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Oxbridge girls basketball team still ‘angry’ over title-game loss

Oxbridge girls basketball team still ‘angry’ over title-game loss

Last season ended with lots of tears for Oxbridge Academy. The ThunderWolves, a young team with only one senior on the roster, went to Lakeland for the state playoffs, took a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter, and blew it. Oxbridge went scoreless for the entire final quarter, then lost the game in overtime. After a game like that, there are two options: You can try to move past it, or you can...
Palm Beach Gardens falls in state volleyball final

Palm Beach Gardens falls in state volleyball final

The breakout season for the Palm Beach Gardens volleyball team came to a close in the very last game of the varsity volleyball season in Florida. The Gators started strong against the nationally-ranked and undefeated West Orange Warriors from Winter Garden, but after dropping a close first set, they could not keep pace and were swept 25-23, 25-20, 27-25 in the Class 9A state final. “Tonight...

Pahokee 42, Frostproof 28: Blue Devils advance to state semifinals

With Pahokee clinging to a 28-21 lead over Frostproof early in the fourth quarter, Leroy Love said he was “praying” for the underdog Bulldogs to kick the ball to him. Prayer answered. Love needed only 11 seconds to give Pahokee some breathing room, returning the kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown to help the Blue Devils turn back the Bulldogs 42-28 in a Class 1A regional final Friday night...

Davie-Western 14, PB Central 12: Broncos can’t hold fourth-quarter lead

Days, weeks, maybe even months from now, Palm Beach Central players, coaches and fans likely will still be scratching their heads, wondering how the Broncos lost Friday night. The visiting Davie-Western Wildcats, unable to do much of anything on offense against a stout Palm Beach Central defense for three quarters, staged a stunning fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Broncos 14-12 in a Class 8A regional...
Atlantic 14, Park Vista 7: Eagles’ defense keys victory over Cobras

Atlantic 14, Park Vista 7: Eagles’ defense keys victory over Cobras

With his teammates struggling on offense, Atlantic senior kick returner Oyeh Lurry-Davis knew he had to step up when the ball came his way. “If we don’t score on offense, we gotta score some way,” Lurry-Davis said after several big kick returns — including one nearly returned for a touchdown — in Atlantic’s 14-7 win over Park Vista. Atlantic will play Davie-Western...

Doral 6, Dwyer 5: Panthers drop heartbreaker

The two teams shook hands, and then the only sounds left were the Doral Academy Firebirds celebrating and the muffled sobs from the Dwyer huddle. It took a few minutes for the Panthers to collect themselves and for their coaches to address them. Dwyer coach Jack Daniels took time to try to console some of the most visibly upset players, then he spoke to his team following its 6-5 loss to Doral in...
Oxbridge Academy 32, Melbourne Central Catholic 7: ThunderWolves roll

Oxbridge Academy 32, Melbourne Central Catholic 7: ThunderWolves roll

Oxbridge Academy’s hustle and defensive muscle were too much for Melbourne Central Catholic in Friday night’s Class 3A regional championship game. Gio Richardson threw for 166 yards and two touchdown passes, and the ThunderWolves’ defense dominated — again — in a 32-7 victory at William H. Pitt Stadium. With the win, Oxbridge earned its first berth in the state semifinals...

Boys soccer: Spanish River tops American Heritage

Greg Aronstam and Alex Martinez each scored a goal, helping the Spanish River boys soccer team edge American Heritage 2-1 on Friday night in Boca Raton. Nick Tucker had five saves in goal for the Sharks (3-2). John I. Leonard 1, Dreyfoos 0: Mario Ponce scored the lone goal as the Lancers (2-0) got past the Jaguars in Greenacres. Palm Beach Lakes 7, Seminole Ridge 1: Wilmer Romero had two goals and...

Girls soccer: Jupiter improves to 5-0

Lily Ganelli had a hat trick and two assists, leading the Jupiter girls soccer team to an 8-0 rout of Fort Pierce Central on Friday in Jupiter. Brielle Pearce added two goals and two assists and Julia Cain earned her fourth shutout for Jupiter. Boca Raton 5, Park Vista 0: Kendra Cashion had two goals and two assists, and Jane Nordhagen and Lara Larco combined for the shutout as the Bobcats (4-1) stopped...

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Brando Marcus and Wilkins Denis each scored two goals, leading the Royal Palm Beach boys soccer team to a 4-2 victory over Cardinal Newman on Thursday in West Palm Beach. Emanuel Arroyave added two assists for the Wildcats (1-1-1). Trinity Christian 8, Glades Day 0: Naisier Gunipa had two goals and an assist and Rogeni DeCaster and Alex Coronel each added two goals as the Warriors (1-0-1) coasted...

Girls soccer: Jupiter improves to 3-0

Brielle Pearce, Mackenzie Blazer, Isabella Alfaro and Emily McKenzie each scored a goal, leading the undefeated girls soccer team to a 4-1 victory over Dwyer on Thursday. With the victory, the Warriors improved to 3-0 on the season. Oxbridge 8, King’s Academy 0: Allison Breed had a hat trick and Lizzie Spears and Emma Quattlebaum contributed two goals apiece as the ThunderWolves (1-1) routed...

