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Florida high school athlete dies after collapsing in weight room

Florida high school athlete dies after collapsing in weight room

A two-sport athlete from Jacksonville died last week after collapsing in his high school's weight room. Ben Johnson was pronounced dead Thursday, two days after he was rushed to the hospital. Johnson suffered cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage, the Florida Times-Union reported. He was a sophmore at Fleming Island High School. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death...

Spanish River runner easily wins Class 4A race at home meet

Rylee Pustilnik of Spanish River had a reason to feel good about her performance at the 35th annual Spanish River Cross Country Invitational at Burt Aaronson South County Park on Saturday. The sophomore and reigning Palm Beach Post Cross Country Runner of the Year cruised to the Class 4A championship, winning by nearly 22 seconds over Pia Beaulieu of Boca Raton with a time of 18:54.81. And, she proved...

HS Football: Oxbridge, Cardinal Newman, Boca Raton earn victories

No. 1 Oxbridge Academy 53, Cooper City 7: Gio Richardson scored two rushing touchdowns and Luis Gonzalez added two more TDs as the ThunderWolves (2-1) routed Cooper City (0-3) in West Palm Beach. Cardinal Newman 28, Royal Palm Beach 7: Jayson Martin ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on five carries and Jayson Moschella had 76 yards with two touchdowns, giving the Crusaders (3-0) the victory over...
Dwyer wins ninth straight against Palm Beach Gardens

Dwyer wins ninth straight against Palm Beach Gardens

The streak continued for Dwyer Friday night in its annual football series with rival Palm Beach Gardens. Bobby Armes scored three touchdowns, and Carl Willis returned a fumble 99 yards for a score to lead the sixth-ranked Panthers to a wild 33-25 victory against the third-ranked Gators at Ford Mullinax Stadium. The win was the ninth in a row for Dwyer over Palm Beach Gardens, which dropped to 2-1...
Palm Beach Central rally comes up short in loss to Palm Bay

Palm Beach Central rally comes up short in loss to Palm Bay

A 22-point fourth-quarter push wasn’t enough for Palm Beach Central at home against Palm Bay. With rain falling for most of the first half and making for wet conditions in the second half Friday night, the Pirates put the brunt of their offensive scheme on the legs of their running backs. The plan worked, warding off the Broncos for a 30-28 victory. Cordae Lewis and Joel Dorguste split duties...
Wallace throws 3 TD passes as Wellington blanks John I. Leonard

Wallace throws 3 TD passes as Wellington blanks John I. Leonard

Its blowout loss to Vero Beach in the rear-view mirror, Wellington bounced back into the win column Friday night, rolling to a 35-0 win against visiting John I. Leonard on Senior Night. Sophomore quarterback Austin Wallace passed for three touchdowns and 258 yards to lead the Wolverines’ offense and Wellington’s defense limited Leonard to 113 yards of total offense. “It was difficult...

Seminole Ridge scores early and blanks Boynton Beach

Finally playing its home opener, Seminole Ridge scored touchdowns on its first two possessions while the defense dominated Boynton Beach in a 25-0 victory on Friday night. The Hawks (3-0) had a 154-61 yardage advantage in the first half against the Tigers (1-2), who have scored three points in their past two games. On the initial possession, Corey Polk capped a 70-yard drive with a 16-yard run only...
Atlantic defeats Park Vista in early district showdown

Atlantic defeats Park Vista in early district showdown

As Park Vista drove down the field, getting closer and closer to tying Atlantic in Friday’s key District 10-8A game, Atlantic defensive lineman Jason Mericer had one thought. “We’ve got to go to states,” he said. “We can’t lose to this team.” The No. 7 Cobras drove and drove, getting inside the Eagles’ 5-yard line. But Mercier and the defense held...

High school volleyball roundup

Jupiter d. Palm Beach Central 25-8, 25-16, 25-12 (late Wednesday) : Sarah Rick had 11 kills, nine digs and 10 service points, and Brianna Nowakowski had seven kills and seven digs as the Warriors (6-1) wore out the Broncos in Wellington. Wellington d. Glades Central 25-6, 25-4, 25-3 (late Wednesday): Allison Bourque had 32 assists and 11 aces; Victoria Ugalde...
Palm Beach Gardens looks to break 8-year skid against archrival Dwyer

Palm Beach Gardens looks to break 8-year skid against archrival Dwyer

Football is back after a two-week interruption caused by Hurricane Irma. Twenty-three games will be played Friday and Saturday. Those follow a trio of makeup contests that were played earlier this week. Highlighted games for Week 5 include Palm Beach Gardens’ annual showdown with crosstown rival Dwyer; Park Vista’s key district matchup at Atlantic; and Class 1A Pahokee’s showdown...

Volleyball: Palm Beach Gardens, Suncoast, Boynton Beach post wins

Palm Beach Gardens d. Cardinal Newman 25-8, 25-6, 25-9: Jada Bivins had 17 service points and 25 assists, and Cassie Anderson added nine service points and eight kills to lead the Gators (6-1) over the Crusaders in West Palm Beach. Suncoast d. Palm Beach Lakes 25-7, 25-6, 25-9: Zuri Romeo had nine kills and 10 service points, and Jaylene Rodriguez had 11 assists and eight service points as the Chargers...
Lost practices, conditioning major factors as teams return post-Irma

Lost practices, conditioning major factors as teams return post-Irma

Friday Night Lights in Palm Beach County were dimmed for the second straight year, courtesy of a sprawling tropical weather system that impacted much of Florida. Hurricane Irma closed classrooms, knocked out power and snapped trees throughout the county as it passed by to the west on Sept. 10. The storm forced the postponement or cancellation of dozens of football games, volleyball matches and other...
Benjamin routs La Salle in rare day game

Benjamin routs La Salle in rare day game

It was less Friday night lights and more Wednesday afternoon sunshine as Benjamin returned to the football field for the first time since Hurricane Irma struck Florida. The Buccaneers, like nearly all Palm Beach County teams, had not played a football game since the massive storm threatened Florida two weeks ago. Wednesday, they returned to the field, routing Miami La Salle, 35-6. “I don&rsquo...

