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1 ' ' ' ' ' f 4 t t r f r , , , t t , f , f , w- j 4 . ; f f f f r f f ; f 9 . ' S . 1 f f S S V ( I f . ' w THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1 997 5C High schools Davis denies rumors; of any flight plans Newman: Pahokee is 'for real' in basketball Hurricanes Results schedule Boys basketball Late Tuesday Fort Pierce Central 63, Lincoln Park 57 Wednesday's results Lake Worth 58, Jupiter 44 Vero Beach 71, South Fork 49 Today's games All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted Fort Lauderdale University at Glades Day, 6:30 p.m. Summit Christian at Sheridan Hills, 7 p.m. St. Edward's at Sebastian River, 7 p.m. Lee College tournament (Jupiter Christian) Broward Tip Off (R.J. Hendley) Lincoln Park at South Fork Benjamin at John Carroll Avon Park at Clewlston Girls basketball Wednesday's results Pahokee 64, St. Andrew's 41 Todays games All games at 7:30 p.m. unless noted Merritt Island Christian at St. Edward's, 5:30 p.m. Fort Pierce Central at Jupiter South Fork at Port St. Lucie Spanish River at Lake Worth Pope John Paul at Suncoast Wellington at John I. Leonard W.T. Dwyer at Palm Beach Gardens Lee College Tournament Fort Pierce Westwood at Forest Hill Miami coach says he's not fielding offers. Unless, of course, an NFL position is open. But he's not looking. By Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer CORAL GABLES Miami coach Butch Davis says he isn't leaving the Hurricanes, and he wants people to believe him. On Wednesday, Davis issued a statement through UM's Sports Information office reiterating previous comments that he is staying at Miami. "I have not Davis been contacted, nor do I anticipate being contacted by any school in reference to a coaching vacancy," Davis said. "Any rumors to the contrary are erroneous. Nobody from any school is flying here to meet me, nor am I going anywhere to be interviewed. I am fully committed to being at the University of Miami." Over the past few days, there have been rumors that Arkansas (ft Virl Cardinal Newman's 73-62 victory against district rival Pahokee on Tuesday night in a boys basketball matchup between Class 3A state-ranked teams certainly put Newman coach Murray Smith in a good mood. But Smith was careful not to get too excited about the win, especially since Pahokee was missing some players who still are playing football for the Blue Devils. "It's such a long season," Smith said. "That's why you don't get too excited when you win, or too down when you lose." Smith said he was impressed with Pahokee, which is ranked No. 8 in the state poll and suffered its first loss. ' "I told (coach) Floyd (Henry), 'Teams are really going to have to play to beat you.' I think they're for real," said Smith, whose Crusaders are ranked No. 3 in the state. The impressive factor about Newman's win was that three sophomores sparked the victory. Donald Banks scored a game-high 17 points, Abram Elam scored 16 and Greg Collucci added 15 points. Banks, by the way, is a cousin of John I. Leonard coach Leonard district champions last season, including seniors Frank Lalla and Blane Davis. Joining Royal Palm's staff now gives the first-year Wildcats two good head coaches in Henry, who turned Okeechobee into a winning program a few years ago, and Persson, who lives close to the school. Wrestling fans can see Royal Palm and most of the county's top wrestlers Saturday at the Palm Beach Gardens Invitational, a team tournament which begins at 9 a.m. "It's almost like a county (championships) preview, except Glades Central and Boca won't be there," Palm Beach Gardens coach Mike Chesnes said. Glades Central will participate in a tournament at Port St. Lucie and Boca Raton will wrestle in a tournament at Wakulla. D Where Eagles dare: Pope John Paul (5-7) is