Gov. Ron DeSantis would have more authority over the Florida high school sports under a proposed bill in the legislature.
A bill to give the governor authority over Florida high school sports has only one peer: Delaware.
John Romano | The Grabelcik cousins grew up a few miles apart in Pinellas and Pasco counties before going off to chase separate athletic visions.
The former Lakewood and Countryside coach died last summer after battling dementia.
Nikita Johnson was named after a Lightning player and makes his Grand Prix debut this week.


  1. Gov. Ron DeSantis would have more authority over the Florida high school sports under a proposed bill in the legislature.
  2. Nick Gabrelcik, who graduated from Mitchell High in Pasco County, hits the ball off the tee on the 11th hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship at the Innisbrook Resort on Thursday.
  3. Countryside High softball coach Kaylyn Bayly greets team members, including Keeley Mayers, after the Cougars' victory against St. Petersburg High in the Class 7A, District 10 title game in 2013. Bayly, whose quarter-century career including successful coaching tenures at Lakewood and Countryside, died of dementia last summer.
  4. Nikita Johnson, 14, will be the youngest competitor at this week's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
  5. Despite winning the Stanley Cup consecutive times and reaching the final again last season, the Lightning's Jon Cooper never has won the Jack Adams Award, which annually recognizes the NHL's best coaching job.
  6. A banner for the FHSAA 2022 girls' basketball state championship in Lakeland.
  7. East Lake High alumnus George Campbell played at Florida State and is now competing in the XFL.
  8. East Lake High School wrestlers line up for the weigh-in before the start of matches on Saturday, Feb. 11, while attending the Pinellas County Athletic Conference wresting tournament.
  9. Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette, a former standout at Lakewood High, pitches to children while they bat during the MLB's "Play Ball" event Saturday at Wildwood Park in St. Petersburg.
  10. The Florida High School Athletic Association is expected to bring to an end the controversy over a proposal that would have required female student athletes to disclose their menstruation history.
  11. The Florida High School Athletic Association's 16-member Board of Directors is expected to vote on whether student athletes should be required to submit information about their menstrual history to school.
  12. The FHSAA's executive director has recommended a change to what medical paperwork will be submitted to schools.
  13. Chiefs receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (11) seen here beating Bucs linebacker Lavonte David (54) for a deep ball during the teams' 2022 regular season meeting, is the sixth player from Lakewood High to play for a Super Bowl team.
  14. The Florida High School Athletic Association is considering adopting a national version of a medical form that doctors sign to clear students to play sports. Pictured is a copy of the Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form which includes questions about concussions, allergies, and blood pressure. A section highlighted by a Tampa Bay Times editor shows the form also includes optional questions for female students about when they had their first period and how often they menstruate.
  15. The Florida High School Athletic Association has a draft plan to require high school student athletes to provide information about their menstrual history.
  16. Alex Golesh and the Bulls will try to close the 2023 recruiting class well on Wednesday's national signing day.
  17. Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, center, answers questions from groups of girls and boys Saturday afternoon at his alma mater, Plant High School. Alonso, who graduated from Plant in 2013, was hosting the first annual Battle for the Bay youth homerun derby to benefit his Alonso Foundation.
  18. St. Petersburg High juniors, from left, Thayne Thomas, Jackson Woroner and Grayson Stone, all with handicaps hovering around scratch, are among the contenders in the 97th annual New Year's Invitational held this week at the St. Petersburg Country Club.
  19. Polk County native Arian Smith scored a pivotal touchdown for Georgia in the Bulldogs' semifinal win over Ohio State.
  20. Jesuit fans, dubbed the "Blue Tide," hug Joey Galvis and Isaiah Omoregie after the Tigers defeated Plantation American Heritage 79-58 in the Class 5A state championship game on March 2, 2013, at the Lakeland Center. Galvis was named 5A state tournament MVP.
  21. The Rosemont High School football team takes the field for a game against Galt High School in Galt, near Sacramento, California, in September.
  22. Keon Keeley has committed to Alabama over a group that includes Florida and Ohio State.
  23. Clearwater Central Catholic freshman lineman DJ Pouncy, left, and senior lineman Ceddrick Cann offer comfort after a tough 48-14 loss to Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna in the Class 1M (Metro) state final Thursday night.
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