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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...
JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces charge he stole firearm

JUST IN: Park Vista football player faces charge he stole firearm

A Park Vista High School football standout was arrested on charges of armed burglary and theft of a firearm late Monday, just months before his college career was to get underway. Jake Collins, a senior athlete who had signed to play at Duquesne University, is accused of stealing a gun and jewelry from the suburban Lake Worth home of a Palm Beach County sheriff’s officer, according to a...

HS softball: King’s Academy, American Heritage post victories

No. 9 King’s Academy 7, Fort Lauderdale-Westminster Academy 6: Margot McFadden had three hits and three RBIs, including the game-winning single, as King’s Academy (16-6) won the battle of the Lions in West Palm Beach. Hannah Federico had a double and a triple and Mareta Eberhardt and Jordan Winters each had two hits for the winners. American Heritage 15, Fort Lauderdale-Pine Crest 0 (4)...

HS flag football: Seminole Ridge, Dwyer, Spanish River, Boca post wins

Seminole Ridge 46, Pahokee 0: Ashley Hollandsworth threw four touchdown passes and caught two touchdowns, Channing O’Brien had a 35-yard TD catch, Ariana Payne had an interception and Ayanna Wiltshire had five flag pulls as the Hawks (8-0) shut out the Blue Devils in Loxahatchee. Dwyer 35, Suncoast 7: Lexi Bolton and Kennedy Foster each scored two touchdowns and Foster added an interception...

HS girls lacrosse: St. John Paul, Cardinal Newman advance in districts

St. John Paul II 14, St. Andrew’s 13: Carly Niro scored five goals, Katie Trainor added three goals and three assists and Madison Kennedy contributed three goals, including the game-winner, in a District 26 semifinals matchup in Boca Raton. St. John Paul II will face American Heritage on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a finals matchup. Cardinal Newman 20, Seminole Ridge 3: Kylie Graham scooped in four...

Baseball: No. 3 Santaluces knocks off No. 2 Park Vista

When the Santaluces baseball team last beat Park Vista, the Chiefs’ current seniors were in third grade. Santaluces hasn’t won a game against its nearby district rival since 2009. That is, until Friday. The No. 3 Chiefs took down the No. 2 Cobras 4-2 in Lantana, earning temporary bragging rights and setting up a coin flip to decide the top seed in the district tournament. [Santaluces assistant...

Roundup: Spanish River girls lacrosse rolls to victory

Liz Lynch had five goals and two assists, leading the Spanish River girls lacrosse team to an 18-1 rout of Cooper City on Friday in Boca Raton. Brooke Lang added three goals and two assists and Lauren Mazzamaro contributed three goals and an assist for the Sharks. Jupiter 14, Davie-Western 7: Rebecca Aiello had four goals and two assists, Rachel Miller added three goals and an assist and Julianna...

Softball: No. 5 Palm Beach Gardens holds on for victory

Brooke Matthews was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including the game-winner, helping the fifth-ranked Palm Beach Gardens softball team edge Pembroke Pines Charter 5-4 on Friday night in Palm Beach Gardens. Jaden Walker went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Kaitlyn Robine (8-4) pitched a complete game for the Gators (14-8). No. 1 Wellington 6, Stuart-South Fork 2: Katie Schmidt had an RBI double, Lexi Butler...
For love of the game: Gary Chanley a Palm Beach County baseball lifer

For love of the game: Gary Chanley a Palm Beach County baseball lifer

Growing up in south Miami, Gary Chanley spent a lot of his free time at University of Miami baseball games as coach Ron Fraser built the Hurricanes from a derelict program into a national championship team. “I watched that. I was right there,” Chanley said. “I worked summers for him, giving out hot dogs and potato chips, getting t-shirts. I was always at the ballfield.” *More...