Volleyball: West Boca remains unbeaten, Jupiter suffers 1st loss

West Boca Raton d. Royal Palm Beach 25-14, 25-8, 25-12: Mallory Barash had seven aces, 27 assists and two digs, Paige Barash had nine kills and five digs, and Taylor Burrell had 10 kills, eight digs and a block as the Bulls stayed perfect (6-0) by sweeping the Wildcats in Royal Palm Beach. Stuart-Martin County d. Jupiter 25-10, 19-25, 13-25, 25-22, 15-13: Nicole Deka had 14 kills and 11 service points...
Football, acting, band on American Heritage senior’s plate

Football, acting, band on American Heritage senior’s plate

State championship game or center stage. It’s all the same to Matt Cedeno. The American Heritage senior, who has spent four years on the football team and played in a pair of state title games, thinks the pressure of those big games is similar to another one of his loves: acting. “Very similar,” Cedeno said. “I can describe it as the same feeling I get before the first snap...

American Heritage, Jupiter Christian post wins in high school football

American Heritage 35, Melbourne-Holy Trinity 6: Winston Hill rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, Dallas Smalls rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown and the Stallions defense forced eight turnovers in defeating the Tigers in Delray Beach. Jupiter Christian 49, Berean Christian 8: Prince Hall and Shane Sawyer both rushed for over 100 yards and combined for three touchdowns and Danny Caruso threw...
Oxbridge sweeps Seminole Ridge in first post-Irma volleyball match

Oxbridge sweeps Seminole Ridge in first post-Irma volleyball match

Oxbridge Academy wasted little time shaking off the rust following a lengthy break from the volleyball court. Libby Nieporte had a team-high 12 kills and seven digs, and Ava Shmuelli added 21 assists and six digs to lead the ThunderWolves to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-13 victory against Seminole Ridge on Monday night. The match was the first for either team since Palm Beach County schools closed Sept. 7 in...
Former UM football player arrested on drug charges in Delray

Former UM football player arrested on drug charges in Delray

A former Spanish River High School football star who played for the University of Miami Hurricanes during its 2001 national championship season was arrested early Sunday in Delray Beach and charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of cocaine and marijuana and resisting an officer without violence. Jason Geathers, who turns 37 on Monday, was stopped by police on the 900 block of Northwest...

Volleyball: Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Park Vista post wins

Jupiter d. Dwyer 25-19, 25-17, 25-16: Sarah Rick had 12 kills and nine digs, and Sofia Valdes had seven service points and eight digs as the Warriors (5-0) swept the Panthers in Palm Beach Gardens. Jenna Cohen had five aces and four digs in the loss. Palm Beach Gardens d. Suncoast 25-17, 25-13, 25-21: Jada Bivins had 13 service points, four aces, 12 digs, five kills and 19 assists, and Annabelle Standish...
Football among the old believers, in Alaska

Football among the old believers, in Alaska

The football players wore their black and yellow jerseys to class last Friday, a day before the home opener for Voznesenka School, the smallest high school in Alaska to field a team. But a game required at least 11 players. And so far at practice this summer, the Cougars had fielded no more than 10. The roster is customarily thin at the beginning of the season in this lush and remote community where...

Roundup: Moschella leads Cardinal Newman over Jupiter

Jayson Moschella had 34 carries for 216 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Cardinal Newman football team to a 32-17 victory over Jupiter on Friday night in Jupiter. Jack Barnum added a 32-yard touchdown reception for the Crusaders (2-0). With the loss, Jupiter fell to 0-2 on the season. Melbourne Central Catholic 17, No. 4 Palm Beach Central 8: Justin Kolnick returned an interception 90 yards...
Palm Beach Lakes 28, Lake Worth 0: Rams shut down Trojans

Palm Beach Lakes 28, Lake Worth 0: Rams shut down Trojans

Palm Beach Lakes managed to work through critical first-half turnovers and mounting penalty yards, handling Lake Worth 28-0 on Friday night. The Rams (1-1) were led on offense by quarterback Jalen Hall, who ran for 68 yards and had two second-half touchdown carries. Linebacker Jailen Hiolman got the scoring started for Lakes in the second quarter, returning an interception 65 yards for a touchdown...
Atlantic 21, Dwyer 12: No. 7 Eagles hold off No. 3 Panthers

Atlantic 21, Dwyer 12: No. 7 Eagles hold off No. 3 Panthers

Atlantic had just enough offense Friday night to pick up its first win of the season. Antoine Williams threw a pair of touchdown passes, and the seventh-ranked Eagles’ defense held off No. 3 Dwyer in the second half on the way to a 21-12 win at Blum Stadium. Williams, who threw four interceptions last week in a 14-13 loss to Palm Beach Central, hit Varrick Lurry-Davis for 9 yards and Corey Gammage...
Vero Beach 62, Wellington 24: Wolverines can’t stop Indians

Vero Beach 62, Wellington 24: Wolverines can’t stop Indians

With senior Connor Rogers at quarterback, Wellington had a chance at upsetting visiting Vero Beach, the fifth-ranked team in Class 8A in the most recent Associated Press state poll. After he suffered an injury that knocked him out of the game near the end of the first half, that chance evaporated. Down 35-24 when Rogers left the game, The Post No. 6 Wolverines (1-1) surrendered 27 unanswered...
Cardinal Gibbons 44, American Heritage 0: Stallions routed on road

