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Philadelphia Eagles are SuperBowl Champions!!! #FlyEaglesFly #SuperBowlChampions #SuperBowl52

I’ve been an Eagles fan for as long as I can remember, so I’ll just say that this is a day that I’ve always wanted to see since I was a kid. The Philadelphia Eagles are World Champions. Super Bowl 52 was legendary and will go down as one of the best Super Bowls in history. I’m so happy and proud of our team, for our city and all the past years of not being able to bring home the Lombardi Trophy home!!! We are the best football team in the world!!!

#FlyEaglesFly #SuperBowlChampions #PHinally #LetsGo

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Sports: Rawe Recruits x The Rock School & Penn State Hoops Commit: Jamari Wheeler: Heart Of A Lion


The Rock School and newly-minted Penn State Nittany Lions guard Jamari Wheeler and his Live Oak, Florida family take us through his early days with the sport, his first high school game, what sold him on Penn State and how he aims to affect the team!







Sports: P.K.Yonge and UF Alumni Jaterra Bonds was the JUNE WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE MONTH in the SEABL.

The Player of the Month for June has been announced with Jaterra Bonds of the Ballarat Rush.

Heading into June, the Ballarat Rush were winless and owned a 0-8 record but they have turned around their season in the space of a month and are now placed as one of the in-form teams of the competition.

Import Jaterra Bonds has been the catalyst, lighting up the offensive end with a competition best 27.8 points per game through the month while she also sits in the top 15 for assists with 3.8.

However, her tenacity and desperation for the Rush to get onto the winners list has been exemplified by her 7.6 rebounds per game average which belies her 170cm stature.

The month started with another loss for Ballarat as they fell to Launceston on the road by seven points.

However, the rumblings of a resurgence was there with only a disappointing final term being the difference between a win and loss while Bonds finished with 21 points on 8-18 shooting alongside seven rebounds and two assists.

The following night, they upset the Chargers on the road in a big 18-point win to head into the mid-season break with confidence.

Bonds was deadly from all areas of the court, hitting 7-11 overall to finish with 23 points in 38 minutes while she set up the win with four three-pointers in the opening quarter as Ballarat jumped out to a double-digit lead by the first break.

Following the Queen’s Birthday hiatus, the Rush hosted Hobart in a re-match but while the Chargers had the perfect opportunity for revenge, Ballarat proved too good again as they recorded a 73-63 victory.

Bonds tore through their back court with a double-double of 35 points and ten rebounds to go with five assists and two steals.

She hit 13-19 from the field and her attack through the paint also resulted in an 8-11 effort from the free-throw line.

The next day, Ballarat headed to Sandringham and tallied a three-game winning streak with a five-point win.

They were jumped in the opening term but Bonds led the comeback, recording 13 points in the second quarter to cut the margin to an even ten points at half-time.

She stayed hot with another seven points in the third term which included a mini four-point run by herself in the last 30 seconds to give the Rush all the momentum.

Sandringham answered to take a lead inside the last seven minutes but it would be the last time they were ahead as Bonds responded with five straight points before knocking down a big three-pointer just a minute later.

The import then clinched the game from the free-throw line to finish with 14 points for the quarter and 39 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal overall in the 92-87 win.

In their final game of the month, the Rush could not keep the winning streak going as they fell agonisingly short of Canberra, 73-74.

Bonds had another double-double of 21 points, ten rebounds and four assists but will rue a missed free-throw down the stretch.

Jaterra Bonds June Stats: 27.8 points on 57% field goal shooting including 9-19 three-point shooting (47%) and 30-38 free-throw shooting (79%), 7.6 rebounds (one offensive), 3.8 assists and one steal per game.

source: SEABL

Sports: Buchholz Bobcat & U of Miami Alumni, Point Guard Jessica Thomas inks a deal with Lulea Basket in Sweden.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Former University of Miami women’s basketball player Jessica Thomas has signed a contract with Luleå Basket in Sweden.

Luleå Basket competes in the Basketligan dam, formerly known as Damligan until 2011-12, which is the top professional women’s basketball league in Sweden. The league was founded in 2001 and currently consists of 10 teams.

Last season, Luleå finished the regular season at 22-5 reached the finals of the playoffs before falling to Udominate Basket in a best-of-five series, 3-1.

“I have heard nothing but good things about Sweden, from the fans to the whole Luleå organization,” Thomas said. “They love basketball there and have a great supporting cast in the community. I could not ask for a better way to get my rookie year started. I am thankful for this opportunity and excited to give Luleå Basket all I have to offer.”

