- Update from Gainesville: The third of four meetings of the FHSAA Board of Directors has come to a close, and by all accounts, without much fanfare. There were some strong words during the meeting however from President-Elect and HC/AD at Wewahitchka High School, Mr. Bobby Johns. During the proposed changes to the recruiting violations committed, Johns stated clearly that penalties for coaches caught recruiting need to extend well beyond the financial side. While the FHSAA wasn’t going to change anything this time around, some are calling for 1/2 season suspensions in extreme cases. Stay tuned…..In other FHSAA-related news, Executive Director George Tomyn announced that the FHSAA has dome things in mind to celebrate the 100-year anniversary next year, but nothing to be published as of yet. And in the last bit of news, our city will have one of its own inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame on Sunday, September 22nd at the University of Florida Conference Center. We want to send a heartfelt congratulations to the winningest coach in boys basketball history in Tampa, Mr. Joe Fenlon from Tampa Prep. For a list of the others that will be inducted, click here: https://www.fhsaa.org/news/2019/0426
- Flag Football, Week 9 Rankings: The new rankings courtesy of Floridahsfootball.com are out, and with the completion of district tournaments, there were some serious shake-ups heading into the postseason. Unfortunately for a lot of playoff-worthy teams, only district champions make it into the playoffs in flag football, making it one of the most-competitive sports in our entire realm. Please believe it. In all classes, it was Robinson and Riverview holding on to the top spots, while Alonso moved up one to #5. Entering the T-25 is Southeast, and dropping all the way from #13 to #24 with their season over is Bloomingdale. Dropping all the way out was a one-loss Osceola squad. In Class 2A, Riverview and Alonso are #1 and #3 respectively, while Bloomingdale finishes their season at #12, with Palmetto entering the rankings all the way at #15 as district champs, and Steinbrenner finishing their season at #24. In Class 1A, it’s Robinson all alone from the Bay Area until you get to #12, where you’ll find Southeast. Coming in right behind them is Northeast at #13, Osceola finishing their season at #14, Crystal River at #15 and gearing up for the postseason, and Tarpon Springs finishing their season at #24. Brandon was the lone team to drop from #17. For the complete rankings, click the link here: https://floridahsfootball.com/2019/04/29/flag-football-rankings-all-classification-top-25-rankings-heading-into-week-9/
- TAMPA BAY AREA MUST READ: Whenever a headline starts with: “The University of South Florida and Tampa Bay Lightning are Flourishing Together” you need to look no further than this here website. Stuff like this will get shared early and often. For more on what exactly is flourishing between the two, click here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomlayberger/2019/04/28/the-university-of-south-florida-and-tampa-bay-lightning-are-flourishing-together/#54b78f8c1bb8
- FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC?: Take a look at this quick graphic from the NCAA’s Research Department and what differences may lie between international and domestic student-athletes. Some of these findings may surprise you, and possibly open some doors into the cultural divides and differences that are common across the pond and beyond.
5. Introducing Justin Kuhn, Sickles High School, 2020, DL