Competitively speaking, Collier County’s high school boys lacrosse landscape has been divided into three tiers. It’s been that way for several years.
Gulf Coast and Barron Collier reside in Tier 1 — those two perennial district champions will battle it out Friday night in the opening round of regionals.
Below the Sharks and Cougars, in Tier 2, are Community School of Naples, Immokalee and Naples. (Golden Gate, Palmetto Ridge and Lely make up the bottom tier.)
Coach Scott Rickard is doing everything he can to push the Indians into that top tier, but cost and geography have kept the Indians largely isolated from their Collier County brethren. Last week’s 22-0 loss to Gulf Coast in the District 19 title game illustrated just how far Immokalee is from that top tier.
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