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Star seniors secure top honors at Herald All-Broward banquet

Athlete's of the Year St. Thomas Aquinas' Brook Bauer (left), Coral Springs Charter's Allison Muraskin and Dillard's Jordan Wright receive their trophies at the Miami Herald Broward Athletic Awards banquet at the Signature Grand in Davie on Thurs., May 25, 2017.
Athlete's of the Year St. Thomas Aquinas' Brook Bauer (left), Coral Springs Charter's Allison Muraskin and Dillard's Jordan Wright receive their trophies at the Miami Herald Broward Athletic Awards banquet at the Signature Grand in Davie on Thurs., May 25, 2017. pfarrell@miamiherald.com

They excelled in a combined six sports.

And don’t be surprised if this year’s Miami Herald All-Broward Athletes of the Year quickly have success at the college level.

The quartet of Dillard’s Jordan Wright, St. Thomas Aquinas’ Brook Bauer, Calvary Christian’s Diego Fagot and Coral Springs Charter’s Allison Muraskin took home the most coveted trophies at this year’s Miami Herald All-Broward Athletic Awards Thursday morning at the Signature Grand in Davie.

The event was sponsored by The Orange Bowl and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Baptist Health South Florida, and honored Players and Coaches of the Year for 17 sports as well as Overall Coaches of the Year and honored the top overall athletic programs in the county.

The four winners will spread out as they head to colleges as far as California.

That’s where Bauer, who has signed with Pepperdine, will continue to play volleyball – a sport she has dominated during her career at Aquinas. Bauer, an All-American by Prepvolleyball.com, anchored the Raiders as they won their third consecutive state title this past season.

“I’m so grateful to have been a part of the best high school in the nation and I wouldn’t change anything about this experience,” said Bauer, who was named Class 9A-7A Female Athlete of the Year giving Aquinas at least one male or female winner four consecutive seasons.

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Herald Sportswriter George Richards presents the Female Sports Coach of the Year award to Pine Crest School's Paul Baur at the Miami Herald Broward Athletic Awards banquet at the Signature Grand in Davie on Thurs., May 25, 2017. PATRICK FARRELL pfarrell@miamiherald.com

Wright, who was also named the Boys’ Basketball Class 9A-7A Player of the Year, became the first boys’ Athlete of the Year winner from Dillard High. Wright, who is headed to Kentucky on a football scholarship, posted 25 sacks for the Panthers in the fall and followed that by leading Dillard’s basketball team to its second state title in a row.

“I accomplished a lot in my four years so winning both these awards means a lot,” Wright said. “It was tough but my family, friends and coaches helped me so much.”

Wright’s coach at Dillard also walked away with some hardware.

Longtime Dillard coach Darryl Burrows was honored with both the 9A-7A Basketball and Overall Coach of the Year awards after he led Dillard to its seventh state title. Burrows, who also won it after the 1999-2000 season, is tied with Blanche Ely coach Melvin Randall for the most state titles for a coach statewide, but is the only one to accomplish the feat at one school.

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Herald Sportswriter George Richards presents the Male Sports Coach of the Year award to Dillard's Darryl Burrows at the Miami Herald Broward Athletic Awards banquet at the Signature Grand in Davie on Thurs., May 25, 2017. PATRICK FARRELL pfarrell@miamiherald.com

Pine Crest cross-country coach Paul Baur was named the Overall Female Sports Coach of the Year after he led the Panthers to their first-ever state title. He’s the first coach in the school’s history to win the award.

Muraskin, one of the best pitchers in the history of Broward County, was named the Class 6A-2A Female Athlete of the Year after capping her stellar career with 255 strikeouts. She became Coral Springs Charter’s first Athlete of the Year recipient and helped the Panthers become the first Broward softball program to win three state titles in a row.

Fagot is headed to the Navy this fall, and on Thursday morning had to leave the ceremony early to join Calvary Christian’s baseball team in Fort Myers as it competes starting Friday for back-to-back state championships.

Fagot, a state champion in the shot put in track and field and a first-team All-County linebacker in football became the first Athlete of the Year for Calvary Christian.

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Class 5A-1A Female Athlete of the Year Coral Springs Charter's Allison Muraskin gets a hug from Herald Sportswriter Andre Fernandez as she receives her softball award at the Miami Herald Broward Athletic Awards banquet at the Signature Grand in Davie on Thurs., May 25, 2017. PATRICK FARRELL pfarrell@miamiherald.com

The Eagles also came up with the lone surprise in the All-Sports categories winning the Class 6A-1A Boys’ Major Trophy after winning a state title in basketball and advancing to state in baseball.

St. Thomas Aquinas swept the All-Sports Awards for Classes 9A-7A, which honor overall excellence in all sports. The Raiders won the Girls’ Major mainly on the strength of their state titles in volleyball and soccer and the Boys’ Major led by a state title in football.

American Heritage secured the All-Sports Trophy for Classes 6A-1A led by state titles in football and boys’ golf. After the Patriots reached the state tournament in basketball, softball, soccer and were state runners-up in track, they also secured the 6A-1A Girls’ Major Award.

