Posted: 12:45 am Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
By Jeff Greer
We have you covered from start to finish at the boys’ basketball state championships here at the Lakeland Center in, uh, Lakeland.
First of all, the games will not be televised live, so FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER for live, in-game updates.
For each area team’s game, I’ll have an individual blog that I’ll update with scores by quarter. I’ll have halftime and postgame thoughts. I’ll then file a story about the game, and when I’ve had some time to review my notes and transcribe some interviews with players, I’ll post my five thoughts about each game. I will post those links here as I go.
Dwyer plays Fort Walton Beach in the Class 5A semifinal at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Like I said, follow me on Twitter for in-game updates that you will not get anywhere else, and keep this LIVE BLOG up. I’ll update it pregame and after each quarter with some stats and the score.
Here are all the stories and blog posts about Summit Christian and Grandview Prep’s time at the state championships:
LIVE BLOG: Summit Christian defeats Grandview Prep 62-50 to win its first state championship.
Tickets are $9 per session. Parking is $7.
About the semifinals
Here’s all the content we’ve drummed up leading up to this week:
Stats, key players, a little history: Inside each area team’s matchup and their class championships
How they got here:
- Grandview’s big guy Ismaila Dauda did work on Hialeah-Champagnat’s 6-11 star Tonye Jekeri in the regional final.
- Summit Christian ran out early on Naples-Seacrest Country Day and never looked back.
- And Dwyer absolutely smoked Melbourne-Palm Bay. Just too big, too quick, too deep.
Dwyer coach Fred Ross laughs off retirement rumors: “I’m having fun.”
An All-Palm Beach County final?: Grandview, Summit excited about possibly meeting in the Class 1A final.
Grandview Prep lost 59-33 in the semifinals to would-be champs Orlando Christian Prep, and Summit Christian lost 63-43 to Arlington Country Day.
Dwyer lost 54-48 to eventual state champs Bartow.
This year’s opponents
Summit Christian gets the three-time defending champs Orlando Christian Prep. OCP is 24-5 and No. 31 in the ESPN Rise national boys’ hoops poll.
Grandview Prep plays an athletic, scrappy FAMU High. FAMU is 23-8 and has not had an opponent come within single digits yet.
And Dwyer, which is No. 18 on that ESPN Rise national poll, gets 29-1 Fort Walton Beach, a battle-tested bunch that toughed out three intense games to reach Lakeland.