Lakewood Loves Animals and beaches

Mackenzie Sisson– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last Saturday, April 2, the Lakewood Loves Animals Club (LLA) hosted a beach cleanup at Holmes Beach.  Mustangs arrived at the beach at 8.am. and spent several hours cleaning up trash. Once finished LLA acquired over six garbage bags filled with plastic, cans, and food waste. LLA’s…

Mustangs react – Mad March, indeed

Ryan Hanson– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- “March Madness” has come to an end with the Baylor Bears defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 on Monday. Baylor’s win also ends Gonzaga’s attempt to be the first team since 1976 to finish the season undefeated. Many Mustangs all over the Ranch watched the game and were shocked…

LRHS agriculture faces busy days

Mallory Lloyd – Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS FFA and agriculture department had a successful weekend at the state competition in Gainesville. The Horse Judging team consisting of Brooke O’Neill, junior, Madison Hartwig, junior Madeline Fields, and Hannah Yancey, junior, placed fifth in the state. The team will be recognized at the…

Covid restrictions make volunteering extra challenging

Jennifer Schillinger – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Earning volunteer hours this school year has become challenging for many Mustangs due COVID-19 limiting volunteer opportunities. This has caused many Mustangs to join volunteer clubs such as Key Club and Lakewood Leaders in order to access online events. Key Club secretary senior Emma Foley said,…

Baseball takes winning record into rivalry week

Zach Fenimore– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS boys’ varsity baseball team has a record of 9-8 following a three-game week. The three games were on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday against Manatee High School, IMG High School Silver team and Booker High School. The Mustangs beat Manatee 3-0, lost to IMG 6-5 and beat…

Mustangs win four in four days

Cassidy McLellan- Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last week, the LRHS varsity softball team had a busy schedule, playing four games in four days. The first game was Monday at Venice High School and the Mustangs took an 11-3 win. Sophomore Olivia Ryan made an outstanding play in the outfield, diving in foul territory,…

Mustangs launch annual Spring tests

Reva Gandhi– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The Florida Standard Assessments (FSA) Writing is set to begin at LRHS. FSA Writing is a writing assessment for ninth and tenth graders designed to measure Mustangs’ knowledge and skills. LRHS assistant principal Valencia Lowen stated, “April marks the beginning of our ‘official’ testing season.” Testing will…

2021-22 SGA applications available

Morgan McCabe– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Student Government Association (SGA) applications have been released. SGA is a student run class that promotes school activities and represents the student body to the administration and faculty. Applications are posted outside SGA teacher Delaney Riggins’ door, room 619. Completed forms must be returned by Friday,…

Mustangs can overcome exam stress

Emma Conerly – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- As exam season approaches and the school year ends, it can be a stressful time for Mustangs. Although stress can seem overwhelming at times, there are numerous ways to combat it. One of the easiest ways is exercise.  Exercise causes the brain to produce endorphins, which improves…

Lacrosse ready to resume play

Meghan Llamas – Mustangs Ahead  (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As Mustangs filter back into school after an increase in quarantines last week, the boys varsity and girls junior varsity lacrosse teams get ready to return to the field. It has been a week since the boys varsity and girls junior varsity lacrosse teams have been quarantined,…

2020-21 LRHS Senior Superlatives announced

Emma Tullio – Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The announcement of LRHS Senior Superlatives mark one of the last checkpoints for the class of 2021. The class of 2021 concluded their votes for Senior Superlatives on Thursday, March 25. Senior Ella Botko commented, “It definitely came as a surprise that I won the ‘Most…

Baseball preps for rivalry games

Zach Fenimore– Mustangs Ahead (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS boys varsity baseball team opened the second half of their season last week with two tough losses. The Mustangs lost a close game to Palmetto High School 5-3 Thursday night followed up by a 10-0 loss to Venice High School. The Mustangs now stand at…