Monday, October 23, 2017

Heat Cruise By Hawks

     The Miami Heat pulled away from the Atlanta Hawks with a 104-93 win on Monday night at American Airlines Arena. It was the second game of a six-game home stand for the Heat.
     Miami(2-1) started out on an 18-10 run and led 26-23 after one quarter. The Heat outscored the Hawks 36-21 in the second quarter and were up 62-44 at halftime.
     Atlanta(1-3) cut the deficit down from double digits with a 29-15 spurt and were down 77-73 after three quarters. The Hawks tied the contest 77-77 in the first two minutes of the fourth. The Heat responded with a 9-2 run and never looked back.
     Josh Richardson had a team-high 21 points for the Heat. Wayne Ellington added 20 points while Goran Dragic compiled 19 points and six assists. Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince both had 20 points each for Atlanta.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dolphins Move By Jets

     Cody Parkey kicked a 39-yard field goal with 26 seconds left in the game to give the Miami Dolphins a 31-28 victory over the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday. It was the only field goal by either club in the contest. The Fins won their third consecutive game.
     Both teams exchanged touchdowns in the first half. New York(3-4) struck first at 13:01 of the first quarter as quarterback Josh McCown connected a 29-yard pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. The Dolphins matched it on their next possession with a four-yard pass by quarterback Jay Cutler to wide receiver Jarvis Landry at the 10:50 mark. Wide receiver Robby Anderson caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from McCown for the Jets with 1:34 left in the first.
     In the second quarter, Miami(4-2) tied it 14-14 with 6:22 to go. Cutler found tight end Anthony Fasano from four yards away. New York regained the lead on a one-yard plunge by McCown with 2:00 remaining in the first half.
     The Jets got out to a 14-point margin with the only score of the third quarter at the 1:52 mark. McCown noticed wide receiver Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the back of the end zone from 10 yards out.
     The Fins pulled off a major comeback as they compiled 17 points during the fourth quarter. Matt Moore replaced an injured Cutler at the quarterback spot and fired a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills at 11:33
     Stills would later make another touchdown reception from Moore on the right side of the end zone from two yards away with 6:25 remaining in the fourth. Parkey nailed the game-winning score oh a 39-yard field goal with 26 seconds to go and a Dolphins 31-28 lead.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Miami FC Blanks FC Edmonton

     Miami FC made a long trip up to Canada and shut out FC Edmonton 2-0 at Clarke Stadium on Saturday night . It was the final game of a three-game road trip for the club.
     Stefano Pinho gave Miami FC(9-3-3) a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute of play. Dylan Mares followed with a tally during the 64th minute. FC Edmonton(3-5-6) comes down next week to South Florida against Miami FC in the final game of the regular season.

Heat Win Home Opener Over Pacers

     The Miami Heat played their 30th home opener in franchise history and topped the Indiana Pacers 112-108 at American Airlines Arena on Saturday night.
     Indiana(1-2) had a 31-26 lead after one quarter. Miami(1-1) changed the momentum as they outscored the Pacers 37-19 in the second quarter, which included a 24-8 run, and were up 63-50 at halftime. The Heat stayed ahead 91-76 after three quarters and held on through the end of the contest.
     Goran Dragic put together 23 points and six rebounds for Miami while Dion Waiters added 19 points. Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 28 points and Domantas Sabonis compiled a double-double with 18 points along with 13 rebounds.

Panthers Surprise Capitals

     The Florida Panthers made a rare appearance in a nationally televised game as they beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 at Capital One Arena on Saturday night. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Cats. It was the only visit for the Panthers to Washington D.C. this season.
     Florida(3-4-0) jumped up to a 1-0 lead just 1:26 into the contest. Connor Brickley, who was scratched in the last two games, collected his second goal of the season in front of the net on a pass by Jared McCann from behind the Capitals cage.
     The Panthers increased their lead to 2-0 on the power play with 30 seconds left in the first. Evgenii Dadanov scored the goal with assists from Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck.
     In the second period, Florida scored on a 5-on-3 power play. Aleksander Barkov slid the puck from the low right circle across to Trocheck in the left circle. He waited then fired a slap shot by Philipp Grubauer at the 7:58 mark.
     Washington(4-4-1) broke the shutout with 4:37 left in the second. Devante Smith-Pelley placed a pass from the right corner to Christian Djoos on the right wing. He skated into the high slot and released a wrist shot by James Reimer.
     The Cats finished the game with an empty-net shorthanded goal by Barkov with 1:16 remaining in the third period. He recovered the puck in the defensive slot area and backhanded it down the length of the ice.

Hurricanes Survive Syracuse

     The Miami Hurricanes held on to defeat the Syracuse Orange 27-19 at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. The Canes remain undefeated with the victory.
     The Hurricanes were in the red zone and were unable to get into the end zone. They had to settle for an 18-yard field goal by Michael Badgley.
     In the second quarter, Miami(6-0, 4-0) scored their first touchdown at 14:28. Quarterback Malik Rosier connected a 10-yard strike to tight end Christopher Herndon for a 10-0 lead. Badgley added a 39-yard field goal less than four minutes later.
     Syracuse(4-4, 2-2) began to chip away at the lead. Cole Murphy kicked a 22-yard field goal with 6:23 left in the first half and booted a 40-yard field goal with 9:00 to go in the third quarter.
     The Hurricanes expected the gap to 20-6 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Wide receiver Jeff Thomas caught a 48-yard touchdown pass on the left hash marks from Rosier.
     The Orange hit the scoreboard with 1:15 remaining in the third. Running back Moe Neal carried the ball in from 15 yards away. Murphy compiled field goals from 45 yards and 53 yards out during the first portion of the fourth quarter and they were down 20-19 midway into the frame.
     Hurricanes running back Travis Homer, an Oxbridge Academy grad, put the contest away at the 2:54 mark of the fourth. He found the hole in the middle of the line and raced down 33 yards for the touchdown.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Glades Central Takes American Heritage

     The Glades Central Raiders got by the American Heritage Stallions 21-7 at The Corral in Delray Beach on Friday night. The Raiders snapped a five-game losing streak to the Stallions and last beat them in 2011.
     Glades Central(5-2) moved ahead at 7:58 of the first quarter. Wide receiver Jymetre Hester caught a 47-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the field from quarterback Davious Richards. The Raiders made it 8-0 as they faked the kick for the extra point and scored on a two-point conversion run by wide receiver/holder Dejuan Miller.
     The Raiders mounted a drive in the third quarter as Miller made a 61-yard catch to the Stallions 18-yard line. Later in the possession, Richards threw an eight-yard pass to Miller on the right side for a score at the 6:36 mark in the third and a Glades Central 15-0 margin.
     American Heritage(4-4) finally scored with 3:47 left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ryan Rizk connected a seven-yard pass to wide receiver Micangelo Joseph and cut the lead to 15-7.
     The Stallions got the ball back on a punt with two minutes to go and they attempted to tie the game on their next drive. It went down to the last play of the game when Raiders defensive back E.J. Jackson intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown.

Penguins Top Panthers

     The Florida Panthers welcomed the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins to South Florida on Friday night and were defeated by them 4-3 at BB&T Center. It was the second meeting between both clubs in less than one week.
     After not converting on an early power play, Florida(2-4-0) scored twice in a 94-second span. Radim Vrbata flipped the puck up in the air toward the net from the top of the zone. Matt Murray stopped it and Jamie McGinn whacked in the rebound from the left side of the crease at 4:15.
     The Panthers performed cross-ice passing inside the Penguins zone to go up 2-0 at 5:49. Aaron Ekblad passed the puck from the right point to Keith Yandle on the left point. Yandle forwarded it to Aleksander Barkov in the right circle and he scored on a slap shot for his first goal of the season.
     Pittsburgh(5-2-1) came out with a vengeance at the beginning of the second period. They scored on their first power play of the contest at 2:14 when Phil Kessel made a slap pass from the left circle and Evgeni Malkin stuffed it in from the right side of the blue paint by Roberto Luongo.
     It took another 27 seconds for the Penguins to tie the game 2-2. Following a Panthers turnover on the end wall, Tom Kuhnhackl made a cross-ice pass from the low left circle and Carter Rowney snapped in a shot from the low slot area.
     The Pens converted on their second power play of the game and took their first lead of the game at 11:12. Malkin wired a pass from the low right circle to the top of the crease and Sidney Crosby redirected it into the top of the Panthers cage for his fifth goal of the year.
     In the third period, Florida was able to pull even 3-3 at the 9:19 mark. MacKenzie Weegar, who played in his first game this season, scored his first NHL goal on a slap shot from the top of the right circle.
     The Penguins regained the lead 4-3 on the power play with 2:53 remaining in the third. Conor Sheary came through the low slot and slipped a forehand shot past James Reimer. It was the third power-play goal for the Pens in the contest.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Forest Hill Holds Off Olympic Heights

     The Forest Hill Falcons withstood a comeback and beat the Olympic Heights Lions 34-28 on Thursday night at Corey Lewis Stadium in a District 13-7A game. The Falcons remain in contention to win the district title.
     Forest Hill(6-1, 3-1) got a 21-point margin at the end of the first half. Running back Bryan Jones contributed two touchdown runs in the first quarter. He scored from 20 yards away at 8:45 and reached the end zone on the Falcons first play of their next possession with an 83-yard run around the left end and down the left sideline with 4:51 left in the quarter.
     The Falcons made it 21-0 at the 9:35 mark of the second quarter. Running back Chaz Eaton angled toward the right sideline and scored on a 48-yard touchdown.
     The momentum changed to begin the second half as Olympic Heights(3-4, 2-2) scored in their first two drives of the third quarter to get back in the contest. Wide receiver Michael Ippolito caught a 70-yard touchdown pass on the right sideline from quarterback James Micioni at 10:35. They cut the lead down to 21-14 when running back Reis Clark sprinted through the middle and scored from 10 yards out at the 5:36 mark.
     The gap went back up to 14 points for Forest Hill with 4:03 to go in the third. Eaton rushed around the left side and down the left sideline for an 86-yard touchdown run.
     OH kept it close in the fourth quarter. Micioni faked a handoff and rolled in from four yards away for a score at the 9:37 mark.
      The Falcons answered back when Jones broke several tackles in the middle of the field and pulled away for a 61-yard touchdown run with 7:53 remaining. They missed the extra point and were up 34-21.
     The Lions responded quickly as Micioni threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Ippolito on a fly pattern with 5:56 left. The six-point deficit would be the closest that they would come to take the lead.
     Olympic Heights had one more possession and opportunity to score. They loss the ball on downs at the Falcons four-yard line with 22.4 seconds to go when a pass to the front right side of the end zone was broken up.

