High School Buzz 

Baseball: Park Vista P Austin Smith named to 2014 18U National Team

  • 11:13 am Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Anthony Chiang

Park Vista’s Austin Smith is following up a stellar junior season with a pretty special offseason.

The Palm Beach Post’s 2014 Large Schools Player of the Year was named to the 20-man roster for the 2014 18U National Team, which will compete in the COPABE Pan American Championship in Mexico in September.

Smith is the only player from Palm Beach County on the roster. Only three players from Florida made the team.

Smith turned in a stellar junior season, leading the Cobras to their first state tournament berth since 2011 with a 12-1 record on the mound and a .425 average at [More]

Baseball: Four county players to take part in Perfect Game All-American Classic

  • 1:47 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Anthony Chiang
Park Vista pitcher Austin Smith was one of four players from Palm Beach County to be selected to play in the 2014 Perfect Game All-American Classic. (Photo by Bill Ingram)

Palm Beach County will be well represented at the 2014 Perfect Game All-American Classic. [More]

Baseball: King’s Academy hires Brad Wilkerson as head coach

  • 11:59 am Friday, July 18th, 2014 by Jodie Wagner

Former University of Florida standout and Major League Baseball veteran Brad Wilkerson has been hired to coach The King’s Academy baseball team, athletic director Adam Winters announced Friday. [More]

Baseball: Sam Howell named Cardinal Newman’s new baseball coach

  • 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 by Anthony Chiang

Sam Howell is returning to a familiar place.

On Tuesday, Howell was named Cardinal Newman’s new head baseball coach. The 60-year-old graduated from Newman in 1971.

Howell will replace Sean Comfort, who left after two seasons to become the head baseball coach at Melbourne-Palm Bay.

“I never thought I would have the chance to return to Cardinal Newman,” Howell said. “I played there and I started my coaching career there as an assistant for Jack Kokinda. In the back of my mind, I always thought it would be pretty neat to end my career there.”

It has been quite the journey for Howell to [More]

Baseball: John I. Leonard to bring back Doug Magaw as head coach

  • 12:47 pm Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Anthony Chiang
Doug Magaw has been named the new John I. Leonard baseball coach. (Photo by Bill Ingram)

The last time John I. Leonard’s baseball team won a district title, Doug Magaw was its head coach.

The year was 2006.

Leonard is hoping Magaw can have similar success the second time around, as the Lancers announced Monday they will bring him back to lead their baseball program. Magaw will replace Roger Vasquez, who spent four seasons as Leonard’s head baseball coach.

“Doug is an excellent teacher of the game of baseball,” Lancers athletic director Scott Siegel said. “Getting somebody of his reputation and credibility, it’s just a big plus to have him come back to John I. Leonard.”

After resigning from his [More]

Baseball: Former Park Vista star Trea Turner signs with San Diego Padres

  • 10:40 am Sunday, June 15th, 2014 by Anthony Chiang

Trea Turner didn’t wait long to make his decision.

After the Park Vista product was selected by the San Diego Padres with the 13th overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft on June 5, Turner signed with San Diego for $2.9 million on Friday, according to multiple reports. Turner signed above his assigned pick value, which was listed at $2,723,300. [More]

2014 MLB Draft: Palm Beach Gardens, American Heritage, Trinity Christian, Palm Beach Central players drafted on Day 3

  • 2:34 pm Saturday, June 7th, 2014 by Anthony Chiang

After capping off a memorable career at Palm Beach Gardens this year, JJ Schwarz knew he had a tough decision in front of him.

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Baseball: Former Park Vista standout Trea Turner goes 13th overall to San Diego Padres

  • 8:47 pm Thursday, June 5th, 2014 by Anthony Chiang

Trea Turner was projected to be a first-round pick in the MLB Draft, but he still didn’t know what to expect.

However, the Park Vista product didn’t have to wait long to hear his name, as the San Diego Padres drafted the 6-foot-1, 170-pound shortstop with 13th overall pick Thursday. Turner was the first player from Palm Beach County taken in this year’s draft.

“I would have never thought I would be going this high in the draft,” said Turner, who became the first player from Park Vista to be selected in the first round. “It’s definitely a little bit of a [More]