Posted: 11:53 am Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Running back Chauncey Mason left Park Vista to enroll at Boynton Beach in March, and Zander Bernard plans on doing the same.
Bernard informed the Palm Beach Post he has transferred out of Park Vista and will enroll at Boynton Beach this week. The running back will join an already dangerous Tigers offense, which features dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson, wide receiver Donte Sylencieux and Mason.
“I’m excited,” Bernard said. “I talked it over with my family and they agreed this is the best decision for me. This is my senior year and I want to make the most of it.”
According to Bernard, he moved in with his father’s best friend, who became his legal guardian, to facilitate the transfer.
Bernard, who will be a senior in the fall, was expected to be the star of Park Vista’s offense this season. The 5-foot-7 back, who is listed as the 24th-best prospect on the PBgametime.com Class of 2015 Big Board, is the cousin of NFL running back Giovani Bernard.
The news does not come at a good time for the Cobras, which have now lost Mason, Bernard, linebacker Elijah Howard (American Heritage) and right tackle Tito Hamilton (American Heritage) to transfers this offseason.
According to Cobras head coach Brian Dodds, Bernard wanted to transfer out of Park Vista after this past season ended, but he was persuaded by Dodds to stay.
“I feel bad for Zander because he was in line to be a captain and our top running back, but now he can’t complete that,” Dodds said. “It’s too bad.”
Bernard said he expects to be used as a slot receiver and running back at Boynton Beach. The Tigers finished with a 9-2 record last season, falling to eventual Class 6A state champion, Miami Central, in the regional quarterfinals.
“It was really, really tough,” Bernard said of telling Dodds of his decision. “He was mad, but he wasn’t that mad at me. He was more disappointed. But I have to do what I have to do.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.