Local roundup | Riverview slips past Braden River in boys basketball; Mirabella's number retired

December 19, 2013 

Former Braden River pitching star Courtney Mirabella, left, and head coach Erin Spivey hold Mirabella's jersey at halftime of the boys basketball game against Riverview. Braden River High retired Mirabella's number in honor of the three-time Bradenton Herald All-Area Player of the Year's stellar career. Mirabella now pitches for N.C. State. PROVIDED PHOTO

The Riverview boys basketball team got 18 points from A.J. Caldwell to get past the host Braden River Pirates 54-50 on Wednesday night in non-district competition.

Zechariah Kendall led Braden River (4-5) with 27 points. He hit 12 of 14 field-goal attempts and all three of his free throws. Michael Braxton added 10 points and five blocked shots.

The Rams connected on seven 3-pointers and 13 of 18 free throws.

At halftime, the school retired the number of softball standout Courtney Mirabella.

The softball pitching phenom is a three-time Bradenton Herald Player of the Year and last year was the only player from Florida to be named to the Max Preps All-American team.

Mirabella is a freshman at the N.C. State, where she recently completed a successful fall ball season. The right-hander expects to be in the starting rotation when the regular season begins in the spring.


LAKEWOOD RANCH 45, SARASOTA 23 -- The host Mustangs got pins from Hunter Reed (106-pound weight class), Josh Last (113), Alex Calderon (145), Nate Lancaster (170) and Will Marsh (heavyweight) on the way to knocking off the Sailors, who came in ranked 19th in Class 2A.

In the junior varsity match, Lakewood Ranch earned a 39-15 win behind pins from Riley Shoemaker (119), Daniel Didominico (145), Dalton McLaughlin (160) and Kyle Mathis (heavyweight).

-- Herald staff reports

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