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April Sports briefs

April's need to know on Lakewood Sports.

Flag football:

 As the varsity flag football team got ready for the district semifinals on Tuesday (April 26), the junior varsity team ended its season April 8 with a 1-6 record. “We didn’t really do as well as we’ve done in the past,” coach Necole Tunsil said. But Tunsil predicted the varsity team would win the semifinals and go on to the championship game today (April 27). “We’re used to turning it on strong for districts,” Tunsil said. The junior varsity team didn’t do as well, she said, because fewer girls qualified to play because of poor grades



There is disappointment among the senior girls on the softball team who lost their annual “senior night” due to rain and the inability to reschedule. “I’ve grown up with all these girls and ... it’s sad that (at) the last home game, we lost,” said captain senior Sherrish Gaines. Assistant principal Deb Fabrizio said the seniors will still be recognized at a special banquet and receive flowers as a parting gift. However, the lady Spartans won the first round of districts, 7-0, against Palmetto but lost the second round, 10-0, against Braden River.



The girls’ and boys’ tennis teams ranked third place in district tourna­ments. Each team played 14 matches and the girls had a winning record of 8-6. The boys ended with a record of 7-7. Coach Brian Taylor said each team did well though neither made it to the regional tour­nament. Next year they will be switching to a different division which will be easier, some players said. “We should have a lot of success next year,” said Taylor.



 The football team will face Lakeland on May 7 at home at 7:30 p.m. Coach Cory Moore said the team has been preparing for this game since February. Moore said the up-and-comers for this year are quarterback Tracy Johnson, guard Lo­gan McNeil, wide receiver Marquez Valdes and running back Martez Anderson.



 The varsity baseball team finished its season with a 7-10 record. Head coach Cory Scott coached the Spar­tans for the first time this year. “I learned a lot of things and can’t wait to get out there next year,” said Scott. Although the team is losing five seniors, the roster has a lot of younger players who Scott hopes to develop through next season. The team was scheduled to play its first district game against the Palmetto Tigers on Tuesday (April 26).