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South Broward’s Mackenzie Sadaka honored with Miami Herald Courage Award

South Broward’s Mackenzie Sadaka had every excuse to take the basketball season off following the tragic passing of her father Michael Sadaka last September — just weeks before the season opener. Yet, instead of allowing grief to defer her basketball goals, Mackenzie used her father’s brave fight against cancer as inspiration for a breakout junior season, resulting in her being honored with the Leo Suarez/Walter Krietsch Courage Award at the Miami Herald All-Broward Awards banquet on Tuesday.

High School Sports

Jay Connolly, Dave Shepherd leave lasting legacy at St. Thomas Aquinas

Longtime Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas coaches Jay Connolly and Dave Shepherd are retiring after almost 40 years. The two former Cardinal Gibbons classmates were honored with the Miami Herald Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday at the All-Broward Awards breakfast in Davie. Connolly coached on all nine of St. Thomas Aquinas’ football state championship teams; Shepherd was part of all 17 of the school’s state track championships.

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After battling through pain, American Heritage’s Zandy Soree ready to continue soccer career

American Heritage’s Zandy Soree developed a massive blood clot in her left leg after a collision in practice pushed her to the sidelines during the offseason. Soree was also diagnosed with May-Thurner Syndrome, a rare condition in which the left common iliac vein is compressed. But she returned to the field and helped the Patriots claim their fourth straight Class 3A State Championship.

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