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High School Sports

By Staff | May 29, 2009

Football remains the most popular sport at the prep level in Southwest Florida. Teams take the field during spring football to get a sense of what they have to work with for the regular season, which begins in late-August or early-September.

The area has produced several notable players who have gone onto have successful college and professional careers.

Former North Fort Myers running back Noel Devine is Lee County’s all-time leading rusher and now plays at West Virginia University. NFL great Deion Sanders grew up in the area and became a three-sport star at North Fort Myers. Other players from the area include Jevon Kearse (North Fort Myers), Phillip Buchanon (Lehigh) and Earnest Graham (Mariner).

Massive defensive tackle Terrence Cody emerged onto the scene in college football in 2008 with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Cody is a Fort Myers native and attended Riverdale High School.

The high school sports scene extends beyond the gridiron to other sports such as baseball, softball, soccer, track and field, swimming and diving, wrestling and tennis.

Former Boston Red Sox player Mike Greenwell played at North Fort Myers and resides in the area. Greenwell owns a family fun park in Cape Coral.

There are four public high schools located in Cape Coral. They are Cape Coral High, Mariner, Ida Baker and Island Coast. Other Lee County public schools include North Fort Myers, Fort Myers, Cypress Lake, Dunbar, East Lee County, Estero, Lehigh, Riverdale and South Fort Myers.

There are several private schools in Lee County, including Oasis High School in Cape Coral and Canterbury, Bishop Verot, Gateway Charter, Evangelical Christian and Southwest Florida Christian in Fort Myers.

Fall sports include football, swimming and diving, cross country and volleyball. Winter sports include basketball, wrestling, lacrosse and soccer. Spring sports include baseball, softball, tennis and track and field.