Cardinal Gibbons 44, American Heritage 0: Stallions routed on road

For American Heritage, trying to compete with Cardinal Gibbons — the No. 2-ranked team in the state in Class 5A — on its home turf was enough of a challenge. But with several starters on offense out with injuries, the Stallions had no chance. While American Heritage went three-and-out on its seven possessions, the host Chiefs scored on seven of their first eight drives and cruised to a...
Palm Beach Gardens 41, Royal Palm Beach 0:

Palm Beach Gardens 41, Royal Palm Beach 0:

There were plenty of accolades for Palm Beach Gardens coach Billy Clark to pass out among his players Friday night after the Gators registered their second consecutive blowout victory, this one a 41-0 rout of Royal Palm Beach in Gardens’ home opener. The Gators’ offense, spearheaded by quarterback Chris Sancilio, was clicking from the outset of the game. The defense once again was stout...

Girls volleyball: West Boca holds off Spanish River

Taylor Burrell had 19 kills and Paige Barash added 16 kills as West Boca Raton outlasted Spanish River 25-19, 22-25, 20-25, 25-18, 17-15 on Thursday night. Megan Yaffa had 24 digs, 14 kills, and three blocks for Spanish River (3-2). Palm Beach Gardens d. Wellington 25-14, 25-14, 25-16: Cameron Koufos and Sarah Kimberly each had five kills, but the Wolverines (2-2) fell to the Gators in Wellington...
Oxbridge Academy 69, Flanagan 0: ThunderWolves bounce back with rout

Oxbridge Academy 69, Flanagan 0: ThunderWolves bounce back with rout

Oxbridge Academy’s season-opening one-point loss to Pennsylvania’s Archbishop Wood came down to a botched extra point. The ThunderWolves didn’t have to worry about that in its second game Thursday. Top-ranked Oxbridge blew out visiting Pembroke Pines-Flanagan 69-0 in West Palm Beach on Thursday night in a game it dominated from the very beginning. The 69 points were one shy of the...

Girls volleyball: Suncoast, Benjamin, Spanish River, Jupiter post wins

Boca Raton d. Atlantic 25-17, 25-23, 25-14: Lili Henderson had seven kills, three digs and two aces, and Tatianna Rivas added 29 assists and six digs to lead the Bobcats (2-0) past the Eagles. Suncoast d. Dreyfoos 25-8, 25-14, 25-10: Maranda Theleus had 10 kills and Gabriella Quintero added eight blocks and five kills as the Chargers (2-2) swept the Jaguars in West Palm Beach. Benjamin d. Palm Beach...
Quarterbacks stand out in season debuts

Quarterbacks stand out in season debuts

Nerves got the better of Darius McClendon when he took the field last Friday for Forest Hill’s season opener against Suncoast. But they didn’t last long. Making his first varsity start at quarterback, the 6-foot-2 junior turned in a stellar performance in the Falcons’ 40-28 road win, rushing for 134 yards and three touchdowns, and throwing for another score. McClendon averaged 10...
After wild Week 1, more intrigue likely in county high school football

After wild Week 1, more intrigue likely in county high school football

Week 1 was a wild one, with four of The Post’s top six teams losing, including one in overtime and another on a missed extra point. Will Week 2 continue that trend? That remains to be seen. However, there are plenty of good games on this week’s schedule, starting with No. 7 Atlantic at No. 3 Dwyer. The then-No. 1 Eagles fell 14-13 last week to Palm Beach Central, while the Panthers outlasted...

Girls volleyball: Jupiter improves to 3-0 with sweep

Lindsay Walker had 28 assists and 13 service points, leading Jupiter to a 25-19, 25-12, 25-9 sweep of Cardinal Newman on Tuesday in Jupiter. Maddy Bonocore added 11 digs for the Warriors (3-0). Benjamin d. Palm Beach Gardens 12-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-21: Katy Blain had 11 kills and four blocks and Sierra Barron added 42 assists as the Buccaneers (2-1) rallied past the Gators in Palm Beach Gardens. Oxbridge...

Boca Raton, Cardinal Newman, Park Vista win in volleyball action

Boca Raton d. Olympic Heights 25-7, 25-7, 25-9: Vittoria Sottani had six aces, three kills and four digs, Lili Henderson had two aces, five kills and one block and Tatianna Rivas had two aces, 20 assists and four digs as the host Bobcats swept the Lions. Cardinal Newman d. Pahokee 25-13, 25-7, 25-17: Gabby Melendez had six aces and Madeline Adcock had six kills as the Crusaders defeated the Blue...
Mole crickets prompt officials to move Florida high school football game

Mole crickets prompt officials to move Florida high school football game

A bug problem has ruined the football field at a Florida high school, prompting this week’s game to be played elsewhere. Friday's game at Satellite High School in Brevard County against Eau Gallie High School was moved to Melbourne High School. Officials said the problems were caused by mole crickets, a common turf grass pest. The school district said it saw signs of the mole crickets in the...
Pahokee 6, Palm Beach Lakes 2: Blue Devils’ defense keys victory

Pahokee 6, Palm Beach Lakes 2: Blue Devils’ defense keys victory

Pahokee tight end Zatavian Morgan caught only one pass Friday night against Palm Beach Lakes, but he made it count. On a fourth-and-20 play midway through the third quarter, quarterback Deonte Nelson tossed a jump ball to Morgan, who made a leaping 21-yard catch between two defenders to give the Blue Devils a hard-fought 6-2 victory over the Rams in both teams’ season opener. Morgan had dropped...

