The kids got quite the extra thrill! And I got to watch most of it on the big screen. LSN broadcast this one so it will be available on-demand, so if you didn’t catch it and need something to watch during the dog days of summer, you could do a lot worse than pull this one up. There’s definitely some movement in the Class 1A polls, but not as much in Class 2A, as the teams have not faced each other yet, if at all until the playoffs. This is kind of the issue with this year, as Class 1A is the focal point of week to week matchups. The Class 1A poll got difficult this week, as that old bugaboo of A beats B, B beats C and C beats A cropped up again . . . I’m looking at you Benjamin, King’s and AH-P . . . thanks a lot! It’s getting near time for the annual trek of top national programs to our state and the list is getting longer! Boys’ Latin, McDonogh, Academy Church, Bergen Catholic, Gilman, Bullis, Canisius, Gonzaga, Friends (Md.), Shipley (Pa.) . . . on and on and that doesn’t count the Georgia teams that already visited. It makes for great games to see. As we get the full schedules we’ll tweet them out. Key Scores From The Week Monday, March 2nd Maclay 19-3 over Buchholz Oak Hall 16-2 over St. Augustine Tuesday, March 3rd Steinbrenner 20-10 over Mitchell Benjamin 9-5 over St. Edward’s Berkeley Prep 10-9 over Tampa Jesuit Martin County 12-9 over Merritt Island Creekside 19-5 over Nease American Heritage-Plantation 9-8 over King’s Academy Bartram Trail 14-11 over Bolles Chiles 8-4 over Lincoln Wednesday, March 4th Gulliver Prep 10-8 over Columbus Alonso 17-11 over Sickles Newsome 10-5 over Lakeland Thursday, March 5th Gilman 12-10 over Ponte Vedra St. Augustine 8-7 over Bolles Oviedo 8-6 over Hagerty Plant 11-10 over Cardinal Mooney Friday, March 6th Creekside 7-6 over Oak Hall Saint Andrew’s 14-5 over SJP II Western 12-10 over Stoneman Douglas Lake Highland 12-11 over St. Thomas Aquinas Maclay 25-14 over Fleming Island Community School Naples 10-4 over Bishop Verot Lake Mary 10-6 over Lake Brantley King’s Academy 8-5 over Oxbridge Benjamin 10-5 over American Heritage-Plantation Saturday, March 7th Saint Andrew’s 13-3 over Gulliver Prep Boca Raton 10-8 over Belen Jesuit Boys’ Latin 25-6 over Ponte Vedra Bishop Moore 13-5 over Berkeley Prep Fleming Island 19-7 over Chiles The Underdog Upset of The Week The season might prove me wrong on this but I took note of St. Stephens Episcopal’s win over Out-of-Door Academy, 9-5 on Friday. Last year the regular season matchup went to ODA by 10 goals and to reverse that in one year is quite the win for them! At first glance Matanzas knocking off Seminole was a bit of an upset but then I saw they played an OT game last year, so St. Stephens Episcopal gets the nod. We’re starting to get that time of the year where some schools are wondering about why a great record has not gotten them ranked yet and the answer to that is almost always the same . . . Strength of Schedule. Play some tough teams or I’m not going to be impressed by your record. There are times where I am late to the party, because the schedule on paper looked worse than it turned out. And sometimes I overrate a schedule because the teams do not show up when they should. Wellington is one such team this year. They have started 6-0, against weak competition, but tomorrow night Jupiter comes to town for a district matchup and more. We’ll see how up to the challenge they are. Go back about 5 years and there were some good teams and talent coming through there. Head Coach Johnny Hernandez has big plans for the program, including the possibility of hosting a Final Four in their new high school stadium down the line. Good luck to you and the boys tomorrow! One thing I like to dabble with in some spare time is cooking. It seems that more and more college students (pay attention high school players, that’s coming whether you play at the next level or not, and if you DON’T pay attention next week I’m dong a feature on how to do laundry, so you’re probably better off this week) are staying in apartment complexes instead of dorms and that means sometimes cooking for yourself because Chipotle gets old after 4x a week for the whole semester. Nothing beats Wok cooking if you get it right. Fairly easy to use AND easy to clean up. I’ve watched some of this guy’s videos and this is a nice introduction to a skill that a) is handy and b) you can impress that girl of your dreams doing this . . . not QUITE as good as playing a guitar but pretty close. I received a wok as a wedding gift in 1994 and it’s still like brand new now . . . and NOT because I don’t use it. Good luck!
As I was tweeting @CornellLacrosse wins it w/8 sec left off the face! Final @CornellLacrosse 18 @PennMensLax 17 Great Game for the boys to see! @FloridaLX @LaxNorthfl @LacrosseNaples @TheCrownLax @Indians_IHS @tampalaxreport pic.twitter.com/gdwy5dtZbr— Immokalee Boys Lacrosse (@IHSIndiansLax) March 8, 2020
Remember what I said about that crazy OT winner for American Heritage-Plantation on Tuesday? Well here it is! IMG_1294 (1) Hope it opens as easily for you as it did for me!And of course, our other major sponsor . . . Last week an old college buddy of mine was in town and I took him there at 7:00pm, only to find a HUGE line at the door due to an FAU Sorority event! When you’re in the area, take a shot! INSTAGRAM LINK Alright, here we go this week. Have to rush this a little because the Dow Futures are down 1,000 points overnight as the price of oil crashed last night with the collapse of OPEC-Russian production cut negotiations. Oil is down ANOTHER 30% TONIGHT and trading at about $32.50 a barrel. If that holds you will see regular gas under $2 a gallon at the pump! Man, look at this week . . . Cooking lessons, market news and a great dessert place, all in 100 words . . . Seems like the proper song to lead us into the Polls might well be something Drivin’ related! If memory serves, this is the first real Country-Pop crossover to hit #1 on the Pop charts: https://youtu.be/7iSrsIVujXc