IMG Academy's football schedule has a Florida opponent on it after the Ascenders announced via Twitter on Thursday that they're taking on Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna on Nov. 5.
The Ascenders ran through their 2015 slate unscathed, turning in the program's first unbeaten campaign in three years of varsity football. Several seniors have departed, including two-year starting corner back Saivion Smith, who is off to LSU, and highly-touted quarterback Shea Patterson, who early enrolled at Ole Miss after garnering Most Valuable Player award honors at last weekend's annual U.S. Army All-American Game.
Chaminade is a Class 3A program and the Lions made the playoffs as a district runner-up last fall, before bowing out in the first round.
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BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 82, SAINT STEPHEN'S 39 -- Shooting guard Ryan Leunk and center JT Noellert each logged double-doubles for the Panthers, who blew out the host Falcons, 82-39, in Bradenton. Leunk and Noellert each grabbed 10 rebounds, and Leunk also scored a game-high 20 points. Noellert scored 10 for BCS.
Senior guard Jake Lister also chipped in 17 points for Bradenton Christian (17-2, 5-0 Class 2A-District 9), which returns to the floor for a district home game against St. Petersburg Canterbury on Friday. SSES (5-12, Class 3A-District 8), which was led by 12 points from freshman guard Jordan Edwards, travels to St. Petersburg to meet district rival Shorecrest Prep on Friday.
MOORE HAVEN 67, OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY 65 -- Out-of-Door settled for a tie for second in its district with a 67-65 loss to the Terriers in Moore Haven. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Thunder, who concluded district play Thursday.
The win avenges a Jan. 7 loss to ODA (10-5, 7-3 Class 3A-District 9) for the Terriers (14-6, 7-3). Out-of-Door concludes the season with five straight non-district games, begin Tuesday with a road tilt against Sarasota Christian.
SAINT STEPHEN'S 0, TAMPA CATHOLIC 0 -- With senior goalkeeper Chris Morrish in net on Senior Night, the Falcons played to a 0-0 draw with the Crusaders despite outshooting Tampa Catholic, 20-5.
SSES (10-3-4, 4-1 Class 1A-District 7) started its three other seniors with midfielder Antonio Colacci in the midfield, and Evan Fruehauf and Matthew Israel pairing as the center backs to blank the Crusaders (12-4-2, 1-2-1 Class 2A-District 9) in Saint Stephen's regular-season finale.
The Falcons are the top seed in their district tournament, which begins Tuesday at Thunder Stadium on the campus of Out-of-Door Academy. SSES opens up against Bradenton Christian.
FORT MYERS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1, OUT-OF-DOOR 0 -- The Thunder concluded its regular season with a 1-0 loss to Southwest Florida Christian in Fort Myers. ODA (6-13-1,4-2 Class 1A-7) concludes the regular season with back-to-back losses and hosts Sarasota Christian in the district tournament Tuesday. The Kings (13-8-1, 9-6 Class 1A-District 8) finishes its regular season with two consecutive wins.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 64, VENICE 21 -- The Mustangs closed out a perfect district slate with a 64-21 win against the Indians in Venice. Four players scored in double figures for Ranch (18-4, 8-0 Class 7A-District 11), including 12-point efforts by junior wings Elise Spiller and LaDazhia Williams.
Senior guards Kailyn Scully and Kyra Klarkowski scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Klarkowski also logged seven steals, six assists and five rebounds in the blowout win against the Indians (8-8, 2-6).
Lakewood Ranch has locked up the top seed in its district and plays the penultimate game of its regular season Tuesday against Bayshore.
SOUTHEAST 62, ST. PETERSBURG GIBBS 22 -- Junior Shauntavia Green recorded a triple-double and the Seminoles clinched a tie for first place their district with a 62-22 win against Gibbs.
Green finished with 13 points, 11 assists and 10 steals to spur the Noles' (17-3, 8-1 Class 5A-District 11) rout of the Gladiators (0-16, 0-9). Junior Marline Valcin also added 15 points and 18 rebounds, and senior Breyonna Reed scored 15 for Southeast.
BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 36, SAINT STEPHEN'S 22 -- Riding a strong defensive effort, the Panthers blew out the host Falcons, 36-22, in Bradenton. Amy Van Ryn paced BCS (10-5, 3-2 Class 2A-District 9) with 13 points. LaNae Jones scored nine for SSES (2-7, 0-2 Class 3A-District 8) in the loss.
Saint Stephen's returns to district play Friday when it travels to Largo to meet Indian Rocks Christian.
Bradenton Christian returns home Friday to host St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep.