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Wed Aug 21
Final
0 No. 15 Lake-Sumter State College
0 at Santa Fe College
Fri Aug 23
Final
0 No. 15 Lake-Sumter State College
3 at Hillsborough Community College
HCC Tournament
Sat Aug 24
Final
3 Florida State College at Jacksonville
0 vs. No. 15 Lake-Sumter State College
@ HCC HCC Tournament
Sat Aug 24
Final
3 Indian River State College
2 vs. No. 15 Lake-Sumter State College
@ HCC
Tue Aug 27
7:00 PM
No. 15 Lake-Sumter State College
at (DI) No. 7 Polk State College
Thu Aug 29
7:30 PM
at Daytona State College Meet
@ Daytona Beach
Tue Sep 03
6:00 PM
College of Central Florida
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
Thu Sep 05
6:00 PM
Pensacola State College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
Fri Sep 06
1:00 PM
Indian River State College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
@ PHSC Tournament
Fri Sep 06
3:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
vs. Eastern Florida State College
@ New Port Richey Bobcat Invitational
Sat Sep 07
12:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
vs. Catawba Valley Community College
@ PHSC Bobcat Invitational New Port Richey, Fla.
Sat Sep 07
2:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
vs. Florida State College at Jacksonville
@ PHSC PHSC Tournament
Wed Sep 11
6:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
at St. Johns River State College
Fri Sep 13
6:00 PM
Florida Gateway College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
Sat Sep 14
7:55 AM
at Mountain Dew Invitational
@ Gainesville, FL
Sat Sep 14
1:00 PM
Andrew College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
Wed Sep 18
6:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
at South Florida State College
Sat Sep 21
TBA
at Embry-Riddle Meet
@ Daytona Beach, FL
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Pasco-Hernando State College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
Fri Sep 27
6:10 PM
at Seminole State Invitational
@ Lakeland, FL
Sat Sep 28
1:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
at Gulf Coast State College
Wed Oct 02
6:00 PM
St. Johns River State College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
PINK NIGHT
Fri Oct 04
6:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
at Eastern Florida State College
Wed Oct 09
6:00 PM
South Florida State College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
Fri Oct 11
6:00 PM
Gulf Coast State College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
Sat Oct 12
TBA
at Disney Cross Country Invitational
@ Kissimmee, FL ESPN Wide World of Sports
Wed Oct 16
6:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
at Pasco-Hernando State College
Fri Oct 18
6:00 PM
Lake-Sumter State College
at Florida Gateway College
Sat Oct 19
1:00 PM
Eastern Florida State College
vs. Lake-Sumter State College
SOPHOMORE DAY
Fri Oct 25
TBA
at Region 8 Meet
@ Tallahassee, FL
Sat Nov 09
TBA
at NJCAA Championships
@ Albuqurque, NM
Sat Nov 23
TBA
at Half Marathon Championships
@ El Paso, TX
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Recap of the 2018-19 Year in Lakehawks Sports

Recap of the 2018-19 Year in Lakehawks Sports

Leesburg, Fla. – It was certainly a year to remember for the Lake-Sumter State College sports programs this year. At the end of every school year, the LSSC Athletics Dept. hosts an awards banquet for their athletes. Among the awards given out were Male and Female Athlete of the Year, the Tyler Reichwein Service support and significant contributions Award and the Professor of the Year Award.

Professor of the Year

Gary Rogers – Assistant Professor of Theatre & Arts

Each year the student-athletes at Lake-Sumter vote on a Professor of the Year. The professor receives their recognition at the end of the year awards ceremony. This year, Gary Rogers became a back-to-back recipient of the honor Mr. Rogers is an Assistant Professor of Theatre & Arts at the Leesburg Campus. Several student-athletes made comments about Professor Rogers' commitment to their success not only as a student, but as an individual. "He cares about us as people," said one student-athlete. "I love the passion he has for his class and what he is teaching," said another student-athlete.

