Mustang sports shine on and off the field

Devin Manning and Grace Sever – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) –  Lakewood Ranch High School has always strived for academic and athletic excellence.

This year is no different, the school’s girls and boys winter sports teams are setting high standards through athletic success.

According to the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), Mustang fall sports teams were among the state’s best in the classroom.  Both football and boy’s cross country were ranked number one.

Boys Basketball is currently ranked third in the state and 31st nationally, with a record of 7-0.

Captain Cameron Lindblad, senior, said “it feels good but it isn’t distracting us from our main goal of winning a state championship.”

Girls Basketball is ranked fourth in the state and 74th nationally, at 12-1.

Boys and Girls soccer are also succeeding on the field. Boys are ranked 11th in the state and 30th nationally, at 10-1-1.

Girls soccer are ranked 57th in the state and 114th nationally with a record of 11-1-1.

Mustangs clinch top district spots

Peyton McLaughlin and Brady Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Both LRHS boys and girls soccer teams defeated Manatee High School, clenching the number one seed for district playoffs.

Earning the number one seed means they will have home field against all district opponents.

Senior Maddison Krstec is headed to continue her soccer career at the University of Maryland and is confident of her team’s success.

“It’s great to start off playoff at home,” she said. “Hopefully it’ll give us a head start on the other teams.”

The first scheduled game for the boys is Jan. 25 at 7 p.m, the girls first scheduled game will be released later.

Basketball posts district win

Lindsay Coleman – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Tuesday night the Mustangs’ took on Venice here at the Ranch, winning the district contest 83-54.

With Venice scoring first, the Mustangs’ ended the first quarter ahead 18-12.

The Mustangs’ held their lead at halftime 40-25.

The Mustangs’ top point scorers were Damien Gordon with 15, Jack Kelley (14), and Evan Spller (13).

LRHS head basketball coach Jeremey Schiller said, “Thank you to all of the fans for all your support, it was a well fought game. Overall I am very proud of my team.”

Varsity captain Cameron Lindblad, senior, said, “We played as a team and it was a well-deserved win.”

The boys basketball team’s next game will be 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16 at Sarasota High School.