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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...
Pahokee 35, Palm Beach Gardens 28: No. 2 Blue Devils hold off Gators

Pahokee 35, Palm Beach Gardens 28: No. 2 Blue Devils hold off Gators

Jateri Washington scored on a 3-yard run with 1:47 remaining, his fourth touchdown of the game, to give Pahokee a wild 35-28 victory over Palm Beach Gardens in a non-district game Friday night at Anquan Boldin Stadium. In a game that featured three ties and three lead changes — and only one punt — the teams appeared headed for overtime when Pahokee faced a fourth-and-23 play from the Gators&rsquo...
Dwyer 42, Wellington 0: No. 10 Panthers shut down Wolverines

Dwyer 42, Wellington 0: No. 10 Panthers shut down Wolverines

Wellington had bus trouble prior to Friday’s football game at Dwyer, and then couldn’t get its offense out of neutral. The 10th-ranked Panthers held the Wolverines scoreless, while Trevor Omans’ three touchdowns paced Dwyer on offense in a 42-0 victory at Blum Stadium. The Panthers improved to 4-2 with the win, and will face unbeaten Forest Hill in a key District 13-7A matchup next...

Park Vista 29, Boca Raton 7: John Smith leads No. 7 Cobras

A muddy field set the tone Friday night for Boca Raton and Park Vista. Working around slippery conditions, the seventh-ranked Cobras leaned on a multi-dimensional effort from John Smith to pace them to a 29-7 home win over the Bobcats. Smith had a hand in almost all of Park Vista’s scores. The Holy Cross commit finished the night with two touchdown passes, a touchdown reception and a 65-yard...

University 35, American Heritage 14: Missed chances cost Stallions

Missed opportunities likely cost American Heritage its shot at a victory against state-ranked Fort Lauderdale-University on Friday night. The Stallions (3-3) kept the game close for much of the night but failed to score on three promising drives as they fell to the Sharks (4-0) 35-14 in Delray Beach. “That’s football 101,” Stallions coach Keith Hindsley said. “You turn the...
Forest Hill 21, Jupiter 7: Falcons improve to 5-0 on season

Forest Hill 21, Jupiter 7: Falcons improve to 5-0 on season

For most of the past two decades, the Forest Hill football program’s record book has been saturated with losing seasons. Sprinkled among the most ignominious of those were 43-game and 37-game losing streaks, both among the longest in state history. Oh, how things have changed. With the Falcons’ 21-7 victory Friday night against visiting Jupiter at Bobby Riggs Stadium, Forest Hill has reached...
Female football trailblazer helped pave way for Boca’s Pratt

Female football trailblazer helped pave way for Boca’s Pratt

Beth Locklair-Hodges wishes she had fought more as a teenager. Locklair-Hodges graduated from Royal Palm Beach in 2003 as the only woman to play football in Wildcats history, but wishes she had done more after playing all over the field on junior varsity. “I was also a soccer player, so that’s why I was a kicker, as well,” she said. “That’s why I ended up settling at...

Girls volleyball: No. 4 Jupiter improves to 8-2 with sweep

Shannon Coglinese had 10 service points, leading fourth-ranked Jupiter to a 25-12, 25-6, 25-8 sweep of John I. Leonard on Thursday in Greenacres. Lindsey Walker added 29 assists for the Warriors (8-2). No. 3 King’s Academy d. Dreyfoos 25-9, 25-3, 25-15: Kelsey Richardson had four kills, eight service points, and Isabel Albert added four kills and three blocks as the Lions (18-0) swept the Jaguars...
Small schools enjoy bounce-back seasons

Small schools enjoy bounce-back seasons

Three years ago, the Cardinal Newman football team finished a lackluster 4-6. Two years ago, Jupiter Christian closed at 2-8. Last season, St. Andrew’s limped to a 1-7 finish. For the three small Palm Beach County schools, injuries played a role in those disappointing performances. But lack of depth, consistency and experience also were contributing factors. “Last season, we implemented...
Boca Raton-Park Vista, Gardens-Pahokee top high school football games

Boca Raton-Park Vista, Gardens-Pahokee top high school football games

Week 7 showcases a handful of district matchups, including an important contest between Boca Raton and No. 7 Park Vista. The Bobcats and Cobras are coming off district wins Monday and hope to keep the momentum going. Despite 30 straight losses, Jupter hopeful Hannah Pratt makes history as LB for Boca Raton Park Vista’s Atorian Perry goes viral with freakish play Other big games involving Post...

