Mustang football faces do-or-die game Friday

Tyler Gordon – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS varsity football team faces Sarasota in a life or death game this Friday at Sarasota High.

The Mustangs must win this game or they are out of the playoffs.

“If we win we are in, if we lose we are out. We have a very young team, and guys are really stepping up,” said Coach Shawn Trent.

Due to a lot of injuries the Mustangs are on their fourth running back, Jamie Jeffcoat, and the offensive line has lost many starters.

“We are very fortunate to have Jamie, Not a lot of teams have so many great running backs. We are going to do the best with what we’ve got,” said Trent.

The Mustangs have a hard game ahead of them. Trent says LRHS has about a 50/50 chance of winning the game.

“We can’t make any mistakes, but we can pull through and win on Friday,” said Trent.

If Sarasota wins on Friday, they win the district title. If LRHS wins then it all depends on the game between Braden River and Palmetto High Schools. If BRHS wins then LRHS is first and there is a three way tie between Palmetto, Sarasota and BRHS.

Pink means green at LRHS

Yosa Whitney – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS was a sea of pink last Friday as students showed their support for breast cancer awareness. Students from all grades showed up to school painted, in costumes, and just altogether looking “in the pink.”

Pink day not only raised awareness, but also brought money to the American Cancer Society. The Student Government Association (SGA) came to every fifth period class, collecting money for the association. By the end of the day, LRHS had raised over $600, including the donations from the football game that night.

SGA adviser Kent Ringquist, the event organizer, said, “Whatever money we raise is a success because of the awareness raised, but there is always room for improvement. Overall, I think it was a definite success.”

LRHS volleyball still courts success

Kailyn Scully – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS volleyball Team is sweeping away the competition on the court.

The Lady Mustangs defeated Clearwater Seminole High School 25-22, 25-12, 25-21 on Oct. 29. This means that for a second year in a row the team will compete in the Regional Semifinals. The game will be held 7 p.m., Nov. 4 at the LRHS gym. Once again the volleyball team is competing against district rival Sarasota High School.

Head coach Perri Hankins said, “Sarasota is a good team. I believe in my girls though and think that everything that the team has been holding back all season will be left on the court.”

Last year the Lady Mustangs fought all the way to the state tournament and they are working their way back.

Hankins said, “I’m very proud of the team this year. Even though we lost a lot of seniors from last year, we have still fought hard. I can see us going far.”

LRHS boys soccer looks to kick the competition

Sydney Wolf – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The boys’ soccer season is now underway at LRHS and the coaches, as well as the players, are ready for a great year.

Last year, the boys soccer team finished 16-6-4 and were district champions. They’re looking to do at least as well this year. The team is even seriously primed for a shot at the state tournament.

The team should be even stronger than they were last year. The coachers are very confident in the players’ skills and a lot of the players from last year are coming back.

The ultimate goal this year is to win a state title. One key to success is conditioning.

Head coach Vito Bavaro said, “Conditioning consists of a leisurely 6 mile run, four to five bleacher runs, and after that the players do the ‘bavaro shuffle’ which are also known as suicides.”

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LRHS sophomore Felipe Dangond looks forward to a successful season on the pitch.

The players are ready for the soccer season to start as well.

Sophomore Felipe Dangond said, “I am excited for the bus rides to and from the games.”

Junior Connor Franko said, “I really enjoy hanging out with my boys that are on the team, we all have a great time.”

While conditioning gets all of the players into gear and the coaches are there leading them to victory, the LRHS boys soccer team looks to have a successful season.

LRHS SGA serves teachers Halloween treat

Matthew Bell – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The 15th annual LRHS SGA Halloween Luncheon will be held Thursday.

Freshly roasted hot dogs, sides from Sonny’s, cookies, chips and fruit from Publix, , and pies from Millers Restaurant will be served.

The luncheon is to show appreciation for Mustang teachers and the amazing work they do.
The event will take place during all lunches.

The event used to be held outside, but due to complications with the weather, it has been moved inside to the school’s media center.