Mustang athletes mark classroom success

Victoria Carr – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Many Mustangs spend nights at the school watching sports and supporting our LRHS teams. Many of those fans, however, may not think about the classroom success of these student athletes.

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) keeps track of state athletes’ academic success.  The FHSAA just released the winter athletic Grade Point Average (GPA) rankings by sport, and 2015-16 is shaping up to be a successful year for the Mustangs.  Almost all of the school’s teams ranked near the top of their respective classifications –

  • Wrestling- first place with a 3.406
  • Girls Basketball- second place with a 3.594 GPA
  • Competitive Cheer- second place with a 3.478 GPA
  • Girls Weightlifting- third place with a 3.692 GPA
  • Boys Basketball- fourth place with a 3.268 GPA
  • Girls Soccer- fourth place with a 3.651 GPA
  • Boys Soccer- 11th Place with a 3.226 GPA

The FHSAA has also developed a point system to evaluate each school’s success through the school year and LRHS leads Class 7A with 94 points.

The FHSAA website explains how the rankings and work.

“For overall classification winners, the top 10 schools in each category will receive points. Ten points will be awarded for a first place finish, nine points for second, etc. The school in each class with the highest cumulative point total for the entire school year will get a special award. Points awarded for teams in single-class sports will still count toward the overall standings.”

LRHS athletic director Shawn Trent said LRHS can be proud of all it’s scholar athletes.

“This is a continuation of the excellent performance our kids have shown in the past,” he said.  “This year we moved up a classification and now we’re up against Plant High.  They’re an outstanding program, but I’m sure we’re up to the challenge.”



MustAng Capella headed to states

Caitlin Grayson – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Friday the MustAng Capella group heads to Sanford, Florida for its first ever Solo & Ensemble State Music Performance Assessment (MPA) competition.

The group will perform the same two cover songs they did for district Solo & Ensemble competition. The songs are “White Winter Hymnal” originally written by Robin Pecknold and sung by Fleet Foxes and “Say Something,” written by Chad King, Ian Axel and Mike Campbell and sung by A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera.

“MustAng Capella is extremely excited to go to our State MPA,” said LRHS chorus teacher Giselle Panagiotakis, “We’ve worked hard to improve our selections and I got goosebumps listening to them during rehearsal the other day. We took what the judge at District MPA told us and improved tremendously. I am just proud of them for how far they’ve come already in these last five months of being in existence. Whatever score we receive on Friday will be the cherry on the top.”

Freshman Alto 1, Julia Gennocro said, “I am so excited to go to state MPA. Since this is the first year of MustAng Capella, I can’t wait to show the judges what we have accomplished and how hard we have worked.”


Prom guest forms available, tickets soon

Megan Spranger – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Prom 2016 is coming up quick and it is important to take account of all the necessities that prom entails. This includes the prices of prom tickets, guest form details, and dress code regulations.

“Prom tickets will be sold every day during all lunches in the cafeteria or after school in room 590 April 7 – April 22,” said Junior Advisor Board (JAB) adviser and LRHS math teacher Macie French. Ticket prices vary between grades. Junior are permitted to purchase up to two tickets at the price of $70 each, Seniors are permitted to purchase up to two ticket at the price of $60.

Late tickets may be purchased in room 590 after school April 25-27. After these dates, late tickets will entail a late fee of $5 for each day late. All checks are payable to LRHS and must include a phone number on the check. If you have any question you may contact French at extension 2125.

Guest forms for attendees from outside LRHS may be picked up in the front administration office. Guest forms are to be turned in no later than April 26 at 3:00 pm. No person younger than grade nine will attend and no person over the age of 20 will be permitted inside.

Mustangs can find prom dress code regulations in front of building one where examples of what to wear and what not to wear are shown.

“Prom is going to be an awesome experience, let’s just be sure to follow all the rules so it can go swiftly, ” said LRHS assistant principal Mike Mullen, “everyone is expected to dress and act appropriate so let’s make it the greatest night of the year.”

Prom will be held 8-12 p.m., Friday, April 29 at the Sarasota Hyatt.




LRHS weightlifters aim for states

Jade Edmonds and Grace Harvey – LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS boys weightlifters scored high at the Thursday, March 30 Regional Meet.

Zach Spade placed fourth in the 129 weight class. Logan Miller placed fourth in the 139 weight class.  Thomas Scott placed second in the 169 weight class. Dawson Priestley placed fourth in the 183 weight class. Bailey Jackson placed sixth in the Unlimited weight class. Gabe Ovemyer won the Unlimited weight class.

LRHS overall won fourth in the competition out of 11 teams.

Coach Jack Sponsel said, “Gabe Ovemyer is the only Mustang as of right now that is definitely going to states. The other Mustangs will know if they qualify for states, next week, after the other regions finish.”

Junior Scott said, ” it was a hard fought battle between me and the lifter from Braden River, we both lifted heavy on the bench but he edged me out by a few pounds on clean and jerk giving him the win, it was a good competition and I look forward to lifting against him again.”


MPAs sound sweet to LRHS Jazz Band, Colorguard

Markella Paradissis-Wagner -LRHS News

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Jazz Band participated in the State Jazz Band Music Performance Assessment (MPA) at Cape Coral High School. LRHS musicians and Color Guard performed for State Solo and Ensemble at Mariner High School.

The Jazz Band received Straight Superiors.   The Color Guard also received a Superior.

“It was really solid. We were really clean and we just had a really good run of our pieces. I was really satisfied with Straight Superiors,” junior and trumpet player Mason Rademaker said.

The Jazz Band earned its fifth state Superior in the last seven years, which stands unmatched in their district.

MPAs are Music Performance Assessments. After performing on stage and sight reading for judges those competing in MPAs receive a scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior. Sight reading is when a musician is given a piece and must perform it without preparation.

Solo and Ensemble is mandatory for advanced music periods and optional for everyone else.  The students participating can perform as soloists, or as an ensemble. Based on their skills presented to the judges, the performers can earn scores of Poor, Fair, Good, Excellent, or Superior.

Only students who earned a Superior on Grade Five or higher material were eligible for the festival and competed against different schools from all over the state.

“States are a great opportunity to met other musicians like you and it’s neat to get feedback from judges besides having the same person all the time,” sophomore and clarinet player Lauren Pascarella said.

56 students performed and 18 earned Superior metals.