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Meet the Post’s new high school sports and recruiting reporter, Ryan DiPentima

Meet the Post’s new high school sports and recruiting reporter, Ryan DiPentima

Hello,  My name is Ryan DiPentima, and I am the Palm Beach Post’s newest high school sports and recruiting reporter. I’ve been at the Post for about two and half years and have served in several roles over that time. I began as a news aggregator before moving to the same role in the sports department. Most recently I was a community reporter, covering Southern Palm Beach County. Along...
Boca Raton High names new swim coach amid investigation of former coach

Boca Raton High names new swim coach amid investigation of former coach

Boca Raton High School has hired a new swim coach following the dismissal of the school’s previous coach amid a Palm Beach County School Police investigation. The school announced on Monday that Allan Williams will replace Eric Hill, a 41-year-old math teacher who was removed from his coaching and teaching positions at the school in May due to an unspecified investigation. Hill coached the swim...
Ex-NFLer Elam’s 7-on-7 event provides opportunity for local players

Ex-NFLer Elam’s 7-on-7 event provides opportunity for local players

Years removed from his football career, former Cardinal Newman High and NFL standout Abram Elam is still fulfilling a lifelong dream. “I told myself whenever God gave me the opportunity to give back, that’s what I would do,” Elam said Friday at the second annual T.E.A.M. Elam 7-on-7 Championship. “I just hope these kids take notice of it, make the most out of each opportunity...
Trio of local HS football stars invited to prestigious Nike camp

Trio of local HS football stars invited to prestigious Nike camp

Before they face off against each other on local high school fields this fall — and potentially in front of tens of thousands at college stadiums in the future — three of Palm Beach County’s top football players will get a taste of the national stage. Palm Beach Central defensive back Akeem Dent, Benjamin DB Kaiir Elam and wide receiver Mark-Antony Richards of Wellington are all...
Brother of NFL player Janoris Jenkins charged in death in New Jersey

Brother of NFL player Janoris Jenkins charged in death in New Jersey

The older brother of Janoris Jenkins, the former Pahokee High football standout and current New York Giants player, was charged Wednesday in the death of a 25-year-old music producer whose body was found in Jenkins’ New Jersey home. William H. Jenkins Jr., 34, faces a charge aggravated manslaughter in the death of Roosevelt Rene, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday...
State champion Jupiter baseball team honored at Marlins game

State champion Jupiter baseball team honored at Marlins game

The Jupiter baseball team got a taste of their dreams as a reward for their state title. The Miami Marlins brought the Class 9A state champions onto the field before Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks so they could watch the visitors take batting practice, then honored them on the field after the second inning. “It’s a cool experience, just to see, hopefully, where I&rsquo...
Body found at New Jersey home of former Pahokee football star Janoris Jenkins

Body found at New Jersey home of former Pahokee football star Janoris Jenkins

Authorities are conducting a death investigation at the New Jersey home of New York Giants and former Pahokee High football standout Janoris Jenkins, according to multiple published reports.  A man’s body was found Tuesday morning at Jenkins’ home in Fair Lawn, N.J., TMZ Sports reported.  Jenkins has been in Florida and was not at the home when the body was discovered, TMZ...
Oxbridge football meeting leaves mixed messages on reviving program

Oxbridge football meeting leaves mixed messages on reviving program

After an emotional meeting between students, parents and school administrators Monday night, those who wanted the Oxbridge Academy football program revived left with a little bit of hope. The school administration quickly quashed that hope. The school announced Wednesday that it was shutting down its football program, but after Monday’s meeting, some players and their parents thought they...
Jared Petronis of Santaluces named All-Area baseball player of year

Jared Petronis of Santaluces named All-Area baseball player of year

What was the highlight of your season? Beating Park Vista in that first game — that was the biggest highlight to me. Just because we didn’t beat them. The whole three years I was there, we haven’t beat them. Finally, we overcame that. That just set the tone for the (district) championship game, when we played them again. When did you start playing baseball? When I was like...
Benjamin duo named All-Area small-school baseball co-players of year

Benjamin duo named All-Area small-school baseball co-players of year

The Buccaneers seniors were among the most productive players in Palm Beach County and helped lead Benjamin to the program’s first appearance in the state semifinals. Armstrong, a Florida Gators signee, pitched and played shortstop. He hit .411 with four home runs and a 1.211 OPS. A capable switch-pitcher on the mound, he went 5-2 with a 1.80 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 35 innings. Thomas, who...
Danni Farley of Wellington named All-Area large-schools softball player of year

Danni Farley of Wellington named All-Area large-schools softball player of year

She was dominant on the mound this season, finishing 14-1 with a 0.37 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 94 innings. Farley also batted .348 with four home runs. She has signed with the University of Florida. What was the highlight of your season? During the Jupiter tournament when we played Viera and were coming off of the loss from Sarasota. I think that was the best game we played during the season. We...
Oxbridge C Josie Foreman named small-schools softball player of year

Oxbridge C Josie Foreman named small-schools softball player of year

She helped lead the ThunderWolves to their second consecutive berth in the state tournament, batting .558 with 40 RBIs, four homers and 16 doubles. She also finished with a .993 fielding percentage. What was the highlight of your season? When we were playing Bishop Verot (in the regional finals), and in the bottom of the sixth they scored three to make the score 4-3. In the top of the sixth I was...
Atlantic’s Christian Brown named Post’s All-Area track athlete of year

Atlantic’s Christian Brown named Post’s All-Area track athlete of year

Had the second fastest time in the state in the 110-hurdles at 13.84 when he won the Class 4A state title. Ran season-best 37.29 in 300-hurdles, while finishing second at state. Finished first in the long jump at Region 3-4A meet. He’s the only male track athlete from Palm Beach County this season to win an event and finish second in another at state. What was the highlight of your season? ...
Rylee Pustilnik of Spanish River named All-Area track athlete of year

