Freshman Sebastian Babal led the American Heritage Plantation boys’ soccer team by scoring two goals in a 4-0 victory over Hallandale in the district 15-3A semifinals on Wednesday afternoon.
After a 16-game absense due to injury, junior Wayne Campbell came back in full swing and scored a goal. Senior Nicola Regency also returned after a 15-game absense and scored a goal for the Patriots. Eric Rice had his 16th shutout of the season.
Although most of American Heritage’s key players have been benched due to injury, they have managed to have a 20-3-4 season. “A lot of freshman and sophomores have gotten playing time, and our bench has gotten a lot of experience this season,” Patriots coach Richard Jobson said.
The Patriots take on Archbishop McCarthy on Firday for the district finals. “We have beaten them in our home 1-0 and in theirs we tied 0-0. So I’m expecting it to be a close game,” Jobson said.
Sagemont point guard Lance Crawford, who has done a masterful job incorporating himself and the Lions’ other new stars in its run to the No. 2 rank in 3A and 23-0 record, has given an oral commitment to University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Crawford, a heady floor leader, chose the Red Hawks over Towson State, Boston University, Boston College and Florida Gulf Coast.
Landing the pass-first Crawford is a vital recruiting chip for UMass-Lowell, which made the move up to Division 1 this season.
“UMass-Lowell is building,’’ Crawford said. “Right now they don’t have a player to be a general and set everybody up. To make sure everybody is in the right spots. They want me to go in there and be an extension of the coach. I want to leave a legacy at that school forever.”
Crawford is averaging 15 points, nine assists and four steals as part of Sagemont’s “Big Four” with fellow newcomers Connecticut 6-4 commit Prince Ali, UCLA 6-11 signee G.G. Goloman and 6-5 holdover Jordan Cooper.
Florida Atlantic baseball coach John McCormack added former Nova outfielder and South Florida native Jeff Fiorentino to his coaching staff in time for the 2014 season.
The 30-year-old from Pembroke Pines went to Davie Nova High School, where as a senior in 2001 he batted an astounding .512 average and led Broward County in runs (42), home runs (12) and RBI (42) en route to being named All-County, All State and the Broward County Player of the Year.
Fiorentino’s success at Nova got him drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, but he instead went to FAU where after three seasons he was once again drafted and in one year, made his major-league debut with the Baltimore Orioles.
“To have Jeff helping our guys is fantastic,” McCormack said. “He was a great FAU player and of course went on to a big-league career. His experience will only help the players. I enjoyed watching him play, and now I will enjoy watching him teach the next generation of FAU ball players.”
Fiorentino retired from professional baseball on June 17, 2013, after stints with the Orioles, Athletics and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan. He will serve as a student assistant on the FAU coaching staff while he works on finishing his college education.
BCAA Big 8 quarterfinals at South Plantation: Dillard vs. Flanagan,3:30; Coconut Creek vs. Fort Lauderdale, 5; Cypress Bay vs. Northeast,6:30; Nova vs. Deerfield Beach, 8.
Region 3-5A quarterfinal: Lake Worth Park Vista at Douglas, 7
Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Flanagan at St. Thomas Aquinas, 7
Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Cypress Bay at West Broward, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: TERRA at Pines Charter, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: South Broward at Miami Springs, 7
Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Archbishop McCarthy at Key West, 5
Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Doral at American Heritage, 7
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: North Palm Benjamin at North Broward Prep, 7
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Pine Crest at Delray American Heritage, 7
Region 4-1A quarterfinal at Weston Regional Park: South Florida HEAT vs. Sagemont, 4
Region 4-1A quarterfinal: Posnack at Westminster Academy, 7
District 14-5A final at Flanagan: 7
District 14-1A final at Brian Piccolo Park: 4
BCAA Big 8 semifinals at South Plantation: Nova-Deerfield Beach winner vs. Coconut Creek-Fort Lauderdale winner, 6:30; Dillard-Flanagan winner vs. Cypress Bay-Northeast winner, 8
District 12-5A final at Coral Glades: 7
District 13-5A final at Cypress Bay: 7
District 15-3A final at American Heritage: 6
District 14-2A final at North Broward Prep: 7