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Beaten by the best

They always say there's no shame in being beaten by the best. Actually, St. Thomas Aquinas lacrosse player Chase Juelich said it himself a couple weeks ago.

"I'd rather be beaten by the best team in Florida," Juelich said, "than [get] beaten by anybody else."

Well, he and his fellow Raiders apparently did just that, by losing to Boca Raton St. Andrew's in the first-ever FHSAA regional finals last Friday. Because, on Saturday, the Scots did what the Raiders expected: They won the state title, 16-8 over Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley.

Pine Crest, Broward County's girls' district champ, almost had the same claim. The Panthers were downed by a rally from Lake Worth Park Vista, which made it all the way to the final before being upended by powerhouse Vero Beach on Saturday.

(...thus concludes Florida's first team-sport championship of the spring season.)

--Patrick Dorsey (e-mail)