Rylee Pustilnik of Spanish River named All-Area track athlete of year

Was county, district and regional champion in the 1,600 meters, while recording her best time of the season (5:06.34) at the FSU Relays. Finished sixth at the Class 4A meet. She continued her long-distance strong-hold in the 3,200, finishing in the county and district meet. Was third at regional and finished fifth at state with her best time of the year (10:54.22). What was the highlight of your season? ...
BREAKING: Oxbridge Academy shutting down football program for 2018-19

BREAKING: Oxbridge Academy shutting down football program for 2018-19

The reigning Class 3A state runner-up will not play high school football in 2018. The Oxbridge Academy football program has been shut down for the upcoming season, according to the school. “This was not an easy decision for us,” Oxbridge athletic director Patrick Hollern said in a press release. “For the past six years, we have been fully committed to a football program, built on...
Caitlyn Wurzburger of American Heritage named lacrosse player of year

Caitlyn Wurzburger of American Heritage named lacrosse player of year

A three-time Palm Beach Post Player of the Year, she recorded 105 goals and 116 assists this season to lead the Stallions to their first-ever state championship. She is the only player in U.S. high school lacrosse history with three straight 100-goal, 100-assist seasons. What was the highlight of your season? Definitely raising the state championship trophy with my team after winning, because we all...
Jupiter’s Benno Janssen named Post’s All-Area lacrosse player of year

Jupiter’s Benno Janssen named Post’s All-Area lacrosse player of year

Janssen was a prolific scorer for the Warriors, racking up a team-best 54 goals and accumulating 20 assists, as well. Janssen had five goals in Jupiter’s state semifinal and final victories, helping the Warriors clinch their first-ever state championship. What was the highlight of your season? The highlight of my season was the great feeling of beating Benjamin in overtime with the game-winning...
American Heritage’s Steven Sun wins Post’s All-Area boys tennis award

American Heritage’s Steven Sun wins Post’s All-Area boys tennis award

The Harvard signee won the overall Class 2A No. 1 singles championship and then, with teammate Hunter Robbins, captured the overall Class 2A doubles title. Sun finished the season with a 15-1 singles record and a 15-0 record in doubles. What was the highlight of your season? Winning states singles and doubles (titles) for the first time. When did you start playing tennis? When I was three...
American Heritage’s Melissa Sakar named All-Area tennis player of year

American Heritage’s Melissa Sakar named All-Area tennis player of year

Sakar won both the Class 2A individual state title in No. 1 singles and the Class 2A overall singles title. It was Sakar’s third state championship. Sakar, who is headed to Columbia, teamed with Hayden Bethea to win the doubles state title. Sakar finished the season with a 16-0 singles record and a 13-2 record in doubles. What was the highlight of your season? Winning the individual state...
Boca Raton’s Ben Woody named Post’s All-Area volleyball player of year

Boca Raton’s Ben Woody named Post’s All-Area volleyball player of year

Ben Woody, Boca Raton, Sr., 6-3, MB Woody was powerful at the net in leading the Bobcats to the state tournament at Ransom Everglades. He helped Boca to a quarterfinal victory over Lake Mary in five sets, where he finished with 27 kills. Woody finished the season with 443 kills. What was the highlight of your season? The highlight of the season had to be coming back from down two sets to...
Wiskierra Lemene of Glades Central named flag football player of year

Wiskierra Lemene of Glades Central named flag football player of year

Lemene did it all for Glades Central this year. The senior completed 72 percent of her passes for 3,266 yards and 32 touchdowns. She also had 934 rushing yards and 13 scores on the ground, plus one more as a receiver. On defense, she had 45 flag-pulls, 12 interceptions and six return touchdowns. Lemene helped lead the Raiders to the state semifinals for the first time. What was the highlight of your...
Dillon Mountcastle of Park Vista named All-Area weightlifter of year

Dillon Mountcastle of Park Vista named All-Area weightlifter of year

He went undefeated this season in the 169-pound weight class, winning district and regional championships and placing fourth at the Class 2A state tournament. What was the highlight of your season? Being able to be a part of the Park Vista weightlifting team and coaching the new athletes on the team. When did you first become involved in weightlifting? I first started weightlifting in eighth grade...
2018 Palm Beach Post High School Sports All-Academic Team

2018 Palm Beach Post High School Sports All-Academic Team

American Heritage — Ryan Rizk. The starting quarterback for the Stallions’ football team last season, the senior also won the school’s Academic Athlete of the Year award, is a member of the National Honor Society, and carried a 4.34 grade-point average. He will play football at the University of Miami. — — — — — Atlantic — Lejla...
Vote: Pick the 2017-18 Palm Beach County High School Team of the Year

Vote: Pick the 2017-18 Palm Beach County High School Team of the Year

The 2017-18 high school sports season concluded this month, and there were plenty of noteworthy performances turned in by area teams. We want to know which team deserves recognition as the area’s best. We’ve compiled a list of the top 18 teams in 11 sports. Vote below for your favorite.
Florida, ex-American Heritage star Jonathan India drafted during game

Florida, ex-American Heritage star Jonathan India drafted during game

Jonathan India was on first base in a pivotal NCAA Regional game Monday night when fans started calling out to him. “Mid-pitch, fans were yelling, ‘Congrats, India!’” he said Tuesday. While India and his Florida Gators were playing Florida Atlantic, the Cincinnati Reds selected the infielder and former American Heritage star with the fifth overall pick in the MLB Draft. &ldquo...
Former American Heritage star Jonathan India picked fifth in MLB draft

