winter sports season ended for me when Summit Country Day defeated Portsmouth for the Division III state basketball championship.

Summit brought Cincinnati it's only state basketball title in 2012. Tony Tribble/For The Community Press

Now that I’ve had a few days to reflect on the past few months, here are my five top winter sports stories.

Title time: The Silver Knights picked up their first state basketball championship in Columbus March 24.

Senior center Holden Hertzel said after the game that he finished the job his dad, Rob Hertzel, who died of cancer in November and was a part of the Summit team that lost in 1980 final, had started 32 years ago.

Junior Kevin Johnson left a lasting impression on the state scene by scoring 11 points and dishing nine assists.

Sophomore Antonio Woods showed his toughness by playing on a bad left knee—an injury he sustained in the state semifinals.

With the win and both Johnson and Woods returning next season, Summit could be a force to reckoned with the next couple of years.

Moeller's Joey Ward won his second straight state wrestling championship during March's state championships. Nick Dudukovich/The Community Press

Ready to rumble: Anybody who knew anything about the prep wrestling scene knew Moeller’s Joey Ward and Goshen’s Chaz Gresham would win a ton matches this year.

But the question everyone wanted to know was, could they repeat as state champs?

Ward and Gresham lived up the challenge as both wrestled in two of the most exciting matches at the state tournament in early March.

Ward won the 132-pound crown, while Gresham, won at 182 pounds.

A great run: Who had Fairfield going to the state final this year? Not me, and I guarantee you didn’t either.

But the Indians defied expectations and beat the area’s best in their quest for the state tournament.

I keep thinking back to the Indians’ upset win over La Salle in the tournament. I was covering the state wresting meet in Columbus when I got the news. I’m still stunned.

Fairfield’s dream season was cut two games short—but none-the-less, the 2011-2012 squad will be talked about for years to come.

Record setter: Dan Fleming became La Salle’s all-time career leader in victories when his Lancers team defeated St. Xavier Jan. 27.

It was Fleming’s 335th career victory.

This school is one of the most basketball rich programs in the state and Fleming is at helm.

Stately swimmers: The Ursuline swim team had mountains of expectations at the start of the winter—and why not? The Lions returned several key swimmers from last years team, which finished second at the 2011 state meet.

Ursuline's Bridget Blood, left, Corrine Jenkins, and Temarie Tomley cheer and check the board for a time as Emily Slabe finishes their first-place finish in the 200 yard medley relay at the state championships Feb. 25. Gary Landers/The Community Press

The Lions lived up to the hype this winter and enjoyed another second place team finish at the state meet.

The squad also made history at the championships as the 200 yard medley relay team of Emily Slabe, Bridget Blood, Corinne Jenkins and Temarie Tomley set a state tournament record with a mark of 1 minute, 42.51 seconds on their way to a first-place finish.

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Is FM Marcus’ Phil Forte the best high school three-point shooter in the nation? He’ll have a shot to earn that title

Monday, March 26, 2012 | 7:52 pm

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Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star Wrestling

Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 6:40 pm

The annual BCAA sponsored Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star Wrestling event will take place on Thursday night (7:00), March 1st at South Broward High in Hollywood.

Last year, Broward County won the event for the first time in its 13 year history that has watched the showcase move from Flanagan to Nova and for the third year to South Broward.

Miami-Dade has a pair of state champs in the meet on Thursday. Southwest Miami 145-pounder Yoanse Mejia and South Dade 220-pound standout William Ford.

Among the state champs from Broward County will be unbeaten Archbishop McCarthy 160-pounder Javier Rodriguez and Cardinal Gibbons two-time champ Andrew Wisdom.

Both counties did very well this year during the season and at the state meet. Here is a look at who is expected to see some action in this post-season event that features state champs and state placers.

MIAMI-DADE
106: Ray Moreno (Monsignor Pace), Terrance Gary (Dr. Krop) and Joseph Garcia (Miami High).
113: Dieuminse Dore (Homestead), Chris Alfaro (Doral Academy) and Emilio Chacon (Miami High).
120: Isaiah Varona (South Dade) and Juan Nogues (Coral Reef). 
126: Esteban Gomez-Rivera (Belen Jesuit), Mack Predelus (N. Miami Beach) and Carlos Flores (Reagan).
132: Alejandro Sancho (South Miami) and Kevin Epstein (Southwest Miami).
138: Joe Sennett (Monsignor Pace) and Juan Herrera (Reagan).
145: Yoanse Mejia (Southwest Miami) and Ramiro Rojas (South Dade).
152: Lorenzo Walker (Southwest Miami), Blair Faust (South Dade), Christian Gomez (Goleman) and Devante Larmond (Homestead),
160: Joseph Roy (Palmetto), Daniel Sanchez (Southwest Miami), Luis Cepero (Coral Park) and Chris Silva (South Dade).
170: Daniel Saintil (South Dade) and Eddie Mora (Columbus).
182: Abraham Alvarado (Reagan) and Steve Perez (Southwest Miami).
195: Christian Hill (South Dade) and Joel Barrientos (Goleman).
220: William Ford (South Dade) and Francisco Menendez (Goleman).
285: Demetri Jones (Homestead), Alexander Cruz-Smith (Jackson) and Khulsen Saruultuya (Southwest Miami).

