Fresh faces add intrigue to BCAA Big 8


Last week’s best performances


After knocking off Class 5A No. 1 Coconut Creek 78-70 in the BCAA Big 8 girls’ basketball semifinals, tournament MVP and Georgia Southern signee Trellanie Enligh-Lurry scored a team-high 13 points to help the Class 7A No. 1 Nova girls’ basketball team (21-3) hold off arch rival and four-time defending Class 5A state champions Dillard 51-46 for its second Big 8 title in the past three seasons.


Courtney Zaher, Pines Charter, girls’ soccer: Zaher had three goals to lead the Jaguars (17-5-1) over Terra 4-0 in the Class 4A regional quarterfinals.

Nikolas Bonito, University School, boys’ basketball: The eighth grade 6-5 standout had a team-high 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the surging Suns (11-6) over North Broward Prep 67-60.

Mike Gibson, Coral Springs, wrestling: Gibson won the 113-pound weight class to help the Colts win the Park Vista Duals Gold Division championship.

Wayne Campbell, American Heritage, boys’ soccer: Campbell had a goal and two assists to lead the Patriots (18-3-4) over Archbishop McCarthy 4-1 for the District 15-3A title.

Lawrence Barnes, Coral Springs Christian, boys’ basketball: Barnes had a game-high 17 points to lead the Crusaders over Pine Crest 51-39.

Briana Green, Dillard, girls’ basketball: The Southern University signee had a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Class 5A No. 3 Panthers (18-6) over Class 8A No. 3 Cypress Bay 73-47 in the BCAA Big 8 girls’ tournament semifinals.

Jack Martin and Nicholas Ketchum, Cardinal Gibbons, boys’ soccer: Martin’s goal held up and Ketchum stopped six shots for his seventh shutout as the Chiefs beat North Broward Prep 1-0 for the District 14-2A title.

Elie Richard, Archbishop McCarthy, boys’ basketball: Richard had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Mavericks to a 68-64 upset of American Heritage.

Taylor Shore, Archbishop McCarthy, girls’ soccer: Shore had two goals and two assists to lead the Mavericks (23-3-1) over Key West 4-0 in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals.

Kirvan Moesquit and Caleb Bien-Aime, Highlands Christian, boys’ soccer: Moesquit and Bien-Aime each scored to lead the Knights (12-5) over Westminster Academy 2-1 for the District 13-1A title.

Diamond Williams, Cardinal Gibbons, girls’ basketball: Williams had a game-high 21 points to lead the Chiefs over St. Thomas Aquinas 72-54.

Roshane Walker, Nova, boys’ basketball: Walker had a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Titans over Douglas 48-42.

Andrew Blazeff, Highlands Christian, boys’ basketball: Blazeff had a team-high 15 points to lead the Knights over FAU 55-46.

Mary Katherine Moore, St. Thomas Aquinas, girls’ basketball: The 6-5 standout had a game-high 17 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks to help the Raiders rally for a 40-37 victory over Class 4A No. 6 Miami Gulliver Prep at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Classic.

Nicholas DelVecchio, Cardinal Gibbons, wrestling: DelVecchio won the 145-pound class to help the Chiefs beat rival St. Thomas Aquinas 45-24.


No topic has created a bigger buzz around the BCAA Big 8 boys’ basketball tournament than the three perennial county basketball powers and huge box office draws who didn’t make the cut.

Big 8 regulars Dillard, a five-time state champion, Deerfield Beach, a 2012-13 Class 8A state semifinalist, and Northeast did not qualify for the tournament, which tips off at Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.

Those glaring omissions keep with a theme of just how unpredictable this season has been.

What the BCAA Big 8 loses in star power — along with the throng of faithful and vocal fans who travel well with Dillard, Deerfield Beach and Northeast — it gains with two fresh faces: resurgent Flanagan (14-5) and Class 8A No. 8 McArthur (15-5) trying to prove they belong among the Broward blue bloods.

For that to happen, both programs can’t just be satisfied with getting a ticket to the Big 8 dance and bowing out in the first round without a fight.

If Flanagan and McArthur want to send a message they have indeed arrived, the stage is theirs to at the very least, push their top three state-ranked first round opponents to the brink, if not pull an upset.

Flanagan and Kyanti Blyden get thrown into the fire at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when they face Blanche Ely star guard Lance Tejada III and the two-time defending Class 7A state champion Tigers (18-2).

Ely is not in a good mood after losing for the second time to archrival Boyd Anderson last week and dropping from No. 1 to No. 3 in the 7A state poll.

The Rodney Simeon-led Cobras (18-3), who leapfrogged Ely for the No. 2 spot in 7A, open their Big 8 bid against Cypress Bay and Russ Barnes at 6:30.

McArthur hopes explosive guard Derric Jean can keep speedy point guard Jose Morales occupied when the Mustangs faces Class 5A No. 3 Cardinal Gibbons (18-5) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Class 6A No. 5 Pines Charter, led by 6-5 guard Haanif “Mr. Triple Double” Cheatham, plays resurgent St. Thomas Aquinas (13-8) and Sidney Umude at 8 p.m.


• American Prep 87, Ahfachkee (7-16) 40: AP (22-5): Coleman 8, Williams 8, Albert 2, Saguerra 8, Allan 15, Avery 15, Sawyer 19, Lindsay 12. Three-pointers: Williams, Seguerra 2, Coleman 2, Sawyer 4, Lindsay. Rebounds: Lindsay 9. Assists: Coleman 9. Steals: Avery 4.

• Coral Springs 62, Fort Lauderdale 48.


• University School hired Phoenix Christian (Ariz.) Prep coach Brandon Harris as its new coach, athletic director Paul Herfurth said. Harris, 46, replaces Roger Harriott, who resigned a month ago to become an assistant coach at Florida Atlantic.

A former University of Idaho receiver who also was a member of the Denver Broncos’ practice squad and played for Sacramento of the World Football League, Harris has 19 years of college and high school coaching experience.

• Adam Ratkevich has been named the football coach at Western. Ratkevich, who coached at Northeast and Deerfield Beach with a combined record of 47-73 over eight seasons, was an assistant at Western from 1994-98 under Ray Buscemi.

• Arkansas has received oral commitments from four South Florida players in two days.

Dillard safety Randy Ramsey announced his pledge to Arkansas on Sunday with Miami Norland wide receiver Kendrick Edwards, Miami Gulliver Prep receiver Cornelius Floyd and Miami Killian defensive end Anthony Brown following suit Monday.




District 11-8A semifinals at Douglas: Taravella vs. Douglas, 6; Coral Springs vs. Deerfield Beach, 7:30

District 13-8A semifinals at Flanagan: West Broward vs. Everglades, 6; Flanagan vs. McArthur, 7:30

District 14-4A quarterfinal at Coral Springs Charter: University School vs. North Broward Prep, 7

District 15-3A quarterfinals at Sagemont: Doctors Charter vs. South Florida HEAT, 4; International School of Broward vs. Archbishop Curley,5:30; Somerset Miramar vs. Sagemont, 7


Region 3-5A semifinal: West Boca, Douglas, 7

Region 4-5A semifinal: Cypress Bay at STA, 7

Region 4-4A semifinal: Miami Springs at Pines Charter, 7

Region 4-3A semifinal: Archbishop McCarthy at American Heritage, 7

Region 4-1A semifinal: South Florida HEAT at Westminster Academy, 7

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