The Community School of Naples boys and girls cross country teams both finished near the top of their respective races during Saturday’s MIA Rays Invitational hosted by Marco Island Academy at Mackle Park.
The Seahawks finished runner-up in the boys race and third place in the girls competition. CSN’s boys were led by Mike Binkowski (11th place) and Jamison McAdams (13th). The girls were led by Grace O’Malley (fourth), Maria O’Malley (fifth) and Loren Brown (14th).
CSN will participate in the 19th Lely Trojan Invitational next weekend at Lely High School.
Tom Casey added four more touchdowns to his season-long haul as First Baptist Academy scored a 38-0 road shutout of Indian Rocks in a Class 2A non-district meeting Friday night.
Casey, a senior slotback/safety, now has 14 total touchdowns this season. Three of his scores on Friday came on the ground as he ran nine times for 56 yards. Casey also caught two passes for 39 yards and one score.
Fellow Lions senior Austin Edie ran his sole carry into the end zone for FBA’s other touchdown. The visiting Lions led 35-0 at halftime.
Sophomore Trent Wilson had a pair of interceptions to lead a Lions defense that “played awesome,” according to FBA coach Billy Sparacio, whose team evened its record at 3-3 on the season. Indian Rocks fell to 2-5.
Sparacio also touted the play of his quarterback and offensive line.
“Brady Dean did a great job throwing the ball and (the) O-line provided great blocking,” said Sparacio, who faces a quick turnaround to get the Lions ready for a Thursday night road game against unbeaten Cardinal Mooney (6-0) of Class 3A.
Dean, a sophomore, completed all 12 of his pass attempts for 222 yards. More than half of those yards went to senior Kyle Batiato, who had five catches for 124 yards. One of those Dean-to-Batiato pass plays went for 53 yards.
Barron Collier upped its winning streak to eight matches and capped an unbeaten run through its Class 7A-District 12 schedule with Thursday night’s road sweep of Golden Gate.
The Cougars (15-9 overall, 6-0 district) — who will try to conclude the regular season by snapping a 10-match losing streak against arch-rival Gulf Coast on Tuesday night — won each set against the Titans (2-16, 0-6) by a healthy margin — 25-3, 25-7, 25-8.
Hannah Alfes led Barron’s attack with 15 kills. She also had a block and three digs. Other key contributors for the Cougars were Skylar English (two kills, six aces, four digs and 13 assists; Liz Bradley (four kills, one block, three aces, five digs and one assist; Shey Kirwin (five kills, one ace and two digs; Megan Welling (eight digs, two assists; Hope Casella (two aces, 17 assists, two digs; and Olivia D’Agostino (two aces, one assist, six digs.
Barron Collier will be the No. 1 seed at the district tournament, to be held at Golden Gate High School starting on Oct. 16. The Cougars will face the fourth-seeded Titans in the opening round, while second-seeded Naples will play third-seeded Palmetto Ridge.
Gulfview’s Panthers wiped out an early eight-point deficit in the second set to complete a Saturday sweep of East Naples’ Gators at Golden Gate High School.
The Panthers coasted to a 25-5 triumph in the opening set before grinding their way to a 25-22 win over the Gators in Set 2.