A 5-foot-6 guard, Thomas finished a stellar career at Miami ranked in the top 10 of four statistical categories: second in games played (130), third in 3-pointers made (179), third in 3-point attempts (586) and No. 10 in assists (374).

A two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, Thomas concluded her career No. 16 on the Hurricanes’ all-time scoring list with 1,281 points, averaging 9.9 per game.

Thomas, a two-time team co-captain, earned Second Team All-ACC accolades from the Blue Ribbon Panel and the ACC Coaches in 2016-17.

To keep up with the University of Miami women’s basketball team on social media follow @CanesWBB on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Jessica Thomas on Twitter: @Jay_3_Tee

source: UM

High School Spotlight: Gainesville Sun’s Small School Athletes of Year: Kailya Jackson (P.K. Yonge) x Cory Durden (Newberry)


Senior Kailya Jackson starred on basketball court and track and field, taking P.K Yonge to its fourth straight regional final in hoops and placing at state in the hurdles; senior Cory Durden was a dominating defensive lineman for Newberry and a force also on basketball court, leading Panthers to state playoffs in both.


As a member of P.K. Yonge’s last girls basketball state championship team when she was in seventh grade, Kailya Jackson certainly thought the Blue Wave would be back at state before she graduated.

Instead, over the next five years P.K. Yonge fell in the regional finals four straight years with the 2013 team falling by two points to Class 3A state champion Father Lopez in the regional semifinals.

The girls basketball player of the year, Jackson also starred on the track, taking fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.07) and ninth in the 300 hurdles (47.98) at the Class 1A state meet.

Losing by a point in an epic football playoff game down in Pahokee wasn’t in Cory Durden’s plans either. Although the FHSAA forced the Blue Devils to give up their Class 1A state title for using an ineligible player, that 35-34 overtime loss ended what could had been a very special season for Newberry.

A dominating defensive lineman, who is heading to Florida State, Durden also was first all-area in basketball which he still calls his favorite sport.

Because of their outstanding achievements during the 2016-17 season, Jackson and Durden are The Sun’s Small School Athletes of the Year.

“My senior year actually went better than I thought it would,” said Jackson, daughter of former Gator standout receiver and P.K. Yonge great Willie Jackson. “But it would have been nice to go to state again (in basketball), but other than that it was a good year.

“I really thought we would make it four of my last years there but we came up short. We always made it to the regional finals but I didn’t think it would be so long before we would make it to state again.”

In her senior season, in which she averaged 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game, Jackson led the Blue Wave to a 21-5 record, losing at Jacksonville Providence in the regional finals 63-56.

Soon after basketball season ended, in mid-February, Jackson was back on the track, getting ready another sports season which had already started.

“I actually don’t think I ever really got back to great track shape, with playing basketball and stuff,” she said. “It is really hard to get back to track. But it comes back, the hurdling and stuff does come back.

“You can’t be scared. You just have to jump over them. I really think it is really a mental thing.”

Growing up at P.K. Yonge and heading to Charleston Southern, Jackson said she will miss much about her Blue Wave experience.

“All the great people I was able to meet and being on some really great teams, playing with a lot of talented people,” she said. “I think I’m ready.

“I still have a lot of work to do, but I think I will be fine.”


Durden can’t wait to get to Tallahassee and get his Florida State experience started. Determined to make his mark early, the 6-foot-4, 316-pound defender is working hard to build up his muscles before leaving June 16.

“I feel like I’m there as far as athletic ability,” Durden said. “I’ve lost a lot of muscle because of basketball season. The workouts they gave me are really tough.

“Basketball there is a lot more running and a lot more jumping and using your body. It was a lot harder for me, but once I got into it I really got into it.”

In football, Durden had 52 total tackles, 41 solo with 18 tackles for loss, six sacks, with one blocked field goal, three fumble recoveries and two caused fumbles. He also played tight end on offense, with 29 receptions for 222 yards and three touchdowns.

Playing with his cousin Ja’len Parks along the defensive front, Durden was the emotional leader of 8-2 football team in Richard Vester’s first season as coach.

A first team all-area basketball player as well, and enforcer inside, he averaged 17.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks a game for the 13-16 Panthers, which reached the state playoffs for the second straight season.

“I am trying to go there (in Tallahassee) and get on the field,” Durden said. ” I don’t want to waste my time.

“I feel like coach Vester is building something special at Newberry. Something that we haven’t had in a couple of years. I feel he has a lot to work with.”

The Seminoles, which are likely to begin the season ranked No. 2, opens the season against likely No. 1 Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta on Sept. 2. Durden intends on making a play in the game.

“I am a scholarship player, we start off with a big game,” he said. “This might be the biggest first game in college football history because we are No. 2 and they are No. 1. First time top two teams met.