Former American Heritage star Jonathan India picked fifth in MLB draft

The Cincinnati Reds selected former American Heritage star Jonathan India with the fifth pick in the MLB Draft on Monday night, but when his name was called, the former Stallion was still playing for the Florida Gators in a NCAA Regionals game that had been delayed because of rain. India is the second Palm Beach County player to be selected in the top 10 in two years. The Arizona Diamondbacks selected...
Former American Heritage teammates expected to go in MLB draft

Former American Heritage teammates expected to go in MLB draft

Once teammates on American Heritage’s infield, Tyler Frank and Jonathan India are on the precipice of achieving their major league dreams. And they happen to be in the same place yet again. India’s Florida Gators and Frank’s Florida Atlantic Owls are both playing in the Gainesville Regional in the first round of the NCAA tournament this weekend. Both former Stallions will likely...
Jupiter baseball claims first state title with win over Timber Creek

Jupiter baseball claims first state title with win over Timber Creek

Less than 12 hours removed from being down to the final six outs of his high school baseball career and coming through with two RBI hits in the same inning, Jupiter High senior Mitch Hartigan earned the win on the mound in his team’s first state championship game victory in school history. Hartigan admitted he did not have his best stuff but nevertheless threw five innings, struck out four and...
Jupiter to play for state baseball title

Jupiter to play for state baseball title

A sixth inning that won’t soon be forgotten pushed the Jupiter High baseball team to a come-from-behind victory in a Class 9A state semifinal game Saturday and vindicated junior outfielder Mikey Robinson. The Warriors batted around and scored eight runs — highlighted by Robinson’s go-ahead three-run triple — in the sixth to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 9-4 victory over Miami Columbus...
Area’s top baseball players display talent in Howser event

Area’s top baseball players display talent in Howser event

Saturday’s Dick Howser All Star Showcase at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium was the last time some of Palm Beach County’s top seniors took the field as high school baseball players, and they made the most of it despite a heavy rainstorm cutting the game short after only five full innings. “It’s weird to think (high school is over),” Dwyer’s Ruairi Murphy said, &ldquo...
Dad of late ex-Ohio high school football player sues helmet makers

Dad of late ex-Ohio high school football player sues helmet makers

The father of a former Ohio high school football player who died in 2016 after a seizure led to his drowning has sued the manufacturers of helmets worn by Cody Hamblin. Darren Hamblin alleges in a suit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) suffered by his son while he played at Miamisburg High School led to seizure and death. The suit names Riddell...
After up-and-down season, Jupiter seeks first state baseball title

After up-and-down season, Jupiter seeks first state baseball title

Maybe Jupiter’s surprising baseball season was obvious from the start. The Warriors escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam and won on a walk-off home run by Ricky Clark in an early-season game against rival Dwyer. A win like that could inspire a long winning streak, motivating a team to a great season. Instead, the Warriors struggled to stay above .500 in a tough district and were not The Post&rsquo...
Jupiter’s Hartigan bounces back after being hit in face by a pitch

Jupiter’s Hartigan bounces back after being hit in face by a pitch

In a spring-break baseball tournament in Miami last year, Jupiter junior Mitchell Hartigan stepped to the plate. The left-handed hitter was at a disadvantage, facing a hard-throwing left-hander. The pitcher lost control of a fastball and it hit Hartigan in the face, fracturing his orbital bone. “It was scary, but like, I got hit — it was only like a moment of pain, but it really swelled...

Michael Pratt leads Boca Raton to spring game rout

Whether it’s a spring game or a championship game, Boca Raton quarterback Michael Pratt wants his name to be known. One of Palm Beach County’s rising star quarterbacks, Pratt threw two touchdown passes in a 28-7 rout of the South Broward-Hollywood Bulldogs. “It says it right here,” Pratt said, pointing to his jersey, “ ‘Together we will.’ We’re a family...
2018 Spring Sports All-Conference Teams

2018 Spring Sports All-Conference Teams

First Team: Logan Etherton (JUP), Anthony Badala (CN), Tucker Weindorf (PBG), Dakota Gaillard (JUP), Danny Lynch (DWY), Estevan Richardson (PBG), Chase Romaine (CN), Ricky Clark (JUP), Mitch Hartigan (JUP), Kyle Evans (SUN), Nick Presto (PBG), Cade Bush (PBG), Ryan Lange (CN), Ryan Wimbush (DWY), Jake Garland (JUP), Gavin Scott (JUP). Second Team: Chris Satcher (PBG), Mike Dupont (CN), Brandon Leon...
Colby Dempsey the latest standout Dwyer defensive back

Colby Dempsey the latest standout Dwyer defensive back

A long line of defensive backs from Dwyer have starred in Palm Beach Gardens, from Matt Elam to Cedrick Dort to Cameron Jonas. Coach Jack Daniels was himself a defensive back for the Florida Gators. Rising junior Colby Dempsey could be the next star Panthers defensive back. The 2020 corner made an early interception for Dwyer early in its 21-7 spring game loss to Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons,...
Benjamin baseball season ends in late-night state semifinal loss

Benjamin baseball season ends in late-night state semifinal loss

The Benjamin School baseball team’s comeback effort fell short on Wednesday night and Thursday morning in its Class 4A state semifinal game. *Click here for more high school coverage *The High School Buzz blog The Buccaneers fell 3-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian in their first state semifinal appearance in school history at Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex. The game started...

