The Saint Stephen’s and Palmetto volleyball teams are very familiar with each other.
Many of the players have forged friendships from playing club ball together. But those friendships had to be set aside — if only momentarily — Wednesday night when they met on opposing sides of the net.
Sophomore Tori Biach had eight kills, four digs and four aces to help the visiting Falcons defeat the Tigers 25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 25-22.
The win improved Saint Stephen’s record to 5-7 this season.
Other top performers for the Falcons included Melissa Johnson (14 kills, seven digs), Lauren Johnson (seven kills, two aces) and Natalie Marciniak (19 assists).
RIVERVIEW 149, MANATEE 161 — Jordan Rothfeld of the Hurricanes shared medalist honors with the Rams’ Michael Bisacki. Both golfers shot 34 over nine holes at Bent Tree in Sarasota.
Nick O’Neil totaled 38 for Manatee (4-3).
PALMETTO 14, SARASOTA 7 — Alex Robinson scored two rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Tigers (4-0) rallied to beat the Sailors. Hunter Brown kicked two lengthy extra points after Palmetto was penalized following each touchdown.
MANATEE 33, SOUTHEAST 14 — Titus Humphrey scored three touchdowns, and DeMarquis Brice and Peter Pinnock each added one as the visiting Hurricanes (2-1) beat the Seminoles.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 13, BRADEN RIVER 6 — Justin Greenaway’s 65-yard kickoff return propelled the Mustangs to victory.
Lakewood Ranch QB Wyatt McLeod also found Jordan Wilson for a 45-yard touchdown pass, and George Lucas kicked an extra point for the Mustangs (1-1).
Prep cross country
McCALL INVITATIONAL — Manatee High’s girls finished sixth out of 15 teams Wednesday at Strawberry Crest High in Dover.
Shelby Raye led the Canes, finishing 18th in a time of 22:27. Julia Shankle (27th, 23:50) and Kaitlyn Gibson (30th, 24:01) also placed in the top 30.
Saint Stephen’s was 13th, with Hannah Howell taking fifth place in 21:13.
— Herald staff