Suns fueled by two-sport star


Last week’s best performances


Matt Dayes rushed for two touchdowns, including the 43-yard go-ahead score with 2:46 left in the third quarter, to help the Cypress Bay football team (11-2) score 31 unanswered point and beat Seminole Ridge 31-14 in the Class 8A regional finals.


Bernadette Devaney, Nova, girls’ basketball: Devaney hit seven three-pointers and finished with a career-high 32 points to lead a 83-52 victory over Miami Pace.

John O’Korn, St. Thomas Aquinas, football: O’Korn completed 13 of 19 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Raiders (11-2) over Boyd Anderson 28-24 in the Class 7A Regional Finals.

Scott Palmer, Cooper City, boys’ basketball: Palmer had a game-high 22 points to lead the Cowboys over Nova, 60-53.

Van Camille, Stranahan, girls’ soccer: Camille scored two goals to lead the Dragons to a 4-1 win over Hallandale.

Austin Oltime, South Broward, boys’ basketball: Oltime had a game-high 18 points to lead the Bulldogs’ 51-49 victory over Plantation.

Mike White, University School, football: White completed 25 of 30 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns to help the Suns (11-0) rout Clearwater Central Catholic, 42-0, in the Class 3A state semifinals.

Aisha Edwards, Coral Springs Charter, girls’ basketball: Edwards had a game-high 17 points to lead the Panthers over Cardinal Gibbons, 46-25.

John Belfort, Blanche Ely, boys’ soccer: Belfort scored three goals in the Tigers’ 5-3 victory over Fort Lauderdale.

Samantha Johnson, Pine Crest, girls’ basketball: Johnson had a team-high 18 points to help the Panthers edge Trinity Christian, 41-39.

Alberto Chivario, Somerset, boys’ soccer: Chivario scored three goals to lead the Panthers to a 5-2 win over South Florida HEAT.

Jordyn Elliot, Pine Crest, girls’ soccer: Elliot had two goals to lead the Panthers (7-3-2) over Pope John Paul II, 3-1.

Jessica Jahody, Sagemont, girls’ soccer: Jahody had four goals to lead the Lions to a 5-2 victory over Lake Worth Christian.


Mike White knows how much pressure comes with being a starting pitcher.

So when he’s faced with oncoming rushers on the football field, finding the poise to fire a perfect pass to his receiver is second nature.

“It’s really a mental thing in baseball because you are out there alone and it’s up to you to deliver the perfect pitch,” White said. “Learning how to be in control on the mound has made it easier for me to handle pressure on the football field. I know I have 10 guys with me that have my back in a tough spot.”

White, University School’s 6-5, 190-pound senior starting quarterback, is an All-American pitcher already earning acclaim for his hard-throwing right arm. But he has made his most meaningful throws so far this season behind center for the state-bound Suns, who will try to win their first state title 1 p.m. Saturday when they play Madison County in the Class 3A final at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

White, who has been offered a scholarship by Marshall University, was a Miami Herald All-Broward first-team pitcher last season after compiling a 9-2 record and a 0.43 ERA as a junior.

White has completed 154 of 225 passes for 1,905 yards and 20 touchdowns to only two interceptions this football season.

White would love to play both sports at the college level if possible.

His efficiency, especially in big games during the postseason, has drawn the attention of more colleges, and is a major reason University is making its second appearance at state in the past three seasons.

“Mike’s abilities on the baseball diamond as a pitcher has enabled him to withstand the situations we’ve faced this season,” University coach Roger Harriott said. “He’s been one of the positive role models on this team.”

Distributing the football to University’s vast array of weapons hasn’t been a problem either.

White has developed on-field chemistry with the Suns’ talented receiving corps of Jordan Cunningham, Dionte Taylor, Sam Bruce, Emmanuel Soto and D.J. Woods, as well as Jordan Scarlett and Lajuan Hunt out of the backfield.

The latter duo has combined for 2,080 yards and 35 touchdowns rushing to balance the offense.

Harriott said White, however, is the key conductor on an offense that has scored 470 points in 11 games so far this season (42.7 points per game).

Last week against Clearwater Central Catholic, White had his most prolific passing game completing 25 of 29 attempts for 320 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior defensive end Maquedius Bain, who also has lined up at tackle at times, is also an accomplished two-sport star (basketball and football) and relates to White’s abilities being enhanced by his experiences in another sport.

