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Boys Lacrosse: Boca Raton tops Pope John Paul II to advance to District Championship

Apr 15, 2014 -- 9:27pm
By: Wells Dusenbury
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @DuseReport1063

Collin Pepper didn't know he would be starting until ten minutes before the game.

With starter Matt Digney forced to miss Tuesday's District Semifinal match-up due to a staph infection in his left hand, Pepper, with just one career start to his name, was being counted on to lead Boca Raton's defense in its biggest game of the season.

The junior came through in a big way.

Pepper recorded 17 saves as Boca Raton topped Pope John Paul II 11-7 to advance to the District 23 Championship.

"I was really nervous at first," admitted Pepper after the game. "But I kind of turned it around and turned it to my advantage."

If Pepper had any jitters at the start, he certainly didn't show it. The junior made six saves in the first quarter, setting the tone for what would be a nightmarish night for Pope John Paul II shooters.

"He came out composed," said head coach Chris Holly. "He took charge out there. I heard him talking the whole game, calling out our calls. I was just thoughoughly impressed with him out there."

Holly said after the game that Pepper will be the Bobcats' starter for the remainder of the season. Digney will need surgery to remove an infected fingernail.

With the victory, Boca Raton avenged its 11-10 loss to Pope John Paul II earlier in the season.

In the re-match, Boca Raton started the game off on a tear, opening up a 3-0 first quarter lead. The Eagles answered back though, cutting Boca's lead to 4-3 at the end of the quarter.

Pope John Paul II then added one in the second to even the score 4-4 at halftime.

That was as close as the game would get. Boca Raton scored four unanswered to start the third quarter and put the game on ice.

Parker Giarratana was the Bobcats' offensive catalyst, tallying 5 goals in the victory.

"I can't say enough about him," said Holly of Giarratana. "He just turned the momentum right around [in the second half.]"

"He did all the little things right. Didn't try to go through two or three guys, threw the ball back. He did what we wanted to do offensively. He was the turning point in that second half."

Boca Raton will face St. Andrew's in the District Championship Game on Thursday. The Bobcats edged SA 6-5 earlier in the regular season. 

Baseball/Softball/Lacrosse Scoreboard for Monday, April 15th, 2014

Apr 15, 2014 -- 1:57pm


Wellington Christian0
Zion Lutheran20


                                    WP: Alex Bialakis (PJPII)                                  FINAL
Calvary Christian1
Pope John Paul II2


               WP: DJ Lawler (BC); Matthew Pena (BC): 3-4, 5 RBI              FINAL
Berean Christian19
Sheridan Hills4


John Carroll16
Master's Academy2


Royal Palm Beach0


                                          WP: Jake Paez (SR)                                      FINAL
Aquinas Academy (NY)3
Seminole Ridge15


WP: Lionel Perez (JIL); LP: Christian Baez (LW); Jorge Diaz (JIL): 2-2FINAL
Lake Worth1
John I. Leonard4


   Class 2A-13 District Tournament -- at Zion Lutheran High School   FINAL
Zion Lutheran8
Boca Raton Christian7


    Class 3A-13 District Tournament -- at Lake Worth Christian High   
      Philny Llewellyn: WP, 2-3, 3 RBI; Shany Emerenciana: 3-4, HR      
Oxbridge Academy0
Trinity Christian9


    Class 3A-13 District Tournament -- at Lake Worth Christian High   FINAL
Jupiter Christian3
Lake Worth Christian6


       Class 4A-12 District Tournament -- at Lincoln Park Academy     7:00 PM
Lincoln Park Academy0


       Class 4A-12 District Tournament -- at Lincoln Park Academy      7:00 PM
Glades Central0


 Class 4A-13 District Tournament -- at American Heritage-Delray HSFINAL
Cardinal Newman14
St. Andrew's2


Class 7A-13 District Tournament -- at Royal Palm Beach High SchoolFINAL
Forest Hill3


Class 7A-13 District Tournament -- at Royal Palm Beach High SchoolFINAL
Lake Worth2


Class 7A-13 District Tournament -- at Royal Palm Beach High SchoolFINAL
West Boca0
Palm Beach LakesFORFEIT


Class 7A-13 District Tournament -- at Royal Palm Beach High School
                                      WP: Jamie Tino (RPB)                                      
Olympic Heights3
Royal Palm Beach8


  Class 8A-10 District Tournament -- at John I. Leonard High School  FINAL
John I. Leonard1

Boys Lacrosse


Girls Lacrosse

    Class 6A-13 District Tournament -- at Jensen Beach High School   FINAL
South Fork7
Jensen Beach18


      Class 7A-12 District Tournament -- at Melbourne High School      FINAL
Pine School6
Martin County21