Garland’s pitching helps Jupiter top Douglas to reach state semifinals

As the Jupiter Warriors packed their bags in Fort Myers last June, then-sophomore pitcher Jake Garland made coach Andy Mook a promise: Jupiter would be back in the finals soon. “It was a bold statement,” Garland said, “but I’m always going to follow through. If I promise someone something, I’m going to make sure that I’m gonna follow through with it.” With...
Atlantic High honors late football star Marc’Allan Derac

Atlantic High honors late football star Marc’Allan Derac

Through tears and wearing her son’s jersey, Marie Derac took the field at Atlantic High School Tuesday night. About three weeks after her son, Atlantic defensive back Marc’Allan Derac, died due to injuries he suffered in an April dirt-bike accident, his team honored him during its spring football game against Miami Northwestern on Tuesday. “He is so truly missed,” Atlantic...
Oxbridge falls to Miami-Westminster Christian for 2nd straight year

Oxbridge falls to Miami-Westminster Christian for 2nd straight year

For the second straight year, Miami-Westminster Christian got the best of Oxbridge Academy in the FHSAA state softball tournament. The Warriors scored all the runs they needed in the fifth, and held on for a 2-1 victory over the ThunderWolves in a Class 4A state semifinal Monday night at Historic Dodgertown. Hailey Donovan added a pair of hits for Miami-Westminster Christian, which defeated Oxbridge...
District: Boca Raton High swim coach Eric Hill under investigation

District: Boca Raton High swim coach Eric Hill under investigation

Boca Raton boys and girls swimming coach Eric Hill has been removed from his coaching and teaching positions at the school due to a Palm Beach County School Police investigation, a school district spokesperson confirmed Monday The spokesperson did not comment on the type of investigation, and Boca Raton athletic director Matt Ryder had no comment. Hill, a 41-year-old math teacher, has worked for the...
Cinderella Lake Worth Christian softball team falls in state semifinal

Cinderella Lake Worth Christian softball team falls in state semifinal

Lake Worth Christian’s Cinderella season ended in the state softball semifinals Monday afternoon at Historic Dodgertown. Alexis Kilfoyl pitched a four-inning no-hitter and Brooke Blankenship went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs to lead Land O’Lakes-Academy at the Lakes — the state’s No. 1-ranked team — to a 15-0 victory against the unranked Defenders in the second...
Oxbridge faces familiar foe in state softball semi delayed by weather

Oxbridge faces familiar foe in state softball semi delayed by weather

By the time Oxbridge Academy takes the field for its Class 4A state softball semifinal against Miami-Westminster Christian Monday night, nearly two weeks will have passed since the ThunderWolves last played a game. The timing isn’t ideal — the threat of bad weather forced a five-day delay in the start of the Class 1A-4A state semifinals — but Oxbridge coach Kevin Drake has a plan...
All-day rain can’t dampen spirits at Palm Beach Lakes football stadium

All-day rain can’t dampen spirits at Palm Beach Lakes football stadium

Rain fell all day — sometimes as drizzle, sometimes in downpours — but that didn’t stop seven teams from making their way to Palm Beach Lakes’ stadium for a full day of spring football. “This is Florida,” Palm Beach Lakes coach Al Shipman said. “I guarantee we’ll have at least one game in the rain at some point in time during the season. So this is also...
Softball: Lake Worth Christian kept improving to reach state semis

Softball: Lake Worth Christian kept improving to reach state semis

If it weren’t for her Lake Worth Christian classmates or a first-time coach, Becca Ross would have closed her varsity softball career a year before graduation. Instead, the senior pitcher/infielder will be in Vero Beach Monday with her Defenders’ teammates, preparing for a Class 2A state semifinal against top-ranked Land O’ Lakes-Academy at the Lakes (24-4). Ross, a seven-year veteran...
New coaches aplenty in Seminole Ridge, Lake Worth, West Boca jamboree

New coaches aplenty in Seminole Ridge, Lake Worth, West Boca jamboree

Friday was a night of familiar faces in unfamiliar places. Seminole Ridge hosted Lake Worth and West Boca Raton for a spring jamboree, with all three teams boasting new coaches — two are long-time Palm Beach County head coaches, while one was starting his first head-coaching job. The Hawks have Rick Casko, who previously led Atlantic, Glades Central and John I. Leonard; the Trojans hired Donald...
Two-way player powers Oxbridge Academy’s 41-0 spring-game win

Two-way player powers Oxbridge Academy’s 41-0 spring-game win

Oxbridge Academy has had its share of stars on the football field the last few years, such as former running back Travis Homer, who is Miami’s starting running back, and defensive back Keidron Smith, who is bound for Ole Miss. Antavious Lane is a little bit of both of them. The star two-way player got to enjoy some of the spotlight in the ThunderWolves’ 41-0 spring-game victory over Royal...
Park Vista runs over Olympic Heights in wet spring game

Park Vista runs over Olympic Heights in wet spring game

BOYNTON BEACH — Rain or no rain, Park Vista running back Nick King wanted nothing more on Thursday night than to hit somebody. Despite storms throughout the day making for a messy field and wet environment, King was brilliant and agile, scoring twice in Park Vista’s 28-7 spring game win over Olympic Heights. “Being a starter comes with leadership,” King said. “We have...
Lanoce hurls Benjamin past American Heritage into state semifinals

Lanoce hurls Benjamin past American Heritage into state semifinals

Paul Lanoce’s pitches were electric, as was the air around him. The Benjamin pitcher allowed only three hits over five innings as his outing was cut short by a lightning delay. That didn’t stop the Buccaneers from shutting out American Heritage 3-0 and advancing to the state semifinals for the first time in program history. “It’s funny; I kind of saw this day right in the beginning...

