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All-American running back recently transferred to rival school

Miami Central Rockets' running back James Cook carries the ball against the Carol City Chiefs during the football game on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami.
Miami Central Rockets' running back James Cook carries the ball against the Carol City Chiefs during the football game on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

James Cook expects to be running the ball soon for the University of Georgia.

Before he does that, he’ll be carrying it in San Antonio as a U.S. Army All-American.

And in the months in between, Cook will be finishing his senior year of high school at Miami Northwestern.

Cook, formerly at Miami Central, accepted his formal invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at a ceremony at Northwestern on Monday morning.

Two sources told the Miami Herald that Cook, the younger brother of former Miami Central and FSU great Dalvin Cook who is now a rookie ball carrier for the Minnesota Vikings, transferred from Central to longtime rival Northwestern shortly after the Bulls eliminated the Rockets in the Region 4-6A semifinals on Nov. 18. They said Cook plans to run track at Northwestern this spring.

Cook, a 5-11, 180-pound running back and Georgia commit that’s rated the No. 30 overall prospect in the country by 247Sports.com, is not eligible to play for Northwestern when it plays Seffner Armwood in the Class 6A state championship at 8 p.m. Friday in Orlando.

Cook ran for 782 yards and 10 touchdowns on 91 carries this season for Central and finished his career with 2,019 yards on 258 carries and 30 touchdowns rushing.

Cook will be a part of the East squad in San Antonio in the U.S. Army game, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Jan. 6. It will be televised live on NBC.

With Cook’s participation in the game, Northwestern coach Max Edwards also received an invitation to join the coaching staff in the game.

Miami Central’s James Cook scored a 21-yard touchdown run with 10:52 to play ultimately turned out to be the difference in a 19-17 Rockets win over Booker T. Washington at Traz Powell Stadium.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Longtime Miami Springs girls’ soccer coach William Drew notched his 300th career win last week when the Golden Hawks beat Jackson 9-1 to improve its record to 10-0.

Drew, who took over the program in 2001 and led the Golden Hawks to back-to-back state final four appearances in 2008-09, moved his career record to 300-69-27 as Sarah Schuster led the way with four goals and two assists.

“It’s been a great ride and something I still have a great deal of passion for,” said Drew. “I owe a lot of it to a lot of great talented girls who have come through this program and now we want to just keep this going.”

BILL DALEY

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Northeast 64, Miami Christian 61 – NE: Jackson 18, Saunders 7, Smith 13, Swaby 18, Cardet 2, Cadet 6. MC: Alvarez 22, Rivera 5, Perez 16, Diaz 9, Flores 2, Hernandez 7. Three-pointers: Alvarez 5, Rivera, Diaz, Jackson 2, Smith, Swaby 3. Half: NE 31-24.

▪ Dillard 71, Oxbridge Academy 49 – Dil: Bartley 12, Smith 2, Oliver 18, Coddington 8, Hill 2, Mattair 3, Mobley 3, William 12, Haynes 6, Alexander 5. OXB: Cajuste 19, Simpson 2, Joseph 2, Alexandre 9, Williams 1, Spencer 12, Meyers 1, Prescott 3. Three-pointers: Cajuste, Alexandre, Spencer, Prescott, Bartley 2, Oliver 2, Coddington. Half: Dillard 35-17.

▪ Norland 64, Coral Springs 51 – NOR: Henderson 3, Brown 13, Gatlin 12, Touissaint 4, Spenkuch 8, Rolle 15, Wilkinson 5, Wilson 4. CS: Adams 6, Lucien 11, Fleurizard 18, Gallegos 4, Monvilus 3, Rashford 2, Heard 2, London 2. Three-pointers: Gatlin, Rolle 3, Lucien, Fleurizard. Half: Norland 38-26.

