Tampa, Fl - The Hillsborough Terriers arefinally champions ofthe Class 6A-District 8 title,with the announcementon Monday, that the Florida High School Athletic Association wanted more timebefore ruling on an eligibilty issue involving a player with Jefferson High School.
That off the field announcement, was good news for Hillsborough (8-1, 5-1) who won't have to play for a district title they thought they had already won, on the field.
It was also good newsfor Armwood (7-3, 5-1), whofinishes the season as the6A-8 runnerup, leaving Sickles (6-3, 4-2) to hope for better things next season.
The FHSAA says they are still reviewing the possible use of an academically ineligible playerby Jefferson, which could still result in the forfeiture of two district wins, over King and Sickles, and a non-distrcit win over Newsome.
But withtoday's nonruling, a tiebreaker won't be necessary.
All three schools had been preparing for apossible tiebreaker game thatwould have been held at Hillsborough High tonight.
Sickles and Armwood would have playedfor onequarter, with thewinner moving on the faceHillsborough for another quarter. If Hillsborough had won, they would have automatically retained their district title. But ifthe Terriers had lost, they would have played the loser from the first game, for the runnup slot.
Now Hillsborough can put that senario behind them and concentrate on the postseason, which for them, begins at homeagainst the surprisingOsceola Warriors (4-1, 7-3) the runnerupin Class 6A-7.
Armwoodwillbegin their playoff's on the road, when they travel toLargo (5-0, 9-0)to take on the Packers, winners of Class 6A-7, in one of the more intriguing first-roundmatchups in the bay area.