20 Sep

Suspect arrested in stabbing at Jupiter gas station

first_imgPolice have arrested an 18-year-old man that they believe is connected with a stabbing at a Jupiter gas station.Alex Seay of Palm Beach Gardens allegedly stabbed another person during a fight Wednesday night at an Exxon gas station on Indiantown Road, Jupiter police say.The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with multiple stab bounds in his stomach and face.Alex Seay was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Seay was booked into the main Palm Beach County jail, where he was being held on a $20,000 bond.last_img read more

11 Jan

Prentice has sense of accomplishment

first_imgPOMONA – One might say Diamond Ranch High School track standout Terry Prentice already has accomplished enough to claim a successful prep career. But that won’t stop him from trying for more. Prentice took first place in the high hurdles (13.92 seconds), 300-meter intermediate hurdles (37.42) and the long jump (24 feet, 5 inches) at last season’s CIF-Southern Section Division III finals. He also took high hurdles (14.11) and long jump (23-101/2) titles at the state meet. Considering his already stellar high school career, Prentice has some simple aspirations. “Basically, (I want) to defend my titles and hopefully improve my marks and go after the state record, which is 13.39,” Prentice said of his goal in the high hurdles. “So it’s not that far off because my personal best is 13.59 from last year, and I’m way ahead of where I was last year at this point.” And so far this season, the numbers can back that up. At the recent Simplot Games at Idaho State University, Prentice won the long jump at 24-3 – almost a foot longer than the runner-up – and ended up second after a photo finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.85. “I have a lot of confidence coming into this year, but I know a lot of guys are stepping up because the state is pretty deep this year,” Prentice said. “But I still think I’m going to be able to hold my own, especially since I’m not so much focusing on running the record but focusing on still winning state. “If I didn’t run a record, it wouldn’t be that bad if I still won a state championship.” Prentice began running track at the age of 11 when his father, Ernie, a former Garey High track coach, introduced him to the sport. “In the beginning I was fast, but I wasn’t the fastest,” Prentice said. “So that’s probably why my dad turned me on to hurdles. “He was the head coach (at Garey High), but mainly he likes the hurdles. He told me I would probably have more luck with that. When I started doing (hurdles), my sprint speed got faster, too.” Prentice burst onto the high school track scene his first year at Diamond Ranch. He set the state record for freshmen in the high hurdles and placed fifth at the state meet. He followed that up with another fifth-place finish at the state meet in his sophomore year and also won the long jump in the CIF finals. And now, as a senior, he is focused on building on his achievements and setting a good example for his fellow Panthers. “He has a tremendous influence on the rest of the kids,” Gilbert said. “I made sure to let him know that not only are you a senior, not only are you a leader on this team, but you’re the national leader … they look up to you. “He doesn’t have to be a big rah-rah guy. He doesn’t have to bring the team in and talk to the team and motivate the team. That’s my job. All he needs to do is lead by example. “He does that exceptionally well.” Prentice’s focus is on the upcoming season, but his future at USC still weighs on his mind. “I know it’s going to be a load, but hopefully I can handle it. I think I can handle it,” he said. “Hopefully I can still run great times and improve a lot because they have some great coaches over there.” Gilbert agreed. “Anywhere he goes he’s going to be successful,” Gilbert said. “I think he’s going to do well (at USC). He’s a great kid, as good as they come.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The senior already ranks in the top 10 nationally in the 110-meter high hurdles and is looking forward to competing for USC next season. And even with all that he has accomplished in his three seasons with the Panthers, he already has put himself ahead of the curve to begin the 2007 season. “He’s matured a lot,” Diamond Ranch head coach Jeff Gilbert said. “He’s added extra muscle and he has more foot speed this year. He’s pretty much started off right now in the off-season where he left off at the end of last year. It’s amazing to see where he’s at.” last_img read more