Friday night roundup: Travis leads Benjamin to football win

Jordan Travis passed for three touchdowns and rushed for three more, leading Benjamin to a 47-34 season-opening victory over Glades Day on Friday night in Belle Glade. Kai Rosado had five receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns for the Buccaneers. Lorenzo Powe rushed for 91 yards and three touchdowns for Glades Day. Boca Raton 28, Jupiter 7: Michael Pratt threw three touchdown passes and Willie...
Palm Beach Central 14, Atlantic 13: No. 9 Broncos upset No. 1 Eagles

Palm Beach Central 14, Atlantic 13: No. 9 Broncos upset No. 1 Eagles

“It’s a new Central.” As the Broncos gathered and kneeled around their coach, Tino Ierulli, players yelled it out here and there: It’s a new Central. And if Friday’s season opener is indeed the rebirth of Palm Beach Central football, it will be a story those who played in it will be able to tell for long time. The No. 9 Broncos (1-0), coming off a 5-15 record the past...
Dwyer 22, Park Vista 15: Panthers escape Cobras in overtime

Dwyer 22, Park Vista 15: Panthers escape Cobras in overtime

It’s been more than a year since Dwyer dropped a regular-season football game, and the Panthers weren’t ready for that streak to end Friday night. Trevor Omans’ 10-yard pass to Andrew Kasten on the first play of overtime lifted fifth-ranked Dwyer to a wild 22-15 win over No. 4 Park Vista in an opening-night matchup of ranked teams. The play capped a back-and-forth second half that...
Boynton Beach 20, Olympic Heights 7: Tigers’ defense keys win

Boynton Beach 20, Olympic Heights 7: Tigers’ defense keys win

After Boynton Beach quarterback Kenneth Wiggins threw a first-quarter interception Friday, senior linebacker Jermarri Horne made a vow to himself: regardless of what happened on offense, his defense was going to be lights-out. With the Tigers’ offense looking sloppy to start the season, Horne and Boynton’s defense picked up their teammates, intercepting Olympic Heights quarterback James...
Wellington 27, Royal Palm Beach 13: Wallace leads Wolverines

Wellington 27, Royal Palm Beach 13: Wallace leads Wolverines

Wellington fans found out Friday night that the Wolverines have not one, but two capable quarterbacks. With senior starter Connor Rogers sidelined with a right ankle sprain he sustained in last week’s preseason win against Boynton Beach, sophomore Austin Wallace stepped in — and stepped up — to lead Wellington to a 27-13 season-opening win against Royal Palm Beach at Palms West Hospital...
Palm Beach Gardens 55, John I. Leonard 7: Gators roll in season opener

Palm Beach Gardens 55, John I. Leonard 7: Gators roll in season opener

After falling behind early, Palm Beach Gardens took control, rolling to a 55-7 season-opening victory over John I. Leonard on Friday night. The Lancers recovered their opening kickoff, which the Gators dropped. Fullback Vitaldo David capped the first Lancers drive with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. But after they took back the ball, the Gators started rolling, breaking tackles and running...

Girls volleyball: Jupiter sweeps Palm Beach Lakes

Lindsey Walker had 19 assists and 11 aces, leading Jupiter to a 25-6, 25-6, 25-8 sweep of Palm Beach Lakes on Thursday night in West Palm Beach. Brianna Nowakowski added 12 digs and four kills for the Warriors (2-0). Palm Beach Gardens d. Dwyer 25-7, 25-10, 25-14: Maddie Anderson had 16 service points, seven kills and four digs and Hannah Heide added 14 assists and 10 service points as the Gators...

Girls volleyball: Gardens opens season with sweep

Cassie Anderson had 24 service points and eight aces, leading Palm Beach Gardens to a season-opening 25-1, 25-1, 25-1 rout of Palm Beach Lakes on Wednesday night in Palm Beach Gardens. Brielle Jones added 23 service points, 16 aces and four kills for the Gators. Palm Beach Central d. Santaluces 25-23, 25-18, 25-18: Julianna Miranda had six digs and four service points and Fiorela Narvaez added six...
High school football: Our picks for the season openers

High school football: Our picks for the season openers

The 2017 high school football season is set to kick off. All but one Palm Beach County team will take the field today or Friday for their season openers. Lake Worth gets a Week 1 bye, and will open its season Sept. 1 at home against Palm Beach Lakes. All games are 7 p.m. Friday unless noted. No. 1 Atlantic at No. 9 Palm Beach Central: Both of these teams look good on paper, with Atlantic poised to...
Watch Post reporter call plays during Boca Raton High football game

Watch Post reporter call plays during Boca Raton High football game

This all started as a joke. I was on the phone with Boca Raton coach Eric Davis, and he asked me when I would come to a Bobcats practice and coach the linebackers like my colleague, Jodie Wagner, did last season. “No, no,” I said, laughing. “Jodie coached a practice. You should let me call plays during a game.” Then, with not even the slightest hesitation, Davis replied...
Palm Beach Post’s 2017 high school football team preview capsules

Palm Beach Post’s 2017 high school football team preview capsules

American Heritage Coach: Keith Hindsley, third season 2016 record: 2-7 Starters returning: 5 offense, 6 defense Big man on campus: Junior Michael Morris is the literal big man on campus. Standing 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, the Florida State Seminoles commit is a big target at tight end and a difficult player to block at defensive end. Outlook: The Stallions will rely heavily on transfers to rebound...
Female quarterback trying to make history at high school

Female quarterback trying to make history at high school

The quarterback faked a handoff and ran into a crowd of defenders, some a foot taller and twice her weight. After she gained a few yards, a big lineman in the 300-pound range wrapped her up in a bear hug, prompting the end of the play. Holly Neher, standing 5-foot-2 shrugged off the "tackle" with a smile. But she wanted more. "When I ran the ball there, I was really hoping they'd just...

