HS Roundup: Regional tennis finals; Bishop Verot girls win District 2A track meet

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A roundup of high school games played on Thursday, April 21:

Girls regional tennis

2A

Bishop Verot 4, Lemon Bay 2

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The recipe for success for Bishop Verot at Thursday’s 2A regional final was Belgian native and foreign exchange student Alexie Jacob de Beucken, who led Verot past the Manta Rays 4-2 to clinch their spot in the state finals.

“She stepped up in a big way to pull out the first singles win for us to really get us going there after the doubles,” Vikings coach Anne Kerns said.

“The Lemon Bay girls came to play today,” she added. “They fought hard every match, so it ended up very close. The girls played well, despite being on spring break. It was tough, for them to stay focused during vacation mode, but they did a great job and pulled out the win for us.”

The Vikings started the day splitting the doubles matchups with Lemon Bay with Elizabeth Manibo and Alexie Jacob de Beucken securing their first win of the regional matchup.

“Lemon Bay's doubles teams are formidable,” Kerns said. “They are well trained and they executed some strategies well.”

Beucken who is from Brussels, Belgium, has excelled for the Vikings this season as their top singles player. She secured her spot in the state final after defeating Lemon Bay’s Jordan Shirley 6-4, 6-2.

Kerns also mentioned how special reaching the state finals for the team was since none of the current players have played in one before.

“This is a brand-new experience and they're very excited,” she said. “Getting to states in itself is an accomplishment, I want my girls to be very proud of getting to this point. They've worked hard and I think it shows.”

Doubles: 1. Elizabeth Manibo/Alexie Jacob de Beucken (BV) d. Jordan Shirley/Marie L’abbe 6-0, 4-6, 10-7; 2. Rosey Lowder/Avery Shirley (LB) d. Cornelia Ovren/Ava Aloia 6-2, 7-4; Singles: 1. Jacob de Beucken (BV) d. Shirley 6-4,6-2; 2. Manibo (BV) d. L’abbe 4-6, 3-2, 10-6; 3. Not finished; 4. Avery Shirley (LB) d. Laila McCullers 6-1, 6-3; 5. Fabiana Artigas (BV) d. Olivia Kushner 6-3, 6-3

4A

Venice 5, Gulf Coast 0

Doubles: 1. Nicole Cierniak/Makayla Faure (V) d. Kelly Richter/Mía Martin 6-2, 6-2; 2. Nika DeLong/Christine Wu (V) d. Ava Rochford/Bianca Kisic 6-0, 6-3; Singles: 1. Abandoned; 2. Abandoned; 3. DeLong (V) d. Richford; 6-0, 6–1; 4. Christine Wu (V) d. Caroline Jolly 6-2, 6-0; 5. Adela Piskor d. Kisic; 6-2, 6-1

“Give credit to Venice, they are a team to watch at states,” Gulf Coast coach Mark Voorhees said. “Our players did amazing things this year against some of the best teams the state has to offer. I am so proud of all 13 Gulf Coast Sharks.”

3A

Barron Collier 4, Naples 0

Doubles: 1. Nikki Okenka/Bella Borda (BC) d. Aurora Nichols/Ella Perry 6-2, 6-1; 2. Lexi Pouliaevski/Giulia Nelson (BC) d. Marissa Akins/Haylee Gingris 6-3, 6-0; Singles: 1. Nikki Okenka (BC) led Aurars Nichols 6-0, 3-3; 2. Bella Borda (BC) led Ella Perry 6-3, 2-5; 3. Lexi Pouliaevski (BC) d. Marissa Akins 6-0, 6-2; 4. Giulia Nelson (BC) led Haylee Gingris 6-0, 2-2; 5. Madison Knoth (BC) d. Ella Moore-Meister 6-0, 6-0

“I am so proud of this team for stepping up and getting the job done even though our normal number two, Isabella Sorhegui was sick,” Barron Collier coach Nancy Geiman said. “Major props to Giulia Nelson & Madison Knoth for adapting to new roles and killing it! Nikki Okenka, Bella Borda and Lexi Pouliaevski also played fantastic to secure super important points!”

