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2022 FHSAA 2A REGION 3 VARSITY BOYS REGIONAL QUARTERFINALS – RIVERVIEW @ PLANT

As the #8 seed, the Riverview Rams (10-9) Varsity Boys traveled to Tampa to face the #1 seed, HB Plant Panthers (16-2) in the FHSAA Division 2A, Region 3 Quarterfinals.

Coming into the game, Plant was riding a 9-game winning streak, averaging nearly 18 goals per game over that span. By the end of the first half, the Panthers were on pace to extend that average when they went up on the Rams 10-1. Plant spread the ball around well, allowing seven different Panthers to contributed to the first half barrage, with Junior Turner Ashby picking up 3 goals and 2 assists.

With a running clock started in the 3rd quarter, the Panthers were able to extend their lead, and cruised to a 16-6 victory, and will move on to face the Gulf Coast Sharks in the FHSAA Region 3 Semi-Finals. Nine different Panthers found the back of the net, with Juniors Eastin Willett and Ashby each having 3 goals.

Riverview’s scoring was lead by Senior Ken Kaiser with 4 points (3G/1A). Senior Kevin Southerland had 2 goals and Sophomore JC Fleming had 2 assists. Senior defender George Benitez had 5 groundballs and 2 takeaways on defense. Between the pipes, Riverview’s Junior goalie Will Leffler was able to stop 17 of Plant’s 33 shots on goal.

Riverview will graduate 13 Seniors from the 2022 team, and we are proud of each and everyone of them, we wish them the very, best.

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2022 2A DISTRICT 12 VARSITY BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP – GULF COAST VS. RIVERVIEW

The Riverview Rams Varsity Boys (10-8) were defeated by the Gulf Coast Sharks (11-6) in the District 12 Championship, 8-5.

For the second straight year, the Rams hosted the Sharks for the FHSAA District 12 Championship game. In 2021, Riverview earned their second program title, defeating Gulf Coast, 11-7, but this year, it was Gulf Coast that earned the trophy. The game remained close for the first half, with Riverview tying the game with only 1:06 remaining on the clock on goal by Senior Ken Kaiser. In the third quarter, the Sharks scored the first three goals, extending a lead they would not relinquish, behind a defense that would only allow 2 goals the entire second half. Gulf Coast was 10-for-17 on faceoffs (58%).

Kaiser scored 3 goals for the Rams. Kevin Southerland scored a goal and added an assist. Will Leffler had a solid night in goal, stopping 11 of the 19 shots he faced.

Sam Shields, Thomas Lucia and Quinn Helper each had 2 goals, apiece, for Gulf Coast. Shaden Shields had 12 saves in goal for the Sharks.

The Rams will find out this weekend if their MaxPreps PowerRanking will provide them with an “at-large” bid for the FHSAA Regional tournament.

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Riverview Rams @ Community School of Naples Seahawks

The Riverview Rams (9-7) Varsity Boys made their way to Naples for their final game of the 2022 regular season against the Community School of Naples Seahawks (11-4). From the start of the game, CSN’s defense and balanced offense were too much for Riverview, as the Seahawks jumped out to a 10-2 lead by halftime. By the end of the 3rd quarter, with a running clock, CSN extended their lead to 15-3. When the final horn sounded, CSN picked up their 6th win in-a-row, 16-6.

Riverview’s scoring was led by seniors Ken Kaiser with 5 points (3G/2A) and Kevin Southerland with 2 goals. Starting in his 2nd game in-a-row, backup defenseman Ryan Fisher had 5 takeaways and 2 groundballs. Riverview’s goalie Will Leffler had 11 saves on 27 shots on goal.

CSN’s balanced scoring was lead by Ramsey Huggins with 6 points (5G/1A), Chase Atterbury with 6 points (2G/4A), Evan Calkins with 5 points (2G/3A) and Yates Miller with 4 goals.