Girls volleyball: No. 1 Palm Beach Gardens improves to 12-1

Ashley Klein had 24 service points, leading top-ranked Palm Beach Gardens to a 25-6, 25-6, 25-4 rout of John I. Leonard on Wednesday in Palm Beach Gardens. Jada Bivins added 11 service points and 12 assists and Julia Cartales contributed 10 service points for the Gators (12-1). No. 7 Park Vista d. Wellington 25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 29-27: Nina Sharpton had 28 assists, 14 service points and 11 digs and...
Despite 30 straight losses, Jupiter football team remains hopeful

Despite 30 straight losses, Jupiter football team remains hopeful

The shirts several Jupiter coaches wear say “Expect Victory 2017,” but most people not on the Warriors’ turf field have come to expect anything else. Jupiter (0-4) has lost 30 consecutive regular-season games, dating back to 2014 — the longest losing streak in Palm Beach County since Forest Hill lost 37 straight from 2005 to 2009. Victory, to most observers, is less of an expectation...

Girls volleyball: King’s Academy improves to 17-0

Annie Smith and Kayla Barnowski each had eight kills, leading , third-ranked and undefeated King’s Academy to a 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 sweep of No. 10 Boca Raton Christian on Tuesday in West Palm Beach. Madeline Furtado added 18 kills, two blocks and five aces for the Lions (17-0). No. 5 Benjamin d. Pompano Beach-Highlands Christian 25-22, 25-20, 25-22: Katy Blain had 12 kills and three blocks...

HS FOOTBALL: Forest Hill remains unbeaten, Suncoast romps

Forest Hill 31, Royal Palm Beach 7: Darius McLendon ran for a touchdown and threw another to Deshon Sirmans, and Ryan Edwards scored two rushing touchdowns, as the Falcons (4-0, 2-0) remained undefeated in topping the winless Wildcats (0-5, 0-2) in a District 13-7A game in West Palm Beach. Suncoast 50, Pompano Beach 14: Julian Rincon had two rushing touchdowns, Ryan Lantz tossed three touchdown passes...

HS VOLLEYBALL: West Boca, King’s Academy, Benjamin, Park Vista get wins

West Boca Raton d. Palm Beach Lakes 25-5, 25-2, 25-6: Rebecca Polsky had 11 assists, two aces, three kills and a block, and Laura Hopman added three aces and six kills as the Bulls (9-1) easily handled the Rams in Boca Raton. King’s Academy d. St. Andrew’s 25-16, 25-20, 25-14: Olivia Othmer had eight kills and six digs, and Kayla Barnowski added five kills and two blocks, as the Lions...
HS FOOTBALL: Seminole Ridge gets district boost with win over Gardens

HS FOOTBALL: Seminole Ridge gets district boost with win over Gardens

Seminole Ridge’s district title hopes got a big boost Monday night with a dramatic 21-18 overtime victory over rival Palm Beach Gardens at Mullinax Ford Stadium. Kaimyn Castilla hit Justin Allie for a 25-yard touchdown pass for the game-winning score. The play came on third down for the Hawks, who were pushed back after being called for intentional grounding earlier in the series. Palm Beach...
Female linebacker makes history for Boca Raton in victory

Female linebacker makes history for Boca Raton in victory

In the last minute of Boca Raton’s 14-6 win over Spanish River Monday night, coach Eric Davis sent his newest player into the game. Her name is Hannah Pratt. He put the senior in to play linebacker and try to hold the Sharks and secure the win. Spanish River completed a pass to Sam Burton over the middle, and he turned up field — right toward Pratt. “That’s a big boy,&rdquo...
HS FOOTBALL: Atkins leads Palm Beach Central over Wellington, 34-20

HS FOOTBALL: Atkins leads Palm Beach Central over Wellington, 34-20

Senior quarterback Nick Atkins passed for 250 yards and accounted for three touchdowns to lead Palm Beach Central to a 34-20 win Monday night against cross-town district rival Wellington. It’s the second consecutive loss in District 9-8A play for Wellington (2-3, 0-2). It was Central’s first district game after games had to be moved because of Hurricane Irma. Central (3-2, 1-0) now has...

