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St. Thomas Aquinas' Crowley picks up 400th career win

Terry Crowley has officially joined the 400 club.


On Tuesday, the St. Thomas Aquinas boys lacrosse coach notched his 400th career victory as the Raiders topped American Heritage 16-9.

Crowley, who's in his eighth season with the program, is just the second coach in Florida to reach the milestone. American Heritage-Delray's Jeff Goldberg is the state's all-time wins leader with 417 victories.

"To be honest, it's just a number," said Crowley, who's also had coaching stints with Douglas and Coral Springs. "It's not about me. It's about all the great players I've had the privilege to coach over the years. Coaches get all the credit, but we don't play the games."

"400 times, I got to be with these kids and that's what it's about."

The milestone victory, which ran the team's record to 9-0, is the latest in a string of tremendous accomplishments for the St. Thomas Aquinas program. Last season, the Raiders finished a perfect 19-0 and captured its boys lacrosse state championship in school history. Following the win, Crowley was named Florida Dairy Farmers Coach of the Year honors, while his son Kevin, now a senior attackman, earned Player of the Year honors.

The team is also currently in the midst of two impressive winning streaks. St. Thomas Aquinas has won 28 consecutive games after falling to Lake Highland Prep on May 5, 2015 in the state championship game.

In addition, St. Thomas Aquinas is riding a 39-game regular season win streak dating back to 2014. The team's last regular season defeat also came at the hands of Lake Highland Prep back on March 22, 2014.


Dusenbury, W. (2017, March 8). St. Thomas Aquinas' Crowley picks up 400th career win. Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved from http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/highschool/fl-s...


Wrestlers Bring Home Three Individual State Titles

The STA Wrestling Team ended the season with a third-place finish at the 2017 Class 3A State Championship. The Raiders had five wrestlers place in the top six and a school record of three individual state champions.


Junior Vincent Sessa, III, collected his second state medal with a sixth-place finish at the 132-pound weight class. Senior Stephen Moreno ended his career in his third state-tournament appearance, placing fourth.

Junior Grant Aronoff made his third-straight state-final appearance, picking up his second state title at 138 pounds in arguably the toughest weight class in the tournament which featured three former state champions. Grant took down former state champion Cullen Telfer of Strawberry Crest, 3-1, in the semifinal and shut out another defending state champion Franco Valdes of Southwest Miami, 7-0, in the final.

Senior Josiah Gittman joined teammate Grant Aronoff in becoming a two-time state champion. Josiah defeated Narek Stephanyan of Fletcher, 10-0, in the final at 195 pounds and only allowed one point scored on him throughout the entire tournament.

Senior Bryce Marcus dominated his bracket and pinned his opponent Todd Perry of South Dade in the final to win the 152-pound state title. Bryce capped off a successful career as a four-time state placer, taking fifth in 2014, fifth in 2015, fourth in 2016, and now first in 2017.



Players-of-the-Year

Seniors Michael Epstein and Brook Bauer named Sun-Sentinel High School Players-of-the-Year.

After sitting out his junior season due to injury, Michael Epstein ended the 2016 Season with a team-high 20 touchdowns and 1077 rushing yards. Named Team Captain, Michael led the Raiders to their tenth state championship and became part of Broward County's first football team to win three consecutive state championships. Michael will continue to play football at the University of Illinois.

Brook Bauer a three-year starter for the STA Volleyball Team, won three consecutive state championships during her high school career. Named Sun-Sentinel High School Player-of-the-Year as a junior. her career boasts of 252 kills, 74 aces, and 146 digs. Brook plans to continue her athletic career, playing beach volleyball at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

First Overtime Touchdown in Super Bowl History

STA Alum James White,'10, and current New England Patriot #28 became the Super Bowl LI MVP in our book!

On Sunday, February 5, 2017, James White set a new Super Bowl record with 14 catches totaling 110 yards. He scored on four separate occasions in this game with three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Responsible for 20 of the 34 points for the New England Patriots in their incredible and never-done-before Super Bowl comeback, James White enjoyed a record-setting day.

At just 25 years of age, James White has us wondering what else he can do in the future. Regardless of the team you rooted for on February 5, 2017, whether you wore black and red or red, white, and blue, everyone who bleeds blue and gold felt a sense of pride on Super Bowl Sunday.

Wrestling 3A Regional Champions

On Saturday, February 25, the 2016-2017 STA Wrestling Team secured the 2017 FHSAA 3A Region 3 Championship.


Eight of the team's 18 members qualified for the state championship, including five region champions. The team finished with 195.0 points in the regional tournament, 31.0 points ahead of its closest competitor. The FHSAA 3A State Tournament takes place on March 3-4, 2017, at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.

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