CHICAGO — Hayden McCain started playing basketball three years ago. His younger brother, Hudson, joined him a year later.
In 1987, David White was summoned to Boca Ciega High's gymnasium for a photo. The basketball standout for the Pirates put on a T-shirt and stood in front of a white background.
The buzzer sounded, ending the game and a drought. Within seconds, the bench emptied as players and coaches stormed the Lakeland Center court, all united in a group hug.
Oldsmar Christian's John Bianchi figured he would have a lengthy apprenticeship as an assistant with the boys basketball program before getting promoted. That timetable was accelerated in April when Jordan Fair left as coach to become a graduate assistant at Louisville.
Teddy Dupay, a former standout at Florida, resigned as boys basketball coach at Cambridge Christian after one season.
LAKELAND — Sickles High coach Renaldo Garcia has gone to the state boys basketball tournament for more than 40 years. He was in the stands at the Lakeland Center in 1982 when Plant City won a title.
LAKELAND — Kevin Knox fell onto the Lakeland Center court as he was hit with his fifth foul in the fourth quarter. The Tampa Catholic senior went to the bench, his head buried in his hands.
Class 8A: Sickles (28-4) vs. Tallahassee Lincoln (24-3)
LAKELAND — Sickles lives to make life miserable for opposing offenses. Lakewood Ranch found that out Friday in the Class 8A state semifinals.
Class 5A: Tampa Catholic (25-5) vs. Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian Academy (23-6)