Victorious Blanche Ely boasts a new fan in Shaq


Last week’s best performances

Team of the week

Class 7A state final four MVP Dallas Cameron had 14 points and four steals, Khalil Thomas added 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks and Lance Tejada (nine points) made four consecutive clutch free throws with under a minute left as the Blanche Ely boys’ basketball team (MaxPreps No. 12, 27-1) held off Orlando Evans 58-50 for its second consecutive Class 7A state title.

Athletes of the week

Tara Smith, Everglades, girls’ track: Smith swept the shot put (35-2) and discus (130-2) titles at the Pine Crest Panther Relays.

Cody Flanzer, Douglas, boys’ tennis: Flanzer won at No. 1 singles and doubles to lead the Eagles over Coral Springs 7-0.

Drake LaMont and Kobe Eubanks, American Heritage, boys’ basketball: The 6-10 LaMont had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Eubanks added 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Patriots over Palatka 68-49 in the Class 5A state semifinals.

Matt Hardy, West Broward, baseball: The right-hander went the distance and struck out 12 to lift the Bobcats (3-1) over Western 3-0.

Joshua Huntley and Vanderbilt Carpenter, Deerfield Beach, boys’ basketball: Huntley had 14 points and nine rebounds and Carpenter added 12 points and six assists, but the Bucks fell 57-54 to eventual Class 8A state champion Oviedo Hagerty in the state semifinals.

The Miami Hearld’s South Florida Top 10


1. Archbishop McCarthy (7-0)

2. American Heritage (5-1)

3. Mater Academy (6-0)

4. American (6-0)

5. Columbus (5-1)

6. Mater Lakes (4-1-1)

7. Killian (6-1-1)

8. Flanagan (5-2)

9. Douglas (5-1)

10. Monsignor Pace (5-3)

Under consideration: Coral Springs Christian (6-2), Westminster Christian (4-1-1), Florida Christian (5-2), Hialeah (3-2), Calvary Christian (4-2), Cypress Bay (3-1).


1. Gulliver (5-0)

2. American Heritage (8-0)

3. Pines Charter (8-0)

4. Westminster Christian (5-1)

5. Cypress Bay (6-0)

6. Coral Springs Charter (6-0)

7. Coral Reef (7-0)

8. St. Thomas Aquinas (6-1)

9. Douglas (5-1)

10. Lourdes (8-2)

Under consideration: Southwest (5-2), Palmetto (7-3), Florida Christian (4-2), Miami Springs (9-1), Taravella (5-1), Cooper City (4-2).

As if Blanche Ely winning its second consecutive Class 7A state boys’ basketball title and then having Shaquille O’Neal join them in an impromptu “Harlem Shake” video that has gone viral wasn’t big enough, the Tigers might even get a shout-out from O’Neal on TNT on Tuesday night.

Blanche Ely star guard Dallas Cameron, the final four MVP, said that O’Neal, who sat courtside as the Tigers beat Orlando Evans 58-50 at The Lakeland Center on Saturday, said he would mention the Tigers’ back-to-back state title victory on the TNT weekly telecast, where O’Neal serves as an analyst.

“After the Harlem Shake, we asked Shaq if he would discuss our state title on TNT, and he said yes,” said Cameron. “I have to make sure to watch the game.”

Cameron said the Tigers had no idea O’Neal would make an appearance.

When he congratulated Ely after the medal ceremony, Cameron said the Tigers used the opportunity to invite him to join in the Harlem Shake video.

“I didn’t even know he was there until Lance Tejada was at the free throw line and I saw this dude with some real big feet. I said, ‘Gosh, that dude got some big feet.’ That is when I realized it was Shaq,” Cameron said. “He congratulated us after the game and then we told him, ‘Hey, you have to do the Harlem Shake with us.’ He said OK and then started busting some moves. I was standing right next to the camera man, just dying laughing.”

Other big news came Monday when the Max Preps No. 12 Tigers (27-1) confirmed they have accepted an offer to return to the ESPNHS National High School Invitational.

The three-day showcase, which features eight of the top boys’ basketball teams in the nation, will be played at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda (MD) later this month.


The 18th annual South Florida All-Star Basketball Game (Dade vs. Broward) will be played Saturday at Ransom Everglades.

Four games will be played beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Tournament of Champions Inc., the title sponsor of the event, has also forged an innovative community partnership with Virrick Park in Coconut Grove and will hold its Shoot for the Stars Positive Peer Leadership Symposium and basketball clinic at Virrick Park before the games at 10 a.m. Former Philadelphia 76ers star guard Wali Jones will conduct the workshop. Former Miami Heat guard Mark Strickland will also participate.