HS FOOTBALL: Dwyer grounds down Palm Beach Lakes, 7-0

Dwyer’s defense kept Palm Beach Lakes at bay in a low-scoring stalemate Monday, leading the Panthers to a 7-0 win on the road. The District 13-7A matchup originally was scheduled for Sept. 15, but it was postponed by Hurricane Irma. Using a shotgun, power I-formation with three backs early on, the Panthers (3-2, 1-1) accounted for all the scoring in the first quarter. Running backs Cedrick Tucker...
Quick turnaround as county football teams make up games

Quick turnaround as county football teams make up games

It’ll be a short week for many Palm Beach County teams, who completed their Week 6 games Thursday and are back on the field Monday. Hurricane Irma postponed the entire Week 4 schedule Sept. 15, and many of those games will be made up Monday. Week 7 resumes Friday. No. 4 Dwyer (2-2) at Palm Beach Lakes (2-2), 6 p.m.: The Panthers suffered a major district upset at the hands of Olympic Heights...
WATCH: High school football team stands with police, veterans during national anthem

WATCH: High school football team stands with police, veterans during national anthem

When the football team for Mascoutah High School in Illinois marched onto the field Friday night for their homecoming game with Triad High School, they had company: The team walked hand-in-hand with law enforcement officers, firefighters and veterans. Athletic Director Scott Battas came up with the idea but let the team’s captains make the final choice, the Belleville News-Democrat...
High school football player ejected after body-slamming opponent

High school football player ejected after body-slamming opponent

A high school football player was ejected Friday night after he body-slammed a player from the opposing team to the ground. A video clip that captured the wrestling move was posted on Twitter. The game was between Gibbs High School and Sevier County. After a play, a player from Sevier County picked up a Gibbs player and body-slammed him to the ground. The player who ended up on the ground was not...

Football: Jupiter Christian suffers first loss; Newman, Heritage win

Jupiter Christian held its own against the biggest school it will face all season, but failed to capitalize on opportunities in the red zone Friday night, and lost to South Fort Myers 21-6 at Jupiter High School. The Eagles (4-1), an FHSAA independent who play in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, agreed to play host to the Wolfpack (2-2), a District 12-7A team that had to scramble to find makeup...

Volleyball: No 1. Palm Beach Gardens sweeps West Boca Raton

Hannah Heide had 17 assists and six kills, leading top-ranked Palm Beach Gardens to a 25-17, 25-15, 25-20 sweep of second-ranked West Boca Raton on Friday night in Palm Beach Gardens. Ashley Klein added 21 digs and seven service points for the Gators. Oxbridge Academy d. No. 8 Lake Worth Christian 25-21, 25-19, 25-23: Abby Nieporte had 14 kills and five aces and Ava Shmuelli contributed 28 assists...
Pahokee 28, Boynton Beach 0: No. 2 Blue Devils race to victory

Pahokee 28, Boynton Beach 0: No. 2 Blue Devils race to victory

Pahokee’s junior running back Jatarie Washington bounced off defenders, cut upfield and broke tackles on the Blue Devils’ first big offensive play Friday night. He gashed the Boynton Beach defense for 71 yards. Then he came off the field, limping. Pahokee coach Orson Walkes turned to his other junior running back, LaVonski Williams, and didn’t have to say a word. “I didn&rsquo...

Football: Lantz leads Suncoast to road victory

Ryan Lantz threw a touchdown pass and ran for three more scores, leading Suncoast to a 28-21 victory over Port St. Lucie on Thursday night in Port St. Lucie. With the win, the Chargers improved to 2-2 on the season. Port St. Lucie fell to 2-3. Benjamin 33, Fort Lauderdale-Pine Crest 7: Travis Jordan scored five touchdowns, leading the Buccaneers (3-1) to the win over the Panthers (2-2) in Palm Beach...

Volleyball: No. 1 Palm Beach Gardens sweeps No. 3 Jupiter

The top-ranked Palm Beach Gardens volleyball team improved to 10-1 with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-17 sweep of third-ranked Jupiter on Thursday night in Jupiter. Julia Lane and Sarah Rick each had 17 kills for Jupiter (7-2). No. 2 West Boca Raton d. Park Vista 25-16, 25-17, 25-23: Laura Hopman had nine blocks and four kills and Becca Polsky added five kills and six blocks as the Bulls (8-0) handled the Cobras...

