By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times, published August 30, 2001
CLASS 5A, DISTRICT 7
1. EAST LAKE: Thank you, new district. No more Hillsborough or Chamberlain.
2. CLEARWATER: Continuity with coaches and players should lead to playoffs.
3. PINELLAS PARK: With more talent and size, Patriots should improve on 2-8.
4. PALM HARBOR U.: 'Canes inexperienced at almost every offensive position.
1. SEMINOLE: The skill players are gone, but there still is talent to win.
2. GIBBS: Offense again will be exciting, but can the defense stop anyone?
3. NORTHEAST: Lying in the weeds? Austin has young squad ready to compete.
4. ST. PETERSBURG: New coach, new attitude. But is there enough depth?
5. BOCA CIEGA: The Pirates will try to throw, but size could be a problem.
1. TARPON SPRINGS: Speed everywhere on offense, and a much improved defense.
2. LAKEWOOD: Closed 2000 with four straight wins, looking to keep momentum.
3. COUNTRYSIDE: Large senior class going for fourth straight playoff berth.
4. DIXIE HOLLINS: Talent on both sides could mean big things for the Rebels.
5. LARGO: Seven returning starters won't be enough in this tough district.
6. DUNEDIN: Program continuing to improve, but no room to breathe here.
*1. ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC: Appealing ban on state playoffs for recruiting.
2. CC CATHOLIC: Lost tons of talent; direct beneficiary if SPC loses appeal.
3. BERKELEY PREP: With SPC's ban, first playoff berth since 1985 possible.
4. TAMPA CATHOLIC: Trying to rebound under new coach Jim Guderian.
1. SHORECREST: Only four players graduated from 2000.
2. ADMIRAL FARRAGUT: Aiming for first-ever district title and playoff berth.
3. KESWICK CHR.: Do not overlook the Crusaders, who have good upperclassmen.
4. NORTHSIDE CHR.: Should be tougher, but lacks numbers for run at district.
5. INDIAN ROCKS CHR.: Eagles will be more competitive, but still lack depth.
1. OSCEOLA: Jason Teague-led Warriors opt out of far-reaching district.