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Recognize South Florida

Football - St. Thomas Aquinas

Tradition never graduates. The powerhouse Raiders won
their second consecutive Class 5A state title and finished first
in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 rankings by dominating opponents
with a rare blend of explosive offense and shutdown defense.
Never was that more clear than in the championship against
Lakeland, a team that has given Aquinas its share of troubles
over the years. The Dreadnaughts had won each of the previous
four times the teams met in the state finals, including two
poundings in 2004 and 2005 and a 45-42 heartbreaker in 2006.
There would be no such drama this year, as Aquinas manhandled
Lakeland in a 56-7 win. "They have as good a program as
any in the country," Aquinas coach George Smith says. "To be
able to beat them in the state final and finish 15-0 and win the
national championship was special." As they had done all year,
the Raiders expertly deployed all of their weapons. That's saying
something on a squad with 11 senior Division I recruits: WR
Duron Carter (Ohio State), QB Ryan Becker (Penn), WR Dylan
Drake (Yale), WR Dwayne Difton (UConn), TE Gabe Holmes
(Purdue), DB Dezmen Southward (Wisconsin), DB Ronnie
Kennedy (Central Michigan), P Ben Turk (Notre Dame), OL
Jordan Cowart (Notre Dame), LB Conor O'Neill (Wisconsin) and
OL/DLWilliam Nesselt (UMass). Along with talent, the team
had tradition and purpose on its side. "Our success of this year
was started by teams in the '70s, '80s, and '90s," Smith says.

Flag Football - Douglas

The Eagles soared last season, advancing all the way to the state semifinals before falling to eventual state champ Leon
in a close contest. Don't be surprised if they're in the mix again come May. Douglas returns senior signal-caller Taylor Thomas,
a Miami Herald All-Broward first team pick, and junior rusher Amanda Belarmino, who earned first team All-State Defense
honors from FlagMag.com in 2008.

Boys' Track - Carol City

A strong cast of juniors and seniors returns for last year's Class 6A runner-up. Junior Antron Jackson narrowly missed an
individual title in the high jump, placing second with a personal-best jump of 7 feet. Senior Akeem Williams took third in the
400 at state and was part of the second-place 4x400 relay team  along with juniors Xavier Hopkins and Allen Hurns  and
the third-place 4x800 relay team with senior Albert Florvil.

Girls' Tennis - Dr. Krop

Arguably South Florida's preeminent girls' tennis program, Krop didn't let up last season. Brittany Dubins won the No. 2
singles division championship and teamed up with her sister, then-senior Taylor, to take home the No. 1 doubles crown.
Meanwhile, Akemi Maehama won the No. 3 singles title as Krop won its second consecutive Class 4A state title. Both Dubins
and Maehama are juniors this season.

BREAKOUT TEAMS

BOYS' LACROSSE  GULLIVER PREP
Seniors J.T. McCook, Justin Mills and Peter Roth pace last year's District 12 champs.

GIRLS' TRACK  JENSEN BEACH
The team returns a deep stable of 400 and 800 runners led by juniors Julie Holling and Samantha Haddad.

BASEBALL  TARAVELLA
All-Broward seniors Willie Medina and Cody Styles return for last year's regional semifinalists.

SOFTBALL  HOLLYWOOD CHRISTIAN
All-State first teamer Cassy Famularo, a senior, is a threat at the plate and on the mound.