KICKER: HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP Main Hed: Riverview falls to Windermere in region semis

The Riverview High boys basketball team dropped a 61-48 decision to Windermere High on Tuesday night at the RHS gymnasium.
The Riverview High boys basketball team dropped a 61-48 decision to Windermere High on Tuesday night at the RHS gymnasium.

SARASOTA — When the Riverview High boys basketball team did what it was supposed to do, it was in the game and had a fighting chance.

However, when the Rams veered away from the team's game plan, well, it led to trouble.

Riverview rebounded from a disastrous second quarter to make it a game in the third quarter against Windermere High.

But the Wolverines were strong with the basketball and made their free throws down the stretch of a 61-48 victory over the Rams in a Class 7A-Region 2 semifinal game Tuesday night at the RHS Gymnasium.

Sixth-seeded Windermere (21-7) moves on to the region final against district foe and fifth-seeded Orlando Dr. Phillips, an 81-49 winner over top-seeded Orlando Olympia. Second-seeded Riverview’s season came to an end at 21-8.

It did not have to end this way for the Rams.

In the first quarter, they battled back to tie the game five times and eventually take a 16-12 lead after eight minutes using a 6-0 run capped by a Ja’mier Jones dunk

“We took care of the ball, we passed the ball and had good scoring opportunities,” Riverview coach Rudy Fraraccio said.

That success did not last long.

Windermere went on an 18-1 spurt to start the second quarter to take the lead for good. The Rams’ lone bucket in the quarter came on a putback by junior Jason Jackson with 18 seconds left.

“The second quarter, we turned the ball over,” Fraraccio said. “We were dribbling the ball too much instead of passing and moving. We had some turnovers and not much scoring.”

Getting to the basket and making free throws in the third quarter, Riverview got to within 43-38 early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by senior Pete Goldberg.

“We changed our offense and we changed our defense,” Fraraccio said. “We were zone and went to man. We went through our offensive playbook and found something that worked.”

Junior Sean Stewart, a Duke University commit, and sophomore Chalier Torres got things going offensively for the Wolverines, and senior Jeremy Torres controlled the ball and made five free throws in the final 45 seconds to put the game away.

Senior Jaron Glover, heading to Michigan State on a football scholarship, battled his way inside for a team-high 14 points for Riverview. Jones had 11 points and Goldberg finished with 10.

Riverview takeaways

• The Rams finished one spot away from where they finished a year ago, when they lost in the region final to Orlando Oak Ridge. Fraraccio reflected on the season: “Nine new people on the team, five who weren’t at Riverview last year. We came together pretty well. I’m very proud of what this team has accomplished. We lost nine seniors. Twenty wins, a district championship, but I sure would have liked to have this one to get to the Elite 8.”

• After missing five of their first six free throws, the Rams finished 6-for-14 from the line.

• Along with Glover and Goldberg, the Rams graduate Henry Castilow, Brandon Seadrow and Jackson Dawson.

Bradenton Christian's Ashton Desrochers makes a basket against St. Pete Canterbury Tuesday night at Bradenton Christian's Pentecost Athletic Center. The Panthers won the Class 2A-Region 3 semifinal game, 62-50.
Bradenton Christian's Ashton Desrochers makes a basket against St. Pete Canterbury Tuesday night at Bradenton Christian's Pentecost Athletic Center. The Panthers won the Class 2A-Region 3 semifinal game, 62-50.

CLASS 2A-REGION 3

Bradenton Christian 62,
St. Petersburg Canterbury 50

BRADENTON — Bradenton Christian School turned up the heat on defense to win its Class 2A-Region 3 semifinal game Tuesday night at the Pentecost Athletic Center.

The Panthers (25-5) allowed St. Petersburg Canterbury Prep just nine points in the second quarter and only seven more in the third period to pull away.

It was the third time BCS defeated the Crusaders (17-12) this season. The Panthers also won at home (58-50) on Dec. 12 and again in the Class 2A-District 11 championship final, 71-60.

The victory sets up the region final and a trip to Naples on Friday. BCS will take on First Baptist Academy (25-2) at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the State Final 4 in Lakeland.

