High-SchoolFlorida: Five Days of List-Mas

Five Days of List-Mas: Wild Card!

December, 16, 2011
12/16/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The 10 best mascots in Florida.

From the clever to the obscure to the fitting, we take a look at a variety of our favorite mascots from around the state.

10. Fort Lauderdale Flying L's
Legend has it the Flying L was born in 1917 when a Miami Herald reporter used the term to describe one of the school's track stars.

9. Seabreeze Sandcrabs
Self-explanatory mascot for the Daytona Beach school.

8. Miami Senior Stingarees
Whippy the Stingaree strikes fear in opponents' hearts.

7. Key West Fighting Conchs
A snail shell might not seem intimidating, but it's a beloved symbol of the picturesque island with a history of producing MLB players.

6. Okeechobee Brahmans
A brahman is a humped breed of cattle named after the "sacred cow" in Hinduism.

5. Charlotte Fightin' Tarpons
Do you want to mess with a huge fish with a reputation for punishing those who dare to reel it in? I know I don't.

4. Melbourne Central Catholic Hustlers
More about work ethic than confidence men or pool sharks, the Hustler is nevertheless a mascot with serious swag.

3. South Plantation Paladins
The Paladins were fierce knights of the French King and Roman emperor Charlemagne.

2. Tarpon Springs Spongers
The Tarpon Springs waterfront was once home to a thriving sponge industry, and the boats, docks and warehouses remain a tourist attraction.

1. Lakeland Dreadnaughts
The name derives from a class of battleships, and it's fitting moniker for one of the best football programs in state history.

What's your favorite Sunshine State mascot? Let us know in the comments.

Five Days of List-Mas: NBA players from Florida

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Florida.

Brandon Knight has a bright future, with some people already saying he's the future of the Detroit Pistons franchise. But until he's made his mark in The League, he can't be considered one of Florida's best NBA players of all time. So who does fit the bill? Here we present our picks for the Sunshine's State top NBA players:

5. Derek Harper
Credentials: A graduate of North Shore in West Palm Beach, Harper was an All-America an Illinois before being drafted 11th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in 1983. He spent more than 10 years with the Mavs before playing for the Knicks, Magic and Lakers toward the end of his career. He tallied more than 16,000 points, 6,500 assists and nearly 2,000 steals over the course of his career.

4. Darryl Dawkins
Credentials: An above-the-rim baller who led Orlando Evans to a 1975 state championship, Dawkins was selected fifth by the Detroit Pistons in the '75 NBA Draft. In addition to career numbers of 8,733 points, 4,432 rebounds and 1,023 blocks, Dawkins also has the distinction of being tagged with one of the best nicknames ever: Chocolate Thunder.

3. Mitch Richmond
Credentials: A six-time NBA All-Star and the 1989 Rookie of the Year, Richmond is perhaps best known as playing alongside Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin (the trio was dubbed Run TMC) on Don Nelson's Golden State Warriors. He went on to have several excellent years as a guard for the Sacramento Kings, and in 2002 he won an NBA Championship as a bench player with the Lakers. Richmond scored more than 20,000 points in his career.

2. Vince Carter
Credentials: The current Maverick was a McDonald's All-American at Mainland High and starred for North Carolina before becoming the fifth overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft. Carter quickly became one of the most popular players in the league thanks to his incredible athleticism. As part of the Toronto Raptors, Carter won the 1999 Rookie of the Year award and the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest. An eight-time NBA All-Star, Carter has scored more than 20,000 points in his career.

1. Amar'e Stoudemire
Credentials: STAT was named Florida's Mr. Basketball in 2002, and since being drafted out of high school (ninth overall) that year, he's been an NBA All-Star six times. Stoudemire spent most of his career with the Phoenix Suns before signing with the New York Knicks in 2010. He has averaged 21.9 points and 8.8 rebounds in nine seasons.

Five Days of List-Mas: Week 2 Florida Basketball Rankings

December, 14, 2011
12/14/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The best basketball teams in Florida.

With holiday tournaments like City of Palms approaching, the rankings are likely to be shaken up over the next couple weeks. For now, though, Montverde Academy still stands at the top of the heap. The Eagles, who were already stacked, recently picked up transfer D'Angelo Russell, Kentucky's top sophomore. Montverde is now ranked No. 9 in the nation in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Blanche Ely remains the state's top public school (No. 5), with Dr. Phillips two spots behind. West Oaks, which already has 12 wins on the young season, leapt from No. 11 to No. 6 this week.

