photo courtesy of Sam Janicki; SJanickiPhoto.com
A few weeks ago Florida high school powerhouse Lake Highland Prep made waves when it was revealed that they would not be competing at the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) postseason in 2020-21, but rather at the National Prep Championships. Travel restrictions from the FHSAA would prevent the school from attending events like the Ironman, the Beast of the East, the Doc Buchanan, and the Beat the Streets Duals in Illinois in the future. TOM had the opportunity to speak with Lake Highland Prep’s head coach Mike Palazzo today about the move and everything associated with it. We also discuss the growth of his program, the cancelation of Fargo and his senior Class of 2020. Finally, we couldn’t talk to Coach Palazzo without bringing up the infamous Joey Silva/Real Woods Ironman final from 2017 that caused quite the ruckus.