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Cardinal Newman names John Timmins as new head football coach

  • 3:08 pm Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
John Timmins

Cardinal Newman had to act fast.

With Steve Walsh stepping down as as the school’s head football coach after six seasons on March 30, Cardinal Newman had less than a month to hire a new head coach before the start of spring practice.

Just days before spring practice kicks off, Cardinal Newman named John Timmins as its new head football coach Wednesday. The news was first reported by ESPN 106.3. [More]

2016 Big Board breakdown: No. 4, Isaiah Johnson

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Anthony Chiang

Each weekday leading up to the start of spring practice, we’ll release a new player from the top 10 of our Class of 2016 Big Board and break down his game with an interactive graphic. Today, it’s No. 4, Isaiah Johnson, a wide receiver at Dwyer.

At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Johnson is a big target who gives opposing defenses plenty of problems. His combination of size and athleticism has college coaches drooling over his potential. Right now, Johnson seems like he’s confident he will end up at Florida after an eventful recruiting process that included two decommitments. But he’s keeping [More]

2016 Big Board breakdown: No. 5, Devin Singletary

  • 6:00 am Monday, April 20th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner

Each weekday leading up to the start of spring practice, we’ll release a new player from the top 10 of our Class of 2016 Big Board and break down his game with an interactive graphic. Today, it’s No. 5, Devin Singletary, a running back at American Heritage.

Singletary was a key part of American Heritage’s prolific offense last season. A durable back who has speed and strength, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound junior averaged 10.7 yards per carry in 2014 and also scored 15 rushing touchdowns.

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2016 Big Board breakdown: No. 6, Travis Homer

  • 6:00 am Friday, April 17th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang

Each weekday leading up to the start of spring practice, we’ll release a new player from the top 10 of our Class of 2016 Big Board and break down his game with an interactive graphic. Today, it’s No. 6, Travis Homer, a running back at Oxbridge Academy.

With Homer’s mixture of strength and speed, his skill set has started to attract BCS programs. But some still wonder if he can put up big numbers against tough competition after Oxbridge Academy played in independent leagues the past two seasons. Homer will have an opportunity to quiet those doubters this season, as [More]

Park Vista officials: Tre Mason always welcome back

  • 9:52 am Thursday, April 16th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner
Park Vista graduate Tre Mason, now with the Rams, said he was kicked off his alma mater's practice field on Wednesday. (Post file photo)

St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason has plenty of name recognition nationally thanks to his success on the gridiron, first at Auburn and now in the NFL.

But the Park Vista graduate was feeling a little unwelcome back home after a misunderstanding Wednesday. [More]

2016 Big Board breakdown: No. 8, Chanler Ferguson

  • 6:00 am Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang

Each weekday leading up to the start of spring practice, we’ll release a new player from the top 10 of our Class of 2016 Big Board and break down his game with an interactive graphic. Today, it’s No. 8, Chanler Ferguson, a linebacker at Atlantic.

At 5-foot-11, 225 pounds, Ferguson is a force at middle linebacker. He’s not only a tackling machine, but also can read quarterbacks better than most. Ferguson returned four interceptions for touchdowns last season. If he can duplicate last year’s stats, Ferguson will have plenty of offers by the end of his senior season.

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Former American Heritage OL Roderick Johnson’s football career cut short

  • 3:09 pm Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang

Roderick Johnson’s football career has come to an end.

The former American Heritage standout offensive lineman has been diagnosed with congenital cervical stenosis, which is the narrowing of the spinal canal of the neck that prevents enough fluid to gather around the spinal cord to properly protect it from injury. The Florida Gators redshirt sophomore was expected to be a full-time starter this season. [More]

2016 Big Board breakdown: No. 9, Ja’kevious Vickers

  • 6:00 am Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by Jodie Wagner

Each weekday leading up to the start of spring practice, we’ll release a new player from the top 10 of our Class of 2016 Big Board and break down his game with an interactive graphic. Today, it’s No. 9, Ja’kevious Vickers, a running back at Glades Central.

Vickers was one of the area’s top running backs last season despite having limited experience at the position. A converted safety/linebacker, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Vickers rushed for more than 1,000 yards and played a key role in leading the revitalized Raiders to the regional finals.

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Tavares Martin still hoping to play Division I football after signing with junior college

  • 6:58 pm Monday, April 13th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang
West Virginia has pulled its offer to Dwyer WR Tavares Martin. (Post file photo)

Tavares Martin is still waiting.

Despite a tweet from Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College head coach Jesse Montalto announcing that Martin had signed with the program, the three-star Dwyer wide receiver is not sure he will end up at the junior college. [More]

2016 Big Board breakdown: No. 10 Da’Von Brown

  • 6:00 am Monday, April 13th, 2015 by Anthony Chiang

Each weekday leading up to the start of spring practice, we’ll release a new player from the top 10 of our Class of 2016 Big Board and break down his game with an interactive graphic. Today, it’s No. 10, Da’Von Brown, a cornerback at Royal Palm Beach.

It’s hard to find high school cornerbacks with better man-to-man coverage skills than Brown. Despite being 5-foot-11, he’s one of the most physical cornerbacks in Palm Beach County. Don’t be surprised to see Brown begin to draw big offers before the start of his senior season.

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