The Stoneman Douglas baseball team from Parkland won its first state title in school history last month and was named Baseball America's top prep team in 2016 on Thursday. The Eagles sit atop BA's rankings and are expected to be awarded national title.
Sixteen of South Florida’s top high school football programs participated in the eighth annual BATTLE 7-on-7 Football Challenge hosted by Tournament of Champions on Saturday afternoon at Ives Estates Park in Aventura. Inclement weather brought the event to an abrupt, early end nearly halfway through, but that doesn’t mean nothing got accomplished.
Douglas High’s Jesus Luzardo and Colton Welker, teammates since they were 8, got drafted by Major League Baseball organizations Friday — Luzardo to the Washington Nationals in the third round and Welker to the Colorado Rockies only 16 picks later in the fourth round.
Mauricio Diaz, the boys’ volleyball coach at Miami Southwest and a girls’ volleyball assistant coach at Ransom Everglades, was presented a Leo Suarez/Walter Krietsch Courage Award at Thursday’s All-Dade Athletic Awards as he continues to recover from a Stage 2 brain tumor.
The Miami Herald will host its All-Dade Athletic Awards banquet Thursday morning at Jungle Island in Miami. The ceremony will honor the top athletes and coaches in the county as well as the top athletic programs.
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.
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.
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.