Lanoce hurls Benjamin into state semis; Weather halts Central-Jupiter

Paul Lanoce’s pitches were electric, as was the air around him. The Benjamin pitcher allowed only three hits over five innings as his outing was cut short by a lightning delay. That didn’t stop the Buccaneers from shutting out American Heritage 3-0 on Tuesday and advancing to the state semifinals for the first time in program history. “It’s funny; I kind of saw this day right...
Drawn-out FHSAA postseason baseball schedule strikes out with coaches

Drawn-out FHSAA postseason baseball schedule strikes out with coaches

Ben Vespi pitched won the first game of the regional playoffs for American Heritage, and he’ll try to do the same in the regional finals against Benjamin on Tuesday. Jupiter’s Jake Garland will do the same against Palm Beach Central. The Florida High School Athletic Association’s baseball playoff schedule has teams play only one game per week in the postseason, which allows teams...
Jupiter Warriors boys win first state lacrosse championship

Jupiter Warriors boys win first state lacrosse championship

Jupiter showed that public schools can play lacrosse, too. The Warriors became the first public-school lacrosse team to win a state title since the Florida High School Athletic Association sanctioned the sport in 2007, beating Orlando-Bishop Moore 11-8 on Saturday night at Boca Raton High. “We pride ourselves on that,” Jupiter coach Nick O’Hara said. “It’s not easy keeping...
American Heritage girls claim first state championship in lacrosse

American Heritage girls claim first state championship in lacrosse

Considered one of the top teams in the nation, American Heritage can now say it is definitively the best girls lacrosse team in Florida. The Stallions shut down Orlando-Lake Highland Prep and won its first state title 10-7 on Friday night at Boca Raton High. “It’s just the beginning, our first state championship,” sophomore Kylie Hazen said. “It’s just a great experience...
Western outlasts Jupiter in regional softball title game

Western outlasts Jupiter in regional softball title game

Jupiter fell one step short of earning its second consecutive berth in the state softball semifinals. Davie-Western scored a pair of runs in the top of the 13th, and then withstood a late Warriors’ rally on the way to a 3-2 victory in a Class 9A regional championship game. With the win, the Wildcats (20-7) advance to next week’s state tournament in Vero Beach. Western will play Miami-Coral...
Jupiter one win away from first state boys lacrosse title

Jupiter one win away from first state boys lacrosse title

Jupiter is one win away from its first boys lacrosse title. The Warriors took down cross-county rival St. Andrew’s in the state semifinal at Boca Raton High on Friday night, beating the Scots 12-5. “We really took them seriously, losing to them earlier in the year,” Jupiter coach Nick O’Hara said. With a lively crowd backing both local teams, St. Andrew’s opened the scoring...
Glades Central, Seminole Ridge set for flag football state final fours

Glades Central, Seminole Ridge set for flag football state final fours

Two Palm Beach County teams have qualified for Saturday’s Florida High School Flag Football State Championships at Boca Raton High School. One is a five-time state champion. The other is a newcomer to the state tournament. While Seminole Ridge hopes to add a sixth state title to those it won in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, Glades Central is seeking its first. The Raiders, who improved to...
American Heritage rolls to berth in state girls lacrosse championship

American Heritage rolls to berth in state girls lacrosse championship

American Heritage sophomore Caitlyn Wurzburger is the All-American, but teammate Allegra Catalano looked more like one of the country’s best, scoring four goals in an 11-5 American Heritage win over Vero Beach in the state semifinals Thursday night. A junior commit to Louisville, Catalano dominated the Fighting Indians (20-5) from the get-go, scoring the game’s first two goals as the Stallions...
Trinity Christian moves to Class 2A regional final via mercy-rule win

Trinity Christian moves to Class 2A regional final via mercy-rule win

Trinity Christian and Miami Brito had settled into a pitchers’ duel Wednesday night. Then, the Warriors decided they wanted to wrap things up. Trinity Christian scored nine runs in the fifth inning, ending the game early with a mercy-rule 10-0 victory in the Class 2A regional semifinals. “I knew it was going to come somewhere,” Warriors coach Miguel Cuello said. “For some reason...
St. Andrew’s, Jupiter boys, Heritage girls in lacrosse state semifinals

St. Andrew’s, Jupiter boys, Heritage girls in lacrosse state semifinals

The St. Andrew’s boys lacrosse team won’t have to travel far when it takes on Jupiter Friday night in a Florida High School Athletic Association state semifinal match. Neither will the American Heritage girls lacrosse team, which plays Vero Beach tonight in its state semifinal. After two years in Jupiter, the FHSAA Lacrosse State Championships will move to Boca Raton High School. This...

Baseball: Palm Beach Central shuts down Santaluces

Palm Beach Central’s C.J. Kayfus went up against Santaluces’ A.J. Orrico with two outs in the seventh inning Tuesday night and the tying runs on base. Orrico, who entered the Class 9A regional quarterfinal hitting .485 on the season, worked a full count. “Just throw a strike,” Kayfus thought. The sophomore dialed up a fastball and blew it past Orrico, ending the game and securing...
Softball: Jupiter rallies late to defeat Boca Raton

Softball: Jupiter rallies late to defeat Boca Raton

Trailing by a run entering the sixth inning, the Jupiter softball team scored three runs in the inning en route to a 6-3 victory over Boca Raton in the Class 9A regional semifinals Tuesday night. Trailing 3-2 in the sixth inning, Jupiter (25-3) responded with three runs in the frame to take down the Boca Raton Bobcats by a 6-3 final in the Class 9A Regional Semifinals on Tuesday night. “Great...

