Ben Wilson's hat trick and Ryan Sollazzo's brace set the stage for the Lakewood Ranch's 6-1 upset of host Venice in a Class 4A-District 11 boys soccer semifinal Tuesday. Reece Riggins added a 40-yard goal off a free kick to round out the scoring. Liam Bramley tallied roughly 15 saves as the No. 4-seeded Mustangs knocked off top-seeded Venice.
"We're peaking at the right time," Lakewood Ranch head coach Vito Bavaro said. "Healthy for the first time all year."
Ranch next goes to the district championship game Friday, where the Mustangs will look to defend their crown from last year.
"Tough road, but (we're) hitting on all cylinders," Bavaro said. The Mustangs improved to 10-7-6 by turning a 3-1 halftime lead into a second-half rout. "A lot of fun to watch."
BRADEN RIVER 56, SARASOTA CHRISTIAN 47 -- Matt Lansdowne's career-high 11 points joined teammates Zechariah Kendall (19 points, five rebounds and six assists) and Michael Braxton (eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks) led the Pirates to victory. Braden River is 10-9 on the year and plays North Port at 7 p.m. on Friday for its next game.
MANATEE 69, CARDINAL MOONEY 35 -- On senior night, senior Jessalyn Kinlaw poured in 24 points to lead the Hurricanes to a blowout victory. The guard also added eight rebounds and six assists. Jacqui Armer chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds, while Aja Nixon added 10 points and five steals. The Canes (8-12) face St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 56, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 51 -- The host Panthers improved to 10-12 with Sophie Giardina's career-high 26 points. She converted five 3-pointers, while Carley Carbary led the team with five assists and Katie Swaagman tallied 11 rebounds. Carbary chipped in eight points. BCS wraps up the regular season Thursday against the Tampa HEAT with a scheduled 7 p.m. tip at home.
JV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP -- Manatee topped Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, Southeast and Saint Stephen's in the tournament at Braden River. The Mustang wrestlers came in first in five weight classes: Jake Seaman (106 pounds), Riley Shoemaker (138), Daniel DiDomenico (145), Nick Villone (152) and Nate Lanscaster (182). The Mustangs finished in second with Zach Spade (113), Ty Behrands (126), Logan Bounds (132), Dalton McLaughlin (160) and heavyweight Will Marsh.
Palmetto had four champions: Derek Schmidt (120), Jose Ramirez (132), Joe Ammons (220) and Christian Kalesh (285).
BAYSHORE HIGH VS. LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The varsity girls game Wednesday between the host Bruins and the Mustangs will have an earlier start time. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. There is no girls junior varsity game at 5:30.
-- Herald staff reports