Northeast wide receiver Stacy Coley’s mind is in a lot of places these days.
Soon, he will have to decide what college he will attend.
He’s thinking about his team’s upcoming playoff run in Class 7A.
On Wednesday morning, Coley made sure he didn’t forget to buy flowers for someone special.
Standing on stage at his school’s auditorium, Coley received his official invitation to the Under Armour All-America High School All-Star game that will be played January in Tampa.
But before he donned his game jersey, Coley gave the floral arrangement to his mother, Chontelle Harris.
“Growing up with a single parent has been hard for her, but on a day like this I had to give my mom the credit,” Coley said.
Coley, rated the No. 3 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN, is one of four Broward players that have been invited to the game Jan. 4 at Tropicana Field. University School wide receiver Jordan Cunningham, defensive end Maquedius Bain and St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Joey Bosa will all receive their official invitations Thursday.
Coley has 468 yards and eight touchdowns receiving on 25 catches, and has been a force on defense and special teams leading the Hurricanes (8-1) to their third consecutive district title.
Coley is being recruited by numerous schools including Florida State, Florida, Texas Tech, West Virginia and North Carolina.
However, Coley said he is keeping his mind focused on the team’s upcoming postseason which begins next Friday at home against powerhouse Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer.
“I have a great team with me and they keep me focused on the state championship,” Coley said. “It’s a great feeling to be a part of a great game like this. My expectations are very high for this game.”
Three Broward County bowlers advanced through the first round of individual qualifying Wednesday at the FHSAA state meet at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando.
Coral Glades’ Krystina Nealon placed seventh through the first four games with a total pinfall of 842. St. Thomas Aquinas’ Kristin Zimmerman bowled a series of 812 to place 14th.
On the boys’ side, Coral Springs Charter’s Pablo Cerda bowled an 874 to finish 14th.
The tournament continues Thursday in Orlando.
Sagemont 6-9 power forward Vieux Kande has made a verbal commitment to the University of South Alabama.
Kande, who is expected to assume a bigger role this season after playing behind two-time All-Broward first-team selection Jeff Coby, also weighed offers from Old Dominion, Rider and FAU, among others.
• Douglas 4, Cooper City 0: Bailey Leal 2 goals, assist. Brianna Raaf 2 goals. Liz Gonzalez shutout. DOU 3-0.
• St Thomas 1, Cypress Bay 0: Jessica Hoyt goal. Sara Perlman assist. Brittany Macaluso shutout. STA 2-0.
• Monarch 10, Coconut Creek 0: Courtney Johnson 5 goals. Robyn Whitaker 2 goals, assist. Kacey Cotter 4th shutout. MON 3-0-1.
• Archbishop McCarthy 8, Somerset 1: Yari Bradfield goal. Alexa Rivera goal. Nikki Sica goal. Amanda Perez goal. Kristina Robles goal. Brook Williamson goal. Karly Zacharias goal. AM 2-1.
• Tarevella 4, Nova 0: Darwin Espinal 2 goals, assist. Estaban Ochoa goal, assist. Jonathan Lewis goal. TAR 2-0.
• Pine Crest 4, Chaminade 2: Brandon Danzansky 2 goals. Ryan Driscoll goal. Alex Britton 2 assists. PC 2-0.
• Mourning 8, Dillard 0: Matheus Mera 2 goals. Ivan Barriga 2 goals. Skyler Reese goal. Henrique Fuinhas, Raymond Hernandez, Pedro Krum had one goal each. AM 1-0-1.
Monarch 1, Deerfield Beach 0: Gian Scalise goal, Rafael De Jesus 6th shutout. Monarch 2-0.
SFC semifinal: Pine Crest at Boca Raton Pope John Paul II, 7
SFC consolation: Coral Springs Charter at Westminster Academy, 7
North Broward Prep at Westminster Chr., 4
|North Broward Prep||1-1||3-4|
|C. Springs Chr.||1-4||4-5|
|South Florida HEAT||0-2||3-7|
|Solid Rock Christian||4-4|
|Keys Gate Charter||3-5|