+ Local wrestlers win medals at state tournament
Booker High wrestler Eric Cabral captured a silver medal in the 132-pound weight class of the Class 1A state wrestling tournament Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, at the Lakeland Center.
Cabral, who became the first Booker wrestler to advance to the FHSAA Finals, won all of his matches before falling to Lake Highland Prep’s Anthony Petrone in the championship match.
Sarasota High junior Tobias Baker also landed on the podium after finishing third in the Class 3A heavyweight division. After losing his first-round match, Baker battled back to win his next five matches.
+ Cardinal Mooney finishes second in Pope Cup
The Cardinal Mooney High boys lacrosse team finished second in the Pope Cup Lacrosse Invitational Feb. 15 and Feb. 16, in Boca Raton.
Six Catholic high school varsity teams from around the state participated in the event.
The Cougars, who went 2-2 in the tournament, fell to Pope John Paul II High 8-4 in the championship game.
Adam Scalisi and Drew Morgan each scored six goals throughout the tournament. Sal Trinchetto had five assists.
+ Sarasota softball swings past Lakewood Ranch
The Sarasota High softball team beat Lakewood Ranch 5-2 Feb. 14.
Alex Singleton went 3-for-4 to lead the way for the Lady Sailors at the plate. Alyssa Price went 2-for-4 with a triple, and Halie Roberson also went 2-for-4. Pitcher Clarissa Lynch allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five.
+ Riverview pitcher tosses no-hitter, allows one walk
Riverview High pitcher Sean Labsan tossed a no-hitter, allowing just one walk, as the Rams edged past rival Sarasota 1-0 Feb. 15.
Justin Cohen drove in the Rams’ lone run.
+ Riverview tennis team tops ODA in match-up
The Riverview High boys tennis team defeated The Out-of-Door Academy 7-0 Feb. 13.
Austin Cruz, Michael Moore, Ross Quarles, Austin Hirschman and James Cramer all earned singles victories for the Rams. Moore and Jordan Menke, and Hischman and Brandon Lup earned victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, respectively.
+ SCF Manatees will face Baltimore Orioles in exhibition
The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota baseball team will face the Baltimore Orioles in an exhibition game at 2 p.m. March 29, at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St., Sarasota.
Three former Sarasota and Cardinal Mooney High players, who now play for the Manatees, will be in attendance.
Admission is free. Reserved tickets for seating near the SCF dugout, along the third baseline, are $5. Proceeds from the game will benefit SCF Manatees Athletics.
For information, contact the SCF athletics department at 752-5261.
+ The Founders Club introduces TrackMan technology
Players at The Founders Club are seeing improvement in their game with the use of a high-tech training tool used by some of the world’s top professional golfers and coaches.
TrackMan, a golf radar system that measures and analyzes virtually every component of a golfer’s swing and shot, is now available at the Florida Golf Performance Center located at The Founders Club.
Terry Hanson, president of the performance center and a former European Tour coach, offered TrackMan sessions at the club last winter. He moved his headquarters from Wales to The Founders Club earlier this year.
“We saw a lot of success with the limited time it was available last year at The Founders Club,” General Manager Hugh O’Donnell says. “Once members tried it, they liked it and told their friends. Every person that has used the TrackMan says it enhances his or her membership.”
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