Flag football look to busy week after rivalry win

McKenzie Mazzella – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Last Thursday the Lakewood Ranch High School flag football beat Braden River High School 26-6.

The Mustangs avenged their first game of the season, an 18-6 loss to the Pirates.

This was the second game the team has won this season.

This week the team has three scheduled home games.

Monday there will be a flag football game against Manatee High School at 6 p.m.

Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Southeast and Thursday’s game is against Palmetto at 6 p.m. at home.

Softball enjoys winning weekend

Jess Husel – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS softball team came out with some big wins this weekend, with a 14-2 win against DeSoto High and 3-1 against Lake Region High.

Junior Kailey Christian pitched the victory against DeSoto.  Payton Kinney led the Mustangs to victory against Lake Region.

The Mustangs have a record of 22-2 and going strong. Their next game is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 21 against North Port High.  It’s Senior Night and the team will honor its graduates.

Mustangs recognize outstanding faculty

Niki Cain – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Student Government Association (SGA) organized its 15th annual Faculty Awards Night on Thursday April 13.

The night kicked off with a special dinner in the cafeteria to celebrate the faculty members and their successes.

SGA provided food from Lee Roy Selmon’s and Publix supermarket, as well as pies from Miller’s Dutch Kitchen.

The Faculty Awards immediately followed the dinner. There were 17 possible awards with categories such as “Positivity Award” and “Most Inspiring.”

LRHS activities director Tony Cummins was chosen out of five nominees to receive the “Colonel” award, a great honor awarded to a carefully chosen faculty member.  Cummins successfully coordinated the school’s important re-accreditation effort this year.

Cummins stated, “It is really an honor to receive the award, especially with all the other exceptional candidates nominated.”

Winning faculty members received plaques for their accomplishments.

Listed below are this year’s winners –

  • Best Work Ethic- Debra McCarthy
  • Best Attendance- Bryan Richards
  • Best Knowledge of Subject- Dave Frantz
  • Best School Spirit- Faust DeLazzer
  • Best Classroom Management- Bryan Thomas
  • Most Inspiring- Mike Wood
  • Team Player- Ann Fleury
  • Professionalism-  Valencia Lowen
  • Hustle Award- Darla Walker
  • Go-to Award- Denise Turner
  • Positivity Award- Clarence McKay
  • Colonel Award- Tony Cummins
  • Student Choice
  • Likely to Get Side Tracked- Tom Honsa
  • I Dismiss You, Not the Bell- Lillian Martinez
  • Undercover Super Hero- Jake Sponsel
  • Called Mom or Dad- Elaine Bowling
  • Spell Something Wrong on Board- Tautum Temple


Todoroff offers “Pathway to Success”

Zariah Roberts – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) –  LRHS will host a “Pathway to Success” presentation for students grades 9-11 and their families 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 18.

LRHS career and college adviser Michelle Todoroff will host the event.

“At the presentation I will speak about scholarships such as Bright Futures and options like the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). I’ll also talk about college applications and AP and dual enrollment,” Todoroff stated

Todoroff urges Students and families looking to learn more about scholarships and college opportunities should join her Tuesday in the LRHS auditorium

No LRHS rodeo? No problem for some Mustangs

Laney McFadden – Mustangs Ahead

Courtney Brown
LRHS junior Courtney Brown engages in her favorite sport

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Rodeo consists of some of the most dangerous sporting activities in the world, including horse riding and bull riding. An average of 20 people a year die from horse riding accidents in the U.S and about three people die annually from riding bulls. The risk of death is small but injuries are very common in rodeo.

LRHS doesn’t have a rodeo program, but this doesn’t mean students don’t participate in rodeo sports outside of school.

LRHS junior Courtney Brown is a thin blonde, she looks more like a dancer than a rodeo participant, but in the arena, her passion is barrel racing.

“I’ve always loved riding horses,” said Brown.  “It’s always been a big part of my family. I like the rush of competing in front of a crowd,” Brown continued. “I’ve been barrel racing for 11 years and I was five when I learned how to ride a horse but I didn’t start barrel racing till I was six.”

LRHS junior and bull rider Cody Beck said, “I do it because every ride is a challenge.”

LRHS Junior Kirstyn Redding said, “I barrel race because I like the recognition I get from the community and the money I get when I place.”