Three Mustangs recognized for on-court (and on-field) success

Peyton McLaughlin – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Three athletes from LRHS have been recognized by the Bradenton Herald as ‘Player of the Year’ for their sports.

The three LRHS mustangs that were selected were seniors LaDazhia Williams, Devin Twenty, and Gi Krstec.

Williams was recognized for being a three-time All-Area Player of the Year in girls basketball by the Herald for leading the Mustangs to the class 8A championship game in 2016.

She is a star on the court with an average of 19.6 points per game, nine rebounds, and three blocks per game. Williams is planning to continue her career at South Carolina.

Twenty was named Player of the Year in boys basketball for helping the Mustangs reach the class 8A semifinals for the first time in LRHS history.

Twenty averaged 12.2 points per game and led LRHS averaging 3.7 assists per game. Twenty isn’t sure what his future has in store after high school.

Head varsity Basketball coach Jeremy Schiller told the Herald, “Opposing coaches have called Twenty one of the best on-ball defenders in the county and his presence at the front of the defense enabled the Mustangs to run their press.”

Krstec was credited with being Player of the Year in girls soccer because of her physical presence on the pitch and her speed, which made her different from the rest.

Bradenton Herald reporter Jason Dill stated, “She tied Lakewood Ranch’s single-game scoring record with a six-goal game toward the end of the regular season.”

Krstec said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized in my final year of high school.”

Krstec is heading to the University of Maryland after she graduates.

Spring football training underway

Bryce Boese – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The 2017 Spring Football season has officially begun.

Voluntary conditioning began on April 10 and is scheduled for 2:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in the weight room. The conditioning will consist of lots of running and drills on the football field.

The Mustang football spring game is scheduled for May 18 against Booker High School at home.

Anyone interested in playing you should attend the conditioning and see head football coach Mick Koczersut. The practice schedule can be found on the school website.

Boys volleyball registrations due Wednesday

Bella Selmer – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This year for the first time ever the Lakewood Ranch girls volleyball team will be hosting a boys volleyball tournament.

The team sign up forms have been available for pickup in the cafeteria during all lunches since last week. All sign up form are due April 19 during all lunches. The cost to be on a team is $10 and admission to the game is $3.

Boys will be able to create their own volleyball teams of no fewer than six players and no more than eight. Each boys team will have a girl coach who was on the LRHS volleyball team this year.

The teams will also choose team captains along with a team color and a team name.

LRHS volleyball coach Perri Hankins said, “This is a fundraiser that we hope to be able to do again next year.”

One of the tournament’s girl volleyball coaches, Jordan Smucker said, “I think this is a great chance to get more fans and to give them a new experience. Also a great fundraiser for volleyball.”

This tournament will take place 6-8:30 p.m. April 25.

Sophomore Brady Roberts, one of the boys who signed up for the tournament, said, “I’m so excited for the boys team, I know my team is going to do great and I think it’s so cool that the volleyball girls are coaching.”

Mustang track and field headed for districts

Jonathan Reid – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Mustangs track and field varsity teams are getting ready to compete at the Class 4A District 8 meet. It will take place this Wednesday, Apr. 19, at Seminole High School.

Field events will begin at 11 a.m., with preliminaries for the running events starting at 1 p.m., and finals for running beginning at 3 p.m.

The top four finishers from each event will advance to the Class 4A Region 2 meet next Saturday, April 29 at George Jenkins High School.

Sophomore James Rivera stated, “We practiced hard last week and will taper and take it easy the next few days so we are well rested for the meet.”

He also emphasized that “we need to take care of our bodies so we are in the best shape possible.”

Amazing math race aims to challenge kids and traditions

Jacob Pipercic – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Any LRHS students in need of community service hours may want to contact math teacher Deb Dalton.

She is looking for about 16 students to help with the “Amazing Race”. This event is a very non-traditional algebra 1 review session scheduled to take place after school on April 25.

“It’s kind of a fun way to review for the algebra End of Course (EOC) Exam,” said Dalton.  “The kids will pair up and then proceed to a series of checkpoints by graphing equations.  At each checkpoint, they’ll solve equations to get their next clue.

“Some of the checkpoints have detours that can delay them from the finish.  One they have to play cornhole, another has a puzzle and one requires both partners to stack dice on a tongue depressor.

“The first team that gets though all the checkpoints and gets to me first will be the winner,” said Dalton.

Dalton said 15 people have already registered for the event, and she’s still collecting prizes for the winning team.

The race is scheduled from 2:15 to approximately 3:45 p.m.

Interested students can see Dalton in portable 928 for more details about the event.