Girls volleyball: Royal Palm Beach sweeps Forest Hill

Grace Lanier had 13 assists and seven aces and sister Lily Lanier contributed six kills and seven digs, leading the Royal Palm Beach volleyball team to a 25-7, 25-17, 25-16 sweep of Forest Hill in a season-opening match Tuesday night. Payton Reis added seven kills, six assists and two aces for Royal Palm. Boynton Beach d. John I. Leonard 25-14, 11-25, 25-20, 25-15: Tiffany McEwen had 20 digs and five...
With more time, Anquan Boldin will make larger impact locally

With more time, Anquan Boldin will make larger impact locally

Out in the Glades, there was initial sadness upon hearing that Anquan Boldin is retiring. Of course there was. He was the product of Pahokee who went so far, yet never forgot where he came from. Sunday afternoons won’t feel the same. But right behind that disappointment comes a different emotion, one whose foundation is built on the success Boldin built away from the football field — a...
Boca Raton looks to repeat with new volleyball coach

Boca Raton looks to repeat with new volleyball coach

When a new coach takes over a program, it’s often because the previous coach struggled. That means the new person in charge has some time to change things without the immediate pressure of winning looming over their head. That’s not quite the case for Brett Sikora. Sikora is the new head girls volleyball coach at Boca Raton, and he takes over the Class 9A state champions after former coach...
HS football playoffs will look different this season

HS football playoffs will look different this season

The 2017 postseason will look significantly different than in past years. In changes approved last fall, the Florida High School Athletic Association eliminated district play for small schools, and did away with some automatic postseason bids for schools in all classifications. As part of the new plan, a points system will be used to determine some postseason qualifiers as well as playoff seedings...
Take a look at this $72M high school football stadium in Katy, Texas

Take a look at this $72M high school football stadium in Katy, Texas

A new $72 million high school football stadium is ready for kickoff this season in Katy, Texas. The 12,000-seat Legacy Stadium is the most expensive high school football stadium ever built and will be shared by eight local high schools. It boasts a massive video screen, huge locker rooms, restrooms and concession stands. The stadium was voted on and paid for by taxpayers in the area...
BREAKING: Teen reportedly fired stun gun at Park Vista football game

BREAKING: Teen reportedly fired stun gun at Park Vista football game

A West Palm Beach teen was arrested Friday night after she reportedly fired a stun gun while at the Park Vista High School football game, school police records show. A teacher told a school officer during the preseason game against Pahokee High School that he’d seen a girl with bright pink hair set off a stun gun. MORE: RB Washington powers Pahokee past Park Vista in preseason HS football The...

RB Washington powers Pahokee past Park Vista in preseason HS football

Big plays made the difference and Park Vista coach Brian Dodds knew it, even in defeat. “We gave up big plays in the second half that cost us,” Dodds said of the two Pahokee touchdowns that helped power the Blue Devils past the Cobras 20-14 Friday night at Park Vista. Running back Jatarie Washington made the first of those touchdowns, taking a pitch from Deante Nelson and running for a...
Palm Beach Gardens, Oxbridge, Suncoast post HS football preseason wins

Palm Beach Gardens, Oxbridge, Suncoast post HS football preseason wins

Palm Beach Gardens 19, Sunrise- Piper 7: David Studstill’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Jake Hockenson helped the Gators get past the Bengals at American Heritage High School. Oxbridge Academy 55, Lake Worth 12: Josh Pierre-Louis ran for a 45-yard touchdown in the third quarter as the ThunderWolves pummeled the Trojans in Lake Worth. Suncoast 43, Santaluces 19: Julian Rincon, Kai Adams , Ryan Lantz...

Wellington defense holds off Boynton Beach to preserve 14-12 win

It’s not a secret that Wellington’s pass-oriented offense is capable of scoring in bunches, but it was a stout defense that enabled the Wolverines to hang on to a 14-12 mistake-filled win Friday night against visiting Boynton Beach in a preseason Kickoff Classic game. Wellington’s defense came up with two key stops on two-point attempts by Boynton Beach, including the game-clincher...
Benjamin stadium repairs won’t be complete in time for Kickoff Classic

Benjamin stadium repairs won’t be complete in time for Kickoff Classic

A tornado that struck Palm Beach Gardens in the early morning hours of Jan. 23 devastated parts of the Benjamin School campus. Nearly seven months later, the school continues to repair the damage. At the football stadium, where winds of up to 90 mph ripped up bleachers, toppled a light pole, crumpled the press box and tore chunks out of the track, work is underway to put the structure back together...
How to report results: New email, phone number for high school sports

How to report results: New email, phone number for high school sports

Beginning this season, The Post will require coaches to report their game results via email to our new high school sports email address: pbphssports@pbpost.com. Please report results by 11 p.m. To reach the high school sports desk for other matters, call our new high school sports phone number: 561-820-4411
Concussions are a concern for high school players and their parents

Concussions are a concern for high school players and their parents

The findings were sobering, but not surprising to Lili Lopez Smith. Research on 202 former football players — including those in high school — conducted by neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association last month found evidence of a debilitating brain disease consistent with repeated blows to the head. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)...
Rushing back: Atlantic’s Corey Cola doesn’t want injury to end career

Rushing back: Atlantic’s Corey Cola doesn’t want injury to end career

There wasn’t a pop. There wasn’t a rip. There wasn’t any pain. Corey Cola just felt a strange sensation in his knee — “like bones shifting between rubber” — and dropped to the ground. Cola was playing in a scrimmage with the Park Vista Cobras on May 11, and he knew he was hurt. Probably a hyperextension, which was disappointing because Park Vista’s spring...
Palm Beach County high school football practices start on rainy Monday