“I just want to get on the field and play. I’m not going to sit behind anyone as a freshman, I not going to let anyone outwork me up there.”


Bell: Clay Hutto (Sr., basketball, baseball), Melina Kalandyk (Sr., cross country, girls weightlifting, track and field); Newberry: Areona Hamilton (Sr., basketball, track and field); Oak Hall: Chance Mayo (Sr., football, basketball, weightlifting, track and field), Grace Blair (cross country, track and field); P.K. Yonge: Thomas Llinas (football, soccer, lacrosse); Trenton: Michael Smith (Sr., football, baseball), Jaycee Thomas (volleyball, basketball, softball); Union County: Devin Lewis (Sr., softball).


High School Track: Gainesville’s Oak Hall repeats as state track and field champs in Florida’s Class 1A

The Oak Hall girls won their second state title in a row Saturday night and several area teams had podium-earning performances to cap the final day of the FHSAA Track and Field Finals at IMG Academy

BRADENTON — The Oak Hall girls won their second state title in a row Saturday night and several area teams had podium-earning performances to cap the final day of the FHSAA Track and Field Finals at IMG Academy.

“It doesn’t get old,” Eagles coach Edwin McTureous said with a big smile. “Every year is special, every group is special. It wasn’t about just one kid. It was a team effort.”

The Eagles got the day started by winning the 4×800-meter run for the fourth year in a row. They used balanced scoring in eight other events to produce 54 points on the final day to win by 21 points over Admiral Farragut, 75-54.

Junior Grace Blair won her first 1600-meter run to claim her third title of the meet (800, 3200 on Friday) and also helped the Eagles to a win in the 4×800 by running the anchor leg.

“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to do it and let alone to actually have done it,” Blair said of her three wins over the two days. “It was a great day across the board. We all pulled our weight. I am so proud that we came out here and did what we needed to do as a team and for the team. I am just so excited that we pulled it out today.”

Senior Nadiria Evans scored crucial points in the triple jump, the 400 meters and ran legs on the 4×800 relay and 4×400-meter relay to again anchor another team title.

“I think it is amazing. It is the ending I wanted to have,” said Evans, who set a personal best in the triple jump to finish second. “I knew my team was going to handle business. I just made sure I stepped up big and made sure I didn’t have a bad day.”

The Oak Hall coach said his top athletes came through.

“Nadiria has been the rock that I could go to be on the 4×800 meter and in the triple jump or the 4×400-meter relay,” McTureous said. “To win team championships, you don’t always have to get the firsts. We were able to get those 2, 3 4, 5 and points today.”

Eastside set a school record in the 4×400-meter by running a 3:54.90 to finish second and sixth overall as a team.

Saint Francis’ Christian Hanson finished 14th in the boys 1600-meter run.

Full results can be found at

Other top performances of area runners:


Girls Team Scores.

1. Oak Hall, 75, 25. Trenton, 25, 28. Cedar Key, 6, 35. P.K. Yonge


Shot Put: 2. Thalia Jackson, Trenton, 11.02m (26-02.00), 3. Ashlynn Allen, Cedar Key, 10.99m (36-00.75)

Triple jump: 2. Nadiria Evans, Oak Hall, 11.64m (38-02.25), 11. Jasmine Lewis, Lafayette, 10.20m (33-05.75)

Long jump: 10. Jade Hines, Bradford, 5.11m (16-09.25)

4×800-meter relay: 1. Oak Hall, 9:33.65

100-meter dash: 3. Jalesia Tillman, Oak Hall, 12.76, 7. Ayanna Rollins, Oak Hall, 13.14

100-meter Hurdles: 15. Kailya Jackson, PK. Yonge, 16.07

4 x 100-meter relay: 3. Oak Hall, 49.02

400-meter Dash: 6. Nadiria Evans, Oak Hall, 58.91

200-meter dash: 5. Ayanna Rollins, Oak Hall, 26.37

1600-meter run: 1. Grace Blair, Oak Hall, 5:03.86, 10. Marcella Perez, Oak Hall, 5:27.47

4 x 400-meter relay: 4. Oak Hall, 4:09.80

Adaptive Shot Put: 1. Annie McCain, Cedar Key, 3.49m (11-05.50)

Adaptive 200-meter Dash: 1. Annie McCain, Cedar Key, 1:42.70

Boys Team Scores

15. Oak Hall, 12. 18. Bronson 11, 47. Lafayette, 450. Trenton, 3


High School Sports News: Alachua Santa Fe boys win Florida’s District 5-2A track and field titles.

Santa Fe coach Tommie Turner was a bit in disbelief after his team claimed its first boys’ district team title since 2003.

