Heritage, McCarthy Seem Primed For Showdown In 5A-16
This district seems poised for a showdown between the two front-runners. With the realignment shifting things to bring four-time defending state champion Archbishop McCarthy into this new district with perennial power American Heritage, it would be an insult not to acknowledge the likelihood of their eventual meeting in the district championship.
As two of Broward County’s most accomplished programs, the teams have earned this recognition. With seven state titles between them over the last decade, it is a special opportunity to see the two clubs battle it out for the right to return to the state tournament for another title.
“Only two teams can make it, so you’re going to have some really good teams who are going home in the end,” said American Heritage Manager Bruce Aven. “You don’t have that in most districts, but that is why we want to play them. You want to go out and execute and do all the little things to help you win. That just brings excitement into the district.”
This district will be dictated by these two worthy adversaries, and it is something that the other district teams of Cardinal Gibbons, Coconut Creek, Dillard and Pompano Beach all welcome. Nothing is automatic, and these teams understand the great opportunity it is to play such talented teams at least twice a year.
“I can’t wait to get on the field with them, just to see their warmups and how they conduct themselves through stretches,” said Coconut Creek junior Marcus Johnson. “It is going to be a beautiful thing and it’s going to be a lot of good baseball. I just can’t wait to get at them.”
2013 Record: 24-3
Manager: Bruce Aven
Coaching Staff: Evan Thomas, Will Block, Mike Macey,
Key Returners: Dallas Perez, Louis Beck, Magglio Ordonez, Andrew English, David Villar, Chase Reyes, Jonathan Felice, Kyle Perez
Newcomers to watch: Milton Perez, Brandon Vicens, Richie Cruz, Donovan Futrell, Patrick Mitchell, Joseph Perez, Alec Acosta, Justin Lamazares
Team strengths: Hitting & Speed
The Patriots are not going to sneak up on anybody.
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2013 Record: 26-5
Manager: Rich Bielski
Coaching Staff: Ric Buntner, Alex Fernandez
Key Returners: Brian Gonzalez, Michael Gigliotta, Blade Bielski, Ryan Sinzenich, Aaron Soto, Eddie Silva
Team strengths: Pitching, Hitting & Defense
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2013 Record: 9-12
Manager: Jason Hamilton
Coaching Staff: Dave Montiel, Tyler Martin
Key Returners: Justin Lara, Nate Powelczyk, Townsend Crittenberger, Drew Hanke, Mark Newatnik, Nick Ferngren, Chris Williams, Dalton Jugovic
Newcomers to watch: Joe Posey
Team strengths: Pitching
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2013 Record: 4-17
Manager: Pete Perez
Coaching Staff: Carl McKinney, Shawn Pennabaker
Key Returners: Jose Baez, Dalton Kazmarik, Winston Nunez, Jared Miller
Newcomers to watch: Marcus Johnson, Juan Fermaint, Jean Dennie, Emmanuel Green, Andre Martinez, Adrian Williams
Team strengths: Chemistry
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2013 Record: 7-8
Manager: Daniel Lozinski
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2013 Record: 10-13
Manager: Ryan Combs
Coaching Staff: Shane Walker, Nate Goldstein, Kenny Harrell
Key Returners: AJ Marcantonio, Christian Perez, Andrew Perez, Vinny Costello, Thomas Fengler
Newcomers to watch: Frank Moschette
Team strengths: Pitching & Defense
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