2016-17 MIAMI HERALD ALL-BROWARD AWARDS WINNERS

OVERALL AWARDS

9A-7A Male Athlete of the Year: Jordan Wright, Dillard (football, basketball). Other finalists: Devin Adams, Miramar (football, baseball); Brian Edwards, Miramar (football, track and field); Parker Strickman, St. Thomas Aquinas (swimming, water polo); Omar Hoyos, Archbishop McCarthy (soccer, volleyball); Damion Thomas, Northeast (track and field).

6A-1A Male Athlete of the Year: Diego Fagot, Calvary Christian (football, track and field, baseball). Other finalists: Jason Brown, American Heritage (football, lacrosse); Danny Ferro, Calvary Christian (cross-country, track and field); Shaun Shivers, Chaminade (football, track); Patrick Sastre, Westminster Academy (cross-country, soccer, track and field).

9A-7A Female Athlete of the Year: Brook Bauer, St. Thomas Aquinas (volleyball). Other finalists: Jan’Taijah Ford, Northeast (track and field), Bella Dorosy, St. Thomas Aquinas (soccer), Christine Alayon, Pines Charter (basketball, flag football); Keyanna Warthen, Fort Lauderdale (basketball).

6A-1A Girls’ Athlete of the Year: Allison Muraskin, Coral Springs Charter (softball). Other finalists: Femi Funeus, American Heritage (basketball, volleyball); Tsion Yared, Pine Crest (cross-country, track and field); Ryleigh Brown, Cardinal Gibbons (soccer, water polo); Melissa Rabinowitz, NSU University School (soccer, lacrosse); Madison Malone, Archbishop McCarthy (track, basketball).

Male Sports Coach of the Year: Darryl Burrows, Dillard basketball. Other finalists: Chris McCombs, Miramar track and field; Colin Ilgner, Cypress Bay soccer; Ehren Wallhoff, Westminster Academy basketball; Cilk McSweeney, Calvary Christian basketball.

Female Sports Coach of the Year: Paul Baur, Pine Crest cross-country. Other finalists: Mark Montimurro, Coral Springs Charter softball; Lisa Zielinski, St. Thomas Aquinas volleyball; Carl Phillips, Archbishop McCarthy golf; Carlos Giron, St. Thomas Aquinas soccer.

Boys’ scholar-athlete: Michael Rothenberg, Pine Crest. Girls’ scholar-athlete: Sydney Grobman, American Heritage

SPECIAL AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award: Damian Huttenhoff, former BCAA athletics director

Leo Suarez/Walter Krietsch Courage Award: Isabella Matos, Cypress Bay AND Darrel Bouie, Fort Lauderdale adaptive track and field athletes

ALL-SPORTS

Class 9A-7A All-Sports: St. Thomas Aquinas. Class 9A-7A Boys’ Major: St. Thomas Aquinas. Class 9A-7A Girls’ Major: St. Thomas Aquinas

Class 6A-1A All-Sports: American Heritage. Class 6A-1A Boys’ Major: Calvary Christian. Class 6A-1A Girls’ Major: American Heritage

FALL SPORTS

CROSS-COUNTRY

Boys’ Runner of the Year: Danny Ferro, Calvary Christian. Boys’ Coaches of the Year: Joe Hazera and Trish Butler, St. Thomas Aquinas; Girls’ Runner of the Year: Tsion Yared, Pine Crest. Girls’ Coach of the Year: Paul Baur, Pine Crest

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

9A-7A Player of the Year: Brook Bauer, St. Thomas Aquinas. 9A-7A Coach of the Year: Lisa Zielinski, St. Thomas Aquinas; 6A-2A Player of the Year: Nicole Decker, Calvary Christian. 6A-2A Coach of the Year: Hugo Jimenez, Calvary Christian.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Boys’ Swimmer of the Year: Phillippe Marcoux, Fort Lauderdale. Boys’ Coach of the Year: Carrie Becker, Fort Lauderdale; Girls’ Swimmer of the Year: Jessica Nava, Westminster Academy. Girls’ Coach of the Year: Jay Fitzgerald, Pine Crest.

GOLF

Boys’ Golfer of the Year: Jonathan Cachon, American Heritage, Boys’ Co-Coaches of the Year: Brandt Moser, American Heritage AND Tony Vento, St. Thomas Aquinas; Girls’ Golfer of the Year: Jillian Bourdage, American Heritage. Girls’ Coach of the Year: Carl Phillips, Archbishop McCarthy.

BOWLING

Boys’ Bowler of the Year: Nathan Samuels, Coral Springs. Boys’ Coach of the Year: Wendy Moskowitz, Taravella; Girls’ Bowler of the Year: Crystal Singh, Coral Springs Charter. Girls’ Coach of the Year: Nelson Martin, Coral Springs Charter.

