R.M.F. Road to Lakeland: District Tournament Previews and Predictions

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By: Jesse Nadelman (Staff Writer) and Jean Dubuisson II (Founder)

That went by quick.

Unfortunately – but fortunately – the regular season is coming to a close and now is when it gets fun. It’s unfortunate because the season went by so quick, but it’s playoff time upcoming, with district tournaments starting as soon as February 6th in South Florida.

Now is when championships are won, when teams true characters are revealed, and when history is made. All the hard work in June, pays off in February and March.

R.M.F. Magazine will have you covered the entire way on the road to the FHSAA state championships in Lakeland, and it starts with our district tournament preview and predictions.

For each South Florida district, R.M.F. Magazine’s Jean Dubuisson II  and Jesse Nadelman will predict the district champion and runner-up, and give reasoning.

Playoff basketball is the best basketball.

Enjoy.

CLASS 2A 

REGION 4- DISTRICT 7

Teams: Grandview Prep, Donahue Academy, Westlake Prep, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Glades Day, Hollywood Christian, Atlantic Christian, Sheridan Hills Christian.

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Grandview Prep

District Runner-up: Atlantic Christian

Grandview Prep – currently ranked No. 16 in the R.M.F. Respect 25 poll – has been one of the top teams in South Florida and should have this district locked up as many expect. There is a huge drop off in the district after Atlantic Christian, which is talented and could give Grandview a fight, but I see Grandview’s talent too much for Atlantic to give the Pride more hardware for their trophy case.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Grandview Prep

District Runner-up: Atlantic Christian

Grandview Prep is having another solid year; who would have thought with the group that graduated they would be right back in the thick of things? Look for the Pride to continue the dominance.  Atlantic Christian will be runner-up.  

REGION 4- DISTRICT 8

Teams: Brito, Miami Christian, Grace Academy International, Island Christian, Northwest Christian, Westwood Christian, Princeton Christian, Schoolhouse Prep.

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Miami Christian

District Runner-up: Westwood Christian

Miami Christian’s shortest margin of victory in this district was 36. It won a game by 82 and another by 80. That won’t be different in playoffs, as expect the R.M.F. No. 1 ranked Victors to cruise past Westwood – which should be the runner-up by a good margin – for the championship.

Jean Dubuisson II 

District Champion: Miami Christian

District Runner-up: Westwood Christian

R.M.F. #1 Miami Christian will hold court; it will hard for a team to upset this group.  Westwood Christian will play 2nd fiddle, should make to district championship barring an upset.  The Victors are primed for a serious run!

CLASS 3A 

REGION 4- DISTRICT 7

Teams: Berean Christian, Boca Raton Christian, Highlands Christian, Jupiter Christian, Lake Worth Christian, Saint Edward’s, Trinity Christian, Village Academy

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Village Academy

District Runner-up: Jupiter Christian

One of the most underrated squads in Palm Beach County, Terrance Atkinson’s Tigers went 8-0 in district play in the regular season and should take care of business in the district tournament. Expect Village Academy to make a run in 3A. Jupiter Christian – which loss just one district game in the regular season – should make it to regionals as the runner-up.

Jean Dubuisson II 

District Champion: Village Academy

District Runner-up: Jupiter Christian

I second what Jesse said.

REGION 4- DISTRICT 8

Teams: Champagnat Catholic, Coral Springs Christian, Dade Christian, David Posnack Hebrew Day, Divine Savior, Greater Miami Academy, International School of Broward, R.A.S.A.G. Jewish Academy, Somerset Prep (North Lauderdale)

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Somerset Prep

District Runner-up: Champagnat Catholic

Somerset Prep has a few marquee wins this season, including over American Heritage-Plantation, and is a lot more talented than people think. I like the Hurricanes to get revenge on Champagnat Catholic – which was 8-0 in the regular season in district play – in the district title game.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Champagnat Catholic

District Runner-up: Somerset Prep (North Lauderdale)  

I have to disagree with Jesse, I’m thinking Champagnat will win the district.  Although Somerset Prep has been tough all season, Head Coach Danny Serrano will have Champagnat ready to capture the district crown. 