Male Student-Athlete of the Year

Jarrett Backus – Sophomore, Baseball

Backus drove in 37 RBI's and scored 42 runs in 45 games this season. The Apopka native also owns the painfully earned mark of most hit by pitches in a season (20) and a career (36). Backus played in over 90 games during his two years as a Lakehawk

Female Student-Athlete of the Year

Emma Gray – Sophomore, Volleyball

Gray was announced as an Honorable Mention All-America selection back in December. She completed her playing career at Lake-Sumter on Nov. 14 after helping her team to an 11th place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament in Charleston, WV.

The local product from First Academy Leesburg wrapped up a decorated two years as a Lakehawk. Gray finished top five all-time in kills (529) and total attacks (1729). After elevating her game to the next level, Gray received national recognition in the wake of the Regional Tournament being named National Player of the Week by the NJCAA.

Tyler Reichwein Service Award

Jovon Valentin – Student Assistant-Athletics

The Tyler Reichwein service, support and significant contributions award is given to a student that has gone above and beyond for Lake-Sumter State College. This year's recipient was an incredible asset to the athletics department, even though they never took the field. Jovon work alongside John Meier on our sports complex. It seemed there was not a day that went by when you didn't pass Jovon's smiling face as he worked tirelessly at whatever task was at hand. His work ethic is second to none and he was the unanimous selection for this year's award.

Volleyball

This year will go down as one of the most successful seasons in Lake-Sumter State College athletics history.

After not receiving a single vote in the NJCAA national poll the entire season, the Lakehawks finished 11th at the Division II National Championships in Charleston, WV. "This has been an incredible experience," said Head Coach, Amanda Phelps. "I could not be more proud of this team's hard work, discipline and dedication. I hope they see now that they deserved to be here and this should become the new normal for our program."

This team became the first program at Lake-Sumter to make a trip to the national tournament. Phelps went on to say, "I also want to thank our administration for all their support and a big thank you to our Athletic Director, Mike Matulia, for helping to make this experience happen."

This season brought about many memorable moments for the Lakehawks. It was the first winning season since 2003, they defeated four nationally ranked programs, first regional championship, first trip to Nationals, resulting in the first win at a National Tournament for any Lake-Sumter athletics program. A banner now hangs in the Everett A. Kelly Convocation Center as a result of what this group accomplished this season. It is an exclamation point on 2018 and a representation of the words, "we belong."

Softball

The Lakehawks finished with a 26-30 overall record, 9-15 in conference play. The team's 26 wins is the fourth best season in program history. The pitching combination of Geier and Primavera became the first duo to reach 10+ wins in the same season and were both named All-Conference. Geier also posted the best ERA in a single season in the history of the program (2.15). Primavera leaves Lake-Sumter having collected the second most wins in a career (18).

Turner leaves her mark in the record book breaking not only the single season walk total (37), but also the career total (65). Underwood finishes a stellar career third on the all-time hit list (105), third in doubles (25), third in runs scored (66) and first in at-bats (340). Jennifer Bryant completed a great rookie campaign finishing with the second most hits by a freshman (54) while carrying a .334 batting average and leading the conference in stolen bases (23).

"This class came here with the belief they were going to change this program and they absolutely did that," said Head Coach, Jay Miller. "The best thing you can ever do in your life is go somewhere and leave that place better than when you found it. That is not only what these girls did with this program, but that is what they did with this coach and I cannot thank them enough for that."

Baseball

The Lakehawks finished 2019 with a 22-25-1 overall record and 9-15 in Mid-Florida Conference play. The team's 22 wins are the most since 2013 and the third most under Billings. Lake-Sumter finished fifth in the final MFC standings.

Robbie Scott turned in one of the program's best performances in a single season. The sophomore finished the year with the second most hits (80), fourth most total bases (112) and stolen bases (24), while taking over the top spot with 62 runs scored in a single season. His career numbers matched those of some of the all-time greats to come through Lake-Sumter. Scott finished top five in batting average (.362), games started (92), doubles (23) and RBI's (80). He finished second in all-time hits with 137.

