Light of inspiration: Detroit Edison baseball team advances to state championship against all odds
It’s hard enough for any school to get to a state baseball final, let alone a school in a city where prep baseball is an afterthought. But the improbable nature of Edison’s run goes even further than that.
Whigham Elementary earns top prize in ‘Dream in Green’
AdvertisementDr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School in Cutler Bay placed first overall in the “Dream in Green: Green Schools Challenge” out of 92 competing schools in Dade and Broward counties. “The Dream in Green: Green Schools Challenge helps empower students to be able to respond to climate change and other environmental challenges,” said Adrian Delesdernier, education specialist for fourth grade. Andromeda District (https://andromedadistrict.com/), a Dream in Green sponsor, donated a living wall that will be installed at the school. In April, Whigham concluded the Dream in Green challenges with a virtual Environmental Fair, showcasing some of the students’ Dream in Green projects. Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary participates each year in many competitions as part of Miami Dade County Schools STEAM Schools Designation.communitynewspapers.com
China summons foreign diplomats in protest over sanctions
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a media conference after a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 22, 2021. (Aris Oikonomou, Pool via AP)BEIJING – China on Tuesday said it summoned foreign diplomats in protest after the United States, the European Union, Canada and Britain jointly imposed sanctions on senior Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in China’s far western Xinjiang region. That came hours after the Chinese and Russian foreign ministers denounced a new wave of criticism and sanctions against both countries over human rights. “These measures will not be embraced by the international community.”Russia is also under Western sanctions over human rights abuses and military aggression against Ukraine. The Australian and New Zealand governments reiterated their grave concerns about the growing number of credible reports of severe human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Broward high school football coach Eddie Frasier dies at 34
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Eddie Frasier, head coach of the Dillard High School football team that reached the regional final this year, has died, Broward County authorities said Monday. “He brought this community back together,” said Casandra Robinson, the Dillard High School principal. Frasier earned the Broward County Coach of the Year Award and the Dolphins 2019 George F. Smith High School Coach of the Year Award. He was a nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award. According to Broward County Public Schools, he started teaching at Dillard High School in 2009.
Partners For Youth Foundation Offers Scholarship to High School Seniors
// // ////FT. LAUDERDALE Applications are now being accepted for the Partners for Youth Foundations annual Anthony and Marcia Baker Scholarship, awarded to a college bound young woman for the fall of 2020. High School transcript (official and unofficial copies accepted) Two (2) letters of recommendation (one must be from school Administrator, Faculty, or Guidance Counselor) Resume Online applicationThe Anthony and Marcia Baker Scholarship is awarded annually by the Partners For Youth Foundation to maintain the legacy of Anthony Baker and his wife Marcia Rigg-Baker who founded the Miss Jamaica Florida pageant. For almost 30 years, the Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant has developed the young women of Jamaican descent by enhancing self-confidence, social awareness, and pride in heritage. After Mr. Bakers passing, his wife, Marcia Rigg-Baker continued to carry the torch of uplifting young women of the Jamaican Diaspora community. Through this scholarship, we honor the foundation they built by empowering young women of the next generation.sflcn.com
Loved ones gather for vigil following death of football star
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Loved ones gathered Thursday evening for a vigil as they mourn a South Florida teenager and football star, who was also a son, brother and friend. Days after the death of the recent Deerfield Beach High School graduate, his teammates are remembering the 17-year-old football star, who died early Monday morning. “Loving guy, good teammate. He always kept good vibes around him. He was a good teammate,” Jefferson said.
Teen killed by freight train in Deerfield Beach was 4-star football recruit
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a freight train struck and killed a pedestrian in Deerfield Beach. It happened near the intersection of Southeast Fourth Avenue and Southeast 10th Street about 4 a.m. Monday. A representative from Florida East Coast Railway told Local 10 News the pedestrian jumped in front of the train. Gowdy was a four-star recruit from Deerfield Beach High School. Georgia Tech honored Deerfield Beach five-star recruit Bryce Gowdy after his death.
Explorers conquer Blue Darters, demons in state title win
MIAMI – The Explorers sought history and made it in last week’s Class 8A state football final. With the first state title in Class 8A Columbus High School’s storied 61-year football program on the line, Coach David Dunn rolled the dice. “The whole community and our alums, it’s our first state championship in football. It means a great deal for a lot of people.”Winning the state championship a year after getting beaten in the same title game by Jacksonville Mandarin? Well, a new history for a team that was 0-4 all-time in state championship games until this season.
2 touchdowns, forced fumble in final 5:25 gives Booker T. Washington state championship
BTW rallied to score 15 points and force a key second-half turnover in the final 5:25 to beat Jacksonville’s Bolles Bulldogs 25-21 in the Class 4A state championship in Daytona Beach Wednesday night. The victory gave BTW its sixth state championship. Logan was able to knock the ball loose from Bolles quarterback Ben Netting and the BTW offense regained possession with 4:17 left. “We had to find a way to get our offense back the ball,” Logan said. The turnover on downs gave the BTW offense the ball back with 1:16 left in the game.
