CLASS 4A, DISTRICT 5
TEAMS: Bloomingdale, Gaither, Hillsborough, Plant City, Riverview, Wharton
OUTLOOK: Bloomingdale is the defending state champion, and, though it lost several of its top players, the Bulls are still the favorites _ until proven otherwise.
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 9
TEAMS: Alonso, Chamberlain, King, Leto, Plant, Sickles
OUTLOOK: Sarasota thumped King 8-0 in last year's regional semifinal, but the Lions still finished last season 18-4-2 and with some promise for this season. The Lions also won last year's Western Conference championship with a 2-1 win against East Bay. Plant, Chamberlain and Sickles will be competitive.
CLASS 3A, DISTRICT 10
TEAMS: Armwood, Bradenton Bayshore, Durant, East Bay, Bradenton Lakewood Ranch
OUTLOOK: East Bay finished as a state runner-up and has most of its top talent returning. Look for the Indians to battle it out with Durant for the district title and possibly make another run through the state playoffs.
CLASS 2A, DISTRICT 9
TEAMS: Blake, Brandon, Jefferson, Lakewood, Osceola, Robinson, Tampa Bay Tech, Tarpon Springs
OUTLOOK: Area coaches loooove this district. Nothing like long bus rides to Lakewood and Osceola on a school night. Osceola will feel the graduation of Michelle Mione. Tarpon Springs could be the best team in this district and one of the area's best.
CLASS A, DISTRICT 6
TEAMS: Academy of the Holy Names, Berkeley Prep, Clearwater Central Catholic, Seminole Presbyterian, Tampa Catholic, Tampa Prep
OUTLOOK: This is one of the best districts in the state. CCC is a perennial choice as the district champion, but this season will be a challenge, especially with Berkeley Prep and Tampa Catholic in the mix. The Marauders are loaded with talent, such as Nicole Matuska, Apryl Wall and Sarah Sheehan. But Berkeley Prep has Alyssa Riess and a talented cast. Tampa Catholic also returns several top players.
_ Compiled by Scott Purks.