CLASS 4A 

REGION 3- DISTRICT 5

Teams: John Carroll Catholic, Somerset Academy (Canyons), Somerset Prep (Port St. Lucie), Benjamin, Weinbaum Yeshiva, Westminster Academy

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Westminster Academy

District Runner-up: Weinbaum Yeshiva

Westminster Academy is one of best teams in South Florida. I don’t see the Lions getting upset in this district they crushed during the regular season, and find me somebody that disagrees. Who will be second place is the question. I like Weinbaum Yeshiva because it has the best player on the court – Florida Vipers guard Ethan Lasko – when it plays anyone besides Westminster in that district, and has a great coach in Bryan White.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Westminster Academy

District Runner-up: Weinbaum Yeshiva  

Not much to talk about here. Westminster Academy should have no problem winning back to back district championships. Bryan White has done a tremendous job with what he’s had at Yeshiva.    

REGION 3- DISTRICT 6

Teams: Doctors Charter, Scheck Hillel, Hialeah Education Academy, Somerset Central Miramar, Miami Country Day, Sagemont

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Sagemont

District Runner-up: Miami Country Day

Sagemont is the best team in this district, and with Miami Country Day missing a handful of players, it’s by a solid margin. The Lions should take care of the Spartans in the district championship and continue on its collision crash course to eventually meet Westminster Academy in the regional finals.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Sagemont

District Runner-up: Miami Country Day

No arguments here! Ditto.

REGION 4- DISTRICT 7

Teams: Archbishop Carroll, Archbishop Curley, Archimedian-Notre Dame, Florida Christian, Riviera Prep, SLAM Academy

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Archbishop Carroll

District Runner-up: Florida Christian

Archbishop Carroll – led by the great Juan Hernandez – is looking to make it back to Lakeland this year and finish what they couldn’t do last year. They should take care of Florida Christian in the district final, which features 6-6 freshman John Square, who trust me, is a name to watch out for.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Archbishop Carroll

District Runner-up: Florida Christian

Archbishop Carroll is on a mission to return to Lakeland and it starts with winning the district.  Florida Christian will come in 2nd.  Don’t look for the patriots to back down either.  Should be a good district championship.

REGION 4- DISTRICT 8

Teams: Everglades, Marathon, Miami Community Charter, Palm Glades Prep, Palmer Trinity, Somerset Academy (Silver Palms)

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Marathon

District Runner-up: Palmer Trinity

Marathon went 8-1 in this district in the regular season and I like it to take home the district title. The Dolphins have of the best guards you’ve never heard of in senior Trey Boyanton, who Saint Andrew’s coaches described as one of the best shooters in the state when they played Marathon.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Marathon

District Runner-up: Palmer Trinity  

I second that. 

CLASS 5A 

REGION 3- DISTRICT 12

Teams: Cardinal Newman, Inlet Grove, Oxbridge Academy, The King’s Academy

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Cardinal Newman

District Runner-up: Oxbridge Academy

The Cardinal Newman and Oxbridge Academy rivalry is a guaranteed great game every time these two teams face off, with them splitting the two games they’ve played so far this season (each home team winning). The district championship game that they’ll likely face off in will be at a neutral court, and I like Newman. K.J. Fitzgerald is too hard to guard and freshman Scottie Barnes will be an X-factor. But Oxbridge will likely get another shot at Newman in the regional semifinals, when it really matters most.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Cardinal Newman

District Runner-up: Oxbridge Academy  

This game here, I’ve been going back and forth with; but I have to go with Newman. Kj Fitzgerald and Scottie Barnes are a tough due to get passed. 

REGION 4- DISTRICT 13

Teams: American Heritage (Delray), Coral Springs Charter, North Broward Prep, St. John Paul II, Saint Andrew’s

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Saint Andrew’s

District Runner-up: St. John Paul II

There is no question that this is another district that is locked up. Saint Andrew’s will not have much trouble winning the district title, but who will play them in the district championship? I like St. John Paul II, which has been playing good lately. The Eagles only lost to Saint Andrew’s by nine and recently beat Coral Springs Charter by 16.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Saint Andrew’s

District Runner-up: St. John Paul II

I’m sorry. Two words: Anthony Polite!