Glades Central At American Heritage Preview

     The Glades Central Raiders visit The Corral in Delray Beach and take on the American Heritage Stallions at Scott Maurer Memorial Field on Friday night. The Stallions have been victorious over the Raiders in their last five meetings against each other. The last time the Raiders won this rivalry game was on the road in September 2011 in a high scoring 41-34 win.
     Glades Central(4-2) won their two recent games against Lake Worth along with Boynton Beach and outscored them 76-8. Their losses were to likely playoff-bound schools University School and Oxbridge Academy earlier this season. They did not play their annual game against Dwyer this year due to Hurricane Irma.
     Jaeze Tracey leads the Raiders offense at quarterback and will hand the ball off many times to running back Steve Barrett. Tracey is expected to connect passes with wide receivers Dejuan Miller, Jymetre Hester, Kamare Stephens and Odieu Hilaire.
     American Heritage(4-3) is coming off their best contest of the year with a 42-0 shutout win over Bishop Verot last week. They began the season with road defeats to Belen Jesuit and Cardinal Gibbons. The Stallions followed that with wins over Holy Trinity Episcopal, Archbiship McCarthy and Pensacola Catholic, then fell to University School.
     They have a backfield of quarterback Ryan Rizk and running back Dallis Small. Rizk intends to find John Dunmore, Micangelo Joseph, Jamari Laster, Conner Hindsley and Luke Sharkey down the field for receptions.

Lake Worth At Atlantic Preview

     The Atlantic Eagles host the Lake Worth Trojans at War Eagle Stadium in Delray Beach on Friday night in a District 10-8A game. The Eagles currently lead the district ahead of Park Vista and Boca Raton.
     Lake Worth(0-6, 0-4) have given up 219 points and scored only 28 points this season. They have been defeated by Palm Beach Lakes, Spanish River, Santaluces, Park Vista, Glades Central and Boca Raton.
     The Trojans have a rushing attack with running backs Joshua Rayhan Williams and Jameson Pierre-Louis along with quarterback Jean Stevens-Mendes. Their group of wide receivers include Marques Spann, Bryan Henry, Javon Austin, Jermey Young, Mikal Grimes and Viguens Sainvilus.
     Atlantic(5-1, 4-0) have outscored their last three opponents 117-18. After an season opening loss to Palm Beach Central by one point, they have stringed five consecutive victories over Dwyer, Park Vista, Spanish River, Santaluces and John I. Leonard.
     The Eagles have a passing game with quarterback Antoine Williams II and a wide receiver core of Corey Gammage, Cadarius Gaskin, Varrick Lurry-Davis, Javone Jackson, Kamareon Williams and Aydin Henningham. Running backs Shelley Singletary and Corey Cola Jr. will see their share of carries.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Heat Lose Season Opener To Magic

     The Miami Heat began their 30th season in the National Basketball Association and lost their season opener to the Orlando Magic 116-109 at Amway Center on Wednesday night. It was the first defeat in a season opener for the Heat since 2010 and the first season opening victory for the Magic since 2012.
     Miami(0-1) rolled out to a 37-32 lead after one quarter. Orlando(1-0) bounced back in the second and were ahead 58-55 at halftime. The Magic extended their margin, which included a 16-7 spurt during the frame, to 88-78 after three quarters.
     Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with a monster double-double with 26 points and 22 rebounds. Goran Dragic added 17 points and Dion Waiters popped in 15 points.
     Evan Fournier was the leading scorer for Orlando with 23 points. Nikola Vucevic compiled a double-double of 19 points along with 13 rebounds.

Cosmos Win NASL Game In Fort Lauderdale

     The New York Cosmos topped Puerto Rico FC 4-1 in an NASL contest held at Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. The game was rescheduled from Puerto Rico after the impact of Hurricane Maria on the island. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers did host games at that venue during the 2016 NASL Fall Season.
     The Cosmos scored two goals in each half of the game. Puerto Rico FC finally got on the scoreboard during the 90th minute of play.

Fort Lauderdale Hosting Cosmos-Puerto Rico Game

     Fort Lauderdale will host an NASL game on Wednesday night as the New York Cosmos face Puerto Rico FC at Central Broward Stadium. The venue was the home of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers during the final three months of the 2016 season.
     The contest was rescheduled by due to the impact of Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico. Proceeds for this game will raise funds for hurricane relief.

Forest Hill At Olympic Heights Preview

     The Forest Hill Falcons head to Boca Raton and face the Olympic Heights Lions at Corey Lewis Stadium on Thursday night. Both schools are trying to finish first in District 13 and got an automatic spot in the FHSAA Class 7A playoffs.
     Forest Hill(5-1, 2-1), who got off to their best start since 1985, were unbeaten in their first five games of regular season until they lost to Dwyer 42-22 last week. The Falcons averaged 36 points in their first four contests this year. They had victories over Suncoast, Santaluces, West Boca Raton, Royal Palm Beach and Jupiter.
     Quarterback Darius McClendon leads the Falcons on offense and can depend on running backs Chaz Eaton, Bryon Jones and Ryan Edwards to carry the ball. Wide receivers Carlos Diaz and Deshon Simans are expected to make receptions from McClendon.
     Olympic Heights(3-3, 2-1) followed a season opener loss to Boynton Beach with wins over Spanish River, Dwyer and West Boca Raton. They have fallen to Vero Beach and Palm Beach Lakes in their last two games.
     The Lions have James Micioni at quarterback along with running back Reis Clark in the backfield. Micioni looks to connect passes for OH to wide receivers Michael Ippolito, Keyshawn Simmons, Jack Coulson and Shane Ellis.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Flyers Steamroll Panthers

     The Florida Panthers finished a quick two-game road trip through Pennsylvania and lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 5-1 on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center. 2017 first-round draft pick Owen Tippett made his National Hockey League debut for Florida. The Panthers return home on Friday and take on the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
     After a scoreless first period, Philadelphia(4-2-0) blitzed with four goals during the second period. Sean Couturier made it 1-0 at 1:05 with assists from Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux. They extended it to a two-goal margin as South Florida native Shayne Gostisbehere scored from the left circle at the 7:35 mark. Wayne Simmonds and Robert Hagg were credited assists on the play.
     The Flyers scored on the power play with 6:38 left in the second to make it 3-0. Valtteri Filppula sent a lead pass from his own crease area ahead to Giroux at the Panthers blue line. He skated in alone and snapped in a shot from the slot region by Roberto Luongo.
     Florida(2-3-0) surrendered another goal on a delayed penalty with 3:44 to go in the frame. Travis Konecny came in on a breakaway and took a shot which Luongo saved. Nolan Patrick lightly tipped the puck to his right and Dale Weise softly put it in from the top of the crease.
     The Panthers finally broke the shutout with 3:50 left in the third on the power play. A Radim Vrbata pass from the right wing was angled by Nick Bjugstad in the slot and Jamie McGinn followed in from the left side of the crease for his first goal with his new club. Filppula won a faceoff at the Flyers blue line and poked the puck down the ice into an empty net with 1:37 remaining.

FHSAA Playoff Point Standings Week 8

     The FHSAA released the football playoff point standings on Tuesday after Week 8 action throughout the state. There were more changes in the standings this week due to numerous district game outcomes recently.
     The most movement among South Florida high schools was located in Class 8A of Region 3. Palm Beach Central(40.0) edged the former top seed Seminole Ridge in a district game last week and jumped from eighth to first in the region. Seminole Ridge(38.57) moved down to #6. Plantation(39.57) leaped from seventh to second while their district foe Miramar(38.67) slipped from second to fifth. Deerfield Beach(37.86) shifted from fifth to third and Atlantic(37.67) fell from third to fourth. Western(37.43) returns back to the seventh spot from sixth while Park Vista makes their first appearance in the top eight at #8 with 35.57 points.
     Region 4 that consists of Dade County schools finished Columbus(42.14), South Dade(41.5), Palmetto(40.67), North Miami(36.17), Belen Jesuit(38.17), Southridge(37.8), Miami(37.33) and Homestead(36.0).
     Class 7A in Region 4 saw several overall changes with a Dwyer victory over Forest Hill last week as Dwyer(40.0) vaulted up to the #3 seed from #5 while Forest Hill moved down to #5. St. Thomas Aquinas remained the top seed with 40.83 points while Doral Academy stayed in second with 40.14 points. Nova in fourth with 39.0 points. The other wild card contenders are #6 Mater Academy, #8 Miami Sunset and South Broward replaced West Broward in seventh.
     Region 4 of Class 6A saw no changes at the top spot following the Miami Northwestern win last week over defending Class 6A champion Carol City. Dillard had the same status in fourth with 34.57 points. Three District 16 schools made the at-large positions. Miami Central(40.0) is at #5, Carol City(36.5) is at #6 and Norland(34.67) dropped to #8.
     Defending Class 5A champion American Heritage(47.4) defeated Cardinal Gibbons in District 16 of to become district leader and the #1 seed in Region 4. Cardinal Gibbons fell from first to fifth with 42.83 points. Coconut Creek stayed at seventh with 38.8 points. District 15 leader Suncoast remains the fourth seed.
     Pahokee(38.4) remained the #1 seed in Class 1A of Region 4. Champagnat fell from the top seed to second for Class 2A in Region 4 with 39.5 points.
     There were no changes in the top four seeds for Region 4 in Class 3A with in order Chaminade-Madonna(39.17), St. Andrew's(37.5), Everglades Prep(37.33) and American Heritage(36.14). Region 2 had Kings Academy(40.0) move up to second and Oxbridge Academy(38.4) drop to third.
     University School was the #1 seed again in Class 4A in Region 4 with 44.2 points. They were followed by Key West(43.2) and Monsignor Pace(38.4). Gulliver Prep(36.6) replaced North Broward Prep(36.0) as the final playoff seed. #5 Glades Central(36.17) and #7 Booker T. Washington(35.86) are still on the outside.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Panthers Recall Denis Malgin

     The Florida Panthers have recalled Denis Malgin from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield. He was recently sent down by Florida last week due to the excess roster that the team had.
     Malgin had an impressive training camp last year that he made the Panthers NHL roster at the start of the 2016-17 regular season. He played three games with Springfield this past week and had one assist.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dolphins Come Back On Falcons

     The Miami Dolphins came back from 17 points down and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 20-17 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. The Falcons blew a 25-point lead to the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 51 in February.
     Atlanta(3-2) was in charge in the first half of play. It started when Matt Bryant hit a 50-yard field goal at 9:59 of the first quarter.
     Quarterback Matt Ryan threw a 40-yard touchdown pass up the middle to wide receiver Marvin Hall with 2:19 to go in the first. Running back Tevin Coleman rushed around the left end for a score from six yards away at the 5:50 mark of the second quarter.
     Miami(3-2) began to mount the comeback in the third quarter. Quarterback Jay Cutler fired an 11-yard touchdown into the back of the end zone to wide receiver Kenny Stills at 6:25. The Fins scored on their next possession as wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught a seven-yard pass on the left side at the 1:50 mark.
     In the fourth quarter, Cody Parkey kicked a 49-yard field goal with 8:39 to go and tied the contest 17-17. Parkey would repeat his performance with a field goal from 38 yards out for the go-ahead score with 2:35 remaining.