The North All-Stars beat the South All-Stars 3-2 last week at the FACA girls’ All-Star classic in Tampa this past Friday. The South’s goals were scored by St. Thomas Aquinas’ Jessica Hoyt (2).


Westminster Academy defensive end and offensive tackle Daniel Cocconcelli signed with Wheaton College, a Division III school in Illinois.


Archbishop McCarthy 10, Goleman 0 (6)


WP: Aaron Soto. LP: Christian Abad. Top performers: Soto 4 IP, 0 R, 9 K. Michael Gigliotti 1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI. Jonathan Quintana 1-2, R, 2 RBI. Brandon Vicens 2 RBI. Mike Hernandez 2-3, 2 RBI.


Monarch 12, Hollywood Hills 3


WP: Jaylyn Kirk (6-1). Top performers: Madison Mihok. 2-4, 3 R, RBI. MON 4-1.

Calvary Christian 16, Lake Worth Christian 6


WP: AJ Chang (1-0). LP: S. Painter. Top performers: B. Slade 3-3, 5 RBI. C. Chang 3-3, 3 RBI. CCA 7-1.


•  Chaminade d. Everglades 25-18, 25-9, 25-11: Dan Callahan 14 points, 8 aces, 12 kills. Edward Fuerst 12 points, 6 aces. Victor Zamudio 7 kills, 5 digs, 4 points, 2 blocks. CHA 1-0.


•  Pompano Beach 6, Nova 1: Jordan Bluestein (NOV) won singles No. 1 8-3. J. Grassi (PB) won singles No. 2 8-0. R. Poulin (PB) won singles No. 3 8-3. G. Santos (PB) won singles No. 4 8-1. L. Ubidia (PB) won singles No. 5 8-6. Grassi/Santos (PB) won doubles No. 1 8-2. Jackson/Kurnia (PB) won doubles No. 2 8-1. NOV 1-5.


•  Pompano Beach 5, Nova 1: E. Tran (PB) won singles No. 1 8-0. M. Hernandez (PB) won singles No. 2 8-0. L. Pomerantz (PB) won singles No. 3 8-0. L. Perez (PB) won singles No. 4 8-0. M. Stamm (PB) won singles No. 5 8-0. Samantha Seidman/Emily Kurnia (NOV) won doubles No. 1 8-2. NOV 1-6.


•  St. Thomas Aquinas 20, St. Andrews 10: Rochelle Serafini 8 goals, 2 assists. Chloe Mujwit 3 goals, 2 assists. Christina Wittmeier 3 goals. Katie Sweeney 2 goals. Izzy Lopez 2 goals. Carley Adams goal. Nina Bosch goal. STA 4-0.


•  Late Saturday — Archbishop McCarthy Big Blue Invitational — Flanagan 125, Fort Lauderdale 101, Jensen Beach 62.5, Key West 61, Nova 51, Cardinal Gibbons 40, Pines Charter 38, South Fork 36, Archbishop McCarthy 30, Gulliver 21 — 3200-meter relay: PPC 8:17.44; 110-meter hurdles: Cory Preston (JB) 16.36; 100-meter dash: Lamark Campbell (FTL) 11.00; 1600-meter run: Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) 4:35.80; 400-meter relay: FTL 43.72; 400-meter dash: Christopher Keel (FLA) 51.41; 300-meter hurdles: Jesse Aguero (SF) 42.00; 800-meter run: Andrew Iglesias (PPC) 2:02.79; 200-meter dash: Christopher Keel (FLA) 22.88; 3200-meter run: Everett Wagner (KW) 10:20.97; 1600-meter relay: FTL 3:33.27; high jump: Stephan Duvier (CG) 6-4; pole vault: Eric Vinson (KW) 13-0; long jump: Schneider Dorcius (UC) 20-4; triple jump: George Louisaint (FLA) 41-9; discus throw: Jack Gruba (KW) 140-5; shot put: Robert Alexander (HAL) 43-8.


