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HomeTeam 25: Volleyball rankings, Week 4

Posted on: September 16th, 2015

Original Article by: Kelly Parsons and Rodney Page via … 12. Academy at the Lakes (10-2) This week: Tuesday vs. Citrus Park Christian, Wednesday vs. Universal Academy, Thursday vs. Foundation Christian Scoop: The Wildcats dropped their first two matches of the season last weekend at the Bishop McLaughlin tournament, but they weren’t bad losses. […]

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Volleyball Preview

Posted on: September 9th, 2015

Original Post By Mike Camunas Tribune correspondent …Players to Watch OH – Alexis Forrester, So. Academy at the Lakes: Led the 9-13 Wildcats with 212 kills and returns with the rest of the team for what could be a breakout season under coach Brian Gonzales. OH – Gigi Chairmonte, So., Academy at the Lakes: Second […]

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Pasco County prep volleyball preview

Posted on: August 31st, 2015

Original article by MIKE CAMUNAS Tribune correspondent A look at the teams and players to watch in high school volley this season in Pasco County. PLAYERS TO WATCH OH – Alexis Forrester, So. Academy at the Lakes: Led the 9-13 Wildcats with 212 kills and returns with the rest of the team for what could […]

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Academy Claims Carey E. McDonald Award as Florida’s Top 2A Private School Athletic Program

Posted on: August 27th, 2015

Academy at the Lakes was recently honored as Florida’s top 2A private school athletic program during the 2014-15 school year, receiving the prestigious Carey E. McDonald Award for the first time in school history. The award winner is determined based on the season results of 20 different teams. During the 2014-15 school year, Academy had […]

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Academy to Offer Adventure Trip to Peruvian Amazon

Posted on: August 27th, 2015

For the fourth straight year, Academy will offer a trip in June to the Peruvian Amazon through Amazonia Expeditions. This 11-day adventure is open to AATL families. In addition, rising 9th graders and older may travel under the supervision of two chaperones, Mrs. Colleen McCormick and Mrs. Sheri Mahoney. Learn more about this incredible opportunity […]

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Florida Hospital Announces Sports Medicine Partnership with Local Schools to Provide Injury Prevention and Sports Performance Programs

Posted on: August 18th, 2015

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY PRWEB ON BENZINGA Florida Hospital is launching a sports medicine program with local schools to provide a comprehensive array of sports medicine services for children and adults from injury prevention and sports performance programs to post injury services like outpatient rehab, noninvasive treatments and surgery. Florida Hospital will provide the schools with free […]

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American football suits former Academy at the Lakes player from Russia

Posted on: July 25th, 2015

LAND O’ LAKES — The American Dream is what most immigrants are looking for when they move to the United States.

A chance at a better life.

For former Academy at the Lakes defensive end Max Stepanets, who graduated this past spring, a move from Russia to America was just the opportunity he needed to escape from living in poverty and create opportunities for himself and his family.

In the fall of 2007, Eric Wilson, who is currently Stepanets’ guardian, met Max — along with six other boys from Russia — after he was hired as part of a charity group from South Florida to be their house parent. Taking them in, Wilson grew close with each of them, but budget cuts in 2008 shut down the program, leaving Wilson with the task of having to return the boys to Russia while breaking the bad news to their respective families.

Wilson set out to find a solution for bringing the boys back to the U.S., and with the help of a few friends, he founded the RenProject. Stepanets was one of three students offered the opportunity to return to America, and Wilson and the charity identified Academy at the Lakes as the home school for the boys.

Upon their return, Wilson noticed almost immediately was the interest Stepanets for the game of American football. From the moment he picked up a football, it seemed Stepanets and the game were a perfect match.

“I don’t know what it was,” Wilson said. “Besides maybe watching my Colts play, I don’t know what gravitated him to football. He was just determined to really play football. He works really hard at it every day. The first thing I did was I put him in the i-9 type leagues so he could get used to the rules of football.”

