The last time Booker T. Washington’s boys won a state track title it followed up a football state championship season in 2007. The Tornadoes are hoping for a repeat this season with Booker T. winning a state football title in 2012.
Many of Booker T. Washington’s speedsters lead the squad that should challenge for the Class 2A state title along with defending champ Plantation American Heritage and Orlando Jones.
Juniors Deltron Hopkins, Krondis Larry, Terrawn McPhee and Nigel Patten and senior Nicholas Norris are among the best group of sprinters in the nation. Former hurdler Vaquan Small will now run the 800 meters and help on the relays. The key will be the Tornadoes’ performances in the field events.
Dade Christian is also coming off a stellar football season in which it earned its first state runner-up. The Crusaders hope some of the stars from that team will help them improve upon last year’s Class 1A runner-up finish.
Throwers Andrew Florvil and Sterling Mack are joined by jumpers Gary Sampson, Blake Janvion, Kenneth Lewis and Jonathan Saintil on a squad that enters as a favorite.
The track and field season will begin in earnest Friday and Saturday at Traz Powell with the annual Louie Bing Invitational.
The following weekend, Dade’s top contenders will also compete at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational at Southridge Stadium.
Princeton University freshman goalie Ashleigh Johnson, formerly of Ransom Everglades, became the first player to sweep the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s Player of the Week awards, winning the Southern Division Player, Defensive Player and Rookie of the Week.
Johnson set a school record for saves in a match with 19 in her first college outing against California on Feb. 8.
Coral Gables 2, Coral Reef 1
WP: Carlos Perez (1-0). LP: Mora. SV: Tyler Santana (1). Top performers: Perez 4 IP, 0 ER, 3 H. Elih Marrero 1-3, R, RBI. Yoan Gonzalez 2-3. CG 1-2.
Late Saturday – Killian 7, Flanagan 5
WP: Vladimir Nunez. LP: Chris Rodriguez. SV: Mike Perez (2). Top performers: Nick Mira 2-3, 2 RBI. Nunez 4 IP, 0 H, 5 K. Mike Perez double, 2 RBI. KIL 3-0.
Late Sat. – Florida Chr. 4, St. Brendan 3
WP: Alex Valverde (2-0). Top performers: Zach San Roman 1-3, RBI. Milton Ramos 1-2. FC 2-1.
Late Saturday – Gulliver 5, La Salle 2
WP: Lucas de la Cruz (1-0). LP: Mathis (1-1). Top performers: Henry Hernandez 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI. Joe Dunand 1-3, HR, 2 RBI. Oscar Marchena 2-3.
Late Saturday – Ferguson 3, Palmetto 1
WP: Sergio Ramos (1-0). LP: Exposito. SV: Alan Saumell (1). Top performers: Chris Medina 1-1, double; 3 IP, 5 K, H. Jose Brito 2-2 double. Saumell 2 IP, K, 0 H. FER 2-1.