By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 30, 2001
1. VENICE: Indians ruled the state last year and likely will rule again.
2. SARASOTA RIVERVIEW: Don't count out the Rams, who could challenge Venice.
3. SARASOTA: Sailors are improved, but not enough.
4. BLOOMINGDALE: Bulls are thinking positive, but they face a rough road.
1. LAKELAND: Dreadnaughts have won 55 consecutive regular-season games.
2. HAINES CITY: Hornets have been swarming in recent years.
3. RIVERVIEW: Double wing-T could add up to best season in school history.
4. PLANT CITY: New coach Cornelius Bobo has the Raiders believing.
5. EAST BAY: This wishbone has a backbone and could be the district's surprise.
6. DURANT: Could also be a surprise, but probably not as often.
1. HILLSBOROUGH: Terriers have 21-game regular-season win streak on the line.
2. CHAMBERLAIN: Chiefs' best team in a decade could finally beat Terriers.
3. KING: Speed and brawn, these Lions have plenty of both.
4. GAITHER: Bob Gries is a first-year coach, but he has plenty of talent.
5. WHARTON: Will be better than at any time in five-year history.
6. LETO: Trying to recover after going winless last season.
7. ALONSO: First-year school, first-year growing pains.
1. JEFFERSON: One of the county's most talented teams is a state contender.
2. ARMWOOD: Should be able to reload after its state semifinal loss last year.
3. PLANT: Panthers are strong at the skill positions and up front.
4. TAMPA BAY TECH: Coach John Colbert has Titans moving in the right direction.
5. BRANDON: Eagles could be the surprise of the district.
6. SICKLES: Gryphons have a large roster, but victories will be hard to find.
1. BRADENTON SOUTHEAST: Are you kidding? Southeast is always a beast.
2. JESUIT: Speed or no speed, Tigers always find a way to win.
3. SARASOTA BOOKER: Speed kills, and Tornadoes should have plenty of it.
4. ROBINSON: Kwane Doster is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
5. BLAKE: Yellow Jackets' top running back transferred to Jefferson.
6. PALMETTO: Tigers have been known to rise up and contend every few years.
1. CCC: When Jefferson left, Marauders shot to the front.
2. BERKELEY PREP: Bucs should make playoffs for first time since 1985.
3. TAMPA CATHOLIC: New coach Jim Guderian might turn Crusaders around.
* ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC: Not eligible for post-season for recruiting violations.
1. FORT MEADE: A powerhouse among the small schools.
2. RIVERHILLS CHRISTIAN: Believe it or not, could make playoffs in its second year.
3. WINTER HAVEN ALL SAINTS': Saints have plenty of athletes.
4. LAKELAND SANTA FE CATHOLIC: Crimson Hawks continue to rebuild.
5. LAKELAND EVANGEL CHRISTIAN: Program still struggling to find victories.
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