I've decided to dedicate this Meanderings to recruiting and Signing Day, with some of my favorite recollections, thoughts and....urg....ick....sorry, just threw up in my mouth a little bit. On second thought...
***BONUS SOCCER FOOTAGE ***-- Ben Wiley's throw-in is headed in by Eric Krukar...but not quite as a Charlotte player stops it with his hand. That is not allowed, young man! He gets a blue card, which I didn't even know existed, and Carlos Rodriguez converts in the PK. And it's all on video! Check it out:
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT
Wiregrass Ranch's Eric Williams got a triple-double the hardest of ways Thursday night, completing it with double-figure blocks.
That's right, I said blocks -- 18 of the them.
That's right, I said 18.
That's right, I said "that's right" three times.
Back to Williams. The Bulls forward also had 18 points, which pushed him over 1,000 for his career, and 14 rebounds, and did it in front of the biggest crowd in school history in a win over neighborhood rival Wesley Chapel.
That is a near-perfect night. I'm not saying perfect, because quite frankly, I'm not sure they went to nearby Brusters afterwards for ice cream. Now THAT would make it a perfect night.
TEAM OF THE NIGHT
Plant football has a great playoff history. Plant futbol? Not so much. But the boys soccer team pulled off a huge win Thursday, with Josh Martinez scoring in the final minute to tie it against Countryside and then Danny Johnson scoring the winner in the second overtime.
The Panthers are just 5-8 in postseason soccer, and have advanced past the region semifinal once. It's not a pretty history, but the program now has a nice makeover.
1. I've lost track of the 40-point scorers this season (Michael Frazier, Tanner Wozniak, David Ramirez, help me?) but you can add Sickles' Rashawn Rembert to the group after he poured in 41 points, made five 3-pointers and canned 8 of 9 free throws in a win over Tampa Bay Tech.
2. Reggie Hart of Chamberlain makes his Meanderings debut after scoring 21 in a win over Brandon.
3. Lost in the bright light of Williams' triple double was this: Tommy Roldan scored 30 for Wesley Chapel in the loss.
4. Boca Ciega had six player score in double figures. Let's see, there was Alasandro Alberto with 10, D.J. White had 13, so did Kyonn Smith if I recall correctly, pretty sure Marquel Walton had 12, Norman Williams just got there with 10 and Kenny Smith had a team-high 14. Oh, and Bogie won 87-57 over Tarpon.
5. Largo's Breon Bostic, welcome back. The Packer standout had 25 points and 13 rebounds, but I'm more impressed with the fact he made 11 of 12 free throws.
6. CCC wrestling won a district championship, and Marauder Justin Lewandowski was the only No. 2 seed to win an individual title, handling the No. 1 seed 7-1. Lewandowski, it should be noted, is the first wrestler to make Meanderings, except for the rare reference to Ric Flair or Junk Yard Dog.
1. If I was in the mall, and got separated from my child, and there was a fire, and I couldn't get to my child, who was 100 feet away, but someone had my child and was going to try and throw him to me, I would want that person to be Sickles' Tyler Deming or Ben Wiley. (Yes, I've had too much coffee today).
2. I think Seminole and Palm Harbor University girls soccer win tonight, because, well, that's generally what they do.
3. Now that Freedom's James Harrell has confirmed he's talked to Jesuit about the head football job, does that make him the immediate frontrunner? I think so.
4. CCC boys soccer won a region game Thursday night against Frostproof at a stadium called the Phosphate Bowl, which just sounds like a place Erin Brockovich might try to get shut down.
5. Bogie beat Lakewood in boys hoops this week. I just felt I'd mention that since National Signing....urg.....ick....anyway....
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