REGION 4- DISTRICT 14

Teams: Calvary Christian, Cardinal Gibbons, Chaminade-Madonna, Pine Crest, University School, Somerset Academy (Pembroke Pines)

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Calvary Christian

District Runner-up: University School

Calvary Christian and University School meeting in the district championship has been circled on everyone’s calendar since August, and this one is big. The winner likely gets St. John Paul II or Coral Springs Charter in the regional quarters and the loser has to go play at Saint Andrew’s.

Sophomore duo 7-1 Balsa Koprivica and 6-10 Vernon Carey against 7-1 Victor Uyaelunmo, 6-5 Jerald Butler, 6-8 Solomon Uyaelunmo, and others. I like Calvary assuming University can take care of Gibbons in the semifinals, because of the experienced upperclassmen and especially defense. Carey and Koprivica combined for just nine the first time these two teams played, and Calvary can match up with the size U-School, which most teams can’t do.

Jean Dubuisson II 

District Champion: Calvary Christian

District Runner-up: Cardinal Gibbons

I have Calvary Christian winning this district. What will surprise most is me having Cardinal Gibbons in the district championship.  Gibbons is an X factor team for me.  Coach Seidlin has a way of making games ugly and low scoring to benefit his style of play, don’t be that surprised if the Chiefs make a run.  

REGION 4- DISTRICT 15

Teams: Booker T. Washington, iMater Prep Academy, LaSalle, MAST Academy, Mater Lakes Academy, Miami Edison, Monsignor Pace

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Mater Lakes Academy

District Runner-up: Booker T. Washington

Mater Lakes Academy played a relatively tough non-district schedule this year, and it’s paid off. The Bears went undefeated in district play in the regular season and I expect them to take home the district championship over a talented Booker T. Washington team, but a team that has lost to Mater Lakes twice already this season.

Jean Dubuisson II 

District Champion: Mater Lakes Academy

District Runner-up: Booker T. Washington

Remember the name: Cyrus Largie 6’4 (G) 2019 (Mater Lakes Academy) will be the difference in this district.

REGION 4- DISTRICT 16

Teams: Gulliver Prep, Key West, Keys Gate, Pinecrest Prep, Ransom Everglades, Westminster Christian

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Gulliver Prep

District Runner-up: Ransom Everglades

Ransom Everglades went undefeated in the district in the regular season – getting the best of Gulliver in their only showdown – but I like Gulliver Prep to get revenge in the district title game. Very well coached, the Raiders’ young talent has gained experience throughout the season to get ready for the playoffs.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Gulliver Prep

District Runner-up: Ransom Everglades

I know Ransom has is undefeated this year in district play, but I find it hard to believe that Gulliver Prep won’t come out swinging to win this district. If I know anything about Coach Bloom (Gulliver) is that he prepares. His team will be READY!

CLASS 6A

REGION 4- DISTRICT 15

Teams: Fort Pierce Westwood, Suncoast, Port St. Lucie

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Suncoast

District Runner-up: Port St. Lucie

This three-team district will be very easy for Suncoast to win, which they did last season. It’s a toss up, but I will go with Port St. Lucie to finish as runner-up for the second straight year over Westwood – the two teams split their two regular season games – being that Port St. Lucie recently only lost to Suncoast by five, while Westwood recently lost to the Chargers by 34, at home. 

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Suncoast

District Runner-up: Port St. Lucie

Agreed. Suncoast easily!

REGION 4- DISTRICT 16

Teams: American Heritage (Plantation), Archbishop McCarthy, Coconut Creek, Hallandale, Pompano Beach, Stranahan

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Hallandale

District Runner-up: American Heritage (Plantation)

The winner of this district last year – Coconut Creek – made a deep run to the regional finals and I expect Hallandale to potentially go even further, to Lakeland, this year. The talented Chargers team has had a phenomenal season and should capture the district championship over American Heritage, which I expect to edge Archbishop McCarthy in the district semifinals. 

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Hallandale

District Runner-up: American Heritage (Plantation)

Hallandale wins this one but look for American Heritage to give the Chargers a run. The Chargers are deep and have been able to take control of the district.  That should continue throughout the playoffs.  

