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Golf Classic Sets Record
In the early morning hours of Friday, September 16, 108 golfers ascended onto the Harbor Hills Golf and Country Club. The Lake-Sumter State College Athletic Department was hosting its 18th Golf Classic that benefits the student-athletes in scholarships, books, travel expenses, uniforms and equipment. After the fog lifted over the course, it was a beautiful day for long drives, clutch putting and socializing in the sun.
Outside of the team competition, there were individual winners as well. Carol Kneller and Matt Matulia took home the longest drive awards while Dean Simmons won the closest to the pin title. Three teams were separated by six strokes with Crippen and Co. taking the top spot this year. Team members included, Michael Johnson, Jordan Holmes, Daniel Delgado and John Darr who ended the day shooting a 47 as a whole. Electrical Services Inc. came in second place while Carter’s ACE Hardware ended the day in third.
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors; Marian S. Shuck Scholarship Trust, Roy and Ruth Ryan Foundation, Inc. and Earl and Sophia Shaw Charitable Trust. Between our sponsors, golfers and donations, the 18th Golf Classic was our best one yet. The outing raised a record breaking $45,000. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in the outing and we look forward to another great turnout in 2017.
PINK Night Later This Month
October is breast cancer awareness month and the Lake-Sumter State College volleyball program is going to show their pride and help spread the word. The team will host a PINK NIGHT Thursday, Oct. 20 when they are scheduled to host Florida State College – Jacksonville. All local survivors and those family members touched by the disease are asked to join us that night. Donations will be accepted and will go to the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. This LOCAL organization is near and dear to Head Coach, Amanda Phelps’ heart. “I have done several pink games and I love to work with this organization. To be able to help a local group and see our donations in actions is extremely rewarding.”
The team has asked that everyone in attendance wear pink to honor any family members or friends associated with breast cancer. Game time is set for 7 pm.
Billings to Head Sports Medicine Department
Betsy Billings joins the Lake-Sumter State College Athletic Department as the new Head Athletic Trainer. Billings comes to LSSC from Orlando Health where she served as an Athletic Trainer for the last year working primarily with Elite Club National League (ECNL) Soccer in Seminole County, which partners with Orlando’s MLS team, the Orlando City Lions. One of her primary responsibilities was medical camp director for the Orlando City soccer camps. Under Orlando Health, she also was a member of the Doping Control Team during the international COPA soccer tournament in Orlando where she occupied the role of medical liaison for Team Panama.
Prior to her stint with Orlando Health, Billings earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine in May of 2015 from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. While at FAU, she was as a Graduate Assistant athletic trainer for the Owl’s women’s soccer program as well as women’s fast pitch softball where she served as the Conference-USA Host Athletic Trainer during the 2014 women’s softball conference tournament in Boca Raton.
Billings Undergrad work included an internship with the Mercer University (Macon, GA) athletic training department. There she provided coverage for men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, and football. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Troy University (Troy, AL) in 2013. While at Troy, Billings was an athletic training student and supported day-to-day athletic training operations and worked with more than 10 sports including football, rodeo, women’s soccer, track, women’s basketball, & tennis.
Billings has been a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association since 2010. She also serves as an American Heart Association Instructor. She is the wife of Lakehawk Head Baseball Coach, Rich Billings and they currently live in Mount Dora.
18th Annual Golf Outing Approaching Fast!
The 18th Annual LSSC Golf Classic is just around the corner. The presenting sponsors will be the Marian S. Shuck Scholarship Trust, Roy and Ruth Ryan Foundation, Inc. and Earl and Sophia Shaw Charitable Trust. Our Grand Slam sponsor this year is the Meade Family Foundation. Please come out and support our athletics department and LSSC student-athletes by participating in the Golf Classic on Friday, September 16. The event will be held at Harbor Hills Country Club with registration and breakfast at 7:30 am. The fun-filled day of golf, a custom golf shirt, goodie bag and plenty of drinks will begin with a shotgun Start at 8:30am followed by a buffet lunch. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, beginning at $100.00 and the tax deductible donation benefits our student-athletes!
For more information contact the Athletic office at 352-323-3645 or e-mail Mike Matulia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophomore, Madison Mihok has continued to collect hardware long after her last swing for the Lake-Sumter State College softball program. Since taking her spikes off for the final time, Mihok has been named LSSC Female Athlete of the Year, given the Student Life Leadership Through Service Award, named Honorable Mention All-Conference, earned Academic All-State honors for the second straight year and Academic All-America admiration. The Coconut Creek native did not stop there as she was in for a surprise announcement at graduation.
On Friday, May 2, Mihok was set to receive her Associate’s in Arts degree after completing her course work with a 3.82 GPA. The President’s List and Dean’s List member was also up for an award that night, the President’s Award. This is the highest honor a student at Lake-Sumter can receive. The President’s Award is given to the student who displays leadership skills, service to the community and dedicates themselves to excellence in the classroom. Eight nominees were up for the distinguished honor. Lake-Sumter President, Dr. Stanley Sidor made the announcement that Mihok had won the award along with duel-enrollment student, Alex Torrelli-Diljohn.
