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John C. Cotey's high school sports Top 10 in the Tampa Bay area

1. Hillsborough County football

What's new: Plant, Tampa Catholic, Jefferson and Armwood all move on. The cream doesn't just rise to the top, it stays there. Kind of like …

2. Mud

Anyone else still picking flecks of dried mud off their legs after last night's Slop-a-palooza of football? If anyone is, it's got to be …

3. James Wilder Jr.

The Plant running back was not only the best player in the victory against Countryside, but also the filthiest. Yeah, Muddy. Sure hope the weather is better in …

4. Lakeland

Sure, it's Polk County. But it's also where Plant is headed this week for a Class 5A semifinal game that should be giving you tingles. What do you get when you mix 12,000 fans, a Jumbotron scoreboard and an obnoxious team song that plays over and over and makes you want to jam a notepad and pen in your ears? The kind of atmosphere usually reserved for …

5. State title games

They start this week, and Tampa Catholic will be there taking on mighty Jacksonville Bolles for the Class 2B crown. If I'm Bolles coach Corky Rogers, I have my guys come out for the coin toss in Jesuit helmets. Okay, so that's just …

6. Obnoxious

Like that dumb commercial where the thunder scares that melodramatic woman into the man's arms and he says, "I'm right here … and I always will be" and gives her jewelry. This has nothing to do with high school sports, but hey, I'm watching the SEC title game as I write this. Which reminds me to add a …

7. Prediction

Alabama running back Mark Ingram wins the Heisman Trophy. Oh, and Plant 27, Lakeland 21. Can't wait. How many times has this game come up this year in conversation? About …

8. 1,000

Career points milestone for Tampa Catholic basketball standout Sarah Brennan, above, this week. Oh, and Meghan Keough did it, too, along with teammate Collette Eule, who got there last year. Anyone else remember a girls team that had three 1,000-point scorers in the same …

9. Basketball season

Hey, hoops fans, don't get mad at us. Blame the FHSAA for this overlap. But we got our eyes on your sport. We see you Jefferson girls, Sickles boys, Tamara Taylor, Amber Henson and …

10. Okaro White

Clearwater's forward and the best player in Tampa Bay was supposed to make his season debut Saturday night against St. Petersburg. But a lingering ankle injury will delay his return.

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John C. Cotey's high school sports Top 10 in the Tampa Bay area

12/05/09 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:46pm]
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