Saturday, August 27, 2016

Padres Drop Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were held off the scoreboard as they were blanked by the San Diego Padres 1-0 at Marlins Park on Saturday night. Miami(67-62) have been shut out twice in their last five games.
     San Diego(54-75) got the only run of the game during the fourth inning. Ryan Schimpf smashed a two-out solo home run to right field against Jose Urena on a 3-2 pitch for his 16th homer of the season.

Josh Appel New FIU Radio Voice

     Florida International University recently named Josh Appel as their new radio football play-by-play announcer. He will be joined in the broadcast booth by former St. Thomas Aquinas and FIU quarterback Wes Carroll. The games will be aired on 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM this season beginning on September 1.
     Appel becomes the fifth person to hold the position as their radio voice. Previous announcers who held that spot included Phil Schoen, Jeremy Marks-Peltz, Tony Calatayud and Mike Levine.
     It is a return for Appel to his South Florida roots. He was a Cypress Bay high school grad and interned with the Dan Le Batard Show on The Ticket. He recently was the University of South Florida play-by-play announcer and sports director for the campus radio station.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Few High School Football Radio Broadcasts

     It looks like local high school football will not have an emphasis on South Florida radio this season. The number of radio stations that will have a game broadcast is only one for the second consecutive year. There were five different local radio stations that had a weekly high school football game back in 2011.
     The only local radio station that broadcasts a high school football game is ESPN 106.3 WUUB-FM in West Palm Beach and they carry all Oxbridge Academy games this season. Mike Mreczko replaces Jeremy Marks-Peltz as the play-by-play announcer while Jimmie Bell remains as game analyst.

Dwyer Destroys Boynton Beach

     The Dwyer Panthers opened up the 2016 regular season with a 40-0 shutout victory over the Boynton Beach Tigers on Friday night. It was the first of four consecutive home games for Boynton Beach(0-1) to begin the season. The Panthers are idle and do not play next week.
     Dwyer(1-0) scored on their second possession of the game. Running back Cedric Tucker went around the left end and scored from 14 yards away at 3:28 of the first quarter.
     The Panthers commanded the second quarter as they scored three touchdowns and pulled out to a 26-point lead by halftime. Running back Jakairi Moses moved through the left side of the line and went into the end zone from six yards out just seven seconds into the second.
     Panthers quarterback Todd Centeio threw a screen pass to the right and Moses raced down the right sideline for a 21-yard touchdown to make it 19-0 at 4:44. Linebacker Dequan Walker recovered a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a score with 1:29 left in the first half.
     Dwyer added two more touchdowns during the second half. Tucker scored his second touchdown of the contest on a nine-yard run as he went around the right end and angled right to the end zone with 59 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Panthers Trade Bolland And Crouse

     The Florida Panthers have traded center Dave Bolland and left wing Lawson Crouse to the Arizona Coyotes for a 2017 third-round pick and another conditional draft pick based on if Crouse plays with Arizona this season.
     Bolland signed a long-term contract with Florida prior to the 2014-15 season. He saw limited time with the club last season as he compiled one goal and four assists in 25 games.
     Crouse was selected as a first-round pick by the Panthers and the 11th pick overall at the 2015 NHL Draft held in Sunrise. He had 23 goals and 39 assists with Kingston of the American Hockey League last season.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Marlins Get Revenge On Royals

     Jose Fernandez set a Marlins single-season record with most strikeouts by a pitcher as Miami blanked the Kansas City Royals 3-0 at Marlins Park on Tuesday night. He reached 213 strikeouts during the game and passed Ryan Dempster who had 209 strikeouts with the club in 2000 and Kevin Brown who had 205 K's in 1997.
     Fernandez allowed no runs on six hits in seven innings pitched and struck out nine. He was able to get the record strikeout against Alex Gordon in the sixth inning. Kansas City(65-61) had their nine-game winning streak snapped.
     Miami(66-60) scored all of their runs in the bottom of the sixth against Dillon Gee. Fernandez got a one-out single to right and Dee Gordon along with Martin Prado followed with base hits to load the bases. Christian Yelich ripped a two-run single into right field which brought in Fernandez and Gordon. Prado would score on a sacrifice fly to left by Marcell Ozuna to make it 3-0.

Palm Beach Post Name New Miami Heat Writers

     Tom D'Angelo and Anthony Chiang have been named the new Miami Heat beat reporters for the Palm Beach Post. They replace Jason Leiser who has moved over to Miami Dolphins coverage at that newspaper.
     D'Angelo has worked at the Palm Beach Post since 1981 and has held numerous positions with that organization. He has been their main writer covering Florida State University athletics along with being a sports columnist. It is a return for him to cover the Miami Heat on a daily basis. He did write about the team for the newspaper 20 years ago.
     Chiang first got noticed locally as a high school sports reporter for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He left for the Palm Beach Post in 2013 to become the lead high school sports writer. He was later promoted to the University of Florida beat reporter spot in 2015.