CLASS 7A

REGION 4- DISTRICT 14

Teams: Boyd Anderson, Dillard, Northeast

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Dillard

District Runner-up: Northeast

Dillard is one of the best teams in Florida – if not the country – and is loaded with talent from top to bottom including Jordan Wright, FSU-signee Raiquan Gray, Bowling Green-signee Joniya Gadsen, and others. The Panthers should win this district, and are the favorites to repeat as state champs and win 7A, too.

However, Northeast won’t be a pushover. The Hurricanes are extremely talented and their very tough schedule should have them ready for the playoffs. Expect Dillard to win districts, but they will meet again in the regional semifinals.

Jean Dubuisson II 

District Champion: Dillard

District Runner-up: Northeast  

The Panthers of Dillard should win this district; but let me say this the Hurricanes will give them a run until the very end.

REGION 4- DISTRICT 15

Teams: Carol City, Miami Norland, Miami Central, Miami Northwestern, North Miami Beach

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Miami Norland

District Runner-up: Carol City

In football, this is a tough district that any team can win. But in basketball, Lawton Williams and Norland own it. The Vikings will again win this district with ease, but a much improved Carol City team should top Miami Central, finish up second and punch a ticket to regionals. 

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Miami Norland

District Runner-up: Miami Central  

Lawton Williams II is Norland Basketball, say what you want about him and say he is a WINNER!  The Vikings will be out to prove a point to South Florida. Ok no Dewan Huell, what will the Vikings do? Miami Central has been off there game a little while Carol City young guys have found a way to win all season.  Look for the Rockets to get back to normal with veteran leadership from 2017 (G) Michael Cooper, Jr.   

REGION 4- DISTRICT 16

Teams: Belen Jesuit, Doral Academy, Miami Jackson, Miami Springs, Miami Sunset, Saint Brendan, TERRA Environmental

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Doral Academy

District Runner-up: Belen Jesuit

The gap between Doral Academy, which went 12-0 in the district in the regular season, and the rest of the district is larger than people think. The underrated Firebirds will have no problem taking home the district title over Belen Jesuit, who themselves should have no problem reaching the district title game. 

Jean Camille Dubuisson

District Champion: Doral Academy

District Runner-up: Belen Jesuit

Doral Academy has been a very well coached team all season, will be even better in the playoffs.

CLASS 8A

REGION 4- DISTRICT 13

Teams: Boynton Beach, Forest Hill, Olympic Heights, Palm Beach Lakes, Royal Palm Beach, West Boca, Dwyer

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Palm Beach Lakes

District Runner-up: Dwyer

Whoever doesn’t realize it already, needs to understand that Palm Beach Lakes is scary good. The Rams gave top-ranked Miami Christian a close call, and swept the season series with Dwyer. It will be tough to beat them a third time, but expect Palm Beach Lakes to grind out its third win over Dwyer to pick up the district title.

Royal Palm Beach is the only team to beat Palm Beach Lakes in the district this season, so don’t overlook the Wildcats potentially topping Dwyer to get to the district championship. However, in the end, I like Dwyer because of they are better and have a surplus of size when at full strength.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Palm Beach Lakes

District Runner-up: Dwyer

It’s always hard to beat a team three times during a season, it will be a challenge for the Rams but I think they’re up for it.   

REGION 4- DISTRICT 14

Teams: Blanche Ely, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, St. Thomas Aquinas

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Blanche Ely

District Runner-up: St. Thomas Aquinas

Without Nik Bonitto, St. Thomas Aquinas doesn’t have the talent to match up with Ely, which will likely have no problem unseating the Raiders for the district crown this year. Fort Lauderdale will face St. Thomas in the district semifinals, but lost to the Raiders big in both showdowns in the regular season, in which Bonitto didn’t play in either.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Blanche Ely

District Runner-up: St. Thomas Aquinas

Melvin Randall that’s all I’m saying right now!

REGION 4- DISTRICT 15

Teams: Cooper City, McArthur, Nova, Hollywood Hills, South Broward

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: McArthur

District Runner-up: Nova

First off, the gap after Nova and McArthur in this district is huge, so expect these two teams to face off for the second straight year in the district championship without having any trouble in the district semifinals. This game has huge implications. The winner gets to host the runner up in district 16, which is far inferior to the likely winner, Mater Academy, whom the loser has to travel to in the regional quarterfinals.

