High School Hysteria Blog
The FHSAA released its new tentative boys basketball districts today. The new assignments will be for the next four years, unlike the previous two-year cycles.
Among the notable changes, Treasure Coast power Martin County moves from District 12-7A into the ultra-competitive District 13-7A, filled with all Palm Beach County teams. Meanwhile, Lake Worth will depart 13-7A and move up to Class 8A.
In 4A, rivals Cardinal Newman and St. Andrew's are now not only in different districts, but in different regions. That means the two schools could hypothetically meet in the State Semifinals.
Up-comer Oxbridge Academy moves from 3A to 4A. Pahokee, which dropped to Class 1A in football, will move down to 1A in hoops as well. The Blue Devils were previously in 4A.
Here are all the new district assignments involving area teams.
Merritt Island Christian
-Cardinal Newman stays atop the poll once again. Since suffering its only loss of the season to St. Andrew's, the Crusaders have won 16 consecutive games. This past week Newman cruised past King's Academy, Pope John Paul II and Palm Beach Gardens, winning every game by at least 19 points. Wake Forest commit John Collins topped the 1,000 career point mark in the team's win over King's Academy.
-Wellington continues to stay red-hot, as the team has won 16 of its past 17 games. The Wolverines endured a scare on Friday night, but were able to edge rival Palm Beach Central 61-60. The victory was their second over the Broncos this season, as Wellington narrowly edged Central 64-62 earlier in the year. The Wolverines will likely have to face PBC for a third time in Districts.
-Grandview Prep played just once this past week, but had no trouble with American Heritage. The Pride faces a few big tests this week as they'll take on St. Andrew's, Coral Springs Charter and Lake Worth Christian.
-Dwyer wrapped up a perfect district season on Friday with a 13-point win over Royal Palm Beach. The Panthers will have a chance to end the regular season on top the poll as they face Cardinal Newman on Friday.
-South Fork moved up to number five after dispatching Port St. Lucie by 14 points. The Bulldogs are currently riding a six-game win streak.
-Martin County is also in the midst of solid winning streak. The Tigers went 3-0 this past week and have won seven straight overall.
-Suncoast continues to improve as the season progresses. The Chargers improved to 17-5 on the year after pair of wins versus Jupiter and Boynton Beach.
-St. Andrew's drops three spots in the poll this week. While the Scots topped Oxbridge Academy in triple overtime on Friday night, they fell the following day to Calvary Christian on the road. All five of SA's losses have come away from home.
-Lake Worth pops back into the poll following a 3-0 week. The Trojans capped it off with six-point win over district foe Palm Beach Lakes.
-Oxbridge Academy rounds out the top 10 this week. The Thunderwolves have been hard to judge since they haven't played an especially tough schedule, but they held their own against St. Andrew's in a one-point triple overtime loss.
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As part of its inaugural Top 63 Spring Sports Countdown, ESPN West Palm has unveiled its top student athlete in nine spring sports. The number one ranked player in baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis, girls tennis, boys volleyball, boys track and field, girls track and field, boys water polo, girls water polo, flag football, and weightlifting have been recognized as part of Saturday’s Top 63 party at Land Rover Palm Beach. The ESPN West Palm staff selected these players, with additional input from area coaches and administrators.
The top ranked students in each sports are:
Baseball -- Austin Smith, RHP/1B, Park Vista (committed to FAU)
Softball -- Tiffany Lower, INF, Palm Beach Gardens (committed to UCF)
Boys Lacrosse -- Connor Alexander, Defense, Jupiter (committed to Duke)
Girls Lacrosse -- Abby Shields, Attack, Vero Beach (committed to Furman)
Flag Football -- Malaysia Robinson, Wide Receiver, Pahokee
Boys Track and Field -- Jason Saintizaire, High Jump/Long Jump/400m, Park Vista
Girls Track and Field -- Stacey Destin, Long Jump/High Jump/Hurdles, Santaluces
Boys Tennis -- Constantin Supper, Suncoast
Girls Tennis -- Clare McKee, Boca Raton
Weightlifting -- Kerrith White, Seminole Ridge (committed to FAU)
Boys Water Polo -- Connor Kreunen, Sensor Defender, St. Andrew's (committed to Indiana)
Girls Water Polo -- Chelsea Scuderi, Attacker, St. Andrew's (committed to Bucknell)
Boys Volleyball -- Brockton Boretti, Libero, Wellington