Girls volleyball: Benjamin falls in state final

The Benjamin girls volleyball team finished as Class 4A state runners-up for a second consecutive season, falling 25-22, 25-19, 25-20 to Tampa-Carrollwood on Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville. “The girls played really well,” Benjamin coach Alex Clarke said. “We had big leads in all three sets, but just couldn’t finish. That has been a struggle for us all season.” Katy...
After stunning Miramar, Park Vista faces tough Atlantic in 8A playoffs

After stunning Miramar, Park Vista faces tough Atlantic in 8A playoffs

Park Vista needed help to get into the postseason. Last Friday, the Cobras proved they belonged there by pulling off one of the biggest first-round upsets of the Florida High School Athletic Association state football playoffs. *More high school sports coverage Seeded No. 8 and playing on the road, Park Vista knocked off top-seeded Miramar 28-20 in a Class 8A regional quarterfinal. The win lifted...
Palm Beach County teams in for tight games in FHSAA playoffs

Palm Beach County teams in for tight games in FHSAA playoffs

The first round of football’s state playoffs is in the books, and seven area teams have advanced to the second round. Just one contest Friday features an all-Palm Beach County lineup, and that’s a rematch between district rivals Park Vista and Atlantic. More high school sports coverage The Cobras, who are coming off an upset of heavily favored Miramar last week in the Class 8A regional...

Girls soccer: Park Vista improves to 3-0 with rout

Samantha Bloom scored four goals, leading the Park Vista girls soccer team to an 8-0 rout of Royal Palm Beach on Wednesday in Royal Palm Beach. Emilie Velez added two goals for the Cobras (3-0). Boca Raton 8, Atlantic 0: Quinn Knapp scored two goals and Lara Larco earned her third shutout of the season as the Bobcats (3-1) cruised past the Eagles in Delray Beach. Lake Worth 5, Glades Central 1: Michele...

Boys soccer: John I. Leonard opens with rout

Christopher Diaz scored a hat trick, leading the John I. Leonard boys soccer team to a season-opening 9-1 rout of Seminole Ridge on Wednesday in Loxahatchee. Luis Molena added two goals, and Juan Cardonza contributed three assists for the Lancers. Park Vista 2, Royal Palm Beach 1: Matthew Betancourt and Yan Toro each scored a goal, leading the Cobras (1-0) over the Wildcats in Royal Palm Beach. St...
Benjamin has overcome a lot en route to state volleyball final berth

Benjamin has overcome a lot en route to state volleyball final berth

The road to Thursday’s Class 4A state championship game hasn’t been an easy one for the Benjamin girls volleyball team. The Buccaneers, who face Tampa-Carrollwood Day at 4 p.m. at the University of North Florida, have weathered a hurricane, a car accident and the flu this season. Some Benjamin players missed significant playing time as a result. “Our senior libero, Lauren Lindahl...
Benjamin ready for challenge of national power Chaminade Madonna

Benjamin ready for challenge of national power Chaminade Madonna

The Buccaneers know what most people are saying about them. They know many think Hollywood-Chaminade Madonna is going to roll past them on Friday night. But guess what? That just gets Benjamin more excited to play. “We’re just ready for another (playoff game),” offensive lineman Martin Weisz said. “Of course, it’s a more formidable opponent, Chaminade-Madonna. &hellip...

Boys soccer: Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Central tie

Nate Johnson and Manny Arroyave each scored a goal for Royal Palm Beach as the Wildcats tied Palm Beach Central 2-2 on Tuesday night. Williams Destina contributed an assist for the Wildcats. Lake Worth Christian 10, Atlantic Christian 1: Nick Adolphy had six goals and four assists, Alden Stacie added two goals and A.J. Rodriguez had four saves as the Defenders (1-0) routed the Saints in West Palm...

Girls soccer: Jupiter shuts down Palm Beach Gardens

Emily McKensie scored two goals, leading the Jupiter girls soccer team to a 3-0 win over Palm Beach Gardens on Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens. Brielle Pearce added a goal and Julia Cain and Sophia Flores combined for the shutout for the Warriors (3-0). American Heritage 5, Cardinal Newman 0: Sarah Borer had three goals and two assists and Sylvia Ng added two goals as the Stallions (2-0) shut down the...
NEW: South Florida high school basketball star shot dead

NEW: South Florida high school basketball star shot dead

Miami Dade Police are searching for answers after an 18-year-old basketball star was fatally shot Sunday. Malcolm Nicholas III, 19, who was described by some as a “basketball prodigy” was shot in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. The shooting details remain unknown, WTVJ reported.  Nicholas played basketball his whole life, according to his former coach, Ricky...

Girls Soccer: Boca Raton, Olympic Heights pitch shutouts

Boca Raton 5, West Boca Raton 0: Kendra Cashion scored three goals and had one assist, Chloe Tebon and Arielle Silvester scored one goal each, and goalie Lara Larco earned her second shutout of the season as the Bobcats (2-1) defeated the Bulls in Boca Raton. Olympic Heights 6, Fort Lauderdale 0: Jaselyn Cappello and Daniella Smith each had two goals and goalie Victoria Barreto added four saves for...

Boys Soccer: Dwyer, Atlantic, Spanish River post wins

Dwyer 4, Pahokee 2: Cristian Soler, Chris Rumsey and Jack Wegman each scored a goal and Troy Thompson added one goal and one assist as the Panthers (1-0) beat the Blue Devils in Palm Beach Gardens. Atlantic 1, Forest Hill 0: Enrique Rodriguez scored the lone goal and goalies Alex Cortese and Wadley Medalcy combined for the shutout as the Eagles (1-0) blanked the Falcons in West Palm Beach. Spanish...
Boca Christian Blazers will set pace again on boys soccer scene

Boca Christian Blazers will set pace again on boys soccer scene

Boca Raton Christian is a small school with high expectations. The Blazers, coming off their first district title in program history, have a trip to the state championships on their mind now. “Last year, our goal going into the season I set for the team was to win that district title, that first-ever district title,” Boca Christian coach David Weil said. “We knew we had the team...