“Our defense has been our strength all year,” veteran BCS coach Scott Townsend said. “We’ve played really well defensively. It also seems to help us with our offensive game.”

The Panthers got a huge lift from senior Ashton Desrochers, who came off the bench to score 14 points. Sophomore guard Jayden Baker led BCS with 15 points, and freshman teammate Aaron Clark chipped in 12.

It was the ninth straight victory for the Panthers. BCS started the season with a 13-1 record.

Bradenton Christian's Cameron Desrochers scores against St. Pete Canterbury during Tuesday night's Class 2A-Region 3 game at Bradenton Christian's Pentecost Athletic Center.
Bradenton Christian's Cameron Desrochers scores against St. Pete Canterbury during Tuesday night's Class 2A-Region 3 game at Bradenton Christian's Pentecost Athletic Center.

Bradenton Christian takeaways

• BCS committed eight turnovers, five in the first half and three in the second half. “We’ve done a good job of that all year,” Townsend said. “If you want to be a championship caliber team, you can’t have turnovers. If you limit your turnovers, you are going to give yourself a shot.”

• BCS revealed a versatile and talented bench Tuesday. Eight different players scored as Townsend was able to substitute freely. “We go eight deep,” he said. “I can start any of them. They’ve just been awesome.”

• The Panthers look like an annual threat to go deep into the playoffs for years to come. BCS started three sophomores, one freshman and one senior vs. the Crusaders. “I’m proud of these guys,” Townsend said. “We’ve got a young group. They play well together.”

– Jim Brockman, correspondent

CLASS 5A-REGION 3

Barron Collier 84, Charlotte 60

PUNTA GORDA — Yvens Paul doesn’t always dominate a basketball game. But even then, it feels like he is … well, dominating the game.

Barron Collier’s 6-foot-7 senior center filled up the scoresheet with 13 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks Tuesday night, and the visiting Cougars (20-9) scored 55 points in the second half to pull away from Charlotte in a Class 5A-Region 3 semifinal.

The Tarpons (19-10) missed 13 of their first 14 shots after halftime, allowing the Cougars to turn a 29-all tie into an insurmountable 66-42 lead with less than four minutes remaining.

D.J. Woods carried Charlotte with four 3-pointers and 14 points in the first half, but junior John Gamble, nursing an injured left ankle, finished with seven points and 1-of-7 shooting.

“I couldn’t help out too much, but I was giving my all for them,” Gamble said. “It affected me bad, but I was trying to fight through for (his teammates). They wanted me in the game because they had faith in me.”

The Tarpons, who suffered their first loss in 17 games against high school teams from the local five-county area, shot just 33% (including 6-of-27 from beyond the 3-point line) and were outrebounded 47-28. That was more than enough to wipe out early leadss of 9-2 and 26-21.

“The thing that affected (BC) the most, especially early, was our pressure,” said Charlotte coach Tom Massolio, who finished his 25th season with 11 district titles, 18 state-playoff appearances and 505 career wins. “But when you’re not scoring, you can’t pressure.

“We said it at halftime, we needed somebody else (besides Woods) to score a little bit. We just never got that tonight.”

– Donnie WIlkie, correspondent

Braden River coach steps down

Braden River High boys basketball coach Jason Mickan stepped down after 12 years at the school.


Regional semifinals

7A-2: Windermere 61, Riverview 48

6A-3: Tampa Wharton 58, Palmetto 36

5A-3: Naples Barron Collier 84, Charlotte 60

5A-3: St. Petersburg 80, Southeast 77

4A-3: St. Petersburg Gibbs 65, Parrish Community 57

4A-3: Brooksville Central 64, Port Charlotte 63

2A-3: Bradenton Christian 62, St. Petersburg Canterbury 50

Friday's regional final

2A-3: Bradenton Christian (2) at Naples First Baptist Academy (1)

BASEBALL

Lemon Bay 6, Charlotte 2

GAME AT: Lemon Bay High, Englewood.

TOP HITTERS: LB, Charlie Dilmore (2-3 RBI); C, Braddock Marshall (2-3).

PITCHING: LB, Abel Albarran (5IP 4H 1R-0ER 0BB 7K).