1A

CSN 4, Saint Stephens 1

Boys tennis regionals

2A

Lemon Bay 4, Bishop Verot 3

After dropping the first three matches at the Class 2A regional meet at Three Oaks Park, Lemon Bay coach Seamus McCarthy’s team needed to win out the to advance to the state finals.

It all came down to the final singles match between Lemon Bay’s Hunter Andres and Bishop Verot’s Kevin Johns. Hunter won in a tiebreaker 7-6, to advance the Manta Rays to the state finals for the first time since 2007.

“You always tell them no pressure, but it is hard to tell them that when I’m over here with my voice and hands shaking," McCarthy said. “We're down three to zero from the bat, so that's always tough. Everyone had to win for us to move on. Initially, a little scared because if just one of our guys had to have an off day, we're out of it.”

Despite the loss, the Vikings will advance four individuals (Ron Domieir, Kevin Johns, Jacob Mast, Andrew Pino) to the state finals. Both doubles teams will advance, while Domieir will look to keep his 19-0 record intact through the state championship.

“He’s played a tough, tough schedule this year,” Vikings coach Mark Latell said. “A lot of strong number ones from strong schools. I'm happy I get them another year, but I'm curious to see what kind of damage he can do at states.”

Doubles: 1. Ron Domieir/ Kevin Johns (BV) d. Stevie Ethier/Hunter Andres 6-2, 6-0; 2. Jacob Mast/Andrew Pino (BV) d. Billy Rand/Gray Lowden 6-2, 6-0; Singles: 1. Domieir (BV) d. Ether 6-2,6-1; 2. Andres (LB) d. Johns 6-2, 7-6; 3. Rand (LB) d. Mast 6-4, 6-3; 4. Lowden (LB) d. Bryce Dean 6-4, 6-3; 5. Caleb Hutchinson (LB) d. Andrew Pino 6-0, 6-1

4A

Gulf Coast 4, Venice 1

Singles: 1. David Procacci (GC) d. Charles Siddons 6-1, 6-1; 2. Ivan Kisic (GC) d. Seth Neitlich 6-3,6-4; 3. Hudson Fry (GC) d. Bryan Cierniak 6-3, 6-4; 4. N/A; 5. N/A; Doubles: 1. Procacci/Chris Wilson (GC) d. Siddons/Neitlich 6-2, 7-6; 2. Kisic/Fry (GC) d. Pranav Mayoy/Evan Van Burskick 6-0, 6-1

“We took a big step forward in our progress as a team today,” Sharks coach Tom Zucchi said. “Venice is a very strong team that consistently competes well. We were able to finish some matches in singles to send us to state. We needed everyone’s best effort today to get past Venice for the Regional title.”

3A

Barron Collier 5, Naples 2

1A

Saint Stephens 5, Community School of Naples 0

Doubles: 1. Jake Pettingell/Max Pettingell (SS) d. Rocco Didonato/Este Caidiou 6-1, 6-0; 2. Tomas Martins/Ricardo Perazzolo (SS) d. Zach Braverman & Jake Jaffe 6-1, 6-1; Singles: 1. Jake Pettingell (SS) d. Rocco Didonata 6-2, 6-7 (6), 10-6; 2. Max Pettingell (SS) d. Este Caidiou 6-0, 6-0; 3. Tomas Martins (SS) led Zach Braverman 6-1, 1-0; Ricardo Perazzolo (SS) led Jake Jaffe 6-2; Meng Zhao (SS) d. Sohum Thakker 6-1, 6-0

Baseball

St. John Neumann 13, First Baptist Academy 1: The Celtics' seven-run first inning effort was too much for the Lions to overcome as their notched their ninth straight win. Leading Neumann at the plate was Luis Gomez, Michael Maradona, Jason Neal, Bryan Frydenlund and Logan Barratta who all batted in an RBI.