Palm Beach County high school football practices start on rainy Monday

Football season is underway in Palm Beach County — not even Mother Nature could stop it. Most of the area’s 36 teams opened fall practice Monday, running drills through a steady rain that turned fields slick and muddy. Teams will have three weeks of practice before playing preseason games, which are scheduled for Aug. 18. The regular season opens Aug. 25. At Wellington, 70 players...
Seven questions as high school football practice opens

Seven questions as high school football practice opens

High school football’s offseason has come to an end in Palm Beach County. Fall practice begins Monday for 36 area schools. Teams will have three weeks to prepare for preseason games, which will be played Aug. 18. The regular season kicks off the following week. Here are seven things to look for: 1. Change of scenery for some area standouts: Numerous players switched teams during the offseason...
NEW: Boca football player gets probation, essay assignment after plea

NEW: Boca football player gets probation, essay assignment after plea

A Boca Raton standout football player has been placed on probation for three years and ordered to write a 500-word essay after he plead guilty to forcibly removing Air Jordan sneakers from an 11-year-old boy and stealing his bike, according to court records. Shelley Singletary, an 18-year-old running back and defensive back who considered a major college prospect, was directed by Judge Samantha Schosberg...
Newman’s Scottie Barnes basks in golden moment with USA Basketball

Newman’s Scottie Barnes basks in golden moment with USA Basketball

First there were nerves. Lots of them. And then relief, followed by elation. Sixteen of the nation’s top 16-year-old boys basketball players, among them Cardinal Newman sophomore Scottie Barnes, were sitting in a room in Colorado Springs, Colo., earlier this month, waiting to hear their names called as members of USA Basketball’s U16 men’s national team. Twelve would make the cut...
Basketball camp’s goal ‘to teach basketball the right way’

Basketball camp’s goal ‘to teach basketball the right way’

West Boca Raton boys basketball coach Nate Vera is spending his summer coaching. That’s no surprise. But his focus extends beyond grade-school summer campers and high school players looking to sharpen their skills in the offseason. Vera, who spent three seasons at Forest Hill and one as an assistant coach at Cardinal Newman before taking over at West Boca Raton in April, also works with coaches...
American Heritage sports camp honors Greg Bryant Jr.’s memory

American Heritage sports camp honors Greg Bryant Jr.’s memory

Once more, shirts with the No. 4 and the name “Bryant” across the top graced the field at American Heritage. More than a year after the — emphasis on “the” — No. 4, Greg Bryant Jr., was slain in a shooting on Interstate 95, there was not just one No. 4 juking defenders, turning upfield and sprinting to the end zone. There were dozens of kids, ranging from elementary...
How does a Pahokee rabbit hunt help kids become NFL football stars?

How does a Pahokee rabbit hunt help kids become NFL football stars?

Filmmaker Patrick Bresnan’s inside look at Pahokee High School’s prom got him his first invitation to the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. But it is his follow up, documenting a Pahokee family hunting rabbits as the critters flee burning cane fields, that has opened the door to competing for an Academy Award. “The Rabbit Hunt,” which runs just over 11 minutes with no narration...
Dodgers draft pick Marinan named large-school Baseball Player of Year

Dodgers draft pick Marinan named large-school Baseball Player of Year

James Marinan’s presence loomed large over the fields at West Boynton Park, just a couple minutes’ walk away from Park Vista, this spring. At 6-foot-4 with a frame that looks likely to add more muscle in the next few years, he could be an intimidating sight to pitchers looking to sneak a pitch past him and to hitters hoping to catch up with his mid-90s fastball. The Park Vista right-hander...
Trinity Christian’s Angel Tiburcio named Baseball Player of the Year

Trinity Christian’s Angel Tiburcio named Baseball Player of the Year

Angel Tiburcio and Trinity Christian’s return to Fort Myers for the state Final Four started bizzarely. First, the 6-foot-3 pitcher/infielder popped a fly ball to right field that the opposing outfielder couldn’t hang on to. The first-base umpire ruled that the outfielder dropped the ball while transferring it to his throwing hand — meaning Tiburcio was out — but another umpire...
Jupiter’s Ally Costa named large-schools Softball Player of the Year

Jupiter’s Ally Costa named large-schools Softball Player of the Year

Ally Costa saved her best for last at last month’s Class 9A state softball championships. In the final performance of her standout high school career, the senior right-hander gave up one run on seven hits, struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter in a 1-0 loss to 30-win Palm Harbor University in a semifinal contest. She also had one of the Warriors’ four hits in the game, which showcased...
Oxbridge’s Lianna Mullins is small-school Softball Player of the Year

Oxbridge’s Lianna Mullins is small-school Softball Player of the Year

With pitcher Lianna Mullins playing a leading role, the Oxbridge Academy softball team set record after record this season. The ThunderWolves won 27 games, claimed their first district and regional championships, and played for a state title. “Everyone did so much work to get to where we were,” Mullins said. Her included. The senior right-hander was a force at the plate and on the mound...
Olympic Heights’ William Howells named All-Area Tennis Player of Year

Olympic Heights’ William Howells named All-Area Tennis Player of Year

William Howells made the Olympic Heights boys tennis team for the first time before his senior season. An online-school student, he had never played for the Lions before. “I didn’t know anyone on the team when I first went to practice,” he said. “I went there and I was an outsider. But that changed quickly, and then it was a good time. Everyone is good people.” He adjusted...
Anna Bright: Palm Beach Post All-Area Girls Tennis Player of Year