HS flag football: Seminole Ridge advances to state semifinals

Seminole Ridge 27, Davie-Western 0: Ashley Hollandsworth threw three touchdown passes and Ayanna Wiltshire had a Pick-Six as the Hawks (13-1) blanked the Wildcats in a Class 2A regional final Monday night in Davie. Seminole Ridge will face Cooper City on Saturday in a state semifinal in Boca Raton.
Boys State Track: Atlantic’s Brown wins 110-hurdles, second in 300

Boys State Track: Atlantic’s Brown wins 110-hurdles, second in 300

The victories were few for the Palm Beach County male athletes competing at the FHSAA Track and Field championships at the University of North Florida on Saturday. Atlantic senior Christian Brown was the one who earned bragging rights that a state title brings. Brown, who will play football and run track at Princeton University next year, was a winner in the 110-hurdles (13.84 seconds) and finished...

St. Andrew’s Whitaker 2nd in state discus; King’s Oats 3rd in hurdles

Nicole Whitaker of St. Andrew’s has been throwing the discus since the seventh grade. It took her five years to reach the state Class 2A meet and the wait was worth it. The junior finished second with a throw of 135-9, her second of the finals, during the FHSAA 2A state track and field championships at the University of North Florida on Saturday. “I’m content having finished in second...
Oxbridge Academy’s Hannah Kanjian captures state gold in high jump

Oxbridge Academy’s Hannah Kanjian captures state gold in high jump

Hannah Kanjian had just a few minutes to spare Friday before checking in for the 300-meter hurdles prelims. That was just fine with the junior from Oxbridge Academy. Becoming a champion in the high jump at the Class 2A state track and field championships at the University of North Florida on Friday made the wait worth it. Kanjian, who finished seventh at last year’s state meet, made her third...
Dwyer senior competing for Jamaica national women’s soccer team

Dwyer senior competing for Jamaica national women’s soccer team

With a big push from her mom, Jadyn Matthews laced up her soccer cleats for the first time more than a decade ago. An active child then — and now — the Dwyer senior and newest member of the Jamaican women’s national soccer team joined a Palm Beach Gardens recreation league at the age of 4. Her parents’ encouragement kept her involved. “My mom was the type of mom who wanted...
Dwyer rallies to shock West Boca 4-3 in district baseball final

Dwyer rallies to shock West Boca 4-3 in district baseball final

Facing West Boca Raton ace Sean Walters and battling a lengthy rain delay while down three runs would have been too much for most teams. Most teams aren’t Frank Torre’s Dwyer Panthers, who scored three runs in the seventh inning to tie the game — the final two on an error with two outs — and stunned the Bulls in the ninth when a walk-off double from first baseman Charlie Von...
Softball: Jena Whipple’s no-hitter leads Oxbridge rout

Softball: Jena Whipple’s no-hitter leads Oxbridge rout

Oxbridge Academy kept rolling Thursday afternoon in postseason softball. Freshman Jena Whipple pitched her third no-hitter of the season, and Caridad Estes and Josie Foreman each added three hits to lead the host ThunderWolves to a 13-0, five-inning rout of Cape Coral-Oasis in a Class 4A regional semifinal. Oxbridge, which improved to 20-5 with the win, has won its past three playoff games &mdash...

HS softball: Spanish River falls to South Plantation in regionals

South Plantation pitcher Ashley Hishon thought all was normal in the fifth inning after giving herself and the Paladins a 2-1 lead over Spanish River with an RBI double. Then, the madness began. What was originally called a double was instead changed into a foul ball, leading to Paladins coach Robyn Handler screaming at the umpires, fans being warned before being ejected, and Hishon simply shaking...

HS baseball: Santaluces defeats Park Vista to advance to regionals

District 10-9A Santaluces 5, Park Vista 1: In his pitching debut, Jamal Johnson gave up one run and four hits while striking out two and walking one in a complete game as the Chiefs (23-3) defeated the Cobras in the district championship game in Lake Worth. A.J. Orrico was 2-for-3 with one run, an RBI and a stolen base, and M.J. Restivo went 2-for-4 with one run and an RBI for the Chiefs, who move...
Farley’s pitching, hitting help Wellington defeat Bartow

Farley’s pitching, hitting help Wellington defeat Bartow

Wellington drew a tough opening assignment Wednesday night in its Class 8A regional softball quarterfinal. But the Wolverines proved ready for the challenge, earning a 6-1 victory against Bartow – the state’s No. 3-ranked team – in front of a loud home crowd. Pitcher Danni Farley struck out 11 and added a homer, and Sarah Longley also homered for No. 2 Wellington, which improved...
Remembering Atlantic High player Marc’Allan Derac: ‘We lost a good one’

Remembering Atlantic High player Marc’Allan Derac: ‘We lost a good one’

Marc’Allan Derac had everything in front of him. Derac excelled as a junior defensive back for Atlantic High School. He helped lead the defense last year, taking the Eagles all the way to Orlando for the state championship. He tied for the Palm Beach County lead with nine interceptions, earning a first-team All-Area selection. The college scholarship offers were starting to pour in. “He...

HS baseball: Santaluces, Palm Beach Central, American Heritage advance

District 10-9A Santaluces 2, Boca Raton 1: Jared Petronis (8-1) pitched a complete game, allowed seven hits, one unearned run, struck out five and was 1-for-3 with a hit in the bottom of the sixth to swing the game for the top-seeded Chiefs (22-3) as they edged the Bobcats in a district semifinal in Boynton Beach. Santaluces will face Park Vista for the district championship Wednesday at 7 p.m. District...