the only team in any classification among the 40 remaining in the state football playoffs mat enters Friday night's regional semifinals with a below-.500 record. Technically, Pahokee also is 5-7, but the Blue Devils had to forfeit three wins because of an ineligible player. Tar Heels coach Brown likely headed for Texas Lake Worth (5-0) wins again Steve Dorsey High Schools Banks, whose Lancers handed Cardinal Newman its only loss this season. "If we can keep getting that kind of effort out of those sophomores, I think we'll be OK," Smith said. "We've just got to fix a few little things." Persson steps down as Lakes coach: Don Persson has resigned as the wrestling coach at Palm Beach Lakes and has accepted an assistant coaching position under Jon Henry at Royal Palm Beach. Persson said he resigned at Lakes "for professional reasons" because he "wasn't happy with the way I was being treated as a coach by the administration." Palm Beach Lakes' loss is Royal Palm's gain. Persson, who has been the head coach at Lakes for the past five years, produced three Roundup 1-2 11, Cheryl Powell 2 04 4, Carol Powell 0 3-4 1 Gibson 5 0-0 10, P.Prlngle 1 04 2, Folston 2 2-2 7. Totals: 25 12-18 64. St. Andrew's Pahokee 10 7 6-6 21 27- Thrte-point goals: P-Banks, Folston. BOYS SOCCER Suncoast 2, Pope John Paul 0: Jarod Chipley and Ricky Hosaka each scored a goal and Rondel Supersaad had two assists to lead the Chargers (2-0) over the Eagles. Benjamin 4, Forest Hill 0: Matt Poncy had two goals and Jeb McKracken had a goal and an assist to lead the Bucs (1-1) over the Falcons. B Palm Beach Lakes 3, San-taluces 3: Senior forward Da-mian Hurge scored his second goal on an assist by Josh Tuttle with 30 seconds remaining in the game as the Rams (0-0-1) tied the Chiefs (0-0-1). B Cardinal Newman 1, Jupiter 1: Junior David Cattaneo scored for the Warriors (1-0-1) on an assist by Isreal Manzo in the first half in their tie with the Crusaders (1-0-1). B Olympic Heights 8, W.T. Dwyer 0: Senior forward Brian Diaz had three goals and two assists to lead the Lions (1-0) over the Panthers. B Wellington 4, John I. Leonard 0: Billy Hall scored two goals and Dana Richard and Ro- growing up drigo Garcia scored once as the Wolverines (2-0) shut out the Lancers. GIRLS SOCCER BSt. Andrew's 3, Miami-Ransom Everglades 3: Christina Collins scored two goals as the Scots (0-0-1) tied the Tigers (1-0-1). B Fort Pierce Central 3, Sebastian River 0: Freshman forward Nikki Harris scored two goals to lead the Cobras (1-0) over Sharks (0-2). BBoca Raton 2, Palm Beach Gardens 1: Alicea Burt and Ashley Huxhold each scored a goal to lead the Bobcats (1-1) over the Gators (1-1). B Wellington 2, John I. Leonard 0: Lindsay McQuillan scored two goals and goalkeeper Amanda Hopkins had eight saves for the shutout as the Wolverines (2-0) beat the Lancers. B Olympic Heights 5, W.T. Dwyer 0: Kara Rao scored two goals to lead the Lions (1-0) over the Panthers (0-2). B Benjamin 4, Forest Hill 0: ' Junior right wing Allison Young scored two goals and Tracy White and Jessica Germony had one goal each as the Buccaneers (1-0) beat the Falcons (0-2). B Santaluces 2, Palm Beach Lakes 1: Sophomore Nicole Justice and left midfielder Celina Marie scored goals as the Chiefs (1-0) beat the Rams (0-1). The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas North Carolina's Mack Brown will be the next football coach at the University of Texas, a source told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Brown, whose Tar Heels are ranked seventh in the country and are a candidate for an Alliance Bowl berth, interviewed Wednesday and was offered the job later in the day. "Mack Brown has committed to come to Texas," the source said, adding that a news conference with the announcement was expected to be called in Austin by Saturday. Brown didn't