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John C. Cotey's high school Top 10

1. Mitchell football

One guess: Which is the only public school in Tampa Bay that hasn't lost a football game this season? (Hint: They're No. 1).

2. Eric Royster

The Jefferson junior wide receiver caught two touchdown passes in the Dragons' huuuuge win over Spoto, but his best catch of the night? End of the first half, 50 yards away, Hail Mary, Royster full of grace, and the ball was with thee. His feet, however, were just barely out of bounds in the end zone.

3. Youth

Served at St. Petersburg's city cross country meet, which was won by fleet Northside Christian sophomore standout Katelyn Greenleaf, left, in a sterling 19 minutes, 21 seconds. Second place? Keswick's Hannah Palm — a freshman.

4. Experience

Running wasn't just for the kids at the St. Pete meet — Northeast senior Josh Phillippi won his race by 24 seconds, which is enough time to write this sentence twice. With a hammer and chisel.

5. Plant

They have Hillsborough's best player, most suffocating defense, a splashy ranking, dominate every local team they play, appear to be headed for another state championship after winning one last year, and deserve the dynasty tag more than any other team around. Oh, and outside hitter Maddie Martin and the volleyball team will tell you the school's football team ain't so bad either.

6. Armwood

Whether down, up, young, inexperienced, struggling or on a roll, the Hawks still own Hillsborough.

7. Pot of gold

It took seven years for the Palm Harbor University volleyball team to make it to the PCAC title game, and once the Hurricanes got there they didn't stick around long — three straight sets, one victory, one trophy.

8. Cool last names

Palm Harbor University's Matt Cote won a district golf championship on the same course where is dad, Matt Sr., is the head pro. That would be a much cooler story if his last name had a Y at the end of it, his first name was John, and he got to play golf at Fox Hollow any time he wanted. But still …

9. Greg Mathis and Troy Hochstetler

Zephyrhills went with co-coaches this season after dumping their previous coach the first week of football practice, and Friday night they picked up their first victory. Normally, we'd award each guy half a win, but since it took overtime to achieve it we think they each deserve the whole thing.

10. Yay!

You didn't think we'd forget Dunedin, Blake and Chamberlain, now did you? The three schools have been outscored 705-211 this season, but they all broke through Friday and notched their first wins of the season. Bravo, fellas.

John C. Cotey can be reached at

John C. Cotey's high school Top 10 10/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 10:48pm]
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