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Roundup: Piper Boys, Dillard Girls Win At Dix Relays; Ely Hires Wimberly

Piper’s boys and Dillard’s girls took home team titles this past weekend at the annual Walter Dix Relays at Coral Springs High.

The event, named after former Coral Springs superstar track athlete turned Bronze-medal winning Olympian Walter Dix, hosted teams from Broward and Palm Beach counties and included a set of unique distance events.

Aside from the typical dashes and relays, athletes were able to compete in an 800-meter sprint relay (100-100-200-400), a 1,600-meter sprint relay (200-200-400-800), as well as long-distance relays – in 3,200-meter (4×800) and 6,400-meter (4×1,600) lengths. The event also included a 300-meter shuttle hurdle event, which was a three-person relay race with each runner responsible for running 100-meters while clearing hurdles.

The long-distance relays were where Dillard’s girls were able to rack up a chunk of its tournament-best 116 points. The Lady Panthers teams won the 3,200- and 6,400-meter relays along with the 1,600-meter sprint relay. The senior trio of LaDasjah Brown, LaKasjah Brown and Erin Sanders also won the 300-meter shuttle hurdle event for Dillard.

Fort Lauderdale’s girls finished second in team totals with 98 points will host Coral Springs finished third with 86 points.

Piper’s boys took a similar road to victory – winning a handful of the unique events to accumulate its 114 points. The Bengals won the 3,200- and 6,400-meter relays as well as the typical 1,600-meter (4×400) relay.

Piper senior Bryand Rincher did his part, winning the 100-meter dash with a 10.83 time, while Zachary Sewell added another six points in the same race for finishing third at 11.06.

Blanche Ely took second with 88 points, edging Oakland Park Northeast – which finished with 84 points.

Results

Girls Team Results

1. Dillard 116, 2. Fort Lauderdale 98, 3. Coral Springs 86, 4. Piper 82, 5. Boca Raton 53, 6. West Boca Raton 32, 7. South Plantation 31, 8. Coral Glades 26.

Boys Team Results

1. Piper 114, 2. Blanche Ely 88, 3. Northeast 84, 4. Fort Lauderdale 70, 5. Boyd Anderson 55, T6. Boca Raton 46, T6. Dillard 46, 8. Coconut Creek 25.

Ely Hires Clifford Wimberly

Blanche Ely announced Tuesday that it has hired Clifford Wimberly to be its new head football coach.

Wimberly, who has served as an assistant coach at various high schools in Broward County and spent time as an assistant coach at Murray State University, replaces Calvin Davis – who led the Tigers for just one season, a disappointing 2-8 year.

Wimberly’s hiring makes him the 10th different head coach at Ely over the past 15 years. The program, which sits in a talent-rich part of Pompano, hasn’t seen substantial success since 2002 – when it won its only football state championship under Steve Davis, who is currently in his second stint coaching at Plantation.

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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