The Braden River High softball team captured its first district championship in three years with a 5-4 extra inning victory over Sarasota in the Class 7A-District 11 championship April 20.
The Lakewood Ranch YMCA Wave Runners sent four swimmers to the Florida Age Group Swimming Championships March 8-11 in Sarasota.
The top-seeded Braden River and Lakewood Ranch High softball teams both cruised to district semifinal victories April 18.
The Lady Mustangs defeated Dixie Hollins 17-2 in their four-inning Class 6A-District 12 semifinal while the Lady Pirates defeated Venice 10-0 in their six-inning Class 7A-District 11 semifinal.
Both teams will advance to their respective district championship games April 20.
Lakewood Ranch will host the winner of the other 6A-12 semifinal between Seminole Osceola and Palmetto while Braden River will host the winner of the other 7A-11 semifinal between Manatee and Sarasota. Both games will begin at 7 p.m.
The Lakewood Ranch High boys basketball team will host a free youth basketball clinic from 9 a.m. to noon April 28 in the Mustangs gymnasium.
Nathan Kirkman will compete in the Class 2A state meet April 21, after winning the 199-pound weight class of the Class 2A state qualifier April 4. Fellow Pirates Tyler Pittman and Tyler Linde earned at-large bids.
Don Purvis resigned from both his coaching and teaching positions April 5. Offensive line coach Greg Williford was named the interim head coach.
For the first time in three years, their paths wonâ€™t cross in the district tournament.