High School Sports

Local roundup | Lakewood Ranch runs to two county cross-country crowns

Lakewood Ranch had a strong showing during Thursday's Class 3A-District 8 meet at North Shore Pool in St. Petersburg.

The boys won the district title with 350 points, and the girls were second with 335.

Luke Hanner had a big day for the Mustangs, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43) and 100 butterfly (51.95) and swimming a leg on Ranch's first-place 200 medley (1:44) and 400 freestyle (3:24) relay teams.

Daniel Erlenmeyer swam on both championship relay teams for Lakewood Ranch and was second in the 200 freestyle.

Braden River's boys were third with 332 points thanks in part to Ryan Walker, the champion in the 50 freestyle (22.12) and 100 freestyle (48.84).

He also swam a leg on the Pirates' first-place 200 freestyle relay team (1:33).

Braden River's Michael Troubeev won the 100 breaststroke (1:05).

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualify for the region meet. Third through eighth-place finishers may receive a wild-card berth to region.

On the girls side, Madison Jean won the 100 freestyle (53.62) and 100 butterfly (56.93), and Courtney Chapin was first in the 100 backstroke (59.43) for Lakewood Ranch.

The teams return to North Shore Pool on Oct. 31 for the Class 3A-Region 3 meet.

Cross country

TRI-COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS -- The Lakewood Ranch boys and girls collected Manatee County championships and finished second overall in the second annual Tri-County Cross County Championships on Thursday at Celery Fields in Sarasota.

Teams from Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties ran together, then each county crowned a champion.

In the Manatee County race, the Mustangs dominated the boys race, placing five runners in the top six individuals. Kyle Wray led the way, winning in 18 minutes, 8.7 seconds. George Dabbiero was third (18:23.6), John Rivera came in fourth (18:26.3), Read Corley was fifth (18:48.9), and Brice Easton finished sixth (18:58.9).

Saint Stephen's Henry Howell broke up the Lakewood Ranch party, placing second in 18:15.4.

The Mustangs won the team competition with 19 points. Palmetto placed second with 53 points.

Lakewood Ranch also dominated the girls race, winning with 18 points to second-place Manatee's 54 points. Andrea McDonald won the race in 21:29.0 and was followed in order by teammates Sarah Fazio (21:43.9), MacKenzie Malone (21:46.6) and Emma Fazio (22:56.4).

The Hurricanes placed Sydney Britt fifth in 23:39.6 and Alison Ecker sixth in 23:41.7.

Sarasota won the overall team competition in both boys and girls competitions, beating second-place Lakewood Ranch by three points in the boys race and 17 in the girls race.

Wray finished second in the girls overall race, and Cardinal Mooney's Cal Davidson Turner was second in the overall boys race.


GULFPORT BOCA CIEGA 3, SOUTHEAST 0 -- The visiting Seminoles battled but came up short 25-23, 25-19, 25-20 in the Class 5A-District 10 final.

"The girls fought hard, but Boca was the better team," Southeast head coach Nancy Cothron said. "They dug us to death."

Emma Bartges led the Noles with 6 kills, seven digs and four aces. Cheyenne Doeberl added six kills, and Marline Valcin had four kills and three digs. Megan Stevens contributed 11 digs, Molly Perssons had 14 assists, and Richamily Robles added 11 digs.

Southeast (13-13) will visit Tampa Robinson in the region quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

JV football

VENICE 43, SOUTHEAST 26 -- The Seminoles closed their season with a loss on the road. Quay Harvey had two touchdowns and Tyler Stevenson threw for one and ran for another for Southeast (4-4).

-- Herald staff reports