Boys roundup: No. 10 Gardens baseball team tops No. 9 PB Central

Estevan Richardson struck out five in five innings and also was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, helping the No. 10 Palm Beach Gardens baseball team edge No. 9 Palm Beach Central 2-1 on Thursday night in Palm Beach Gardens. Nick Presto went 2-for-3 with a double for the Gators. No. 7 Dwyer 3, Suncoast 1: Ryan Haas was 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and Hunter Bergman was 2-for-3 with a double and...

Girls roundup: No. 4 Jupiter softball team earns 20th victory

Marisa Mellone (3-2) pitched a one-hitter with six strikeouts, leading the fourth-ranked Jupiter softball team to a 4-0 shutout of Vero Beach on Thursday night in Jupiter. Emily Bodenheimer was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Megan Fritz went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Warriors (20-3). American Heritage 12, King’s Academy 11: Chloe Nadler was 4-for-5 with two doubles and three...
Back on track: Dwyer’s Emma Cavendish overcomes injury, runs to titles

Back on track: Dwyer’s Emma Cavendish overcomes injury, runs to titles

Emma Cavendish loves to run, and she indulged her passion often as a child. From triathlons to road races and even swim meets, the Dwyer sophomore was always on the go. *More high school sports coverage “I love triathlons and cross-country running,” said Cavendish, a highly decorated youth athlete who raced in her first national championship event at age 8. “I’ve done them...
HS baseball: Santaluces tops Spanish River in battle of top 10 teams

HS baseball: Santaluces tops Spanish River in battle of top 10 teams

No. 3 Santaluces 6, No. 6 Spanish River 3: Brandon Williams struck out four for the win, and Angel Diaz was 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, as the Chiefs (18-2) defeated the Sharks (14-4) in Lantana. No. 5 American Heritage 6, Saint John Paul 4: Carmine Lane was 4-for-4 with three solo home runs and he also struck out six as the Stallions (16-4) got past the Eagles in Boca Raton.

HS softball: Jupiter, Olympic Heights, Cardinal Newman win

No. 2 Jupiter 4, Royal Palm Beach 1: Madi Leonard struck out six in five innings to get the win and seniors Shelby Russo (2-3, 1 RBI) and Ashley Goebel (2-4, 1 RBI) paced the hitting as the Warriors (19-1) defeated the Wildcats in Jupiter. No. 8 Olympic Heights 10, Boca Raton 5: Peri Spector was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Gabi Obando went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI as the Lions (14-7) defeated...

HS flag football: Suncoast, Seminole Ridge remain undefeated

Suncoast 6, Palm Beach Lakes 0 (OT): Kassidie Williams ran for the winning touchdown in overtime, leading the Chargers (8-0) over the Rams in West Palm Beach. Seminole Ridge 6, Jupiter 0: Ariana Payne scored on an interception return as the Hawks (7-0) cruised past the Warriors in Loxahatchee. Boca Raton 12, Santaluces 7: Alexa Addeo threw a touchdown pass to Hanna Pratt and Sarah Brookman had a 57-yard...

HS flag football: Spanish River shuts out John I. Leonard

Spanish River 32, John I. Leonard 0: Lyndsey Weisman led the defense with eight flag pulls and Zoi Raye had three touchdown passes and ran for another as the Sharks (3-4) blanked the Lancers in Boca Raton.

HS boys volleyball: Gardens, Palm Beach Central, Park Vista sweep

Palm Beach Gardens d. Jupiter 25-15, 25-15, 25-15: Davaughn Davis had nine kills and four blocks and Gabe Hudgeon added six blocks and four kills as the Gators (5-8) handled the Warriors in Palm Beach Gardens. Palm Beach Central d. Trinity Christian 25-15, 25-20, 25-18: Maverik Davies had three kills, two blocks and five service points and Matthew Smith had 25 assists and eight service points as the...
Ex-Boca Raton coach Eric Davis swaps football for JV lacrosse

Ex-Boca Raton coach Eric Davis swaps football for JV lacrosse

Eric Davis didn’t know the first thing about lacrosse when he agreed to join Boca Raton’s junior varsity boys program as an assistant coach this year. A former football, basketball and track coach who also has helped out with the Bobcats’ flag-football team, he turned to YouTube and cable TV to understand the sport and learn its rules. “I started watching ESPNU, watching some...

