They went wire to wire. The Pinellas Park Patriots finished the 1989-90 regular season the way they started it - atop the Times' Tampa Bay girls basketball poll.
The Patriots capped their 11-week reign with two victories last week, raising their record to 29-1 entering district tournament play.
In the season's final boys poll, Lakewood becomes the fourth squad to occupy the No. 1 slot. The Spartans (24-4), who recorded their second straight 3-0 week, swapped places with previously top-ranked Chamberlain. The Chiefs, who have had two separate stints at the top, dropped to second by virtue of their 68-62 upset loss at home to Plant City last week.
Besides the resurgent Raiders (who jumped from seventh to fourth with a 2-0 week), climbers in the boys poll include Northeast (from ninth to fifth) and Largo (re-entering at No. 10). Each pulled an upset against a ranked opponent. Plant City beat Chamberlain, Northeast dumped Gibbs, and Largo downed Clearwater (10th last week).
In the girls poll, the top five - Pinellas Park, Plant City, Lakewood, Osceola and Clearwater - remain unchanged. All the movement was in the bottom half. Plant, which clinched the Western Conference's National Division title with a win over Bloomingdale on Thursday, is up a notch to No. 6. In the seventh slot is Clearwater Central Catholic, which finished the regular season 22-4.
East Bay, one of Hillsborough's hottest clubs, with seven wins in eight games, jumped from 10th to eighth. Tampa Prep held the No. 9 slot, but Brandon, a 61-31 loser to No. 2 Plant City, fell from eighth to 10th.