Roundup: Park Vista records playoff upset

Atorian Perry caught a pair of touchdown passes from John Smith, as sixth-ranked and eighth-seeded Park Vista upset top-seeded Miramar 28-20 in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs Friday night in Miramar. With the victory, the Cobras improved to 8-2 and snapped the top-seeded Patriots’ winning streak at eight games. Miramar finishes the season 8-2. Pembroke Pines-West Broward 31, No. 9...
Palm Beach Central 32, Seminole Ridge 0: Broncos roll to victory

Palm Beach Central 32, Seminole Ridge 0: Broncos roll to victory

It wasn’t quite the Muck Bowl Friday night, but it certainly felt like it for Seminole Ridge and Palm Beach Central in their Class 8A regional quarterfinal. The Hawks and Broncos battled for 48 minutes in the mud thanks to a pre-game downpour. When time expired, Palm Beach Central claimed a 32-0 win and a berth in Friday’s regional semifinals. Quarterback Nick Atkins accounted for five...

Atlantic 29, Plantation 14: Singletary leads Eagles to victory

As Atlantic running back Shelley Singletary sprinted Friday through an open lane for what eventually became a 75-yard touchdown sprint, one thing kept him running. “I see my grandma,” said Singletary, who ran for a touchdown later in the drive. “She died and if I see my grandma in the end zone, I have to get there. That’s who I’m doing it for.” Not even a first-quarter...

University 44, Glades Central 21: Rain hurts Raiders in loss

After losing its season opener 13-7 at home to NSU University School at home, Glades Central’s offense seemed to be sending a message in the rematch with an opening-drive touchdown Friday night. But after that, the offense faltered in the rain, the defense couldn’t contain the Sharks offense, and the Raiders saw their season end in a 44-21 loss in a Region 4-4A semifinal. The Raiders (6-4)...

Pahokee 41, Williston 17: Blue Devils advance to regional final

No Jateri Washington, no problem. Washington, who rushed for 201 yards and four touchdowns last week in leading Pahokee to a Muck Bowl victory over Glades Central, sat out the Blue Devils’ playoff opener Friday night with an ankle injury. Enter sophomore TaMichael Boldin, who has played in the shadow of running backs Washington and LaVonski Williams all season. Boldin rushed for 188 yards on...

Dwyer 43, Hialeah-Mater Academy 13: Running game keys Panthers’ rout

In the game’s opening minutes, Dwyer’s linemen made it clear they would push around their Hialeah-Mater Academy counterparts. It was more than enough to keep the Lions at bay, as the Panthers rolled to a 43-13 rout in Friday’s first round of the Class 7A playoffs. With the offensive line — particularly Ronald Folkes and Tyler Payne — opening consistent running lanes,...

Oxbridge Academy 42, King’s Academy 7: No. 1 ThunderWolves roll

The Cinderella story was all set up. King’s Academy, the massive underdog against top-ranked Oxbridge Academy, took an early lead on a returned interception for a touchdown by Cory Croteau in the first quarter. But the clock struck figurative midnight in the second quarter, and the ThunderWolves turned the game into a rout. Oxbridge put a running clock on King’s, winning 42-7 in the Class...

Benjamin 43, Homestead-Everglades Prep 6: Jordan Travis keys Bucs’ rout

Benjamin will play in an Florida High School Athletics Association regional championship game next week for the first time in a decade, and Jordan Travis is the biggest reason. The senior quarterback, who is a Louisville commit, passed for four touchdowns Friday night to lead Benjamin to a 43-6 rout of Homestead-Everglades Prep in a Class 3A regional semifinal game at Theofilos Field. Travis completed...

Girls soccer: Jupiter improves to 2-0 with shutout

Brielle Pearce, Cassandra Deka and Emily McKensie each scored a goal, leading the Jupiter girls soccer team to a 3-0 shutout of Treasure Coast on Thursday night in Port St. Lucie. Julia Cain and Sophia Flores combined on the shutout for the Warriors (2-0). Wellington 1, Weston-Cypress Bay 1: Abby Bryan scored the lone goal as the Wolverines (1-1-0) and Lightning tied in Weston. Lake Worth Christian...
Jupiter Christian enjoying success in football, volleyball

Jupiter Christian enjoying success in football, volleyball

Jupiter Christian played its regional championship volleyball match against Lake Worth Christian last Thursday in front a boisterous, capacity home crowd. Celebrating in the stands as the Eagles clinched a berth in the Class 3A state semifinals were members of the school’s football team. They, too, became a Final Four team after beating Mount Dora Christian Academy last Friday in the quarterfinals...
Teen shot in head is back to playing basketball after more than a year in recovery

Teen shot in head is back to playing basketball after more than a year in recovery

Last year, a Chicago Public Schools honor student was shot in the head and has since made an unbelievable comeback Tuesday night. Damari Hendrix is back on the basketball court this week for the first time since a random shooting nearly took his life. >> Read more trending news According to WGN, Hendrix had to go through surgery three times and spent four days in a medically induced...

Girls soccer: Cardinal Newman opens season with consecutive shutouts

Rebekah Bradley and Anna Severtson each scored two goals, leading the Cardinal Newman girls soccer team to an 8-0 rout of Lake Worth Christian on Wednesday in West Palm Beach. It was the second consecutive shutout to start the season for the Crusaders, as Jennifer Jacobs and Severtson each had a goal and an assist as the Crusaders defeated Royal Palm Beach 4-0 on Tuesday night. Jupiter 3, Jensen Beach...
Rough opening week predicted for county playoff teams

Rough opening week predicted for county playoff teams

The postseason is here, and 13 Palm Beach County teams are in. The format is a little different following changes made by the Florida High School Athletic Association in the offseason. *More Post high school sports coverage District champions in Classes 5A-8A earned automatic playoff berths, and will host first-round games Friday. All other postseason qualifiers earned their spots on points, and were...