HS baseball: Jupiter Christian tops Glades Central in 5 innings

Jupiter Christian 12, Glades Central 2 (5): Clayton Moore was 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs, Garrett Standifer went 2-for-2 with a double and four RBIs and Rob Smithwick pitched a complete game and struck out seven as the Eagles routed the Raiders in Jupiter.

HS flag football: Dwyer, Atlantic post wins

Dwyer 14, Wellington 7 (2OT): Kennedy Foster threw both touchdowns and extra points to Summer Hane as the Panthers (6-2) doubled up on the Wolverines in a double-overtime matchup in Palm Beach Gardens. Atlantic 7, Boca Raton 6: Trenette Johnson scored on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Myniah McClendon as the Eagles outlasted the Bobcats in Delray Beach.

HS girls lacrosse: St. John Paul II, Cardinal Newman post wins

St. John Paul II 19, Oxbridge 6: Olivia Polimeni scored six goals and two assists, Katie Trainor added four goals and an assist, and Carly Niro contributed three goals and an assist as the Eagles (11-4) defeated the ThunderWolves in Boca Raton. Cardinal Newman 19, Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons 6: Brooke Papenfuss scored five goals and had one assist, Mackenzie Porter and Kelly Denes added four...
HS softball: Top-ranked Wellington shuts out No. 5 Palm Beach Gardens

HS softball: Top-ranked Wellington shuts out No. 5 Palm Beach Gardens

Wellington continued to roll toward the postseason Monday night, shutting down host Palm Beach Gardens 4-0 in a battle of ranked softball teams. Danni Farley pitched a five-hit shutout, and Sarah Longley added two hits and two runs for the No. 1 Wolverines, who improved to 17-2 on the season. The No. 5 Gators dropped to 14-7. Wellington, a Class 8A state finalist last season, remains unbeaten against...
Anabel Fernandez of Seminole Ridge named girls weightlifter of year

Anabel Fernandez of Seminole Ridge named girls weightlifter of year

Why? Won district and regional championships at the 183-pound weight class to qualify for the Class 2A state tournament. Her fourth-place finish was the best of all athletes from Palm Beach County that qualified for the state tournament. At state, she had a 180-pound bench lift and 180-pound clean and jerk lift. “Anabel is a beautiful young lady with a passion for lifting,” Seminole Ridge...

Softball: No. 1 Wellington improves to 16-1

Bailey Cain was 3-for-3 and hit a two-run home run to help the top-ranked Wellington softball team edge Miami-Coral Reef 3-2 on Friday in Wellington. With the victory, the Wolverines improved to 16-1 on the season. No. 7 Palm Beach Gardens 18, Palm Beach Central 1: Brooke Barnard was 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and four RBIs, Haley Hoffman went 2-for-2 with a triple, an RBI and a run and Danielle...

Baseball: Santaluces edges Boca Raton

Jared Petronis pitched a complete game with five strikeouts, improving to 6-1 on the season while helping the third-ranked Santaluces baseball team edge Boca Raton 2-1 on Friday night in Lantana. Ethyn Little was 2-for-3 and Angel Diaz was 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base for the Chiefs (17-2). No. 1 Benjamin 14, St. Andrew’s 3 (5): Isaiah Thomas was 3-for-3 with two doubles...

Softball: No. 5 Park Vista stops No. 10 Dwyer

Kaylee DiNatali was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, leading Park Vista to an 8-5 victory over Dwyer in a battle of ranked softball teams Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens. Morgan Keith and Gabby McDermott each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the fifth-ranked Cobras (14-2) against the No. 10 Panthers. No. 2 Jupiter 8, Palm Beach Central 0: Marisa Mellone (11-2) struck out five in six innings, Megan...

