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Top 10 Coolest Things We've Seen This Week
10. A banner from Gaither supporting Chamberlain during its game against Rutherford.
9. New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Pittsburgh Pirate Derek Bell, a King graduate, donating money to help fund the Chiefs' trip to Tallahassee.
8. At Thursday morning's pep rally, Jefferson coaches and Sickles' student government president offering support to the Chiefs.
7. Five television stations and six newspaper reporters at Chamberlain's practices.
6. Approximately one thousand Chamberlain fans in the stands at Springfield Rutherford, which is more than 430 miles and a 7-hour bus ride from Tampa.
5. Chamberlain defensive end Broderick Bunkley crunching Rutherford's quarterback the way a boot crunches an aluminum can.
4. Former University of Tampa and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Freddie Solomon at practice Monday.
3. Principal Henry Washington and athletic director Danny Pickern jumping and shouting on Rutherford's field like giddy cheerleaders.
2. A woman inside Chamberlain's trophy case Wednesday wiping the glass clean in preparation for a state trophy.
1. Billy Turner dancing.
COACH: Billy Turner, 22nd season (149-95, 199-122-1 in 30th season overall)
ASSISTANTS: Hayward Bryant, Emmanuel Burch, Ramon Favata, Norm Soash, Ed Owen, Chancy Scott, Billy Howell, Al McCray, Max Ferrera, Mel Freibaum
COLORS: Green and gold
1982 (4A): Lost to Dunedin 7-6
1983 (4A): Lost to Bradenton Manatee 27-20
1984 (4A): Lost to Bradenton Manatee 42-14
1987 (5A): Lost to Bradenton Manatee 21-3
1989 (5A): Lost to Bradenton Manatee 28-13
1997 (6A): Lost to Bradenton Southeast 38-0
1999 (5A): Lost to Lakeland 28-0
2000 (5A): Lost to Lakeland 10-0
East Bay 14-9 L
Riverview 38-35 L
Gaither 38-17 W
Wharton 35-3 W
Alonso 42-0 W
Leto 48-7 W
Sickles 49-0 W
King 16-12 W
Hillsborough 26-23 W
Plant City 31-12 W
Melbourne 31-9 W
Hillsborough 28-21 W
Kissimmee Osceola 31-18 W
Springfield Rutherford 23-17 W
COACH: Bill Kramer, fourth year (29-14, 45-27 in seventh year overall)
ASSISTANTS: Sam Dollar, Ron Byington, Jamie Lemmond, Paul Horne, Marlin Faulkner, Mike Sawchuk, Ryan Crzykowski, Tony Ortiz
NICKNAME: Golden Eagles
COLORS: Gold and navy blue
1976 (3A): Beat Haines City 21-17, lost to Titusville Astronaut 22-0
1979 (3A): Lost to Venice 21-14
1981 (3A): Beat Lakewood 26-7, beat Lake Wales 11-10, lost to Riviera Beach Suncoast 24-21
1982 (3A): Beat Lakewood 24-6, lost to Titusville Astronaut 21-14
1999 (5A): Lost to Hillsborough 36-20
2000 (5A): Lost to Bradenton Manatee 35-20
Estero 54-21 W
Immokalee 17-15 L
Fort Myers 39-29 W
Manatee 34-16 W
Booker 34-28 L
Lely 85-0 W
Venice 43-35 W
Gulf Coast 48-10 W
Barron Collier 49-0 W
Gibbs 69-22 W
Northeast 58-28 W
Seminole 30-0 W
Port Orange Atlantic 41-28 W
Hillsborough County teams that have played in Florida High School Activities Association state championship football games (with classification in parentheses):
1963: Coral Gables 16, ROBINSON 14 (2A)
1968: JESUIT 39, Lakeland Kathleen 25 (A)
1969: Tallahassee Leon 24, BRANDON 14 (2A)
1969: BLAKE 27, Leesburg 6 (A)
1969: PINECREST 25, Bristol Liberty County 14 (C)
1971: Fort Pierce Central 29, ROBINSON 13 (4A)
1992: Pasco 28, JESUIT 16 (3A)
1996: Miami Carol City 21, HILLSBOROUGH 7 (6A)
Emily Nipps: Chamberlain 28, Naples 0
Scott Purks: Chamberlain 28, Naples 23
Mike Readling: Chamberlain 28, Naples 20