“Honestly, I was shocked,” said Mihok. “It was extremely exciting to hear my name called for such a prestigious award.” The former shortstop for the Lakehawks becomes just the fourth student-athlete to ever win the award. Athletic Director, Mike Matulia, considers Mihok a role model for the athletic program and has exhibited leadership skills, academic integrity, character, athletic prowess on the softball field and is committed to her personal and team goals. “I am just extremely proud of Madison and everything she has accomplished,” said Head Softball Coach, Jay Miller. “The countless hours she put into everything she did here and to see it payoff is amazing.”
Westbrook & Mihok Named Student-Athletes of the Year
The 2016 Robert & Merill Westrick Male & Female Student-Athletes of the Year were announced at the May 3rd student awards ceremony. This year's award winners were LSSC Baseball's, Taylor Westbrook, and LSSC Softball's, Madison Mihok.
Westbrook had an outstanding season on the diamond hitting .292 with seven doubles. He collected 47 hits for the Lakehawks which was good for 3rd most on the team. He also started 43 games which was the most of any Lakehawk. He stoal eight bases and drove in 12 runs on the year en route to a .378 on base percentage.
In the classroom Westbrook earned a 3.16 GPA and was named to the All Conference Academic Team both years at LSSC. He also served as a mentor at Round Lake Elementary on Friday mornings and was on the leadership team of the LSSC Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Westbrook has signed with Southeastern University in Lakeland to continue his academic and athletic career.
Madison Mihok hit .302 on the year in 59 games. She led the team in hits with 52 while also leading the team in doubles with 12. She collected three triples while also blasting three HR's during the 2016 campaign. Mihok drove in 29 runs and stole 19 bags. She was Honorable Mention All Conference in 2016.
Off the field Mihok was equally successful graduating this spring with a 3.86 GPA and earning the President's Award which is awarded to one graduate from each year's class. She was an All State Academic Team member both years. She also earned the Student Life Leadership Through Service Award for her volunteer work as a mentor at Round Lake Elementary and the Leesburg Animal Shelter. Mihok was also involved in the LSSC Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has signed a Letter of Intent with Warner University where she will continue her softball career in the fall of 2016.
Amanda Phelps Takes On Head Volleyball Coach Position
Leesburg, Fla. – Amanda Phelps joins the LSSC family as the new head volleyball coach for the Lakehawks volleyball programs. Phelps joins us from Lake Minneola High School.
“The LSSC community is constantly growing and improving,” says Phelps. “I am excited to be a part of that growth and success. The Mid-Florida Conference is extremely competitive and I look forward to helping LSSC return to the top of the MFC.”
Phelps began her career at Saint Leo University in Dade City, FL. She played libero and was captain for two years. At St. Leo, she was the three-time Sunshine State Conference defensive player of the week nominee and a three-time member of the American Volleyball’s Association 30-dig club. Phelps also excelled in the classroom, receiving the Division II Athletics Directors Associations Academic Achievement Award, ESPN the Magazine All-Academic Third-Team, the SLU Women in Sports Achievement Award and graduated from the honors program.
After graduating from St. Leo with her bachelor’s, Phelps continued to pursue her passion for volleyball by accepting a graduate assistant position at the University of West Georgia where she coached for two years and received her Master’s in Business Administration.
In 2011, Phelps returned to Florida and led the Ladyhawks of Lake Minneola High School for five years.
“We are excited about Amanda joining the LSSC family and having someone with her volleyball background to lead our young ladies,” says Athletic Director Mike Matulia. “Amanda brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge and great character qualities that make her a great fit for our program
Amanda resides in Clermont with her husband, Kevin Phelps.
LSSC Baseball & Softball Host Annual Alumni Game!
The LSSC Baseball & Softball Programs held their annual alumni game and BBQ on Sat., Jan. 16th.
Sports Leadership Series with Pat Burke a Success!
LSSC Student-Athletes with Sports Leadership Series guest speaker, Pat Burke
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Lake-Sumter State College offers intercollegiate athletics in three sports for both men and women. The LSSC Athletic Program competes in Women's Volleyball, Women's Fast-Pitch Softball, and Men's Baseball. The College competes as a Division 1 program in the Mid-Florida Conference of the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA). The FCSAA is governed by the rules of the National Junior Community College Athletic Association (NJCAA), of which Lake-Sumter is a member. The athletic program is built on the same principles that have made Lake-Sumter the State College of Central Florida. Intercollegiate athletics has become an integral part of student life on campus and contributes to the continued excellence of LSSC. The program offers scholarships to local student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically during their high school careers. These scholarships are based upon financial need, scholastic aptitude and athletic excellence. We invite you to share in our vision through your support of the LSSC Athletic Program.