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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Food and fun
The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and its Young Leaders Alliance have something to talk about: the organizations collected 764 pounds of nonperishable food and $1,295 cash to benefit The Food Bank of Manatee/Meals on Wheels PLUS.
River Club’s Cheryl Kaufman says she’s still pinching herself.
A little “Ho! Ho! Ho!” can go a long way this holiday season.