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Berkeley Prep Head Coach Mike Ryder Reflects On The Shortened Season

Berkeley Prep Head Coach Mike Ryder Reflects On The Shortened Season

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  FLN's Note: I was messaging with Coach Ryder on Twitter a few days ago and I asked him to put his thoughts on paper concerning the likely cancellation of the season (I was going to try to hold out hope for a resumption of the season but at this time I just don't see it.  Major League Baseball is now talking Mid-May and even the Kentucky Derby just moved a May race date to September, just to name two things). Mike wrote this up and I'd like others; coaches, players, parents and referees, to also submit a writing about their feelings at this point.  We all will feel a sense of missing out.  But we will all get through this by being smart and acting like we always do during times of crisis.  America didn't get it's reputation in the world by fluke, it got it by rising to the occasi
Give The Kids A Great Farewell If This It . . .

Give The Kids A Great Farewell If This It . . .

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  Oak Hall joined Broward County and St. Edward's in shutting down for now and I'm sure there will be plenty more today as school boards will decide that's it.  As I am typing this CNBC is reporting there will be a national state of emergency declared today along the lines of The Stafford Act, which could be used by state and local authorities to go further.  I've also heard New York City will shut down this weekend as a precaution. The point of all this is that if tonight is the swan song for the season, this will be your last chance to show the kids, coaches, refs and the entire community your appreciation for all the hard work and commitment it took to entertain us so much in such a competitive milieu. And I only ask one favor.  When the game enters the last 30 seconds, re
Breaking:  Broward County Announces Suspension of All Sporting Events:  Games, Practices, etc.

Breaking: Broward County Announces Suspension of All Sporting Events: Games, Practices, etc.

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  According to sources and a press conference being held now, Broward County has suspended all sporting events, practices, meetings, etc. No timetable to resume can be predicted at this point. This does not include Catholic schools, which fall under the Archdiocese rulings. Teams included will be Western, West Broward, Stoneman, etc. The first domino. Palm Beach County has not made the decision to suspend yet.
FHSAA Update – March 12th

FHSAA Update – March 12th

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  FHSAA CORONAVIRUS Update – March 12, 2020 GAINESVILLE, FL – The FHSAA continues to monitor developments regarding the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) and its impact on Florida and local communities. Schools and school districts should continue to follow state and local health department advisories regarding extracurricular activities and athletic contests. Following CDC recommendations regarding limiting unnecessary travel, the FHSAA meetings listed below will be held via teleconference. Specific directions to follow. March 18 – Winter Sports Officials Advisory Committee March 23 – Basketball Advisory Committee April 1 – Section 2 Appeals Hearing April 2 – Section 3 Appeals Hearing April 3 – Section 4 Appeals Hearing April 7 – Section 1 Appeals Hearing April 8 – Athletic
Dishonoring the Creator’s Game:  Crowd Actions & Reactions; Learning to Root FOR, not AGAINST

Dishonoring the Creator’s Game: Crowd Actions & Reactions; Learning to Root FOR, not AGAINST

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How it should look . . . I mentioned in the King's-Oxbridge writeup that a confrontation occurred late in the game in the stands and I would write about it separately. Full disclosure up front. I DID NOT WITNESS the confrontation even though I was only about 30 feet away.  I did hear some things but the only thing I can say with 100% certainty was the chant of the King's students that started with about 4 minutes to go.  I am pretty confident is saying an Oxbridge fan, whether parent or not, confronted the chant in some way.  But that's about it for 100% of what I know.  I was in the press box but plenty of people were between me and the fracas. Could I ask around and get plenty of input?  Sure, but why go with a Rashomon-style likelihood of differing opinions when the actual details a
Boca Raton Hands Belen Jesuit 1st Loss 10-8 in the Nicole Garrish Lacrosse Classic

Boca Raton Hands Belen Jesuit 1st Loss 10-8 in the Nicole Garrish Lacrosse Classic

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photos by Seth Green   To be honest, both sides tried giving the game away at times.  Maybe the elements had something to do with it.  Weather better seen in upstate NY this time of year . . . at least it felt that way.  I can't remember the last time I wore a jacket on March 7th.  Very windy and overcast.  Just sitting in the stands taking notes was tough enough . . . note to AD at Boca . . . working media do need press box access!  Or have I gone soft in my older age? Either way it was not the prettiest game to watch but in the end it was Boca's shooting and Belen's lack there-of that caused the final score.  Add a dash of excellent goaltending by Boca's combo of Shane Doyle and Barrett Joy (who played some key minutes in the 2nd quarter while Doyle nursed a delicate injury
King’s Lions Hunt Down Oxbridge Thunderwolves in District Showdown, 8-5

King’s Lions Hunt Down Oxbridge Thunderwolves in District Showdown, 8-5

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Pictures submitted by Seth Green   King's Academy has been thinking about this one for a while.  Last year's regular season district game was an 16-2 wipeout and as King's improved they got within 8-5 in the district final.  Last night's game was one of those measuring stick games as a program and King's was looking to cement their place at the same level that Oxbridge has called their own the last 4 years.  After the Tuesday OT loss at AH-Plantation the Lions were able to put that aside, although it took a half of play to do so. HC Jacob Webb's comment on the interview after the game about falling back into old habits in the first half is very telling.  Chasing the prize ahead of you is very difficult emotionally, learning how to win the big game is iterative.  Oxbridge HC S