Anna Bright: Palm Beach Post All-Area Girls Tennis Player of Year

Anna Bright’s star continues to shine. For the third straight year, the multi-talented honor student has been selected as The Palm Beach Post’s Girls Tennis Player of The Year. Bright has chosen to skip her senior year and enroll at the University of California-Berkeley after an illustrious academic and athletic career at West Boca High. Bright was undefeated in singles competition this...
King’s Academy’s Justin Bridgewater named All-Area Track Athlete of Year

King’s Academy’s Justin Bridgewater named All-Area Track Athlete of Year

Successfully transitioning from one sport to another can be a huge challenge for athletes at any level. King’s Academy’s Justin Bridgewater, The Palm Beach Post’s 2017 Boys Track Athlete of The Year, skillfully moved from being proficient on the basketball court to posting winning times on the oval.  “The two sports don’t overlap each so there’s time for both...
Karimah Davis: Palm Beach Post All-Area Girls Track Athlete of Year

Karimah Davis: Palm Beach Post All-Area Girls Track Athlete of Year

Karimah Davis reached the heights of the state’s high school track scene, and a big reason why is because of her height. At 5-foot-10, Davis has a built-in advantage, according to Palm Beach Central sprint coach Derek Walker, whose star earned Palm Beach Post All-Area Girls Track Athlete of The Year honors for the second time. “Her stride pattern, because of her height, is really a huge...
Kristian Gonzalez named Palm Beach Post All-Area Weightlifter of Year

Kristian Gonzalez named Palm Beach Post All-Area Weightlifter of Year

When Kristian Gonzalez won a gold medal at the boys weightlifting state championships in April, he had an oversized group of supporters cheering him on. The Hawks’ senior, who was making his fourth trip to the state meet — his best finish was fifth last year — brought every one of his high school coaches with him to DeLand High School. “They were all there coaching me up for...
Seminole Ridge’s Kristi Kemper is All-Area Flag-Football Player of Year

Seminole Ridge’s Kristi Kemper is All-Area Flag-Football Player of Year

Kristi Kemper spent the past four seasons running across the football field for Seminole Ridge, but standing on the sideline with a headset could be in her future. “Me and coach (Scott O’Hara) used to have an inside joke about me being the first female offensive coordinator in the NFL because I called a lot of our plays in the huddle,” Kemper said. Kemper’s play calls helped...
Tervinson Lubin named Palm Beach Post Boys Volleyball Player of Year

Tervinson Lubin named Palm Beach Post Boys Volleyball Player of Year

The numbers say it all: 297 Kills, 81 blocks, 302 assists, 195 service points and 137 digs. Tervinson Lubin is the 2017 Boys Volleyball Player of the Year for good reason. A 6-foot-2 senior setter and middle hitter for Palm Beach Gardens, Lubin has excelled as a dominant offensive player — including a powerful jump serve — while also displaying exceptional defensive skills. kill shot threat...
Benjamin’s Griffin Bowie named Post’s All-Area Lacrosse Player of Year

Benjamin’s Griffin Bowie named Post’s All-Area Lacrosse Player of Year

Griffin Bowie worked for his father at an Engel Coolers warehouse in Jupiter before his junior year at Benjamin, and it actually may have helped him on the lacrosse field. “I did a lot of manual labor, lifting heavy boxes around all day,” Bowie said. “I definitely got a lot stronger doing that. I was in shape from working in the warehouse over the summer, going into my junior summer...
Caitlyn Wurzburger named All-Area Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year

Caitlyn Wurzburger named All-Area Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year

As a seventh-grader, Caitlyn Wurzburger started for the American Heritage girls varsity lacrosse team. In eighth grade, she scored over 100 goals, added 103 assists and was named the Post’s 2016 Player of the Year. As a high school freshman, she proved those first two seasons were no fluke. Wurzburger, who committed to Syracuse University more than a year ago, scored 101 goals and doled...
Arizona takes ex-Gardens star Pavin Smith 7th overall in MLB Draft

Arizona takes ex-Gardens star Pavin Smith 7th overall in MLB Draft

Pavin Smith is headed to the desert. The former Palm Beach Gardens star, who spent the last three years of his career playing college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers, was selected seventh overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks on the first night of the MLB Draft on Monday. “It feels amazing,” Smith said. “I’ve worked my whole life for this, and it’s just a dream come...
Several Palm Beach County players expected to be taken in MLB Draft

Several Palm Beach County players expected to be taken in MLB Draft

Some local baseball players’ dream careers could begin this week. Several of the top high school players in Palm Beach County, and former local high school players who went on to play college baseball, likely will be selected in this week’s MLB Draft, which begins Monday night and runs through Wednesday. The first round and Competitive Balance Round A will air on MLB Network, starting...

2017 Palm Beach Post High School Sports All-Academic team

American Heritage — Jonathan Resnick. A standout lineman for the Stallions’ football team, he also carried a 5.63 honors-point average. He will attend Johns Hopkins University. Atlantic — Dayna Goltz. She played No. 2 singles for the Eagles’ girls tennis team and also was the school’s salutatorian. She will attend Vanderbilt University. Benjamin — Christian Cropp...
Jupiter falls in baseball state semifinals

Jupiter falls in baseball state semifinals

Jupiter struggled to find a rhythm against Orlando Timber Creek junior ace Bret Neilan in a Class 9A baseball state semifinal game and fell 4-2 at Hammond Stadium on Friday night. Neilan retired 18 of the final 21 batters he faced and Timber Creek scored four runs in the final four innings to top the Warriors at the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins. Jupiter (22-7-2) managed just two hits...
State baseball: Wait was worth it for Dwyer, Jupiter

