Posted: 4:51 pm Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
By Matt Porter
Standout middle linebacker Zach Slafsky, one of the top linebackers in the upcoming senior class, became the fourth former Olympic Heights football player in recent weeks to transfer to American Heritage.
Slafsky (6-2, 235), who was a second-team Palm Beach Post All-Area selection as a junior, enrolled at the Delray Beach private school this week. He joins former Lions linemen Kyle Mahoney and Milton Michel and running back David Tanis, who transferred last month.
American Heritage administration confirmed all four players are enrolled at the school. Wednesday night, Slafsky confirmed the news.
Last year as a sophomore, Tanis (5-8, 175) ran for 856 yards and 10 touchdowns for Olympic Heights and was a second-team All-Area selection. Mahoney (5-11, 255) was a second-team All Area pick as a junior. Michel (5-10, 225) saw playing time last year as a sophomore.
The Lions, who finished 7-3 last season, have other holes to fill: Mitch Henghold resigned March 3 after six seasons.
As a private school, American Heritage has no attendance boundaries. It draws students from various areas of south Palm Beach County and north Broward County. Olympic Heights, a public school located in West Boca Raton, has a zoned attendance area that includes sections of West Boca, West Boynton Beach and West Delray Beach.
None of the transfers are eligible to play in American Heritage’s May 26 spring game against Plantation-American Heritage. FHSAA rules bar any transfer student from participating in an athletic contest if they practiced with their former school that year.