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FHSAA announces new tentative basketball districts

Jan 30, 2015 -- 11:19pm
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @DuseReport1063

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.

District 6:
(4 schools)
Fort Pierce Central
Treasure Coast
Vero Beach
District 9:
(5 schools)
Palm Beach Central
Palm Beach Gardens
Seminole Ridge
District 13:
(8 schools)
Forest Hill
Martin County
Olympic Heights
Palm Beach Lakes
Royal Palm Beach
West Boca Raton

District 13:
(7 schools)
Eau Gallie
Jensen Beach
Sebastian River
South Fork

District 14:
(5 schools)
Boynton Beach
Boyd Anderson
Pembroke Pines Charter
District 15:
(3 schools)
Ft. Pierce Westwood
Port St. Lucie
District 11:
(3 schools)
Glades Central
Lincoln Park
District 12:
(6 schools)
Cardinal Newman
Inlet Grove
King's Academy
Oxbridge Academy
District 13:
(5 schools)
American Heritage
Coral Springs Charter
North Broward Prep
Pope John Paul II
St. Andrew's
District 10:
Florida Air
Holy Trinity
John Carroll
Somerset College Prep
St. Edward's
District 11:
(6 schools)
FAU High
Jupiter Christian
Somerset Canyons

District 11:
(7 schools)
Brevard HEAT
Covenant Christian
Master's Academy
Merritt Island Christian
Community Christian
Pine School

District 12:
(6 schools)
Glades Day
Atlantic Christian Academy
Trinity Christian
Lake Worth Christian
Village Academy
District 11:
(4 schools)
Boca Raton Christian
Donna Klein Jewish
Grandview Prep
Upperroom Christian
District 8:
(6 schools)
Crescent City
Fort Meade

Behind the Whistle with Boca Raton boys soccer coach Marcello Castillo

Jan 29, 2015 -- 1:25pm
By: Chris Kokell
ESPN 106.3 Contributor
Boca Raton Head Soccer Coach Marcelo Castillo sat down with me after his Bobcats won their 13th straight district title. Castillo’s teams have made six trips to the state Final Four and won a state championship during the 2009-2010 season. He is widely regarded as one of the top soccer coaches in Florida. 
When did you start playing soccer?
I started from the time I could walk and was playing on teams at 4 years old.
Did you ever play other sports?
My father played professional basketball so he encouraged me to play anything I wanted. I played mostly soccer, basketball, volleyball and even downhill skied a lot as a kid.  In high school, I lettered in volleyball, football, basketball, badminton, skiing and soccer.
What about Coastal made it the school for you?
Being with the Canadian National Soccer Team program, I had many offers coming out of high school, I chose Univ. of South Carolina – Coastal Carolina College (as it was known then), as they had a great coach and also a fellow Canadian from Toronto that I was friends with. We made the Sweet-16 my first year there. 
People always talk about how hard it is to repeat, how about winning 13 straight district titles?
All 13 have been very different. Different personalities. Different obstacles. But I feel this one in particular had the most adversity as we have no true leaders. With only four seniors on the roster and two that start, we have had to rely on the ‘’total team” to lead us.
If you could go back in time and give a young Coach Castillo advice when he was just starting out, what would it be?
Great question. Ihink I would have to say “don't take things too personal”.  When younger, I would take decisions personally on and off the field, maybe not realizing the background basis for those decisions. I have learned in time that not everyone will be happy with your actions and not everyone can be friendly. Do what you think is right, ask you inner circle for advice, and move on.
You are in the middle of a playoff run. How far do you think this team can go?
Soccer is a weird game. I didn’t think we would make it this far at the beginning of the season. Soccer is like life. If you put in the hard work, an honest effort, and be a good person (teammate), good things will happen.  n the same breath, like life, if you cheat it, don’t put in the work and rest on your previous accomplishments, then it will bite you in the rear. My team will be prepared, and if we lose it will be to a team that deserves the win. The sky is the limit for this team.
How does this team compare to your state title run?
They are completely different. The 2010 Tteam had strong personalities, leaders, tough seniors and some superstars. This year’s team is young, innocent, and lacks a star. BUT they are very coachable and have gelled as a team and are now clicking on all cylinders.
Coaching takes up so much time. How hard is this commitment on your family?
Extremely difficult. I am blessed to have a wife that understands the commitment of success. She played in the 2000 Summer Olympics, Pan-American Games and many other huge sporting events. She’s a better athlete than I am and understands the work I put in. Without her, I would not be able to do what I do.
Have you ever thought about making the jump to the college level?
I’ve had several offers to become an NCAA assistant and interviewed for head jobs. NCAA soccer is set up where you become an assistant first and then move up. I cannot do an NCAA assistant job financially with a family. I love where I am. I work here, do my camps and have the opportunity to work with pro soccer players (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers) several times a year as a consultant. I am very happy where I am at. My family loves it here and maybe in the future the right situation will come up and I may take the next step.
Favorite Movie:  Italian Job and Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Sports Team: Toronto FC and Arsenal FC (England Premier League)
Favorite Sports Team (non-soccer): Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors
Favorite Food: My mother’s cooking, and my dad’s barbeque.
Three Dinner Guests: Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Arsene Wenger (Arsenal FC Manager)
Chris Kokell is the head football coach at Olympic Heights and is a regular contributor to ESPN West Palm.

