Marty Poplar, a longtime teacher and coach at St. Thomas Aquinas, passed away Monday after a long bout with cancer the school said.
Poplar, 66, taught English at Aquinas after graduating from his hometown John Carroll University in Cleveland in 1973.
Not only was Poplar heavily invested in the Aquinas athletic programs — he was either a head coach or assistant for various sports — he was also very active in the student scene.
According to Aquinas athletic director George Smith, Poplar’s longtime friend who preceded Poplar at the school by a year, Poplar coordinated many activities at the school such as Disney’s Grad Nite, prom and homecoming as senior class moderator.
Poplar retired after 33 years at the school in 2005.
“He was a best friend, a real great guy,’’ said Smith, who had Poplar on his football coaching staff for years.
“Marty was one of those guys who was just always there for the athletes and the students and whomever was there he could help.’’
Poplar was part of three state championships as an assistant football coach at Aquinas and also won four state titles as girls’ golf coach.
Poplar was also boys’ golf coach at Aquinas as well as a junior varsity baseball coach.
“This is tough,” said Smith, who lived less than a mile away from Poplar in Sunrise in the 1970s and 1980s.
“He had been fighting this for a long time.”
Miami Norland senior and McDonald’s All-American Dewan Huell and Coral Springs senior guard Myron Dewar were named finalists for the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball award Monday.
Dewar was named the Class 8A Player of the Year and averaged a Broward County-best 29.2 points per game in leading the Colts to their first state championship.
Huell was named the Class 6A Player of the Year and averaged 16.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game this past season in leading the Vikings to the Class 6A regional finals. Huell was a vital part of Norland’s final three of four consecutive state titles during his freshman through junior seasons.
Three coaches were named finalists for the Overall Coach of the Year award after leading their respective teams to state championships.
Coral Springs’ Devin Barta (Class 8A), Blanche Ely’s Melvin Randall (Class 7A) and Dillard’s Darryl Burrows (Class 6A) were named Coaches of the Year for their respective classes. Their teams each won state titles in the same year and on the same day, marking a first for Broward County.
▪ Jackson 14, Miami Springs 4: Jordy Cabrera (3-2) 6 IP, ER, 6 K’s. Joel Rivera 3-5, 5 RBI, HR. Hector Rodriguez 3-4, 3 R. Armando Prieto 2-3, RBI. JAX 5-4.
▪ Southwest 14, South Miami 0: Marcus Rabel 6 K’s, 4 IP, H. Ryan Acosta 3-3, 2 RBI. Jason Grana 3B, 1B. Danny Cruz 2 H, SB. Daniel DeLeon 3B, BB.
▪ Mourning 11, North Miami Beach 0: Brandon Rios (1-2)5 IP, H, 6 K’s. Jim Varona 3-4, 4 RBI. Richard Gavarrete 2-2, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B. Anthony Antigua 2-2, RBI. ATM 3-6.
▪ Archbishop Carroll 25, Somerset Academy 0: Alfredo Silva (2-1), SV, 2 IP, 4 K’s. Jimmy Heyworth 5-5, 3 H, 2 2B, 5 R, 3 RBI. Rey Gonce 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 R. Seth Reid 2-3, 3 RBI, 3 R. AC 8-2.
▪ Archbishop Curley 18, Hollywood Chris 3: Olya Seichrist (7-1). Olya Seichrist 6 K’s, 3-3, 3 R. Kaylin Ayuaca 2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI. Sabrina Monestime 3 R, RBI. Lauren Cardona 2 R, RBI. AC 8-1.
▪ Palmer Trinity 2, Coral Shores 1: Miller CG, 7 K’s, 3 H. Pico 2-3. Hebble 1-2.
▪ Palmetto 14, Coral Gables 1: Daijaa Williams (4-0). Kiley Kross 3-4, double, HR, 2 R, RBI. Lauren Margolis 3-3, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI. Jayla Digennaro 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI. PAL 11-1.
▪ Hialeah Miami Lakes d. Miami Springs (25-23, 25-11, 25-20): Andrew Uria 9 kills, 9 digs. Franky Zamora 18 assists, 5 aces. Abraham Castillo 6 kills, 4 blocks, 7 digs. HML 3-0.
