The No. 3 seed Out-of-Door Academy volleyball team defeated No. 2 seed Cardinal Mooney 15-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-16 in a Class 3A-District 10 semifinal Oct. 23.
With the win, the Lady Thunder earned a berth in the regional tournament.
Natalie Buffett paced the Lady Thunder with 16 kills. Gabriella Costa had 10 kills and five blocks. Lauren Maxey added eight kills. Haley Preininger had 20 assists.
ODA will face No. 1 seed St. Stephen’s at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the district championship.
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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.