Here is a roundup of high school sports events played the week of Sept. 19-24. It will be updated each night during the week as games, matches, and meets are completed and reported.
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Thursday, Sept. 22
First Baptist 3, Gulf Coast 2: Despite losing numerous pieces from a season ago, the First Baptist volleyball team picked up one of their biggest wins in program history.
And it happened to come in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
The Lions (Class 3A) downed Gulf Coast (Class 7A) in a five-set thriller, winning 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-10 Thursday night.
There was also a matchup within the matchup, as two sisters were facing off on opposite sides. FBA seventh-grader Jade Rau and Gulf Coast junior Marina Rau both were on the floor throughout the match, with the younger Rau getting the better of her older sister in their first meeting against one another.
“I’ve told them this a couple times now, when they want to win, they will win,” First Baptist coach Marci Walker said. “Just because of the heart on the floor. The youngest one on our team is playing against her sister, and she’s like, ‘I want this more than anything.’ They have the heart and the tenacity to just keep fighting.”
The Sharks are in the middle of a rough stretch, as Thursday night’s game marked their eighth in nine days. In those eight matches, Gulf Coast is 4-4, with back-to-back five-set losses. Barron Collier downed them Tuesday night at home.
“We’ve got people sick, we’ve got people this and that, but we’re tired from Tuesday (against Barron Collier),” Gulf Coast coach Christy Wright said. “That was a long fricken match. That was a lot of points. We were there until 10:15. You can’t use that as an excuse. We just came out flat and didn’t play in the first game… Nobody was in it mentally at the beginning of the match. You can’t come out like that.
“Right now, we’ve got to put it in the background. It’s over now. We have a choice to either learn from it, move forward, and get better, or make excuses and then we won’t get better. They seemed receptive to that. I told them to rest, get healthy, no practice tomorrow. I gave them the day off tomorrow (Friday). Come back on Monday refocused. We all just have to get better from this week. We weren’t horrible, we just weren’t good.”
Zara Stewart’s all-around play was critical for the Lions, finishing with 14 kills, 18 digs, and five aces. Aisha Keric was one of the the lone bright spots for Gulf Coast, finishing with 17 kills and 43 assists, which is a new single-game high for the junior.
Stewart was one of the many FBA players that were ready to capitalize on the opportunity of playing a large public school, and said that Thursday’s win reaffirms what the team believed: they’re among the best in the area.
“Our team came in as underdogs, and we’d rather be underdogs than one of the top teams,” Stewart said. “We came in as if we’re going to play our hardest game on the court, give it our all, and let people know they’re in our home.
“I came to lead this team, and we wanted to tell people in Collier County, don’t underestimate other people, because we came to play, and we came to win. We did that.”
Amarah Johnson had an impressive game up front, rejecting multiple Gulf Coast hitters with seven total blocks while adding 11 kills. As a team, Gulf Coast hit just .155 and had a kill percentage of 32.4 percent.
The Sharks had 15 aces on the night, including six from Kate Drasba, who began the fourth set on a 7-0 Gulf Coast run. She added eight kills and 11 digs, while Lily Lucas had eight kills on .029 hitting with four aces and 21 digs.
The Lions (6-2) will head into next week with some key momentum against Estero, LaBelle, and CSN, while Gulf Coast (10-5) will await the winner of Immokalee and Lely in next week’s CCPS Tournament. The Sharks are the top seed, as a likely rematch against Barron Collier, setting up a potential rubber match between the two teams next Thursday in the CCPS Championship.
— Alex Martin
Fort Myers 3, South Fort Myers 0: The Green Wave won in straight sets 25-11, 25-8, 25-14. Gabby Dwyer tallied 10 kills, 4 digs, and 1 ace in the winning effort, while teammate Kalia Reisma had 6 kills, 3 aces, and 5 digs. Tori Borton tacked on 23 assists, 4 aces, 4 kills, and 4 digs for Fort Myers.
