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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]
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