Boys volleyball: Palm Beach Central sweeps John I. Leonard

Joseph Pisa had eight digs and three aces, leading the Palm Beach Central boys volleyball team to a 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 sweep of John I. Leonard in the District 6 championship Thursday night in West Palm Beach. David Powers added seven kills, five blocks and three aces and Krishan Govin contributed six kills and three blocks for the third-seeded Broncos (18-3). Palm Beach Central will face Seminole...

Baseball: No. 3 Park Vista tops No. 4 Wellington

In a final tune-up before the district tournament starts, Park Vista ace Brendan Bell looked sharp. The senior Florida Gulf Coast signee pitched a shutout against fourth-ranked Wellington as third-ranked Park Vista escaped for a 1-0 win Thursday in Wellington. “Brendan was the difference-maker for us,” Park Vista coach Larry Greenstein said. “Even when they got runners on, he bared...
Softball: No. 5 Palm Beach Gardens stops No. 2 Jupiter

Softball: No. 5 Palm Beach Gardens stops No. 2 Jupiter

Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens’ long-running softball series continued Thursday night in the District 9-9A championship game. The longtime rivals met for the third time this season, and a big night from sophomore Carolyn Von Werne helped propel the Gators to a 5-3 win. The first baseman went 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and three RBIs to lead Palm Beach Gardens. With the win, fifth-ranked...
Atlantic’s Christian Brown wins four events at Region 3-4A track meet

Atlantic’s Christian Brown wins four events at Region 3-4A track meet

Christian Brown successfully defended his 110-meter hurdles regional title with a time of 14.19. That was just an inkling of what his day was like during the Region 3-4A Track and Field championships at Park Vista High on Thursday. *King’s girls, boys win Region 1-4A track meet *More high school sports coverage *The High Buzz blog When his day was complete, the Atlantic senior won four events...
King’s Academy sprints to regional track championships

King’s Academy sprints to regional track championships

Brianna Oats and Jake Zimmerman of King’s Academy each have played a significant role in the success of the King’s Academy track teams this season. Wednesday at the Region 4-1A meet at Calvary Christian, it was no different for the two seniors. The top four finishers in each event are automatic qualifiers to the state meet on May 4-5 at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville....

HS flag football: Suncoast shuts out Olympic Heights

Suncoast 32, Olympic Heights 0: Kassidie Williams threw two touchdown passes and run for another, Lindsey Suncine ran for a touchdown and returned an interception for a touchdown and Olivia Schmidt had a TD run as the Chargers (11-3) routed the Lions in District 12-1A in Boynton Beach.

HS baseball: No. 1 Santaluces tops John I. Leonard

No. 1 Santaluces 5, John I. Leonard 3: Brandon Williams struck out five, gave up two hits and one earned run in five innings, and Miguel Peralta was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs as the Chiefs (21-2) defeated the Lancers in Greenacres.

HS softball: Park Vista, Royal Palm, Olympic Heights, Oxbridge advance

Park Vista 17, Lake Worth 0: Cassidy Trimble hit a three-run homer, Alyssa Dragovich had a two-run homer and Michaela Aronowitz went 2-for-2 with an RBI as the top-seeded Cobras (16-4) rolled past the fourth-seeded Trojans in a District 10-9A semifinal in Lake Worth. Royal Palm Beach 7, Seminole Ridge 1: Kayla Bruno pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts, Nicole Hayslip went 2-for-4...

Roundup: No. 5 PB Gardens softball team rolls to victory

Jaden Walker went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, leading the fifth-ranked Palm Beach Gardens softball team to a 10-0 rout of Palm Beach Central in the District 9-9A semifinals Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens. Katelyn Robine struck out six in five innings, and Breanna Robine was 2-for-3 with a stolen base for the second-seeded Gators (17-8) against the third-seeded Broncos. FLAG FOOTBALL West Boca Raton...

HS softball: Benjamin defeats Cardinal Newman in district matchup

Benjamin 6, Cardinal Newman 2: Claire Lord went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Leslie Berg and Alex Cohen went 2-for-4 as the fourth-seeded Buccaneers defeated the fifth-seeded Crusaders in a District 6-4A quarterfinal matchup in West Palm Beach. Cardinal Newman will face top-seeded Oxbridge in a semifinals matchup Tuesday at 4 p.m.

HS flag football: Suncoast, Olympic Heights, Seminole Ridge win

Suncoast 39, Somerset Canyons 0: Marlee Marquez threw three touchdown passes - two to Sydney Panzone and one to Delaney Walsh - and ran for two more scores as the top-ranked Chargers (10-3) blanked the fourth-seeded Cougars in a District 12-1A semifinal matchup in Boynton Beach. Suncoast will face third-seeded Olympic Heights in a district finals game Tuesday at 7 p.m. Olympic Heights 12, Boynton...
Palm Beach County teams work around rain on 1st day of spring practice

Palm Beach County teams work around rain on 1st day of spring practice

Despite the wet weather, Monday marked the start of spring football practice in Palm Beach County and the rest of Florida. Football teams in the state are allowed 20 spring practices, which includes a spring game, per Florida High School Athletic Association rules. Here is a look at some of the schools on their first day of practice: Palm Beach Central: The Broncos started spring football with...
Many new faces as spring football gets underway in Palm Beach County

Many new faces as spring football gets underway in Palm Beach County

There will be plenty of new faces on football fields around Palm Beach County when spring football starts up on Monday. Since the end of the 2017 season, 12 teams have made coaching changes: Benjamin, Boca Raton, Cardinal Newman, Inlet Grove (which has not announced a new coach), John I. Leonard, Lake Worth, Royal Palm Beach, Seminole Ridge, Somerset Canyons, Suncoast, Village Academy and West Boca...
High school softball district tournaments start Monday

High school softball district tournaments start Monday

District tournament competition begins Monday for area teams across nine classifications. District champions and runners-up advance to the first round of regional competition, which will be held May 2 for Classes 5A-9A. The regional semifinal round for Classes 1A-4A will be played May 3. Here’s our preview: District 9-9A Favorites: Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter Prediction: Palm Beach Gardens...

