1. Nature Coast (17-1): There’s really no slowing down the Sharks this season. Nature Coast is currently riding a 7-game winning streak and could very well win the final remaining four matches on the schedule. The Sharks should finish the regular season as Class 6A, District 7’s No. 1 seeded team. A district championship could be within sight for Emily Gore’s group.
2. Weeki Wachee (15-6): Not too far behind Nature Coast in the 6A-7 standings is the Hornets, whom currently have a stranglehold on the No. 2 spot in the district. Weeki Wachee will give Nature Coast its toughest competition amongst the clubs in the district and have the best shot of knocking off the Sharks. The Hornets have only one game left this season against Lecanto.
3. Hernando (11-9): The Leopards have taken a great leap from last season and though they sit as the current No. 3 seed behind Nature Coast and Weeki Wachee in 6A-7, Hernando will give any team fits in the district tournament. Hernando has a tough stretch of games to close out the regular season, as they’ll face Springstead, Nature Coast and Academy at the Lakes.
4. Springstead (7-10): From district contender last season to below the .500 mark this 2018 campaign. It’s been a tough season for Springstead, which has tried to transition to a more youthful group compared to last season’s experienced bunch. The Eagles play out of a very tough Class 7A, District 8 competing against the likes of Sunlake, Mitchell and Land O’ Lakes. All three aforementioned teams are above .500.
5. Central (2-17): It has been small baby steps for the Bears this season, but they’ve made great strides in the win department. The Bears notched their second win of the season under the watch of coach Nikki LaRiviere and despite likely being a lower seed come district tournament time, Central has shown a lot of fight in the final games of the regular season.
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