Lely qualifies 3 wrestlers for regional competition

Roger LaLonde Staff
Lely's Claudel Alix watches referee Mark Rosenbalm as he is about to slam the mat to rule a pin at  the Golden Gate Titan Duals.  On Saturday, in the Class 2A-District 12 Championships,  Alix won his 220-pound weight class  to advance to regional competition.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Roger LaLonde Staff Lely's Claudel Alix watches referee Mark Rosenbalm as he is about to slam the mat to rule a pin at the Golden Gate Titan Duals. On Saturday, in the Class 2A-District 12 Championships, Alix won his 220-pound weight class to advance to regional competition.

The Lely wrestling team advances three members to the Class 2-A regional competition by placing in the top four in their weight classes in Class 5A-District 12 Championships at Naples.

Claudel Alix, 220 pounds, finished second in losing a 4-1 decision to Cypress Lake’s Chuckie Kerkesner in the Championship round.

Mike Messina, 106, advanced by placing third, defeating Cody Harris, Fort Myers, 11-3 a Consolation Championship.

Termaine McClendon, 160, lost in the Consolation Championship, but placed fourth to advance to the regional action, which will be at Charlotte High School on Friday and Saturday.

Class 5A-District 14 team scores:

1. Riverdale 291, 2. Palmetto Ridge 184, 3. Cypress Lake 146, 4. Barron Collier 135, 5. Naples 88, 6. Lely 77, 7. South Fort Myers 73, 8. Fort Myers 68, 9. Estero 57, 10. Lehigh 26, 11. East Lee 24, 12. North Fort Myers 8.

The Lely boys basketball team enters Class 5A-District 14 competition at Lehigh tonight.

Lely, the No. 3 seed, plays No. 6 Estero at 5 p.m., followed by Golden Gate, No. 5 and No. 4 Lehigh at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, the winner of the Lely game faces No. 2 Immokalee at 5 p.m. and the winner of the Golden Gate game plays No. 1 East Lee County at 7 p.m.

Lely has beaten Estero in their only game, while losing twice to Immokalee in close games.

The championship game is at 7 p.m. on Friday

In Lely softball, the Lady Trojans open their home season with Bishop Verot at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Coach Jess Millar is in her third season, with her team going 10-12 last year. Key losses to the team were Andrea Tanguma, third base and Sadie Fox, shortstop. Key returners are pitchers Lisa Feola and Gabi Pozo, both seniors, catcher Katie Hogan, a senior and junior Susana Martinez, centerfield.

Coach Millar said that with the loss of seven seniors Lely will be a very young team this year. With virtually an entirely new infield there will be growing pains.

The Trojans are happy to have a healthy battery this season after playing most of 2011 without pitcher Gabi Pozo. With the addition of a talented freshman in Navia Penrod the Trojans hope their seniors will be able to lead this young team to a competitive season in their new district, Class 5A-District 14.

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