Local roundup | Mooney's Casagrande wins at North Port; Ranch boys golf streak ends with 2nd-place finish

September 22, 2013 

Cardinal Mooney runner Grace Casagrande won for the second week in a row Saturday, this time at the North Port Invitational.

Casagrande, who claimed the Bradenton Area Runners Club Invitational last week at G.T. Bray park, won the small-school girls race in 19 minutes, 12.9 seconds, more than 23 seconds ahead of second-place Sarah Candiano of Fort Myers Evangelical Christian.

In the small-school boys race, Bayshore's Canaan Meester-Kitterman finished second in 16:32.8, 12 seconds off the pace set by Immokalee's Leonel Delacruz. Cal Davidson Turner of Cardinal Mooney finished third in 19:12.9.

Immokalee won the boys team event, and Community School of Naples took the girls title.

The Southeast girls placed seventh. Elsa Lopez (22:20.2, 18th) and Nadia Lopez (22:29.7, 20th) led the way for the Seminoles. The Saint Stephen's girls, led by Lauren Csubak's 15th-place finish (21:54.6) were eighth.

Cardinal Mooney came in seventh in the boys race, and Bayshore was ninth.

In the large-school race, the Lakewood Ranch girls finished fifth, and the Mustangs boys came in eighth. Julia Ortiz (19:54.6, 23rd), Andrea McDonald (20:12.1, 26th) and Katie Wray (20:16.7, 27th) led the girls. Mitch Arnold (16:31.8, 19th) and George Dabbiero (17:14.9, 41st) paced the boys.

The Manatee girls, led by Sydney Britt's 55th-place finish (21:08.6) came in 15th.

The Estero boys and girls won the large-school team events.

Boys golf

HONDA CLASSIC INVITATIONAL -- Lakewood Ranch finished second out of 18 teams at the prestigious event at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, ending the two-time state champion's win streak at 111.

Plantation American Heritage won the event with a two-round total of 589. The Mustangs shot a 595.

Ramsey Touchberry led Lakewood Ranch (57-1) with a 141, good for second overall. Luke Miller finished fifth with a 145.

-- Herald staff reports

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