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

Posted: 5 hours ago

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...
Football recruiting: The unveiling of the first edition of the 2019 Big Board
 The first edition of the 2019 Big Board is here. Akeem Dent poses for a Super 11 photo before the first day of football practice at Palm Beach Central on July 31, 2017. (Bruce
               R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) The rankings, compiled by staff writers Adam Lichtenstein and Jodie Wagner, are determined using interviews with coaches...

Posted: 20 hours ago

The first edition of the 2019 Big Board is here. Akeem Dent poses for a Super 11 photo before the first day of football practice at Palm Beach Central on July 31, 2017. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) The rankings, compiled by staff writers Adam Lichtenstein and Jodie Wagner, are determined using interviews with coaches...
No word on Joel Embiid’s status for Game 3
 MIAMI — If Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown knew if star big man Joel Embiid would get on the court for Thursday’s Game
            3 against the Miami Heat, he didn’t let it slip before practice Wednesday. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid wears mask while warming up for the team’s NBA basketball game against...

Posted: 2 days ago

MIAMI — If Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown knew if star big man Joel Embiid would get on the court for Thursday’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat, he didn’t let it slip before practice Wednesday. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid wears mask while warming up for the team’s NBA basketball game against...
Football: West Boca Raton hires Michael Cook as new head coach
 West Boca Raton has hired a new football coach just in time for spring football. West Boca Raton  The Bulls hired assistant Michael Cook as their new football coach on Tuesday, athletic director Joe Nappi said. Cook has
            been an assistant coach at West Boca for seven years. “He’s a really good guy, very disciplined...

Posted: 3 days ago

West Boca Raton has hired a new football coach just in time for spring football. West Boca Raton The Bulls hired assistant Michael Cook as their new football coach on Tuesday, athletic director Joe Nappi said. Cook has been an assistant coach at West Boca for seven years. “He’s a really good guy, very disciplined...
Flag football: Glades Central moves up, Dwyer, Jupiter fall in state rankings
 Palm Beach County’s top smaller school flag football program moved up, while two of the best larger schools moved down in
            this week’s FloridaHSFootball.com flag football rankings. Glades Central, the top Class 1A team in Palm Beach County, moved up from 22nd to 19th in the all-class rankings and from
            10th...

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Palm Beach County’s top smaller school flag football program moved up, while two of the best larger schools moved down in this week’s FloridaHSFootball.com flag football rankings. Glades Central, the top Class 1A team in Palm Beach County, moved up from 22nd to 19th in the all-class rankings and from 10th...
Baseball: Six Palm Beach County teams ranked in latest state poll
 Six local teams made the state top 10 in their classes this week Miguel Peralta of Santaluces pitches against Spanish River on April 11 in Lantana. Peralta and the Chiefs are ranked fifth
               in Class 5A in the latest state poll. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)  ThePrepZone.com released its baseball rankings on Monday, and...

Posted: 3 days ago

Six local teams made the state top 10 in their classes this week Miguel Peralta of Santaluces pitches against Spanish River on April 11 in Lantana. Peralta and the Chiefs are ranked fifth in Class 5A in the latest state poll. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post) ThePrepZone.com released its baseball rankings on Monday, and...
Lacrosse: Schedules for boys and girls district tournaments
 District tournaments for both boys and girls lacrosse start today. Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year Caitlyn Wurzburger of American Heritage on Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Bruce R. Bennett / The
               Palm Beach Post)  Seven tournaments are being held — three for boys lacrosse and four for girls lacrosse. Here are the schedules...

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District tournaments for both boys and girls lacrosse start today. Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year Caitlyn Wurzburger of American Heritage on Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post) Seven tournaments are being held — three for boys lacrosse and four for girls lacrosse. Here are the schedules...
Baseball: Benjamin, Santaluces lead county in home stretch
 There are two weeks left in the baseball regular season and only one week left in district play before the district tournaments
            start up. Jared Petronis of Santaluces slides into third against Spanish River on Wednesday in Lantana. The Chiefs moved up to No. 2
               in the county after beating the Sharks and Park...

Posted: 4 days ago

There are two weeks left in the baseball regular season and only one week left in district play before the district tournaments start up. Jared Petronis of Santaluces slides into third against Spanish River on Wednesday in Lantana. The Chiefs moved up to No. 2 in the county after beating the Sharks and Park...
Baseball: No. 3 Santaluces knocks off No. 2 Park Vista

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
Boys basketball: Palm Beach Lakes’ Ty Hands named to Academic All-State team
 Palm Beach Lakes basketball star Ty Hands earned an academic honor to go with his athletic ones on Wednesday. Ty Hands (Photo provided by Palm Beach Lakes)  The Rams senior, who was a
             first-team All-Area pick this year, was named to the 
            Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State team. Hands was one of 12 male athletes...

Posted: 9 days ago

Palm Beach Lakes basketball star Ty Hands earned an academic honor to go with his athletic ones on Wednesday. Ty Hands (Photo provided by Palm Beach Lakes) The Rams senior, who was a first-team All-Area pick this year, was named to the Florida Dairy Farmers Academic All-State team. Hands was one of 12 male athletes...
Flag football: Seminole Ridge moves up in state rankings
 Seminole Ridge, a perennial flag football powerhouse, is up to No. 2 in the most recent FloridaHSFootball.com state rankings. Dwyer (in white), shown in a game against Seminole Ridge last season, is ranked No. 21 in this week’s flag football state
               rankings. The Hawks are No. 2. (Michael Ares/Palm Beach Post)  Four other...

Posted: 10 days ago

Seminole Ridge, a perennial flag football powerhouse, is up to No. 2 in the most recent FloridaHSFootball.com state rankings. Dwyer (in white), shown in a game against Seminole Ridge last season, is ranked No. 21 in this week’s flag football state rankings. The Hawks are No. 2. (Michael Ares/Palm Beach Post) Four other...
Baseball: Highly ranked Park Vista, Santaluces set for big district clash
 We’re inching closer to postseason play, with three weeks left before the baseball district tournaments. Wellington’s Tyler Bolleter tags Park Vista’s Taylor Clapp in Boynton Beach on April 27, 2017. Clapp and the Cobras take on
               district foe Santaluces this week. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)  Benjamin...

Posted: 11 days ago

We’re inching closer to postseason play, with three weeks left before the baseball district tournaments. Wellington’s Tyler Bolleter tags Park Vista’s Taylor Clapp in Boynton Beach on April 27, 2017. Clapp and the Cobras take on district foe Santaluces this week. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post) Benjamin...
Boys basketball: Olympic Heights hires Keith Mackrey as its new head coach
 Olympic Heights looked north to find its new boys basketball coach. The Lions, who finished last year 5-15, hired Park Vista girls basketball head coach Keith Mackrey, according to athletic
            director Cindy Lucia. Mackrey replaces Matt Ryder, who left Olympic Heights to become the athletic director at Boca Raton. “Mackrey...

Posted: 15 days ago

Olympic Heights looked north to find its new boys basketball coach. The Lions, who finished last year 5-15, hired Park Vista girls basketball head coach Keith Mackrey, according to athletic director Cindy Lucia. Mackrey replaces Matt Ryder, who left Olympic Heights to become the athletic director at Boca Raton. “Mackrey...
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...

Posted: 15 days ago

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...
Girls basketballers of year: Oxbridge’s Aaliyah Stanley and Alexa Zaph
 PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Aaliyah Stanley and Alexa Zaph, Oxbridge Academy, Jr., Guards 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...

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PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Aaliyah Stanley and Alexa Zaph, Oxbridge Academy, Jr., Guards 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...
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...

Posted: 15 days ago

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...
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