High School Sports

South Dade running back Jawon Hamilton wins Player of Year award

South Dade senior Jawon Hamilton had one of the top seasons of any running back in Miami-Dade County.

On Friday morning, Hamilton was recognized for his efforts when he received the South Florida Player of the Year award from the Warren Henry Auto Group and Tournament of Champions Inc.

“This is a great award, and I’m just really grateful to [South Dade] coach [Nate] Hudson and my offensive line for helping me reach this point,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton (5-10, 190 pounds), who committed to the University of Miami in late November, ran for 1,259 yards and 16 touchdowns on 131 carries (a 9.6-yards-per-carry average) to lead the Bucs to the Class 8A regional final.

Hamilton was among five finalists for the award.

That list also had Miami Central defensive end Keir Thomas (85 tackles, 20 sacks); Miami Carol City running back Nayquan Wright (983 yards and 11 TDs on 122 carries); Miami Norland linebacker Emmett Rice; and Coral Gables linebacker Gee Stanley (104 tackles, five sacks).

Hamilton is the third recipient of the award following Miami Central running back Dalvin Cook (2013) and North Miami quarterback Hilton Joseph (2014).

The award is a prelude to the Miami-Dade County All-Star game that will be played Saturday at 7 p.m. at Curtis Park.

MORE FOOTBALL

Former St. Thomas Aquinas standout linebacker Tyler Drake has been named the Ivy League’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Drake, a senior at Pennsylvania, is the fifth Penn defensive player to be named the League’s Player of the Year. He earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy honors after posting a team-high 80 tackles and an Ivy League-leading 8 1/2 sacks.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Publix Challenge Game 22 — St. Thomas Aquinas 51, Springfield Central (MA) 48: STA (8-2): Stephens 6, Eisler 12, Liger 2, Novacek 4, Bonitto 2, Akuchie 7, Vogelsang 2, Hunter 14, Metzger 2. SC: Pressley 11, DeJesus 11, Kraus 1, Torres 12, Ramos 3, White 2, Hubbard 6. Three-pointers:DeJesus 3. HT: 28-25 STA.

▪ Publix Challenge Game 9 — Putnam City West (OK) 98, Coral Springs 89 (2 OT): CS (8-3): Gill 14, C Lucien 15, Dewar 37, White 12, Fils 11. PCW (4-1): Jackson 5, Potts 18, Johnson 32, Robinson 11, Thomas 13, Semeria 1, Hoover 9, Leggins 9. Three-pointers: Gill 3. HT: 32-32.

▪ Publix Challenge Game 24 — Strong Vincent (PA) 46, Coral Springs Charter 39: CSC (5-3): Cinivert 7, Butler 2, Lee 4, R Robinson 2, J Robinson 3, Fraser 21. SV: Wofford 14, Morris 6, Williams 5, Henderson 4, Harvard 2, Gore 10, Stone 5. HT: 27-22 SV.

▪ Publix Challenge Game 21 — St. Andrews 59, American Heritage 47: AHP: Backer 5, Smelie 9, Jean-Charles 6, Johnson 12, Burns 2, Eubanks 7, Love 4, Slaton 2. SA (11-0): Ros 4, Polite 24, Fishman 4, Milstein 4, Ralat 7, McAdoo 2, A Haeffner 2, Maxie 2, B Haeffner 10. HT: 36-19 SA.

▪ Publix Challenge Game 10 — Zion Lutheran 63, Barringer (NJ) 36: ZL (10-2): Mulder 8, Francis 1, Bornelus 17, Louis 6, Montalvo 2, Baldassi 8, Abaev 11, Gifford 6, Jones 2, Jerome 2. BAR: Ingram 2, McNeil 4, Skelly 3, Jones 5, Boykins 6, Taylor 11, Young 5. Three-pointers: Bornelus 3. HT: 29-15 ZL.

▪ Publix Challenge Game 7 — University School 61, Ed White 31: US (5-4): Melvin 5, Moore 10, Sanguinetti 4, McIntosh 4, Bailey 4, Koprivica 15, Carey Jr 15, Acosta 4. EW (8-4): Hall 3, Holland 5, Jeanty 23. Three-pointers: Moore 2, Jeanty 2. HT: 31-12 US.

