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By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The right to play for a third consecutive championship has been achieved. Now all Westminster Academy needs is to defeat Seffner Christian and become the second team in Broward County history to win a third straight title. The Lions put themselves in the favorable position with a 64-57…

March 6, 2019

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer FHSAA State Semifinals (At RP Funding Center, Lakeland) CLASS 9A ORLANDO EVANS (23-7) VS. WELLINGTON (24-6) When: Friday, 6 p.m. About Orlando Evans: Andy Antoine, a 6-7 senior forward, leads the team with 12.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Senior guard Clarence Cummings averages 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and…

March 5, 2019

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – St. Thomas Aquinas was 18 seconds away from possibly winning its first girls state basketball championship. A crucial mistake cost them that chance. The result was an 58-52 overtime loss to Tampa Bay Tech for the girls Class 8A state championship at the RP Funding Center on Saturday….

March 3, 2019

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – Hold your breath for the final 5.3 seconds. They did and Dillard survived to defeat Nease 43-40 for the girls Class 7A state championship at RP Funding Center on Saturday. The championship was the 10th for the school and for coach Marcia Pinder, who just complete her 42nd…

March 2, 2019

Staff Reports Broward County will be well represented at next week’s FHSAA boys basketball Final Four in Lakeland. State tournament traditionalists Blanche Ely and Dillard advanced in Class 8A and 7A after posting victories in their respective regional finals on Friday. Ely coach Melvin Randall and Dillard coach Darryl Burrows have combined for 13 state…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – This game was ugly in so many ways for the Deerfield Beach girls’ basketball team. Unfortunately for the second consecutive Class 9A state semifinal the Bucks came up short, losing this time to Wekiva 52-39 at the RP Funding Center on Friday. Shooting woes plagued the Deerfield offense…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The wait has been long, exactly 9141 days since the St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ basketball team has played for a state championship. That extended drought is over as the Raiders defeated St. Cloud 67-46 in a Class 8A state semifinal at the RP Funding Center on Friday. Aquinas…

March 1, 2019

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The calmness and business-like approach by Dillard in its Class 7A state semifinal was well scripted by coach Marcia Pinder. Led by senior center Raven White’s 19 points and 12 rebounds and senior forward Genovea Johnson’s 15 points and nine rebounds, the Panthers cruised to a 53-38 victory…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – A blazing start combined with a suffocating defense couldn’t have been a better recipe for the American Heritage girls’ basketball teams. The result was a 58-40 Patriots victory over Bishop Kenny for the Class 6A state championship at the RP Funding Center on Thursday. The back-to-back was the…

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – This had all the ingredients of who ever scored last was the winner. Then Oxbridge Academy senior guard Aaliyah Stanley took over and changed the complexion of the game. She scored 20 of her game-high 32 points in the second half to lead the ThunderWolves to 71-65 victory…

February 28, 2019