Olympic Heights 25, Dwyer 22: Lions shock No. 4 Panthers

Senior quarterback James Micioni passed for three touchdowns and ran for another score to lead Olympic Heights to a stunning 25-22 upset of fourth-ranked Dwyer on Thursday night at Blum Stadium’s Rick Hubbard Field. It’s the first time that Olympic Heights has defeated Dwyer, and unquestionably ranks among the biggest wins in the program’s history. Micioni was pressured most of the...
Oxbridge Academy 31, Glades Central 0: No. 1 ThunderWolves roll

Oxbridge Academy 31, Glades Central 0: No. 1 ThunderWolves roll

Ground and pound was the story of the night for Oxbridge Academy. Top-ranked Oxbridge, which is the No. 1 team in Class 3A in this week’s Associated Press poll, rushed for 253 yards and four touchdowns in a 31-0 rout of seventh-ranked Glades Central on Thursday night in West Palm Beach. “It’s great, because (Glades Central) had to guard three running backs,” quarterback...
No. 8 Seminole Ridge shuts down No. 6 Wellington

No. 8 Seminole Ridge shuts down No. 6 Wellington

Seminole Ridge passed its first district test Thursday night, overwhelming injury-plagued Wellington 19-0 at Callery Judge Stadium. Kaimyn Castilla threw for 189 yards and a touchdown, and the Hawks’ defense was dominant for eighth-ranked Seminole Ridge, which improved to 4-0 with the win. The sixth-ranked Wolverines dropped to 2-2. “It doesn’t matter what those first three games...
PB Central 26, Boca Raton 14: Robinson leads Broncos

PB Central 26, Boca Raton 14: Robinson leads Broncos

Palm Beach Central sophomore receiver Bryan Robinson had two touchdown catches Thursday night to help the Broncos to a 26-14 victory over Boca Raton. But for Robinson, his only satisfaction in the personal achievements came from helping his quarterback, senior Nick Atkins. “We had to do it for him,” Robinson said. “(The win) was good for the team.” After the Bobcats (2-2) went...
California beach volleyball pays off for FSU-bound Gardens sisters

California beach volleyball pays off for FSU-bound Gardens sisters

The traffic might be terrible in southern California, but the beach volleyball is as good as it gets. Palm Beach Gardens sisters Cassie and Maddie Anderson spent six months in Huntington, Calif., last year, training with professional coaches and playing tournaments throughout the state. The longtime volleyball standouts, who helped lead Lake Worth Christian to the Class 2A state title in 2015 and...

Girls volleyball: No. 9 Suncoast earns sweep

Anna Andel had 13 assists, leading the ninth-ranked Suncoast girls volleyball team to a 25-5, 25-10, 25-13 sweep of Fort Pierce Westwood on Wednesday in Riviera Beach. Madison Sappia added 17 service points and eight digs for the Chargers (7-4). No. 8 Lake Worth Christian d. Pine School 25-16, 25-21, 25-20: Cassie Gregory’s nine service points and four aces helped the Defenders (6-2) sweep the...
District won’t punish any high school player who stages anthem protest

District won’t punish any high school player who stages anthem protest

With protests during the national anthem once again prevalent throughout the NFL, the Palm Beach County School District has not changed its policy regarding local players kneeling during the anthem, school district spokeswoman Kathy Burstein said this week. “If students kneel during the playing of the national anthem, there should be no consequences or interventions for this action,” Burstein...
Glades Central at Oxbridge Academy highlights Week 6

Glades Central at Oxbridge Academy highlights Week 6

Football returned last week after a two-week layoff, and continues with a busy schedule of games spread out over three days. Week 6 opened Wednesday with Royal Palm Beach hosting Palm Beach Lakes in a District 13-7A matchup, and continues with 12 games Thursday and eight Friday. Key matchups include No. 1 Oxbridge hosting No. 7 Glades Central, and No. 6 Wellington traveling to No. 8 Seminole Ridge...

Girls volleyball: No. 4 King’s Academy outlasts Oxbridge Academy

Madeline Furtado had 33 kills and 12 digs, helping fourth-ranked and undefeated King’s Academy outlast Oxbridge Academy 25-11, 25-8, 21-25, 22-25, 15-8 on Tuesday night in West Palm Beach. Annie Smith added eight kills and six blocks and Hannah Prince contributed 47 assists, six digs and four aces for the Lions (10-0). The Thunderwolves fell to 3-3 on the season. No. 3 Jupiter d. No. 9 Suncoast...

HS VOLLEYBALL: Palm Beach Central, Spanish River, Park Vista post wins

Palm Beach Central d. Boynton Beach 23-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20: Coleen Peggs had 15 kills and Chantel McMillan added 10 more as the Broncos (5-2) rallied to top the Tigers in Boynton Beach. Spanish River d. Olympic Heights 25-10, 25-10, 25-7: Allie Lopez had three kills and five blocks, and Julia Schner had 10 kills as the Sharks (4-3) held down the Lions in Boca Raton. Park Vista d. Forest Hill 25-4...
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...
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