Hurricanes Squeak By Georgia Tech

     Michael Badgley kicked a 24-yard field goal with eight seconds left to give the Miami Hurricanes a 25-24 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. The Hurricanes are off to a 5-0 start for the first time since 2013.
     Miami(5-0, 3-0) got out to a 3-0 lead on a Badgley 33-yard field goal at 8:14 of the first quarter. Georgia Tech(3-2, 2-1) went ahead 7-3 on a five-yard touchdown run by running back J.J. Green at 4:33 of the first quarter.
     The Yellow Jackets scored on the third play of the second quarter when quarterback TaQuon Marshall threw a three-yard pass to Green at the 14:33 mark.
     Badgley added another field goal for the Canes from 32 yards at 10:15. Quarterback Malik Rosier connected a 17-yard touchdown pass on the left side to running back Travis Homer with 16 seconds left in the second to make it 14-13.
     The second half began in a shocking way as Lamont Simmons returned an on-side kick 42 yards for a score. Brenton King later converted on a 31-yard field goal for the Yellow Jackets at 5:56 and extended their margin to 24-13. Badgley nailed a 21-yard field goal with 3:36 to go in the third.
     The Hurricanes dominated in the fourth quarter. Homer, an Oxbridge Academy grad, rushed through the right side for a 27-yard touchdown with 13:42 left. Badgley put the Canes ahead 25-24 with a 24-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in the contest.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Miami FC Clinch Top Seed Over Indy Eleven

     Miami FC took on Indy Eleven and defeated them 3-0 on Saturday at Carroll Stadium. They clinched the top seed in the postseason and will have home-field advantage in both rounds of the upcoming NASL playoffs.
     All the goals of the contest were scored by Miami FC(8-2-3) in the first half. Stefano Pinho had goals in the fourth and 34th minute. Indy(3-3-8) surrendered another tally in the 38th minute by Dylan Mares.

Panthers Fall To Penguins

     The Florida Panthers played their first road game out-of-state this regular season and lost to the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night. The Panthers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped, face the Pens again this coming Friday in Sunrise.
     In the first period, Pittsburgh(3-2-1) got the only goal in the frame. Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal with assists from Phil Kessel and Kris Letang at 6:46.
     Both teams interchanged goals twice in the second period. Florida(2-2-0) picked up a goal from Jonathan Huberdeau on a feed from Evgenii Dadanov at the 5:25 mark. Former Panthers Greg McKegg connected with a shorthanded goal less than a minute later for a Penguins 2-1 lead.
     Huberdeau was able to tally his second goal of the contest with Florida on the power play at 8:30. Dadanov and Keith Yandle were credited with assists on the play.
     The Penguins moved ahead 3-2 with 6:24 left in the second. Patric Hornqvist buried in a shot on assists from Olli Maatta and Bryan Rust.
     The third period had the Pens extend their margin almost two minutes into the stanza. Crosby nailed his second goal of the game and third goal of the season.
     The Cats had some hope in the third as they closed the gap to 4-3 with 13:42 remaining in regulation. Aaron Ekblad got the goal on a primary assist from Pittsburgh area native Vincent Trocheck.

Friday, October 13, 2017

American Heritage At Cardinal Gibbons Preview

     District 16 in Class 5A looks like it will be decided as the American Heritage Patriots take on the Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs at The Furnace in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night. Both schools have the top two spots in the district and are projected to make the FHSAA playoffs.
     American Heritage(4-0, 1-0) have outscored their four opponents 128-23 this season. They defeated out-of-state schools Bishop Sullivan Catholic along with Liberty and followed that with victories over Chaminade-Madonna and Stranahan.
     The Patriots bring a strong backfield of running backs Jordan Johnson, Miles Jones and Tyler Jones. Quarterback Cam Smith has plenty of targets with wide receivers Anthony Schwartz, Joshua Alexander and Tyler March. Defensive back Patrick Surtain Jr. highlights their secondary.
     Cardinal Gibbons(5-0, 2-0) had 11 days off since their previous game for this anticipated contest. The Chiefs, who have outscored their opponents 174-12 this year, upset defending Class 8A state champion Southridge on the road in the season opener. They piled up wins over American Heritage-Delray, Douglas, Coconut Creek and Jackson.
     Nik Scalzo leads the Chiefs offense as quarterback and looks to find wide receivers Carlos Sandy, Brandon Lee, Levontae Decius and Dimon Stewart on passes. They have many options to carry the ball with running backs Vincent Davis, Jordan Riggins and Tajae Davis.

Dwyer At Forest Hill Preview

     The Dwyer Panthers drive 15 miles south on I-95 and face the Forest Hill Falcons at Bobby Riggs Stadium in a District 13-7A game on Friday night. Both schools are battling it out for first place in the district with Olympic Heights.
     Dwyer(4-2, 2-1) have not been as consistent and dominant in the regular season as they've been in previous years. The Panthers are coming off shutout wins over Palm Beach Lakes and Wellington in their last two games. They began the season interchanging wins and losses against their first four opponents.
     The Panthers have a loaded backfield with running backs Reggie Gadsen, Cedric Turner and Bobby Armes. Quarterback Trevor Omans looks to connect passes down the field to wide receivers Derrick Smith, Cephus Smith, Rudy Antoine, Andrew Kasten and Zephanijah Fletcher.
     Forest Hill(5-0, 2-0) is off to their best start since 1985 and remain undefeated. They have victories over Suncoast, Santaluces, West Boca Raton, Royal Palm Beach and Jupiter.
     Darius McClendon is their quarterback and he will pace the Falcons with passes to wide receivers Carlos Diaz and Deshon Simans. They also have running backs Chaz Eaton and Ryan Edwards who can carry the ball.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Panthers Stop Undefeated Blues

     The Florida Panthers welcomed the hottest team in the National Hockey League and shocked the St. Louis Blues 5-2 at BB&T Center on Thursday night. The Panthers had not played a game in the last five days while the Blues had their four-game winning streak snapped to start this season. Roberto Luongo tied Curtis Joseph for fourth all-time in NHL history with 454 wins as a goalie.
     In the first period, Florida(2-1-0) had the seven unanswered shots to begin the contest. St. Louis(4-1-0) killed two early penalties and had no shot on goal until 9:15 left in the first period.
     The Blues were able to convert on their second power play at 1:14 of the second period. Vladamir Tarasenko passed the puck from the right wing to Paul Stastny to the right of the crease. He spun and put a wrist shot by Luongo.
     The Panthers answered back quickly 12 seconds later to tie it 1-1. Connor Brickley made a cross-ice pass from the right side to the left point. Ian McCoshen snapped a shot past Jake Allen for his first NHL goal.
     Florida then scored a shorthanded goal on the Blues third power play. Vincent Trocheck brought the puck into the St. Louis zone and scored on a snap shot from the slot area at 2:45.
     Momentum continued for Florida as they expanded their margin to 3-1 at the 7:42 mark on their third power play. Radim Vrbata made a slap pass from the top left circle to the middle and Jared McCann redirected the puck into the cage.
     The third period came and the Panthers extended the lead to 4-1. Aleksander Barkov fired a shot from the low left circle which was saved by Allen. Jonathan Huberdeau swept the rebound from the top of the crease to Aaron Ekblad on the right side of the crease and he lifted a wrist shot into the top of the Blues net at 3:16.
     Florida added an insurance goal with 5:58 left. McCann carried the puck out of the Cats zone to center ice. He sent an outlet pass to his right, Nick Bjugstad skated through the right circle and scored on a wrist shot. St. Louis got a goal by Mitch Dunn with 1:09 remaining in the game.

Carol City At Miami Northwestern Preview

     It is a high school football game that everyone in Dade County has been waiting for 11 months. The Carol City Chiefs challenge the Miami Northwestern Bulls at Traz Powell Stadium in a District 16-6A contest on Thursday night. Both teams are in contention for Region 4 wild card spots in the new playoff point Class 6A standings.
     The Bulls won their battle against the Chiefs during the regular season last year and replaced Miami Central as district champions. The Chiefs gained revenge as they topped the Bulls in a regional semifinal and eventually became FHSAA Class 6A state champions.
     Carol City(4-1, 2-0) currently stands at first place in District 16 and have outscored their first five opponents 220-6 this season. They lost their home opener to Class 8A state semifinalist Deerfield Beach. The Chiefs have rolled off four consecutive shutout victories over Dr, Krop, Hialeah-Miami Lakes, Norland and defending Class 8A champion Southridge.
     The Chiefs have an explosive backfield with running backs Camron Davis and Nay'quan Wright. Quarterback Marlon Smith will call the signals for Carol City on offense.
     Miami Northwestern(4-1, 1-0) is in a tie for second place with Miami Central in the competitive district. The Bulls picked up wins in their first three games against American, Columbus and Booker T. Washington. They hosted independent powerhouse IMG Academy and lost 21-0. The Bulls rebounded last week with a 47-0 shutout victory over Hialeah-Miami Lakes. They have outscored opponents 125-35 this year.
     Chatarius Atwell Jr. leads the Miami Northwestern offense as quarterback and he will look for wide receivers Derrick Davis and Justin Hill. Running back Corey Hammett is expected to get the bulk of the carries for the Bulls from the backfield.