immediately return a message left at his home. He didn't attend the Tar Heels' practice Wednesday. Brown would become Texas' 28th coach, replacing John Mackovic, who was fired and reassigned Saturday after finishing his sixth season at 4-7. Carolina's 45 wins in the past five years are second-best in the ACC behind Florida State. Florida on alliance 'protected' list: Defending national champion Florida is among five teams on the bowl alliance's "protected" list for a possible at-large bid. However, the Gators still figure to play Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. The other "protected" teams are Kansas State (likely a Fiesta Bowl invitee), North Carolina, Ohio State (likely a Sugar Bowl invitee) and UCLA. With the exception of Nebraska and Texas A&M, who play in Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game, and Ten All-Big East teams IOC and Texas have contacted Davis. Arkansas forced the resignation of Danny Ford on Saturday. That same day, Texas reassigned John Mackovic to other duties. ; Davis said Sunday he left open the possibility of talking to an NFL team searching for a head coach, but is not seeking such a position. UM players make All-Big East: Freshman receiver Reggie Wayne was named the Big East Rookie of the Year in a vote by conference head coaches. Wayne, ranked third in the Big East with 48 receptions, broke Michael Irvin's record for catches in a season by a freshman. Wayne becomes the second UM player to receive the rookie award following former defensive end Kenard Lang, who won in 1994. ! Running back Edgerrin James and cornerback Duane Starks were named to the Big East all-conference first team. - Wayne received Big East all-conference, second team honors along with offensive tackle Kerfin Blaise and tight end Bubba Franks. John Hadley, a West Virginia linebacker from Olympic Heights High School, was also a Big East second-team selection. College football nessee and Auburn, which meet in ther SEC title game, all other schools are free to accept non-alliance bowl bids. B Bearcats in Humanitarian Bowl: Cincinnati accepted an invitation to play Big West champion Utah State in the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 29. The Bearcats are 7-4, with three losses coming by one touchdown or less. Utah State is 6-5. ; - B Harris named Big East coach of year: Walt Harris of Pittsburgh was chosen by his fej-low coaches as the Big East Conference football coach of the year. Harris, formerly the quarterbacks coach at Ohio State, led the Panthers (6-5) to their first winning season in six years and their first bowl game since 1989. Pittsburgh upset Virginia Tech and West Virginia in its final two games and lost to conference champion Syracuse on a last-minute touchdown pass. "As we all know, it takes more than one person to win football games and this is what we have here, a team effort," Harris said.' B Boise State coach denies front-runner status: Boise State's Houston Nutt doesn't want to be labeled as the front-runner for the Arkansas coaching position. " "Not at all, not at all," Nutt said Wednesday, shortly before meeting with members of a search committee. "I think that you get labeled sometimes. Two or three weeks ago, my name wasn't even mentioned." Jennifer Malone 1 1 Clewlston at Fort Myers-Bishop Verot Boys soccer Wednesday's results Olympic Heights 6, W.T. Dwyer 0 Cardinal Newman 1, Jupiter 1 Palm Beach Lakes 3, Santaluces 3 Benjamin 4, Forest Hill 0 Suncoast 2, Pope John Paul 0 Wellington 4, John I. Leonard 0 Today's games St. Edward's at Orlando-Lake Highland Prep, 5 p.m. Benjamin at St. Andrew's, 7 p.m. Friday's games Fort Pierce Central at John Carroll, 4 p.m. Suncoast at Lincoln Park Academy, 7 p.m. Okeechobee at South Fork, 7:30 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens at Port St. Lucie, 