Lely lacrosse teams open their season on Tuesday, with a lot of optimism.
The boys host Palmetto, while the girls travel there, with both games beginning at 7 p.m.
Being optimistic might be more difficult for the new boys coach, Gary Chernow. His team is 0 for two years. The girls were 6-6 last season and made the playoffs.
“Lely is a unique situation and they are a bunch of special student athletes who all have a desire to build the lacrosse program at Lely,” Chernow said of the boys team. “It will be an exciting event for the kids when they first win.”
Returning for the boys team are Jose Flores, Cody McCauley, Sam Haliere and Gabriel Leal.
Returning for the girls are Hannah Skotzke, Virginia Rego, Brianna Trevino, Chelsea Magee and Clara Bissell.
“With our incoming freshmen and sophomores we are looking to build on the success we had last year,” coach Brad Bissell said.
In other Lely sports, the girls softball team rallied from a five-run deficit to down Palmetto Ridge, 8-5.
The win was a morale booster after losing to Naples the night before.
Lely coach Jess Millar said after the loss that the team needed to regroup and it did, scoring all eight runs in the fifth inning.
Millar said, “We started off slow, but our offense really came alive in the sixth inning. If we continue to hit like that we will win a lot of games this year.”
Lisa Feola came on in relief in the fourth inning for Gabi Pozo to gain the win.
Lely’s Navia Penrod hammered a double and home run and teammate Katie Hogan added a round tripper in the Lady Trojans big inning. Millar also said that Susana Martinez was a key to the victory.
Lely, 3-3, travels to Palmetto Ridge in a rematch at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The Lely basketball team lost, 52-43 to Mariner in Class 5A regional quarterfinals on Thursday at Cape Coral.
The Trojans jumped to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter, but scored just three points in the second to trail at half time, 23-19. They rebounded in the third to get within one point at 34-33.
Lely took the lead at 39-38 in the final quarter, but Mariner went on a 14-3 run to claim victory.
Nick Talko led Lely with 13 points.
In wrestling, Claudel Alix won one match before being ousted in the 220-pound class in the 2A State Championships on the weekend at Lakeland. He finished his junior season at 20-13.
Claudel lost his first match 5-2.
He then pinned the next with :01 seconds on the clock.
Lost last match 4-3 on two stall calls.
Claudel did well at the tournament but has now set his sights to be on the podium next year. He has set some realistic goals on how to get there and our staff will keep him focused and on track for next year. We hope others will see what hard work can do.
Claudel said, "It it was a great experience and I look forward to bringing my teammates next year.”
In Lely sports this week the girls tennis team hosts Gateway Charter at 4 p.m. Tuesday, while the boys baseball team travels to Ida Baker for a 6 p.m. game.
On Wednesday the baseball team is at home for a 7 p.m. game against Cypress Lake at 3:30 p.m. The track team opens its season hosting a tri-meet with Community School and St. John Neumann.
Thursday finds the boys tennis team traveling to Golden Gate, while the girls host Golden Gate, both beginning at 3:30 p.m.
On Friday the boys baseball team is at Palmetto Ridge for a 7 p.m. contest. On Saturday, the track team takes part in the Naples Eagle Invitational, which runs all day. The boys lacrosse team is at home for a 1:30 match against Coral Springs, while the girls go to Coral Springs for a 1:30 p.m. game.