West Palm Beach Market Rank Drops Down

     The West Palm Beach and Palm Beach County region has slipped down in the United States top 50 radio market population rankings. The area moved down from #47 to #48 this month.
     Palm Beach County was once at #49 back in 2005 and moved up to a higher number in 2006. More housing was being built to increase the population in the county. In addition, it was also due to the population leaving New Orleans over a 12-month span following the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Raymond Odierno Given Panthers Post

     The Florida Panthers have named General Raymond Odierno as the team's Chariman and Alternate Govenor. He will be an advisor to ownership on hockey operations and business matters.
     Odierno served as the 38th Chief of Staff of the Army. He had commanded troops in Germany, Albania, Kuwait, Iraq and the United States. Odierno retired from military service in 2015.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lindsay Czarniak Gone From ESPN

     Former Miami television sportscaster Lindsay Czarniak is no longer with ESPN. She decided not to renew her contract with that organization in August.
     Czarniak was known locally as a sports reporter and sports anchor at WTVJ-TV Channel 6 in Miami. She moved on to Washington D.C. and became a sports anchor at WRC-TV along with on the George Michael Sports Machine that was on late Sunday night at NBC. After a stint as a NASCAR pit row reporter and studio host on TNT, she joined ESPN as a sports anchor.
     She began her broadcasting career as a production assistant at CNN. Czarniak then appeared in front of the camera as a news reporter at WTEV-TV and WAWS-TV in Jacksonville before landing in Miami.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FHSAA Playoff Point Standings Week 7

     The FHSAA released the updated playoff point standings following Week 7 action. The previous week was the first ever inaugural list in Florida high school football history.  
     Region 3 of Class 8A is compiled of schools in Broward County and Palm Beach County. Palm Beach Gardens fell from the top eight playoff rankings and Monarch(35.6) entered at fourth. Seminole Ridge(40), Miramar(39.8) and Atlantic(38.2) stayed in their first three positions. Deerfield Beach(39.4) dropped from fourth to fifth while Palm Beach Central(38) sailed down from fifth to eighth. #6 Western(39) and #7 Plantation(38.17) switched seeds.
     A rundown of Dade County schools in Region 4 rankings has Columbus(42.5), Southridge(38.8), North Miami(36.4), Braddock(35.6), South Dade(43.8), Miami Palmetto(37.8), Homestead(37.6) and Miami(37.33).
     Seven of eight teams in Class 7A stayed as the top eight seeds and Miami Springs dropped out. St. Thomas Aquinas(42.4) and Doral Academy(41.83) maintained the top two spots. Forest Hill(39.2) and Nova(38.2) exchanged positions at third and fourth while Dwyer(37.5) placed in fifth again. The last three playoff seeds consist of Mater Academy(35.8), West Broward(35.25) and Miami Sunset(35.17).
     Four Class 6A schools from District 16 remain in playoff positions in Region 4. Miami Northwestern(41.4) stays as the first seed while Miami Central(40.71) is in the fifth post. Carol City(38.2) and Norland(36.33) climbed up one spot each ranked sixth and seventh. Dillard(33.67) is the lone school from District 15 at fourth.
     Class 5A in Region 4 saw no changes in schools or seedings. District 16 has three teams that includes #1 Cardinal Gibbons(44.8), #5 American Heritage(44.6) and #7 Coconut Creek(39). District 15 leader Suncoast(37.67) stayed in the fourth spot.
     There was a major change in Region 4 of Class 1A. Pahokee vaulted from fourth place to first place in the region following a home victory over Class 8A school Palm Beach Gardens and went from 36.3 to 39.25 points. Champagnat remained the top seed of Class 2A in Region 4 as they rose from to 40.8 to 41.17 points.
     Things remained the same in Region 4 of Class 3A as there was no changes in the top four seeds. They consist in ranked order Chaminade-Madonna(38.4), Everglades Prep(36.2), St. Andrew's(35) and American Heritage(34.17).
     Class 3A had two Palm Beach County schools in the Region 2 rankings. Oxbridge Academy(40.4) was in second position and Kings Academy(39) was in third position.
      The most movement among small schools in South Florida was in Class 4A in Region 4. University School(44) moved up from second to first while Key West(41.5) dropped to second. Monsignor Pace(38.5) along with North Broward Prep(37.5) jumped into top four qualifying positions. Leaving the top four spots were Gulliver Prep(37) and Booker T. Washington(36.5).

Somerset Canyons Smash Scheck Hillel

     The Somerset Canyons Cougars downed the Scheck Hillel Lions 37-0 on Tuesday in Boynton Beach. It was the final game of the regular season for the Cougars.
     Somerset Canyons(3-4) fumbled the ball away at the Lions five-yard line on their first possession. Three plays later, Scheck Hillel(0-5) quarterback Daniel Strimber threw a pass from his end zone and he was called for international grounding for a Cougars safety at 5:30 of the first quarter.
     The Cougars scored on their next possession with three second left in the first. Running back Bradely Lonergan raced through the right side for a 15-yard touchdown run and a 9-0 lead.
     In the second quarter, the Lions blocked a punt deep in Cougars territory and took over at the five-yard line. They were unable to punch it in for a score and lost the ball on downs. It would be the best scoring chance for them in the first half.
     Somerset Canyons took over and extended their margin to 16 points on their next drive at the 6:05 mark. Running back Bryce McDaniel rambled down the right sideline on a 72-yard run to the Lions 10-yard line. He scored on the following play when he ran up the middle and stretched the ball barely across the goal line.
     Scheck Hillel would fall further behind later in the quarter. Lonergan ran the ball around the right end into the end zone from 35 yards away with 2:40 remaining in the first half. The Cougars made it 30-0 with under 25 seconds to go when quarterback Connor Hone connected a 65-yard touchdown pass down the right seam to wide receiver Bryan Antoine.  

No Spanish Radio For Florida Panthers

     The Florida Panthers will not broadcast their home games in Spanish on radio this season. There were Spanish-language radio broadcasts of the club for the past three seasons with play-by-play announcer Arley Londano and game analyst Octavio Seqeura.
     The team had six regular season home games broadcast in Spanish during the 2014-15 season on 1210 WNMA-AM. All 41 Panthers home games were aired on 1210 in 2015-16 along with all six first-round playoff games against the New York Islanders. Last season the Panthers home games were heard on WNMA-AM and then moved to 990 WMYM-AM on November 10. ESPN Deportes 760 WEFL-AM in West Palm Beach was an affiliate all three seasons.
     The Panthers were once broadcast in Spanish language on radio earlier in franchise history. Londano and game analyst Felix DeJesus announced the home games at Miami Arena during the first three seasons from 1993-94 until 1995-96.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Scheck Hillel At Somerset Canyons Preview

     The Somerset Canyons Cougars host the Scheck Hillel Lions on Tuesday afternoon in Boynton Beach. Both schools have combined for one win on the football field this season.
     Somerset Canyons(2-4) have played their last four contests on the road. They lost their season opener at home to Jupiter Christian 41-0. The Cougars shut out Pinecrest Prep 38-0 and got a forfeit win over Highlands Christian. They recently fell in games to Somerset Academy, St. Andrew's and Boca Raton Christian.
     The Cougars have Connor Hone at quarterback along with running backs Bradley Lonergan and Bryce McDaniel in the backfield. Hone looks to find wide receivers Chris Brito, Issac Torres and Matteo Bruni for receptions.
     Scheck Hillel(0-4) have been outscored 164-6 this season. They were blanked by Boca Raton Christian and Miami Country Day in their first two games. They scored six points in a loss to Inlet Grove and then were dominated by Somerset Academy 58-0 last week.
     The Lions will have quarterback Brian Mars call the signals on offense. They have a wide receiver core that includes Eric Getzel, Daniel Strimber, David Bonwitt and tight end Ben Wolf. Running backs Jose Galante and Jonas Senker will see their share of carries.

Mike Matheson Signs Extension

     The Florida Panthers have signed defenseman Mike Matheson to an eight-year extension. Matheson compiled seven goals and 10 assists in 81 games during his rookie season in 2016-17.
     He did see action in the previous year with the Panthers. He played all five games in the 2016 first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders and three games during the regular season.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dolphins Win Over Titans

     The Miami Dolphins finally played a home game in South Florida as they knocked off the Tennessee Titans 16-10 at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins were to play their home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10, however it was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma.
     Miami(2-2) moved up to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Cody Parkey kicked a 41-yard field goal with 57 seconds to go. The Fins then recovered a fumble and Reshad Jones returned it 38 yards for a score with 12 seconds left in the first.
     Tennessee(2-3) closed the gap at the 9:42 mark of the second quarter as Ryan Succop nailed a 45-yard field goal. They tied the contest at 7:31 of the third quarter when Matt Cassel connected an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Phillip Supernaw.
     The Dolphins regained the lead with 10:38 left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jay Cutler found wide receiver Jarvis Landry for a six-yard touchdown.

Hurricanes Slip By Seminoles

     The Miami Hurricanes waited until the final seconds of the game to beat the Florida State Seminoles 24-20 at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. It ended a seven-game losing streak by the Canes to the Noles. The contest was originally scheduled for September and had to be moved to October due to Hurricane Irma.
     The Hurricanes had 83 rushing yards while the Seminoles compiled 203 rushing yards. It was the first time in the last 23 meetings that the team with the least running yards won the game.
     Not much scoring occurred in the first half as both teams. The only points was a Florida State(1-3, 1-2) 27-yard field goal by Ricky Aguayo in the first quarter.
     The third quarter belonged to the University of Miami. Michael Badgley kicked a 31-yard field goal for Miami(4-0, 1-0) with 11:12 to go in the third quarter to tie it up 3-3. Wide receiver Braxton Berrios later caught a 21-yard touchdown on the left side from quarterback Malik Rosier for a Canes 10-3 margin.
     Early in the fourth quarter, the Noles scored on their first possession. Quarterback James Blackman, formerly of Glades Central, connected a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ryan Izzo. Aguayo followed with  a 38-yard field goal for the Seminoles at the 6:59 mark and they led 13-10.
     Miami responded with a score and pulled ahead 17-13. Rosier found Berrios again on a touchdown pass from six yards out.
     The Seminoles retook the lead 20-17 with 1:30 remaining. Blackman completed a 20-yard pass to wide receiver Auden Tate.
     The Hurricanes went ahead 24-20 with 11 seconds left. Rosier fired a pass to wide receiver Darrell Langham on the right side of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Panthers Ignite Lightning

     The Florida Panthers played their home opener at BB&T Center on Saturday night and got by the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4. It was the second game of a home-and-home series between both clubs.
     It was a fast start for Tampa Bay(1-0-1) as they scored twice in the first five minutes of the contest. Nikita Kucherrov made it 1-0 at the 3:30 mark.
     The Bolts extended their lead to two goals at 4:48 on the power play. Steven Stamkos connected a pass from the right circle to the left circle. Kucherov sent an angle pass to Vladimir Namestnikov in the crease area and he scored on one-timer.
     Florida(1-0-1) began to make their comeback with 7:42 left in the first on a power-play goal. Aaron Ekblad ripped a slap shot from the top of the zone which hit the left post. Evgenii Daakov put in the rebound from the slot area.
     In the second period, the Panthers tied it at 1:46. Denis Malgin sent a lead pass through the neutral zone to Nick Bjugstad at the Lightning blue line. He skated in alone into the slot and snapped in a shot.
     The Bolts responded at 13:57 of the second to go up 3-2. Ondrej Palat placed a pass ahead to Brayden Point in the right circle. He blasted a wrist shot that trickled by James Reimer and into the cage.
     The third period belonged to Florida as they scored three unanswered goals. Colton Sceviour scored on a rebound from close range following a shot by Michael Haley at 6:06.
     The Cats added another goal 36 seconds later and took their first lead of the game 4-3. Jared McCann scored on a shot from the edge of the crease on assists from Bjugstad and Connor Brickley. Florida increased their margin to 5-3 at the 8:34 mark. Radim Vrbata released a shot from the left wing which was saved by Andrei Vasilevskiy, but Vincent Trocheck swept in the rebound from the blue paint.
     The Lightning did not go down without a fight and put in a tally with 5:48 remaining. Tyler Johnson poked in the rebound from the low slot off a shot by Yanni Gourde.

