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Cloudy playoff picture in Pinellas

Visiting East Lake needs to defeat 1-7 Dunedin tonight to make the playoffs. But a loss and Palm Harbor University win present a shootout for Monday.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Visiting East Lake needs to defeat 1-7 Dunedin tonight to make the playoffs. But a loss and Palm Harbor University win present a shootout for Monday.

At 7-1, St. Petersburg is tied with two other teams for the best record in the county. But the Green Devils are not celebrating yet. Despite its record, St. Petersburg is not a cinch to make the playoffs and will be finished when the postseason begins if it doesn't win tonight. Meanwhile, Palm Harbor University (3-5) and Dunedin (1-7) are not out of the playoff race, even though many would say they have no business being in it.

Pigs do fly in Pinellas County these days. Which teams have a shot at making the playoffs? Not many in this wacky season in which teams need to remember they're only a week away from turning things around.

The district schedule winds down tonight, and if every crazy chip falls, the county could be looking at shootouts in three districts come Monday.

Here is a breakdown of games and playoff possibilities for each district.

Class 5A, District 9

Game: St. Petersburg at Pinellas Park

Champion: Gibbs

Runnerup: St. Petersburg-Pinellas Park winner

Shootout: Not possible

Class 5A, District 8

Games: Clearwater at Palm Harbor University, East Lake at Dunedin

Champion: Countryside

Runnerup: East Lake (must win); or Dunedin (victory coupled with Clearwater win)

Shootout: With East Lake, Dunedin and Palm Harbor U. to determine district runnerup only if Dunedin and PHU win tonight

Class 4A, District 10

Champion: Largo

Runnerup: Sickles

Class 4A, District 6

Game: Hudson at Wiregrass Ranch

Champion: Tarpon Springs

Runnerup: Hudson-Wiregrass winner

Shootout: Not possible

Class 3A, District 8

Game: Lakewood at Spoto

Champion: Jefferson

Runnerup: Lakewood-Spoto winner

Shootout: Not possible

Class 2A, District 5

Games: St. Petersburg Catholic at Jesuit

Champion: Robinson

Runnerup: Jesuit with win

Shootout: With Jesuit, Middleton and SPC to determine district runnerup if SPC wins tonight

Class A, District 6

Games: Fort Meade at Clearwater Central Catholic, Indian Rocks Chr. at Berkeley Prep

Champion: Fort Meade

Runnerup: Berkeley Prep with win, or CCC (victory coupled with IRC win)

Shootout: With Berkeley Prep, CCC and IRC to determine district runnerup, only if Fort Meade and IRC win tonight

Class B, District 5

Champion: Lakeland Victory Christian

Runnerup: Admiral Farragut

Cloudy playoff picture in Pinellas 11/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2009 10:54pm]
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