Roundup: Palm Beach Gardens advances to volleyball state semifinals

Ashley Klein had 15 service points and 12 digs, leading Palm Beach Gardens to a 25-11, 25-12, 25-18 sweep of host Weston-Cypress Bay in Tuesday’s Class 9A regional final, earning the Gators their first berth in the state semifinals. Cassie Anderson added six service points, 12 digs and three kills and Anabelle Standish contributed eight kills, two blocks and three digs for the Gators (25-1)...

HS GIRLS SOCCER: Park Vista, Spanish River open season with wins

Park Vista 8, Forest Hill 0: Nicole Barilla, Ashlyn Nestor and Payton Stover each kicked in two goals as the Cobras (1-0) overpowered the Falcons in Boynton Beach. Spanish River 6, John I. Leonard 0: Goalie Sai Rich started the season with a shutout and Kayla Chandler kicked in two goals as the Sharks (1-0) handled the Lancers in Greenacres. Olympic Heights 0, Santaluces 0: Victoria Barreto had three...
It was a classic, even by Muck Bowl standards

It was a classic, even by Muck Bowl standards

What a game. I wrote those words at 1:15 a.m. Saturday morning because even though I’d just spent hours covering the wildest game Palm Beach County will likely see this year, I could not sleep. My adrenaline was coursing, and I didn’t even play. Pahokee took down rival Glades Central in Friday’s Muck Bowl in an 33-27 overtime game that the word “thriller” can only begin...
Boca Raton girls soccer team wants return to state championship game

Boca Raton girls soccer team wants return to state championship game

There isn’t much different about the Boca Raton girls soccer team this season. Coming off a season that ended with their only loss coming in the Class 5A state championship game, the Bobcats have a similar lineup and similar objectives. “Our long-term goal is to make it back to the state championship,” said Boca Raton coach Rachael Grimes, whose Bobcats lost 3-1 to perennial power...
Pahokee 33, Glades Central 27 (OT): Blue Devils win Muck Bowl thriller

Pahokee 33, Glades Central 27 (OT): Blue Devils win Muck Bowl thriller

If you were caught up at work or felt like taking it easy at home Friday night, you should lie and say you were in Belle Glade for the Muck Bowl. The annual showdown between No. 5 Glades Central and No. 3 Pahokee was destined to be a great one, with both teams entering the game in the top half of the Post’s Top 10 and hunting for a playoff berth. What the standing-room only crowd at Effie C...

Football: No. 1 Oxbridge holds on; Jupiter ends skid

Gio Richardson threw touchdown passes to James Meeks and Jordan Cash to lift top-ranked Oxbridge Academy to a 14-6 victory over Palm Beach Lakes on Friday night in West Palm Beach. With the victory, the ThunderWolves improved to 7-1 on the season. Teja Young had a 3-yard touchdown run for Palm Beach Lakes (4-6). No. 4 Palm Beach Central 56, John I. Leonard 0: Jeremiah Anderson had two interception...
Park Vista 31, Palm Beach Gardens 14: Cobras keep playoff hopes alive

Park Vista 31, Palm Beach Gardens 14: Cobras keep playoff hopes alive

Park Vista’s postseason hopes got a big boost Friday night in a 31-14 victory against Palm Beach Gardens at Mullinax Ford Stadium. Atorian Perry caught a pair of touchdown passes, and John Smith added two rushing scores to lead the Cobras (7-2). With the win, Park Vista kept its postseason hopes alive. The sixth-ranked Cobras need to earn enough points to secure one of eight postseason qualifying...

Benjamin 33, King’s Academy 21: Bucs hand Lions first loss

A game-opening trick play set the tone for a King’s Academy-Benjamin contest marked by long, quick scores. After taking the ball on a handoff from Jordan Travis, Benjamin wide receiver Kaiir Elam threw the ball back to his quarterback. Travis caught the screen pass and ran through King’s defense down the middle of the field for a 62-yard touchdown. It was a sign of good things to come...

Atlantic 21, Wellington 5: Eagles’ defense keys victory

Atlantic’s defense looks ready for the playoffs. In a 21-5 homecoming victory over Wellington, the Eagles kept the Wolverines out of the end zone, limited them to 124 total net yards and seven first downs, and forced six turnovers. As District 10-Class 8A champs, the second-ranked Eagles (8-1) will be home for a playoff game next Friday. As of the last FHSAA standings update, Atlantic held the...
Girls volleyball: Jupiter Christian advances to state tournament

Girls volleyball: Jupiter Christian advances to state tournament

Lake Worth Christian needed four sets to beat Jupiter Christian last season in the regional volleyball finals. Thursday night, the Eagles returned the favor — in five. Rachel Bryan had 19 kills and 21 digs, and Emma Shaddix added 18 kills and three aces to lead Jupiter Christian to a 19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-13, 15-13 victory over Lake Worth Christian in a Class 3A regional championship match...

West Boca Raton 27, Cardinal Newman 8: Dylan Barofsky keys Bulls’ win

Covered in dirt and sweat, Dylan Barofsky started to choke up. The West Boca Raton senior quarterback was minutes removed from his last time in pads, celebrating his last victory on a high-school field, and thinking about it nearly kept words from leaving his lips. “This game means a lot to me,” he said. “Just surreal. Can’t describe it. Going to miss it.” Barofsky put...
Stakes raised even higher in this year’s Muck Bowl showdown

Stakes raised even higher in this year’s Muck Bowl showdown

The question has always lingered over the heads of everyone who puts on Blue Devil blue or Raiders red: Would you rather win the state championship or win the Muck Bowl? It was always a philosophical question — hardware or hometown rivalry? — because Palm Beach County’s Game of Games had no playoff implications. Since Glades Central and Pahokee play in different classes, either team...
Girls volleyball: Anderson leads Gardens to sweep of Spanish River