Park Vista Moves By Boca Raton

     The Park Vista Cobras defeated the Boca Raton Bobcats 29-7 in a District 10-7A at GL Homes Stadium on Friday night. The Cobras have beaten the Bobcats for the sixth time in the last seven meetings. Both schools are still trying to catch up to district leader Atlantic.
     Park Vista(4-2, 3-1) was able to go up 7-0 in the first quarter at the 7:27 mark. Quarterback John Smith connected a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Atorian Perry in the front of the end zone.
     The combination worked again at 10:19 of the second quarter. Smith fired the ball down the right side and Perry walked into the end zone for a 34-yard touchdown to make it 13-0.
     The Boca Raton(3-3, 2-1) defense recovered a fumble on a bad snap at the Cobras 25-yard line. Running back Predner Elmon capped the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run around the right end with 3:00 left in the first half.
     In the third quarter, Park Vista stretched their margin to 20-7 at the 6:45 mark. Backup quarterback Tyler Thomas threw a 63-yard touchdown pass in which Smith made a double spin move down the field to avoid defenders.
     The Cobras got a safety when Perry tackled punter Matt Schulster in the end zone following a high bad snap with 52 seconds to go in the third. Smith scored again 12 seconds later on the ensuing kickoff as he returned it 62 yards.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Panthers Lose Season Opener To Lightning

     The Florida Panthers opened up the 2017-18 regular season with a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Friday night. Bob Boughner was behind the Florida bench for his first game as the Panthers head coach. The Lightning began their 25th season in the National Hockey League.
     Tampa Bay(1-0-0) took a 1-0 lead at 6:33 of the first period. Ondrej Palat skated through the slot area and sent a backhand shot over the left shoulder of Roberto Luongo. The Bolts make it a two-goal lead 25 seconds into the second period as Brayden Point scored an unassisted goal.
     Florida(0-1-0) bounced back in the remaining part of the period. Alex Petrovic slid the puck across the crease from the low right circle and Connor Brickley poked in a shot from the blue paint at 12:21.
     The Panthers evened it up 2-2 with 2:13 to go in the second. Vincent Trocheck made a turnaround slap shot from the right point that went wide right of the cage. Radim Vrbata chipped the puck on net after it came off the back wall and Mark Pysyk moved to a backhand shot placing it by Andrei Vasilevskiy.
     The Bolts regained the lead 3-2 on the power play 59 seconds into the third period. Alex Killorn connected a cross-ice pass from the right wing to Steven Stamkos in the left circle. He passed it to the right side of crease where Vladamir Namestnikov scored on a one-time forehand shot.
     The Lightning extended their margin to 4-2 at the 6:38 mark. There was a mad scramble for the puck in the slot area until Nikita Kucherov scored on a wrist shot from the high slot.
     The Cats closed the deficit to one goal with 5:30 to go in the third. Jonathan Huberdeau put in a tally off a deflection in the low slot with assists from Evgenii Dadanov and Keith Yandle. Tampa Bay finished the contest on an empty-net goal by Palat with 14 seconds remaining for his second goal of the game.

St. Thomas Aquinas Blanks Deerfield Beach

     The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders shut out the Deerfield Beach Bucks 14-0 at Brian Piccolo Stadium on Friday night. STA has allowed just three points in four home contests this season.
     Neither team scored in the first quarter and they both came very close from getting into the end zone during the first half. The tie was broken by St. Thomas Aquinas(4-1) at the 2:52 mark of the second quarter. Deerfield Beach(3-2) quarterback Kyle Kaplan threw a screen pass to the right side that was deflected and intercepted by linebacker Nikolas Bonitto. He returned it one yard for a touchdown and a Raiders 7-0 lead.
     The Bucks went three-and-out on their next possession and had the punt. STA started their next drive deep in Deerfield Beach territory at the 25-yard line. Running back Daniel Carter capped the possession with a run around the right end from five yards away with 1:02 left.
     Deerfield Beach had their closest opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. They lost the ball downs at the Raiders seven-yard line with 7:48 remaining.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

University School At American Heritage Preview

     The University School Sharks travel to Delray Beach and take on the American Heritage Stallions on Friday night at The Corral. Both schools are top four seeds for their classifications in the first ever playoff point system standings that were released by the FHSAA on Tuesday.
     University School(3-0) have been involved in just three games so far this year and it is the least amount of games played by a local high school. The Miami Central Rockets have already played six games which is the most by a team in South Florida. The Sharks won games against Glades Central, Archbishop McCarthy and Monsignor Pace this season.
     They can use George Bubrick and Nick Vattiato at quarterback. Running back Kenny McIntosh will get most of the carries from the backfield and Michael Hurt will see some action. Their passing game has wide receivers Zay Flowers, Joshua Sanguinetti, Jordan Irizarry and Christian Wells.
     American Heritage(3-2) have not played a Palm Beach County school this season and won't until Glades Central on October 20. The Stallions lost their first two games of the year to Belen Jesuit and Cardinal Gibbons. They recovered with three victories over Holy Trinity Episcopal, Archbishop McCarthy and Pensacola Catholic.
     The Stallions have Ryan Rizk as quarterback after he transferred from St. John Paul II during the summer. Running back Dallis Small can avoid opposing tacklers with his low frame and speed. Rizk have several options as targets with wide receivers John Dunmore, Micangelo Joseph, Jamari Laster, Conner Hindsley and Luke Sharkey.

Boca Raton At Park Vista Preview

     The Boca Raton Bobcats head north and face the Park Vista Cobras at GL Homes Stadium on Friday night in a District 10-8A game. Both schools are battling it out for first place in the district with Atlantic.
     Boca Raton(3-2, 2-0) have interchanged wins and loses in their first five games of the season. They have victories over Jupiter, Santaluces and Spanish River along with defeats to Ridge Community and Palm Beach Central.
     The Bobcats have Michael Pratt in the quarterback spot. His sister Hannah Pratt became the first girl to play a skilled position in a Palm Beach County high school football game on Monday against Spanish River and made one tackle as a linebacker. Running back Predner Elmon is expected to get most of the carries from the backfield. Wide receivers Rod Evans and Deltavian Jenkins look to make receptions from Pratt.
     Park Vista(3-2, 2-1) come off back-to-back shutouts over John I. Leonard 41-0 and Lake Worth 70-0 in the past week. The Cobras began the season with an overtime home loss to Dwyer, a win against West Boca Raton and a road loss against district rival Atlantic.
     They have two running backs who can rush up the middle with Camron Mann and Nick King. Quarterback John Smith is expected to throw the ball to wide receivers Atorian Perry, Rishon Patrick and Lucas Deininger.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Miami FC Tie San Francisco Deltas

     Miami FC hosted the San Francisco Deltas on Wednesday night at Riccardo Silva Stadium and tied 1-1. Their unbeaten streak was extended to nine games with the draw. Both teams with face each other in the same venue on Saturday.
     Vincenzo Rennella gave Miami FC(7-2-2) a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 10th minute of play. San Francisco(4-5-1) evened the score 1-1 during the 20th minute when Pablo Dyego put in a tally on a penalty kick.

Miami Central At Blanche Ely Preview

     The Miami Central Rockets take on the Blanche Ely Tigers at Richard L. Williams Stadium in Pompano Beach on Friday night. It is a rare meeting between these two programs that have plenty of winning tradition.
     Miami Central(5-1) is one of the few schools in South Florida that have played six games so far this year. They compiled home victories over Chaminade-Madonna and Booker T. Washington, then flew to Nevada and beat Bishop Gorman. After a road loss at IMG Academy, the Rockets topped district rival Norland and Edison.
     Running back James Cook will be the focus of their offense. Quarterback Maurice Underwood intends to find wide receivers Terrell Perriman, Zeryus Coleman and Seth McGill on passes for the Rockets.
     Blanche Ely(2-3) played their first four games of the regular season on the road. They started off with defeats to Stranahan and Plantation before wins over Boyd Anderson and district foe Fort Lauderdale. The Tigers made their home debut on Monday and were blanked by Chaminade-Madonna. A down note for the team this season was that they were to host the annual McDougle Bowl against local rival Deerfield Beach, however the game was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. 
     Quarterback Yanez Rogers looks to control the offense for the Tigers. His main targets will be wide receivers Akeem Hayes and Deshawn Davis.

Deerfield Beach At St. Thomas Aquinas Preview

     The Deerfield Beach Bucks challenge the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders at Brian Piccolo Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night. Both schools have made the FHSAA playoffs on a consistent basis for over a decade.
     Deerfield Beach(3-1) upset the defending Class 6A state champion Carol City 6-2 in the season opener. The Bucks visited New Jersey and lost to St. Joseph Regional 44-21. They followed that defeat with two easy home victories over Dillard and Taravella. Their game against local rival Blanche Ely, known as the McDougle Bowl, was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma and will not be made up.
     Running backs Jakari Norwood and Jaylen Knighton expect the get their opportunities to carry the ball for the Bucks. They have options at wide receiver with Cornelius McCoy, Donte Banton and Daejeun McDougle for quarterbacks Tyler Herring and Kyle Kaplan to connect with.
     St. Thomas Aquinas(3-1) lost last weekend in Arizona to Centennial 12-0. They won their home opener in overtime over St. John Bosco 9-3. STA followed that with two home shutout wins over Piper 44-0 and Stranahan 40-0. They were listed as the top seed of the first ever FHSAA playoff point system standings released on Tuesday for Class 7A in Region 4.
     The Raiders have a strong wide receiver core that consists of Elijah Moore, Tavares Kelly, Teriq Philips and Cole Caterbone. They have numerous options in the backfield with quarterback Curt Casteel along with running backs Daniel Carter and Samuel Llewellyn.

Michael Russo Wins Red Fisher Award

     Former Florida Panthers beat reporter Michael Russo has won the inaugural Red Fisher Award from the Professional Hockey Writers Association. The award is given by the PHWA to the top overall beat writer who best exemplifies and covers the National Hockey League over a given season.
     Russo was the Panthers writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel from the 1996-97 season until September 2005. He moved on to the Star Tribune to become the Minnesota Wild beat reporter and held that position until August 2017. Russo recently joined The Athletic in September.

