Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Lakewood Ranch Boys basketball team was tested in several ways throughout the 2019-20 season. The Mustangs’ ability to overcome adversity was put on display night in and night out and was seen both on and off the court.
Head Basketball Coach Jeremy Schiller has been successful in his nine years at the helm of LRHS’s basketball program. During his time at the Ranch, his teams have accomplished six number one seeds in district play and six straight years in the playoffs. Beyond that, since 2015 LRHS’s boys basketball team has won four district championships, made it to three regional finals, two final fours, and one state championship game.
This season’s problems started when the Mustangs lost their senior captain and arguably their best player. They were compounded when senior Christian Shaneyfelt blew his knee out later in the season. Both crushing losses to the team.
Schiller said, “It was tough losing two guys who gave the team so much production. After losing Shaneyfelt, we still managed to beat two top 100 teams in the state the next two games. Sophomores Jayden Clarke and Andres Junge were asked to step into bigger roles and they didn’t disappoint.”
Through it all, the Mustangs finished 18-8 on the year. They took down the #3 team in the state with Shaneyfelt in the liune-up, and the #11 team without him.
Schiller said, “I am super proud of the class of 2020, they represented the school and our program wonderfully. We played one of the hardest schedules in the area and had three wins over top 50 teams in the state.”