Girls volleyball: Anderson leads Gardens to sweep of Spanish River

Maddie Anderson is only 15 years old, but each volleyball game from here on out could be her last in high school. The Palm Beach Gardens middle blocker, who is bound for Florida State after the season, is a senior, and she is determined to prolong her high school career as long as possible. She dominated on the court for the Gators on Wednesday night as they swept Spanish River 25-13, 25-16, 25-10...
Glades Day overcomes slow start to make playoff bid

Glades Day overcomes slow start to make playoff bid

The Glades Day football program was more than happy to leave September in its rear-view mirror. A tough opening schedule combined with a visit from Hurricane Irma resulted in an 0-3 start for the Gators, whose goal entering the season was to qualify for the state playoffs. Glades Day competed in the independent Southeastern Football Conference last season, and made the jump to Florida High School...
New FHSAA playoff system sets up final-week drama

New FHSAA playoff system sets up final-week drama

District play is over, and champions have been crowned in each district that includes Palm Beach County teams. But unlike past seasons when the district races determined playoff berths, the postsesaon picture is far from clear, as a handful of area teams still can qualify for playoffs on points. Week 11 wins are key for those teams. No. 3 Pahokee and No. 5 Glades Central, who will play their annual...

Girls volleyball regionals continue tonight

Ten area girls volleyball teams have moved on in regional competition. Six will compete in the regional semifinals tonight, while four will play regional championship matches Thursday. The winners of Wednesday’s matches will play in the regional finals next Tuesday, while the winners of Thursday’s matches advance to the state semifinals Nov. 11. Below are the schedules for this week&rsquo...

Glades Central 40, Cardinal Newman 24: Raiders’ passing attack keys win

Fifth-ranked Glades Central used a dominant passing attack and a defense that continually stepped up when it mattered most to defeat Cardinal Newman 40-24 on Friday night. The Raiders (6-2) jumped out to an early 13-0 lead but trailed the Crusaders 16-13 early in the second quarter. From that moment on, the game belonged to the Raiders’ offense, especially quarterback Davious Richards and receiver...

Football roundup: No. 2 Pahokee shut down by Cocoa

Second-ranked Pahokee was no match for Cocoa — the defending Class 4A champions and the state’s top-ranked team — as the Tigers shut down the Blue Devils 45-0 on Friday night in Cocoa. Pahokee (6-2) saw its five-game winning streak snapped while Cocoa improved to 8-0 on the season while running its overall winning streak to 17 consecutive victories. No. 1 Oxbridge Academy 69, Homestead-Everglades...

Dwyer 3, West Boca Raton 0: Panthers wrap up district crown

A West Boca Raton upset knocked Dwyer out of the playoffs three seasons ago. Friday night, Trevor Omans and the seventh-ranked Panthers made sure it didn’t happen again. The senior quarterback directed a 92-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that ended with a 20-yard field goal by Jeffrey Martini, lifting Dwyer to a 3-0 victory at Blum Stadium. The win clinched a third consecutive District...

Forest Hill 6, Palm Beach Lakes 0: Falcons’s defense shuts down Rams

Playing perhaps its biggest game in 21 years and having only 33 players on hand, the Forest Hill Falcons dug deep and pulled out a 6-0 victory at Palm Beach Lakes on Friday night. Despite Dwyer taking the District 13-7A title, Forest Hill (7-1, 4-1) can wrap up only its third postseason berth in school history (and first since 1996) with a victory next week against Spanish River. The Falcons started...
Atlantic 26, Boca Raton 7: Eagles clinch district title

Atlantic 26, Boca Raton 7: Eagles clinch district title

With the game sewn up, Atlantic quarterback Antoine Williams tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cadarius Gaskin, and the Eagles took the time Friday night to celebrate against Boca Raton. The entire Atlantic team stormed the field and sat in the end zone while a teammate mimed taking a photograph, earning a shower of yellow flags from the officials. “They face a lot of adversity all year,&rdquo...

Palm Beach Central 14, Palm Beach Gardens 0: Stewart keys Bronco win

Palm Beach Central running back Charles Stewart ran for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass as the Broncos shut down Palm Beach Gardens 14-0 on Friday night. “It’s amazing, the offense did it right, the defense did it right,” Stewart said. “I had good blocking, I took a couple hits, but got back up and did what I had to do. It was a great night.” Stewart put the fourth-ranked...
Girls volleyball: Benjamin rolls to regional semifinal win

Girls volleyball: Benjamin rolls to regional semifinal win

Benjamin swept its way to a district championship last week, and followed with another sweep in a Class 4A regional semifinal Thursday night. Katy Blain recorded 11 kills and two blocks, and Sierra Barron added 27 assists and nine digs to lead the host Buccaneers to a 25-4, 25-15, 25-19 victory against Miami Country Day. Heather Sley added four aces and 11 digs for Benjamin, which improved to 16-3...
Palm Beach Gardens still alive despite difficult losses

Palm Beach Gardens still alive despite difficult losses

Palm Beach Gardens coach Billy Clark preaches to his players about the next 30 seconds of their lives. On the football field and off, he says, there are times when in “the next 30 seconds, you could make a life-altering decision.” They aren’t matters of life and death, but several times this year, the Gators (3-4) have had wins slip away in the final few seconds. Of Palm Beach Gardens&rsquo...
District championships at stake for county teams Friday night

District championships at stake for county teams Friday night

District play comes to an end this week, and there are a few races that have yet to be decided. Atlantic and Dwyer can clinch district championships tonight with wins over Boca Raton and West Boca Raton, respectively. But if either team drops those games, then it opens a path for other teams in their districts. Other key games this week include No. 9 Forest Hill at Palm Beach Lakes, No. 4 Palm Beach...
Girls volleyball: Gardens stops Park Vista in regional matchup

