+ Riverview swings past Cardinal Mooney
The Riverview High boys golf team defeated Cardinal Mooney Aug. 30, at The Founder’s Club.
The Rams’ Mason Fox shot 36 to lead all scorers. Jeremy Perna (38), M. Seat (38) and K. Trautwein (42) led the way for Riverview.
Michael Staikos (51), Jake LaMore (52), Jack Dingle (54) and Matt Koval (54) led the way for the Cougars.
+ ODA opens volleyball season with win
The Out-of-Door Academy volleyball team opened its season with a 25-12, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22 victory over Northside Christian School Aug. 28.
Lauren Maxey finished with 16 kills and four aces, and Sam Albano added 18 digs and 10 perfect passes to lead the way for the Lady Thunder. Gabriella Costa finished with nine kills and five blocks, and Haley Preininger added 26 assists and five aces.
ODA returns to action Sept. 4 versus the Tampa Bay HEAT.
+ Coach inducted into Hall of Fame
Tennis coaching legend Nick Bollettieri was inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame Aug. 24, during the Tennis Industry Association Tennis Forum in New York City.
Former student and current ESPN tennis commentator Brad Gilbert inducted Bollettieri, who recently turned 81. Bollettieri has coached 10 world No. 1 players, including Andre Agassi, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova and Serena and Venus Williams.
Founded in 1978, The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy was the first major tennis boarding school and changed the course of elite junior-level tennis instruction.
+ Sarasota Sailors cruise past Booker Tornadoes
The Sarasota High football team opened its season with a 51-6 rout of Booker Aug. 31.
Sailors quarterback Hunter DeWitt threw a pair of touchdowns to Shawn Bane Jr. and also ran in for a pair of scores. Running backs Rod Tullis, Corey Williams and Marque Upshaw all found the end zone.
Trailing 37-0 at halftime, the Tornadoes’ lone score came on a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Alex Riddle to Rashad Jones.
Sarasota returns to action Sept. 7 at Palmetto while Booker hosts Venice.
+ Riverview Rams fall in season opener
The Riverview High football team opened its season Aug. 31 with a 24-13 loss to Palmetto, which reached the state semifinals last season.
The Rams took a 6-0 lead on a 14-yard run by Karan Higdon. The Tigers responded with a pair of touchdowns before Higdon found the end zone again in the second half to pull Riverview within one.
Riverview returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, as the Rams host top-ranked Manatee, which opened its season with a 41-6 victory over nationally ranked Miramar.
+ Cardinal Mooney Cougars open season with a win
The Cardinal Mooney football team defeated LaBelle 31-13 in its season opener Aug. 31.
Trailing 7-0, Demardre Patterson returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. Sophomore quarterback Reese Vita threw a pair of touchdown passes to Elijah Toussaint, and Anthony Caiazzo scored a touchdown. Blake Young added a 31-yard field goal.
Cardinal Mooney returns to action Sept. 7 at Bishop Verot.
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