Florida Panthers Announce Roster

     The Florida Panthers announced their official 2017-18 season roster on Wednesday. The club will play their first game of the regular season in Tampa Bay against the Lightning on Friday night. The Panthers have their home opener at BB&T Center in Sunrise on Friday night when they face the Lightning.
     Forwards will include Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Evgenii Dadanov, Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad, Radim Vrbata, Owen Tippett, Jamie McGinn, Jared McCann, Derek MacKenzie, Colton Sceviour, Denis Malgin, Connor Brickley and Michael Haley.
     The Panthers will have Aaron Ekblad, Keith Yandle, Mark Pysyk, Mike Matheson, Alex Petrovic, Ian McCoshen and MacKenzie Weegar as defensemen. Roberto Luongo and James Reimer share goaltender duties in net for Florida.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

FHSAA Release First Playoff Points Standings

     The Florida High School Athletic Association released their first ever average points system standings of South Florida schools for the upcoming 2017 playoffs. The FHSAA changed the parameters to determine playoff teams this year by eliminating district runner-up schools that once automatically qualified.
     Class 8A down to Class 5A have district champion qualify automatically for the postseason. Four other schools in each region represent the top four wild-card teams.
     Two regions in Class 8A is compiled of South Florida schools. Region 3 seeds from Broward and Palm Beach County included in ranked order Seminole Ridge(40.5), Miramar(39), Atlantic(39), Deerfield Beach(37.25), Palm Beach Central(40), Plantation(38.8), Western(38.8) and Palm Beach Gardens(34). Three schools appeared from District 9 and District 12.
     Region 4 of Class 8A consists of Dade County schools. The playoff ranking had South Dade(42.75), Columbus(41.4), North Miami Beach(36.67), Belen Jesuit(36), Palmetto(38.5), Miami(37.8), Homestead(37) and Hialeah(36).
     Class 7A had the defending three-time state champion St. Thomas Aquinas(District 14) as the top seed in Region 4 with 41 points. Two teams from District 13 were represented with Forest Hill ranked fourth with 39 points and Dwyer at fifth with 37.4 points. District 15 had Nova with 39.5 points in third while West Broward entered sixth at 37 points. Three schools are represented from District 16 as Doral Academy finished in second with 40.2 points, Miami Springs in seventh with 36 points and Mater Academy with 34.8 points at the eighth spot.
     District 16 in Class 6A may benefit the most from the biggest change of the playoff format and take advantage of the new points system. Miami Northwestern leads what might be the toughest district to play in South Florida with 41.75 points and is rated as the top seed in Region 4. They have three other schools in the district not in first place that qualified for a wild-card position. Miami Central ranked fifth with 40.33 points, defending state champion Carol City ranked seventh with 35.75 points and Norland ranked eighth with 34 points. Dillard was the only other local team to qualify as they lead District 15 with 32.4 points and ranked as a fourth seed.
     Class 5A has three schools in District 16 who are eligible. Cardinal Gibbons is the district leader and the top seed in Region 4 with 44.75 points. The defending state champion American Heritage-Plantation has 44.67 points which ranks fifth while Coconut Creek is seventh with 37.67 points. Only one team would qualify in District 15 as both Suncoast and Fort Pierce Westwood are tied for first place in that district with 33.6 points.
     Class 4A through Class 1A no longer have district champions and the four best teams from each region qualify for the playoffs. The top four seeds of Class 4A in Region 4 are Key West(44), University School(42.67), Booker T. Washington(37.17) and Gulliver Prep (37). Looking from the outside are Monsignor Pace(37) and Glades Central(34.75).
     Region 4 in Class 3A has a top four ranking of Chaminade-Madonna(37.25), Everglades Prep(36),  St. Andrew's(35) and American Heritage-Delray(34). Teams on the outside include St. John Paul II(32.75), Calvary Christian(32) and Benjamin(31.25).
     Champagnat is the leader in Class 2A of Region 4 with 40.8 points. Pahokee is the only Class 1A local school in contention as they are in the fourth spot of Region 4 with 36.3 points.

West Palm Beach Ratings September 2017

     The West Palm Beach ratings were released. It was a down time with the impact of Hurricane Irma toward the South Florida region. ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM was the first sports station in West Palm Beach that returned back to their regular format following the major storm.
     640 The Hurricane WMEN-AM moved from a 0.4 to a 0.5 in September. The station became the new affiliate of Miami Hurricanes football team and were hurt with two games being postponed. They did broadcast a Spanish-language music format on their terrestrial transmitter instead of sports for a week. The New York Yankees made their run toward a playoff spot.
     Sports Radio 1230 The Zone WBZT-AM went from a 0.1 to a 0.0 in the month. They were impacted as the Miami Marlins slipped out of the pennant race, even if Giancarlo Stanton continued to hit home runs on a hectic pace. The syndicated Jeff DeForest morning show was not heard live for over a week.


Cardinal Gibbons At Jackson Preview

     The Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs make a long ride to Miami and face the Jackson Generals in a District 16-5A game at North Miami Stadium on Tuesday night. The contest was rescheduled several weeks ago due to Hurricane Irma.
     Cardinal Gibbons(4-0, 1-0) have outscored their four opponents 144-6 this season. They visited Miami in the season opener and beat the defending FHSAA Class 8A state champion Southridge 27-6. The Chiefs followed that with shutout victories over American Heritage-Delray 44-0, Douglas 49-0 and Coconut Creek 24-0.
     They have quarterback Nik Scalzo to lead the way on offense. The Chiefs have a loaded backfield with running backs Vincent Davis, Jordan Riggins and Tajae Davis. Scalzo looks to connect passes with wide receivers Carlos Sandy, Brandon Lee, Lavontae Decius and Dimon Stewart.
     Jackson(3-1, 0-1) began the season with shutout wins over Mourning along with Hialeah-Miami Lakes and have outscored their four opponents this season 132-22. They gained revenge from a high-scoring game last year and defeated Hallandale 29-8 on Wednesday.
     The Generals have Terrence Craig Jr. at quarterback as he looks to find wide receivers David Essix, Antwan Brinson, Anthony Lloyd and Davon Washington down the field. Running backs David Solomon and Isaiah Jean-Baptiste will get their share of carries from the backfield.

Steve Gorten New Blue Jackets Writer

     Former South Florida Sun-Sentinel sports writer Steve Gorten has joined the Columbus Dispatch as their new Columbus Blue Jackets beat writer. He will share duties with former Florida Panthers beat writer George Richards who is leaving the Miami Herald this week.
     Gorten joined the Sun-Sentinel in 2002 as a high school reporter. He replaced Michael Russo as the Panthers writer in September 2005. He was elevated to cover the University of Miami Hurricanes athletic program at the start of this decade. He left that newspaper in 2015 when that organization made job cuts.

Monday, October 2, 2017

George Richards Leaving Miami Herald For Ohio

     Longtime Florida Panthers beat writer George Richards is leaving the Miami Herald at the end of this week. He has been associated with their sports department for 28 years. He will be joining the Columbus Dispatch as their Columbus Blue Jackets beat writer.
     Richards, a Cooper City High School and University of Miami grad, first worked at the Miami Herald in 1989 as an aget clerk compiling sports statistics. He became a sports writer with the newspaper in 1992 and mainly covered high school athletics.
     He replaced David J. Neal as the Miami Herald Panthers reporter while the NHL was in a lockout during 2005. Richards has the longest reign as a newspaper sports writer covering the franchise for 12 NHL seasons. The Miami Herald decided to limit their coverage of the Florida Panthers last month.

Boca Raton Stops Spanish River

     The Boca Raton Bobcats got by the Spanish River Sharks 14-6 on Monday night in a District 10-8A game. The contest was rescheduled from September 15 due to Hurricane Irma. The Bobcats, who beat the Sharks for the eighth consecutive time, had linebacker Hannah Pratt became the first girl to play a defensive position in Palm Beach County history.
     Boca Raton(3-2, 2-0) scored both of their touchdowns during the first half. Running back Predner Elmon rushed to the right side and scored from four yards away. Quarterback Michael Pratt threw a pass to wide receiver Deltavian Jenkins on the right hash marks for a 14-yard touchdown with 40.1 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
     Spanish River(1-4, 1-2) closed the gap to 14-6 with 5:26 left in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Connor Tribby connected a 30-yard touchdown pass up the middle to wide receiver Sam Burton.

Park Vista Dominates Lake Worth

     The Park Vista Cobras destroyed the Lake Worth Trojans 70-0 on Monday night at GL Homes Stadium in a District 10-8A contest. The game was rescheduled from September 15 due to Hurricane Irma.
     Park Vista(3-2, 2-1) compiled 28 points in the first quarter. They scored on their first possession as quarterback John Smith raced up the middle for a five-yard touchdown at 8:08. Lake Worth(0-4, 0-3) quarterback Jean-Stephens Mendes threw an interception on their next drive and Cobras safety Frantz Derival returned it 37 yards for a score at the 6:30.
     The Trojans had a punt blocked at the goal line by Marion Johnson and Ivan Johnson recovered it in the end zone for a 21-0 lead with 6:09 left in the first. Running back Camron Mann rushed through the middle for a touchdown run from three yards away with 25 seconds to go in the quarter.
     The Cobras started to bring in their reserves on offense in the second quarter and they still continued their scoring pace. Running back Nick King outraced the defense and was able to score a 44-yard touchdown run at 10:20.
     Backup quarterback Tyler Thomas plunged in from one yard out with 7:38 remaining in the first half. Park Vista recovered a fumble on a bad snap and Thomas scored on the first play of the drive with a one-yard run with 5:19 left in the second for a 49-0 margin.

Jaromir Jagr Signs With Flames

     Former Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr has signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Calgary Flames. He has been a free agent since July 1 when the Panthers did not resign him.
     Jagr played the last three seasons with Florida. He was acquired by the team from the New Jersey Devils in a trade back in February 2015.
     He helped the Panthers win the 2015-16 Atlantic Division title. Jagr climbed the NHL milestone chart in goals, assists, points, power-play goals and game played in his tenure with Florida. He had 16 goals and 30 assists in 82 games last season with the Cats.
     Jagr is a five-time Art Ross Trophy winner for most points in a season and has won the Hart Memorial Trophy for most valuable player once. He is second all-time behind Wayne Gretzky with 1,914 points. He has 765 goals and 1,149 assists in 1,711 NHL games played.

