Luckily for coach Randy Fabal, his Key West girls basketball team doesn't have a game on Tuesday, Dec. 6, because on that night, Fabal and his wife, Rita, will be in New York City for the induction into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame of Rita's brother, Jake Scott.
Scott lives now with his mother in Atlanta, but there were many days and nights that he starred as a defensive safety, first with the University of Georgia and then with the Miami Dolphins, for whom he was the MVP of Super Bowl VII, which concluded the Dolphins' perfect 1972 season. In that Super Bowl, Scott intercepted a pair of passes as Miami beat Washington, 14-7. Scott was also named to five Pro Bowls.
Before that, however, he was so small that it took him awhile to make his high school team, said his sister. "That was at Bullis Prep in Washington, D.C.," said Rita Fabal. "By his senior year, he had grown to 6-1. He was afraid he was going to be my height, which is 4-10. He played for the high school division at Bullis, working out against kids who were going for college scholarships."
As a football, basketball and baseball player, Scott performed well enough to be named to the Bullis Hall of Fame. He's also a member of the Georgia Hall of Fame.
Scott will be inducted on Dec. 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria with 13 other former players, including Carlos Alvarez, Florida; Eddie George, Ohio State; Russell Maryland, Miami; Deion Sanders, Florida State, and coaches Lloyd Carr and Fisher DeBerry.
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The Lady Conchs play home and away with District 16-4A foes Gulliver Prep, St. Brendan and Coral Shores, and Marathon along with single games against last Saturday's foe West Boca Raton Community and Charlotte along with a three-day mid-December tournament.
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Coral Shores' boys basketball team, under new coach Jay Sanderson, defeated Somerset Academy, 83-33, Friday night after losing to Palmer Trinity, 67-44, on Thursday in a preseason tournament at Palmer. Alberto Anderson led the team to its victory with 29 points and 11 rebounds. "I knew I had to be focused at school all day and that is what I did," said Anderson in an email from his coach. "We all stayed focused and we were ready to play." William Ismer scored 16 points, while Terrell Taylor and Alex Gomez each scored 10.
Against Palmer Trinity, the Canes led into the second half, but were outscored, 15-5, in the third quarter. Sanderson said Ismer and Taylor had 15 and 14 rebounds, respectively, while Aldon Todd scored 14 points. The Canes get the regular season started at 7:30 p.m., tonight, at Westwood Christian.
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Led by Riley Durkin, the Marathon high boys soccer team had a convincing week picking up its first two victories of the season.
Durkin tallied eight goals on the week as the Dolphins out scored their opponents 10-3 in two games.
On Tuesday, Durkin scored both of the Marathon goals for a 2-0 victory over Somerset Academy.
Durkin followed that up with a six goal performance on Thursday as teammate Anthony Garcia knocked in two more for an 8-3 win over Colonial Christian.
The Dolphins are now 2-1 on the season.
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The Marathon girls soccer team also took care of business in its only match this week with a decisive 8-1 victory over Somerset. The Lady 'Fins are 3-3.
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The Coral Shores High soccer teams were successful in one match each this week.
The boys defeated St. Brendan 6-0, while the girls topped their St. Brendan's counterparts 7-0. The Lady 'Canes are now 2-0 and the boys are 1-2.