▪ Hebrew Academy d. Westland Hialeah (25-16, 25-21, 25-21): Daniel Ben Avner 7 aces, 5 kills. Daniel Fedida 3 aces, 11 kills. Max Del-Giglio 27 assists. Dylan Del-Giglio 20 digs. HA 1-1.
▪ SLAM d. Hialeah (25-19, 23-25, 25-17, 25-20): Alex Reyes 12 kills, 16 points. Ralf Barrios 10 kills, 7 points. AJ Alvarez 30 assists, 10 points. SL 3-1.
▪ Riviera Prep d. Westwood Christian (25-5, 25-11, 23-25, 25-13): Pablo Portes 3 kills. Brendan Golden 3 kills. Yves Esslinger 4 kills.
▪ South Broward d. Chaminade-Madonna (28-26, 26-24, 25-21): Ryan Seilkop 12 points, 9 assists, 4 kills. Dominic Bruzzi 10 digs, 2 blocks. CM 1-2.
▪ Reagan 5, Northwestern 0: Camila Garcia (RR) 8-1. Natalia Roman (RR) 8-5. Veronica Dibabbo (RR) 8-4, Maria Roman (RR) 8-3. Andrea Lopez (RR) 8-0. RR 5-3.
▪ Krop 4, Doral Academy 3: 2. Camila Ordonez (KRO) 8-2. 4. Tyra Fairley (KRO) 8-0. 5. Manami Maehama (KRO) 8-0. KRO 9-1.
▪ Miami Country Day 5, Coral Gables 2: Celina Lindemann 8-1. Sasha Bass 8-0. Jade Iadorolla 8-0.
▪ MAST 7, Pace 0: Anabella Camacaro 8-1. Isabella Camacaro 8-0. Martina Ibrichimova 8-0. Lucia Ors 8-3. Patricia Portabella 8-0. Doubles: Camacaro/Ibrichimova 6-0. Portabella/Martinez 4-0.
▪ Krop 4, Doral Academy 1: 2. Ariel Hollender 8-0. 3. Fabrice Bissainthe 8-6. 5. Salvatore Brinker 8-1. KRO 8-2.
▪ Miami Country Day 6, Coral Gables 1: 1. Milan Bass 8-0. 4. Evan Meisleman 8-2. 5. Alejandro Wills 8-1.
▪ MAST 7, Pace 0: Richie Torres 8-0. Alejandro Matar Garcia 8-2. Sevann Bignon 8-6. Patrick Wilson 8-4. Paul Wilson 8-0. Doubles: Matar Garcia/Bernal 6-0. Sole/Bignon 6-0.
▪ Reagan 7, Northwestern 0: Juan Amaya (RR) 8-0. Carlos Irazabal (RR) 8-0, Gabriel Mateluna (RR) 8-0. Javier Arocha (RR) 8-1. Luis Almario (RR). Doubles: Irazabal/Mateluna (RR) 8-0. Arocha/Almario (RR) 8-1. RR 5-3.
▪ St. Thomas Aquinas 15, Benjamin 9: Carly Steinlauf 5 goals, 2 assists. Madison Cunnigham 5 saves, INT. Carley Adams 3 goals, 3 assists. STA 8-0.
▪ Cypress Bay 7, University School 6: Sydney Soltau 9 saves. Skylar Kahn goal. Caroline Kapp goal. Peri Shectman goal. Emma Roberts goal. Chiara Omsky goal. Gabi Sacks goal.
▪ Cooper City 17, Gulliver 1: CC (6-2): Florence Andrieu 4 goals, assist. Amanda Rivas 3 goals, assist. Olivia Lewis 3 goals, assist. Kasey Allen goal. Crystal Dezentje goal.
GIRLS’ WATER POLO
▪ Mourning 15, Goleman 2: Clara Randazzo 5 goals. Daphne Scotese 2 goals. Nina Latorre 2 goals each.
