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Local roundup | FHSAA denies Braden River appeal of district classification

Braden River loses FHSAA district appeal

The Florida High School Athletic Association denied the appeal of Braden River's district classification Thursday, according to athletic director Matt Nesser.

The Pirates appealed to move from Class 7A-District 11 down to Class 6A-District 10 for the next classification period, which runs 2015-18. Braden River's student enrollment was just 54 students over the upper limit for Class 6A, so the school hoped to be grouped with smaller schools.

"We wanted to make the change because of the numbers," Nesser said, "but the FHSAA made the ruling and we'll abide by it."

Braden River will remain in a district with Lakewood Ranch, North Port, Palmetto, Sarasota and Venice.

Girls basketball

SOUTHEAST 61, ARCADIA DESOTO 21 -- Dertaevia Gatheright marked a Senior Night start with a career-high 10 points, all coming in the second quarter, as the host Seminoles (20-4) routed the Bulldogs.

Sophie Giardina led Southeast with 15 points, and Faith Mays had 12. Seniors Marline Valcin (six) and Jazz Williams (five) led the team in rebounding and steals, respectively.

JV: Southeast took a 58-4 victory in the junior varsity game to end the season 16-4. Brianna Purington and Eriyana Smith each scored 14 points.

Boys basketball

SOUTHEAST 82, MANATEE 58 -- Ronald Taylor led the visiting Seminoles (11-12) with 25 points and six assists as Southeast routed the Hurricanes.

Corey Davis added 15 points, and Tre Alexandrea and Aarien Foster had 10 apiece. Mykel Bing brought down 12 rebounds.

-- Herald staff reports