“We had a huge turnout last year, and I would like to repeat that,” said Barry assistant coach Ryan Saunders, also an alum. “It is definitely nice when the alumni support us, and it helps us out tremendously.”
The Buccaneers will also host Palm Beach Atlantic at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and Nova Southeastern in the regular season finale at 5:30 p.m. March 2. Barry, an NCAA Division II program, competes in the Sunshine State Conference.
USA U18 football
Christopher Columbus football players Jose Alvarado, Tucker Beirne, Joey Gonzalez and Nick McBeath of Christopher Columbus High School and Toro Nelson of Dr. Micheal Krop were five of 43 players from 13 states and Washington, D.C. to represent the United States on Feb. 6 – National Signing Day – in Austin, Texas as the U.S. under-18 national team participated in the fourth annual International Bowl festivities.
Team USA’s players and coaches are selected by USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States. The International Bowl is an annual competition that unites 64 countries spanning six continents that are part of the International Federation of American Football.
Alvarado is a 6-2, 210-pound tight end from Miami. Beirne is a 6-2, 218-pound quarterback from Coral Gables. Gonzalez is a 6-0, 205-pound linebacker from Coral Gables. McBeath is a 6-2, 210-pound defensive end from Miami. Nelson is a 6-0, 180-pound receiver from Miami.
International Bowl games are recognized as a U.S. national team competition by the NCAA and state high school associations. They are not all-star games. International Bowl participation does not count toward a high school senior football player’s limit of two postseason events.
“The U.S. national team program is dedicated to assembling the ‘top-right’ coaches and players from across the United States to represent our country in international play,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Chris has shown that he is a great football coach and a terrific example for young men. We are proud to have him lead our inaugural Under-18 team.”
USA U19 football
Norland defensive lineman Paul James was one of 45 of the top U.S. high school football players who travled to Austin, Texas for the fourth International Bowl. The U.S. under-19 national team, comprised of the top high school players spanning 21 states and Washington, D.C., competed Feb. 5 – the night before National Signing Day – live on CBS Sports Network from Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin. The Americans faced an IFAF World Team of top players age 19 and younger from outside the United States.
Jones, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive lineman, verbally committed to Illinois.
The International Bowl is sanctioned by International Federation of American Football, which is composed of 64 nations spanning six continents that possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.
More information can be found at www.InternationalBowl.com.
Highland Oaks track
The Highland Oaks Middle School girls’ track team was second of 16 teams at the Larry Wooten Invitational at Ferguson High School in Miami.
Vantae Williams won the shot put and discus throws for the second straight meet. The 400 relay (Saharee Davey, Maryann Jadotte, Coreena Saintilmond, Tianna Jackson) was second. The 1,600 relay (Tramese Pierre, Anicia Collins, Samantha Castano, Brittany Malone) claimed third.