Charlotte Girls (Elite Varsity)
Despite missing multiple interior lineman, the Port Charlotte High School offensive and defensive lines controlled the game for all but one drive in a 48-6 win over Sarasota High School on Friday.
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North Port and DeSoto County high schools entered the final minutes of their games Friday with similar game scenarios, but the outcomes were vastly different.
Coming off a disappointing loss against Venice High, the Charlotte Tarpons (3-1, 1-0) opened up division play with a commanding win over Ida Baker High School (1-3, 0-1) 44-6.
PORT CHARLOTTE — Port Charlotte rallied for 22 points in the final quarter, but failed to convert on a two-point conversion and suffered their first loss of the year, 31-29 at Pirate’s Cove.
ENGLEWOOD — Quarterback Arnold Mele dodged into the end zone with 4:10 remaining in the game, and the DeSoto defense held firm on Lemon Bay’s final drive as the Bulldog’s erased a 16-point third quarter deficit, and rallied for a 24-22 victory in the District 5A-11 opener for both teams.
The Lady Tarpons placed three runners in the top 10 and all seven of their varsity runners in the top 26, placing first out 16 teams in Saturday’s Triton Invitational at Mariner High School. The Imagine School of North Port placed 11th.
Though Thursday night’s volleyball match between Venice and Leon took place in the middle of September, the TeePee certainly had a championship atmosphere when the two teams began play.
ENGLEWOOD — Lemon Bay head volleyball coach Pat Auer scrambled over to the scorer’s table to grab the orange and blue ball and bounce it to the server, cognizant of the history that was about to ensue.
The Lemon Bay football team finds itself 0-2 through the first two games of the 2018 season, but that slow start can be reset this Friday night.
Much like Week 1 against North Port High School, the Port Charlotte football team left Friday’s 34-14 win over Lemon Bay with an uneasy feeling.
Shelby Beisner’s 21 kills wasn’t enough to beat Laticia Nina and Port Charlotte at home on Tuesday, as the Pirates took the first matchup of this year’s rivalry with Charlotte in four sets.
The Venice Indians football team doesn’t take any games for granted, but Friday night’s game against Lakewood Ranch is about as sure of an outcome as one can get.