For today's list, we present the state's top squads:

1. Montverde Academy (5-0)
Win over Olympia keeps Eagles perfect on the season. Next up: City of Palms.

2. Arlington Country Day (6-0)
The Apaches romped past Florida Christian of Cape Coral 100-64 in their only outing of last week.

3. Lake Highland Prep (8-0)
Highlanders should roll until Jan. 4-5, when they play First Academy and Dr. Phillips back to back.

4. Orlando Christian Prep (6-2)
After losing two of their first three, the Warriors have won five straight.

5. Blanche Ely (5-0)
Tigers' 5-0 start includes convincing wins over Dillard, Boyd Anderson and Northeast.

Click here to see the full POWERADE Florida Weekly Basketball rankings, including capsules on the state's top 25 teams.

Tomorrow: Florida's all-time greatest NBA players.

Five Days of List-Mas: FL's underclass football stars

December, 13, 2011
12/13/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships conclude this weekend, and while the Class of 2012 had its run, it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Florida next season? Here's an early rundown of who to watch for:


5. Sony Michel (SO), Plantation American Heritage, RB
Credentials: Appeared with Kelvin Taylor on the cover of ESPNHS in September but missed virtually his entire sophomore season due to a knee injury. One of the nation's best running back in the Class of 2014, he had 40 total touchdowns as an eighth-grader and freshman.
Taylor/Michel cover
Ren Dittfield/ESPNHSKelvin Taylor and Sony Michel appeared on the cover of ESPNHS Magazine in September 2011.


4. Greg Bryant (JR), American Heritage-Delray, RB
Credentials: Part of Florida's ridiculously loaded crop of Class of 2013 running backs, Bryant had arguably the best season of any back in the state this year while leading the Stallions to a Class 3A state title. He has offers from Florida, Alabama, LSU and about a dozen others.

3. Will Likely (JR), Glades Central, DB/RB/WR
Credentials: The 2011-12 Gatorade State Player of the Year, Likely did it all of a Glades Central team that finished 12-1. He has verbal offers from LSU, Florida, FSU, Miami, Alabama and more.

2. Kelvin Taylor (JR), Glades Day, RB
Credentials: The state's all-time leading rusher (in both yards and TDs), Taylor led Glades Day to back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010. He is the son of former Jaguars' great Fred Taylor.

1. Derrick Henry (JR), Yulee, RB
Credentials: A huge back at 6-3/235, Henry has rushed for more than 7,000 yards in his first three seasons — more, in fact, than Taylor (who started as an eighth-grader) had through his first three. He's also put tiny Yulee on the map. Henry has verbally committed to Georgia.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Florida Weekly Basketball Rankings.

Five Days of List-Mas: FL's A-Listers

December, 12, 2011
12/12/11
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: A-Listers.

In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. But who are the A-Listers in Florida? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state. Can you think of an A-Lister we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

5. Lance McCullers (SR), Tampa Jesuit, Baseball
As close as you can get to a sure-fire first round MLB Draft pick, McCullers hits 98mph on the radar gun. Also a shortstop with a plus bat, he's only been pitching seriously for a few years, despite the fact that his dad, Lance Sr., was an MLB reliever.

4. Chris Walker (JR), Holmes County, Basketball
The state top-rated junior and nation's No. 5 recruit in the ESPNU 60, Walker had 30 points and 16 rebounds in the season opener and following that up with a 26-point, 12-rebound, eight-block performance. He even gets love from King James himself.

3. Arman Hall (SR), St. Thomas Aquinas, Track
Last summer, Hall became the first American to win gold in the 400 at the World Youth Championships. He had the nation's best time in both the 200 and 400 last outdoor season, and he and Marvin Bracy (below) should battle it out for 200 supremacy for the second consecutive season this spring.

2. Marvin Bracy (SR), Boone, Track/Football
Likely the best short-distance sprinter in the nation, Bracy will head to Florida State on a football scholarship, where the 'Noles can use his world-class speed. Bracy appeared on the cover of ESPNHS last spring.

1. Tracy Howard (SR), Miramar, Football
Rated the nation's No. 1 cornerback in the ESPNU 150, Howard has had an unbelievable senior season, anchoring the defense of the state's top team. Miramar plays Plant in the Class 8A state championship this weekend.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Florida.

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