It’s been a banner year for Academy at the Lakes’ athletic program. Literally.
Each season – fall, winter and spring – yielded championship results for the Wildcats. In total, the Academy gym will soon display six new banners – five for individual accomplishments and one for a team championship, the Boys’ District Tennis title. In addition, three of the existing team banners will be updated with new championships.
Academy, which competes in the 2A division of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), offers 12 sports. Eight of those sports had an individual and/or team qualify for regional or state competition. Although the results are not yet final, Academy at the Lakes currently ranks third among more than 100 2A schools for the FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All-Sports Award, which rewards schools’ overall athletic successes during the 2014-15 school year.
Highlights from the 2014-15 School Year
Golf: More golfers qualified for the Regional Tournament than ever before.
Swimming: The team produced Academy’s first-ever individual State Champion, Abbey Duncan ’17, and qualified more swimmers for the Regional Swim Meet than ever before. In addition, the girls’ team finished its dual-meet season undefeated.
Boys Basketball: The team won the first Regional Championship in school history and made its first appearance in the State Final Four.
Girls Basketball: The team won its fifth consecutive District Championship, fourth consecutive Regional Championship, and qualified for its fourth straight State Final Four.
Softball: The team, which included five sixth graders on its roster, won its fourth consecutive District Championship.
Boys Tennis: The team won its first team District Championship in school history.
Girls Tennis: The doubles team of Daniella Moreno-Kaste ’15 and Anna Waller ’19 won both the District and State Championships, with the state title being the first in school history.
Track & Field: Three student-athletes qualified for the Regional Championship and numerous school records were broken.