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Calvary Christian’s Stephen Barnett returns to baseball ahead of schedule

 

Special to The Miami Herald

Stephen Barnett is a senior two-sport athlete for Calvary Christian. He plays both sides of the ball on the football team and is a center fielder in baseball who has highlight videos for both sports on YouTube to attract interest from college programs.

During an August football practice this past season, his hopes of receiving an athletic scholarship appeared to have been cut off abruptly. The reason: an anterior cruciate ligament tear.

He caught a pass in the open field, tried to make a cut and felt his left knee buckle under him in what he described as similar fashion to the New York Jets’ Darrelle Revis’ season-ending injury.

When he initially got the knee checked out, he heard good news. A doctor told him it was just a sprain, but when Barnett woke up the next morning it was unbearable to put any pressure on the knee.

He went back to have an MRI, and the results came back indicating he had an ACL tear.

After having surgery Aug. 28, the original prognosis was that he would be out at least nine months, missing virtually the entire baseball season in addition to football.

He rehabilitated the knee and cut his recovery time in half. Barnett was back in 41/2 months — just in time for his first baseball practice of the season.

“I feel like I never even had surgery,” says Barnett, who hit .324 with an on-base percentage of .461 and 15 stolen bases last season. “I even feel faster. I feel like the rehab made me stronger.”

Barnett’s inspiration for the speedy recovery? Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Barnett read articles and watched videos about Peterson’s recovery from the same injury and the season he had, finishing 9 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s NFL single-season rushing record.

“He went through the same thing,” Barnett said. “They told him they would be amazed if he came back by the first day of [training camp]. He was back in like 4 1/2 months, he said he felt faster, and look at the year he had.

“He was just better than ever, so it was just try to do the things he did.”

Barnett says his fielding is currently “better than ever,” but he is still working to get up to speed as a hitter.

“During the summer, pitching 90 [mph] would look like 70, but now 70 looks like 100 just because I haven’t been able to get in,” he said.

While still getting back into the swing of things at the plate, he said he has kept his on-base percentage up by working walks and continues to use his speed to his advantage once he reaches base.

Missing his entire senior football season shot down any chances of a football scholarship, but he has received baseball interest and offers from Coastal Carolina, Asbury University in Kentucky and Spring Hill College in Alabama, among others.

BASEBALL

ARCHBISHOP MCCARTHY 4, CHAMINADE 2

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WP: Jason Stettner. LP: Rashad Flerismond. Top performers: Alex Rodriguez 1-2, run. Michael Gigliotti 1-2. Jonathan Quintana 1-1, run

MIAMI FLORIDA CHRISTIAN 13, SOMERSET 0 (5)

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WP: Will Davis. Top performers: Michael Fernandez 2-3, 3 RBI. Eric Montero 2-3, 2 RBI. Jack Diaz 1-3, triple, 3 RBI. FC: 4-2

HIGHLANDS CHRISTIAN 8,

CALVARY CHRISTIAN 4

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WP: A. Valdes. LP: C. Chang (6-1). CC 6-1

PINE CREST 10, MIAMI BELEN 7 (6 INNINGS DUE TO DARKNESS)

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WP: Alex Perez (1-0). LP: Danny Parets (2-1). Top performers: Steven Goldberg 2-3, 2 runs, HR, RBI. Alex Perez 3-4, double, 4 RBI. Chris Koppenhaver 2-3, 2 RBI, run, HR.

SOFTBALL

ST THOMAS AQUINAS 15, PLANTATION 0 (5)

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WP: Byrd (1-1). Top performers: Frankie Richardson 2-2, HR, 3 RBI

COOPER CITY 5, MCARTHUR 4

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WP: Coulter (3-2). LP: Mansfield. Top performer: Bethany Williams 2-2, 3 RBI, HR. CC 3-2

CORAL SPRINGS CHARTER 19, ARCHBISHOP MCCARTHY 3 (4)

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WP: P. Fairchild 4IP 5K (3-0). LP: Depalo. Top performers: Fairchild 3-3, 4 RBI. Chaiser double, run. CSC 5-0

MONARCH 26, BOYD ANDERSON 0 (3)

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WP: Kaylyn Kirk (4-1). Top performer: Madison Mihok 5-5, 7 RBI. MON 4-1

BOYS’ TENNIS

•  Pine Crest 6, St Andrews 1: Josh Schneirov won No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-3. Sam Dern won No. 2 singles 6-2, 6-4. Elliot Seckler won No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-2. Dern/Seckler won No. 1 doubles by default. Ned Shashoua/Ismail Ercan won No. 2 doubles 9-8

•  American Heritage Plantation 7, American Heritage Delray 0: Ebenfeld won No. 1 singles 8-6. Ma. Satprertpry won No. 2 singles 8-3. Mi Satprertpry won No. 3 singles 8-4. Ebenfeld/Satprertpry won No. 1 doubles 8-3. Mi. Satprertpry/Oliveti won No. 2 doubles 8-0

•  Western 7, Monarch 0: Elliot Garwood won No. 1 singles 8-2. Kurtland Longd won No. 2 singles 8-1. Didler Vincent won No. 3 singles 8-1. Garwood/Longd won No. 1 doubles 8-2. Vincent/Exposito won No. 2 doubles 8-1