Ida Baker 3, Cape Coral 0: Ida Baker won in straight sets 25-8, 25-22, 25-7.
Riverdale 3, Cypress Lake 0: The Raiders won in straight sets 25-9, 25-13, 25-22. Olivia Znotens tallied 13 kills, 7 digs, and 5 aces, while teammate Landyn Higginbotham had 8 kills, 7 digs, and 6 aces. Hannah St. Croix had 6 kills and 2 solo blocks. Sophia Vargas had 16 assists.
CSN 3, Oasis 1: Community School of Naples won 25-20, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17. Jordan Baksh tallied a team-high 8 kills, while Guilana Decidue had 16 digs and 5 aces. Alison Ortiz had 3 blocks.
Estero 3, Naples 1: The Wildcats won in four sets 25-20, 29-31, 25-21, 25-21.
ECS 3, LaBelle 2: The Cowboys won in five sets 26-24, 21-25, 22-25, 25-16, 15-12. Reilly Mulligan tallied 18 kills and 13 digs, while teammate Ashlyn Anderson tallied 38 assists and 6 aces. Sydney Strom had 13 kills and 12 digs for the Sentinels.
Parrish Community 28, LaBelle 20: The Cowboys lost a home battle to the Bulls on Thursday night. LaBelle started off strong, scoring on their first offensive play of the game when Isaac Santamaria broke free on a run for over 70 yards.
Headed into the second half, LaBelle focused on targeting the Parrish secondary. Sophomore quarterback Ty Murray found success to that end, throwing for two touchdowns on the night.
It was a back-and-forth contest throughout the night, but conditioning proved to be a factor in the Cowboy loss. "They were able to platoon, and we've got a lot of kids playing both sides of the ball," said head coach Maurice McClain. "So just more conditioning, and working with our number twos that way they know what's going on as well when it's their time to come in the game."
Private 8 Tournament: Bishop Verot won first place as a team, with Griffin Henry (77) placing a team-high third as an individual. Seacrest's Jonathan Elter (72) took home first after winning a one-hole sudden-death playoff. Connor Shea (72) earned second for St. John Neumann. First Baptist's Lucas Lye (79) and Ryan Kriz (79) tied for 5th place.
Riverdale 127, SFCA 29: 200 Medley Relay: Riverdale 1:44.75; 200 Free: Dylan Galli, Riverdale 2:24.00; 200 IM: Adrian Gagliardi, Riverdale 2:28.41; 50 Free: Evan Barker, Riverdale 29.56; 100 Fly: Chris Ramirez, Riverdale 1:15.56; 100 Free: Evan Barker, Riverdale 1:08.31; 500 Free: Zach Johnson, Riverdale 5:39.22; 200 Free Relay: Riverdale 1:36.47; 100 Back: Harrison Hall, Riverdale 1:12.96; 100 Breaststroke: Paul Pape, Riverdale 1:23.15; 400 Free Relay: Riverdale 3:29.31.
Riverdale 92, SFCA 72: 200 IM: SFCA 2:05.13; 200 Free: Ansley Kelley, Riverdale 2:07.68; 200 IM: Izabella Wreski, Riverdale 2:25.75; 50 Free: Jessica Aviles, Riverdale 28.47; 100 Fly: Jessica Aviles, Riverdale 1:10.00; 100 Free: Sophia Mokhiber, SFCA 59.33; 500 Free: Ansley Kelley, Riverdale 5:41.19; 200 Free Relay: SFCA 1:52.44; 100 Back: Lyla Bredenkamp, Riverdale 1:11.62; 100 Breaststroke: Izabella Wreski, Riverdale 1:13.19; 400 Free Relay: Riverdale 4:50.06
Bishop Verot 5, Lehigh 0: The Vikings remain undefeated after their seventh win of the year, led by Gavin Hart's 195. Rian Alvarez rolled a match-high 201 for Lehigh, while teammates Nair Alvarez and Miguel Alvarez rolled 188 and 186, respectively.
