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Lancers among best in Class 2A

Seminole Presbyterian finishes in a tie for third in its classification for the FHSAA's All-Sports Award while five other schools are in the top 10.

Seminole Presbyterian, bolstered by strong showings in basketball, softball and baseball, had the top area finish in its respective classification in the 2000 Florida High School Activities Association Floyd E. Lay All-Sports Award standings.

The Lancers tied for third in Class 2A with Keswick Christian with 193{ points. North Palm Beach Benjamin took first with 309 points.

Seminole Presbyterian was third in the girls standings. Its boys finished seventh.

Points are awarded based on a school's finish in FHSAA State Series competition in each sport. The top 32 places are scored.

Others Hillsborough schools to place in the overall standings were: Bloomingdale (10th in 6A), Plant (seventh in 5A), Jesuit (eighth in 4A), Berkeley Prep (fourth in 3A) and Tampa Baptist (seventh in A).

Seminole Presbyterian's softball and boys basketball teams were state tournament participants. Its girls basketball and baseball teams were regional finalists.

"It's fantastic," Seminole Presbyterian athletic director Frank Mabry said.

"It's a tribute to a great group of kids and dedicated coaches. At one point, district championships were our goal. Now it's regional championships."

Winter Park (6A), Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (5A), Titusville Astronaut (4A), Jacksonville Bolles (3A) and Saddlebrook Academy (A) were the other overall winners.

Jesuit, which claimed the 4A baseball title last week at Legends Field, was second in the boys 4A standings, the top finish among area programs. Seminole Presbyterian had the area-best girls finish.

Other top boys finishes were: Brandon (ninth in 5A), Berkeley Prep (third in 3A), Tampa Catholic (eighth in 3A), Tampa Prep (eight in 2A) and Tampa Baptist (third in A).

Other top girls finishes were: Bloomingdale (fifth in 6A), Plant (sixth in 5A), Berkeley Prep (eighth in 3A) and Bayshore Christian (sixth in A).