Sophomore Jarrett Backus was named the 2018-19 Lake-Sumter State College Male Athlete of the Year as announced Thursday. Backus drove in 37 RBI's and scored 42 runs in 45 games this season. The Apopka native also owns the painfully earned mark of most hit by pitches in a season (20) and a career (36). Collin Teegarden also played his final game for the Lakehawks this spring. His 82 runs scored is fifth all-time in a career while he now owns the programs single season and career marks for walks with 45 and 84 respectfully.

The players were not the only ones to reach milestones. Head Coach, Rich Billings won career game number 178 in the final weekend of the season. He is now tied with former baseball coach and current LSSC Athletic Director, Mike Matulia. His next win will put Coach Billings at the top as the all-time winningest baseball coach at Lake-Sumter. Coach Matulia reached his 178 win plateau in 422 games while Coach Billings got there one game sooner in 421 contests. Billings is a former player and assistant coach for Matulia and the two will look to share another special moment together in 2020.

 

Academics

A total of 41 student-athletes made a 3.0 GPA or higher. Four student-athletes earned President's List honors with a 3.8 or higher GPA.

2019 Academic Honors

NJCAA Academic Award (3.60+):

 

Hailey Franklin - Volleyball

Kitana Lim - Volleyball

Amber Schwartz – Volleyball

Matthew Coles - Baseball

Collin Teegarden - Baseball

Johziel Serrano – Baseball

Taylor Turner - Softball

Emily "Ernie" Murphy - Softball

Jennifer Bryant - Softball

 

FCSAA All-State Academic Team (3.30 - 3.59):

 

Hailey Franklin - Volleyball

Kitana Lim - Volleyball

Amber Schwartz - Volleyball

Talyn Allard - Volleyball

Amanda Berecz - Volleyball

Gabriela Hernandez – Volleyball

Seth Martin - Baseball

Bryant Heston - Baseball

Cameron Recny - Baseball

Matthew Coles - Baseball

Collin Teegarden - Baseball

Johziel Serrano – Baseball

Allie Geier - Softball

Jenna Curtis - Softball

Cissy Doolittle - Softball

Taylor Turner - Softball

Emily "Ernie" Murphy – Softball

Jennifer Bryant - Softball

 

Mid-Florida Conference Academic Team (3.00 - 3.29):

 

Hailey Franklin - Volleyball

Kitana Lim - Volleyball

Amber Schwartz - Volleyball

Talyn Allard - Volleyball

Amanda Berecz - Volleyball

Gabriela Hernandez - Volleyball

Katherine Carpenter - Volleyball

Emma Gray - Volleyball

Jasmine Kimpel - Volleyball

Rebecca Lakin – Volleyball

Alan Alonso - Baseball

Mark Antony Perez - Baseball

Jarrett Backus - Baseball

Conner Andrews - Baseball

Matthew Cobb - Baseball

Gabriel Dorsey - Baseball

Andrew Miele - Baseball

Brody Rubenstein - Baseball

Trey Weathers - Baseball

Seth Martin - Baseball

Bryant Heston - Baseball

Cameron Recny - Baseball

Matthew Coles - Baseball

Collin Teegarden - Baseball

Johziel Serrano – Baseball

Taylor Dotson - Softball

Abbey Primavera - Softball

Alysha Bolling - Softball

Casey Allen - Softball

Lucia Esposito - Softball

Karsyn Connell - Softball

Brandi Davis - Softball

Raelin Treves - Softball

Amanda Quinby - Softball

Ashlyn Allen - Softball

Allie Geier - Softball

Jenna Curtis - Softball

Cissy Doolittle - Softball

Taylor Turner – Softball

Emily "Ernie" Murphy - Softball

Jennifer Bryant - Softball