Mitchell, Bush excited about head coaching futures


Last week’s best performances


Jake Albo and Camilo Escobar won at singles and then teamed up for a No. 1 doubles victory to lead the Sagemont boy’s tennis team over Boca St. Andrews 4-2 in the Region 1A championships.


Kristi Isabelle, South Florida HEAT, girls’ track: Isabelle won the 100 hurdles, finished second in the triple jump and the 300 hurdles to lead the HEAT to the District 14-1A girls’ title.

Luis Guillorme, Coral Springs Charter, baseball: Guillorme went 4 for 5 with a run to lead the Panthers over West Broward 6-4.

Ryan Smith, Cypress Bay, boys’ tennis: Smith won at No. 1 singles to propel the reigning Class 4A state champion Lightning over Douglas 5-0 in the Class 4A regional championships.

Rachel Sieradzan, Calvary Christian, girls’ track: Sieradzan won the triple jump, the 400 and 800 and anchored the winning 1,600 relay to propel the reigning Class 1A state champion Eagles to the District 15-1A title.

Kevin Huegele, South Plantation, boys’ volleyball: Huegele had 13 points, 15 assists and 12 digs in a three-set victory over Western.

Claire Blount, Pines Charter, softball: Blount threw a complete game four-hitter and struck out nine to pick up a 3-1 victory over Cooper City.

Nikki Jacobs, Deerfield Beach, girls’ water polo: Jacobs had three goals to lead the Bucks over South Broward 10-5.

Ryan Davis, Highlands Christian, boys’ track: Davis won the long jump, the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles at the District 14-1A championships.

Nick Ritornato, Monarch, baseball: Ritornato went 2 for 4 with an RBI and stolen base to lead the Knights over Olympic Heights 8-5.

Stephanie Taylor, Pine Crest, girls’ tennis: Taylor won at No. 1 singles to propel a sweep of the singles titles and lead the Panthers over American Heritage 4-0 in the Region 2A championship.

Katie Kalasunas, Western, softball: Kalasunas picked up the victory and hit a two-run home run in a 8-1 victory over McArthur.

Samantha Restrepo, Pine Crest, softball: Restrepo went 4 for 4 with three runs in a 10-2 victory over Palm Beach Benjamin.

Ryan Dodge, Flanagan, baseball: Dodge drove in two runs to lead the Falcons over Archbishop McCarthy 5-2.

Walter Tucker, American Heritage, boys’ track: Tucker won the discus, 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles at the District 14-2A championships.

Sarah Maloney, Cypress Bay, softball: Maloney struck out 12 to lift her record to 8-2 in a 5-1 victory over rival Douglas.,


Special to The Miami Herald

A pair of newly signed head coaches in Broward are looking to brighten the future of their respective programs.

Roger Mitchell, now at Piper, and Devin Bush, who was promoted to head coach at Flanagan — both who accepted their jobs within the past 10 days — present contrasting backgrounds and will be faced with contrasting challenges.

The backgrounds: Bush, a former first-round pick in the 1995 NFL Draft as a safety, brings a college football national championship (1993 Florida State Seminoles) and a Super Bowl title (St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV; he also played with the Atlanta Falcons that lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII). As of late, he’s spent the past five years as co-defensive coordinator with Flanagan.

Mitchell has spent his last 25 years coaching high school football in both Dade and Broward. Most recently, he’s been the defensive coordinator at South Broward for the last eight years. He reached out to Piper when he heard about the opening.

“I’m bringing a wealth of experience,” Mitchell said. “I’m bringing a staff of football coaches that can really turn things around.”

Included in that staff that he assembled and hand-picked will be offensive coordinator Rick Divita, a long-time friend of Mitchell’s that go back to old Dade County battles when Divita was at Miami Beach and Mitchell was with Hialeah.

“I have a tremendous deal of respect for him,” Mitchell said of Divita.

The biggest challenge for Mitchell will be to turn his Bengals (3-7, 1-4 District 11-8A in 2012) around and out of the cellar of the six-team district.

He’s optimistic he can turn things around and feels the talent on the team is adequate to convert the football culture at the school.

