Mihok Leaves Mark at LSSC On and Off the Field
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.”
Mihok will take her softball and academic talents to Lake Wales in the fall to attend Warner University on a softball scholarship.
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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