Dwyer's Jarius Adams could provide Signing Day's biggest drama

Jan 28, 2015 -- 4:53pm
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
Just two weeks ago Dwyer 2015 cornerback Jarius Adams was patiently waiting for National Signing Day to come so he could, as expected, sign his name to a Rutgers Letter of Intent and put an end to a fairly tame recruitment.
Adams is Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast's most compelling prospect.
A Rutgers commit since mid-July, the 5-11, 185 lb. Adams sported 13 offers as of January 14th, all of them, expect for the one from the Scarlet Knights, from mid-major schools or FCS programs. He played a solid senior season in the Dwyer defensive backfield and proved to the coaches in New Jersey that he was worth the pursuit. That was one of the goals of the season, and that goal was accomplished.
Prior to the end of the recruiting Dead Period on January 15th, Adams ending up at Rutgers was one of the surest bets you could find amongst the higher-end prospects in the region.
Post-January 15th, however, Adams has exploded. Because of this, Adams could be the source of the area's juiciest drama heading up to next Wednesday's Signing Day.
Household name schools from monster conferences like Kansas, Wisconson, Michgan have all offered since college coaches were allowed back on high school campuses mid-month.
Did he expect this to happen? Were there any signs?
“No,” said the soft-spoken Adams on Monday, prior to an in-home visit from Wisconson. “I guess it's just been happening because, pretty much, the new coaching staffs coming in this late is why.”
Perhaps sleeping on a kid like Adams is why the old coaching staffs are no longer around, at least in the cases of Michigan and Kansas.
Jim Harbaugh wasted no time sending new defensive coordinator, and former Florida assistant, D.J. Durkin to Dwyer just hours after the Dead Period ended on the 15th to extend a scholarship to Adams. Kansas, under new boss Clinton Bowen (who has grabbed a commitment from Vero Beach quarterback Carter Stanley) followed with an overture the day after, while new Wisconsin head man Paul Chryst sent an offer Adams' way on the 19th.
Longtime Dwyer had coach Jack Daniels isn't nearly as surprised about the new attention as Adams, but he admits that the attention from Ann Arbor likely sparked the red-hot recruiting flame.
“It's not shocking,” said Daniels. “[Adams is] a real good player. The Michigan offer probably helped, though.”
Adams maintains he's still “pretty much solid” to Rutgers, but that could change by the time Wednesday comes.
Adams was on-campus at Rutgers last weekend, and before that, Florida Atlantic head coach Charlie Partridge had him in Boca Raton for an official visit.
As mentioned previously, Wisconsin got face-time with Adams earlier this week, but now comes the moment of truth for Adams and for the schools that are pursuing him.
A trip to Michigan.
The biggest dog in Adams' recruiting battle gets to host him on the highly-coveted weekend before National Signing Day.
The newly-energized Wolverine program is riding high with a wave of Harbaugh-fueled momentum, and Michigan is sure to provide Big Ten foe Rutgers its biggest late challenge for Adams' services.
“It's pretty cool. It's the school I've liked since I was young,” admitted Adams. “Being able to meet Coach Harbaugh and the new staff will be really cool.”
With the “Maize and Blue” on the horizon, Adams is trying to keep his head from spinning thanks to the whirlwind of late efforts produced by so many heralded schools.
“It has been tough,” said Adams. “Coaches calling every night trying to set up visits. I just need to choose which school is best and take it from there.”
Adams isn't complaining, though. He's flattered to be so heavily desired by college football powerhouses. To help himself sort through the various recruiting pitches he's created a makeshift chart to organize his thoughts.
“I've been setting up a little board in my room and choosing what team is a perfect team for me and what school is a perfect school for me. It's been fun.”
Adams admits the decision could very well come down to the 11th hour on Thursday, giving Palm Beach County some previously unexpected Signing Day drama. If that does happen, though, don't expect a major theatrical production when Adams chooses his school.
“I'll probably just get it out of the way and move on. I want to be respectful to all coaches. Give them a call and tell them how great their school is. I respect each and every coach for the offer.”
Until he makes those calls and puts on that hat, however, all Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast eyes are on Jarius.

ESPN 106.3/WPTV High School Basketball Top 10 powered by Royal Palm Auto Mall - Week Ten

Jan 26, 2015 -- 3:06pm
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @DuseReport1063
11Cardinal Newman(19-1)
33Grandview Prep(18-3)
56South Fork(17-1)
67Martin County (19-4)
78Suncoast (17-5)
85St. Andrew's(15-5)
9NRLake Worth(15-6)
10N9Oxbridge Academy (17-3)

-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. 

Alumni Notebook -- Vince Wilfork moves on from Deflategate, Locals in the Pro Bowl

Jan 26, 2015 -- 2:32pm

Vince Wilfork (Santaluces) thinks his Patriots are facing the league’s best RB in the Super Bowl. 

Atlanta KR Devin Hester revelled in his time at the Pro Bowl. 

Eagles K Cody Parkey (Jupiter) is not in favor of smaller uprights.

Keep or cut Pierre Garcon (John I Leonard)? 

Jozy Altidore (Boca Prep) is hoping to prove himself again in Toronto. 

Miami TE Clive Walford (Glades Central) shined at the Senior Bowl. 

Indians OF Michael Brantley (Fort Pierce Central) is prepping for another big season. 

#Top63 Recap: Who Won The Big Awards?

Jan 24, 2015 -- 10:05pm

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 



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