Monday, September 1, 2014

Braves Shut Out Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were blanked for the first time in 60 games as they fell to the Atlanta Braves 1-0 at Turner Field on Sunday. The Fish had the longest active streak of not being shut out in the majors.
     Alex Wood pitched eight innings for the Bravos to get the victory and improved to 10-10. He allowed five hits and struck out 12 Marlins. Craig Kimbrel picked up his 41st save this season which in the most in the major leagues. Miami(66-69) starter Nathan Eovaldi dropped to 6-10 as he surrendered one run on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
     The only score in the game was in the second inning by Atlanta(72-65). Evan Gattis led off with a solo home run to left-center field on the first pitch for his 21st homer this year.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bret Hedican Joins San Jose Sharks Radio

     Former Florida Panthers defenseman Bret Hedican has joined the San Jose Sharks radio broadcasts as a game analyst. He moves from being a studio analyst for San Jose Sharks games on Comcast Sportsnet California. He recently worked as a hockey game analyst for Westwood One alongside Panthers television voice Steve Goldstein at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
     Hedican played for the Florida Panthers from January 1999 until January 2002 and had 65 points in 202 games with the team. He played in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2002 and won a Stanley Cup championship in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
     He started his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues and was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in March 1994. Hedican helped the club win the 1994 Western Conference championship before they fell to the New York Rangers in seven games at the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. He was traded along with Pavel Bure and Brad Ference to the Panthers for Ed Jovanovski, Kevin Weekes, Dave Gagner and Mike Brown in a blockbuster deal.

Friday, August 29, 2014

St Thomas Aquinas And American Heritage Preview

     Two of the top ten high school football programs in the United States will meet in the regular season opener on Friday night as the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders face the defending FHSAA Class 5A state champions American Heritage Patriots at Sun Life Stadium. The Raiders defeated Dillard 31-7 last week in a preseason kickoff classic while the Patriots handled Dwyer 49-23 in a game televised on ESPN.
     St. Thomas Aquinas comes off a season in which they lost on the road in a regional final to the eventual Class 7A champion Dwyer Panthers. They enter this contest with a well-rounded offense. Jake Rizzo returns as quarterback and will look to connect with wide receivers Devante Peete, Sam Bruce and Jawuan Harris downfield. Running back Jordan Scarlett will get most of the carries from the backfield along with Deltron Sands and Khambrel St. Hubert also contributing.
     American Heritage hit the pinnacle last year and won their first football state title over Clay 66-8. Quarterback Torrance Gibson leads the team on offense as he can throw the ball to anywhere on the field and run out of the pocket. He will have numerous wide receivers to throw to that include Janarvis Pough, Brandon Johnson, Dredrick Snelson and Blair Barrow. Running backs Kyshaun Bryan and Travis Jackson expect to split the load on handoffs.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

High School Football Radio Broadcasts

     There will be several South Florida radio stations that will broadcast high school football for the 2014 season. Three local organizations return again this year to air high school football.
     Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM will broadcast high school football games from Broward County and Dade County on Friday nights for the fourth consecutive year. New Florida International University football radio play-by-play announcer Mike Levine will announce games when FIU is not playing a road game that weekend. Former St. Thomas Aquinas and FIU quarterback Wesley Carroll will return for his second season at that post. No backup play-by-play announcer has been named, however WQAM morning sidekick Curtis Stevenson filled in for Levine one time last season.
     Good Karma Broadcasting will have high school football games from Palm Beach County and St. Lucie County on ESPN 106.3FM WUUB-FM and the website. They will broadcast Thursday night games and have their four-hour studio show High School Hysteria on Friday nights. Jeremy Marks-Peltz returns as the play-by-play voice and Florida Atlantic University radio voice Ken LaVicka will serve as backup play-by-play announcer. Good Karma Broadcasting has aired high school football since 2010.
     The radio station with the longest reign of broadcasting high school football in South Florida Sugar 900 WSWN-AM in Belle Glade will as usual cover the sport this year like they have for more than several decades. They will have either the Glades Central Raiders or the Pahokee Blue Devils on every Friday night. The regular season schedule will conclude with the annual Muck Bowl between both schools. Longtime radio voice Mike Dee will do the play-by-play for every broadcast.

