High School Buzz 

Pahokee’s Merrill Noel, others bring home FBS all-conference football honors

  • 7:09 pm Monday, December 12th, 2011 by Jeff Greer

Pahokee alum and Wake Forest cornerback Merrill Noel was one of several Palm Beach County football products playing Football Bowl Series (Division I-A) football to take home all-conference awards.

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Five Pahokee players picked all-state in Class 2B

  • 6:24 am Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 by Jason Lieser

Despite one of their most frustrating seasons of the decade, the Pahokee Blue Devils landed five of their star players on the Class 2B all-state team.
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High school football Week 1 Platinum

  • 10:32 pm Sunday, September 6th, 2009 by Jason Lieser

Admittedly, this will be an incomplete list. There is no way to catch every single game and newspapers don’t record thorough defensive stats or linemen grades, but here are some of the performances that stood out from games I saw either in person and on DVD, read about in the paper or based on information I got from school staff.
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Pahokee, Atlantic ready to break in Anquan Boldin Stadium

  • 3:47 pm Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 by Jason Lieser

Neither Atlantic nor Pahokee was able to schedule a spring game, so it has been months since their players hit anyone else on another team. Couple that with the fact that Pahokee is opening a brand-new stadium and it will produce a raucous atmosphere for Friday’s game.

That won’t be a problem for either side.
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Merrill Noel de-commits from Florida State, now heading to Wake Forest

  • 8:39 pm Saturday, August 1st, 2009 by Jason Lieser

A month after he committed to Florida State, Pahokee cornerback Merrill Noel said he is going to join teammate Zachary Allen at Wake Forest.
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The curious case of Pahokeeā€™s Raheam Buxton, a Miami commit

  • 1:14 pm Monday, July 20th, 2009 by Jason Lieser

Pahokee senior Raheam Buxton’s career with the Blue Devils has been marked by injury, ineligibility, immaturity, a major position change and a lot of time on the bench.

And now, before he has put together even one solid season, Buxton has a scholarship offer to the University of Miami. Buxton was on the brink of announcing his intent to play for the Hurricanes last week, but canceled those plans in order to visit the campus again. Blue Devils coach Blaze Thompson said today Buxton committed to Miami over the weekend.

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Zachary Allen, Donnell Kirkwood and Fred Pickett commit

  • 4:37 pm Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 by Jason Lieser

Updated July 13, 2009 at 10:08 a.m.
At least two of the area’s top 25 football players committed to colleges recently, and possibly a third.

Pahokee linebacker Zachary Allen was on the brink of announcing his commitment to Wake Forest toward the end of the school year, but canceled the news conference when teammate

Merrill “Bud” Noel wavered on his decision to make the same commitment. Noel wound up changing his mind and picking Florida State, but Allen held firm and recently gave Wake Forest an oral commitment.

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Pahokee’s Merrill Noel to join De’Joshua Johnson at FSU

  • 6:47 pm Friday, June 26th, 2009 by Jason Lieser

Pahokee defensive back Merrill Noel gave an oral commitment to Florida State, Blue Devils coach Blaze Thompson said.

If both players uphold their pledge, Noel will join Pahokee wide receiver De’Joshua Johnson with the Seminoles.

Noel is 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and ranked No. 14 on the Big Board.