Girls volleyball: Gardens stops Park Vista in regional matchup

When Palm Beach Gardens coach Joy VanDyke saw middle blocker Maddie Anderson get going in the fourth set Wednesday night, she knew the Gators had the match in the bag. “When Maddie came out swinging in the fourth game, I knew that this was us,” VanDyke said. “We’re back, we’re ready to go, we’re not going to let up again.” Palm Beach Gardens (23-1) took over...
Regional girls volleyball begins tonight

Regional girls volleyball begins tonight

District tournaments are over for girls volleyball, and regional competition begins this week. Regional quarterfinals for Classes 5A-9A will be played today, with regional semifinals competition for Classes 1A-4A scheduled for Thursday. Below is the schedule for Palm Beach County teams. All games start at 7 p.m. unless noted: TODAY Class 9A Park Vista (18-7) at Palm Beach Gardens (22-1). Jupiter (11-4)...
Cardinal Newman grad John Collins has big game in homecoming vs. Heat

Cardinal Newman grad John Collins has big game in homecoming vs. Heat

It was homecoming night for John Collins in Miami. The Cardinal Newman alumnus, who was the Post’s 2015 Small Schools Basketball Player of the Year before he starred at Wake Forest, played his first regular-season game in Miami after the Atlanta Hawks drafted him with the 19th overall pick in the summer’s NBA Draft. “It always feels good to be back in the state of Florida,&rdquo...
Homecoming queen kicks game-winning field goal

Homecoming queen kicks game-winning field goal

It was a great week for a Texas high school student. She was named homecoming queen last week, and on Friday she kicked five extra points and the game-winning field goal for her football team. Claire Jeffress was the clutch kicker for Dawson High School on Friday, converting a 30-yard field goal with 1:08 to play to snap a tie and give the Eagles a 38-35 victory against Pearland. “Homecoming...

Football: Top-ranked Oxbridge Academy records shutout

Luis Gonzalez had a 2-yard touchdown run and Gio Richardson threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to De’John King to lead top-ranked Oxbridge Academy to an 18-0 win over Fort Myers on Friday night in Fort Myers. A 4-yard fumble return by Jamian Lovett for a touchdown capped the scoring for the Thunderwolves (5-1) in the victory over the Green Wave (4-1). No. 3 Atlantic 50, Lake Worth 6: Shelley Singletary...
Glades Central 21, American Heritage 7: Raiders end skid vs. Stallions

Glades Central 21, American Heritage 7: Raiders end skid vs. Stallions

Glades Central wants you to know something: The Raiders are back. They took one step toward getting back to the state-title level No. 7 Glades Central is known for, beating No. 10 American Heritage 21-7 on the road Friday night. “Let everybody know that we’re back,” senior defensive back Jamarian “Trey” Green said of the 5-2 Raiders. Green played a large part in proving...
King’s Academy 41, Key West 21: Wake’s five TD passes lead Lions

King’s Academy 41, Key West 21: Wake’s five TD passes lead Lions

King’s Academy put its 19-game winning streak on the line Friday night against unbeaten Key West, and Justin Wake made sure it got to 20. The junior quarterback threw five touchdown passes — including three to Cory Croteau — and the Lions’ defense held the Conchs’ scoreless in the second half in a 41-21 victory at Kahlert Stadium. The loss was the first for Key West (5-1)...

Wellington 20, Palm Beach Gardens 17: Wolverines upset No. 9 Gators

Ahead for most of the game, ninth-ranked Palm Beach Gardens struggled to put Wellington away on Friday night. The Wolverines ultimately made the Gators pay, scoring twice in the second half, including the winning touchdown with just four seconds remaining, to pull off the 20-17 upset. Quarterback Austin Wallace led the Wolverines (4-4), completing 19 passes for 227 yards. But no pass was bigger than...

Benjamin 48, St. Andrew’s 3: Buccaneers hand Scots first loss

Jordan Travis and the Benjamin Buccaneers couldn’t have written a better homecoming script. In a game with major playoff implications in Region 4-Class 3A, Benjamin routed St. Andrew’s 48-3, handing the Scots their first loss of the season. The result means the Buccaneers (6-1) likely will move ahead of the Scots (6-1) and American Heritage — which lost to Glades Central —...

Forest Hill 34, Olympic Heights 28: Falcons hold on for district win

Like a scene out of a teen movie, Olympic Heights was launching a comeback at the homecoming football game. Then Forest Hill yelled, “Cut!” The Lions, who had rallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit and were only 4 yards away from potentially taking the lead in the game’s final minute, watched their final pass of the game fall to the ground, sealing their fate in a 34-28 loss to the...
Girls volleyball: No. 1 Gardens sweeps Jupiter for district title

Girls volleyball: No. 1 Gardens sweeps Jupiter for district title

Palm Beach Gardens’ dominant season on the volleyball court continued Thursday night. The top-ranked and top-seeded Gators improved to 22-1 with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-11 sweep of fifth-ranked and second-seeded Jupiter in the District 9-9A championship. Maddie Anderson had 11 kills and six digs, and Ashley Klein added 11 service points and 22 digs to lead Palm Beach Gardens, which will host the...

Cross-country: Isaias De La Puente repeats as county champ

From start to finish, Isaias De la Puente of Forest Hill wasn’t about to relinquish his title at the Palm Beach County cross-country championships. The junior fell short of besting his time from last year, but was happy to defend his title at South County Regional Park on Thursday, finishing in 16:28.15. While De La Puente became a two-time winner, Spanish River sophomore Rylee Pustilnik captured...