No. 5 American Heritage tops No. 1 Benjamin in baseball showdown

American Heritage’s Troy Hamilton and Benjamin’s Kris Armstrong may face each other often in the future. The Stallions shortstop and the Buccaneers pitcher are signed to play for Florida State and Florida, respectively. They’ll be rivals in college, and they’re rivals now as their two teams duke it out for district supremacy. Friday, the future Seminole got the better of the...
JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge

JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces another gun-theft charge

Park Vista High School football standout Jake Collins has been charged a second time this week with burglarizing guns and other items from homes in suburban Lake Worth, according to jail and court records.  Collins, a senior who had signed to play at Duquesne University, now is charged with stealing from a home near his own that’s been empty since its owners died. Judge Ted Booras...

Girls roundup: No. 2 Jupiter softball stops No. 5 Park Vista

Marisa Mellone (14-2) pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts, leading the second-ranked Jupiter softball team to a 4-1 victory over No. 5 Park Vista on Thursday night in Boynton Beach. Kendall Baer was 3-for-4 and Chrissy Fontaine went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Jupiter. No. 1 Wellington 9, Palm Beach Central 1: Sarah Longley was 2-for-3, including a three-run home run, and drove in four runs...

Boys roundup: No. 2 Santaluces baseball team earns 20th win

Miguel Peralta struck out five in six shutout innings, and improved to 7-0 on the season, leading the second-ranked Santaluces baseball team to a 4-0 victory over Seminole Ridge on Thursday night in Lantana. Angel Diaz was 2-for-2 with four RBIs and M.J. Restivo went 1-for-1 with two walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases for the Chiefs (20-2). BOYS LACROSSE Oxbridge Academy 16, King’s...

HS softball: Palm Beach Gardens, Cardinal Newman post victories

No. 6 Palm Beach Gardens 7, Plantation-American Heritage 2: Katelyn Robine pitched a complete game, striking out four strikeouts and giving up eight hits, and Brooke Barnard went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs as the Gators (15-7) defeated the Patriots in Plantation. Cardinal Newman 9, John I. Leonard 5: Jordan Dahl was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Sarah Polak struck out seven and gave...

HS volleyball: Park Vista, Dwyer, Forest Hill, Palm Beach Central win

Park Vista d. Suncoast 20-25, 25-12, 23-25, 25-18, 15-11: Preston Scott contributed 14 kills, Mason Medina had 14 assists and Mason Joy had seven blocks as the Cobras (17-5) rallied to beat the Chargers in Lake Worth. Dwyer d. Wellington 29-27, 26-24, 25-15: Thomas Curry had 18 kills and seven digs, Noah Mertens added 10 kills and seven digs and Jeff Martini contributed six kills and two blocks, leading...

HS flag football: West Boca Raton defeats Dwyer

West Boca Raton 12, Dwyer 7: Haley Prouty tossed two touchdown passes and had one interception and Kelsey Sexton had seven flag pulls as the Bulls (8-2) defeated the Panthers in Boca Raton.
Jupiter’s Kylee Hanson takes softball game, life to new level at FSU

Jupiter’s Kylee Hanson takes softball game, life to new level at FSU

Kylee Hanson knew the easier path might have been to graduate from Florida Atlantic, leading the Owls on the softball field in 2018 and staying close to home. But there was also the itch for a challenge. So she graduated from FAU and immediately landed at Florida State, where she would begin a two-year master’s program and play for the Seminoles. *More Palm Beach Post sports coverage &ldquo...

HS baseball: Benjamin, Park Vista, Wellington post victories

No. 1 Benjamin 14, Oxbridge 2: Paul Lanoce went 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, Matt Lopes was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run, Kris Armstrong was 3-for-5 with three runs, a double and an RBI and Nick Taplett was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a double and a run scored as the Buccaneers blasted the ThunderWolves in West Palm Beach. No. 3 Park Vista 12, Seminole Ridge 0 (6): Patrick Skibiski had a home...

HS girls lacrosse: Park Vista, Oxbridge advance in district play

Park Vista 6, Palm Beach Central 5: Mya Carrillo scored two goals and Aurbrey Jerome scored the goal to put the Cobras (8-6) ahead as they edged the Broncos in a District 25 semifinals matchup in Wellington. LATE MONDAY Oxbridge 11, Suncoast 10: Hailey Smallwood scored four goals as the ThunderWolves edged the Chargers in a District 24 semifinal matchup in West Palm Beach. Oxbridge will face Cardinal...

HS boys lacrosse: Oxbridge, St. John Paul II advance in districts

Oxbridge 16, Wellington 3: Reece Riccardo scored four goals and had four assists, Jack Kilian added three goals and Connor Davies contributed two goals and three assists as the ThunderWolves downed the Wolverines in a District 25 semifinals matchup in West Palm Beach. St. John Paul II 14, American Heritage 7: Brandon Moore scored three goals and had an assist, Anthony Pecoraro added two goals and...
HS softball: No. 1 Wellington snaps Park Vista’s 10-game winning streak

HS softball: No. 1 Wellington snaps Park Vista’s 10-game winning streak

Park Vista’s long winning streak came to an end Tuesday night, but not before the Cobras nearly pulled off a late-season upset of the area’s top-ranked softball team. Park Vista had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning before Wellington was able to close out a 3-1 win. Kate Desimone went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Wolverines (20-2), who collected...
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