LRHS band begins practice

 Marissa Briggs-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Marching Mustangs Marching Band held its first in person practice of the season on Thursday, Aug. 27.. Band members and staff were required to wear masks when not playing an instrument and remain a socially distant six feet apart. As an added precaution all wood and wind…

Mustangs Ahead podcast – Aug. 28

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN! A new school year means lots of changes at LRHS. “Mustangs Ahead” podcast journalists talk to some of the people preparing Mustangs for a year that balances health, service and learning. Stay updated on important LRHS news and share what you like by following our Twitter @LRHSNews1, Instagram @mustangs_ahead, email, and follow the…

Masks the latest LRHS fashion trend

Olivia Ellis – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Now that masks are required for everyone at LRHS, many see them as a way to showcase their personalities. Tie-dye, camouflage and flowers are just a few of the different designs Mustangs are wearing. Colorful medical and non-medical masks have also made an appearance. Colors such…

Pandemic doesn’t reduce Mustangs’ volunteer spirit

 Mackenzie Sisson – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With all the changes around LRHS due to COVID-19, Mustangs have been finding creative ways to conduct community service for the 2020-2021 school year while following social distancing protocols. Lakewood Loves Animals (LLA) is a club at LRHS devoted to assisting animal-related facilities across Manatee County….

Mustangs react – New year, new challenges

Maddie Forman– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Due to COVID-19, there are many new safety precautions in place this year at LRHS.  With the new rules, this week Mustangs were asked, “What are the best and worst things about the first week of school?” Senior Elizabeth Rutland said, “Everything feels so different this year compared…

Pandemic meant a very different summer in 2020

Olivia Ellis- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The summer of 2020 had a special visitor, Covid-19. There was the good and the bad, and the ugly. Covid-19 imposed on everyone’s plans starting with graduation. The class of 2020 not only had no prom, but no traditional graduation. On the bright side, their graduation ceremony…

Mustangs learning on-campus mask-care

Gage Gongas-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Throughout the first week of school, Mustangs and faculty have had to adjust to wearing face masks for long periods of time. Some have already noticed the effects on their skin. Senior Maddie Forman said, “It has definitely been an adjustment trying to get used to masks. My skin…

LRHS adjusts early-season football schedule

Cameron Madison – Mustangs Ahead   (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Monday, Aug. 14 the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) held a board meeting to vote on the future of all fall sports.   In a vote of 11-5, the FHSAA decided in favor of an on-schedule starting on Monday, Aug. 24.   This means that the LRHS football games will be happening this fall.  With the…

LRHS swim tryouts start Monday

Jenelle Bayor– Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Monday, Aug. 24 LRHS will hold its annual swim team tryouts at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA from 2:30 to 4:00 PM.   In order to participate, every swimmer’s temperature must be taken and must be under 100.4°F.    Additionally, hand sanitizer will be given to all coaches in a large spray bottle for athletes and coaches to use.  Head Coach Steve Lubrino said,…

Mustang sports programs ready for safe start

Erica Kennedy-Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- COVID-19 is affecting everything and everyone at LRHS, including the sports programs.   The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has authorized fall sports to start on Monday, Aug. 24.   The LRHS cross-country team will be meeting at the YMCA, swimming at the YMCA, girl’s golf at Lakewood National, boy’s golf at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, and volleyball in the gym.  Stay updated…

Mustang volleyball tryouts scheduled for Monday

Mallory Lloyd – Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On August 14, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) decided that fall sports, including girls’ volleyball, can officially start on Monday, Aug. 24.  LRHS volleyball will follow the FHSAA’s plan and hold tryouts on Monday.  For freshman and sophomores interested, tryouts will be from 3-4:30 p.m. For juniors and seniors, tryouts will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Stay updated on important LRHS news and share what you like by following our Twitter @LRHSNews1, Instagram…

Textbook return crucial for Mustangs

Margarita Lopez-Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL-) After the abrupt ending to the 2019-2020 school year, not all Mustangs returned textbooks, leaving the school short for this year. Mustangs will not be allowed to check out any new textbooks until all their previous year’s textbooks have been returned. To limit the number of people in the…