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Wellington WR Ahmmon Richards commits to Miami

Jul 22, 2014 -- 1:56pm
Ahmmon Richards committed to Miami on Tuesday.
 
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
 
One of the best high school football prospects in the Class of 2016 has taken himself off the market.
 
Wellington wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, a four-star talent per 24/7, gave a verbal commitment to the University of Miami on Tuesday, pledging his college services early after a summer filled with college visits.
 
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Richards, who claimed 12 Division I offers, chose the Hurricanes over the likes of Georgia, Louisville, FAU, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and others.
 
Richards with the "U" after commiting.
 
 
The 6-2, 170 lb. prospect spent much of the several weeks following spring football camping and touring at schools like Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
 
Richards is ranked No. 197 in the 2016 ESPN 300.
 
 

Local soccer enthusiast Dan Borislow dead at age 52

Jul 22, 2014 -- 12:37pm
Borislow was a major contributor to soccer in Palm Beach.
 
By: Sam Moghadam and Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff
 
Internet entrepreneur and local soccer enthusiast Dan Borislow died Monday night after suffering a heart attack.
 
He was stricken after participating in a pick-up soccer game according to SoccerFLA.com.
 
Borislow, age 52, founded magicJack (name of Borislow’s online communications company) of the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL) that played its home games at Florida Atlantic University. The franchise, formerly the Washington Freedom, was moved to Boca Raton prior to the 2011 season.
 
The magicJack soccer club rose to prominence after the 2011 Women's World Cup with a roster that featured seven members of the U.S. squad including Abby Wambach and Hope Solo. The club drew strong post-World Cup crowds to their home games.
 
On October 25th, 2011 the franchise was terminated after just one season at FAU due to ongoing legal issues between the Borislow and the league.
In addition to his WPS franchise, Borislow was a major influence in youth soccer in the region.
 
Borislow managed the Palm Beach MagicJack 96/97 youth program, an organization designed to develop elite Palm Beach County girls soccer players.
 
Five area players on the youth roster currently hold an offer from the University of Florida: his daughter Kylie Borislow (Benjamin), Mayra Pelayo (Benjamin), Giovana Giraldo (Benjamin), Morgan Mannweiler (Boca Raton) and Sabrina Chung (American Heritage).
 

Two ex-Jupiter kickers get a pre-training camp workout in

Jul 21, 2014 -- 3:50pm
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
 
Two local kickers were able to squeeze in a workout on Monday.
 
Jupiter High School products Matt Bosher and Eric Meng got after it one final time before Bosher had to depart for Atlanta Falcons training camp. Meng captured the scenery on Twitter.
 
 
Bosher, a University of Miami alum, starts training camp on Friday. He's entering his fourth season as the Falcons' punter after being selected by Atlanta in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Bosher averaged 46.6 yards per punt with two touchbacks and 26 attempts inside the 20 last year.
 
The workout partners are both former Lou Groza High School Kicker Award winners. Bosher claimed the 2004 and 2005 trophies, while Meng, a former NFL and AFL kicker, was the first ever preps Groza winner when it was introduced in 1992.
 
Both are key names in the Jupiter High kicking tradition that also produced former Auburn standout Cody Parkey, a 2009 high school Groza recipient.
 

Duse Report: Two players make verbal commitments, a pair of schools impress at 7-on-7 Tourney, plus more

Jul 21, 2014 -- 1:41am
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @DuseReport1063

-Dwyer defensive back Jarius Adams made his collegiate decision on Friday night, verbally committing to Rutgers. The 5-11, 180 lb. cornerback also held offers from Bowling Green, FIU and FAU, among others. Adams, rated as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, will be counted on to lead a young Dwyer defense this season. The defending 7A State Champions are tasked with replacing 20 of its 22 starters from last year.

-While FIU lost our on Adams, they were able secure a verbal commit from another standout defensive player. Palm Beach Gardens defensive end Milord Juste pledged to the Panthers on Sunday. The 6-2, 240 lb. rising senior also held offers from Army, Navy, Bryant and Colgate.

-To say Glades Central had its fair share of struggles on the gridiron in 2013 would be an understatement. The Raiders recorded one of their worst seasons in recent memory, finishing the year 4-7 and costing then head coach Roosevelt Blackmon his job.

While the 2014 season is still month-and-a-half away, the Raiders did pick up a nice momentum boost into the fall this weekend. On Saturday, Glades Central won the Palm Beach Shootout 7-on-7 Tournament, knocking off Suncoast 20-13 in the Championship Game. Sure, it's just a 7-on-7, but any positives you can carry into the fall is only a good thing.

-While Suncoast ultimately fell in the Championship Game at the Palm Beach Shootout, the Chargers left an impression on everyone taking part. 2015 WR/DB Marquavis Gibbs was named Overall Tournament MVP, while 2016 quarterback Matt Dame took home Offensive MVP honors.

Suncoast has put together an impressive summer on the 7-on-7 circuit, with the team making it the Final Eight of the Miami Dolphins Tournament and its big performance this weekend. When you have electric athletes and a standout quarterback like the Chargers do, success will usually follow in 7-on-7 competition.

How will that translate into the fall? That will be one of the interesting subplots as we head into the 2014 season. While the Chargers certainly have the weapons to torch opponents through the air, their success will ultimately be determined up front in the trenches. With no linemen and no pass rush, offensives have a clear advantage in 7-on-7. Obviously that doesn't exist in real football. If the offensive line can dominate the line of scrimmage this season, then watch out.