BOYS’ WATER POLO
▪ Mourning 17, Goleman 7: Anthony Kaminsky 9 goals. Daniel Scotese 5 goals.
Last week’s best Miami-Dade performances
TEAM OF THE WEEK
The South Dade wrestling team won its third consecutive state championship and 11th in the school’s history. The Bucs were led by their four individual state champs — Elijah Varona (106 pounds), Ozzy Lugo (145), Chei Hill (195) and Kyron Taylor (285).
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Randy McCray and Jordan Marshall, Southridge, wrestling: McCray (120) and Marshall (126) each won state titles to lead the Spartans to a state runner-up finish.
Alex Perez, Monsignor Pace, wrestling: Perez won the Class 1A state championship at 138 pounds.
Alex Victor, Braddock, wrestling: Victor won the Class 3A state championship at 113 pounds.
Carlos Alcon, Hialeah Gardens, baseball: Alcon struck out 13 batters in a 6-2 win over Hialeah.
Faith Vazquez, Florida Christian, softball: Vazquez had two home runs and eight RBI to lead the Patriots to a 16-15 win over Coral Gables.
Carlin Berryhill, Coral Reef, boys’ track and field: Berryhill won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational.
Timetria Mitchell, Northwestern, girls’ track and field: Mitchell broke a meet record in the 100 hurdles and also won the 300 hurdles to lead the Bulls to the championship of the Sam Burley Hall of Fame Invitational.
Antonio Mora, Ransom Everglades, boys’ tennis: Mora won his singles and doubles match to lead the Raiders to a 4-3 win over Plantation American Heritage.
Cassandra Restrepo, Westminster Christian, girls’ tennis: Restrepo won her match 4-3 to lead the Warriors over Carrollton.
Francisco Randazzo, Mourning, boys’ water polo: Randazzo had nine saves to lead the Sharks to a 9-3 win over Krop.
Kimberly Gonzales, Miami High, girls’ water polo: Gonzales had six goals to lead the Stingarees over Coral Reef.
Gabriel Garcia, Belen, boys’ lacrosse: Garcia had three goals and two assists to lead the Wolverines to a 10-6 win over Columbus.
Jason Harris, Killian, boys’ volleyball: Harris had 14 kills, 16 assists and 13 digs to lead the Cougars over Palmetto in five sets.
Michael Trainor, Palmetto, badminton: Trainor won his singles match to lead the Panthers to a 7-3 win over Killian.
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Last week’s best Broward performances
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Glen Durosier won the 110 hurdles and finished second in the 300 hurdles and Phillip Lee Jr. won the high jump and long jump to lead the Boyd Anderson boys’ track team to the Hallandale Invitational title.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Simona Babb, North Broward, girls’ tennis: Babb won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles to lead the Eagles over Coral Springs Charter 6-1.
Grant Aranoff and Josiah Gittman, St. Thomas Aquinas, wrestling: Aranoff (138 ounds, 55-2 this season) and Gittman (182) won their respective weight classes at the Class 3A state championships.
John McKenna, Douglas, baseball: McKenna went 2 for 3 with a solo home run, double and three RBI to lead the Eagles over Coral Springs 7-0.
Barbara Vega, Coral Springs Charter, softball: Vega went 2 for 3 with a RBI to lead the Panthers over Park Vista 2-0 for the Speedball Tournament title.
Khalifa St. Fort, St. Thomas Aquinas, girls’ track: The World Youth 100 meter silver medalist won Girls’ Under 20 titles in the 100 (U.S. No. 1 11.39 wind-aided) and U.S. No. 1 200 (23.64) at the Trinidad and Tobago Carifta Games Trials.
Damian Thomas, Jr, Northeast, boys’ track: The 16-year-old phenom won the Jamaican Carifta Games Trials’ Boys’ Under-18 110-meters hurdles title in a U.S. No. 1 and career-best 13.73.
Danielle Bess, American Heritage, girls’ track: The eighth-grade sensation won the 400 meters (55.32) and finished third in the 200 at the Sam Burley Invitational.
Eric Rivera, Flanagan, baseball: Rivera hit a solo home run to lead the Falcons over Western 4-3.