Girls volleyball: No. 5 Jupiter advances to district final

Julia Lane had 14 kills, leading fifth-ranked and second-seeded Jupiter to a 25-22, 25-19, 25-21 sweep of third-seeded Wellington in a District 9-9A semifinal Wednesday night in Jupiter. Sarah Rick added 18 digs, for the Warriors, who advance to tonight’s district final. District 10-9A Spanish River d. Boca Raton 18-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21: Meghan Yaffa had 15 digs, 12 service points, and nine...
Girls volleyball: Senior leadership keys undefeated King’s Academy

Girls volleyball: Senior leadership keys undefeated King’s Academy

The wins keep piling up this season for the King’s Academy girls volleyball team. The second-ranked Lions hit the 10-win mark in late September, got to 20 wins Oct. 6, and claimed their 22nd victory — against no losses — Oct. 7 with a sweep of Palm Beach Central. Fifth-year coach Ashlei Furtado expected her senior-heavy team to be strong this season, and even considered a perfect...
HS picks: Forest Hill faces Olympic Heights in key district matchup

HS picks: Forest Hill faces Olympic Heights in key district matchup

District competition continues in Week 9, with Olympic Heights hosting Forest Hill tonight in a key District 13-7A contest. Both the Lions and Falcons lost last week, dropping them into a four-way tie with Dwyer and Palm Beach Lakes for first place in the district. Other big non-district games on this week’s schedule include No. 5 Seminole Ridge at No. 2 Pahokee; unbeaten Key West at unbeaten...

Girls volleyball: No. 8 Oxbridge Academy advances to district final

Abby Nieporte had 13 kills, seven digs and two aces, leading eighth-ranked and second-seeded Oxbridge Academy to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-19 sweep of third-seeded Cardinal Newman in a District 11-5A semifinal Tuesday night in West Palm Beach. Morgan Weber contributed seven digs and two aces for the Thunderwolves (11-7), who will face top-seeded King’s Academy in the district final at 7 p.m. Thursday...

HS VOLLEYBALL: Dwyer, Boynton Beach, Jupiter Christian advance

District 13-8A Quarterfinals No. 2 Dwyer d. No. 7 Palm Beach Lakes 25-4, 26-24, 25-9: Angelina Botolino had nine kills, eight aces, two digs and one block, and Caitlin Gualtieri added five kills, three digs and three aces as the Panthers swept the Rams in Palm Beach Gardens. Dwyer will face the winner of the Olympic Heights-Royal Palm Beach matchup today at 7 p.m. in the semifinals. No. 4 Boynton...

HS FOOTBALL: Boynton Beach falls to Southwest Ranches

Southwest Ranches-Archbishop McCarthy 21, Boynton Beach 10: The Tigers (1-6) were unable to fend off a late come back from the Mavericks (4-4) in a loss at Southwest Ranches on Monday night.

Volleyball district playoffs start today

The 2017 girls high school volleyball postseason is set to begin. Here’s a breakdown of this week’s district tournament schedule, and the favorites for each tournament in the area. District 9-9A Favorite: Palm Beach Gardens Prediction: Palm Beach Gardens over Jupiter in the final All matches at Jupiter Tuesday (4) Palm Beach Central vs. (5) Seminole Ridge, 5 p.m.; (3) Wellington vs. (6)...

Football: St. Andrew’s improves to 6-0

Wyatt Ruth passed for 225 yards and three touchdowns, helping St. Andrew’s remain undefeated with a 35-6 rout of Miami-Ransom Everglades on Friday night in Miami. Michael Carbone added a touchdown catch and an interception return for a score and Hunter Watts had five catches for 79 yards for the Scots. West Boca Raton 28, Royal Palm Beach 0: Deiontavius Glinton ran for two touchdowns and Max...

Glades Central 26, Boynton Beach 0: Richards leads No. 7 Raiders

With time to spare or while facing defensive pressure, it didn’t seem to matter: Glades Central quarterback Davious Richards made big plays, leading the Raiders to a 26-0 rout of Boynton Beach on Friday night. Richards got the seventh-ranked Raiders (4-2) on the board early with a touchdown pass to Jymetre Hester on third-and-long in the first quarter. Hester ran past Boynton (1-5) defenders...

American Heritage 42, Bishop Verot 0: Stallions cruise to victory

American Heritage scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and cruised to a 42-0 victory against injury-plagued Fort Myers-Bishop Verot on Friday night. Dalis Smalls scored on runs of 5 and 30 yards, and Ryan Rizk threw touchdown passes to John Dunmore and Micangelo Joseph. Therdens Conserve scored the Stallions’ second touchdown on a 19-yard run, and Micanelo Joseph scored on a 54-yard...
FP Westwood 42, Suncoast 0: Chargers retire Devin Hester’s number

FP Westwood 42, Suncoast 0: Chargers retire Devin Hester’s number

A night that started with a massive celebration ended in stunned disappointment for a Suncoast team that entered Friday night’s district showdown against Fort Pierce Westwood on a three-game winning streak. Prior to kickoff, the Chargers retired the jersey of Devin Hester, who graduated from Suncoast in 2002. Hester, who went on to star at the University of Miami and in the NFL, is considered...

PB Central 8, Seminole Ridge 3: No. 5 Broncos stop No. 4 Hawks

Palm Beach Central went to Loxahatchee, beat Seminole Ridge and took control of the top spot in District 9-8A, but all of that nearly slipped through the Broncos’ fingers. With Central leading by five points in the game’s final minutes, the Hawks started moving the ball. First, quarterback Kaimyn Castilla hit Justin Allie for a 45-yard pass. Then, touted sophomore running back Corey Polk...
Dwyer 42, Forest Hill 22: Panthers continue domination of Falcons

Dwyer 42, Forest Hill 22: Panthers continue domination of Falcons

The Forest Hill football team will have to wait at least another year to earn its first win over Dwyer. Bobby Armes rushed for 96 yards and a pair of scores, and Cedrick Tucker added a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 42-22 victory against the host Falcons in a key District 13-7A matchup. Eighth-ranked Dwyer improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the district with the win, while No...

