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John C. Cotey's high school sports Top 10

1. Do or die

There's been lots of good football this season, but does it top what we could see this Friday? Hundreds of seniors will be playing for the chance to get one … more … game.

2. Steinbrenner volleyball

It took all of one season for the Warriors to win their first district championship. George Steinbrenner, the Tampa resident the school is named after, said it was better than his Yankees making the World Series. (Or I just made that last part up.)

3. Candy corn

How did you get such a bad rap when those chewy things in the black and orange wax paper wrappings get a free pass? Seriously.

4. Patrick McDonald

The Palm Harbor University kicker nailed a 33-yarder as time expired, not only giving the Hurricanes a 10-9 victory over 5A-8 foe Dunedin but also giving them the slimmest of hopes for a playoff spot.

5. Brianna Jackson

The Newsome freshman won the Hillsborough County cross country championship last week, pretty remarkable for an Illinois transplant who was floored by Florida's heat when she moved here during the summer. Don't worry, Brianna, you'll get used to the humidity. (Okay, I definitely made that last part up.)

6. Daylight savings

So, the kids are mad that their Halloween buckets only have candy corn, pennies and pretzels left in it. I say, you decided to take advantage of the extra hour of sleep, and I got hungry. That's on you.

7. Plant City football

Not only do the Raiders have the snazziest uniforms in town, but coach Jason Strunk has guided the team to the playoff precipice in only his second season, which is pretty snazzy too.

8. Size doesn't matter

Two of the smallest schools in Tampa Bay, Carrollwood Day and Canterbury, will square off to determine the best independent school around Friday. Both teams are averaging almost 40 points a game, so we're setting the over-under at 100.

9. Knock, knock

Who's there?


For real?

Yep. We start practicing Monday.

10. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

For. The. Win.

John C. Cotey can be reached at

John C. Cotey's high school sports Top 10 10/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2009 10:23pm]
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