•  Late Saturday — Archbishop McCarthy Big Blue Invitational — Flanagan 109.2, Fort Lauderdale85.7, Archbishop McCarthy 75.5, Nova 73.5, Cardinal Gibbons 48, South Fork 42.5, Jensen Beach 32.4, Carrollton 31, Upperroom Christian 31, Key West 30.7 — 3200-meter relay: AMC 10:12.73; 100-meter hurdles: Kayla Burke (NBP) 15.74; 100-meter dash: Aiyanna Stiverne (NOV) 12.45; 1600-meter run: Sara Bowden (AMC) 5:32.70; 400-meter relay: FLA 50.49; 400-meter dash: Ulani Toussaint (MA) 58.43; 300-meter hurdles: Adanaca Brown (UC) 47.63; 800-meter run: Morgan Rodriguez (CG) 2:26.08; 200-meter dash: Aiyanna Stiverne (NOV) 25.46; 3200-meter run: Bethany Hardcastle (SF) 12:04.18; 1600-meter relay: FTL 4:13.80; high jump: Abigail Perry (CG) 5-2; pole vault: Alina Anderson (GUL) 10-0; long jump: Adanaca Brown (UC) 17-1.25; triple jump: Nadia Francis (FLA) 32-10.25; discus throw: Dominique Edward (FLA) 130-4; shot put: Tanisha Hardy (HAL) 37-9.



Monarch vs. Boyd Anderson (BA), 6:30

Northeast vs. Coconut Creek (C. Creek), 4

Miramar vs. Cypress Bay (CB), 6:30

Coral Glades vs. Deerfield (Home), 6:30

Taravella vs. Douglas (Home), 3:45

Coral Springs vs. Flanagan (Home), 6:30

Heritage vs. Hallandale (Johnson Park), 3:45

Stranahan vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 3:45

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Nova (Home), 7

Ft.Laud. vs. PinesCha. (Pemb. Lks Opt.),6:30

South Plantation vs. Piper (Home), 7

West Broward at Pompano, 6:30

McArthur vs. South Broward (SB), 6:30


University vs. Cardinal Gibbons (CG), 4

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

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

Coral Springs vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 4

Everglades vs. Flanagan (FLA), 6:30

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

Dillard vs. Hallandale (HAL), 4

South Broward vs. McArthur (MCA), 6:30

Blanche Ely vs. Monarch (MON), 4

Boyd Anderson vs. Northeast (NE), 6:30

Taravella vs. Piper (Sunrise Ath.Cplx.), 4

Nova vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (STA), 6:30

West Broward vs. Western (WES), 6:30


Pine Crest vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 4

Pompano vs. Creek (Windmill Park), 4

C. Springs vs. C. Glades (CS Tennis Ctr), 4

Cooper City vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 4

Douglas vs. Deerfield Beach (Home), 4

Western vs. Everglades (Home), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. Flanagan (Home), 4

Nova vs. Miramar (Lakeshore Park), 4

Fort Lauderdale at Pines Charter, 4

Northeast vs. Plantation (Central Park), 4

St. Thomas Aquinas at S. Plant., 4

Monarch vs. Taravella (Home), 4

South Broward vs. West Broward (Home), 4

American Heritage at McCarthy, 3:30


Pine Crest vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 4

Pompano vs. Creek (Windmill Park), 4

C. Springs vs. C. Glades (CS Tennis Ctr), 4

Cooper City vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 4

Douglas vs. Deerfield Beach (Home), 4

Western vs. Everglades (Home), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. Flanagan (Home), 4

Nova vs. Miramar (Lakeshore Park), 4

Fort Lauderdale at Pines Charter, 4

Northeast vs. Plantation (Central Park), 4

St. Thomas Aquinas at S. Plantation, 4

Monarch vs. Taravella (Cypress Park), 4

South Broward vs. West Broward (Home), 4

American Heritage at McCarthy, 3:30


McCarthy at American Heritage, 4:30


Hills vs. Cypress Bay (DB Pool), 5:30

Douglas at Deerfield Beach, 7:30

South Broward vs. Flanagan (Nova Pool), 5:30

Western vs. Nova (Nova Pool), 7:30

C.Springs vs. Wstmnstr. Acad. (PPC), 8

Pine Crest vs. Creek (Pines Charter), 7:30


Park Vista vs. American Heritage (AHP), 6

West Boca Raton vs. Douglas (DOU), 5

Taravella vs. Flanagan (FLA), 5

Cypress Bay vs. South Plantation (SP), 5


Amer. Hrtg. at Cardinal Newman, 7

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Pine Crest (PC), 4

University School vs. Cooper City (CC), 5

West Boca Raton vs. Douglas (DOU), 5

Taravella vs. Flanagan (FLA), 5

Wellington vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (STA), 5

Cypress Bay vs. South Plantation (SP), 5

West Broward vs. Western (Home), 5

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