Columbus High School star returns to field after FHSAA ban
44 for Christopher Columbus High School's lacrosse team, said Wednesday night before a game against Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. The 17-year-old senior had been sidelined earlier this year after the Florida High School Athletic Association punished him for allegedly taking part in unsportsmanlike conduct while playing lacrosse against Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Attorneys for the FHSAA argued the ban was warranted, but during the game, Johnson received support from both sides of the field. Adrian Alfonso, the parent of a Columbus High School student, said the FHSAA punishment was too severe. Tony Franyie, the parent of a Belen Jesuit Preparatory School student, agreed with Alfonso.
Longtime high school football coach to lead Florida Memorial University
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Florida Memorial University has its head football coach. Harris has deep ties in South Florida, having recently served as head coach at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami. "I'm so excited about being the new football coach at Florida Memorial University," Harris said. Harris has an overall record of 114-21 and three state championships in nine seasons as a high school coach. Florida Memorial University announced earlier this year that it was bringing back football after a 61-year hiatus.
Student-athlete says racial slurs from other team left him banned from playing sports
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida high school student has been banned from playing sports after two incidents on the lacrosse field. "That's my future, my college future, for playing sports if I want to play sports," Luther Johnson V. said. The decision to suspend him from playing was upheld by the state's high school athletic board last month. "Luther was playing against Marjory Stoneman Douglas (High School). There, he was the only black kid in the whole game," Williams said.
Officiating shortage threatens high school sports across country
Officiating high school sports has always been a thankless job, when often, the only time a referee gets noticed is when he or she makes a glaring mistake. But the job has become so thankless, that people are pulling out of officiating altogether, which is bad news for high school sports. State high school athletic associations around the country have experienced a decline over the years in registered officials. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has seen a 15 percent drop in registered officials, while the Illinois High School Association has seen a 14 percent decline, Boone said. “Without contest officials, games cannot be played and student-athletes miss out on part of their high school experience,” Boone said.
Former Dolphins defenders Jason Taylor, Sam Madison to coach high school
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Jason Taylor and Sam Madison were Dolphins teammates from 1997 through 2005 and now they will once again be teaming up, but as assistant high school coaches at St. Thomas Aquinas. Local 10 confirmed the hires with St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Roger Harriott, who also stated that former University of Miami quarterback Ryan Collins will also be joining his staff as the new offensive coordinator. The report stating that both Taylor and Madison have sons who will be freshmen at the storied program in Ft. Lauderdale next year and the former Fins stars just wanted to help. Taylor, who was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will coach the defensive line for the Raiders. Madison, a former Pro Bowl corner, will coach the defensive backs.
Blowout; Jax high school team wins 128-9
JACKSONVILLE, Fla, – People in Jacksonville are talking about a blowout of epic proportions. The Jacksonville Ribault Lady Trojans beat Fernandina Beach 128-9 on Thursday night. The game was 70-0 before Fernandina Beach even scored a point. To read a dramatic timeline of how the night went, go to Chris Porter's Twitter feed. The Lady Trojans move on in the state playoffs.
Miami Northwestern QB injured at Sun Life Stadium
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Authorities say the senior quarterback of Miami Northwestern's football team has been taken to the hospital after he was injured at Sun Life Stadium. It was a highly anticipated, televised match-up Saturday between two of South Florida's top-ranked high school powerhouse football teams. But of all the plays during Miami Northwestern and St. Thomas Aquinas' season opener at Sun Life Stadium, just one would shock spectators and spark a slew of posts on social media. McKinney was taken to the sidelines in a stretcher and then rushed to the hospital. Northwestern quarterback Jabari Dowling replaced McKinney in Saturday's game.
Norland state champs finally receive their championship rings
Miami Gardens, Fla – For the second year in a row, the Miami Norland Sr. High School Boys Basketball team became state champions, but couldn't afford their championship rings until we stepped in. "We want our 2012-2013 Miami Norland Boys Basketball team to feel the same pride as players like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, James Jones, and Udonis Haslem feel when they slip their rings on," said Norland alumni Lisa Lee Arneaud and Mariela M. Gonzalez. "Championship rings symbolize the hard work and dedication these men have towards their community, family, & self." The basketball team and coach would like to thank everyone who donated. The players promise in the near future to pay this great deed forward.
South Florida high schools advance in playoffs
MIAMI – South Florida will be well represented in the Florida state championship games next weekend. Miami Central and Norland were also winners in state semifinal games. Quarterback Cam Hudge led the Patriots to a pair of second half touchdowns in their victory over Columbus. Norland beat Palmetto 35-27 as their defense stopped the Tigers in the final seconds of their 5-a state semifinal. Norland will play Wakulla in the state championship game.