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East Lake Eagles vs. Riverview Rams

In their final home game of the 2022 regular season, the Riverview Rams (9-6) Varsity Boys hosted the East Lake Eagles (11-4) from Tarpon Springs, Florida on Tuesday night.  Battling a few injuries with their starting lineup, it took some time for the Rams to get their momentum going, as the Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after goals by Maddox Morrow and Kyle Simoensen, but the Rams answered with 3 straight goals in the 2nd quarter, to tie the game before halftime. In the third quarter, trailing by a goal with less than a minute to play, the Rams rallied, when sophomore JC Fleming scored three straight goals, including a buzzer beater as freshman Logan Alexander found an open Fleming, who was able to find the back of the net as the horn went off. The Rams extended their lead in 4th quarter with back-to-back goals by senior Kevin Southerland, and another goal by Fleming, his fourth of the night. Final score, Riverview 12 – East Lake 7.

Riverview’s scoring was led by Fleming and Southerland, who each had 4 goals. Senior Justin Dorociak had a solid night at Attack, filling in for the injured Ken Kaiser in the 2nd half, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist. Junior Solano Benitez was nearly perfect at faceoffs, winning 10-out-of-12 at the circle. Junior Will Leffler had 9 saves in goal for the Rams.

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Jesuit Tigers vs. Riverview Rams

The Tampa Jesuit Tigers (9-1) came to the Ram Bowl with a 6-game win streak, and sitting atop the Division 1A, District 9 standings on Friday night to take on Riverview’s (8-6) Varsity Boys. Currently ranked #8 in Florida 1A, the Tigers jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the first half.  The Rams would trim the lead to 5-3 in the 3rd quarter after goals by seniors Kevin Southerland and Ken Kaiser, but the dominating face-off execution by Jesuit’s Scott Moore (13-for-15) by the Tigers, limited Riverview’s possessions, and Jesuit claimed the 9-5 victory, extending their winning streak to 7 games.

Sophomore JC Fleming and Kaiser finished the game with 2 goals, apiece for the Rams. Will Leffler had 9 saves in goal.

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Springboro Panthers (OH) vs. Riverview Rams

The Springboro Panthers (Ohio) are spending their Spring Break on the road, as they made their first trip to Sarasota, Florida to take on the Riverview Rams at the Ram Bowl, on Tuesday.  The Panthers jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the first quarter, and the Rams would trim the lead to 7-4 in the third quarter on a goal by Andrew Dirocco, but Springboro’s 5-goal, 4th quarter, sealed the victory for the Panthers, 12-4.

Riverview’s goals were scored by Seniors Ken Kaiser (2 Goals) and Dirocco (2 Goals).

Springboro High School is located in Springboro, Ohio, and has approximately 2,036 students.

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Canterbury Cougars vs. Riverview Rams

The Riverview Rams (8-4) Varsity Boys team hosted the Canterbury Cougars (7-4) at the Ram Bowl on Thursday evening in a non-district, no-divisional matchup. The Rams scored first on a goal by senior Kevin Southerland to start the game, but the Cougars came roaring back with five unanswered goals, and took a 5-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Cougars defense stifled the Rams and pushed the lead to 8-3 entering halftime. Canterbury outscored Riverview 5-to-4 in the second half, cruising to a 13-7 victory.

Defensively, Riverview’s George Benitez played a solid game, forcing 2 turnovers, snagging 4 groundballs and even scoring a goal with the long pole with only :04 seconds remaining in the first quarter.  Although the Cougars were able to find the back of the net with 13 goals, Riverview’s Will Leffler stopped an additional 12 shots by the Cougars, including 6 fantastic saves in the 4th quarter.

Canterbury had five different players tally 3, or more, points in the game, with Carson Fuchs (3G/2A), Sean Mahoney (3G), Chase Thompson (2G/1A) and Spencer Dopman (2G/1A) all contributing to the scoring. The Cougars’ FOGO Derrick Hueniken was 16-for-23 at faceoffs (70%).

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT
#10 Kevin Southerland scoring Riverview’s first goal of the game

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