Riverview 8, Braden River 2

GAME AT: Riverview High, Sarasota.

TOP PLAYERS: R, Pip Smalley (2-3, 2 3B, 2R 2RBI), Clay Russin (2-4 R RBI), Cooper Backman (2-4 RBI); BR, Kaitz (3-3 RBI).

PITCHING: R, Brandon Viera (3IP 1H 1BB 4K).

Sarasota Christian 23,
Port Charlotte Community School 2

GAME AT: Sarasota Christian School.

TOP PLAYERS: SC, Conor Lundy (3 hits), Randall Collins (2 hits).

PITCHING: SC, Collins (WP).

OF NOTE: Collins, Trey Featherston and Alex Hefti combined for a no-hitter for Sarasota Christian.

RECORDS: Sarasota Christian (1-0);Community School (0-1).

UP NEXT: Sarasota Christian at Bradenton Christian. Thursday.

Out-of-Door Academy 4,
St. Petersburg Keswick Christian 3

OF NOTE: ODA scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to win.

PITCHING: ODA, Jack Hobson (WP).

SOFTBALL

Riverview 2, Lemon Bay 1

GAME AT: Riverview High, Sarasota.

TOP PLAYERS: R, Michelle DiPuma (1-2 HR 2RBI R), Emma Baltzersen (1-1), Kaylee Adkins (1-2).

PITCHING: R, Johnston (7IP 4H 1R-0ER 2BB 4K); LB, Mackenzie Vaughan (2IP).

OF NOTE: Riverview scored both of its runs in the first inning on DiPuma’s home run. … Lemon Bay’s run came in the seventh inning.

RECORD: Riverview (1-0).

Manatee 11, Bradenton Christian 0

TOP PLAYERS: M, Sam Formosa (2 hits 3RBI 3R 2SB), Bralee Garland (2-run HR), Hope Jordan (1B 2B HR RBI).

PITCHING: M, Grace Cosby (5IP 3H 1BB 4K).

Southeast 22, St. Pete Catholic 0, 3 inn.

AT: St. Petersburg Catholic.

TOP PLAYERS: SE, Mikayla Reyna (4 walks, 4 runs), Kaela Pangman (3 walks, 2RBI, 3 runs).

PITCHING: SE, Kaela Pangman (3IP 0H).

OF NOTE: All except two Southeast players scored. ... It was Pangman's first game in the circle in two years.

RECORDS: Southeast (1-0); St. Pete Catholic (0-1).

NEXT: Southeast at Bayshore, 6 p.m. Thursday.

North Port 13,
Lehigh Acres Lehigh Senior 3, 6 inn.

AT: North Port High.

TOP PLAYERS: NP, Vanderkous (2-4 3RBI R), Stolzfus (2-5 2R 2RBI), Allen (2-3 3R RBI).

PITCHING: Belgrade (4IP 4H 3R-1ER 5K).

Port Charlotte 17, DeSoto County 15

TOP PLAYERS: PC, Mickey Coslor (3-4 3SB 3R), Alexis Puga (3-5 7RBI), Dava Hoffer (2 hits), Lily MacGregor (2 hits).

PITCHING: PC, Jaylin Pinedo (WP).

BOYS TENNIS

Lemon Bay 7, North Port 0

AT: North Port Hilgh.

SINGLES: Stevie Ethier (LB) def. Xander Bieniek 6-1, 6-1; Hunter Andres (LB) def. Danny Bullock 6-2, 6-1; Billy Rand (LB) def. Hector Torres 6-1, 7-5; Gray Lowder (LB) def. JT Geier 6-0, 6-2; Caleb Hutcherson (LB) def. Tyler Mann 6-0, 6-1.

DOUBLES: Ethier / Andres (LB) def. Bieniek / Bullock 8-1; Lowder / Rand (LB) def. Torres / Geier (NP) 8-3.

Venice 7, Out-of-Door Academy 0

SINGLES: Bryan Cerniak (V) def. Cash Murphy 6-2, 6-0; Pranav Major (V) def. Thomas Vicente 6-0, 6-0; Arvand Rajeev (V) def. Max Murphy 6-1, 6-0; Andrej Andlekovic (V) def. Sebastian Sanandres 8-3; Simon Ayer (V) def. Luke Flanders 6-2, 6-0.

