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John C. Cotey's high school Top 10

Ridgewood senior Charles Jones has turned his game up in the finals of two recent tournaments.

KERI WIGINTON | Times (2008)

Ridgewood senior Charles Jones has turned his game up in the finals of two recent tournaments.

1. Jack Frost vs. soccer

Oh sure, it got cold, and some of you even embarrassed yourselves by trying to make snow angels in your frost-filled front yards, but the show — boys and girls soccer, outdoors, nylon taffeta shorts — went on. Winner: Soccer.

2. Old vs. new

Hey, Steinbrenner, you do know that first-year teams are generally filled with young, inexperienced players and are supposed to lose and not beat teams that have won multiple boys state soccer championships like Jesuit, right? Right? Winner: New.

3. Boy vs. girl

Stephanie Crawford's hiring as the boys basketball coach at Hillsborough may have raised some eyebrows, but so did this: her Terriers' 67-63 win this week over Sickles, arguably the county's top team. Psssst, she can coach. Winner: Girl.

4. Jobs vs. unemployment

With the recent departure of football coaches at Jesuit and Alonso, some nice opportunities are sitting out there for some of the area's top assistants. Any great coaches-in-waiting out there? Winner: Tie.

5. 40 vs. 20

We've known for a while that Michael Frazier, a sophomore at Plant, is going to go down as one of the area's most prolific basketball scorers. As if we needed any more proof, he dropped a career-high 40 — twice in his last three games. Winner: 40.

6. Selfish vs. unselfish

Boca Ciega's Tamara Taylor is one of the area's most accomplished shooters and scorers. But two points in a 73-57 win? "She hardly shot and had a million assists; it's the kind of player she is" basketball coach Will White said. Winner: Unselfish.

7. Ram Classic vs. Sunlake Invitational

Charles Jones, Ridgewood's 6-foot-4 senior, scored 28 in the final of the first one and 24 in the final of the second one. Winner: The Rams, who captured both tournament titles.

8. Osceola vs. Munson

The Warriors boys basketball team ended a 53-game losing streak over the holidays, which means the pursuit of the state record of 102 set from 1972 to 1978 by Munson has officially ended. Winner: Munson, which no longer exists.

9. Ryan Jones vs. pressure

After blowing big leads and chance to beat Lakewood in overtime, Pinellas Park needed a big boys basketball win before the district tournament rolls around. The Patriots got one, beating Largo on Friday night thanks to a free throw with less than a second left. Winner: Ryan Jones.

10. Me vs. New Year's resolutions

Winner: No one.

John C. Cotey can be reached at (813) 406-0530 or

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John C. Cotey's high school Top 10 01/09/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 9, 2010 10:53pm]
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