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High School Hysteria

CoopHigh school ice hockey may not be an official, sanctioned sport in the great state of Florida, but the competition is pretty darned good.

Sure, it's not cheerleading, lacrosse, bowling or girls' flag football good, but it deserves a state championship.

So, lets have one.

The Florida high school finals kick off Friday at Pines Ice Arena and Lake Worth's Ice Zone, with the last four teams (from each division) standing moving on to the Big Bank in Sunrise for Sunday's Florida Frozen Four.

The games Friday and Saturday are free, but there is a nominal charge to come into the Sunrise arena on Sunday. Most of the Panthers' staff -- including PA guy Bill Murphy -- are volunteering their services so Sunday's games have the big-time feel only the Florida Panthers can give you.

Championship games are Sunday at 4:15 and 6 in two different classes.

For more info, and the complete sked, check out the Florida Scholastic Hockey League website here  FSHL or here High School Hockey is Cool!

Since the Panthers play their last regular season game Saturday, this could be the final games the BAC ice is used. Unless the playoffs come calling....

-- The USF band is here in Tampa tonight, a pretty cool addition to the Ice Palace, I might add. They have a good sound, and it adds a cool vibe, kind of like the USC band playing at Laker games. The Panthers might want to see if the kids from UM, FIU or FAU might want to play a couple games next season.