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AATL programs find right combination

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015

Tribune correspondent
Published: June 18, 2015

When Academy at the Lakes girls basketball coach Karim Nohra arrived at the school in 2011, the Wildcats were not a perennial power in any sport other than six-man football, which won a state championship in 2006.

Since 2011, the mantra for AATL athletics has been simple: Do well in the classroom and on the field. With those values, it has provided the Wildcats with a steady diet of great student-athletes whom, throughout the past few years and the 2014-15 school year, saw Academy at the Lakes’ most successful athletics run in the private school’s short history.

“It’s all kind of built up,” athletic director Tom Haslam said. “It is no overnight change, though, but success lately has come fairly quickly. You look at my program, the boys basketball team. We’ve been fairly decent, but this year everything kind of came into place. We had talent and senior leadership. It all came into place and got us to the final four.

“It has come fairly quickly and this year kind of culminated for our athletic program.”


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Memories to last a lifetime

Posted on: July 2nd, 2015

Ethan and Tom Haslam


Tribune correspondent
Published: July 2, 2015

For the longest time, it was just a daydream for Tom Haslam.

As athletic director and boys basketball coach at Academy at the Lakes, he wondered just how far his Wildcats, led by his son, Ethan, could go in the playoffs.

“I’ve just always had a daydream where we’d have a moment like that, a special one where we’d go further than we’d been before,” Haslam said. “We built a team from scratch through hard work, and to get that far is great. … To see (Ethan) propel (the team) to new heights, it doesn’t always happen the way you want it to, but I had to pinch myself when it did.

“It was a dream, the way (his) final year ended. Really magical.”

Haslam was referring to the Wildcats’ historic run that resulted in the program’s first state tournament berth, thanks to a stunning upset of the then-defending Class 2A state champions Orlando Christian Prep. Ethan led the way with a game-high 35 points, including seven 3-pointers.

“That (game) I’ll remember forever, but that moment in particular, where we pulled off the win and my dad and I just hugged on the court,” ” Ethan said. “It was the biggest game and moment, and it was in front of the school to share with all our fans and with (my dad). … It was the happiest moment of my life.”


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Tampa Bay Times’ all-county softball teams

Posted on: June 15th, 2015

Original article written by Bob Putnam, Times Staff Writer for Tampa Bay Times


Player of the Year: Megan Lane, Sr., Hernando

Pitcher of the Year: Louisa Disi, Sr., Springstead

Coach of the Year: Kurt Goluba, River Ridge

First team

P Alexis Kilfoyl, 8th, Academy at the Lakes

P Abbey Primavera, So., Nature Coast

P Shannon Saile, Jr., Land O’Lakes

P Lindsey Snyder, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

C Tayler Holt, Jr., Land O’Lakes

INF Kelsea Vanderveer, Jr., Mitchell

INF Kendall Tipton, Jr., Land O’Lakes

INF Lindsey Hupp, Sr., Zephyrhills

INF Abby Oliver, So., Springstead

OF Madisyn Palmer, Sr., River Ridge

OF Jaime Valenta, So., Wiregrass Ranch

OF Rachel Graham, Jr., Pasco

UTIL Makenzie Goluba, Sr., River Ridge

DH Celine Kordon, So., Nature Coast

Second team

P Anessa Holes, Jr., River Ridge

P Mariah Melendez, Fr., Sunlake

P Lauren Moore, Jr., Hernando

P Britney Pressler, Jr., Gulf

C Brook Schwaner, Sr., River Ridge

INF Gabriella Santiago, Jr., Land O’Lakes

INF Skyler Boynton, Sr., Academy at the Lakes

INF Tori Wilkins, Sr., Land O’Lakes

INF Kourtney Gracie, Jr., Anclote

OF Cassidy Roberts, Jr., Sunlake

OF Kacie Huber, Fr., Pasco

OF Sara Brown, Jr., Hudson

UTIL Elizabeth Diaz, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch

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