“I think there’s an opportunity for us to sneak in there and make some noise,” he said. “It’s a matter of putting together a good coaching staff and getting the kids to buy in.”

For Bush, he was surprised when he was promoted to head coach.

“When they told me I was so happy; I was so excited,” Bush said. “I wanted to be a head coach someday, but I knew [Don] Simon was there so i never thought I’d be head coach at Flanagan.”

Simon resigned unexpectedly, and Bush was called upon.

He takes over a 6-5 football team that finished third in District 12-8A. Now the challenge comes in getting over Miramar and Cypress Bay.

“It’s an exciting district,” he says. “Every game there’s going to be a lot of excitement around the matchups, there’s going to be scouts out there.”

Flanagan athletic director Larry Brown said of why he made the promotion: “He worked really well with the kids. He has good rapport with the kids, and based on his experience, he was a perfect fit.”


District 13-4A quarterfinal — University School 8, Pine Crest 4


WP: Linette Flores (14-5). LP: Lopez. Top performers: Martinez 3-3, 3 RBI. Flores 2-3, RBI. US 14-5.


• American Heritage d. Somerset 25-10, 25-7, 23-25, 25-8: Tyler Gordon 12 kills, 31 points, 10 aces, 5 digs. Greg Holodak 17 kills, 3 digs. James Diamond 2 kills, 17 service points, 16 assists.



Chaminade-Madonna at Miami Belen, 4:30

Westwood Christian at Archbishop McCarthy, 7


District 11-8A semifinals at Taravella: Taravella vs. Coral Springs-Deerfield Beach winner, 4; Douglas vs. Piper-South Plantation winner, 6:30

District 15-7A semifinals at Monarch: Monarch vs. Blanche Ely, 3; Northeast vs. Coconut Creek, 4:30

District 16-7A semifinals at Cooper City: St. Thomas Aquinas vs. McArthur, 4; Nova vs. Cooper City, 7

District 15-6A semifinals at Archbishop McCarthy: Fort Lauderdale vs. Archbishop McCarthy, 4; Pines Charter vs. Stranahan-Hollywood Hills winner, 7

District 13-4A semifinals at Betti Stradling Park: Coral Springs Charter vs. University-Pine Crest winner, 3:30; North Broward Prep vs. Chaminade-Cardinal Gibbons winner, 3:30

District 14-3A semifinals at Westminster Academy: Highlands Christian Academy vs. Coral Springs Christian, 4; Calvary Christian vs. Westminster Academy, 4


State championships in Altamonte Springs and Casselberry


District 9 semifinals at Westminster Academy: Northeast vs. Coral Springs, 4; Douglas vs. Westminster Academy, 6


District 9 semifinals at Westminster Academy: Northeast vs. Westminster Academy, 3; Douglas vs. Deerfield Beach, 5


Chaminade-Madonna at Miami Pace, 4


District 25 final at North Broward Prep: 5

District 26 semifinals at Cardinal Gibbons: Calvary Christian vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 5; Taravella vs. Pine Crest, 7

District 27 semifinals at American Heritage: University vs. Western 5; South Plantation vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, 7


District 22 semifinals at Taravella: Coral Springs Charter vs. Douglas, 3:30; Taravella vs. West Boca Raton, 5:30

District 23 semifinals at University School: South Plantation vs. American Heritage, 5; Western vs. Cypress Bay, 7

District 24 semifinal: Cardinal Gibbons at Pine Crest, 5



Somerset at Archbishop McCarthy, 7


District 11-8A final at Taravella: 6:30

District 12-8A semifinals at Western: Cypress Bay vs. West Broward, 4; Flanagan vs. Western, 7

District 15-7A final at Monarch: 4

District 16-5A semifinals at American Heritage: Pompano Beach vs. Mourning, 4; American Heritage vs. Dillard, 7


State championships in Altamonte Springs and Casselberry


District 10-4A at Coral Springs: 3

District 12-4A at Ansin Sports Complex: 3


District 9 championship at Westminster Academy: 6

District 11 semifinals at Nova: Hollywood Hills vs. Cypress Bay, 5:15; Western vs. Nova, 8


District 9 championship at Westminster Academy: 4

District 11 semifinals at Nova: Hollywood

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