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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
New Program Sarasota High Names New Coaches for the Boys’ and Girls’ Teams!

New Program Sarasota High Names New Coaches for the Boys’ and Girls’ Teams!

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  via press release   Good Morning SHS Lacrosse Family We are please to announce your boys and girls head coaches for our SHS lacrosse program. Please help us welcome Heather Chase O'Neill as our Girl’s Head Coach and Christian Dombovari as our Boy’s Head Coach. Heather, a former Division I All-American at Syracuse University, has been coaching youth sports for many years including soccer, basketball, field hockey, and lacrosse. Most recently she helped establish the Riverview High School Girl's Lacrosse Team as the assistant varsity coach in the newly sanctioned sport. While managing her duties at Riverview, Heather created Ripcurl Lacrosse. Ripcurl is a non-travel and travel youth lacrosse program offering training in the fall/spring/summer seasons and is dedi
US Lacrosse Gulf Coast Boys’ All Americans & Award Winners!

US Lacrosse Gulf Coast Boys’ All Americans & Award Winners!

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  Author's Note:  Sorry for the delay but after the HS season ends I need to catch my breath a little!  We'll be getting to all the Boys' and Girls' Winners and the College Commitments we have in the queue, as well as the Florida kids in the NCAA tourney!  When I get the time we'll review all the D1 Men And Women players too.  We had a few national championship rings handed out!   Congratulations to all the winners!   Award Title Full Name Gender Grad Year Position High School             All-Academic Michael Binkowski Boys 2020 Midfield Community School of Naples All-Academic Andrew "Drew" Mayts III Boys 2019 Defense HB Plant High School All-Academic Ryan Healy Boys 2019 Defense Bisho
Miracle on Military Trail – Jupiter’s Late Rally Leads to the 14-13 OT Win Over Cardinal Mooney

Miracle on Military Trail – Jupiter’s Late Rally Leads to the 14-13 OT Win Over Cardinal Mooney

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thanks to Paul Kabalin for the pictures! (note: edited to account for an incorrect goal scorer) It didn’t take long. 72 hours or so. Right after I saw the incredible STA win over SA, a game I thought would be my in-person game of the year, I got something just as good . . . 46:11 . . . That’s how long Cardinal Mooney controlled this game for.  It was the 3:13 after that that denied them their first Final Four appearance. The What-if’s this summer will be many and painful. The biggest what-if might well have been at 46:11. How many times have you heard on a TV broadcast an announcer pooh-pooh a late icing on the cake goal by saying ‘but it gives the trailing team a chance to win the faceoff’?  And 99.99% of the time that’s just a hollow warning as the leading team won the game anyh
The Boys’ Elite Eight Results From Last Night!

The Boys’ Elite Eight Results From Last Night!

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  via my Twitter feed last night!  Brackets from FHSAA/MaxPreps.   Ponte Vedra with the big 20-3 win over Bolles at home Bishop Moore pulls away in the second half for the 15-4 win on the road at Jesuit of Tampa Jupiter rallies late at home to win 14-13 in OT versus Cardinal Mooney (feature story later) St. Thomas Aquinas takes the rain-shortened 10-3 win over Gulliver Prep in Miami (game called with 13 seconds left in the 3rd)   The updated FHSAA Boys' bracket:   2019 FHSAA Boys Lacrosse State Championship Tournament Boys Lacrosse State Championship(function(d){var mp = d.createElement('script'),h=d.getElementsByTagName('head')[0];mp.type='text/javascript';mp.async=true;mp.src='https://www.maxpreps.com/includes/js/widget/widget.compressed.
Previewing the FHSAA Elite Eight (oops, Region 1-4 Finals) on the Boys’ Side!

Previewing the FHSAA Elite Eight (oops, Region 1-4 Finals) on the Boys’ Side!

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  And remember: #TAFTAG – Take A Friend To A Game! #LacrossePutMyButtInThisSeat! #EnjoyTheGameNotTheBlame! and . . . #LacrosseRocks!   District 6 Ponte Vedra Hosts District 4 Bolles at 7:00pm Once a rivalry between two of the best programs in that area years ago, Ponte Vedra has pulled away in recent years.  In the regular season Ponte Vedra defeated Bolles 16-2 at home.  That was in early March but there’s no reason to believe the gap will narrow that much. PV eased past Lake Mary 12-5 in the last round and Bolles squeaked out an exciting 17-16 win over Maclay. Bolles has had an excellent season but Ponte Vedra has had a dominant one.   Prediction: Ponte Vedra will win this comfortably in their continued march to the elusive gold ring