Mike Levine New FIU Radio Voice

     Mike Levine has been named the new radio voice of Florida International University football. He replaces Tony Calatayud who has been the radio play-by-play football announcer for the team since the 2011 season. Previous FIU football play-by-play announcers in the past include Phil Schoen and Jeremy Marks-Peltz.
     Levine, a Penn State University grad, joined Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM as a sports anchor and sports host in October 2007. He added duties as a radio play-by-play announcer for the University of Miami Hurricanes baseball team in 2010.
     He became a high school football radio play-by-play announcer at WKAT-AM in 2010 and has announced high school football for the South Florida High School Football Show on WQAM since 2011. He hosted a late night baseball show called The Clubhouse in 2011 and 2012. Levine was the evening sports anchor and executive producer of the Kevin Rogers Show from the late 2000s until August 2014.
     Prior to his move to Miami, he was the sports director, sports anchor and Kalamazoo Kings baseball play-by-play announcer at WQSN-AM and WQLR-AM in Kalamazoo, Michigan from March 2005 to September 2007. His first professional broadcast position was at WTAJ-AM in State College, Pennsylvania as a high school play-by-play announcer and a sports host from May 2003 to June 2004.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Glades Central At Dwyer Preview

     The Dwyer Panthers have their home opener in Palm Beach Gardens on Friday night as they begin their reign as FHSAA Class 7A champions and host arch-rival the Glades Central Raiders at Blum Stadium. The Panthers, who went undefeated last year at 15-0, have won the last two opening game meetings between both schools after they dropped the previous six games.
     Dwyer played their preseason kickoff classic on ESPN national television last Sunday and lost to the defending FHSAA Class 5A champions the American Heritage Patriots 49-23 in Plantation. Glades Central barely held on to a kickoff classic road victory over the Lake Worth Trojans 26-20 last week.
     The Panthers, with two-time FHSAA state champion head coach Jack Daniels at the helm, have several recognized players from their offense returning as quarterback Daniel Parr will lead them while Cornelius Smith comes back as their top rushing threat. The team lost wide receivers Johnnie Dixon, Clint Stephens, Ezra Saffold, Shawun Lurry and running back Alonso Smith on offense to graduation. They look at Tavares Martin, a transfer from John I. Leonard, and Nick Martinsen as wide receiver options for Parr while Erick Hartnett comes in from the District 7-3A champions Cardinal Newman where he can add extra punch to their running game.
     The Raiders finished at 5-6 in 2013 for their worst record in over 20 years and were eliminated in the FHSAA playoffs during the first round for the first time since 2002. They named Rick Casko as their new head coach to lead the club in another direction.
     Glades Central has Andre Tommie as their primary quarterback with James Blackman in a back-up capacity. They will not have a controversy over the starting quarterback role like they had last season. Jonathan Istatche has returned to a wide receiver spot with the squad while Giovanni Lugo transferred. Running back Jerry Jones graduated and the Raiders now have Keith Clemones along with Ja'kevious Vickers to get the bulk of the carries from the backfield. Wide receiver Javis Jefferson sat out last week against Lake Worth, however Jamarius Way and Devonte Burden can fill in that void for receptions.

Jon Linder Interim WMEN Host

     640 Sports WMEN-AM began using Jon Linder as an interim afternoon host this past Monday. They had piped in Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone from NBC Sports Radio on August 22 . The station has still not decided who will replace Orlando Alzugaray, a.k.a. The Big O, as their new afternoon drive host. Alzugaray did his final show at 640 Sports on August 21 before beginning his new position as a midday host at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM on Monday.
     Linder had a previous stint at 640 Sports as an early afternoon host for three weeks earlier this year from January 20 until February 7. He lost that position due to cost cutting when James Crystal declared chapter 11 bankruptcy. Linder joined the station as a fill-in host in December 2013.
     He was a sports reporter and fill-in host at WQAM from 2007 to early 2013. Linder was elevated to football studio host of the University of Miami Hurricanes Radio Network from 2010 to 2012 and hosted a late night football show from August until late December 2011. He had a long stint during the 2000s as an afternoon host and later a Sunday morning host at 770 WWCN-AM in Fort Myers.