In this part FLN went through the final MaxPreps rankings to populate a field of 64, split into 4 quadrants of 16 teams each. All district champions were included and we went straight down the final rankings to figure the next 8 teams in each current quadrant.
Remember that some teams might have fallen through the cracks if they did not post 15 game results. A second place finish did not guarantee a bid and in some cases one district got three teams into the field. I seeded the teams 1-16 based on their final rankings. A link to the first page of the rankings are here:
Again, I have some real issues with some of these rankings so don't shoot the messenger! There is a lot of good in this approach
Over the past few months I've been asked over and over about the possibility of lacrosse going to a classification system similar to many other sports in the state of Florida. We have nearly 200 Boys and 200 Girls high school programs in this state and seriously about 8 schools that could win the Boy's title last season. Many programs are frustrated at not being able to be competitive enough and some would welcome a second classification to open up the possibility of a second state title to play for. Some of that debate has broken down among Public vs Private high schools, Small vs Large and any sort of approach.
The first thought that was put forward was along this:
A preliminary proposal, as noted in the Presentation Packet passed out for the September 5th presentation
via Bishop Verot press release
FORT MYERS, FL – September 11, 2018 – Announced by Bishop Verot Catholic High School Athletic Director Jason Baumgardner on Friday, seasoned coach and former collegiate player Tony Ventiquattro has been tabbed as head coach for the boys’ lacrosse team. He will be joined on staff by his father, Hall of Famer Kirk Ventiquattro, who has been named assistant coach.
"We're excited to have the Ventiquattro family heading up our boys' lacrosse program," Baumgardner said. "Tony and Kirk's background, leadership and respect they've earned from their peers in the sport will raise the bar for boys' lacrosse in Southwest Florida."
Tony Ventiquattro has spent more than 15 years working in lacrosse of all levels. A high school All-American for
It was brought to our attention that the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, still operating under the old paradigm that lacrosse doesn't count, refused to name a Sarasota All-County team for our great sport . . . as well as ignoring the sport at their Third Annual HT Preps Banquet:
HT Annual Preps Banquet Photo Gallery
When you go through the pictures you note Girls Weightlifting was honored . . .
The Swim Team was too . . .
As was Boys Weightlifting
AND Track & Field
Yep, pretty much all the LOW ATTENDANCE sports as the FHSAA liked to call it . . .
There's Doug Fernandes and Ted Tryon of the HT, looking resplendent in their . . . well, maybe not . . . BROWN SHOES with a Blue Suit? Not in my Wall Street days . . . for the record it's Ted's shoes.
via Tampa Lax Report
Despite rain and clouds all day Sunday, Tampa Lax Report’s inaugural Senior All-Star Game at Skyway Park was not only well attended, but went off without a hitch. Over 250 people attended the event and cheered on our area seniors as they competed in two very competitive games.
In the first game of the afternoon, the South team – made up of seniors from districts 16 and 17 – beat the North team 14-12. There were more than a few ESPN-worthy goals and saves in this game and both sides played like it was their last game. Hard dodges, stiff checks, and even a few flags. If the parents thought the kids would coast through and just play for fun, they were all mistaken. Even the coaches were surprised when it was all over.
The South te
Many of my readers know that once in awhile I like to comment on a game in a Big Brother, Little Brother kind of way.
And that is pretty succinct in how last night's Elite Eight game went.
For many years the Gulf Coast has been the little brother of high school lacrosse in this state.
But as everyone knows who is a little brother, the passing of time narrows the gap . . . the big brother has already gone through the growing pains and knows had to handle certain situations while the little brother still is finding their way. And the Gulf Coast took a big leap up this year, which will portend well for both them and the state.
And there's another thought I like to emphasize in these games and that you need to learn how to win the big games. As C
Bishop Moore Lacrosse Advances to State Semifinal
by Rick Cantor, Orlando Sentinel Correspondent, photo by Max Fay - Orlando Sentinel
When Bishop Moore met Tampa Jesuit in a March boys lacrosse match, the Hornets handed the Tigers their worst loss of the season, a 14-5 drubbing in Orlando.
Friday night’s region playoff rematch in Tampa would prove to be more of a challenge for Bishop Moore. But junior Jake Kiefer scored five goals and sophomore Brooks Rasknotched a pair as the Hornets defeated Jesuit 8-5 to advance to next week’s state tourney in Boca Raton.
“They made some adjustments after our first match. It’s the playoffs. Everyone wants to keep playing” said Hornets head coach Reed Reynolds.
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