February was a busy month for Plant City sports, watching several Plant City area teams clinch district and state titles while Durant welcomed their new football coach.
As district tournaments for high school soccer raged on throughout the month, Plant City’s boys and Strawberry Crest’s girls soccer teams were both crowned district champions. Strawberry Crest’s Cheer team also continued their run of dominance, earning their seventh consecutive state title. For Durant, their hockey team made a splash in their fourth year. After a 21-4 regular season, the team earned a first-round bye in the Lightning High School Hockey League tournament before rattling off a stellar run to the Lightning Cup championship where they ultimately fell to Seminole High School. In a look ahead, Durant named Plant City area native and Durant High School alumnus Claybo Varnum the newest head coach of the Cougars’ football team following an 18-year stint from previous head coach Mike Gottman.
Aside from sports, the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held their annual gala early in the month, honoring the incoming board and handing out several awards for those who were deemed the Best of Plant City.
Additionally, Roots Tap Room & Wine Bar expanded on their ongoing success as they opened a new option for wine-lovers in the Plant City area by way of their new Roots Cellars.