Boys volleyball: Palm Beach Central sweeps John I. Leonard

Tate Davies had 11 kills, seven digs and seven service points, leading the Palm Beach Central boys volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-20, 25-11 sweep of John I. Leonard on Thursday night in Greenacres. Justin Gregory added seven kills, two blocks and nine service points and Eduardo Britto contributed seven kills and four digs for the Broncos (9-1). Forest Hill d. Lake Worth 25-21, 27-25, 25-23: Vasso...

Roundup: Seminole Ridge flag football team improves to 6-0

Brooke Champagne had a game-saving interception, helping the undefeated Seminole Ridge flag football team hold on for a 12-7 victory over Dwyer on Thursday night in palm Beach Gardens. Amanda Weiner had 10 flag pulls for the Hawks (6-0). Wellington 19, Palm Beach Gardens 0: Hallie Walker threw for a touchdown and ran for another, Juliana Ulloa had three interceptions and Skyler Hagan returned...
The Palm Beach Post’s high school All-Area sports teams - Winter 2017-18

The Palm Beach Post’s high school All-Area sports teams - Winter 2017-18

Check out our All-Area teams for the Winter 2017-18 high school sports season. — All-Area Girls Basketball Team (small schools)  — All-Area Girls Basketball Team (large schools)  — All-Area Boys Basketball Team (small schools) — All-Area Boys Basketball Team (large schools) — All-Area Girls Soccer Team (small schools) — All-Area...
Boca Raton’s Cade Long named Post large-school basketballer of the year

Boca Raton’s Cade Long named Post large-school basketballer of the year

Why? The Rollins College commit was one of the area’s leading scorers this season, averaging 25.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. He helped lead the Bobcats to a runner-up finish in District 10-9A and a berth in the regional quarterfinals. Boca Raton finished 17-12. What was the highlight of your season? Becoming Boca’s all-time leading scorer; hitting two free...
Whitney Howell of Santaluces named large-schools girls basketballer of year

Whitney Howell of Santaluces named large-schools girls basketballer of year

Why? Whitney Howell was one of the county’s top all-around players, averaging 15 points, 15 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. She also managed 24 double-doubles during the season. A Seton Hall commit, Howell helped lead the Chiefs to the regional finals. What was the highlight of your season? Me getting Player of the Year, for one. And getting a triple-double for the first time. We...
Benjamin’s Ben Lubarsky named Post’s small-school basketballer of year

Benjamin’s Ben Lubarsky named Post’s small-school basketballer of year

Why? The 6-foot-5 junior surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark early in the season and went on to average 25 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game for the Bucs. Benjamin advanced to the Class 4A regional finals and finished 19-11. What was the highlight of your season? My buzzer-beater in the regional semifinals. When did you first start playing basketball? I first started playing...
Girls basketballers of year: Oxbridge’s Aaliyah Stanley and Alexa Zaph

Girls basketballers of year: Oxbridge’s Aaliyah Stanley and Alexa Zaph

Why? Stanley and Zaph were the two leading scorers for Oxbridge Academy, and they helped lead the team to its first-ever state championship. Stanley finished the season with 13.6 points, 3.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game; Zaph had 14.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Stanley: Winning states. Zaph: States. Stanley: I started playing in seventh grade...
John I. Leonard’s Luis Molina large-schools boys soccer player of year

John I. Leonard’s Luis Molina large-schools boys soccer player of year

Why? Luis Molina was one of John I. Leonard’s top scorers as the Lancers won District 11-5A. Molina finished his senior season with 17 goals and nine assists. What was the highlight of the season? When we won district and helped my team to win the final. When did you first start playing soccer? Eight years (ago). I started in Honduras, and I played for my school. When did you...
Boca Raton’s Dayana Martin is large-schools girls soccer player of year

Boca Raton’s Dayana Martin is large-schools girls soccer player of year

Why? Despite missing time early in the season because of an injury, she led the Bobcats in goals with 24. She also added two assists, and played a key role in leading Boca Raton to the Class 5A regional finals. Martin has signed to play college soccer at UCF. What was the highlight of your season? Scripting for goals, then getting a hat trick in regionals. It really helped our team gain momentum throughout...
American Heritage’s Alexandre Guichard named boys soccer player of year

