Posted: 4:59 pm Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Jupiter Christian could be only FL rep in Atlanta 

By Jason Lieser

Jupiter Christian might be the only Florida representative in next week’s adidas 7-on-7 national championship. Tampa Plant, fresh off of winning the Nike national championship last weekend, has declined adidas’ invitation.


Plant and Jupiter Christian were semifinalists in the Florida tournament at UCF earlier this month, and were invited to replace Booker T. Washington and Pahokee. Washington beat Pahokee for the Florida title in Orlando, but the two schools brawled after a game in the Nike tournament in Miramar on July 12. Both head coaches pulled their teams out of the adidas championship as punishment.

Jupiter Christian head coach Bill Powers said his team was thrilled to head to Atlanta, and he called a major opportunity for his kids and his program.

The championship was intended to field 10 teams — the first- and second-place finishers from five regional sites — and one vacancy remains. The tournament begins July 30.