State baseball: Wait was worth it for Dwyer, Jupiter

It took Jupiter two days to find out whether it would have to book a trip to Fort Myers. Dwyer needed three. Inclement weather forced the Warriors to stop their regional final against Parkland- Douglas in the ninth inning (high school games are seven innings, not nine.), while the Panthers’ game against Miami-Belen Jesuit didn’t start until Friday after being originally scheduled for Tuesday...
A birth defect gave him a gift: a nearly impossible-to-hit curveball

A birth defect gave him a gift: a nearly impossible-to-hit curveball

When he was young, Dylan Rosnick just wanted to play baseball, a simple enough request for a child growing up in the Loudoun County exurbs.  He wanted to tie his shoes, too, and hold a pencil the right way, and button his shirt, and brush his teeth. There's not a lot of guidance, though, for a child with Proteus syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects fewer than one in 1 million births worldwide...
Dwyer earns first berth in state baseball tournament

Dwyer earns first berth in state baseball tournament

It was apropos that the Dwyer baseball team notched the program’s first trip to the state semifinals with a wild and unconventional victory on its home field Friday afternoon. Even if the Panthers’ 2-1 walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh inning against visiting Miami-Belen Jesuit came courtesy of a two-out throwing error, perhaps no team in the area is as much deserving of a bit...

American Heritage falls in state baseball semifinals

American Heritage’s bid for a berth in the Class 4A state baseball championship game fell short when the Stallions fell to undefeated Clearwater-Calvary Christian 7-1 on Friday night in Fort Myers. Calvary Christian (29-0) scored two runs in the top of the first before American Heritage (23-9) scored its only run in the bottom of the third to halve Calvary Christian’s lead. Calvary, however...
2017 Palm Beach County High School Spring All-Conference Teams

2017 Palm Beach County High School Spring All-Conference Teams

The 2017 Palm Beach County Spring High School Sports All-Conference teams, as voted by county coaches. SOFTBALL North Division First Team Ally Costa (JUP), Dani Farley (PBG), Talia Kentoffio (PBG), Ashley Goebel (JUP), Raegan Conley (SUN), Maggie Foley (CN), Lillie Rodriguez (CN), Bailey Phillips (JUP), Kendall Coyle (SUN), Crystal Grimaldo (PBG), Rachel Frankhouser (JUP), Megan McCants (JUP), Brooke...
Eighth-grader helps Trinity Christian repeat as state baseball champs

Eighth-grader helps Trinity Christian repeat as state baseball champs

Trinity Christian baseball coach Miguel Cuello had two options to choose from when deciding who to start in Thursday’s Class 2A state championship game. He could go with senior Peron Butler or eighth-grader Irv Carter. He chose Carter. The decision paid off, as Carter tossed five innings of two-run ball in an 8-3 win over Deltona-Trinity Christian, clinching the Warriors’ second consecutive...

Trinity Christian advances to state baseball final

A two-hour rain delay did nothing to dampen Trinity Christian’s offense. The Warriors routed Jacksonville-Christ’s Church Academy in the Class 2A semifinals with a run-rule 11-0 victory in five innings at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers on Wednesday night. “The rain threw us off a little bit,” Trinity Christian coach Miguel Cuello said. “But we were ready for it because...
Veteran Trinity Christian baseball team ready for state semifinals

Veteran Trinity Christian baseball team ready for state semifinals

Six Trinity Christian senior baseball players crossed the stage for graduation Tuesday night. They didn’t have any time to celebrate, though. After graduation, they and the rest of the reigning state champion Warriors baseball team traveled to Fort Myers to play in the Class 2A semifinals against Jacksonville-Christ’s Church Academy at 4 p.m. today. “We’re leaving tonight,...
BREAKING: Judge sets bond for NFL player Matt Elam following arrest

BREAKING: Judge sets bond for NFL player Matt Elam following arrest

9:45 a.m. UPDATE: Judge Dina Keever-Agrama on Tuesday morning set Matt Elam’s bail at a total of $4,000 on the two counts the NFL player is facing. Agrama also ruled at a first-appearance hearing at the Palm Beach County Jail that Elam have no contact with the girlfriend. Elam, who played five seasons for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens after standout careers at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach...
Wellington falls short in state softball championship

Wellington falls short in state softball championship

Wellington didn’t win the Class 8A state softball championship Saturday at Historic Dodgertown. That title went to nationally ranked Orange Park-Oakleaf. But the Wolverines, with just three seniors on their roster, surprised many by getting so close. Following the Knights’ 6-1 victory, Wellington coach Mark Boretti talked about how his team defied its youth. “Did anybody think that...

Seminole Ridge falls in flag football final

It was not the ending that Seminole Ridge was seeking, as its state record 52-game win streak was snapped by Tampa-Plant 19-6 in the Class 2A flag football state championship Saturday at Citizens Field. The defenses dominated early, with Plant (16-2) getting the first break when Sydney Johnson intercepted a pass by Seminole Ridge quarterback Emily Higgins, giving the Panthers great field position...

Spring football: Palm Beach Gardens pulls away from Glades Central

A new era at Palm Beach Gardens kicked off Friday night with a positive outcome as the Gators defeated visiting Glades Central 35-21 to close out spring drills for both programs. It was the first game for Billy Clark as head coach at Gardens. “Any team is a work in progress, especially in spring, but we’re excited with how many talented young kids we have,” said Clark, who takes...
Talent from three counties on display in Palm Beach Lakes jamboree

Talent from three counties on display in Palm Beach Lakes jamboree

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties are famous for their high school football talent. All three counties had representatives on the field at Palm Beach Lakes on Friday night. The Rams hosted a spring-game jamboree, bringing in visiting Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach and Miami Central in a clash of the three South Florida counties. “(This lets) us know where we are, where we stand vs...
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