▪ Palmer Christmas Classic — Schoolhouse Prep 69, St. Brendan 66: SHP (9-2): Caio 20, Tompkins 21, Machado 8, Gorban 10, O’Rilley 4, Reyes 5, Jones 3. SB (5-3): Rivas 2, Barrenechea 7, Diaz 11, De la Torriente 3, Valledor 20, Sanchez 14, Fernandez 2. Rebounds: Caio 11. Steals: Machado 2. Assists: Machado 8. Three-pointers: Tompkins 2. HT: 31-30 SB.

▪ Rock Tournamnet — Belen 45, IMG Academy 39: BEL (9-2): Torres De Navarra 10, Salazar 2, Cabrera 5, Milton 2, Rodriguez 7, Consuegra 8, Romeu 5, Barnola 4, Carrillo 2. IMG: Chaunry 5, Navagba 7, Prestamo 8, Preisser 2, Hughes 8, Dehakker 4, Fonseca 2. HT: 25-15 IMG. Rebounds: Romeu 8. Assists: Rodriguez 5. Steals: Cabrera 2.

▪ Columbus 42, Braddock 40: COL: Rodriguez 15, Pace 13, Valdez 6, Sosa 5, Mata 3, Davis 1. BRA: Molinares 19, Grant 6, Daniel 6, Hernandez 4, Madonna 4, Acosta 1. Three-pointers: Rodriguez 3. Rebounds: Brooks 7. Assists: Mata 4.

▪ Doral 45, South Dade 35: DA: Nunez 12, Enriquez 11, Fernandez 9, Cobas 5, Menendez 3, Castellano 3, Lopez 2. SD: Silbert 10, Brown 8, Peart 6, Ivey 4, Liscomb 3, Chambers 2, Wilborn 2. HT: 18-16 DA. Assists: Enriquez 5. Rebounds: Cobas 7. Steals: Nunez 4. Three-pointers: Enriquez 3.

▪ Coral Gables 67, Oxbridge 59: GB (9-1): Diaz 7, Hall 8, Smith 15, Morely 11, Blet 21, Lovett 2, Sanchez 3. OX: Cajuste 13, Mallan 2, Wilcox 11, Smith 13, Koch 15, Leonardo 2, Hammans 2. Rebounds: Morley 14. Steals: Smith 4. Assist: Smith 4. HT: CG 28-18.

▪ Late Thursday — Sagemont 68, Prestonwood 61: PRE: French 9, McGee 12, Peters 11, Richardson 4, Webster 7, Herard 18. SAG: Verbinskis 16, Hurtado 12, Stewart 5, Polley 17, Popovic 13, Williams 4.

▪ Late Thursday — Boyd Anderson 73, Nova 59: BA (6-3): Clarke 12, Patrick 25, Jean 14, Tilghman 2, Lynch 18, William 2. NV (10-1): Coddington 7, Griffen 12, Desouza 8, Walker 10, Thompson 17, Bennett 5.

BOYS’ SOCCER

▪ Miami Country Day 4, Somerset Central 1: Simosa 2 goals. Popiloss goal. Carvalho goal. MCD 7-7.

▪ Belen 4, Westland 0: Hernandez 2 goals.de la Camara goal, 3 assists. Parehk goal.Acosta assist. Pujals shutout. BEL 14-0-2.

▪ Westminster Christian 4, St. Brendan 0: Figg goal. Victoria goal.Kissane goal. Benhomme goal. Davis assist. Hewett assist. Auerbacher assist. Robbins assist.Lopez shutout. WC 7-4-1.

▪ Varela 3, American 2: Peralta goal.Chahti 2 goals.Gigante 2 assists.Alvarez assist.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

▪ Tri-Valley Classic — St. Thomas Aquinas 2, Steele Canon (CA) 0: Dorsey goal. Armsrong goal. STA 14-0.

▪ Cardinal Gibbons 7, Jensen 0: Alicea 2 goals. Crittenberger 2 goals. Barra goal. Suppe goal.Fitzpatrick goal. CG 12-1-2

▪ Late Thursday — Killian 8, Southridge 0: Storey 3 goals. Ruiz 3 goals. Salabarria 2 goals. Hoskins assist.

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