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Coral Reef chooses veteran Padron as its new baseball coach

 

a1fernandez@MiamiHerald.com

A day after being named Miami-Dade County’s top overall athletic program by The Miami Herald, Coral Reef chose one of the county’s veteran coaches to lead its baseball program.

Coral Reef announced Thursday that it has hired former Florida Christian coach Ernie Padron as its new coach.

Padron, who would enter his 22nd year coaching in Dade next baseball season, resigned from Florida Christian this past summer after 15 years. Padron guided the Patriots to the regional playoffs every season he was their coach and to six consecutive state final-four appearances from 2001to 2006 — a run that included two state championships and two runner-up finishes.

Padron, who coached at Dade Christian and La Progresiva before Florida Christian, has a 480-173 career record.

“I met with the kids [Thursday] and everything went great,” Padron said. “I’m ready to get out there and get going.”

Padron takes over for David Bisceglia and inherits a team that finished this season with a 2-19 record. Padron said he’s excited about the challenge playing in a competitive district that includes South Dade, Killian, Varela, Southridge and is expected to add Sunset and Ferguson.

“Coach Padron has an extensive and impressive background in youth baseball with numerous players moving on to play in college and several professionally,” Coral Reef athletic director Deb Margolis said. “He’s spent the majority of his career in the private school sector, and we welcome him bringing his experience to the public school system to help us take our team to the next level academically and athletically.”

ALL-BROWARD AWARDS

The Miami Herald will honor Broward County’s top athletes and coaches at its annual awards breakfast Friday morning at the Signature Grand in Davie.

The ceremony will begin at 8:30a.m. and check-in begins at 8 a.m. Tickets are $25 at the door.

At the event, The Herald will announce its athletes and coaches of the year in 17 sports and crown its overall athletes and coaches of the year for all sports.

The Herald will also name this year’s All-Sports Awards winners, honoring the top athletic programs in the county overall and in major boys’ and girls’ sports.

MORE BASEBALL

The Broward County Athletic Association will hold its annual baseball All-Star game Wednesday at Nova at 7 p.m.

BASKETBALL

Former South Miami guard Deric Hill and Plantation American Heritage guard Juan Ferrales transferred from FIU to Barry University. Both will be eligible to play during the 2013-14 season. Each will have two years of eligibility.

SPRING FOOTBALL

Blanche Ely’s Chazton McKenzie had six catches for 66 yards, but his defensive efforts proved more effective when he picked off a pass with 2:24 remaining as the host Tigers edged Carol City 14-12.

Quarterback Tyquan Field had just scored what would become the game-winning touchdown on a 5-yard run straight up the middle to erase an 12-8 deficit.

On the ensuing possession, Ely got the big takeaway on the McKenzie interception at midfield, which allowed Ely to run out the clock for the victory.

“[McKenzie] is a great two-way player who has done everything we’ve asked of him in the spring, and he tends to be overlooked because of his size [5-11],” Tigers coach Charles Hafley said.

“After tonight, I don’t think he’ll be overlooked [for the coming fall] anymore.”

Carol City (7-3 last fall) had overcome a slow start — getting outgained 109-2 after two first quarter possessions — to lead 12-8 at halftime.

The Tigers opened the scoring on Brodric James’ 10-yard run to the right corner and added a two-point conversion on Teddrick Moffit’s pass to Edward Walker.

CONCEPCION LEDEZMA

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