The 2017 edition of the South Dade High School baseball team has a totally new look from last year’s squad. The 2016 team graduated twelve seniors, ten of which went on to play at the college level this year. Not only did the team have to completely retool, but legendary Head Coach Fred Burnside retired from coaching at the beginning of the school year. Burnside, who coached for 47 years, ended his career with 506 wins and the 2014 Class 8A State Championship with South Dade. During his career, Burnside sent hundreds of players to college as well as pro ball, including the new coach at South Dade, Rene Ruiz. Ruiz, is a 2002 graduate of Miami Southridge High School, where Burnside was coaching at the time. He played college baseball at Florida Gulf Coast and Manhattan College. Ruiz went on to play in the minor leagues, but when he was done playing, he returned to Manhattan College in 2010 as the Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach. Seeking warmer weather and to be closer to his family, Coach Ruiz returned to South Florida and joined the Buccaneer baseball staff in 2016.
The Homestead Broncos Track Team set out into the 2017 season destined to rise up for a shot at the district 4a- 16 title. With a goal to prove to the student body at Homestead Senior High that Broncos can still win, they captured the 2017 boys district championship title on Tuesday at Southridge Stadium.
Trip to Bristol heads the first of back-to-back short-track races
Fast Lane Friday presented by The Ticket Clinic returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday, April 21. Car enthusiasts and guests can enter their street-legal car to compete on the Speedway’s 1/8-mile drag strip from 6 p.m. to midnight.
As the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli visited Homestead-Miami for Round 2 of the 2017 Trans Am Championship, Ernie Francis, Jr., and Gar Robinson secured victories in their respective 102.15-mile races. Likewise, Randy Kinsland would secure a win in TA3, while Brian Kleeman grabbed his second consecutive victory in TA4.
Reviewing the season thus far
Florida City Taekwondo Club Medals in Regional Championships
Under the brighter lights, above the darker asphalt of Victory Lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Tampa-native Aric Almirola, beams brightest with pride.
South Florida residents Ernie Francis Jr., Justin Sirgany and Vincent Khristov set to race
North Carolina got a little bit of a scare from Gonzaga, but the Tar Heels were able to use tight defense to earn the 6th championship in school history. Gonzaga used a hot start to jump out to a 35-32 lead at halftime, but thanks to terrible shooting after that, North Carolina climbed back to snag the lead, and ultimately the win. This tournament was the definition of a redemption tour for North Carolina following their heartbreaking finish in the 2016 tournament, when Villanova’s Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer beating three point shot to win the title. That’s about as demoralizing a loss a team could have, especially to finish a season. To bounce back and make a run to the championship is simply incredible.
It was in Michigan on August 28, 2016 that Kyle Larson won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Almost seven months (17 races) later, he has earned his second.
The best weekend of the college basketball season is upon us.
Cip Garza, a former standout baseball player at South Dade High School, was recently named Field Manager and Head Coach of the California City Whiptails by Andrew Dunn, Commissioner of the Pecos Professional Baseball League. The Pecos Professional Baseball League, founded in 2010, features teams in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Kansas. Cip will continue in his role as Florida Scouting Director for the Pecos Professional Baseball League.
Harrison Putnam, age 6, 1st grader at First United Methodist Church School in Homestead completed his Florida Grand Slam this past Saturday of opening day of Spring Turkey season.
The trailblazers and up-and-coming women in NASCAR
Fundraiser Helps Raise Money for Beloved Principal and Coach Who Lost Both Legs After Being Hit by a Drunk Driver
For the past 15 years, we have had the unique opportunity of hosting the championship races in each of NASCAR’s three national series during Ford Championship Weekend in November. And while Ford Championship Weekend lets us celebrate the best drivers in the world competing for titles in their respective series, the three-day race weekend is only one of many moments throughout the year where we honor champions.
South Dade Wrestling Breaks Record with 4th State Championship with 6 State Champs and 10 Wrestlers making the podium
The first two weekends of the NASCAR season are in the books, and they have been very eventful. We’ve witnessed drivers perform under the new stage format in all three of NASCAR’s national series and have had time to see Monster Energy’s incorporation as the new entitlement sponsor in the premier series.
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