It will be a close game – the two teams split their two games in the regular season – but I like great coach Warren Gale and McArthur. The Mustangs are battle tested after a tough regular season schedule and finished the regular season hot after getting healthier and having their talent start to click. 

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: McArthur

District Runner-up: Nova

McAthur has played a great schedule this year and this will help them to win this district. They have been battle tested!

REGION 4- DISTRICT 16

Teams: Mourning, Mater Academy, Goleman, Reagan, Westland Hialeah, Hialeah-Miami Lakes

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Mater Academy

District Runner-up: Mourning

Another district where the winner – Mater Academy – will have no trouble capturing the district title yet again. Mourning, which went 7-3 in district play in the regular season, should finish as the runner-up and get a spot in the regional playoffs.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Mater Academy

District Runner-up: Mourning

Mater Academy easily.

CLASS 9A

REGION 3- DISTRICT 9

Teams: John I. Leonard, Jupiter, Palm Beach Central, Palm Beach Gardens, Seminole Ridge, Wellington

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Wellington

District Runner-up: Palm Beach Gardens

Wellington will have no issue capturing its fifth straight district championship, a great feat for head coach Matthew Colin and the Wolverines. Wellington and star point guard Trent Frazier has its eyes set on getting back to Lakeland after falling to last year’s state champion, Coral Springs, in the regional finals last season.

I think Palm Beach Gardens will be the team that Wellington will face in the district title game, with the Gators having faced a tough regular season schedule to get them ready for the playoffs.

Jean Dubuisson II 

District Champion: Wellington

District Runner-up: Palm Beach Gardens

Another easy one. Wellington.

REGION 3- DISTRICT 10

Teams: Atlantic, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Park Vista, Santaluces, Spanish River

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Boca Raton

District Runner-up: Atlantic

This is a fun district in which any team could get beaten on any given night, which makes the district tournament all the more fun. I think Boca Raton will get the best of Lake Worth in a tight game in the district semifinals, and set up Atlantic vs. Boca in the district finals.

I will take Max Spinner’s Boca Raton team, which is equipped with one of the best backcourts in South Florida in junior Cade Long and sophomore Max Demius. Expect the Bobcats – which also play great defense – to take home the district title this season and have home-court in the regional quarterfinals.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Boca Raton

District Runner-up: Atlantic

This will be closer than most district championship games; don’t be surprise if game goes to OT.  Boca Raton should pull this out.  

REGION 3- DISTRICT 11

Teams: Coral Glades, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Taravella, Stoneman Douglas, Monarch

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: Deerfield Beach

District Runner-up: Coral Springs

Deerfield Beach will be able to get to the district title game, barring an unforeseen upset on its home court in the district semifinals. Coral Springs, too, should get there, although beating Douglas will be tougher because the Eagles already beat the Colts once this season. I expect Coral Springs to prevail, though, on a neutral court.

It’s extremely hard to beat a good team three times in a season. That’s the task Deerfield will face against Coral Springs in the district title, but I think the Bucks will do it. Deerfield is more experienced than a young Colts team, and the game will be at their home gym, where they went undefeated this season. The two teams could potentially face again in the regional semifinals, where Deerfield would be tasked of going further, beating tough Coral Springs four times in one season.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Coral Springs

District Runner-up: Deerfield Beach  

I know Deerfield Beach has been solid all season, but it’s hard for me not to give Coral Springs the edge here.  The Colts are the defending State Champions, and their Coach Devin Barta will have them up for this one.   

REGION 3- DISTRICT 12

Teams: Cypress Bay, Piper, South Plantation, Western

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Piper

District Runner-up: Cypress Bay

Cypress Bay should get revenge on Western – on their home court in front of the acclaimed ‘Lightning Lunatics’ – and reach the district finals to face Piper, which has handled the Lightning twice already this season.

But Piper, themselves, are out for revenge. The Bengals lost on their home court to Cypress Bay in the regional finals, and in a tight game, I think Piper will be able to win a district championship on Cypress’ home court this season and edge out the Lightning.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Cypress Bay

District Runner-up: Piper

I find it hard for anyone to go up to Cypress Bay to win a game there and let alone the district championship. Looky’s ‘Lightning Lunatics’ are nothing to play with, the Lighting are tough at home and to have the game played there, Piper will be in for a fight.   