New Miami Marlins Ownership Begins

     A new era began in Miami Marlins history as new ownership of the baseball club started on Monday. A group of investors that includes former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman officially became the new owners and fourth faction to run the franchise in its history.
     The former owner Jeffrey Loria had sold the team that he had owned since 2002. David Samson worked his final day as president of the Marlins organization on Sunday and was not retained by the new owners.
     The only time a team Loria headed made the playoffs was in 2003 when they won the World Series. The club changed their name from Florida Marlins to Miami Marlins and moved into their new venue Marlins Park in Miami after the 2011 season.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Miami FC Sweeps Jacksonville

     Miami FC shut out Jacksonville Armada FC 1-0 on Sunday at Riccardo Silva Stadium. They were able to sweep the season series winning all five games. It was the second straight weekend that Miami blanked Jacksonville.
     The only goal of the contest was scored by Miami FC(7-1-2) in the first half. Stefano Pinho put in a tally during the 20th minute against Jacksonville Armada FC(2-4-5).

Seminole Ridge At Palm Beach Gardens Preview

     The Seminole Ridge Hawks visit the Palm Beach Gardens Gators at Ford Mullinax Stadium on Monday night in a District 9-8A game. Both schools look to be the frontrunner of the district with a win.
     Seminole Ridge(4-0, 1-0) enters the contest undefeated and have shutout victories over Santaluces, Boynton Beach and Wellington. They have outscored their four opponents 107-19 this season.
     Quarterback Kaimyn Castilla calls the signals on offense for the Hawks. Running backs Cameron Wicks and Corey Polk will get their share of carries. Anthony Angel and Jeremiah Brown are the primary wide receivers for Castilla.
     Palm Beach Gardens(3-1, 1-0) has averaged 37 points per game in their first four games. They have wins over John I. Leonard, Royal Palm Beach and Jupiter along with a tough loss to local rival Dwyer.
     The Gators have Chris Sancilio as their quarterback along with running backs Kevon Purnell and Pedro Epps. Sancilio intends to connect passes to wide receivers Armani Hayes, Deonte Cooley, Jake Hockenson and Ponce Hollowell. Palm Beach Gardens has Gurvan Hall as a safety and special teams returner.

Marlins Finish Season With Loss

     The Miami Marlins played their final game of the season and fell to the Atlanta Braves 8-5 at Marlins Park on Sunday. Giancarlo Stanton finished the season with 59 home runs and became the first Marlins player to ever lead the National League with the most runs batted in for a season as he compiled 132.
     Dee Gordon won the Major League Baseball stolen base title for the second time in three seasons as he had 60. Ichiro Suzuki fell one hit short of the all-time record for pinch hits in one season with 27.
     Atlanta(72-90) compiled three runs during the third inning. Kurt Suzuki nailed a two-run homer on a 2-1 count to left field with Ozzie Albies scoring in front of him. Freddie Freeman scored on a ground out by Nick Markakis to short.
     Miami(77-85) rallied back with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Stanton grounded a ball up the middle for a base hit into center and Tyler Moore scored. Marcell Ozuna followed with a fielder's choice to second for Gordon to score.
     Ozuna would tie the game 3-3 when Dansby Swanson made a throwing error toward second and the ball wound up down the right-field line. Yelich then scored the go-ahead run to make it 4-3 when J.T. Realmuto grounded out to short.
     The Braves responded and evened it up 4-4 in the sixth. Albies grounded out to second and Swanson crossed the plate.
     Both clubs hit the scoreboard in the seventh inning. Swanson singled to center field which brought in Markakis. The Bravos made it 8-4 on a three-run home run by Adonis Garcia to center field on a 2-1 pitch.
     Ozuna helped the Fish in the bottom of the frame with a solo homer to center field on a 1-2 count. He picked up his 124th RBI of the season and ended up third in the National League with runs batted in.

Dwyer At Palm Beach Lakes Preview

     The Palm Beach Lakes Rams host the Dwyer Panthers at Dick Melear Stadium on Monday night in a District 13-7A contest. The game was rescheduled from September 15 due to Hurricane Irma.
     Dwyer(2-2, 0-1) was upset at home by Olympic Heights 25-22 this past Thursday night. The Panthers find the rare occasion that they are in last place and have to catch up in the district. They played Class 8A schools earlier this year with wins over Park Vista and Palm Beach Gardens along with a loss to Atlantic.
     The Panthers are led by quarterback Trevor Omans on offense. He will look for wide receivers Derrick Smith, Cephus Smith, Andrew Kasten, Rudy Antoine and Zephanijah Fletcher as targets. Their rushing game consists of Reggie Gadsen, Cedric Tucker and Bobby Armes.
     After playing their first three games of the season on the road, Palm Beach Lakes(2-2, 1-0) returned home and won a district game over Royal Palm Beach 19-0 on Wednesday. They lost their season opener to Pahokee 6-2, blanked Lake Worth 28-0 and were shut out by Trinity Christian Academy 35-0.
     The Rams lost many of their offensive skill players to graduation and Gurvan Hall transferred to Palm Beach Gardens. They have a strong backfield with quarterback Jalen Hall and running back Tanner Franklin.

Dave Strader Passes Away

     Former Florida Panthers television voice Dave Strader passed away on Sunday at the age of 62. He recently called Dallas Stars hockey games on Fox Sports Southwest.
     Strader was the Florida Panthers television play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports Florida from 2004-05 until 2006-07. He was the second person to hold that post and replaced Jeff Rimer. He left to announce games for the Phoenix Coyotes and was replaced by Steve Goldstein.
     He started announcing professional hockey with the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League during the 1980s and was later promoted in the organization to television voice of the Detroit Red Wings.
     Strader was named the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner for broadcasting by the Hockey Hall of Fame this past April and is to be rewarded in November. He did announce hockey games nationally on ESPN, ABC, Versus and NBC Sports Network from 1996 to 2015.

Saints Shut Out Dolphins

     The Miami Dolphins played at Wembley Stadium in London, England on Sunday and were blanked by the New Orleans Saints 20-0. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had requested that this game be moved to Miami due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, however he was denied by the National Football League. 
     The Dolphins will have their first home game in Miami(1-2) this season next week against the Tennessee Titans. The Fins have been outscored 40-6 in their last two games.
     Neither club was able to score during the first quarter. The best chance was by the Fins inside the five-yard line as quarterback Jay Cutler was intercepted in the end zone for a touchback.
     The Saints had an opportunity to take the lead in the first minute of the second quarter, but Wil Lutz missed a 41-yard field goal. Lutz converted a 43-yard field goal with no time remaining in the first half for a 3-0 lead.
     New Orleans(2-2) struck quickly early in the third quarter at 9:01. Quarterback Drew Brees rolled out to his right and found Michael Thomas in front of him for a three-yard touchdown.
     Lutz added a 45-yard field goal to make it 13-0 with 12:32 left in the fourth quarter. Brees threw a backhand shuttle pass to Alvin Kamara and he raced up through the right side for a 12-yard touchdown at the 4:01 mark.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Marlins Smash Braves

     The Miami Marlins crushed the Atlanta Braves 10-2 at Marlins Park on Saturday night. Dee Gordon collected his 200th base hit of the season.
     Miami(77-84) gathered five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Justin Bour hit a sacrifice fly to left field for Gordon to score. Two batters later, Derek Dietrich blasted a three-run homer to right field on a 2-0 pitch as Christian Yelich and Brian Anderson scored. Miguel Rojas later tripled in A.J. Ellis with a shot into deep center.
     In the second inning, Anderson drove in Yelich with a double to left field. Giancarlo Stanton added a run in the bottom of the fifth on a base hit to right field which scored Rojas. Yelich came to the plate next and singled home Gordon for an 8-0 lead.
     Atlanta(71-90) got their only major rally in the seventh inning. Dansby Swanson knocked in Lane Adams with a single into right field. Two batters later, Rio Ruiz scored on a by Matt Adams to right.
     The Fish expanded their margin to 10-2 during the eighth. Tyler Moore hit a single to left field and Anderson crossed the plate. The final run was scored by Dietrich as he was rewarded home on fielder obstruction.

Hurricanes Dominate Duke

     The Miami Hurricanes went up to North Carolina and stomped the Duke Blue Devils 31-6 on Friday night. The Canes next face their cross-state rival the Florida State University Seminoles in Tallahassee next week.
     The Hurricanes put up two touchdowns in the first quarter. Michael Badgley kicked a 20-yard field goal to make it a 17-3 lead at 3:17 of the second quarter. Duke(4-1, 1-1) kicker Austin Parker made a 36-yard field goal with eight seconds left in the first half.
     There would be no more scoring until the fourth quarter. Miami(3-0, 1-0) quarterback Malik Rosier threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Wellington grad and wide receiver Ahmmon Richards at the 11:13 mark. The Canes added one more score with 4:55 remaining as Oxbridge Academy and running back Travis Homer rushed for a touchdown from 40 yards away.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Miami Ratings September 2017

     Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM ended on top of all sports format radio stations in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market for the second straight month. All three competitors went to a simulcast of a local television station for a time period due to Hurricane Irma in mid-September.
     WQAM dropped from a 1.1 to a 0.9 during September. The rescheduling of opening week for the Miami Dolphins and two games of the University of Miami Hurricanes football team did hurt. They were the first local sports station that returned to their regular format while their competitors lost their terrestrial transmitter signals.
      Sports Talk 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM lowered from a 0.9 to a 0.8 in the period. They did lose their transmitter signal and recovered it several days later after WQAM was up and running. The start of the FIU football season did not help matters.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM remained the same with a 0.2 for the third consecutive month. The Miami Marlins went into a losing slump in September and fell from playoff contention. WINZ did not have a live local sports show broadcast for over a week.

St. Thomas Aquinas Upset By Centennial

     The St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders traveled out to Arizona and were upended by the Centennial Coyotes 12-0 on Friday night. The last time St. Thomas Aquinas(3-1) were shut out was by the Piper Bengals 21-0 back in 1996.
     The Raiders played their second games in the last five days. The previous time they lost a game was last season in Nevada to Bishop Gorman in overtime.
     Centennial(6-0) converted on a field goal in the first quarter. They put up another three points on a field goal with 9:37 left in the fourth quarter. Running back Zidane Thomas burst through the line on a 3rd-and-1 for a 56-yard touchdown run with 1:33 left in the game.

Marlins Come Back On Braves

     The Miami Marlins overcame a five-run deficit and slipped by the Atlanta Braves 6-5 at Marlins Park on Friday night. The Fish have two more games left in the regular season.
     Ozzie Albies led off the contest with a solo home run to right field on a 1-0 pitch for Atlanta(71-89). Four batters later, Lane Adams blasted a three-run homer to left on a 1-0 count which scored Kurt Suzuki and Freddie Freeman.
     The Braves made it a five-run gap in the second inning. Suzuki doubled to deep left for Albies to score on the play.
     The Marlins began to mount a comeback during the bottom of the sixth. Marcell Ozuna knocked in Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton with a double into left field.
     Miami(76-84) put together four runs in the seventh inning and got their first lead of the game. Stanton got an infield base hit and Tyler Moore crossed the plate. Ozuna followed with a single into center field for Miguel Rojas to score. Two batters later, Justin Bour ripped a single to right-center field to bring home Stanton and Ozuna.

