By: Matt Rothman
With the season coming to a close, both the J.P. Taravella and Coral Springs High School basketball teams held Senior night.
The Trojans honored James Ganley, Jeffrey Smith, Maleek Lubin, Juvenal Atulon, and Boaz Wynter.
“My five seniors have been great.” Head Coach Eric Kapel said. “I had three of them in my first year coaching, and their growth as players has been great to watch. The two I’ve had for both years have been really special watching them become leaders.”
JPT is now 15-6 this year and will close the regular season on Friday, February 2, against Westminster Academy at 7:30 p.m. The Lions are 16-5 this year and rank 46th in the nation. Following that, J.P. Taravella will play Cypress Bay High School in the opening round of The District Tournament.
J.P. Taravella will play Cooper City High School in the District Quarterfinals on February 5 after going 4-5 this year, with the winner playing top-seeded Western High School.
Coming off a win in the Big-8 Championship, the Coral Springs High School boys basketball team honored James Salusby, Walter Pierre-Louis, Chase Thomas, Valentine Abreu, Romae Brown, and Matthew Curprew-Elsy.
“Beyond their skills on the court, these young men are like brothers off the court, and they hold a very dear place in my life, Head Coach Devin Barta said. “I am immensely grateful for everything they have contributed to Coral Springs High basketball, and I consider them not just players but a cherished part of my extended family.”
The Colts also recorded their 20th win of the season with an 82-31 victory over Coconut Creek High School. They will head into the District Tournament as the top seed and will have a bye in the opening round. They will play the winner of J.P. Taravella and Cypress Bay High School on February 6.
The girls basketball team honored Valerie Lespinasse, Ermani Lewis, Rhael Sayers, Princess Greene, and Madison Hill before beating Coconut Creek 61-26. They moved to 12-6 this year and will play Coral Glades in their opening District Playoff Game on Monday, February 5. The Colts won 90-3 in their only meeting this year.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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