(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Several Mustangs are finishing out 2019-20 with end-of-year athletic awards.
Gatorade has named senior Avery Goelz the Florida Softball Player of the Year. In the abbreviated 2020 season, Goelz posted a .591 batting average with 13 runs batted in, 10 runs scored, seven extra-base hits and a 1.273 slugging percentage before the season was cancelled. Goelz is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 recruit in the Class of 2020 by Extra Inning Softball. She concluded her prep softball career with 157 hits, 142 runs scored, 130 RBI, 29 home runs and a 1.094 slugging percentage.
Goelz has committed to the University of Florida and is in the running for next month’s national player of the year award.
Meanwhile LRHS athletic director Kent Ringquist honored boys basketball coach Jeremy Schiller with a plaque recognizing his being named National Federation of High School Associations (NFHSA) Coaches Association 2019 State Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
“I really cherish this recognition,” said Schiller. “An award like this says more about the program and the players than it does about any individual coach.”
Ringquist noted the award probably deserved more ceremony, but coronavirus concerns prevented a more elaborate celebration.
“This isn’t presented under the best of circumstances,” said Ringquist, “but we realize what a big deal this is.”
LRHS softball coach TJ Goelz was named NFHSA Softball Coach of the Year. Ringquist said he’ll be recognized later this year.