American Heritage’s Alexandre Guichard named boys soccer player of year

What was the highlight of your season? Winning states, for sure. When did you first start playing soccer? Since, I think, I was three. Where would you like to play soccer in college, and what are you looking for when you’re looking at colleges? I want to play D-I, and I want to play at UCF or somewhere around Florida. Or a really good D-I school. What athlete do you most admire...
Oxbridge’s Allison Breed named Post’s small-school soccer player of year

Oxbridge’s Allison Breed named Post’s small-school soccer player of year

Why? She led the ThunderWolves in scoring for three consecutive seasons, and closed her senior year with 23 goals and seven assists. With Breed leading the way, Oxbridge made two straight appearances in the Class 2A state title game, and won the championship in 2017. She has signed with Villanova University. What was the highlight of your season? When we were playing Gulliver Prep in the regional...
Alex Bordeau, Troy Jaffy named Post’s All-Area wrestlers of the year

Alex Bordeau, Troy Jaffy named Post’s All-Area wrestlers of the year

Why: Defeated Darius Parker of Riverdale with a pin at 5:03 to earn the Class 2A state title. He become the first wrestler in West Boca wrestling history to win an individual state title. He was also a district and regional champion. “I’ve had Alex for four years and the focus was there,” West Boca coach Mike Cook said. “We just knew he would win.” What was the highlight...

HS softball: Spanish River, Park Vista post wins

No. 5 Spanish River 10, Suncoast 0: Shea Whitacre drove in two runs and Kylie Brooks struck out eight as the Sharks (11-4) got past the Chargers in Boca Raton. No. 6 Park Vista 15, John I. Leonard 0: Gabby McDermott and Morgan Keith both hit three-run homers, and Madison Taylor was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and allowed no hits in three innings pitched, as the Cobras (13-2) defeated the Lancers in Lake...

HS baseball: Benjamin, Palm Beach Central, Jupiter Christian win

No. 2 Benjamin 9, Forest Hill 2: Nick Triplett and Park Haskin both scored twice as the Buccaneers defeated the Falcons in Palm Beach Gardens. No. 10 Palm Beach Central 2, Jupiter 1: C.J. Kayfus’ walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Broncos (12-6) their victory over the Warriors in Wellington. Jupiter Christian 13, Glades Day 6: Jay Carnicella went 3-for-4 with two runs...

HS flag football: Suncoast, Seminole Ridge, Atlantic post wins

Suncoast 20, Boynton Beach 6: Marlee Marquez scored two touchdowns on a reception and a run and Kassidie Williams ran for a TD as the Chargers (7-0) handled the Tigers and secured the No. 1 seed in the district playoffs. Seminole Ridge 12, Wellington 7: Ayanna Wiltshire had an interception return for a touchdown and Kelsey Morrison had a 31-yard touchdown catch, leading the Hawks (5-0) over the Wolverines...

HS baseball: Santaluces shuts out Atlantic behind Peralta’s pitching

No. 4 Santaluces 10, Atlantic 0 (5): Miguel Peralta (6-0) pitched a complete game, giving up one hit and no runs and striking out five, and was 1-for-3 and scored a run, Angel Diaz was 1-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, and A.J. Orrico went 2-for-3 with a stolen base, a run, and three RBIs as the Chiefs (16-2) blanked the Tigers in Delray Beach.

HS boys volleyball: Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach Central, Dwyer sweep

Royal Palm Beach d. Palm Beach Lakes 25-11, 25-10, 25-17: Alex Negron had seven kills and 13 digs, Jason Gonzalez added 12 assists, 25 service points and nine aces, and Jason Buck contributed nine digs as the Wildcats handled the Rams in Royal Palm Beach. Palm Beach Central d. Forest Hill 25-18, 25-14, 25-21: Joey Pisa had 14 digs and 11 service points and Maverick Davies added five digs and five...
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