Photo Gallery: Charter soccer, cross country teams shine

The Marco Island Charter Middle School continued its active sports schedule, with cross country, soccer and volleyball matches.

The cross country team again shined as the girls ran to first and the boys to second in the Seacrest Country Day Invitational on Friday.

“The girls and boys teams did very well,” coach Roger Raymond said. “We had two boys, Stephan Langebeeke and Miles Carlysle, missing that would have given us the title. Sometimes though it’s good for a team to lose a close match as the boys lost by one point. Then they see the importance of where your top five runners finish. Any one of those five finishing one place higher would have meant victory.”

Santiago Ospina led the boys with a fourth-place finish in a time of 13:08. Tanner Fulcher, 13:14, was fifth, Jose Martinez, 13:53, was 10th, Wesley Lancaster, 14:08, 13th and Will Bott, 19th.

La Belle won with a point total of 45, while Charter School was second with 46 points, followed by Village School, 52 and St. Ann, 69.

In the girls race, Marco’s Christy Thorstenson came in second by 7/10 of a second, with a time of 13:23. Charter’s Morgan Dulski raced to third in 14:25.

“Christy’s time was her best this season,” Raymond said. “Morgan had some bad luck by slipping a couple of times, still ran a good race.”

Rounding out Marco’s top five girls were Amanda Marinaro, 6th in 15:15, Lexie Lundquist, ninth in 15:29 and Ashley Schneller, 10th in 15:43.

The boys and girls volleyball teams lost to Oak Ridge in the Collier County Middle School Volleyball League.

“It was another close loss for us,” boys coach Allan Pernas said. Charter School won the first set, 25-19, then lost 25-19 and 15-9.

“It is unfortunate that we have a short season, just five matches, but the boys improved each week,” Pernas said. They play in the Collier tournament on Saturday.

The girls lost their fourth straight match.

The girls were playing their fourth match in seven days on Saturday. “School rules allow us three practices or games a week, which means we are not getting enough practice time,” coach David Johnson said. The girls play in two leagues, while the boys only one as only county schools have boys teams.

Against Oak Ridge the girls dropped the first set, 25-16, won the second, 25-16, then lost the last set, 15-13.

The Eagles boys soccer team got back into its winning ways with a 4-3 victory over.

Here is player Luis Nario’s report:

The Eagles came out onto the pitch Wednesday, not exactly brimming with confidence, but rather determination. A sequence of bad results left the Eagles going from 4-0 in the league to 4-3-1. This left the Eagles with a desire to take their game to Community. And so they did.

Within the first five minutes Nick Ruiz and Peter Servente had demolished the Community defense with a few one-two passes. Then on the edge of the penalty area, Ruiz played a precise pass to Alman Banic, who finished off the play with a thunder ball sailing into the goal.

A few minutes later Nick found himself on the right flank with Servente open for a pass. Servente finished sublimely, a low shot into the left corner. Captain Jose Martinez also had a great showing, looking like a dominant force on the wing.

All in all, this game was certainly a boost for an Eagles team very much in need of one.

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