Cassidy McLellan – Mustangs Ahead

LRHS Mustangs celebrate their state title

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Mustangs have the opportunity to be a part of one of Manatee county’s most successful sports teams.

LRHS softball tryouts will be held on 3 p.m., Monday, Jan. 24 and Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the Lakewood Ranch Softball field.

Senior Taylor Shephard said, “I am really excited for tryouts and the season to start because I want to work hard and have a very successful senior season.”

The Mustangs had an extremely successful season during 2021. The team was 30-2 and won the 7A Softball State Championship in May.

But focusing on the past could lead to failure.

Varsity head coach TJ Goelz said, “Living on old news ends seasons early. We have a new season, new goals, new opponents, new opportunities to do great things. We are focused on the road ahead.”

Goelz continued, “The plan is the same as every season: trust the process, trust the players and aim to be playing our best softball at the end of April and all through May. We have eight returning from the starting lineup at states so we are full of experience.”

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With the successful season the Mustangs had last year, scheduling games for this upcoming season was difficult.

Goelz explained, “We had a difficult time finding opponents. Most of the local teams we have played for years didn’t schedule us, which was disappointing.”

But Mustangs and their coaches always have high expectations for the season.

“A return trip to states is always the expectation. We have the talent and experience to get there,” said Goelz.

LRHS also had a successful Junior Varsity (JV) team in the past.

JV Head coach Todd Lee said, “I am most excited about getting the new girls and players introduced to how the process works within LRHS softball.”

Mustangs interested in the opportunity to participate in softball at LRHS can attend tryouts. Anyone interested should go to the LRHS website and complete all the forms necessary.