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Berkeley Prep Head Coach Mike Ryder Reflects On The Shortened Season

Berkeley Prep Head Coach Mike Ryder Reflects On The Shortened Season

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  FLN's Note: I was messaging with Coach Ryder on Twitter a few days ago and I asked him to put his thoughts on paper concerning the likely cancellation of the season (I was going to try to hold out hope for a resumption of the season but at this time I just don't see it.  Major League Baseball is now talking Mid-May and even the Kentucky Derby just moved a May race date to September, just to name two things). Mike wrote this up and I'd like others; coaches, players, parents and referees, to also submit a writing about their feelings at this point.  We all will feel a sense of missing out.  But we will all get through this by being smart and acting like we always do during times of crisis.  America didn't get it's reputation in the world by fluke, it got it by rising to the occasi
Give The Kids A Great Farewell If This It . . .

Give The Kids A Great Farewell If This It . . .

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  Oak Hall joined Broward County and St. Edward's in shutting down for now and I'm sure there will be plenty more today as school boards will decide that's it.  As I am typing this CNBC is reporting there will be a national state of emergency declared today along the lines of The Stafford Act, which could be used by state and local authorities to go further.  I've also heard New York City will shut down this weekend as a precaution. The point of all this is that if tonight is the swan song for the season, this will be your last chance to show the kids, coaches, refs and the entire community your appreciation for all the hard work and commitment it took to entertain us so much in such a competitive milieu. And I only ask one favor.  When the game enters the last 30 seconds, re
FHSAA Update – March 12th

FHSAA Update – March 12th

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  FHSAA CORONAVIRUS Update – March 12, 2020 GAINESVILLE, FL – The FHSAA continues to monitor developments regarding the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) and its impact on Florida and local communities. Schools and school districts should continue to follow state and local health department advisories regarding extracurricular activities and athletic contests. Following CDC recommendations regarding limiting unnecessary travel, the FHSAA meetings listed below will be held via teleconference. Specific directions to follow. March 18 – Winter Sports Officials Advisory Committee March 23 – Basketball Advisory Committee April 1 – Section 2 Appeals Hearing April 2 – Section 3 Appeals Hearing April 3 – Section 4 Appeals Hearing April 7 – Section 1 Appeals Hearing April 8 – Athletic
SGR – Moe’s Classic:  Ponte Vedra Impresses With 14-3 Win Over Cardinal Mooney

SGR – Moe’s Classic: Ponte Vedra Impresses With 14-3 Win Over Cardinal Mooney

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submitted via Submit Game Recap feature   Lee's Note:  Usually I prefer to be able to report from both teams stats and input for these.  Please remember that when you do this.  This score was a surprise as to the margin.  CM has built a heck of a program and will contend for the Final Four in Class 1A.  Ponte Vedra is on a heck of a roll right now and deserves their #1 ranking.  This Thursday PV will be playing Gilman of the MIAA on the Under Armour Game of the Week.  That is a live streaming broadcast that I watch during the season, as they cover MIAA games all season as well as the MIAA playoffs.  Stay tuned for details on how to watch the game.  This is one where we can put aside our own rivalries and pull for the Florida team to carry the banner of the sport here.  A win over
The Day Just Felt Right; Immokalee With the 10-6 Road Win Over Pompano Beach!

The Day Just Felt Right; Immokalee With the 10-6 Road Win Over Pompano Beach!

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photos by Seth Green   A crisp, cool Saturday afternoon in the old section of Pompano Beach.  Old Florida as I remembered it as a kid and visiting down here.  Bright blue sky.  One program that has started on their varsity status, playing another that I hold in the highest regard for a lot more than the quality of their play.  Even comped a freshly barbecued burger after the game. Just felt right. A little off to the side was the Pompano Beach Amphitheater.  Chicago, Blue Oyster Cult and the Steve Miller Band.  Just beyond that was the Goodyear Blimp storage hanger. Just felt right.          I've written about Immokalee a number of times and it never gets old.  Head coach Scott Rickard is the Houdini of Florida lacrosse.  Just keeps going and goin
Q&A With Alex Ozuna, Assistant Director of Sports With the FHSAA

Q&A With Alex Ozuna, Assistant Director of Sports With the FHSAA

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  Alex Ozuna oversees the sport of lacrosse for the Florida High School Athletic Association and he was gracious enough to allow me to pose some questions to him to clarify some of the questions I've been hearing from our readers.  Here's his responses:     1) Must a school play all the District teams they are assigned to? All teams must play their district opponents at least once during the regular season. The district regular season matches determine the seed for the end of the season district tournament.   2) Outside of district, are there any limits on how many 1A teams a 2A can play? There is no limit on the amount of games a 1A school can play 2A school or vice versa. During the regular season, each team has a season limitation of 18 ga
Breaking:  New FHSAA Classes and District Assignments Substantially Change Lacrosse Landscape

Breaking: New FHSAA Classes and District Assignments Substantially Change Lacrosse Landscape

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  I'll analyze the Boys' side first and hopefully there will be readers able to send me some insight on the Girls' side too.   Class 1A is for the smaller schools and Class 2A is for the larger schools, basically the same number of schools in each. 16 districts in each Class, based on what I heard there will be only the winner of the District making the FHSAA brackets. At a quick glance: 8 teams in District 7 in 1A and 4 in District 2, the rest fall in between in size. Multiple districts in the Southeast have 7 teams, no Class 2A district has 4 and most are 6 teams   There are some BRUTAL districts, both good and bad.    Class 1A - District 13 Suncoast 1589 1A 4 13 American Heritage (Delray Beach) 904 1A 4 13 St. Andrews 625 1A 4 13