Fort Myers def. North Fort Myers: The Green Wave were led by Kiran Shah's match-high 229, with teammate Kaden Lorenz rolling 227. Ethan McCue rolled a 190 for North.
Island Coast 3, Oasis 2: Michael Dewane bowled a 211 for Island Coast. Isaac Gallagher-McKee bowled a 168 with 3 strikes and 1 spare for Oasis.
Cypress Lake 5, Ida Baker 0: High score for Cypress Lake was Devin Richards with a 206. Mike Sands led Ida Baker with a 222.
Bishop Verot 5, Lehigh 0: The Vikings move on to 5-2 on the season after their win over Lehigh. Aubrey White rolled a match high 125 for Bishop Verot. Annmarie Sheehan rolled a 110 for Lehigh.
Fort Myers def. North Fort Myers: Lorelai Witenko led the Green Wave to a win over North after she rolled a 168. Brendon Bricker rolled a 191 for North.
Oasis def. Island Coast: Katarina Hagler bowled a 217 with 7 strikes and 4 spares, while Lexi Lenius bowled a 179 with 6 strikes and 3 spares for the Sharks. Katelynn Snyder bowled a 235 for Island Coast
Cypress Lake 5, Ida Baker 0: High score for Cypress Lake was Samantha Gardenhouse with a 208. Chelsea Perez rolled a 127 for Ida Baker.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Marco Island 3, Naples Classical 0: The Manta Rays won in straight sets 25-11, 25-8, 25-5. Jenna Ragan had 14 kills and 9 aces. Medney Garraux tallied 12 kills and 6 aces, while Madison Stolinas had 27 assists with 2 aces. Lyndsay Lowdermilk tacked on 4 digs and 5 aces.
St. John Neumann 3, Palmetto Ridge 1: The Celtics won in four sets behind Taylor Chatigny's 6 kills, 6 aces, 2 digs, and 2 blocks. Callee Jones added 7 kills, 5 aces, and 14 digs to the winning effort. Shanie Sedio had 17 assists, 5 kills, 8 digs, and 1 block, while Meghan Connor had 9 kills, 12 digs, and 2 blocks.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Barron Collier 3, Gulf Coast 2: The Cougars picked up a huge win at home Tuesday night, downing the Sharks 26-24, 25-20, 25-27, 22-25, 16-14. Keira Kruk tallied 14 kills, 1 ace, 2 blocks, 2 assists and 12 digs for the Cougars. Charlotte Mongin added 13 kills, 2 aces, and 12 digs to the winning effort, while teammate Allison Giraldo had 10 kills and 17 digs. Ashley Giraldo had 2 aces, 5 assists, and 31 digs.
Estero 3, Cape Coral 0: The Wildcats won in straight sets 25-7, 25-9, 25-8.
SFCA 3, Bradenton Christian 0: The Panthers won in straight sets 25-10, 25-18, 25-13. Sydney Preston hit an error free 7 kills for the King's.
South Fort Myers 3, St. John Neumann 0: The Wolfpack won in straight sets 25-22, 25-17, 26-24
Fort Myers 3, Port Charlotte 0: The Green Wave won in straight sets 25-22, 25-15, 25-21. Gabby Dwyer posted 13 kills, 11 digs, and 2 aces in the winning effort. Ashlee Tenkley tallied 9 kills, 13 digs, and 3 aces for Fort Myers, while Kalie Reisma had 6 kills and 4 blocks.
North Fort Myers 3, Cypress Lake 0: The Red Knights won in straight sets 25-6, 25-15, 25-16.
Villages 3, Babcock Ranch 0: The Lady Knights won 25-7, 25-11, 25-12. Jasmine Jay lead the Lady Knights with 12 aces and 3 kills. Seniors Sammi Sweet and Brooklyn Stuben also had a great night with 7 aces and 5 kills, respectively. Freshman Ava Varneckas also had a strong showing with 4 aces and 3 kills.
