Emma Chapman and Lucas Viera – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS boys varsity basketball team won their first playoff game in three years.

The team beat Riverview High School 47-46 in the district quarterfinal.

This moved the team into the district semifinals, where they were defeated 30-67 by Newsome High School.

With their head coach leaving midway through the season, the team had to overcome adversity, finishing the regular season 2-20.

Senior Trey Holweger said, “It was kind of hard at first because we didn’t have much teamwork and we didn’t really bond as a team, but after the team dwindled down, we were able to find the heart of the team.”

Both the coach and six players departed from the team, leaving seven players on the active roster. Two of them were seniors.

To make up for the loss, the team added five players from the junior varsity roster.

Senior Isaac Ashley said, “Having two wins during the regular season of my senior year was disappointing, but it’s difficult to win games when you’re outnumbered every game and don’t have a head coach.”

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The team fought hard till the end of every game, despite having limited substitutes available.

Junior Leo Henderson said, “The team worked hard despite the loss of our coach and the challenges we faced. This game was a good way to bounce back from our losses.”

A new head coach is needed for next season. The teams previous head coach Chris Kawcak spent two seasons coaching the LRHS varsity basketball team.

With most of the remaining players being sophomores and juniors, the team is hoping to strengthen its core next season.