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The Community School of Naples varsity lacrosse team couldn’t let its junior varsity players have all the glory.
A week after the JV squad became the first CSN girls lacrosse team to score a victory over Naples High, the varsity Seahawks took down Barron Collier for the first time ever. Eighth-grader Mackenzie Newhall scored three goals, and senior goalie Laura Zuloaga had 10-plus saves in Thursday’s landmark 8-7 home victory over the Cougars.
“Yes, you read that right,” CSN coach Melody Turner exclaimed in an email to local media summarizing the action.
Barron Collier, which last year stumbled to its first-ever sub-.500 season after reaching the state semifinals in 2017, had gotten off to a 6-1 start before encountering the Seahawks (4-4).
Turner said the Seahawks “came out on fire” to take an early 5-1 lead and went into halftime leading 7-2. The Cougars rallied in the second half, but “ran out of time as the Seahawks controlled possession and won the draw control,” Turner added.
Becca Micelle added two goals for CSN while Mary Patrick, Maria O’Malley and Abbey Buffington contributed one goal apiece. Olivia Vitale netted three goals to lead Barron Collier’s attack. Also scoring for the Cougars were A. Kunik, Amanda Heck, Annabelle Cialone and Abigail Franklin.
• Zack Danni helped Community School of Naples bounce back from Wednesday’s 12-5 loss at Barron Collier by recording the Seahawks’ first shutout in two years — a 13-0 whitewashing of Lely on Friday.
It was Senior Night at CSN, and a couple of seniors — defenseman Matthew Walther and LSM Sebastian Youngs — played well in front of Danni to preserve the shutout.
Youngs also had a pair of goals. Attackmen Wes Wooden, Chris Kastroll and Macky Peck combined for eight of CSN’s goals while Seamus O’Malley, Adam Dascani and Mike Binkowski each added a goal apiece.
As for his team’s loss to Barron Collier, CSN coach Rich Lewton said the Seahawks “played exceptionally well (in) keeping the game close into the fourth quarter.” Peck, Kastroll and Jose Gurdian accounted for the Seahawks’ scoring.
• Juan Chavez had four goals and an assist as Immokalee staged a fourth-quarter comeback at home to beat Archbishop McCarthy, 9-7, on Friday.
Also turning in notable performances for the Indians (7-5) were Raul Soliz (two goals, 14 of 18 face-offs won), Wikenson Julien (goal, assist) and Austin Aviles (four assists). Also contributing to the Immokalee attack were Jorge Aguilar (one goal), Bryan Lara (one goal) and Louis Lewis (one assist).
“When we tied the game at 7-7, I reminded the guys about last week and how it felt to lose the heartbreaker,” said Indians coach Scott Rickard, whose team suffered a 3-2 loss at Naples on March 19 and a 6-5 overtime setback at home against Venice on March 22.
On Tuesday, Immokalee traveled to Miami and was humbled 17-2 by Belen Jesuit — one of the state’s top teams. Soliz and Julien accounted for the Indians’ goals, with Aviles and Noel Martinez picking up the assists.
“Jesuit is a top 25 team and it showed this afternoon,” Rickard said. “We couldn’t get much going offensively and that wore us down on the defensive end. It is good to play some of the top teams in the state to see how our program stacks up. We definitely have some more work to do.”
• Cooper Smith, Jay Beshears, Connor Strohl and Tyler Vanderhoef were listed as key players by coach Chad Ott as Community School of Naples (9-3) needed five innings to rout Northridge Prep (Niles, Ill.) 14-1 on Wednesday.
Smith pitched all five innings and allowed two hits to earn the win. Strohl and Beshears led the Seahawks’ attack at the plate with a double and triple, respectively.
• Coming off the high of its 16-15 home win over Dunbar on March 23 (when the Lions rallied from six down in the seventh inning), First Baptist Academy earned a second straight victory by beating Marco Island Academy 17-9 on Friday. Aiden DeStefano and Kyle Batiato each had multi-hit games, Nathan Smith doubled and drove in two runs, and Brody Jameyson struck out eight in five innings of work to lead FBA (3-6).
• Community School of Naples led a solid Evangelical Christian team by one run in the sixth inning before losing Friday’s district road matchup 8-6. Olivia Weiss and Riley Confer both had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Seahawks. Caroline Costa and Savannah Baker also had a pair of hits, and both scored a run.
On Thursday, CSN was overpowered in a 17-8 home loss to district foe Southwest Florida Christian Academy. Weiss had a pair of singles and threw out three attempted base-stealers from behind the plate. Other notable players for CSN were Costa (home run), Baker (triple, single), Alaina Bellamy (single) and Jessica Chung (single).
• Tuning up for the upcoming FHSAA Championship Series, Community School of Naples sophomore Loren Brown performed well in off-events Friday at the Tarpon Invitational Track & Field meet at Charlotte High School. Normally making headlines for her work in the hurdles events, she set school records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Brown shattered the previous 100 mark with a time of 12.83 seconds in the prelim and ended up taking third place. She ranks 16th among all Class 1A runners in the 100. Brown cruised through the finish line in 26.23 to finish second in the 200. She’s ranked 11th in 1A.
Among all 1A runners, Brown is ranked first in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles.
There were other notable performances for the Seahawks. Grace O’Malley crushed her previous season best to finish second in the girls 3,200 with a time of 12:17.07. Teddy Becotte won the boys 3,200 varsity division with a career-best 10:49.16 (which would have put him in the top six in the 3200 Invite Division). Becotte then helped the boys 4×400 team to a sixth-place finish. Freshman pole vaulter Nick Molloy finished sixth, clearing 3.3 meters.
• The young Seahawks enjoyed a successful outing Tuesday at the Collier Freshman/Sophomore track meet hosted by Lely High.
CSN continued to get dominant performances from Loren Brown in both hurdle races, Grace and Maria O’Malley in the distances, and the combination of those three girls plus Emma Yurko for an electrifying 4×400 relay that devastated the field by 10 seconds.
Scoring for CSN were the following athletes: Yurko (5th place, girls high jump; 5th, girls 200 meter); Nick Molloy (2nd, boys pole vault); Simon Weardon (3rd, boys pole vault); Billy Chen (4th, boys 200; 7th, boys long jump; 8th, boys 100); Olivia Weiss (2nd, girls shot put; 3rd, girls discus); Grace Paul (4th, girls shot put; 6th, girls discus); Kathleen Donahue (3rd, girls shot put; 7th, girls discus); Damon Donalds (2nd, boys shot put; 8th, boys discus); Maggie Virag (7th, girls shot put); Brown (1st, girls 100 hurdles; 1st, girls 300 hurdles); Grace O’Malley (3rd, girls 1,600); Darius Beauvoir (3rd, boys 400); Nate Delsoin (5th, boys 400); Maria O’Malley (3rd, girls 800); Peter Shaffer (3rd, boys 800); Justin Braverman (8th, boys 800). The Seahawk boys 4×400 relay team (Beauvoir, Delsoin, Chan and Shaffer) finished runner-up.
• First Baptist Academy ninth-grader Jacob Panzarella had a big week, winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes at Tuesday’s Collier County freshman/sophomore meet and at Friday’s Indian Rocks Cavonis Invite. Running the anchor leg, Panzarella also helped the Lions’ 4×100 relay team to a first-place finish as FBA won the 24-team Indian Rocks event.
Panzarella scored his best 100 and 200 times at Indian Rocks, running those races in 11.29 and 23.05 seconds, respectively. (He posted 11.63 and 23.46, respectively, at the Collier race.) The FBA boys 4×100 team won their Indian Rocks race thanks to a time of 43.88.
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