REGION 4- DISTRICT 13

Teams: Flanagan, Miramar, Pembroke Pines Charter, West Broward

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Pembroke Pines Charter

District Runner-up: Miramar

Dave Roca’s Jaguars are red-hot coming into districts and have a Player of the Year nominee in Malik Hardy. I think Hardy pushes the Jaguars past a talented Miramar squad to secure a district championship, although it should be another close game after the two teams went into overtime last month. The district title game will be close, however.

Jean Dubuisson II 

District Champion: Miramar

District Runner-up: Pembroke Pines Charter

Malik Hardy has been one of the most underrated players this season in South Florida.  The Jaguars have relied on him all season, but it will be tough for Hardy to keep this pace throughout the playoffs. Miramar is trying to return to the glory days of the mid 2005-2012 season where they won six straight district titles and had a trip to Lakeland in 2011-2012 season.  This group is talented enough to get there and winning the district title is a start.

REGION 4- DISTRICT 14

Teams: American, Dr. Krop, Hialeah Gardens, Hialeah, Miami Beach, Miami, North Miami

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: North Miami

District Runner-up: Miami

North Miami went 10-2 in the district in the regular season, and should be able to handle Hialeah or Dr. Krop in the district semifinals to get to the district final and face who I think will be the runner-up in Miami. I will go with North Miami in that matchup, simply because I think the talent on the Pioneers is superior, with them edging Miami in the last matchup. However, it doesn’t help that the game is at Miami and Javorie Wilson is a great coach that will have the Stingarees ready.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: North Miami

District Runner-up: Miami High

I like this North Miami team lead by Junior (Pg) Jonas Guillaume. They’re young, scrappy and talented.  Look for the Pioneers to be a problem in these playoffs.  Miami High will fight till the end so this game will be of high intensity.   

REGION 4- DISTRICT 15

Teams: Columbus, Coral Gables, Braddock, Ferguson, Coral Park, South Miami, Southwest Miami

Jesse Nadelman 

District Champion: South Miami

District Runner-up: Coral Gables

South Miami is a clear favorite to represent this region in Lakeland, and thus, the Cobras should win this district. Rival Coral Gables is the only true threat, but South Miami – led by Player of the Year candidate and Oklahoma State signee Zack Dawson – is superior in talent and should top the Cavaliers on a neutral court to take home the district crown. 

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: South Miami

District Runner-up: Coral Gables

Zach Dawson and the cobras are on a mission to get back to Lakeland and bring home the state championship for Head Coach Robert Doctor.  Look for the cobras to play up-tempo.

REGION 4- DISTRICT 16

Teams: Coral Reef, Felix Varela, Homestead, Miami Killian, Miami Palmetto, Miami Southridge, South Dade

Jesse Nadelman

District Champion: Miami Southridge

District Runner-up: Miami Palmetto

Southridge saw its football team win the state championship and is now seeing its basketball team have a phenomenal season, as well. I think the Spartans – which had just one loss in the district and are sizzling hot heading into playoffs – win the district title and could make some noise in the regional playoffs, as well. Palmetto is a clear favorite to face the Spartans in the district title game.

Jean Dubuisson II

District Champion: Miami Palmetto

District Runner-up: Miami Southridge

I have to go with a seasoned coach like Coach Molina that will have Palmetto playing out of their minds during this run.  Southridge is a young and talented team that will push the Panthers to the end.  This district can go either way; I expect the Panthers of Palmetto to capture this district. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Jesse Nadelman

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Jesse Nadelman is a 17-year old reporter for R.M.F. Magazine who currently is a senior at North Broward Prep. Growing up in South Florida, Jesse has grown an intense passion for sports media. He covers all of South Florida’s top high school basketball teams and events for R.M.F. In addition to contributing to R.M.F, Jesse also writes for FloridaHSFootball.com, covering South Florida High School Football, and contributes to a variety of other outlets.

You could follow Jesse on twitter: @Jessenadelman

Jean Dubuisson II

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Jean is the co-founder of R.M.F. Magazine and the head coach for ASA Miami College.
You could follow Jean on twitter: @DoobieRMF
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