Kings Academy Handles Calvary Christian

     The Kings Academy Lions struggled little to defeat the Calvary Christian Eagles 27-3 at Kahlert Stadium in West Palm Beach on Friday night. Both schools are both battling for Class 3A playoff spots in different regions.
     Calvary Christian(2-2) advanced the ball down the field late in the first quarter. The Eagles had to settle with a 23-yard field goal by Kyle Stevens with 46.5 seconds left in the first.
     After losing the ball on downs in the red zone three minutes into the second quarter, Kings Academy(4-0) roared back to take a 7-3 lead on their next possession. Running back Dillon Larson rushed up the middle from nine yards out for a touchdown at the 6:02 mark.
     The Lions scored on their first drive of the second half. Wide receiver Cory Corteau caught a 30-yard touchdown on the right hash marks from quarterback Justin Wake at 10:56 of the third quarter to go up 13-3.
     TKA expanded their margin to 17 points in the fourth quarter. Wake ran around the left end and scored from 10 yards away with 7:57 remaining. They added an insurance touchdown as Larson broke through the right side of the line for a five-yard score with 2:01 to go in the fourth.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton Hits 58th And 59th Home Runs

     Giancarlo Stanton hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season as the Miami Marlins took the Atlanta Braves 7-1 at Marlins Park on Thursday night. Stanton joined Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Maris and Babe Ruth as the seventh person in Major League Baseball history to get 59 home runs in a year.
     Miami(75-84) compiled four runs in the bottom of the third. Dee Gordon would score on a wild pitch by Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran. Justin Bour knocked in Stanton and Christian Yelich with a base hit into left field. Two batters later, Derek Dietrich hit a sacrifice fly to left and Marcell Ozuna crossed the plate.
     In the fourth inning, Stanton smashed a solo homer to left field on the first pitch for his 58th home run to make it 5-0.
     Atlanta(71-88) waited until the seventh inning to score. Lane Adams cracked a solo home run to center on a 2-0 count.
     The Marlins generated two additional runs during the bottom of the eighth. Stanton blasted a two-run home run to left field on the first pitch for his 59th homer of the year and Gordon scored in front of  him.

Oxbridge Academy Slams Glades Central

     The Oxbridge Academy Thunderwolves pounded the Glades Central Raiders 31-0 on Thursday night at William H. Pitt Stadium. Both small schools are looking to qualify for the FHSAA playoffs with the new point system format.
     The Raiders first play from scrimmage was a throw by quarterback Jaeze Tracey intercepted by Thunderwolves defensive back Antavious Lane. Oxbridge Academy(3-1) was able to score on their first possession as quarterback Gio Richardson rushed in from one yard out to make it 7-0 at the 10:02 mark.
     The Thunderwolves reached the end zone again at 4:08 in the first quarter. Richardson raced down the field on an option run for a 20-yard touchdown. Running back James Meeks busted through for a score from 15 yards away with 2:34 left in the first quarter and Oxbridge led by 19 points.
     The second half remained the same as Glades Central(2-2) surrendered a score late in the third quarter with 1:13 to go. Running back Luis Gonzalez dashed in with a five-yard touchdown run. Richardson later found wide receiver V'Lique Carter on the left side of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown strike at 11:05 of the fourth and a 31-0 margin.

Panthers Get By Lightning Again

     Jared McCann scored a hat trick as the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Thursday night at BB&T Center. It was the second preseason game between both clubs in Sunrise over the past three days. The Panthers finish the preseason in Montreal and face the Canadiens on Friday night.
     Florida(4-0-1) moved out to a 1-0 lead at the 8:17 mark. Pirri sent a lead pass to Radim Vrbata down the left wing. He skated toward the crease, delayed his shot and put the puck by Peter Budaj for a 1-0 lead.
     The Panthers extended their margin to 2-1 at 14:24. Alex Petrovic fired a slapshot from the right side which was saved by Budaj. James McCann scored on the rebound from the top of the crease on a snap shot.
     Tampa Bay(2-4-0) scored on their second power-play opportunity with 1:05 left in the first period. Steven Stamkos placed a pass to Nikita Kucherov on the right wing. He passed to the middle of the slot where Alex Killorn redirected the puck past James Reimer and closed the gap to 2-1.
     In the second period, the Cats made it 3-1 at 13:32. James McGinn was in the left corner and centered the puck for McCann and he scored his second goal from close range.
     McCann scored his third goal of the contest midway through the third period at 9:53. He received a pass from Connor Brickley in the neutral zone. McCann skated inside the Lightning zone for a breakaway and put in a wrist shot.
     Vladislav Namestnikov popped in a goal from the slot area for the Lightning with 1:24 to go. Florida added an empty-net goal with 28.1 seconds left when Colton Sceviour ripped the puck around the boards in his defensive zone and it rolled into the Bolts cage.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Glades Central At Oxbridge Academy Preview

     The Glades Central Raiders challenge the Oxbridge Academy Thunderwolves at William H. Pitt Stadium in West Palm Beach on Thursday night. Both teams appeared in the FHSAA playoffs in 2016.
     Glades Central(2-1) lost their home opener to University 14-13. The Raiders bounced back with two victories over Oakleaf 13-12 and Clewiston 28-7.
     James Blackman has moved on to Florida State and has been replaced at quarterback by Jaeze Tracey. Expect running back Steve Barrett to get most of the carries on offense. They have a wide receiver core that includes Dejuan Miller, Kamare Stephens, Jymetre Hester and Odieu Hilaire.
     Oxbridge Academy(2-1) lost a neutral-site game in Orlando to Archbishop Wood 14-13 to start the season. They followed that with two home blowout wins over Flanagan 69-0 and Cooper City 53-7.
     The Thunderwolves have Gio Richardson at quarterback along with a significant backfield of running backs Jordan Meeks and Luis Gonzalez. Richardson has several wide receiver targets with Keidron Smith, Carlos Silencieux, V'Lique Carter and De' John King.

Olympic Heights At Dwyer Preview

     The Olympic Heights Lions visit the Dwyer Panthers at Blum Stadium on Thursday night in a District 13-7A game. The Panthers shut out the Lions 48-0 last year in Boca Raton.
     Olympic Heights(1-1) had their best regular season in almost 15 years as they finished a close third place in the district last year. Head coach Chris Kokell surprised many as he left his position in late April for an evening sports host job at ESPN 106.3 WUUB-FM in West Palm Beach. Baz Alford replaced Kokell as the new head coach of the team.
     The Lions had a long layoff due to the impact of Hurricane Irma and have not played a game since September 1. OH lost on the road to Boynton Beach 20-7 and then won their home opener with a 20-0 shutout victory over Spanish River.
     Dwyer(2-1) comes off a tough road win over crosstown rival Palm Beach Gardens 33-25 last week. They began the season away with a 22-15 overtime win over Park Vista followed by a home defeat to Atlantic 21-12.
     The Panthers have many options to use in the backfield with running backs Bobby Armes, Reggie Gadsen and Cedric Tucker. Quarterback Trevor Omans dictates the pace for Dwyer and can throw to wide receivers Derrick Smith, Rudy Antoine, Cephus Smith, Zephanijah Fletcher and Andrew Kasten.

Chaminade-Madonna At Piper Preview

     The Piper Bengals host the Chaminade-Madonna Lions on Thursday night in Sunrise. Both schools qualified for the FHSAA playoffs last year.
     Chaminade-Madonna(1-2) will play their fourth straight game on the road to begin the season. Two home games in September had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. They fell to Miami Central 48-24, edged Miramar 14-13 and lost to American Heritage 41-13 in Plantation last week.
     The person to be aware of first on the Lions offense is running back Shaun Shivers who can break through for a touchdown from any distance of the field. Wide receivers Xavier Williams, Marlin Mayo and Marvin Alexander look to make receptions from quarterback Quinn Dempsey.
     Piper(0-2) has been held scoreless in their first two games of the season and have not played a game since September 1. They were blanked by Norland 43-0 and blasted by St. Thomas Aquinas 40-0. The lull of scoring production goes back to the three-way kickoff classic against American Heritage and Palm Beach Gardens where they only reached the end zone on the final play of the preseason.
     The Bengals have quarterback Derohn King to call the signals. He looks to connect passes with wide receivers Nathaniel Stubbs, Zachary Sewell, Jalind Williams and Brandon Joseph. Running backs Jacari Ponder and Jamarquez Thomas can get their share of carries.

Dwyane Wade Joins LeBron James In Cleveland

     Dwyane Wade has rejoined LeBron James on the same team as he signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract on Wednesday. He played last season with the Chicago Bulls following 13 seasons with the Miami Heat.
     Wade and James were teammates for four seasons with the Miami Heat from 2010-11 until 2013-14. They helped the Heat capture two NBA titles in 2012 and 2013 and win four consecutive Eastern Conference championships from 2011 to 2014.

Miami Marlins Sale Approved

     The sale of the Miami Marlins by owner Jeffrey Loria to a group of investors that includes Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter was approved on Wednesday. All 29 Major League Baseball owners made it a unanimous decision via a conference call.
      Loria became the third owner in Marlins history when he purchased the club in 2002. The franchise made the playoffs just once during his reign in 2003 and eventually won the World Series that year. The Marlins changed the first name of the organization from Florida to Miami after the 2011 season.

Rockies Fall On Marlins

     The Miami Marlins played their final road game of the regular season and lost to the Colorado Rockies 15-9 on Wednesday at Coors Field. The Fish finish the 2017 season at home this weekend against the Atlanta Braves in a four-game set.
     Colorado(86-73) piled on six runs during the bottom of the second. Ian Desmond lifted a three-run home run to right-center field on the first pitch. Trevor Story and Mark Reynolds scored in front of him on the homer. Four batters later, Charlie Blackmon reached first on an infield single and Carlos Gonzalez scored to make it 4-0. Story came up to bat for the second time of the inning and drilled a single up the middle for Jonathan Lucroy and Blackmon to cross the plate.
     In the fourth inning, Miami(74-84) mounted some production with three runs. Derek Dietrich grounded into a fielder's choice at second for Christian Yelich to score. A.J. Ellis followed and he walloped a two-run homer to left-center field on a 1-1 pitch for his sixth home run of the year.
     The Rockies answered back in the bottom of the frame. Story powered a double down the left-field line and D.J. LeMahieu along with Nolan Arenado scored. Story later scored on a base hit by Desmond to center field.
     Colorado placed five more runs in the sixth inning and extended their margin to 14-3. The Marlins picked up six runs in the last two innings of the contest.