+ Lady Thunder notch wins
The Out-of-Door Academy improved to 9-2 with wins over Bradenton Christian, Imagine School and Bayshore this past week.
Natalie Buffett powered ODA with 50 kills, 14 digs, 15 perfect passes and three aces over the three-game span. Cameron Graham added 45 digs, 55 perfect passes, 26 assists, 30 service points and four aces.
Jenna Bloch had 23 digs, nine perfect passes, seven digs and three aces. Taylor Albano added 13 kills and six aces.
Monica Costa contributed 32 assists. Samantha Emmons had seven kills, and Savannah Jones added four kills.
+ ODA swings past St. Stephen’s
The Out-of-Door Academy boys golf team defeated St. Stephen’s 166-160 Oct. 1, at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club.
Max Coutsolioustsos shot 38 to lead the way for the Thunder. Evan Murphy and Gary Deng both shot 40.
Francisco Marcano and Tomas Vicek each added a 42. Jon Eichenbaum rounded out the scoring for ODA with a 50.
Jack Cen shot 37 to lead the way for the Falcons. Christopher Pollen shot 39. Louis Song shot 43. E.J. Verbeke shot 47. Jack Berry added a 52, and Logan Tallman shot 58.
+ Hurricane Junior Golf Tour coming to the East County
The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour will host the Southwest Florida Junior Open Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, at Palm-Aire.
The tournament is open to junior golfers ages 11 to 18. The winners of the boys 11 to 14 and 15 to 18 and girls 15 to 18 divisions will receive AJGA Performance stars and earn an invitation to the HJGT’s 2013 tour championship.
Registration is $179 for members, and $199 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is Oct. 16.
For information, visit hjgt.org.
+ Lakewood girls run to top finish
Julia Ortiz crossed the finish line in 20 minutes, 47.60 seconds to lead the Lakewood Ranch High girls cross-country team to a first-place finish at the IMG Academy Cross-Country Invitational Oct. 5.
The Lady Mustangs scored 46 points to edge past Braden River (48).
Ande McDonald finished third in 21:35.30, followed by Sara Kelly (fifth, 22:42.10).
Braden River’s Asia Borman finished fourth in 22:02.90 to lead the way for the Lady Pirates.
On the boys side, George Dabbiero finished fifth in 18:27.80 to lead Lakewood to a second-place finish. R.J. Brown finished sixth in 18:32.20 to lead the way for Braden River.
+ Lakewood Ranch boys golf
The Lakewood Ranch High boys golf team shot a combined 16-under par 560 to win the 2013 Qdoba Tournament of Champions Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, in Orlando. Seniors Ramsey Touchberry and Danny Walker both shot a combined 138 to tie for second place individually. Luke Milled added a 140 to tie for fourth place. Louie DelFabro shot 154, and Charlie Sun added a 161.
Braden River High
3 The number of touchdown passes Peebles threw to lead Braden River to a 30-27 Class 7A-District 10 victory over Sarasota Oct. 4
123 The number of Peebles’ 194 yards through the air that came from touchdown passes.
1 The number of district victories Peebles has led the Pirates to so far this season.
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Tri County Swim Championships (7:30 a.m. at Selby Aquatic Center in Sarasota)
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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.