Jimmy V Week, the ESPN initiative that raises funds for cancer research, concludes with top college basketball programs facing each other.
That’s what Cypress Bay boys’ basketball coach Jason Looky envisioned four years ago, when he pitched a local event called Coaches vs. Cancer to his principal and administration.
Looky wanted to honor his colleague and good friend, Angie Kraemer-White, who died from colon cancer. They both had taught physical education since the school’s inception in 2002.
“There were only a few of us that had been there since we opened,” Looky said. “Just seeing her around the kids every day and how many kids she had and how important kids were to her, I felt obligated to do something whether small or large. Something to try and give back. We tried to earmark it not necessarily towards cancer research but families and ways to work with the families and local community to try and help out that way with cancer patients.”
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During the first three years, they raised $15,000 for various charities, including Gilda’s Club South Florida, American Cancer Society and Jorge Nation Foundation Inc. All proceeds in 2015 will go to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Looky got his players, assistant coaches and booster club to serve as volunteers. A Dwyane Wade autographed jersey was part of a $5 raffle. Admission cost $6 per day. There was also a car wash. The girls’ soccer team held a toy drive.
What started as a one-day event now spans two days at two sites (Cypress Bay and South Plantation) with 11 basketball games and two girls’ soccer matches. Teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties participate in the regular-season contests.
Over the years, top basketball schools have come through, including Miami Norland. Sagemont, the Miami Herald’s preseason No. 1 in Broward, topped McArthur, 91-65, on Friday night.
On Saturday afternoon, two South Florida contenders — Hollywood’s Chaminade-Madonna and Hialeah’s American — competed in an early-season matchup.
Senior Darius Allen, who is weighing offers from programs such as Wichita State, Minnesota and Virginia Tech, scored a game-high 28 points as his Lions beat the Patriots, 67-52.
Less than 24 hours after upsetting Dade preseason No. 2 Miami High, American had to face Chaminade, ranked fourth in Broward. Chaminade won the game 67-52.
▪ Girls’ soccer — Cardinal Gibbons 4, Cypress Bay 0. Taravella 3, North Broward Prep 0
▪ Boys’ basketball — Sagemont 91, McArthur 65. Somerset 52, Piper 44. St. Thomas Aquinas 66, Atlantic 34. Chaminade-Madonna 67, American 52. North Miami 50, Monarch 49.Westminster Academy 93, Pines Charter 70. Cypress Bay 57, North Broward Prep 42. South Plantation 83, American Heritage Delray 71.
▪ Girls’ basketball — Cypress Bay 70, West Boca 61. St. Thomas Aquinas 64, South Plantation 64 (OT).
▪ Hialeah 52, St. Brendan 44: HIA (4-1): Jones 19, Betties 13, Celestine 9, Thimogene 5, Brown 4, Campbell 2. SB: Sanchez 15, Barrial 10, Padro 7, Prieto 7, Lara 5. HT: 29-22 HIA.
▪ Coral Springs Charter 69, Coconut Creek 64: CC (1-0): Antidore 14, Harris 6, J.Johnoson 24, Bartee 6, Ja.Johnson 5, Collins 9. CSC (2-1) : Cinevert 18, J. Robinson 14, Fraser 18, R. Robinson 14, Harvey 3, S.Weber 2. Three-pointers:J. Robinson 4. Rebounds: Fraser 11. HT: 29- 29.
▪ Pine Crest 2, Ransom 0: Elliott goal. Turner goal. Danielsen shutout. PC 9-0-1.