“For me, I know basketball has helped me tremendously with my footwork and my agility because I feel faster than the average guy my size,” Bain said. “Mike has a strong arm and has become a calm leader on the offense.”

The Suns will face an experienced Madison County squad that lost in the state final to American Heritage-Delray last season. The Cowboys are led defensively by end Brandon Crawford, who has 91 tackles and 12 sacks.

“Every game, we keep the mindset that we haven’t accomplished anything yet,” White said. “Our one goal in mind every game has been to win the state championship.”


St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ golfer Heather Netti signed with Florida Atlantic University.


• St. Thomas Aquinas 54, Nova 42 – STA (4-1): Maturah 2, Ndiaye 14, Downes 6, Umude7, Palov 5, Harvey 4, Hunter 16. NOVA (3-3): Walker 13, Houston 5, Jeaanmary 2, Lawrence 3, Cleary 3, Charles 9, Glaze 1, Dailey 4.

• Deerfield Beach 82, South Plantation 43 – DB: Johnson 20, Marcus 21, Jenkins 18, Kelly 4, Carpenter 8, Huntley 7, Williams 4. Halftime: DB 43-21. Rebounds: Huntley 11. Assists: Carpenter 7. Steals: Carpenter 5.

• Late Saturday – Boyd Anderson 60, Lakeland 30 – BA : P. Pierre 8, Jean-Pierre 23, Wilson 11, Eubanks 11, Pierre-Louis 3, Romaine 2, Joseph 2. LAKE: Senechek 7, Woods 2, Brown 10, Burton 2, Mcarthur 2, Payne 2, Hannigan 2, Stevenson 2. Three-pointers: Wilson, P. Pierre, Senechek, Burton, Brown. Rebounds: Jean-Pierre 10. BA 2-2.

• Late Friday – Gulliver 77, Miami Christian 48 – GP(3-1): Comras 2, Chasin 7, Paniz 2, Beattie 5, Ralat 19, Carreras 2, Lafuente 24, Thomas 9, Kadji 5, Grimwade 2. MC(4-1): Ramirez 4, Penale 2, Campos 14, Velasquez 1, Castellano 5, Beckelheimer 8, Rosario 14. Halftime: GUL 46-26. Three-pointers: Lafuente 6, Chasin, Beattie, Kadji, Campos, Castellano, Beckelheimer 2, Rosario 2. Assists: Chasin 4. Rebounds: Grimwade 5. Steals: Ralat 3.

• Late Thursday – Hebrew Academy 59, Mater East 55 – HEB (4-1): Abramowitz 20, Schechter 18, Esformes 13, Meyerson 4, Masin 2, Moyal 2. ME: Larkin 16, Blanco 10, Richardson 9, Garcia 8, Delacruz 7, Betancourt 5. Three-pointers: Larkin 4, Esformes 2, Meyerson. Rebounds: Abramowitz 8. Assists: Schechter 9. Steals: Esformes 4.


• Cardinal Gibbons 35, Fort Lauderdale 21 – CG (5-1): Williams 24, Pollock 7, Ozaltin 2, Blanshine 2. FTL (3-2): Harris 12, Howard-Coffey 3, Dejesus 2, Poole 2, Merriweather 2. Halftime: CG 23-14. Rebounds: Pollock 12. Assists: Williams 3. Steals: Ozaltin 3.

• Palmer Trinity 54, University School 13 – PT (7-1): Gonzalez 2, Arriaga 2, James 9, Smith 4, I. Baiamonte 5, Forristall 2, Hebb 7, Granada 8, Parten 4, A. Baiamonte 4, Pino 3, Waldman 4. US (2-2): Chin 2, Kruss 2, Greenfield 11. Halftime: PT 35-7. Three-pointers: Greenfield 3, James, Pino. Rebounds: Gonzalez 5. Assists: Granada, Smith 3. Steals: James 3.


• Monarch 3, Deerfield Beach 2: For MON: Gus Vieira goal. Eddie Almeida goal. Arthur Cardoso goal. Gabe Menescal assist. Erk Dundov assist. Leo Goncalves assist. For DB: Romilaire Ambroise goal. Amioce Noel goal. MON 7-0-1.