7:30 p.m. Fort Pierce Westwood at Marathon, 7:30 p.m. Deerfield Beach at Santaluces, 8 p.m. Girls soccer Wednesday's results . St. Andrew's 3, Miami-Ransom Everglades 3 Fort Pierce Central 3, Sebastian River 0 Boca Raton 2, Palm Beach Gardens I Wellington 2, John I. Leonard 0 Olympic Heights 5, W.T. Dwyer 0 Benjamin 4, Forest Hill 0 Santaluces 2, Palm Beach Lakes 1 Today's games Cardinal Newman at School of the Arts, 4:30 p.m. Orlando-Lake Highland Prep at St. Edward's, 5 p.m. Port St. Lucie at Sebastian River, 6 p.m. Friday's games Suncoast at Lincoln Park Academy, 5 p.m. Palm Beach Gardens at Port St. Lucie, 5:30 p.m. i-ori fierce Lenirai at ney wesi, : p.m. Wrestling Wednesday's results Jupiter 48, Palm Beach Lakes 26 103: Laureti (J) won by forfeit; 112: T. Anderson (J) won by forfeit; 125: Zayas (PBL) won by forfeit; 130: Nedaugh (PBL) d. Diaz 5-2. 135: A. Anderson (J) won by forfeit. 140: Davis (PBL) p. Baila 3:12. 145: Benassl (J) p. Murphy 1:30. 152: Bowers (PBL) tech. Gilpin. 160: Dolan (J) p. Bowling :34. 171: Foreman (PBL) p. Patterson 4:41. 189: Scully (J) p. Cantu :37. 215: Fur-man (J) p. Gordon 1:45. 275: G. Smith (J) p. K. Smith 1:45. JV: Jupiter 24, Palm Beach Lakes 0. Okeechobee 55, South Fork 24 103: Hernandez (SF) p. Garcia :46; 112: Welch (O) by forfeit; 119: Stiles (O) by forfeit; 125: Morgan (O) p. Cosmono :42; 130: Harvey (O) p. Hanson 1:09; 135: Williams (O) p. Morris :38; 140: Seebold (O) d. Murphy 11-3; 145: Cllne (O) d. Ose 3:53; 152: Borremans (SF) d. McPeak 1:01; 160: Ingram (O) by forfeit; 171: Mcalhany (O) d. Johnson 2:39; 189: Hayes (SF) p. Richards :30; 215: Bertltta (O) d. Murphy 9-8; 275: Matias (SF) p. Harden 1:14. Dual meet records: SF: 0-1; O: 1-0. JV: Chen (O) d. Harvey 8-6; Agullar (O) by forfeit. Fort Pierce Westwood 54, Cardinal Newman 29 103: Cranfield (W) forfeit; 112: Russakis (W) forfeit; 119: Mills (W) forfeit; 125: Ferguson (CN) p. Shepard :I2; 130: Solium (CN) dec. Ray 18 2; 135: Colshak (CN) forfeit; 140: Cranfield (W) p. Minrquez 1:34; 145: Marclno (CN) p. Fernandez 4:39; 152: Mathls (W) p. Kuzmlck 2:54; 160: Kadyezweskl (CN) p. Gerow 3:40; 171: Tin-dell (W) forfeit; 189: Lewis (W) p. Mlgoya 1:22; 215: Armstrong (W) p. Rojo 1:00; Heavyweight: Hopkins (W) p. Hoyt :39. Dual meets: FPW 1-0; CN0-1. Benjamin 48, Glades Central 27 103: (GO forfeit; 112: Williams (GO p. Mc-Kenna 1:34; 119: Benson (B) p. White :51; 125: Whongkittlroch (B) p. Kinney 1:22; 130: Staples (GO p. Posner 1:59; 135: Neal (GO dec. Ether-ington 16-9; 140: Lustig (B) p. Ford :40; 145: Scuttl (B) p. Harold 2:39; 152: Hanser (B) won disqualification Monturat. 160: Mobley (GO p. Sharpe 3:32; 171: Hodge (B) p. Thermider 1:41; 189: Raiche (B) forfeit; 215: Posner (B) forfeit-Heavyweight: Plantin (GO p. Patron :55. Dual meet records: Ben (1-0); GC (0-1.) JV: Glades Central 18, Benjamin 12. Today's matches None scheduled Football Friday's games Regional semifinals Class 4A Tampa Robinson (11-1) at Glades Central (12-0), 7:30 p.m. Class 3A Pope John Paul (5-7) at Avon Park (10-2), 7:30 p.m. Pahokee (8-4) at Clewlston (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Class 2A Moore Haven (11-1) at Lake Highland Prep (11-1), 7:30 p.m. homework sure the two boys stayed in touch by driving them on the 10-minute trips along S.R. 715 between Belle Glade and Pahokee. But for one week in each of the last three Novembers, that close kinship evaporated. Every year, Pahokee plays Belle Glade in the Muck Bowl. That meant a cousin-vs.