Two Palm Beach County student-athletes named to Academic All-State team

Apr 15, 2014 -- 12:44pm
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
Two Palm Beach County student-athletes have been honored by the FHSAA for their academic efforts.
Benjamin's Riley Burke and Lindsey Powers of Jupiter Christian were named to the Academic All-State team yesterday, two of 24 recipients of the honor.
The accolades of both girls were detailed in an FHSAA press release:
Riley Burke, Benjamin School (West Palm Beach) – Riley is the daughter of Timothy and Karen Burke. An Advanced Placement Scholar, Princeton Book Award recipient and Columbia Scholar-Athlete Award winner, Riley has a 3.9 grade point average. She earned varsity letters in basketball – recording 1,000 points as a sophomore – and track and field all four years of high school, and was a Wendy’s Heisman State Finalist and McDonald’s All-American Nominee. Riley was the founder and president of the Sunshine Club and was also a violinist, a staff writer for the student newspaper, and part of the Business of Sports Club. Her dedication to her community was demonstrated through more than 400 hours of community service, including Dreyfoos High School ARTS Summer Camp.  Riley plans to attend Columbia University in New York City to study neuroscience and music.
Lindsey Powers, Jupiter Christian – Lindsey is the daughter of William (current JCS head football coach) and Colleen Powers. She has a 3.95 grade point average and is ranked 10th in a senior class of 49. Lindsey earned varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track and field all four years of high school. She is a Pathfinder Sports Nominee, Wendy’s Hesiman Candidate and USA Today “The Ultimate Athlete,” and achieved 1,000 career points in basketball. In addition to athletics, she was president of National Honor Society and a committed member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Ambassadors and Captains Corner. Lindsey volunteered her time with Branch Out Community Service, Habitat for Humanity and Belle Glade Mission Trips, and was a camp counselor for volleyball and basketball. She plans to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and has not yet determined her course of study.

Dwyer in talks to play Kickoff Classic on ESPN

Apr 14, 2014 -- 6:57pm
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
Dwyer football is no stranger to national television appearances and the Panthers are hopeful they'll get another chance to be seen across the country to start the 2014 season.
Florida's defending Class 7A state champions are anticipating an invite to particpate in a "South Florida Kickoff Classic" that would be carried by an ESPN network in late August. Sources say the event would include four schools from the region and FAU Stadium has been proposed as a home for two games.
On Monday afternoon the Sun-Sentinel reported Dwyer would be playing 2013's 5A state champ American Heritage-Plantation. Dwyer athletic director Tom Pagely is eager to get a deal done to play in that contest, but as of right now he's still searching for an opponent for that week. Nothing is finalized.
"I have not signed or processed any agreement through my administration for a Kickoff Classic game as of yet, but we're in discussions," said Pagely when reached by phone on Monday.
The event is being coordinated by Paragon Marketing, a longtime partner of ESPN used to arrange attractive high school games and tournaments fit for television.
Pagley was contacted by a Paragon employee in the fall but hasn't heard back since right after the holidays, presumably due to the influx of high school basketball contests the company handles. A Paragon representative reached out to Pagely early Monday afternoon but he was unable to take the call. 
The actual opponent, teams involved, and the venue for the event have not yet been confirmed to the Dwyer AD in the previous conversations.
In a text message to ESPN West Palm, FAU AD Pat Chun said no deal has been finalized "just yet" to make the school's on-campus stadium the site of the games. A message to Paragon was not returned.
Dwyer last played on ESPN to open the 2011 season when the Panthers fell to Glades Central in Belle Glade. A Panthers team featuring current Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam, Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary, and N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett lost to Cleveland-Glenville on ESPN the in 2010.

Park Vista product Tre Mason puts in a ridiculous treadmill workout

Apr 14, 2014 -- 12:39pm
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
The term "downhill runner" is commonly applied to Tre Mason. It's a different story on the treadmill, however.
Mason, the Park Vista alum, has been training in South Florida since his record-setting rushing season at Auburn came to a close in the Tigers' BCS title game loss to Florida State. He and several NFL hopefuls have been working out extensively at Tony Villani's XPE Sports facility in Delray Beach, and with under a month remaining until the NFL Draft, it's imperative that Mason and his fellow prospects are in pristine shape for pre-draft sessions with pro scouts.
Mason and former Alabama running back, current New Orleans Saints' rusher Mark Ingram were getting after it on Monday, and they weren't exactly putting in the type of effort you see on hotel workout room treadmills.
Check out the speed AND incline Mason and Ingram are striding on:
How fast do they have that machine set at? 10.0? Incline? 5.0? No matter the estimate...that's a wild treadmill experience.
Tre Mason is clearly an "uphill" runner.

Kokell's Film Study: A look at Palm Beach Gardens LB Tevon Coney

Apr 14, 2014 -- 11:16am
ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Position: Linebacker
School: Palm Beach Gardens (Class of 2015)
Height: 6-3
Weight: 218
Top 5 Offers: Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Auburn, Notre Dame
Note: Won "Linebacker MVP" at Miami Nike Football Training Camp; Received invite to The Opening 2014
Kokell's Film Analysis:
Tevon Coney is special. He is a defensive coordinator's dream and a offensive coordinator's worst nightmare. It is evident that Coney takes it personally when teams score on Palm Beach Gardens. His passion and hatred toward opposing offenses screams at you on his film. Coney's ability to play inside, outside, or as a stand up pass rusher makes the thought of scheming against him frightening. Even when offenses know where he is going to be lined up, Coney's ability to read and react to the play almost instantly makes him virtually unstoppable. 
High motor. Explosive on contact. Good speed. Plays sideline to sideline. Moves well enough to drop into zone pass coverage. 
What To Work On:
Engages blockers a little too much. Often can overcome this and shed the block off pure strength but as competition gets higher that won't work. Small technique adjustments can fix this. 
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Study", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail ckokell@espnwestpalm.com.
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