•  Late Monday — NOVA 6, Plantation 1: Jordan Bluestein won No. 1 singles 8-1. Avery Jackson won No. 2 singles 8-3. Joshua Odessky won No. 3 singles 8-3. Bluestein/Odessky won No. 1 doubles 8-3. G. Igor/L. Soley won No. 2 singles 8-6.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

•  Pine Crest 4, St Andrews 3: Kaely Malik won No. 2 singles 3-6, 7-5, 10-8. Ines de Bracamonte won No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-0. Stephanie Taylor/Malik won No. 1 doubles 8-6. de Bracamonte/Katarina Stevanovich won No. 2 doubles 8-5

•  American Heritage Delray 5, American Heritage Plantation 2: Macadoo won No. 1 singles 8-0. Horvit won No. 2 singles 8-2. Mortier won No. 3 singles 8-1. Macadoo/Goodman won No. 1 doubles 8-0

•  Calvary Christian 4, Boca Christian 3: Moody won No. 3 singles 8-4. Rozenblum won No. 4 singles 8-2. Lonsway won No. 3 singles 8-5. Pitts/Moody won No. 2 doubles 8-0

•  Monarch 6, Western 0: Kendra Bunch won No. 1 singles 8-0. Dominique Henry won No. 2 singles 8-1. Giovanna De Almeida won No. 3 singles 8-2. Bunch/Henry won No. 1 doubles 8-4. De Almeida/Jennifer Nguyen won No. 2 doubles 8-2

•  Hialeah 4, North Miami 3:

•  Killian 4, Southwest 3:

•  Gulliver 6, Lourdes 1:

•  Late Monday — Plantation 6, NOVA 1: Lexandra Hart won No. 1 singles 8-4. Kayla Derby won No. 2 singles 8-2. J. Weingold won No. 3 singles 8-1. Derby/Weingold won No. 1 doubles 8-0

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

•  Pine Crest 17, St. Andrews 9: Carli Marsh 6 goals. Jasmine Docal 4 goals, assist. PC 2-1

BOYS’ WATER POLO

•  Cooper City 24, Deerfield Beach 3: Lucas Gonzalez 4 goals, 3 assists

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Coconut Creek vs. Northeast (Home), 7

BOYS’ TENNIS

Deerfield Beach vs. Everglades (Home), 4

Douglas vs. Nova (Home), 4

Cooper City vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Plantation Com Center), 4

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Deerfield Beach vs. Everglades (Home), 4

Douglas vs. Nova (Home), 4

Cooper City vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Plantation Com Center), 4

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Hallandale vs. Boyd Anderson (BA), 3:45

Taravella vs. Coral Glades (CGLA), 6:30

Fort Lauderdale vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 3:45

Monarch vs. North Broward Prep (NBP), 3:45

Deerfield Beach vs. Piper (Home), 7

Coral Springs vs. South Plantation (SP), 3:45

Dillard vs. Stranahan (STR), 3:45

SOFTBALL

Northeast vs. Blanche Ely (Mitchell Moore Park), 4

Piper vs. Boyd Anderson (BA), 4

Coral Springs vs. Coral Glades (CGLA), 4

Taravella vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 4

Mourning vs. Dillard (DIL), 4

Plantation vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6:30

Coconut Creek vs. Monarch (MON), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. Pompano Beach (Four Fields), 4

Hallandale vs. Stranahan (STR), 4

BOYS’ TENNIS

Monsignor Pace vs. Somerset Academy (SOM), 3:30

Northeast vs. Blanche Ely (ELY), 4

Monarch vs. Coconut Creek (Creek), 4

Douglas vs. Coral Springs (Home), 4

South Broward vs. Everglades (Home), 4

West Broward vs. Flanagan (Home), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. Nova (Home), 4

Cypress Bay vs. Plantation (Central Park), 4

Fort Lauderdale vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Tennis Center), 4

Coral Glades vs. Taravella (Cypress Park), 4

Miramar vs. Western (Home), 4

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Northeast vs. Blanche Ely (Home), 4

Monarch vs. Coconut Creek (Windmill Park), 4

Douglas vs. Coral Springs (Home), 4

South Broward vs. Everglades (Home), 4

West Broward vs. Flanagan (Home), 4

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Hallandale (Golden Isle), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. Nova (Home), 4

Cypress Bay vs. Plantation (Central Park), 4

Fort Lauderdale vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Tennis Center), 4

Coral Glades vs. Taravella (Cypress Park), 4

Miramar vs. Western (Home), 4

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Blanche Ely vs. Coconut Creek (C. Creek), 3:45

Cypress Bay vs. Flanagan (Home), 6:30

South Broward vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6:30

Cooper City vs. Nova (Home), 7

McArthur vs. Plantation (Plantation), 6:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (STA), 7

Pompano Beach vs. American Heritage (AHP), 7

Miramar vs. West Broward (WB), 3:45

SOFTBALL

University School vs. Mater Lakes (Miami Lakes Optimist), 4

Coral Glades vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6:30

West Broward vs. Miramar (MIR), 4

Cooper City vs. Nova (Home), 6:30

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Broward (SB), 4

TRACK AND FIELD

Sam Burley Invitational at Miami Southridge

BOYS’ TENNIS

Sagemont vs. Miami Country Day (Jockey Club), 3

Fort Lauderdale vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 4

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Sagemont vs. Miami Country Day (Jockey Club), 3

Fort Lauderdale vs. Deerfield Beach (Home), 4

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

West Broward at Western, 7

TRACK AND FIELD

Sam Burley Invitational at Miami Southridge

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