-cousin showdown. Boris Banks remembers talking on the phone to his cousin a few days before last month's Muck Bowl. Before he hung up, he turned to his brother: "I said, 'Brad, 'You want to talk to Quan?'" here, Boris Banks twists his face into a scowl "And he'd reply: 'Why do I want to talk to him?' " In three consecutive Muck Bowls, Banks' Raiders beat Boldin's Blue Devils. Last Saturday morning, just 12 hours after Glades Central beat Palmetto and Pahokee beat Miami-Gulliver, the cousins met up at the Palm Beach Mall. They needed new suits to wear Dec. 9 to the Lou Groza Awards banquet, which honors the top football player in Palm Beach County. Along with quarterbackdefensive back Steve Bellisari of Boca Raton, Banks and Boldin are the finalists for the award. Neither of the cousins hesitated when asked who deserved to win. Banks: "I'd vote for Anquan. He came a long way with the team." Boldin: "I'd vote for Brad. He had a great season. Besides, I'll be back next year." as common as Special to The Palm Beach Post JUPITER Dee Alvarez scored 14 points to lead Lake Worth to a 58-44 win over Jupiter in a boys high school basketball game Wednesday night. Brandon Hardemon and Woody Frederick each added 13 points for Lake Worth (5-0 and No. 1 in The Palm Beach Post). LAKE WORTH W - GrscluJ 1 0-1 1, Hardemon 1-3 13, Henry 2 2-3 7, Alvrei 6 1-2 U, Frederick 7 0-3 13, Taylor I 2-2 4, Franclos 2 0-3 4. Totals; 25 6-17 51. JUPITER (0-2) - Basqulll 2 1-1 5, Richardson 10-0 2, Hllley 1 0-0 2, Schmltt 4 H 9, Moore a 04 10, Schweitzer 4 2-2 10, Steele 1 M 2, Flke 1 0-0 2, Dobbs 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19 5-5 44. Lake Worth Jupiter 13 II 19 l-SI 15 7 13 9-44 Three-point goals: LW-Henry, Alvarei. J-Moore 2, Schmltt. BVero Beach 71, South Fork 49: Billy Lofton had 14 points and eight rebounds and Jacob Frasier added 12 points and four assists for the Indians (4-1). SOUTH FORK - Mclntyre 1 1-4 17, Velasquez 1 2-2 4, Cruzado I 0-1 2, Scales 1 0-0 2. Jarrett 4 1-3 10, Davis 1 0-0 2, Blanco 2 0-0 4, Schuett 4 04 1. Totals 22 4-10 49 VERO BEACH (4-1) - Donley 1 0-0 3, Frasier 4 2-2 12, Oawklns 1 1-2 4, Stoval 3 1-2 7, Falas 2 0-0 4, Wll-kerson 5 04 10, Pryor 4 2-3 10, Crawford 3 1-3 7, Lofton 7 0-1 14. Totals JO 7-13 71. South Fork 11 7 16 15-49 Vera Beach 20 10 19 22-71 Three-point goals: SF: Jarrett; VB: Frasier 2, Donley, Watsklns. JV: Vero Beach 56-40. GIRLS BASKETBALL Pahokee 64, St. Andrew's 41: Senior guard Robbie Banks had 27 points, nine rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead the Blue Devils (7-2 and No. 5 in The Palm Beach Post) over the Scots. ST. ANDREW'S - Patton 3 1-2 7, Wllmoth 1 0-3 2, Seglen 3 04 6, Dietrich 4 0-1 I, Wlderoff 0 0-1 0, Stewart 4 04 8, Dioue 5 04 10. Totals: 19 1-6 41. PAHOKEE (7-2) - Banks 10 6-10 27, Br.Prlngle 5 Competition COUSINS From 1C plays drums for his church choir. To understand these two boys and the tight grip they have on the eastern side of the football country around Lake Okeechobee, one must know their family. It is the same large family. . And to know this family is to know that football is just a game and that religion is life. They will tell you how Brad and Quan started honing their athletic skills at family reunions each August in a park. Six chartered buses that ferried the 700-plus family members from around Florida and New Jersey formed the boundaries for a makeshift football field. The grown-ups, including Bishop Sylvester Banks of the First Bible Church of God in Boyn-ton Beach and Rev. Sammy Banks of the Church of God in Pahokee, fried ribs and catfish. The kids played football. Eight of those same boys all cousins were still playing football this past season: Banks and Boldin; cousin Bernard Boldin for Pahokee; and Selwyn Scott, a running back at John I. Leonard. Four others played for Santaluces cornerback Korey Banks, wide receiver CJ. Jones, quarterback Chi-varlek Daughtry and running back Remuise Johnson. Now, in early December when most other schools are starting basketball or soccer or wrestling, Brad Banks and his cousin Ariquan Boldin are just two wins away from leading their respective teams to the state football championship game. ! No one arour Belle Glade is surprised about banks, who leads Hit-; 1 - '42 l l ) Glades Central senior Brad Banks (from left), with his mother Vida Banks, and Pahokee junior Anquan Boldin, with his mother Bren-da Bennett, are two of the area's top high school quarterbacks. They also are cousins. 