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The Mustangs celebrate their 2021 state title

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)-  LRHS softball seniors were honored Monday at their home game against Sarasota High School.

The team honored six seniors who were all a part of the 2021 state championship team.

One of the six seniors to be honored was Kelsey Vogel, a four-year varsity starter who signed to the University of North Florida (UNF).

Vogel said, “Last night was bittersweet. I am sad that it is coming to an end, but I am excited for the future.”

Another senior who was honored was Ella Coiner, the state championship winning pitcher who is signed to Eckerd College.

“This program has taught me how to work together as a team and to not be selfish. It has also helped improve my softball IQ,” said Coiner.

Taylor Shephard, a first basemen who is also signed to UNF was honored.

Shephard said, “LRHS softball has taught me so much on the field but also off the field. I have learned so much physically and mentally.”

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The fourth senior honored was Sydney McCray, who has been on varsity since her freshmen year and is signed to play at Florida Southwestern College.

“Senior night honestly felt unreal. I could not believe that I almost made it to the finish line, and it was so much fun to experience it with my teammates and family,” said McCray.

Jayla Daoust is a senior catcher who is signed to Hillsborough Community College and has been part of the program for all four years.

Daoust said, “I was so happy to see how far I have come with my softball journey, but it was also so sad reminding me that my time with Lakewood Ranch High School is almost up.”

Senior Grace Hogie is a catcher who has been on the varsity team since her freshmen year and is also signed to UNF.

Hogie said, “It has been an honor to play with such a great group of girls who have become my family and I can’t wait to finish my last ride.”

These seniors have been a big part of the LRHS program and will continue to do important things at the next level in their career for academics and athletics.