Miami Belen Jesuit's football team has earned a reputation for being the pipeline to Ivy League schools, but senior defensive back Pablo Alvarez interrupted that tradition last week when the 6-3, 190-pound speedster announced that he would be attending the University of Virginia.
The first team All-Dade selection was also one of the top track performers in the state the past two years.
''Pablo is one of those young men who started to showcase his football skills as a sophomore, made major strides last year and is well on his way to having a great senior season,'' said longtime Wolverines coach Rich Stuart.
Alvarez chose Virginia over Tulane, Marshall, Northwestern, Iowa, Colorado State, Kansas State and Duke.
Steg picks UConn: Coral Springs Taravella standout linebacker/tight end Brandon Steg has orally committed to the University of Connecticut. Steg, 6-3, 220-pounds, has helped to put Taravella back among the top teams in Broward County.
''Great pick up for U-Conn,'' said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. ''This is a young man we have watched the past two years, and while many have paid little attention, we have long said that this is going to be one of the top players in Broward County for 2009.'' -LARRY BLUSTEIN
The Florida Athletic Coaches Association has announced its boys' soccer All-State teams. The Miami-Dade selections for Class 6A are American's Mike Barbeto and Chris Torres, Killian's Stiven Salinas, Varela's Jhonny Vidales, Columbus' Pietro Macchiarella and Ferguson's Anthony Amaya. Belen's Nicolas Roque and Monsignor Pace's Lucas Garcia made it for Class 4A. Gulliver's Camilo Ronderos and Rafael Faria, and Ransom Everglades' Ned De Leo and Mike Lloret were joined by Florida Christian's Andrew Quintana on the Class 3A squad. Miami Country Day's Quinton Watson, Jacky Sasson and Tyrone Serrao joined Dade Christian's Leo Estabridis and Westminster Christian's Jake Moffet and Justin Moo Young made it in Class 2A.
Miami Palmer Trinity girls' volleyball star Paulina Prieto was honored as the "Best Attacker'' at the 2009 USA Hi-Performance Championship last week in Fort Lauderdale where she competed on the women's International Junior Division. Prieto had the opportunity to play with and against college players from the United States, Italy, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. - ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