Boys basketball shows off youthful skill

Sebastian Scaera – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – It’s unusual for a high school basketball team made up mostly of sophomores to consistently succeed on the court.

The LRHS Mustang boys (19-5) are an exception, though. Just look at their win over Venice thursday night.

The 50-42 victory for the Mustangs is a sure sign of talent and consistency. This young team is proving to be a persevering one.

The team’s success can’t be solely accredited to the new up-and-coming players. Thursday night senior Cameron Darby had nine points for the team. He added 11 rebounds as well.

The Mustangs begin district tournament play Wednesday, Feb. 4.

LRHS JROTC Orients itself to success

Cora Brewer – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Saturday, Jan. 24, the LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) showed off their orienteering skills at Sarasota’s Oscar Scherer State Park.

“Orienteering is like cross-country with a map,” said JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Richard Roller.

At the meet JROTC’s orienteering team ran on the yellow, orange, and green courses and got 2nd place on the yellow course.

The yellow course runners were seniors Brett Melton (Team Leader), Ben McClellan, sophomores Grant Adler and Taylor McMichael and freshman Christina Anthony.

Orange course runners were Daniela Wilhelm, who got 1st place on the female orange course, sophomore Trenton Ginter, and freshman Andrew Lim.

Green course runners were junior Rachel McLanahan, senior Chris Caruso, sophomores Andrew Barnes, Jennifer Gaffers, and James Pritchard.

Not again?!? LRHS soccer teams loses playoffs on PKs

Ryley Zunica – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH,FL)- On Jan. 29, the LRHS boys soccer team lost a tough regional quarterfinals to Fort Myers High School.

The game didn’t have any scoring in the first half as both teams were knotted up at 0.

In the 68th minute of the game, when Fort Myers scored the game’s first goal giving them a 1-0 goal advantage over the Mustangs.

The Mustangs knew they had to score quickly because time was running out for them.

Four minutes later sophomore John Rivera put a penalty kick right past Fort Myers’ goalie and the Mustangs were right back in the game at 1-1.

Regulation came to an end and the teams were headed into overtime.

Even as overtime expired the teams remained tied at 1.

Fort Myers defeated the Mustangs on penalty kicks, 5-4.

“We played hard but in the end it was a tough loss,” said Mustang junior goalie Liam Bramley.

Both the boys and girls soccer teams at LRHS both had their seasons ended by penalty kicks.  On Jan. 27 the LRHS girls lost their regional quarterfinal to Venice.

Mustangs say TV gets high school wrong

Sammy Hyatt – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Often times, the way TV and movies portray high school is far from what high school is really like. Lakewood Ranch students personify exactly what TV gets wrong about high school.

Students said the social ladder in movies and TV shows is inaccurate and that there isn’t much of a social hierarchy here at the Ranch.

Sophomore Ethan Wolfson said, “TV portrays bullying differently. In high school there really isn’t any nerd vs. jock bullying. It’s more like one guy saying, ‘You wanna fight bro?’ and the other guy saying ‘OK bro’ and then they fight.”

LRHS senior Taylor Townson said, “In movies, high school is depicted like a dog eat dog world. There are bullies everywhere, the cheerleaders are mean, and nerds are antisocial losers, but in reality, I’ve only seen one bully and it was taken care of, the cheerleaders are nice, and the nerds rule the school,”

Some movies, especially musicals, show high school students breaking out into song at a moments notice, but LRHS students said that is definitely a misconception.

LRHS freshman Madison Teeter said, “High School Musical and Lakewood Ranch have nothing in common. They got that all wrong.”

Junior Emily Wanecski said, “Well, there’s no singing or dancing on tables at Lakewood. They also dress differently in movies, but we don’t really wear high heels and miniskirts all the time.”

According to LRHS students, TV and movie producers need to spend a day at the school in order to see what high school life is really like.

Say goodbye to senior basketball players, hello to free TV

Natalie Earp – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH,FL) – The LRHS boys basketball senior night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday against Sarasota Military Academy.

The Mustangs’ two seniors, Cameron Darby and Matt Mascara, hope to tear up the court with the rest of the varsity team.

“I have mixed emotions about Friday,” said Darby. “I’ve played many senior nights, but Friday will be my senior night.”

Students at the game also have a chance to win a free TV.

To be eligible for the give-away students must show a valid ID, wear all black, purchase a ticket before 7 p.m. and be present during 4th quarter, when the drawing will be held.