Oasis 168, LaBelle 222: Gabe Gair shot a 1-over par 37, leading the Sharks to a win in their first home match of the season. Job Woody (42), Jimmy Cain (43), Corbin Odjick (46), and Rhys Skillrud (47) added scores to Oasis' winning effort.
Estero 182, Mariner 236: The Wildcats came out on top of a road match, led by Adin McMaster's match low 35. Jakob McElrey (47), Chris O'Dell (50), and Derek VanRoekel (50) added scores for Estero. Alex Young shot a team-best 52 for Mariner. DJ Dwire (58), Avery Jedlick (62), and James Griffin (64) rounded out Mariner's score.
The Sharks played LaBelle in a home individuals match. Oasis' Riley Fritz shot a match-low 36, followed by Willow Cain (55) and Emily Feitchthaler (57).
Barron Collier 144, Palmetto Ridge 36- 200 Medley Relay: Barron Collier (1:52.04); 200 Free: Jonathan Sobczak, Barron Collier (1:59.53); 200 IM: Emil Daniyar, Barron Collier (2:10.03); 50 Free: Chris Warnken, Barron Collier (23.94); 1m Diving: Sam Harvey, Barron Collier (137.60); 100 Butterfly: Johnathan Sobczak, Barron Collier (57.00); 100 Free: Gavin Davey, Barron Collier (56.21); 500 Free: Charlie Wu, Barron Collier (5:34.04); 200 Free Relay: Barron Collier (1:41.82); 100 Back: Emil Daniyar, Barron Collier (1:06.90); 100 Breaststroke: Chris Warnken, Barron Collier (1:11.53); 400 Free Relay: Barron Collier (4:50.94).
Estero 125, Riverdale 107- 200 Medley Relay: Estero (Garnier-Chan, Seluk P, Kirby, Somers) 1:46.38; 200 Free: Keanu Garnier-Chan (EHS) 1:49.06; 200 Individual Medley: Verwest (RHS) 2:06.84; 50 Free: Garnier-Chan (EHS) 23.23; 100 Fly: Patrick Kirby (EHS) 55.34; 100 Free: Parker Seluk (EHS) 52.86; 500 Free: Nathan Somers (EHS) 5:01.43; 200 Free Relay: Estero (Medina, Seluk H, Bruno, Somers) 1:40.82; 100 Back: Patrick Kirby (EHS) 58.06; 100 Breast: Grant (RHS) 1:05.71; 400 Free Relay: Estero (Garnier-Chan, Seluk P, Kirby, Medina) 3:26.19
North Fort Myers 114, Cypress Lake 58, Mariner 24: 200 Medley Relay: North (1:54.47); 200 Free: Nick Hues, North (2:30.13); 50 Free: Johnathan Rua, North, (56.41); 100 Fly: Jacob Terry, North (57.82); 100 Free: Jacob Terry, North (55.87); 500 Free: Joshua Stevens, North (7:31.85); 200 Free Relay: North (1:46.68); 100 Back: Nicholas Hued, North (1:14.62); 100 Breaststroke: Starvos, Cypress Lake (1:20.12); 400 Free Relay: North (5:19.06).
Barron Collier 144, Palmetto Ridge 36- 200 Medley Relay: Barron Collier (2:01.16); 200 Free: Ella Bradshaw, Barron Collier (2:14.20); 200 IM: Carsyn Ide, Barron Collier (2:17.78); 50 Free: Ella Bradshaw, Barron Collier (27.03); 1m Diving: Lauren Folz, Barron Collier (159.20); 100 Butterfly: Catie Laur, Barron Collier (57.00); 100 Free: Carsyn Ide, Barron Collier (56.75); 500 Free: Isabel Rasmussen, Palmetto Ridge (5:32.13); 200 Free Relay: Barron Collier (1:48.09); 100 Back: Catie Laur, Barron Collier (1:03.79); 100 Breaststroke: Emilia Mazzola, Barron Collier (1:16.12); 400 Free Relay: Barron Collier (4:15.66).
