Tuesday, March 11, 2008
by Ben Volin
ATLANTIC | SR. | QB
A top Palm Beach County all-around athlete and a dual threat whom rival coaches widely praised.Rachel Espendez
WEST BOCA RATON | JR. | QB/S
First team All-Area last year. Scored 20 TDs and added six INTs, leading the Bulls to the state quarterfinals.Alexis Carswell
PB GARDENS | SR. | QB
Threw 47 touchdown passes last year and was a first-team All-Area selection.Brianna Lauer
SEMINOLE RIDGE | SR. | QB
Threw 39 touchdowns last year in leading Hawks to an undefeated regular season.Meagan Kaufman
PB GARDENS | SR. | RB/DB
Last year's Player of the Year had 27 total touchdowns and almost 3,000 all-purpose yards.Lori Padilla
LAKE WORTH | SR. | WR/LB
Extremely fast and versatile, she is also one of the top area base stealers in softball.Laquandra Brazill
BOYNTON BEACH | JR. | RB/LB
Scored TDs five different ways last year: rushing, receiving, passing, punt return and interception.Dates to remember
Monday, April 21 to Wednesday, April 23
First-round state play-in games
Saturday, April 26
Second-round state play-in games
Tuesday, April 29
Quarterfinals: Friday, May 2
Semfinals/finals: Saturday, May 3
Note: State tournament games played at Boca Raton and West Boca Raton.The Post Top 5
1. Palm Beach Gardens: The only county team to advance to the state semis last year is returning almost every top player.
2. Seminole Ridge: It lost eight starters from last year, but has a top-notch feeder program in The Acreage rec leagues and shouldn't miss a beat.
3. West Boca Raton: The Bulls snuck up on everybody last year to reach the state quarterfinals, but enter this season as a favorite with Rachel Espendez back at quarterback.
4. Boynton Beach: It has been district runner-up each of the last three years. QB Alexis Sinkfield will be hard to replace, but the Tigers are always tough.
5. Lake Worth: The Trojans have dropped off a bit since reaching the 2004 title game, but are always one of the state's top teams.
- Ben Volin