Lakewood Ranch High senior Blake Riley-Hawkins battled back to finish fifth in the 132-pound weight class at the Class 2A state wrestling finals Feb. 15-16, at the Lakeland Center.
After losing his first-round match to defending champion Jamarius Jackson, Riley-Hawkins beat wrestlers from Jensen Beach, Lincoln Tallahassee, Gainesville and Naples to reach the medal stand.
Riley-Hawkins became Lakewood’s first three-time state qualifier, finishing with a career record 126-28.
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The Tabernacle Christian School middle school student Lauren Medred, an East County resident, earned top vocal honors, taking first place in vocal solo female category of the Florida League of Christian School’s Festival of the Academics and Arts Feb. 28 and March 1 at Southeastern University in Lakeland.
Manatee County schools dominated a state technology competition with five of six top-three finishes earned by Manatee County schools during the 35th annual Technology Student Association State Competition late February.