Riverdale 100, Estero 52- 200 Medley Relay: Riverdale (Kelley, Wreski, Aviles, Bredenkamp) 2:05.33; 200 Free: Cadence Fort (EHS) 2:00.35; 200 Individual Medley: Kelley (RHS) 2:26.35; 50 Free: Lily Drons (EHS) 26.65; 100 Fly: Aviles (RHS) 1:10.32; 100 Free: Lily Drons (EHS) 58.05; 500 Free: Cadence Fort (EHS) 5:16.38; 200 Free Relay: Estero (Fort, Drons, Alfano, Lewis) 1:56.06;100 Back: Ava Alfano (EHS) 1:15.43; 400 Free Relay: Riverdale (Wreski, Aviles, Kelley, Wreski) 4:21.65
North Fort Myers 114, Cypress Lake 104, Mariner 49- 200 Medley Relay: North Fort Myers (2:19.34); 200 Free: Jackie Foster, North Fort Myers (2:42.22); 200 IM: Lilyana Veltman, Mariner (2:41.87); 50 Free: Camila Rodriguez, North (29:87); 100 Free: North (1:05.59); 1m Diving: Emma Beckman (6 points); 100 Fly: Lia Garcia, North (1:22.50); 500 Free: Sophia Flavio, Cypress Lake (6:39.37); 200 Free Relay: North (2:03.44); 100 Back: Sasa Chu, North (1:18:10); 100 Breast: Sophia Flavio, Cypress Lake (1:17.81).
Bishop Verot def. East Lee: The Vikings won by forfeit after East Lee did not have a full team. Chris Davis rolled a 266, while teammate Gavin Hart rolled a 205.
Cypress Lake 3, Riverdale 2: High score for Cypress is Devin Richards with a 270 and Chayce Stouffer with a 266. High score for Riverdale is Bowen Renfroe with a 207.
Bishop Verot 4, East Lee 0: Aubrey White rolled a 147 for the Vikings, while teammate Mackenzie Fennell rolled a 146.
Cypress Lake 5, Riverdale 0: High score for Cypress Lake is MacKenzie Stouffer with a 234 and Sammi Rosado with a 201.
Monday, Sept. 19
The Estero girls golf team finished first in its flight Monday at the Crutchfield Hawkins Tournament in Sebring played at the Pinecrest Golf Club. Sophia Reed finished second overall, followed by Sadie Johnson (fourth) and Brittany Streitmatter (eighth). Sophia Vargas Passos and TJ Ireland were the other team members.
Oasis 35, Marco Island Academy 0: Jaxon McArdle-Sykes scored on a punt return, Isaiah Lozada scored two rushing touchdowns, Tommy Murphy caught a touchdown pass from Parker Smith and Stefon Ludwig scored on a 1-yard touchdown and had a quarterback sack to lead the Sharks past the Rays, 35-0.
The defense was led by Sean McFee on the defensive line, Kyler Pudelski at linebacker and Jacob Fowler in the defensive backfield.
SFCA 3, Cypress Lake 0: The King's won in straight sets over the Panthers, 25-12, 25-21, 25-20. Bianka Noah had 18 kills in the winning effort, while teammate Grace Coggins tacked on 3 solo blocks and 3 block assists.
ECS 3, Village School of Naples 0: The Sentinels won in straight sets 25-15, 25-21, 25-21. Ashlyn Anderson tallied 30 assists and 2 aces for ECS. Rielly Mulligan had 12 kills, 8 digs and 3 aces. Sydney Strom notched 10 kills, 9 digs, and 5 aces, while teammate Samantha Worley tacked on 6 kills to the winning effort.
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: SWFL volleyball, golf, swimming, cross country for Sept. 19-24