Erin Eilers – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- HTPreps has chosen four LRHS students from across Manatee and Sarasota counties to be player of the year finalists in their sports.
All four finalists had pieces written to emphasis their accomplishments in HTPreps’ Jan. 28 “All-Star Preps Best of HTPreps 2018.”
Junior Drew Angelo has been picked as a finalist in boys golf. According to HTPreps, “Angelo took medalist honors at the Manatee County meet and led the Mustangs to the Class 3A-District 14 title by carding a team-low 74. He shot a 159 at the Class 3A state tournament to help Lakewood Ranch tie for 11 in Class 3A.”
Angelo started playing golf when he was three-years-old and said that his father helped get him into the sport because he is a golf professional. His biggest inspiration is competition, it is what gives him the drive to do his best and play his heart out. Angelo has worked extremely hard and it is shown greatly, he committed to University of North Florida Jacksonville his sophomore year.
Angelo is very proud of his accomplishments in the sport, and his end goal is to one day make it on a professional golf tour.
Angelo isn’t the only kid in his family with golf running through his veins; his sister is Ashleigh Angelo. Although younger than her brother, her hard work was rewarded as she was picked as a player of the year finalist in girls golf.
According to HTPreps, “[Ashleigh] Angelo shot a team-low 74 to help the Mustangs win the Class 3A District 14 title and another team low (79) to lead Lakewood Ranch to the Region 5 title. Tied for 41 at the Class 3A state tournament with a 161.”
Ashleigh cited her brother Drew as one of the reasons she joined golf in the first place.
“I enjoy the game, and I enjoy the competition,” she said.
Ashleigh’s biggest inspiration is also the same as her brother, and the competition gives her the drive to do her best and take the win. She has worked extremely hard to get to where she is at such a young age.
“I have worked tremendously hard; I practice every day after school.” Ashleigh also stated that she is proud of her accomplishments in the sport and her goal is to get a full golf scholarship to Florida State University (FSU).
Junior Natalie Robson was also picked to be a player of the year finalist for girls golf. According to HTPreps she, “Took second at the Donald Ross Memorial invitational and tied for 34th at the Class 3A State tournament with a 160.”
Golf isn’t the only sport that saw Mustang success. HTPreps chose Junior Jonathan Reid as player of the year in boys Cross Country. According to HTPreps, “Reid finished 10 at Class 4A state meet with a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 58 seconds. Also placed 64 at the Foot Locker South Regional.”
Reid cited that that his parents and friends are a large reason for his success in Cross Country.
“My parents are both runners so I ran a little bit when I was younger, mostly to stay in better shape for basketball,” he said. “I joined cross country freshman year to meet more people and I ended up loving it. I stopped playing basketball this year to focus on more on running and so far it has paid off.”
Reid he has had many people to look up to through the years.
“I wouldn’t say I have one big inspiration, but I do look up to a lot of people and have role models,” he said. “My dad got me into running and we used to run together when I was younger. John Rivera graduated from Lakewood Ranch last year and now runs for University of Mississippi. He took me under his wing my freshman year and I saw how hard he worked and where that got him and I want to have that same success.”
Reid said that in order to get the best results “I’ve worked really hard over the past three years to get to where I am today. I work my hardest at practice and run at home as well. I also eat healthy and watch what I put in my body to stay in the best shape possible.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished. The past few years I’ve been progressing each season and I hope to continue that during track season.”
Reid’s goal for this year in success not only in cross-country, but also in track.
“My main goal this year is to be a state champion in track in either the 800 or 1600-meter event. I also hope that our 4×800-meter relay team can qualify for the state championships again,” he said.
Reid has received various letters from different schools and has started to visit college campuses; however, he has not contacted any coaches yet. He states that he hopes to start this process during this year’s 2018 track season and into this upcoming summer.