High School Sports in Broward and Miami Dade Counties


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Dade Track and Field Player of the Year Alyssa Jones of Miami Southridge Senior High School is pictured at AD Barnes Park in Miami, Florida on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

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In its 37th year of honoring the nation’s top high school athletes, Gatorade announced that Alyssa Jones of Miami Southridge Senior High School is the 2021-22 Gatorade Florida Girls’ Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Jones is Gatorade Florida’s fifth female track and field athlete of the year to be chosen over Southridge.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, singles Jones out as Florida’s top high school girl track and field athlete.

Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Track & Field Player of the Year award to be announced in July, Jones joins an elite alumni association of state winners in 12 sports, including Lolo Jones (1997-98, Roosevelt High School, Iowa), Allyson Felix (2002-03, Los Angeles Baptist High School, California), Robert Griffin III (2006-07, Copperas Cove High School, Texas), Grant Fisher (2014-15 & 2013-14, Grand Blanc High School, Michigan) and Candace Hill (2014-15, Rockdale County High School, Georgia).

The 5-foot-10 senior jumper and sprinter won four individual state titles in Class 3A state competition last season, with a state record 20 feet, 11.75 inches in the long jump and a personal best 23.49 seconds in the 200 meters, leading the Spartans to second place as a team.

A three-time Gatorade Florida Women’s Athlete of the Year, Jones produced three National Top 15 performances among prep competitors this spring, including an American No. 1 in the long jump (21-2.5), a national No. 7. in the high jump (5-11.75) and 14th in the country in the 200m (23.49). She also ranked No. 50 in the 100 meters (11.70).

An eight-time state champion, she won four medals at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in June, winning a gold and a silver in two relays – both of which produced the 15 best national prep times in 2022 – while also winning a national title in the long jump. with a silver medal in the high jump. A three-time Miami Herald Track Athlete of the Year, she also holds a national indoor title in the long jump.

Jones has attained Presidential Honor status multiple times and was recognized for her hard work, effort, and achievement at the Robert Morgan Educational Center Academic Awards Ceremony. A participant in her school’s Advanced Placement Capstone seminar, she has served her community with over 200 volunteer hours.

As a member of the National Honor Society, she participated in reading sessions with preschoolers, she helped launch an annual prom event at a local retirement home, and she helped launch an annual two-day leadership conference for grade 9 students.

“Alyssa Jones graduated as a highly decorated track athlete from Florida, including a Gatorade Vice-Prize winner for three consecutive years,” said Erik Boal, Editor-in-Chief at Dyestat. “His performance at NBNO earned him 22.5 individual points in the competition and a national championship in the long jump. Amidst a field of extremely talented candidates in the Sunshine State this year, she is a worthy Gatorade winner.

Jones maintained a weighted GPA of 5.0 on a 4.0 scale in class. She signed a national letter of intent to participate in an athletic scholarship to Stanford University this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes a winner each year in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, women’s volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ basketball , boys’ and girls’ soccer, baseball, softball, and boys’ and girls’ track and field, and awards a national player of the year in each sport.

The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which relies on experts including coaches, scouts, media and others to help evaluate and determine the winners. state in every sport.

Jones, a three-time winner, joins recent Gatorade Florida Girls Track and Field Player of the Year Jan’Taijah Ford (2018-19, Northeast High School) and Cailtin Collier (2017-18, The Bolles School) among the list of past winners.

Gatorade has a long history of serving athlete communities and understanding how sport instills valuable lifelong skills on and off the field. Through Gatorade’s “Play it Forward” platform, Jones has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national organization of their choice that helps young athletes realize the benefits of playing sports. .

Jones is also eligible to submit a short video explaining why his chosen organization deserves one of 12 $10,000 Spotlight Grants, which will be announced throughout the year. To date, grants from Gatorade Player of the Year winners have totaled more than $3.5 million to more than 1,300 organizations.

Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award winners have won hundreds of professional and college championships, and many have also become pillars in their communities, becoming coaches, business owners and educators.

To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners, or to nominate student-athletes, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com or follow social media on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePOY, Instagram at instagram.com /Gatorade and Twitter at twitter.com/Gatorade.

Matias commits to university

Westminster Christian junior star Emily Matias recently signed up to play indoor volleyball and beach volleyball at NCAA Coastal Carolina Division I in Conway, South Carolina.

Westminster Christian School’s Emily Matias, Miami Herald Indoor Season Volleyball Player of the Year, will lead the Warriors beach volleyball team in their inaugural season in the FHSAA series. MATIAS J. OCNER [email protected]

Matias, who will be a senior in the fall, had an outstanding junior year. She received All Dade Girls’ Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, and Overall Female Athlete of the Year awards from the Miami Herald.

Matias led Westminster Christian to their third consecutive Class 3A title game in women’s volleyball and helped the Warriors reach the state quarterfinals in beach volleyball.

She was the Miami Herald All-Dade Girls Volleyball Player of the Year for Grades 4A-2A and one half of the Miami-Dade County Beach Volleyball Duo of the Year, alongside her younger sister Zoey.

Awards, distinctions, academic signatures

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University signatures too.

New athletic directors, coaches

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Submit Summer Sports Results

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Summary compiled by Jim Varsalonne

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