Manatee High could get bumped up to Class 8A by FHSAA

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MANATEE COUNTY - The Florida High School Athletic Association has released their tentative reclassification plans, and nearly half of the Suncoast schools may find themselves in new classes for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

Under the proposed classifications, Suncoast powerhouse Manatee High, which won the Class 7A championship in 2011, would make the jump up to Class 8A, the largest classification in the state.

Sarasota's Riverview High would remain in 8A, but North Port High would be downgraded to 7A.

Three schools that played in 7A in 2012 could be downgraded as well. Venice and Port Charlotte would move to 6A, and Lemon Bay would play in 5A.

Lakewood Ranch is slated to move from 6A to 7A.  Palmetto would move from 5A to 6A.

Out-of-Door Academy and St. Stephen's would move from 2A to 3A.

Newcomer Imagine School North Port, which fielded its first team as an independent in 2012, would begin play in Class 2A.

Schools that are unhappy with their new matchups must file an appeal to FHSAA by January 18th to request a new district.

Here are the proposed districts with Suncoast schools:

Class 8A-7 -- Manatee, Palm Harbor University, Riverview, St. Petersburg

Class 7A-10 -- Braden River, North Port, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota

Class 7A-11 -- Charlotte, Fort Myers, Gulf Coast (Naples), Riverdale (Ft. Myers)

Class 6A-7 -- Palmetto, Venice, Dixie Hollins (St. Petersburg), Largo, Osceola (Seminole)

Class 6A-12 -- Port Charlotte, Estero, Ida Baker (Cape Coral), Island Coast (Cape Coral), Lehigh Acres, North Fort Myers, South Fort Myers

Class 5A-12 -- Bayshore, DeSoto, Hardee, Southeast

Class 5A-13 -- Lemon Bay, Cape Coral, Cypress Lake (Ft. Myers), Mariner (Cape Coral)

Class 4A-6 -- Booker, Avon Park, Clewiston, Dunbar (Ft. Myers), LaBelle, Lake Placid, Tampa Catholic

Class 3A-6 -- Cardinal Mooney, Out-of-Door Academy, St. Stephen's, Bishop Verot (Ft. Myers), Community School of Naples, Moore Haven

Class 2A-5 -- Bradenton Christian, Cambridge (Tampa), Canterbury (St. Petersburg), Carrollwood (Tampa), Indian Rocks Christian (Largo), Keswick Christian (St. Petersburg)

Class 2A-6 -- Imagine School North Port, Evaangelical Christian (Ft. Myers), First Baptist (Naples), Marco Island Charter, Southwest Florida Christian (Ft. Myers), St. John Neumann (Naples)