▪ Palm Beach Lakes 60, Deerfield Beach 55 – PBL: Hands 14, Robinson 7, Edwards 7, Ayuso 13, Fripp 2, Holman 6, Franklin 5, Rosado 6. DB: Carpenter 10, Lemy 6, Jerome 10, Francis 1, Johnson 3, Petigny 1, Robinson 7, Senatus 15, Bennett 2. Three-pointers: Carpenter, Senatus 3, Hands 2, Robinson, Edwards, Franklin. Half: Deerfield Beach 31-30.

▪ Dwyer 59, Pines Charter 51 – DW: Coleman 19, Ingraham 9, Quince 5, Goulbourne 2, Williams 8, Davis 16. PPC: Jerome 21, Debuck 5, Castro 8, Gray 8, Farrell 6, Ujabor 1, Alufohai 2. Three-pointers: Debuck, Castro 2, Gray, Farrell, Coleman 3. Half: Dwyer 28-20.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Miami High 60, Dr. Krop 50: MHS: Bucknor 16, Rachel 14, Wilson 8, Ward 6, Whitley 3, Rodriguez 5, Gomez 4, Whitley 3, Valdez 3, Cabanzon 1. Krop: Reinhard 3, Horaytein 9, Walker 8, Knowles 4, Mills 4, Francis 23. Half: 23-23. Three-pointers: Whitley, Rodriguez, Ward 2. Rebounds: Bucknor and Wilson 8. Assists: Gomez 7. Steals: Rodriguez 5. Blocks: Rachel.

▪ Monsignor Pace 60, Mater Lakes 14: MLA: Borrota 5, Parada 2, Gellibert 2, Bello 5. Pace: Whitfield 14, Dolce 2, Cumbermack 4, Benitez 16, Loesch 4, Troup Bishop 10, Daley 10. Half Pace 40-9. Three-pointers Benitez 2. Rebounds: Daley 13. Assists: Whitfield 6. Steals: Whitfield 6.

▪ Killian 59, South Dade 30 - Kil (3-0): Tamia Grant 15, Bell 12, Tamara Grant 11, Schafer 7, Johnson 6, Cannon 4, Washington 2, Martin 2 Rbs: Tamia Grant 6, Kendricks 5, Schafer 5, Martin 5 Asst: Johnson 4, Tamia Grant 3 Stl: Tamara Grant 7, Cannon 5, Tamia Grant 5 Blk: Tamara Grant 1, Washington 1, Tamia Grant 1 Three pointers: Tamara Grant 2, Bell 1. SD: Bailey 16, Scott 7, Danay 3, Portillo 2, Mejias 2. Half: Kil 24-14.

▪ Westminster Christian 66, Somerset Academy 52 - LAS: Yanes 15, Hernandez 14, Benavides 11, Corvalan 5, Zambrano 4, Pliopn 2, Triay 2. WCS: Montes 40, Coakley 22, Martinez 2, Castano 2. Half WC 32-14. Rebounds: Martinez 26. Assists: Coakley 13.

▪ North Miami 69, American 24 – NM: Jean 38, Seide 11, Tervil 7, Francois 7, Williams 4. Am: Smith 2, Dixon 7, Aviles 10, Gary 5. Rebounds: Williams 7. Assists: Jean 6. Steals: Tervil 4. Blocks: Jean 2. NM 4-0.

▪ Doral Academy 55, Grandview Prep 50 - DA: Barrios 22, Avilés 14, Rodríguez 8, Vega 6, Solís 5. GP: Monteboha 14, Wijh 12, Romer 9, Bravo 5, Penyo 3, Anoiser 4, Anqueril 3. Half: GP 24, DA 23. Rebounds: Avilés 15. Assists: Rodríguez 5. Steals: Rodríguez 5.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

▪ Ransom Everglades 8, Somerset 0: Tiffany McBrayer 3 goals; Hunter Matson 2 goals; Rachel Simkovic 1 goal, 1 assist; RE 5-1-1.

▪ Ransom Everglades 4, St. Brendan 0: Reading Beardslee 1 goal; Preston Edmunds shut out; Jayne Freidman 1 assist; RE 6-1-1.

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