“Coming in, I thought it would be between Palatka and Eastside because the numbers they had in the sprints and hurdles outnumbered our one hurdler,” said Tuner, who has coached for 30 years at Santa Fe and 42 years overall.

After scoring 81 points in the field and jumping events, Turner thought his team had a chance. “We never thought we could score that many. That never happens.”

The Raiders’ Theriyus Banks was the catalyst by scoring 26 points in winning the high jump and triple jump and taking third in the long jump. Like Williams, Banks did not compete last year and with some encouragement from Turner, came out to compete for his senior year.

“Coach told me to come out here and be myself and do great,” said Banks after winning his first district titles. “That’s exactly what I did.”

“I’m surprised,” Turner said of his team’s 163-146 win over the highly favored Palatka. “I’m excited for the kids, but I’m really surprised.”

Read More … Source: Gainesville Sun

Business Highlight: High schooler sells $1 million in custom socks

Brennan Agranoff is a 17-year-old with a lot on his plate.

The high-school junior balances homework with another full-time job he’s had since he was 13: He’s founder and CEO of HoopSwagg, a custom socks startup.

HoopSwagg isn’t just a little project on the side for this teenager. In four years, Agranoff has grown his idea to make custom-design athletic socks into a profitable online-only business with annual sales of more than $1 million.

Agranoff’s lightbulb moment came in 2013 at a high-school basketball game, where he noticed most kids were wearing the same plain Nike athletic socks. If these simple socks started such a craze, he wondered: What would happen if he kicked things up a notch and printed custom designs on them?

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Brennan Agranoff, founder and CEO of custom socks startup HoopSwagg.

Fast forward four years, and HoopSwagg now offers more than 200 original designs created by Agranoff himself: a mix of goofy (a melting ice cream cone), funky (a spoof of the infamous Portland International Airport carpet) and tongue-in-cheek (“goat farm,” a family inside joke scattered with photos of the real animals on the family’s property). Agranoff also wants to allow customers to create their own designs in the future.

The company is now shipping 70 to 100 orders a day, with each pair of socks priced at $14.99. And this week, HoopSwagg announced its first acquisition: It bought competitor, which will add over 300 designs to the portfolio and help expand HoopSwagg’s customer base.

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HoopSwagg ships its custom socks to customers nationwide.

But HoopSwagg started small. After Agranoff’s initial idea at the school basketball game, he spent six months researching logistics like machinery and technology needed for custom digital printing on fabric.

He then made the case to two potential investors: his parents. “They thought the concept was a little out there,” Agranoff said. But he was persistent and ultimately received a $3,000 loan.

In true startup fashion, HoopSwagg launched in the family garage in Sherwood, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Agranoff set up the design printing and heat presser machines with his family’s help. He enlisted his parents to buy “as many white athletic socks as they could get from Dick’s Sporting Goods.”

Hoopswagg’s first year was slow. But momentum grew quickly after the socks — which Agranoff said are “for everyone from 6-year-olds to 80-year-olds” — took off on social media.

Agranoff leveraged his own social network and targeted a group of social influencers to help spread the word. In particular, the sock design inspired by the Portland airport’s former teal-and-geometric-shape pattern went viral, bringing more attention to the brand.

As sales soared, the company quickly outgrew the garage. The Agranoff family built a 1,500-square-foot building on their property to accommodate production, warehousing and shipping.

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Agranoff in his new 1,500 square feet warehouse on the family’s property.

His mother joined the business full-time, and Agranoff also has 17 other part-time employees. But self-sufficiency is key to his success, he said. Agranoff also taught himself to code, so he could better set up and manage his business’ website, and how to use graphic design tools to develop the designs. He remains the company’s only graphic designer, though he is colorblind.

For now, the socks are primarily sold through HoopSwagg’s website and via Amazon (AMZN, Tech30), eBay (EBAY) and Etsy. The next three years are pivotal for HoopSwagg, said Agranoff, who wants the brand to be in retail stores,” said Agranoff. He’s also expanding customization to other products like shoelaces, arm sleeves and ties.

Meanwhile, Agranoff is set to graduate high school six months early. While college is in the plan at some point, he’s slated to focus on HoopSwagg full-time after high school graduation. He currently spends about six hours per day on the business, after putting in a day of school and finishing his homework.

While Agranoff has never taken a business class, he learned a lot by buying items at garage sales and selling them on eBay — a pursuit he began when he was eight.

“So really, I’ve been learning how to do this for a while,” said Agranoff. “Especially today, with all the information available on the internet, you can’t be too young to learn how to be an entrepreneur.”

source: CNNMoney