PB Lakes 20, Olympic Heights 7: Young leads Rams over Lions

Entering Friday night’s showdown with District 13-7A front-runner Olympic Heights, Palm Beach Lakes quarterback Teja Young knew the Rams’ offense had to pull out every available option. After rushing for two touchdowns in a 20-7 upset victory, one of which saw the senior scramble for 53 yards to clinch the win, Young and his teammates found it impossible to hold back their smiles. &ldquo...

Benjamin’s Beqaj second in Honda Classic high school event

Stewart Slayden shot a three-under 69 Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Community School of Naples’ Harrison Ornstein and catapult Ponte Vedra High to the opening-round lead in the Honda Classic High School Invitational at PGA National Resort & Spa. Jillian Bourdage of Plantation-American Heritage also shot a three-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Benjamin’s Sarah Beqaj in the...

Roundup: Benjamin stops Jupiter in girls volleyball

Katy Blain had 12 kills and five blocks, helping Benjamin rally to a 24-26, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20 victory over Jupiter in a showdown of ranked teams Thursday night in Palm Beach Gardens. Lauren Lindahl added 19 digs and six aces for the fifth-ranked Buccaneers (13-3). Nicole Deka had 12 kills for the fourth-ranked Warriors. No. 1 Palm Beach Gardens d. Stuart-South Fork 25-18, 25-8, 25-10: Brielle Jones...
Travis Homer ready for 1st start for Miami Hurricanes mom, coaches say

Travis Homer ready for 1st start for Miami Hurricanes mom, coaches say

Karri Valot is sick and doesn’t have much of a voice, but it would take more than a sore throat and some coughing to keep her away from Miami Gardens on Saturday. Valot’s son, Travis Homer, a former star for Oxbridge Academy, will take his first snaps as the Miami Hurricanes’ starting running back against Georgia Tech on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium. “Oh, I will...
Forest Hill’s perfect season faces huge test in nemesis Dwyer

Forest Hill’s perfect season faces huge test in nemesis Dwyer

It hasn’t happened often in recent years, but there’s a big football game at Forest Hill on Friday night. The unbeaten Falcons take on perennial power Dwyer — a team they have never beaten — in a key District 13-7A matchup that could have postseason implications. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Post predictions for this week’s high school football games Forest Hill (5-0), coming...

Girls volleyball: No. 5 Benjamin sweeps No. 6 Jupiter Christian

Ellie Blain had 13 kills and six aces, leading Benjamin to a 25-18, 25-18, 25-19 sweep of Jupiter Christian in a matchup of ranked teams Wednesday night in Palm Beach Gardens. Sierra Barron contributed 31 assists and six digs for the fifth-ranked Buccaneers (12-3). The sixth-ranked Defenders fell to 13-4. No. 3 West Boca Raton d. Boca Raton 25-19, 25-22, 25-17: Paige Barash had nine kills and nine...
Several important district showdowns on tap this week

Several important district showdowns on tap this week

Week eight is an important one for area teams that hope to challenge for district championships. This week’s games include a key district battle between No. 8 Dwyer and No. 10 Forest Hill; No. 5 Palm Beach Central and No. 4 Seminole Ridge; and Palm Beach Lakes and Olympic Heights. The Broncos and Hawks are unbeaten in District 9-8A play, and the winner will have the edge in the race for the...
No. 4 Jupiter rallies past No. 7 Park Vista

No. 4 Jupiter rallies past No. 7 Park Vista

Last year, the Park Vista girls volleyball team traveled to Jupiter and spoiled the Warriors’ senior night. On Tuesday, the fourth-ranked Warriors returned the favor, rallying to beat the seventh-ranked Cobras 15-25, 26-24, 25-13, 25-21 “It was a great match,” Jupiter coach Blane Betz said. “I always love playing (Park Vista coach Erica Green) because she’s awesome, she&rsquo...

HS VOLLEYBALL: West Boca, Jupiter Christian, Palm Beach Central win

No. 3 West Boca Raton d. No. 10 Wellington 25-12, 25-13, 26-24: Paige Barash had 11 kills, eight digs and nine service points and Mallory Barash added 21 assists, four kills and four digs as the Bulls (15-3) handled the Wolverines in a battle of top 10 teams in Wellington. No. 6 Jupiter Christian d. Hobe Sound-The Pine School 25-11, 25-7, 25-7: Rachel Bryan had 12 kills and four aces and Jolie Neeley...

Girls volleyball: No. 9 Oxbridge wins twice at Palm Beach Classic

Ava Shmuelli had 24 assists, three kills, and two aces leading ninth-ranked Oxbridge Academy to a 25-20, 25-21 sweep of eighth-ranked Suncoast on Friday night at the Palm Beach Classic in Boynton Beach. No. 9 Oxbridge Academy d. Miami-Sunset 25-9, 25-21: Kaylon Smith had five kills and two blocks, helping the ThunderWolves to their second Palm Beach Classic victory. No. 1 Palm Beach Gardens d. Palm...

Football: No. 1 Oxbridge Academy rolls to win

Gio Richardson threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers, leading top-ranked Oxbridge Academy to a 38-0 rout of Port St. Lucie-Centennial on Friday night in Port St. Lucie. Richardson threw for 152 yards and also rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries for the ThunderWolves (4-1). James Meeks rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. Centennial fell to 3-2 on the season. Vero Beach...
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