High School Buzz 

Baseball: Inside the new Top 10, plus the best games of Week 3

  • 4:00 pm Monday, February 23rd, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Benjamin comes in at No. in this week's rankings. (Photo by Thomas Cordy)

We’ve just begun a new baseball season, but the usual names are at the top of the rankings.

Park Vista is still No. 1, and four teams from the always competitive District 9-8A made the list. Small schools powers Trinity Christian, Benjamin and American Heritage are also in this week’s Top 10. [More]

Baseball: Inside the first Top 10, plus the best games of Week 2

  • 9:31 am Monday, February 16th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Wellington won the (Photo provided by  Cindy Wiebke)

And we’re off.

The high school baseball season has begun, and we have already had some interesting results. Park Vista already has one loss, and District 9-8A teams like Wellington, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and Seminole Ridge are off to hot starts. [More]

Baseball: Santaluces Slam set to begin Tuesday

  • 10:27 pm Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
Jupiter will participate in this week's Santaluces Slam. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

It’s that time of the year again.

The Santaluces Slam is here, which means high school baseball is also here. The week long tournament features eight of Palm Beach County’s top teams, as they face off in the showcase event to kick off the regular season.

The tournament was scheduled to begin Monday, but inclement weather pushed the start of the event to Tuesday. [More]

Park Vista P Austin Smith named MaxPreps Preseason All-American

  • 10:57 am Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 by Anthony Chiang

It’s hard to believe, but high school baseball season is almost here.

The 2015 MaxPreps Preseason All-American baseball team was released Tuesday morning and one local player made the list.

Park Vista senior pitcher Austin Smith was one of five players from Florida to make the 30-man roster. The 6-foot-4 right-hander recorded a 12-1 record to go along with a 0.36 ERA last season and was named the Palm Beach Post’s 2014 Large Schools Baseball Player of the Year. [More]

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]