Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Banner year for East Manatee Schools

The Braden River softball team wasn’t able to bring home a state championship, but the final out in the Pirates semifinal round loss culminated a standout year for Manatee County’s two newest public schools.

Braden River and its arch rival Lakewood Ranch arguably brought East Manatee County its best year in athletics, particularly in the traditional team sports.

Lakewood Ranch won district titles in girls’ soccer and softball and advanced to regions as district runner up in boys and girls basketball, boys soccer and baseball. Braden River won a region title in softball and district titles in volleyball and boys basketball.

Lakewood Ranch also finished in second in the state in boys golf and girls country and its boys tennis team won a region and district championship. The Braden River volleyball advanced to the region final.

The Braden River softball team seemed to be in good position to win a state titles joining Lakewood Ranch’s 2004 baseball squad as the only teams from East Manatee to win a state title.

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