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FHSAA finalizes basketball, volleyball districts

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The FHSAA on Friday released finalized districts for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons for boys and girls basketball, as well as volleyball.

Also revealed, the tentative district lineups for cross country, golf, boys and girls soccer, swimming and wrestling.

As in football, the trend of Springstead – the county’s most populated school – by its lonesome while Central, Hernando, Nature Coast and Weeki Wachee are lumped into one district continued.

But perhaps the biggest news is in wrestling, where the three-time defending state champion Eagles remained in Class 2A.

However, Brandon, one of the nation’s premiere programs having won 13 straight state crowns and 24 overall, moved back down from 3A to 2A.

The impact of Weeki Wachee, wrapping up its third school year, continues to be felt on nearby Central, which dropped in classification almost across the board. Conversely, Weeki Wachee’s programs have all generally moved up.

Hernando Christian Academy stayed in 2A for girls basketball and volleyball, and independent in boys soccer. In boys basketball, in which the school has not fielded a varsity team the past two seasons due to low numbers, the Lions are also independent.

Schools have until April 24 to appeal the tentative districts.

Basketball/Volleyball (finalized)

Class 6A, District 10

St. Petersburg-Dixie Hollins

Largo

Mitchell

Seminole-Osceola

Springstead

Class 5A, District 7

Central

Hernando

Nature Coast

Pasco

Weeki Wachee

Wesley Chapel

Zephyrhills

Class 2A, District 8

Tampa-Bayshore Christian

Tampa-Citrus Park Christian

Hernando Christian (independent for boys basketball)

St. Petersburg-Keswick Christian

Clearwater-Lakeside Christian

Cross Country (tentative)

Class 3A, District 7

Belleview

Citrus

Fivay

Land O' Lakes

Lecanto

Mitchell

River Ridge

Springstead

Sunlake

Zephyrhills

Class 2A, District 7

Central

Crystal River

Gulf

Hernando

Hudson

Nature Coast

Pasco

Ridgewood

Weeki Wachee

Wesley Chapel

Golf (tentative)

Class 2A, District 13

Central

Fivay

Hernando

Hudson (boys only)

Nature Coast

Springstead

Weeki Wachee

Soccer (tentative)

Class 3A, District 7

Citrus

Crystal River

Fivay

Hernando

Hudson

Nature Coast

Springstead

Weeki Wachee

Class 2A, District 6

Central

Dunnellon

South Sumter

Ocala-Trinity Catholic

The Villages

Williston (girls only)

Independent

HCA (boys only)

Swimming (tentative)

Class 3A, District 6

Bartow

Lakeland-Kathleen

Lakeland-Lake Gibson

Eagle Lake-Lake Region

Lakeland

Land O' Lakes

Lecanto

Mitchell

Springstead

Winter Haven

Wiregrass Ranch

Class 2A, District 6

Central

Fivay

Hernando

Hudson

Nature Coast

Pasco

Weeki Wachee

Wesley Chapel

Zephyrhills

Wrestling (tentative)

Class 2A, District 5

Belleview

Citrus

Gainesville

Ocala-Lake Weir

Lecanto

Springstead

Ocala-Vanguard

Class 1A, District 6

Anclote

Central

Gulf

Hernando

Hudson

Nature Coast

Pasco

Ridgewood

Weeki Wachee

Wesley Chapel


cbernhardt@hernandotoday.com

(352) 544-5288

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