Coral Springs Academy’s baseball team receives elite invite

01/28/2014 12:01 AM

09/08/2014 7:03 PM

Coral Springs Academy’s baseball team, led by top prospect Touki Toussaint, will compete in the 2014 National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C.

The elite 16-team tournament is set for March 26-29. Coral Springs Academy is the only South Florida team playing in this year’s event, although Miami’s Gulliver Prep and Plantation’s American Heritage have competed the past two years.

Toussaint, a 6-1, 200-pound right-hander, is the nation’s fifth-ranked high school prospect for the 2014 draft. He also has a scholarship offer to Vanderbilt if he decides to go to college first.

Academy also has another top prospect in switch-hitting catcher Benito Santiago, a University of Tennessee recruit who is No. 90 in the prep Class of 2014.

• Two American Heritage seniors — shortstop Milton Ramos and outfielder Todd Isaacs — also crack Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prep prospects. Ramos, ranked 25th, has committed to Florida Atlantic. Isaacs, who is uncommitted, is ranked 70th.

Like father, like son

Nova wrestling coach Ron Schulz has been around a long time — this is his 44th season, including 34 at his current school. So it’s natural to have kids on his roster such as senior Colin Tucker, who is the son of another former Schulz wrestler.

Colin’s father, Kelly Tucker, wrestled for Schulz and now serves as his assistant coach.

In the meantime, Colin Tucker is having an excellent season. He won 25 of his first 30 matches and passed 100 career wins.

Last season, Tucker finished among the top at state in his 160-pound weight class. This season, he is back at 160 and looking to move up in the rankings.

Schulz said he thinks Colin is a better wrestler than his dad was — but there is reason for that.

“Back when Kelly was wrestling, you would be lucky to get 25 matches,” Schulz said. “Now kids can get 45 to 50 matches a year. That’s a lot more mat time, more opportunity to improve.”


• South Plantation boys’ soccer coach Georges Roumain said his defense has been outstanding this season, most notably in a 0-0 tie vs. St. Thomas Aquinas on Dec. 3. In that game, South Plantation, due to a red card, played all but five minutes with just 10 men and still earned the draw.

One of the keys on defense is senior Ernesto Torres, who was selected to compete for Cuba’s Under-15 national team when he was 14. However, he and his family left the island shortly thereafter, and he did not play for Cuba.

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