-Interest in Cardinal Newman basketball standout John Collins continues to grow. The 6-9 big man, who holds offers from major D1 programs such as Maryland, Texas, Memphis and Kansas State, got a phone call from none other than basketball power Duke on Friday. While the Blue Devils haven't extended an offer yet, it's clear that they're interested. Collins will be the area's most highly-recruited basketball player since Dwyer center Joel James, who signed with North Carolina in 2012.

Fantasy Draft: What area HS coaches would be on your 7-on-7 football team?

Jul 18, 2014 -- 2:37pm
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @DuseReport1063
 
If you're a fan of 7-on-7's and county rivalries, then FAU Stadium is the place to be next week. On Thursday, FAU will host a four-team round-robin tournament with representatives from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County/Treasure Coast taking part.

But wait, there's a twist.

Instead high school players participating, the teams will be comprised of high school head coaches. The rosters are still be finalized for next week's tournament.

Since Kelley Bydlon and I are both big nerds, we decided to do a fantasy draft of PBC/TC coaches and make up our 7-on-7 teams.

Here are the results:

Wells' Team

1) TJ Jackson (Atlantic) - With the number one pick, I went with a guy who can provide speed and athleticism on the outside. Jackson is a well-known speed trainer and reportedly ran a 4.32 40-yard dash during his playing career at Virginia Tech

2) Josh Shaffer (Ft. Pierce Central) - The Cobras' head coach gives me all the elements I want out of a 7-on-7 QB. He can sling it, has the quickness to elude the pass rush and is one of the area's top offensive game-planners. It's literally like having a coach on the field at the QB position.

3) Doug Socha (Oxbridge Academy) - Another great offensive mind who still has some athletic shiftiness in him. Can utilize him as a receiver out of the slot.

4) Heath Nivens (King's Academy) - Had to get some SEC experience on this roster and accomplished that by snagging the South Carolina alum. May have played offensive tackle, but even the guys in the trenches have that #SECSpeed.

5) Mike Watkins (John Carroll) - While I like the cerebral nature of Shaffer at QB, I wanted to bring in some competition under center. As a former quarterback at the University of Louisville, Watkins certainly brings that. At 6'4", he's got the ability to stand tall in the pocket and deliver strikes downfield.

6) Dennis Lavelle (South Fork) - I went with mostly skill guys earlier in the draft, but wanted to make sure I got some toughness in the later rounds. Lavelle is as intense as any coach in the area and can whip anyone into line.

7) Stacy Sizemore (American Heritage) - The majority of this draft was focused on offensive players, so I wanted to make sure I got a defensive mind as well. In addition, he brings an added element of size and toughness to the squad.

Kelley's Team

1) Steve Walsh (Cardinal Newman) - Gotta have a quarterback. I'll take the most battle tested QB in the area. And a NCAA national championship doesn't hurt much either.

2) Jessie Hester (Lake Worth) - And in a flag football, 7-on-7 style game, you have to have a guy to get the ball to. Give me the Jet. Age is just a meaningless number when it comes to Jessie Hester.

3) Jack Daniels (Dwyer) - One of the greatest coaching minds in the area, and a former college defensive back. Sign me up.

4) Clay Shriver (Boca Raton Christian) - Another national champion, more NFL experience, and can help Walsh avoid the pass rushers. Let's just hope all of these Noles, Canes, and Gators can get along.

5) Blaze Thompson (Pahokee) - Pure toughness with this pick. I dare any receiver to go over the middle with Blaze standing there. Plus, he always has his bluetooth in so it will be easier for me to call plays in.

6) Eric Davis (Boca Raton) - Has assembled an amazing coaching staff at Boca high, plus works for the police. His routes should be open all game. Don't want to draw a PI call on a cop.

7) Willie Snead (Palm Beach Lakes) - More NFL and college wide receiver experience. My team is stacked.

King's Academy tabs Brad Wilkerson new head baseball coach

Jul 18, 2014 -- 11:37am
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
 
The King's Academy is turning to a former Major Leaguer to to take over its baseball program.
 
The West Palm Beach private school announced Friday morning via Twitter that eight-year pro veteran Brad Wilkerson has been named head coach after one season in charge of TKA's middle school team. 
 
 
The 37-year old Wilkerson replaces Doug Magaw, who left King's for John I. Leonard at the end of June.
 
After stints with the Expos (2001-2004), Nationals (2005), Rangers (2006-2007, Mariners (2008) and Blue Jays (2008), Wilkerson decided to retire after a brief time in the Red Sox farm system in 2009 and an attempted comeback with the Phillies in 2010.
 
An outfielder and first baseman, Wilkerson finished second in Rookie of the Year voting with Montreal in 2002 after hitting .266 with 20 home runs.
 
Prior to his Major League career, Wilkerson was a three-time All-American at the University of Florida. He was inducted into the Gators' Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 and the National College Baseball Hall of Fame two years later.
 
One of the highlights of Wilkerson's baseball life came in 2000 when he helped lead the United States to a shocking upset of Cuba in the final to claim the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics.
 
King's Academy has featured one of the area's most successful baseball programs over the past half-decade. The Lions claimed district titles in 2012 and 2013, falling just short of the state semi-finals both years. TKA was 14-12 and 5-4 in district play this past season.
 
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