A stellar season for Broward County included 20 team state championships and numerous individual trophies earned along the way.
The Miami Herald will honor the best high school athletes in Broward on Friday morning at its annual All-Broward Athletic Awards sponsored by Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and the Orange Bowl.
The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Signature Grand in Davie and will once again honor excellence in 17 sports.
Players and Coaches of the Year in all the sports will be announced, as well as the Overall Athletes of the Year and the Overall Coaches of the Year.
The top athletic programs also will be honored with the Miami Herald’s All-Sports Awards.
The program also will include the Miami Herald’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dade ceremony was held Wednesday and drew a crowd of nearly 1,400. For more information on the event, visit MiamiHerald.com/athleticawards.
Fresh off a banner year for Broward softball, several key figures from its three state championship teams were honored Thursday by the Florida Dairy Farmers Association.
St. Thomas Aquinas pitcher Meghan King and coach Bryan Baucom were named the state’s Class 7A Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, after each played a vital role in the Raiders winning a second state title in a row.
Pines Charter coach Tom Fadul earned Class 6A Coach of the Year honors after leading the Jaguars to their second state title in three years and third consecutive state final appearance.
American Heritage coach Marty Cooper also earned Coach of the Year honors in Class 5A after his team won a state championship.
King is eligible for the association’s Miss Softball award, and Baucom, Fadul and Cooper are all finalists for the Overall Coach of the Year award.
Antwuan Haynes broke through the line of scrimmage for an 80-yard touchdown run in the second half of Plantation’s 35-28 win against Stranahan.
Haynes had 14 carries for 199 yards and three touchdowns, and Marquis Flowers had 13 carries for 125 yards and two touchdowns for the Colonels. The Colonels led 21-0 in the first quarter and 21-7 at halftime.
•Norland 8, Coconut Creek 7:
Norland defensive end Eric Mitchell tackled Creek’s running back on a counter play midway through the third quarter for a 3-yard loss in the end zone to erase the Cougars’ 7-6 halftime lead.
Fort Lauderdale tabbed Rich Belton to fill its coaching position. Belton replaces the popular Reggie Nixon, who led the Flying L’s to a 12-10 record and a berth in the district semifinals last season.