'They were raised together. Both of them are so quiet, humble. They act just alike,' said Boris Banks, Brad's older brother. Homegrown How Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast college football players fared this season. All statistics are final for the regular season. Mark Imbertson, DE, Jupiter, Bucknell University: The senior was one of the Bison's top linemen with 13 solo tackles, 18 assists . ; and nine tackles for loss. He tied for first on the team in sacks : with 4'2, including two against Holy Cross. The Bison defense finished first in the Patriot League in total defense (324.6 yards ' allowedgame) and scoring defense (18.3 pointsgame.) ,' Roger Terry, LB, Vero Beach, Kent University: The senior had a ' team-best 110 tackles, including six for loss and two pass - : break-ups for the Golden Flashes. Terry was 19th all-time at Kent with 315 tackles (170 solo145 assists) and finished seventh among MAC tacklers. Eric Meng, K, Jupiter, Georgia Southern: The senior was 10-for- ; 10 in field goals, including a season-long of 49 yards against Western Carolina. Meng kicked three field goals 21, 38 and -42 yards against the Citadel and a 24-yarder against South j Florida in the regular-season finale. ; ; Michael Scornavacca, FS, Benjamin, Presbyterian: The sopho- ' more finished the year with 57 tackles, including 32 solo, three ; , sacks, four pass blocks and three interceptions. David Jackson, DE, Glades Central, Cincinnati: The junior finished the season strong totalling 13 solo tackles, five assists, two tackles for loss and two sacks for 20 yards. Gari Scott, WR, Suncoast, Michigan State: The freshman led the Spartans' receivers with 513 yards on 32 receptions. He finished third on the team in scoring with four touchdowns, ; -returned nine punts for 98 yards and had nine kick returns for '. 210 yards. Robert Newkirk, DT, Glades Central, Michigan State: The sopho- . more finished 11th on the team in tackles with 42, including ; -five for loss. Newkirk also had two sacks in eight games this . ; .' RICHARD GRAULICHStaff Photographer age of 15, Anquan Boldin was Pahokee's starting quarterback. "We never thought Anquan would be a football player," said Bennett. "He proved us wrong." Banks and Boldin are cousins but they are more like twin brothers, best friends who are inseparable. "They were raised together. Both of them are so quiet, humble. They act just alike," said Boris Banks, Brad's older brother. And growing up in the Banks-Boldin family, everything was a competition. "Who could pass the farthest? Who could punt the farthest? Who could run the fastest? It all started when they were knee-high to each other," said Brown. Brad Banks' father Charles and Boldin's father Carl Sr. made Class 4A Glades Central against Tampa-Robinson on Friday night. He played organized football for the Belle Glade Little League Bears since he was 8. He is highly recruited but hasn't decided where he will go to college. Boldin is the surprise. And the fans of Class 3A Pahokee who are caught up in the football frenzy leading to Friday night's third-round game in Clewiston have Boldin's older brother to thank. While Brad Banks tackled and punted, Anquan Boldin fielded baseballs as a shortstop. He never gave football a serious thought until Carl Boldin Jr., a Pahokee football player who graduated in 1995, slapped his little brother to his senses one day four years ago by telling him how far he could go with h',5 skills. By 'his freshman year, at the season.