Posted: 5:13 pm Thursday, June 9th, 2011

FHSAA announces possible state series venues for spring sports 

By Matt Porter

The FHSAA announced Thursday which venues for spring sports it has offered contracts. Pending successful contract negotiations, the state series for the following sports could shift to new venues:

– After four years at Winter Park High, state track will likely be held the University of North Florida in Jacksonville for the next two years.

– After seven years in Boca Raton, flag football could shift to Gene Cox Stadium in Tallahassee for three years.

– After two years at the National Training Center in Clermont, softball could move to the University of South Florida in Tampa for two years.

– Tennis will stay at four locations in Seminole County: Red Bug Lake Park, Sanlando Park, Sylvan Lake Park and Lake Brantley High. State tennis has been at those locations for the last three years.

– Lacrosse will remain at West Orange High in Winter Garden, where state competition has been held for the last four years.

– Boys volleyball will remain at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee for the next three years.

– State water polo is still looking for a home venue.

The FHSAA also announced that all venues for fall championships are under contract.

Cross-country will stay at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City for three years; swimming and diving will remain at the Orlando YMCA for three years; girls volleyball will stay at Silver Spurs Arena; golf will move to Lake County for two years, shifting from Marion County; boys and girls basketball and wrestling will stay at the Lakeland Center for three years. Bowling will stay at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando for three years.

In February, the FHSAA and the Citrus Bowl in Orlando reached a three-year extension to host the state football finals. The venue has hosted the event for the past four years.