DOUBLES: Creniak/Major (V) def. Murphy/Murphy 8-0; Rajeev/G.Burrughs (V) def. Sanandres/Vicente 8-1.

RECORDS: Venice (5-1); Out-of-Door Academy (1-5).

GIRLS TENNIS

Venice 4, Out-of-Door Academy 3

SINGLES: Mikayla Faure (V) def. Alicia Vieira 6-0, 6-0; Sophie Bose (ODA) def. Tess Tchobadjiev 1-6, 6-3, 10-4; Charley Hunn (ODA) def. Giselle Noriega 6-4, 6-0; Leah Woolvestein (V) def. Reagan Graham 6-1, 6-0; Kenzie Delong (V) def. Sydney Graham 7-6 (5), 6-1.

DOUBLES: Faure / Tchabadjiev (V) def. Vieria/Hunn 8-1; Bose/R.Graham (V) def. Noriega/Woolvestein 8-2.

RECORDS: Venice (5-1); Out-of-Door Academy (2-4).

UP NEXT: Bradenton Christian at Out-of-Door, Thursday.

Lemon Bay 7, North Port 0

SINGLES: Jordan Shirley (LB) def. Mila Djorvich 8-3; Marie L'Abbe (LB) def. Autumn Gieir 8-2; Rosey Lowder (LB) def. Taylor Rand 8-1; Avery Shirley (LB) def. Jada Haynes 8-0; Fabiana Artigas (LB) def. Abby Ramirez 8-1.

DOUBLES: J. Shirley / L'Abbe (LB) def. Djorvich / Gieir 8-4; Lowder/A. Shirley (LB) def. Rand/Haynes 8-1.

RECORDS: Lemon Bay (4-1); North Port (3-2).

UP NEXT: Parrish at Lemon Bay, Thursday, 3.

Sarasota Christian 7, Bayshore 0

AT: Bayshore High, Bradenton.

SINGLES: Isabella Heidenberger (SCS) def. Katie Singh 8-0; Maci Voigt (SC) def. San Juanita Gonzalez-Perez 8-0; Emma Ferraro (SC) def. Wendy Partida 8-0; Marissa Weeks (SC) def. Andrea Agustin 8-3; Kaylan Weeks (SC) won by default.

DOUBLES: Maci Voigt / Alison Smith (SC) def. Singh / Gonzalez-Perez 8-1; Kaylan Weeks / Ainsley Wiegand (SC) def. Partida / Agustin 8-1.

RECORDS: Sarasota Christian (1-1).

UP NEXT: Sarasota Christian at North Port High School , Thursday.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Cardinal Mooney 17, Sarasota 7

GAME AT: Sarasota High.

TOP PLAYERS: CM, Darling Berstrom (3 goals, assist, 6 draw controls), Teagan Metnick (3 goals, assist, 5 draw controls, 3 ground balls), Lindsay Kuo (3 goals, 3 draw controls), Morgan Costallos (2 goals, 2 assists, draw control, 3 ground balls), Maddie Landers (2 goals, assist, 6 ground balls), Morgan Martin (2 goals, assist, 2 ground balls), Ally Frank (goal, assist, ground ball).

GOALIE: CM, Lily Vanderpol (8 saves).

RECORDS: Mooney (1-1).

NEXT: Riverview at Cardinal Mooney, Thursday.

Lakewood Ranch 16,
Bradenton Christian 2

GAME AT: Lakewood Ranch.

TOP PLAYERS: LR, Sunni Schurr (3 goals), Sarah Mullin (3 goals), Joslyn Chapman (goal, 4 assists), Lydia Connell (goal, 2 assists), Brooke Harris (3 goals, 3 assists), Morgan McCabe (2 goals), Riley Jackson (2 goals, assist).

GOALIE: Hannah Perra (8 saves)

RECORD: Lakewood Ranch (1-0).

NEXT: Lakewood Ranch at Riverview, March 4.

Dennis Maffezzoli is the deputy sports editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and chief reporter for Sarasota Herald-Tribune and HTpreps covering Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Support local journalism by subscribing.

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