FOOTBALL

8A-6A Offensive Player of the Year: Mike Epstein, St. Thomas Aquinas. 8A-6A Defensive Player of the Year: Drew White, St. Thomas Aquinas. 8A-6A Co-Coaches of the Year: Laron Culpepper, McArthur AND Roger Harriott, St. Thomas Aquinas; 5A-IND Offensive Player of the Year: Shaun Shivers, Chaminade-Madonna. 5A-IND Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Chatfield, American Heritage. 5A-IND Co-Coaches of the Year: Pat Surtain, American Heritage AND Dameon Jones, Chaminade-Madonna

WINTER SPORTS

COMPETITIVE CHEERLEADING

Co-Coaches of the Year: Torri Telfair, Dillard AND Sylvia Adams, Stranahan AND Caitlin Pein, Coral Glades AND Rachal Garris, Coral Springs Charter

WRESTLING

Co-Wrestlers of the Year: Josiah Gittman, St. Thomas Aquinas AND Christopher Williams, Cardinal Gibbons. Coach of the Year: Frank Pettineo, Cardinal Gibbons

SOCCER

5A-4A Boys’ Player of the Year: Mateo Pieschacon, Cypress Bay. 5A-4A Boys’ Coach of the Year: Colin Ilgner, Cypress Bay; 3A-1A Boys’ Player of the Year: Landon Lupo, American Heritage. 3A-1A Boys’ Coach of the Year: Todd Goodman, American Heritage; 5A-4A Girls’ Player of the Year: Bella Dorosy, St. Thomas Aquinas. 5A-4A Girls’ Coach of the Year: Carlos Giron, St. Thomas Aquinas; 3A-1A Girls’ Player of the Year: Jaida Scott, American Heritage. 3A-1A Girls’ Coach of the Year: Bob Bemis, South Florida HEAT

BASKETBALL

9A-7A Boys’ Player of the Year: Jordan Wright, Dillard. 9A-7A Boys’ Coach of the Year: Darryl Burrows, Dillard. 6A-2A Boys’ Player of the Year: Paul Atkinson, Westminster Academy. 6A-2A Boys’ Co-Coaches of the Year: Ehren Walhoff, Westminster Academy AND Cilk McSweeney, Calvary Christian; 9A-7A Girls’ Player of the Year: Keyanna Warthen, Fort Lauderdale. 9A-7A Girls’ Coach of the Year: Zach Gillion, Northeast AND Sharlene Ferguson/Richard Walker, South Broward.; 6A-2A Girls’ Player of the Year: Femi Funeus, American Heritage. 6A-2A Girls’ Coach of the Year: Greg Farias, American Heritage

SPRING SPORTS

LACROSSE

Boys’ Player of the Year: Kevin Crowley, St. Thomas Aquinas. Boys’ Coach of the Year: Terry Crowley, St. Thomas Aquinas; Girls’ Player of the Year: Morgan Lusk, St. Thomas Aquinas. Girls’ Coach of the Year: Samantha MacCurdy, St. Thomas Aquinas

FLAG FOOTBALL

Player of the Year: Christine Alayon, Pembroke Pines Charter. Coach of the Year: Al DiLiello, Cooper City

WATER POLO

Boys’ Player of the Year: Parker Strickman, St. Thomas Aquinas. Boys’ Coach of the Year: Victoria McKlausich, Westminster Academy; Girls’ Player of the Year: Emma Leto, South Broward. Girls’ Coach of the Year: Duffy Dillon, Cardinal Gibbons

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Player of the Year: J.T. Martin, Cardinal Gibbons. Coach of the Year: Mike Zarate, Cardinal Gibbons

TENNIS

Boys’ Co-Players of the Year: Evan Bynoe, Douglas; Ignacio Martinez, Sagemont; David Lins, Pine Crest. Boys’ Coach of the Year: Robert Bryant, Douglas; Girls’ Player of the Year: Demi Snyder, Pine Crest. Girls’ Coach of the Year: Alessio Mollo, Pine Crest

TRACK AND FIELD

Boys’ Athlete of the Year: Jamal Walton, Miramar. Boys’ Co-Coaches of the Year: Chris McCombs, Miramar; John Battle III, Hallandale; Vaughan Nembhard, Westminster Academy; Girls’ Athlete of the Year: Jan’Taijah Ford, Northeast. Girls’ Coach of the Year: Duchane Thomas, Northeast

SOFTBALL

9A-7A Pitcher of the Year: Kara Lokeinsky, Cooper City. 9A-7A Player of the Year: Lindsay Gehring, St. Thomas Aquinas; 9A-7A Coach of the Year: Bryan Baucom, St. Thomas Aquinas. 6A-2A Pitcher of the Year: Allison Muraskin, Coral Springs Charter; 6A-2A Player of the Year: Hannah Sipos, American Heritage. 6A-2A Coach of the Year: Mark Montimurro, Coral Springs Charter

BASEBALL

9A-7A Co-Pitchers of the Year: Brandon Kaminer, Douglas AND Trace Moore, Nova. 9A-7A Player of the Year: Chad McDaniel, Douglas. 9A-7A Coach of the Year: Pat McQuaid, Nova; 6A-2A Co-Pitchers of the Year: Daniel Federman, Archbishop McCarthy AND Trevor Kniskern, Pompano Beach. 6A-2A Player of the Year: Joe Perez, Archbishop McCarthy. 6A-2A Coach of the Year: Joe Giummule, Pompano Beach.

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