Two weeks ago, Oakland Park Northeast’s Donnell Bennett officially resigned as its football coach. To replace him, the Hurricanes have chosen former Florida State wide receiver Kez McCorvey, according to Northeast assistant principal Allan Thompson.
From 1991-94 McCorvey caught 192 passes for the Seminoles and helped secure the school’s first national title. He also had a short run with the Detroit Lions from 1995-97.
Bennett, a former UM player, coached the Hurricanes for four seasons and finished with a 30-16 record.
TRACK & FIELD
If Lia King has her way, the Hallandale track star will be celebrating her 18th birthday at the BCAA Track championships at Dillard on Saturday with four gold medals around her neck.
King, fresh off setting three meet rcords at the George Steinbrenner Invitational last Saturday, extended her hot streak with a nation-leading 39-7.50 in the triple jump at the BCAA south qualifier at Hallandale on Tuesday.
“I could tell I was going to do something big but I really wasn’t expecting it to be 39-7.50,’’ King said. “This is most exciting because the BCAA meet falls on my birthday. The best birthday gift I can give myself is to win everything.”
King, who supplanted Texas City’s Asa Garcia (39-0.75) as the nation’s top triple jumper, also led a 1-2-3 Hallandale finish in the 100 hurdles with Edquisha Alvin and Tierra Lacey, won the 300 hurdles (46.36) and the long jump.
Following the 100 hurdles Alvin made a beeline for the high jump which she won with a leap of 5-0.
The South Broward boys’ 400-meter relay team of Ishmail Jackson, Khalil Henderson, Christian Pete and DeAndre Henderson looked primed for its highly anticipated rematch with Blanche Ely by cruising to victory in a season-best and Broward No. 2 time of 42.07.
“We’re going to have to be better on Saturday,’’ said DeAndre Henderson. “We didn’t get the stick off the last time we ran Ely. It’s going to take perfect handoffs and everybody wanting to win. We’re trying to run a 41.0.”
Khalil Henderson came back to win the 200 in 21.37.
The top three finishers and next top four accumulative times or distances from the four qualifiers advance to the BCAA championships.
Hallandale’s John Battle IV kept alive his bid for a BCAA hurdles double by winning the 110 hurdles in a Broward No. 2 14.50 and finishing second in the 300 hurdles to Miramar’s Brandon Harris. Miramar’s Jabari Hill (14.66) and McArthur’s Bobby Cooks (15.37) finished second and third respectively in the 110 hurdles.
“I’m trying to go 14.1 on Saturday,’’ Battle said. “That is my goal. That is what I have been working toward I think Jabari and a guy from Boyd Anderson will be my biggest competition in the 100. We’ve been battling for about two years now. I look forward to racing those guys on Saturday.”
Flanagan, a perennial 400-meter girls’ relay power, won in 49.41 behind Daja Bush, Samantha Prudent, Laura Morency and Raveen Stewart.
Everglades’ Deana Brown won the girls’ pole vault (6-0).
Miramar took the girls’ 3,200 relay, clocking 10:41.66 behind Maisha Martin, Chelsea Major, Demeria Lewis and Chloe Jenkins.
McArthur’s Junior Tellegran, the boys’ top seed in the 100, was disqualified on a false start, opening the door for West Broward’s Isaiah Taylor to win the title in 10.84.