BROWARD
106: Drew Hunt (Western).
113: Nick Cristos (Deerfield Beach).
120: Ryan Kuse (Everglades), Kyle Eggnatz (Coral Springs) and Chaz Sapp (Deerfield Beach).
126: Curtis Boyette (Coral Springs) and Brandon Conroy (Somerset).
132: Bryan Bettencourt (South Broward), Nick Perez (St. Thomas) and Jahlani Callender (Calvary Chistian).
138: Andrew Wisdom (Cardinal Gibbons) and Sheldon Smith (Plantation).
145: Kevin Kobayashi (Monarch) and Daniel Colatorti (Chaminade-Madonna).
152: Victor Alfaro (Cardinal Gibbons), Dakota Concepcion (Cypress Bay), James Mitchell and Austin Parkes (Stranahan).
160: Javier Rodriguez (Archbishop McCarthy), Alex Rosa (Coral Springs Charter), Derrick Walker (McArthur) and Carvens Joseph (Blanche Ely).
170: Matthew Lent (Cooper City) and Felipe Sousa (Taravella).
182: Anthony Macias (Coral Springs) and Robert Kratman (Chaminade-Madonna).
195: Samuel Adams (Chaminade-Madonna) and Giovanni Santoro (Cypress Bay).
220: Justin Smith (Flanagan) and David Lima (Calvary Christian).
285: Gavin Ricketts (Western) and Nick Simoneau (Nova).

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Westminster’s Ray Sharp starts to turn heads

Saturday, March 24, 2012 | 5:24 pm

At 6-5, 190-pounds, Ray Sharp may not be the talk of the recruiting world, but if you watch the Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy quarterback throw, you'll have a good idea why he is approaching 6,000 yards passing in two seasons.

With plenty of high profile players on hand for last Saturday's Elite Scouting Services Combine at Cardinal Gibbons, it was Sharp, who quietly threw for 2,500 yards this past season, that captured the attention of recruiters, players, coaches and parents.

This is the same Sharp who fed FAU-bound record-breaking receiver Josh Orsino all those passes the last two season. The same Sharp who is trying to become the first quarterback prospect at the school since Danny Kanell to grab a Division 1 scholarship. Kanell, also a tremendous baseball prospect, went to FSU and then enjoyed a productive career in the NFL.

"I came here to compete and show people that I belong," said Sharp as he made the most of every passing opportunity at the combine. "I have worked hard and love to play the position."

As most on hand had never watched – or heard of Sharp – began to see him throw, they were sold. Most were sold on his arm and the way he made throws. Others seemed to give him a better shot than most because of his size.

"Can't teach 6-5," said quarterback coach Ken Mastrole, who enjoyed watching Sharp during the afternoon. "This is the first time I have watched this kid. I have to tell you, I am impressed with everything about him."

Sharp and others had the chance to showcase their skills on a day where nearly 300 college football prospects in South Florida took advantage of the opportunity to compete.

Besides Sharp, others who started to turn heads included Piper rising senior standout Fabian Joseph, who at 6-2, 195-pounds, has speed (4.39) and plenty of football skills. He comes to the Bengals from Plantation American Heritage.

Joseph was joined by rising stars Jordan Scarlett (2015 – RB, 5-11, 200, University School), Taravella running back Evan Hill (2014 – 5-10, 150), Monsignor Pace defensive back Henderson Gray (2014 – 5-11, 175), Archbishop McCarthy receiver Emmanuel Soto (2014 – 6-1, 198), Boyd Anderson lineman Sandley Jean Felix (2013 – 6-5, 300), Cardinal Gibbons receiver Trevon Lee (2014 – 6-0, 165), Christopher Columbus athlete Mickey Ferro (2013 – 5-10, 175) and Dillard safety Randy Ramsey, a 6-2, 188-pounder, who just may be the jewel of a talented 2014 class that this region continues to boast about.

We will follow a number of the players who did well at the ESS event and continue to spotlight them throughout the spring.

 

HIALEAH LOOKS TO RELOAD

 After making the playoffs last year, coach Mark Berman and the Hialeah T-Breds are looking to improve on the 2011 record as they continue to work hard in the off season.

With a number of key players moving on from this past season's successful squad, the Class of 2013 is here to start filling in the pieces.

Leading the way in this rising senior class is linebacker George Williams, who at 6-1, 225, is considered one of the top prospects in South Florida.

Among the other rising seniors expected to help include Jerrol Mobley (DL, 6-4, 315), Jomel Ribalta (OL, 6-4, 320), Ronald Washington (WR/DB, 5-11, 175), Ismael Aurismond (DE, 6-3, 230, Hialeah), Cesar Meneses (RB, 5-8, 170), Paul Guzman (OL, 6-2, 255), Daniel Ortega (OL, 6-3, 255), Darryus Perry (RB, 5-10, 195) and defensive back Kwan Grice (5-10, 170).

