Miami Booker T. Washington is getting ready to defend its high school football national championship this fall.
On Sunday, the Tornadoes earned a chance to compete for another national crown on the 7-on-7 circuit.
Led by receiver Shaquille Green, who caught seven passes, including four touchdowns, Booker T. rallied to beat Miami Southridge 41-24 and win the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 High School tournament at Sun Life Stadium. The tournament featured 47 schools from across South Florida.
The Tornadoes, who also beat Gulliver 28-21 in overtime in the semifinals, won the tournament for the second time in three seasons and advance to the High School Player Development national championship tournament July 14-15 in Indianapolis.
New Booker T. quarterback Maurice Alexander looked sharp throughout the tournament, throwing five touchdown passes in the final and nine for the day. Davante Davis also made a key interception.
Southridge briefly led Booker T. 24-21 in the second half after a touchdown catch by Freddie Pinder.
• Miami Norland senior pitcher Cleveland Westbrook Jr. signed with Florida A&M.
• Southridge had two boys’ basketball players sign recently. Johnny Garcia signed with North Country College in New York, and Marc-Anthony Marzan signed with Davis College in New York.
ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ
After three tough days of racing, the medals and rankings for the top rowing crews in the nation were decided Sunday at Lake Natoma, California. Eleven Miami-area crews finished in the top 18 but failed to medal.
The best finishes came from the Belen boys’ lightweight double and the Miami Rowing boys’ heavy double.
Miami’s double crew of Luciano Mercenari and Nick Montalvo came from behind and moved up to second place, only to fall back to fourth as they crossed the finish line. The winners, Saugatuck, and the next three crews, Brookline, Rye and Miami, crossed the finish line at one-second intervals.
Belen’s lightweight double of Jose Armengol and Hector Formoso stayed close to the lead for the entire race but barely failed to medal as they fell short of third-place Saugatuck by two seconds.
The top two finishers were Seattle and California Yacht Club.
track and field
There was no stopping Daeshon Gordon at the Jamaica National Junior Championships. Gordon, the Herald’s 2013-14 Broward Girls Track Athlete of the Year, earned a berth in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, in late July by winning the 100 hurdles in 14.06 and finishing second in the 400 hurdles in a personal-best 58.70.
Boyd Anderson’s Javon Patterson ran a 1:53.75, off his personal-best 1:52.04, to win his 800-meter heat, but he might be on the outside looking in for a spot on the Jamaica World Junior team as it ranked fourth overall.