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Saturday High School Report Contains Golf, Volleyball and Cross Country – Orlando Sentinel

The reigning state champion women’s golf team from Lake Mary won the weekend’s Qdoba Burrito Challenge at Providence Golf Club.

And that came after Rams coach Dennis Burchill considered just playing in sunny weather a victory in itself.

“It was nice to get together and see the girls play,” Burchill said, noting his team hadn’t played golf outside since Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida.

Returning to the greens, the Rams produced their best effort of the season with a team score of 291 3-over for 18 holes on Friday.

Sophomore Ryleigh Knaub led Lake Mary with 4-under 68 to earn medalist honors.

“It was about putting,” she said. “I made a lot of putts and scrambled when it got tough.”

First Academy finished 3 shots behind in second, with second Sophia Hong shooting 2 under par 70. Lake Mary Prep senior Victoria Tan shot 71.

Lake Mary’s two home courses – Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes and Heathrow Country Club – have been closed or just opened for the past two days.

“The girls practiced indoors with a net and they went to TopGolf once,” Burchill said. “It was good to play well to focus on the upcoming Honda Classic.”

The prestigious Honda event will take place next Friday and Saturday at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

By STEVE GORCHES

The two-day, 36-hole Qdoba Boys’ Golf Tournament of Champions provided welcome competition for teams who saw a multitude of practices and matches washed away by torrential rain.

Class 1A state contender Lake Mary Prep badly needed it after finishing just two of seven events scheduled for September. The Griffins’ eighth-place finish out of nine teams with a two-day score of 605 wasn’t as important as punching holes heading into the state meet.

“I wish we had played better, but it’s an eye opener for us that we can’t just show up and expect to play well,” LMP coach Bobby Hayes said.

One of his players who played well was senior Doug Gugel, who finished third individually at 1 under par 143 (70-73).

“The course is in great condition,” Gugel said. “I hit my irons very well and hit the greens well.”

Miami Columbus won the event with 574, 4 strokes ahead of Ponte Vedra. The top home team was Circle Christian in fifth place with 602, followed by WINdermere with 603.

Carson Baez shot a pair of 73s for Windermere tied for 10th with Circle Christian’s Luke Gossett.

Windermere has its own scheduling issues as Sunday will be its only day off amid five straight days of golf. The Wolverines play in the rescheduled Winter Park Invite Monday in Rio Pinar, Tuesday in the Metro Conference Meetup at the Legends in Orange Lake, then the Hex Meetup Wednesday at the 9-hole walking course in Orange Lake.

By STEVE GORCHES

Orangewood Christian was one of the smallest schools and youngest teams in the Bishop Moore Swing for the Cure Women’s Volleyball Tournament this weekend.

But the Rams have more than held their own in the Premier League. Class 2A team Orangewood handed 5A state title contender Jensen Beach their first loss after going 19-0 with a 25-21, 25-21 pool game upset on Friday.

The Rams won their pool and advanced to the final four of the Gold Division, where they lost to Sarasota Cardinal Mooney and Miami’s Riviera Prep to finish 2-3 against stiff competition.

“We were serving well, hitting well and we were scrappy,” said veteran Orangewood head coach Diane Langmo. “We are super young and had to make a lot of adjustments. We play with some of the best schools in Florida.

With the Rams’ starting outside hitter out with an injury, eighth-grader Kaleigh Langmo – the coach’s daughter – had to step in. Langmo had 39 kills and 6 ace serves in the tournament.

Host Bishop Moore, after a week out due to Hurricane Ian, went 4-1 over the two days, losing only to Miami Riviera Prep in a three-set pool game. The Hornets survived Horizon 25-17, 20-25, 15-12 in the semi-finals and edged Trinity Prep 25-22, 25-22 to win the Silver Bracket title.

Libero Emily Schellenburg’s defense was key for Bishop Moore.

“We had two practices,” Bishop Moore’s coach Brian Reim said. “It was just to get our reps back. Everyone made their mark in this tournament. I like what I saw.”

Lake Brantley was 2-1 and finished third on a tiebreaker in its Premier pool. But the Patriots then got past Jensen Beach in three sets and outscored Seminole County rival Lake Mary 25-21, 25-21 to win the bronze bracket and move up 4-1 for the weekend.

Lake Brantley sophomore Amina N’diaye had 47 kills in five games.

Alachua Santa Fe (20-1) defeated Mooney for the championship.

Winter Springs went 4-1 in the Elite Division.

By TERRY GILLIAM, BUDDY COLLINGS

Winter Springs senior Simone Monaco edged Olympia sophomore Emily Knopfle for the best finish in the region at Saturday’s FSU-hosted Pre-State Invitational cross-country meet in Tallahassee.

Monaco, in its first XC season, clocked 18 minutes, 25.9 seconds over 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) to place 11th in the Girls Elite race at Apalachee Regional Park, site of the 5 november. Knopfle crossed the finish line in 18:26.6.

Other top Elite finishers in the zone were Morgan Cox, Trinity Prep, 20th (18:37.6); Ava Wyant, Academy of Masters, 24th (18:44.6); Paite McCaul, Bishop Moore, 26th (18:45.2); Noelle Vu, Mont Dora, 35th (19:00.7); Rachel Judy, Christian Circle, 38th (19:03.8); Léa Moury, Christian Circle, 55th (19:27.4); and Ava Hendrix, Lake Minneola, 59th (19:29.4).

In the team race, won by Ponte Vedra, Circle Christian finished 12th, Bishop Moore 18th and Winter Springs 22nd.

Junior Hagerty Jonathan Leon was the zone’s top finisher in the Boys Elite race with a time of 15:28.2 for 11th place. Circle Christian’s Jack DeJesus finished 43rd at 15:56.6.

The other top boys in the zone were: Hagerty’s Miguel Pantojas 51st (16:05.9); Marc McDonald, Oviedo, 69th (16:21.4); Will Neeld, Christian Circle, 70th (16:21.9); and Calvin Jagen, Circle Christian, 90th (16:41.0).

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Hagerty finished 11th as the region’s top team in a Men’s Elite race won by Miami Belen Jesuit. Circle Christian was 22nd, Oviedo 25th and Lake Highland Prep 27th.

Here are the zone’s best placers in other races.

Girls selection: Megan Dolan, Boone, 2nd (19:02.7).

Boys selection: Alejandro Berry, University of Orlando, 6th (16:03.1).

Girls Varsity A: Ella Raesly, School of Geneva, 1st (20:02.3).

By Buddy Collings

This report was first published at Orlandosentinel.com. Buddy Collings, Academic Content Editor, can be contacted by email at bcollings@orlandosentinel.com.