Cypress Bay's boys basketball team just wrapped up a strong season on the court, reaching the Class 8A regional semifinals. But it was even better for the Lightning in the classroom.
Cypress Bay recently captured the
The FHSAA awards an academic team championship in each classification of each sport. The Lightning boys basketball has started to make this a program tradition.
"They're excited about it in the sense that we preach more than just basketball," said Cypress Bay coach Jason Looky. "We try to preach that most of you aren't going to the NBA and you need to have a plan. We try to teach organization and putting priorities on things.
"They got the message. It shows you can be a good basketball team and still take care of your business in the classroom."
Looky said the Lightning don't have an organized team study hall, but checks on academic progress are done weekly, and any student that may be struggling is offered a tutor.