Estero 7, South Fort Myers 3: The Wildcats picked up their fifth straight win and second straight against the Wolfpack on the road. Bryce Genton got the win for Estero, striking out eight.

Palmetto Ridge 7, CSN 1: Sophomore Vincent Mattei led the Bears striking out six batters as they downed the Seahawks. Offensively for Palmetto Ridge, Andreas Shaller knocked in three RBI.

Softball

Mariner 16, Lemon Bay 5: Katie Campbell led the Tritons with two home runs and six RBI in their win over the Manta Rays.

Lehigh 16, East Lee 0: The Lightning took care of business, shutting out the Jaguars in three innings. Muriayah Levine was the winning pitcher for Lehigh, allowing only one base runner.

Track

District 2A-12

At Sarasota Booker

Bishop Verot won the girls competition with a total of 154 points and Booker was second with 148, Lemon Bay was third at 136, followed by Port Charlotte at 107.

Bishop Verot's boys were second with 145 points, behind Port Charlotte’s total of 156. The Vikings were followed by Lemon Bay (136) and Clewiston in fourth place with 125 points.

Boys

Individual results

Triple Jump: 1. Daunte Douglas (PC) 43-04.50, 2. Christian Fevrier (BV) 42-00.25; Pole Vault: 1. David Latell (BV) 10-06.00, 2. Rune LeDoux (LB) 8-06.00; Discus: 1. Wyatt Whalen (BV) 133-11.50, 2. Jaxon Almanzar (PC) 125-02.00; Javelin: Christopher Olivera (BV) 151-05.00, 2. Ashawn James (CL) 139-05.25; Shot Put: 1. Wyatt Whalen (BV) 52-11.50, 2. Samuel Luther (PC) 42-02.75; 800: Tyler Wadsworth (PC) 1:57.21, 2. Cooper Banks (BV) 1:57.60; 110 Hurdles: 1. Joel Reboton (O) 16.30, 2. Cole Jackson (BS) 17.21; 4X400: 1. Clewiston 3:25.53, 2. Bishop Verot 3:36.76; 4X800: 1. Bishop Verot 8:26.10, 2. Lemon Bay 9:05.15;

In the track and field shot put, Bishop Verot's junior Wyatt Whalen, 17, took first place during the FHSAA 2A District 12 track meet at Booker High in Sarasota on Thursday, April, 21, 2022.
In the track and field shot put, Bishop Verot's junior Wyatt Whalen, 17, took first place during the FHSAA 2A District 12 track meet at Booker High in Sarasota on Thursday, April, 21, 2022.

Girls

Top individual results

High Jump: Natalee Brown (LB) 4-11.75, 2. Raven Gadson (BV) 4-09.75; Triple Jump: 1. Raven Gadson (BV) 36-07.75, 2. Natalee Brown (LB) 33-02.50; Pole Vault: 1. Dominkya Romero (BV) 6-11.75, 2. Emily Flaugher (BV) 5-05.75; 100: Alyssa Husain (O) 12.66, 2. Lashema Williams (B) 12.75; 200: Herrera Geraldine (BV) 26.09, 2. Lashema Williams (B) 26.27; 800: 1. Jenna Rosado (O) 2:29.34, 2. Julia Reitz (BV) 3:31.01; 1600: 1. Mackenzie De Lisle (BV) 5:21.86, 2. Jenna Rosado (O) 5:32.74; 3200: Mackenzie De Lisle (BV) 11:48.22, 2. Katrina Machado (PC) 12:30.69; 4X100: 1. Booker 49.98, 2. Bishop Verot 51.99; 4X400: 1. Bishop Verot 4:18.99, 2. Port Charlotte 4:33.24; 4X800: Bishop Verot 11:04.75, 2. Lemon Bay 12:08.07

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Verot, Barron, CSN girls and Gulf Coast, Barron boys tennis advance to state finals