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Early expectations for the next school year

The news, it seems, is chock-full of forecasts these days. Depending on whom you believe, we can expect a hearty hurricane season, our economic "downturn" to become a recession, and a gallon of unleaded to cost more than admission to the new Indiana Jones flick by July. While we certainly don't blow off such outlooks, we're not quite ready to bike over to the nearest hardware outlet and spend our movie money on plywood. Similarly, we hope you take our forecasts for the 2008-09 North Suncoast sports season with a dose of reason. Here are some things we want to see, don't want to see and fully expect to see in the next school year:

What we want to see
1. At least one North Suncoast football team in the second round of the playoffs.
2. Divisional standings (East and West, perhaps?) in the Sunshine Athletic Conference, and the re-emergence of the Hernando County Athletic Conference.
3. A Land O'Lakes booster group going through the proper channels (i.e. school board) to get the Gators' football field renamed in coach John Benedetto's honor. Isn't this a tad overdue?
4. Current Hernando football coach Rodney Byrd landing on his feet, one way or the other.
5. A baseball/softball press box being constructed at Nature Coast (Okay, that's a selfish one).
What we don't want to see
1. Free agency at the prep level. The transfer of prominent student athletes in Hillsborough County has reached epidemic proportions. We'd hate to see it get to that degree in Pasco and Hernando.
2. Another Pasco High meltdown in the region baseball playoffs.
3. A team warming up to profanity-laced rap music blaring over the arena/stadium public-address system. To get technical, this is something we don't want to hear, but you get the idea.
4. A team jumping on the opponent's logo before or after a game.
5. Thursday night football, or Monday night makeup games.
What we expect to see
1. The Ridgewood baseball and Hudson volleyball teams back in the playoffs.
2. Far fewer people pitching to Land O'Lakes softball slugger Michelle Bradley.
3. Ridgewood boys basketball standout Lukas Poderis signing a Division I letter of intent in the fall signing period.
4. No one challenging Land O'Lakes cross country star Felix Soto in a local race.
5. Hernando tennis standout Chris Nyholm having a change of heart and returning to the Leopards squad for his junior season.

Early expectations for the next school year 05/23/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 1:34pm]
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