Make us your home page
Instagram

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 Tampa Bay area high school sports Top 10

1. Hillsborough-Armwood football

The Hillsborough County titans tee off on each other Friday. I'm not sure how many games of the year you can have. But let's have another!

2. Brian Wachtel

The Mitchell football coach lands his first head coaching gig, and the results so far? Oh, just a perfect 7-0 record heading into a pair of crucial district games. Begging the question: Will he ever lose? (Answer: Well, of course, he will, but for now let's just enjoy about as good a start to your coaching career as you can have).

3. Matt Kitchie

See No. 2, but sub in 6-0 Land O'Lakes for Mitchell.

4. Palm Harbor University swimming

The Hurricanes' boys and girls teams cruised to Pinellas County Athletic Conference titles. What's new? Absolutely nothing. Both were defending champs, and the boys have been perfect in the county for six years now.

5. Nancy Hogshead-Makar

You could say Hogshead-Makar challenged the Florida High School Athletic Association's decision to cut sports contests (and leave football untouched) and won, but only if by winning you mean smacking it down and crushing it. The FHSAA will pick up her legal bills, so the extra money from not cutting those games will come in handy.

6. Plant defense

The best in Tampa Bay. End of argument. That is all.

7. The Van Ettens

Mitchell won its ninth straight Sunshine Athletic Conference girls golf title, thanks to the efforts of Megan Van Etten, who won her third straight individual championship. Sister Rebecca finished just a stroke behind.

8. Durant football

Begins with a D. Apparently ends with one too. Only 53 points allowed in seven games.

9. Ian McConnell

Three golfers in the Top 10? Am I crazy? Well, yes, but consider: McConnell was nearly perfect in picking up medalist honors last week against Durant, and he has led Riverview to a 12-0 mark heading into the start of Monday's district tournament. Oh, and McConnell is the two-time defending champ there as well.

10. The postseason

District golf tournaments start Monday. Some football district champions will be crowned Friday night. Volleyball and swimming begin the treks toward state. Can you feel it in the air?

John C. Cotey's Tampa Bay area high school sports Top 10 10/17/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 17, 2009 9:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. NFL Week 3: What we learned

    Bucs

    Take the knee … well, not NOW

     1. Photo of Roger Mooney for Times Sports.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Chris Archer's primary problem Sunday, as in much of September, was a lack of slider command. When he can't throw it where he wants, and doesn't have the confidence in the changeup to throw it often, he can't win with just his fastball.

  3. Somehow, Rays' Chris Archer remains just shy of being an ace

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — Chris Archer had another bad game Sunday.

    Chris Archer is sputtering to the finish line, his rough start on Sunday his fourth in his past five in which he hasn’t gotten past four innings.
  4. Bradenton high school senior Chasten Whitfield inspires young anglers

    Outdoors

    MADEIRA BEACH — The kids lined up single file, snow cones in hand, a procession of sweaty, excited grade schoolers watching Chasten Whitfield throw a cast net.

    Whitfield, a senior at Bradenton Manatee, demonstrates how to throw a cast net at the FishKids tournament in Madeira Beach. She also taught knot tying.
  5. Wreck helps Kyle Busch take control of Monster Cup's ISM 300

    Auto racing

    LOUDON, N.H. — Kyle Busch saw little but billowing white smoke that engulfed the track and blinded enough drivers that it caused a tremendous wreck that notably altered the race running order.

    Kyle Busch celebrates with a burnout after his third victory of the season that earns a berth in the second round of NASCAR’s playoffs. He also has some fun with Loudon the Lobster.