Isaac's aftermath leads to Seminole Ridge cancelling football game
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
by Matt Porter
It's all systems go for high school football in Palm Beach County this week, but one of the biggest games has been washed away.
Palm Beach School District West Area Superintendent Matthew Shoemaker elected to postpone Seminole Ridge's game at Palm Beach Central because of ongoing hazardous conditions in The Acreage and Loxahatchee.
Thanks to flood waters brought by Tropical Storm Isaac, Seminole Ridge was one of eight county schools who will not have classes Wednesday, and the only high school. With roads in the surrounding communities under water Tuesday, students were advised not to travel.
That, Seminole Ridge Principal James Campbell said, would create an unfair advantage for Palm Beach Central on Friday.
If Seminole Ridge returns to school Thursday, it would have just one day of practice before its season opener. Palm Beach Central, meanwhile, would have had two.
Campbell said his school still may not be open Thursday, meaning the Hawks would have no practice time before playing Friday.
"The roads are in horrible condition," Campbell said. "There's no way we could have played. Palm Beach Central can practice, but we aren't leaving our homes."
Seminole Ridge coach Matt Dickmann was concerned over his players losing their conditioning, which he said would happen quickly the longer players can't hit the field. With other teams returning to workouts, his team would be at a disadvantage.
"Hopefully this is one more day," Dickmann said. "If it's two or more days, that's going to be tough."
Seminole Ridge's first game of the season will be Sept. 7 against Park Vista. Campbell said it's unlikely Palm Beach Central will be rescheduled because it is a non-district game and the teams' bye weeks differ.
Palm Beach Central coach Rod Harris was upset over losing the game, saying his school offered Seminole Ridge several rescheduling options.
"We offered to play them Saturday. We offered to play them Monday night. We offered to play them Tuesday night because we understand what's going on in The Acreage and Loxahatchee," Harris said. "It's a home gate for us. It's a great game for the western communities. It's heartbreaking for the kids we can't get this game in."
Seminole Ridge, which beat Palm Beach Central in the Class 8A regional quarterfinals last year, is ranked No. 4 in The Post's preseason rankings. Palm Beach Central is No. 7.
Elsewhere, No. 10 Atlantic and No. 2 American Heritage agreed to move their game from 7 p.m. Thursday to Friday. The Delray Beach rivalry game will be played at Heritage.
Crosstown rivals Boca Raton and West Boca Raton agreed to move their game from 7 p.m. Friday to Saturday. That game will be played at Boca High.
American Heritage d. Coral Springs Charter School 25-17, 25-23, 25-21: Cynta Hritz had eight kills to lead the Stallions (1-0) past the Panthers in Coral Springs. Emily Burbank added 17 digs and Taylor Pak had 24 assists.
St. Andrew's d. Coconut Creek-North Broward Prep 25-19, 25-23, 25-20: The Scots (1-0) opened the season with a win over the Eagles in Coconut Creek.
All games at 7 p.m. unless noted
John Carroll at Vero Beach-St. Edward's
St. Andrew's at Miami-Florida Christian
Jensen Beach vs. Dakota Ridge (Colo.) in Orlando, 9 p.m.
South Florida HEAT at Boca Christian, 4 p.m.
Atlantic at American Heritage
Wellington at Boynton Beach
Inlet Grove at Cardinal Newman
Centennial at Merritt Island Christian
Glades Central at Dwyer
Summit Christian at Forest Hill
Fort Pierce Westwood at Fort Pierce Central
Jupiter at John I. Leonard
Jupiter Christian at Island Coast
King's Academy at Montverde Academy
Lake Worth at Olympic Heights
South Fork at Martin County
Port St. Lucie at Okeechobee
Palm Beach Lakes at Palm Beach Gardens
Miami-LaSalle at Pope John Paul II
Santaluces at Park Vista
Suncoast at Spanish River
Clewiston at Plantation-American Heritage, 7:30 p.m.
Glades Day at Miami-Monsignor Pace, 7:30 p.m.
Royal Palm Beach at Pahokee, 7:30 p.m.
Treasure Coast at Village Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Benjamin at Miami-Archbishop Curley, 2 p.m.
West Boca Raton at Boca Raton