Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs roundtable: Time for another kicking panic?


    Five days after the beleaguered Roberto Aguayo got cut after missing a PAT and a field goal, new Bucs kicker Nick Folk had a PAT blocked and missed a field goal.

  2. The Bloomingdale's that a Ruth baseball built

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — A treasure, possibly worth half a million dollars, could lie behind a granite slab at the base of the Bloomingdale's flagship store in Manhattan in New York City, just a few feet from a window displaying designer handbags: a baseball signed by Babe Ruth.

    According to reports from 1930, this cornerstone of Bloomingdale's flagship store in New York City could have a baseball signed by Babe Ruth and other items entombed with instructions not to open for 200 years. The Ruth ball, if there and in good condition, could be worth a record $500,000. [ New York Times]
  3. U.S. repeats as Solheim Cup champion


    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Lexi Thompson set the tone by rallying from four holes down. The rest of the Americans took it from there and restored their dominance in the Solheim Cup

    Lexi Thompson, left, comes back from four holes down to halve the day’s first singles match with Europe’s Anna Nordqvist to set the tone for the United States.
  4. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  5. Bucs journal: Demar Dotson (mild groin strain) expected back for opener


    TAMPA — The Bucs got good news Sunday on starting right tackle Demar Dotson, whose MRI exam showed only a mild right groin sprain and who should be back at practice next week.

    Tackle Demar Dotson has only a mild groin strain.