Hialeah also has a very impressive rising junior class with Dominic Elverson (LB/DE, 6-1, 225), Dave Montas (OL, 6-1, 265), A'lique Terry (OL, 6-2, 275), Allen Edwards (QB, 6-1, 180) and defensive lineman Jermaine Sheriff (6-2, 230).

We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current classes of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. All you have to do is send a DVD and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein, P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.

To comment, email floridakids1@aol.com. Follow Larry on Twitter at twitter.com/larryblustein

 

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Brentwood’s Chick-Fil-A tourney headlines weekend

Friday, March 23, 2012 | 4:07 pm

First-year Brentwood softball Coach Dawn Thoni doesn’t expect a schedule change to have much of an impact from a competition standpoint on this weekend’s Chick-Fil-A Classic at Crockett Park.

“We’ve had a lot of local teams in the past, but we had to change the date because of spring break and a lot of those teams had already committed (to other tournaments),” Thoni said. “From what I’ve seen in the past, there are a lot of new teams.

Typically played the final weekend of March — which is the first weekend of spring break for Williamson County Schools — this year’s 20-team field features eight squads from outside the Middle Tennessee area and only one from out of state. Among the participants are defending Division II-AA champion Baylor and Class AAA runner-up Soddy Daisy.

“I believe it’s going to be pretty competitive,” said Thoni, who played at Page and at Belmont.

In addition to the Chick-Fil-A Classic, the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association annual tournament is being held this weekend in Columbia and Gordonsville is hosting an event at Cane Creek in Cookeville.

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Summit postgame press conference

Friday, March 23, 2012 | 3:30 am

Summit coach Michael Bradley and players Holden Hertzel and Kevin Johnson discuss the team’s state semifinal win over Bedford St. Peter Chanel Thursday night at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center.

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Video discussion on final week of basketball

Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 2:51 pm

Community Press sports writers Nick Dudukovich, Scott Springer and Tom Skeen wrap up the week/winter tournament in Ohio basketball in this edition of the Press Preps Roundtable including discussion on Fairfield, Moeller, Roger Bacon, Sycamore, Madeira and Summit Country Day.

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Surging CPA opens up against Spring Hill

Monday, March 19, 2012 | 11:07 am

CPA point guard Craig Bradshaw

Christ Presbyterian Academy takes a 22-game win streak into Wednesday’s Class AA quarterfinal against Spring Hill at MTSU’s Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.

The Lions’ average margin of victory in their last four games is 26.8.

Craig Bradshaw (18.2 ppg), Jalen Lindsey (17.5 ppg) and Jake Allsmiller (11.6 ppg) have been the top three scorers, but top-ranked CPA (34-2) has received contributions from its top eight players.

“They’re loaded,” Maplewood Coach Ty Wilson said. “They have all the pieces that you need to win a state title. They have a leader in Bradshaw, they have a shooter in Allsmiller, they have an athlete who can do a lot of things in Jalen Lindsey and they have role players.”

Wilson doesn’t believe public and private schools should compete in the same division because the latter can draw from a larger talent pool.

“It’s like Duke against Belmont,” Wilson said. “Both of them may be good programs, but Belmont is never going to get the athletes or the caliber of players that Duke will get even if they’re both Division I schools.”

CPA posted two impressive performances in December, winning the King of Bluegrass Holiday Classic in Fairdale, Ky., and taking third at the Arby’s Classic in Bristol. Lindsey was the Bluegrass MVP and Bradshaw was the Arby’s MVP.

East Literature Coach Jim Fey, whose team finished second in Class AA last year, said mistakes are magnified against CPA.

“I would say the strength of their team is they capitalize on other teams’ mistakes, Fey said. “They’re exceptional at that. The big thing they have on a lot of teams is their press.”

David Lipscomb Coach Ritchie Pickens said CPA’s depth wears opponents down.

“If you can’t match them with depth of your own, then you end up playing fatigued during stretches of the game and during those stretches they tend to extend their lead,” Pickens said. “They have a ton of depth.”

Success has come quickly to the Lions, who start four sophomores. CPA is three wins from the school’s first title in boys basketball.

“I know it would mean a lot to Coach Drew because he’s put in six years of hard work to get to this point,” CPA guard Braxton Bonds said. “And I would be very proud to win it with my teammates and my brothers because I love them and I know we’ve worked really hard for this.”

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CHCA seeks girls varsity hoops coach

Sunday, March 18, 2012 | 10:28 pm

From CHCA:

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy is currently looking to fill the position of head girls’ varsity basketball coach, last filled by Joe Vanderkolk. Previous experience of coaching high school basketball required; previous head coaching experience preferred; have an understanding of Christian education and the role athletics play in it; includes all aspects of operation of the girls’ basketball program, youth through high school; mentorship and leading of student-athletes and coaches in the program and operation of daily practices and skill development sessions.

Interested applicants can use this link to apply.

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Dillard girls’ basketball coach Marcia Pinder named National Coach of the Year

Saturday, March 17, 2012 | 9:14 pm

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.

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