GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, so does another exceptional year of FHSAA competition. The level of talent seen during the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons made the race for the 2018-19 FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All-Sports Awards a tight one, but the results are in.
A state championship in girls’ volleyball helped Oviedo take the title in Class 9A with a score of 138.8.
Several State Series appearances by St. Thomas Aquinas gave the school a leg up on its competition in Class 8A. The Raiders took first place with a score of 205.5.
South Florida remained dominant through the 7A and 6A classes as well. Doral Academy (Miami) beat out Sunlake (Land O’ Lakes) for 7A with a score of 115.8, while American Heritage (Plantation) continued its win streak by taking its eighth title in a row (143.5) for 6A.
While Florida High made the 5A Public competition a close one, Coral Springs Charter dominated the girls’ category and came out on top with a score of 75.0.
North Florida had some strong representation in the private classes, with two Jacksonville schools taking the crown. Bolles (Jacksonville) swept Class 5A Private for the second year in a row (223.5). Their neighbors, Providence (Jacksonville), edged out Lakeland Christian with a score of 88.5 to take the 4A/3A Private overall title.
The 4A/3A/2A Public overall title remains in North Florida. P.K. Yonge beat out the competition in all 3 categories (boys, girls, & overall) to stay on top with a score of 51.0.
With back to back State Championships in baseball comes back to back All-Sports Award wins. Miami Christian continues its reign as the 2A Private overall champion (55.0).
Class 1A was the closest race of the year, with only two points deciding the winner. Trenton (63.8) hung on by a thread to beat out Madison County for the title.
For the 2018-19 school year, the 705 member senior high schools have been divided into nine classifications for administrative purposes based on the enrollments submitted to the FHSAA Office in October 2014, which were used to discern the classifications as they are drawn up now (as per basketball).
In accordance with a Board mandate at its November 2002 meeting and a restructuring prior to the 2011-12 school year with the addition of the rural classification, Classes 2A-5A are further subdivided into public and private categories. Due to a lack of eligible schools for this year, classes 2A-4A Public and classes 3A & 4A private schools were each combined into one category. An All Sports award will be presented for each of these 10 categories in overall, girls and boys divisions at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year.
Points are awarded to a school based on its finish in FHSAA State Series competition in each sport in the classification in which it has been assigned to compete. The top 16 places are scored. In all sports with team scores, points are awarded as follows: 20 for the state champion, 12 for the state runner-up, 9 for the state semifinalists, 6 for 5-8th places, and 3 for 9-16th places. In sports where 16 or less schools qualify for the state tournament bracket, points will only be awarded to the 1st through 8th place finishers using the same scoring system.
Schools get a 2-point bonus for winning a district or regional championship, and points are deducted for unsporting conduct: 0.25 points for Level 1 student-athlete ejection/unsporting conduct incident; 0.5 for Level 2 student-athlete ejection/unsporting conduct incident; 1.0 for Level 3 student-athlete ejection/unsporting conduct incident; 2.5 for Level 4 student-athlete ejection/unsporting conduct incident; 1.0 for Level 1 coach ejection/unsporting conduct incident, plus addition 0.5 points deducted for each $50 amount above initial fine; 1.5 for Level 2 coach ejection/unsporting conduct incident, plus addition 0.5 points deducted for each $50 amount above initial fine; 2.0 for Level 3 coach ejection/unsporting conduct incident, plus addition 0.5 points deducted for each $50 amount above initial fine; and approximately 3.0-5.0 additional points deducted for a school or team-based violation (e.g., bench-clearing brawl, coach takes team off the field, etc.).
In the event of a tie for the award in either the overall, girls or boys divisions at the end of the school year, the following tiebreakers will be used: (1) number of state team championships won; (2) number of state team runners-up finishes; (3) number of regional team championships won; (4) number of regional team runners-up finishes; (5) number of district team championships won; and (6) number of district team runners-up finishes.
The completed standings break-down as follows:
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