Posted: 2:24 pm Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Notebook: Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor named U.S. Army player of the week 

By Matt Porter

Kelvin Taylor earned more accolades for his record-setting performance last week.

Taylor, who passed Emmitt Smith for the most career rushing yards by a Florida high school running back in Glades Day’s 43-22 win over South Fork, was named the U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Player of the Week.

In case you missed it, click here for full coverage of Taylor’s chase for the record.

PB Central’s O’Donnell a top punter: Cincinnati junior Patrick O’Donnell, a Palm Beach Central alum, is one of ten semi-finalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter. O’Donnell averages 44.8 yards per punt, which leads the Big East and is tenth in the nation.

Finalists will be named on Nov. 21. The award will be presented live on ESPN Dec. 8 along with the Lou Groza Award and several other college football awards.

Girls basketball: Dwyer and Grandview Prep are the headliners for John I. Leonard’s Thanksgiving Classic. The teams will face off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. as part of a nine-team, two-day event.

All games are at John I. Leonard. Admission for the day is $5. The game schedule:

Friday, Nov. 25 – Suncoast vs. Royal Palm Beach, noon; Forest Hill vs. Olympic Heights, 2; Palm Beach Gardens vs. Grandview Prep, 4; Dwyer vs. Boca Raton, 6.

Saturday, Nov. 26 – John I. Leonard vs. Olympic Heights, noon; Forest Hill vs. Royal Palm Beach, 2; Boca Raton vs. Suncoast, 4; John I. Leonard vs. Suncoast, 6; Dwyer vs. Grandview Prep, 8.

Baseball: Boca Raton reports three early signees: Sean Gallagher (Navy), Peter Rantz (Wesleyan) and Jake Spooner (Lehigh).

Click here to see a list of all 2012 early signees.

Lacrosse: Pope John Paul II senior Carter Jara will sign with Piedmont College, a new Div. III program in Demorest, Ga.

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