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Mariner boys basketball team advances to state final four

Prep Report 2-24-24

By Staff | Feb 25, 2024





The Mariner Tritons are heading to the FHSAA Class 5A Final Four, disposing of Seminole 73-56 in Friday’s region final.

Kelvin Jiminez and Corey Hunter scored 20 points each for Mariner and Asher Hercek added 15 in Friday’s win at Mariner’s Frank Morris Memorial Gymnasium.

The Tritons (20-9) will take on Miami Norland (19-9) March 6 in Lakeland.

Norland topped Oakland Park Northeastern in the 5A-4 title game.

Mariner is in the Final Four for the first time since the 2016-2017 season, when the Tritons fell to Leesburg in the state championship. The Tritons also reached the Final Four in 1996, when current coach Ryan Hercek was a player.


Cape Coral 5, Oasis 2: Emma Brannan, Abigail Brannan and Isabel Watts drove in a run each for the Seahawks (1-0). Mya Ramirez scored twice. Oasis slipped to 0-3.

Bishop Verot 14, Ida Baker 2: Melanie Moreno drove in four Vikings runs, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Lillie Layne homered and had three RBI, while Crimson Lawrence and McKenna Robbins added two RBI each. The result left Bishop Verot 1-0 and Ida Baker 1-1.

North Fort Myers 13, Immokalee 3 (6 innings): Taylor Stewart, Jordyn Prado, Audrie Florenzano and Lilliana Hertzog drove in two runs each for the Red Knights. Florenzano homered and scored three times. Prado had a triple.


Lakeland 2, Island Coast 0: Dreadnaughts pitcher Jose Garcia held the Gators (1-1) to one hit to win a pitchers’ duel. Ryan Mueller and two Island Coast relievers limited Lakeland to four hits.

Key West 5, North Fort Myers 0: Aiden Estrada and Jakob Wagner had hits for the Red Knights (0-2).

Oasis 7, Lely 1: Sean Osborn drove in two for the Sharks (1-1). Caiden Dusel tripled home a run, while Tanner Goff and Grayson Medico had an RBI each. Medico allowed just a hit and a walk over five scoreless innings, striking out eight. Goff fanned five in two innings of relief.



At Charlotte High School

Continues Saturday

Semifinals qualifiers

120 pounds: D’Angelo Gil, North Fort Myers

126: Camren French, Mariner

132: Maximus Brady, Mariner

157: Judd Cole, Cape Coral; Jonathan Semple, Mariner

165: Julian Gonzales, North Fort Myers

215: Logan Ngo, Mariner; Frank Cornelison, North Fort Myers


At Lemon Bay High School

Continues Saturday

Semifinals qualifiers

150 pounds: Kealan Clifton, Oasis

165: Colin Anderson, Oasis

175: Bennett Sweitzer, Bishop Verot

285: Edward Nolan, Bishop Verot