By Roger LaLonde
There were highs and lows on the Lely and Marco Island sports scene over last weekend.
Isles of Capri’s Lucca Delcompare won two medals in the Class 2A State Swimming and Diving Championships.
A senior, Delcompare swam to a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 freestyle. He and teammates Andrew Smith, Hunter Angersbach and Morgan Kuphal ran into strong competition in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle events in the preliminary rounds and their times did not move them into the finals.
Sisters, Audrey and Grace Ann Delcompare also competed, but did not make the A finals. They teamed in the 100 freestyle and 200 medley freestyle with Marco’s Madison Bonfito and Therese Pokorney, but did not advance. They did finish second in the 200 medley relay B finals.
Audrey swam to fourth in the B finals in the 200 individual medley. Pokorney came in sixth in the B finals for the 100 backstroke. The competition was valuable experience, as they will be on next year’s swim team.
Marco Island Academy and Lely football teams ended their seasons with lopsided losses.
Palmetto Ridge quarterback Cody Young, and receiver Dominique Linton, led the Bears to a 41-14 victory over Lely. The Bears recorded a best-ever 8-2 season and play in the regional quarterfinals at Fort Myers on Friday, November 13. It will mark the first time the Bears have been in the playoffs since 2004.
Young, who transferred from Lely after his sophomore season, threw for a career-high 240 yards in one game. He hooked up with Linton for touchdown plays of 26, 29 and 52 yards. Young also ran for 21 and 1-yard scores.
Lely finished the season at 2-8, as did Marco Island.
Shorecrest Prep hosted the Rays in St. Petersburg. Shorecrest turned up its offense in the third quarter, scoring 33 points, on its way to a 56-34 win, even though the Rays recorded 505 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Andrew Fowler threw for 401 yards, and ran for two scores, but four interceptions hurt the Rays. Senior Tyler Wallace caught nine passes for 202 yards and two scores. Tyler Gresham caught four passes for 111 yards. Senior Brian Flynn caught six passes for 67 yards. Senior Patrick Michel ran for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a two-point conversion.
The soccer programs have their first home game on November 16 at Winterberry Park, hosting Community School. The girls play at 5:45 PM, and the boys follow at 7:45 PM.
The boys and girls basketball teams have three road games: November 17 at Evangelical, November 19 at Bishop Verot and November 20 at Oasis Charter School.