• Hillel 4, Miami Country Day 1: For HIL: Albert Dichy 2 goals. Nathan Redensky goal. Julian Ribak goal. For MCD: Cameron Ivroy goal. HIL 7-0. MCD 8-1-2.

• Pine Crest 2, St. Andrews 0: Mark Simpson goal. Brandon Danzansky goal. Steven Goldberg shutout. PC 7-3-1.

• Chaminade 3, Coral Springs Charter 3: Bridgett Callahan 3 goals. Jordan Palmer 2 assists.

• Hollywood Hills 1, Flanagan 1: Alejandro Osorio (HH) goal. HH 3-4-2.


• Pines Charter 4, Pompano Beach 0: Mya Goodman goal. Kayla Faulkner goal. Paula Lougo goal. Courtney Zaher goal. PPC 10-1.

• North Broward Prep 3, University School 0: Christine Creighton goal. Adrianna Dubay goal. Yasmin Ruffell-Smith goal. Savanna Greeley assist. Nikki Giordano assist. Rachel Blow assist. NBP: 7-2-1.

• Hillel 0, Miami Country Day 0: Denisse Gampel (HIL) 12 saves, shutout. HIL 3-2-1.

• Late Friday – Goleman 1, Chaminade 1: Lucia Cuervo (GOL) goal. Kaley Huguet (GOL) assist. GOL 4-6-2.



Flanagan at Cypress Bay, 7:30

West Broward at Everglades, 7:30

Boyd Anderson at Northeast, 7:30

Stranahan at Pines Charter, 7:30

Dade Christian at Archbishop McCarthy, 7


Western at Miramar, 6

Chaminade-Madonna at Florida Christian, 5

Zion Lutheran at Hillel, 7:30

Sheridan Hills Christian at Ransom Everglades, 4


Plantation, McArthur, Douglas at Coral Glades, 3

Piper, Dillard at Fort Lauderdale, 3

Everglades, Douglas, Coral Glades, South Broward, Hollywood Hills at Nova, 3

Coconut Creek at West Broward, 3


Parkway Academy at Archbishop McCarthy, 4

Blanche Ely at Boyd Anderson, 7

Northeast at Cardinal Gibbons, 7

Douglas at Coral Springs, 7

Flanagan at Cypress Bay, 7

Pompano Beach at Dillard, 7

West Broward at Everglades, 5

Coconut Creek at Fort Lauderdale, 4

Hollywood Hills at McArthur, 7

Cooper City at Miramar, 7

Monarch at Boca Raton, 8

Piper at Plantation, 7

Western at South Broward, 7

St. Thomas Aquinas at South Plantation, 7

Stranahan at Mourning, 4


Blanche Ely at Boyd Anderson, 5

Northeast at Cardinal Gibbons, 5

Taravella at Coral Glades, 4

Douglas at Coral Springs, 5

Flanagan at Cypress Bay, 5

Archbishop McCarthy at Hallandale, 5

Hollywood Hills at McArthur, 5

Cooper City at Miramar, 5

Monarch at Boca Raton, 6

Piper at Plantation, 5

Western at South Broward, 5

St. Thomas Aquinas at South Plantation, 5

Stranahan at Mourning, 4

Everglades at West Broward, 4

North Broward Prep at Delray American Heritage, 7



North Broward Prep at Cardinal Gibbons, 7:30

Pines Charter at Coconut Creek, 7:30

Mourning at Dillard, 7:30

Cooper City at McArthur, 7:30

Fort Lauderdale at Monarch, 7:30

Blanche Ely at Pompano Beach, 7:30

St. Thomas Aquinas at South Broward, 7:30

Coral Glades at South Plantation, 7:30

Hallandale at Stranahan, 7:30

Coral Park at Archbishop McCarthy, 7:30


Piper at Hollywood Hills, 6

Nova at Plantation, 6

Coral Glades at South Plantation, 6

Douglas at Taravella, 6


Posnack Day School at Hebrew Academy, 6


Douglas at Cooper City, 3

Monarch, Hallandale at Plantation, 3

Stranahan at Chaminade-Madonna, 3


Coconut Creek at Fort Lauderdale, 4

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