Academy at the Lakes’ 2015-16 athletic campaign included a wide range of achievements – both team and individual – boasting championships, record-setting performances, and several “firsts.” Below are some of the Varsity sports highlights from the year.
On the heels of a no-hitter, pitcher Darin Kilfoyl ’17 was named Tampa Tribune’s Athlete of the Week.
Varsity Boys Basketball
Kilfoyl also earned the Tribune’s Athlete of the Week honor in basketball, and was named both Honorable Mention Pasco County (Tampa Tribune) and Honorable Mention All North Suncoast (Tampa Bay Times). Kilfoyl was joined on these teams by Seth Oliver ’17. Matthew Bates ’18 also received recognition as the Home Team Hot Shot of the Week by the Tampa Bay Times.
Led by Head Coach Tom Haslam, the Varsity Boys Basketball team won its second District Championship in three years and advanced to the Regional Semifinal’s.
Varsity Girls Basketball
The Varsity Girls Basketball team, led by Head Coach Karim Nohra, continued its district dominance with its sixth straight District Championship. The team also advanced to the State Final Four for the fifth straight year and played in its second-ever State Championship game.
Multiple Wildcats earned recognition including Audra Leipold ’18 (Tampa Tribune Pasco County Player of the Year and Tampa Bay Times North Suncoast Player of the Year); Imani Thomas ’17 (Tampa Tribune 1st team All Pasco County and Tampa Bay Times 1st Team All North Suncoast and 1st Team All Tampa Bay Area); Lulu Santiago ’16 (Tampa Tribune Honorable Mention All Pasco County and Tampa Bay Times Honorable Mention All North Suncoast); and Lauren Wells ’17 (Tampa Tribune Honorable Mention All Pasco County).
In addition Coach Nohra was chosen Class 2A Coach of the Year by the Florida Athletic Coaches Association; the Pasco County Coach of the Year by the Tampa Tribune; and North Suncoast Coach of the Year by the Tampa Bay Times.
David Singh ’17 led the Wildcats’ Varsity Golf team by qualifying for the Regional Golf Tournament. He was also named Honorable Mention All North Suncoast Golf Team by the Tampa Bay Times.
The Varsity Softball team finished as District Runners-Up and qualified for the Regional Tournament. In addition, Lexi Kilfoyl ’19 pitched a no-hitter for the Wildcats.
Several Wildcats qualified for the Regional Swim Meet including Katie Erin McCormick ’20, Mikayla Owen ’16, and Kayla Rodriguez ’23, and McKenna Smith ’19. Smith also advanced to the State Championships in the 50 meter freestyle and placed 16th overall in the event.
Dion Loutas ’20 was the runner-up in singles at the District Championship.
Varsity Track and Field
Academy fielded its largest-ever team in the sport with a record 28 participants. Fielded largest team in school history with 28 participants. Wildcats who qualified for the Regional Championship Meet were: Alex Baker ’16 (shot put); Daniel Biglow ’18 (long jump and 4×400 meter relay); Kyle Sargent ’17 (4×400 meter relay); Daniil Shcherbinin ’16 (4×400 meter relay); and Sean Stanley ’16 (4×400 meter relay).
The Varsity Volleyball team finished with an all-time best 24-6 record and finished as the District runners-up. The team also advanced to the Regional Tournament for the first time in school history. The team was led by GiGi Chiaramonte ’18, who was named 1st Team All Pasco County Volleyball by the Tampa Tribune and Honorable Mention All North Suncoast Volleyball by the Tampa Bay Times. Also recognized were Alexis Forrester ’18 (Tampa Bay Times Honorable Mention All North Suncoast) and Lauren Reinhart ’20 (Tampa Tribune All Pasco County).
The Wildcats largest Varsity Girls Weightlifting team in school history was led by Maggie Hult ’16 and Natalie Davis ’16. Hult placed fourth and Davis sixth at the District Championships, with both qualifying for the Regional Championship meet. In addition, the school fielded the first Varsity Boys’ Weightlifting team in school history thanks to Gary Lopez-Perea ’17.
AJ Zafrilla ’16 and DJ Biglow were selected as FCAPPS All-State football players and that the Varsity Football team qualified for the FCAPPS state playoffs.
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