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During the summer months, several standout student-athletes from East Ridge High School are continuing to showcase their dominance on the track; however this time it’s on the national stage.

“The Knights family of East Ridge High is proud of Kaylin Whitney and Terry Jernigan for their outstanding performances at several national track-and-field events this summer,” said Jacob Stein, Assistant Principal at East Ridge High.

At the 10th-annual adidas Grand Prix held on June 14 in New York City, Kaylin Whitney finished first in the High School Girls’ Dream 100m with a result of 11.27 seconds. The Grand Prix is one of the premier track-and-field events in the world as it is the sixth stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit and the second stop on the USATF Championship Series. In the professional women’s 100m, Whitney’s time would have been good enough for seventh place. Terry Jernigan also competed in the High School Boys’ Dream 100m and finished third with a result of 10.64 seconds.

According to Coach Larry Ferguson, “Terry slipped in the starting block but recovered to take third and Kaylin ran the fastest race of her life on her way to first place.”

At the Brooks PR Invite in Seattle on June 21, Whitney once again placed first in the 100m with a final result of 11.35 and Jernigan finished in the boys’ 100m dash in second place with 10.41.

“Kaylin clearly established herself as the fastest high schooler in the nation on her way to another first place finish against the top eight best runners in the nation,” Ferguson said. “Terry ran an outstanding race, finishing second behind the second best time in the country this year.”


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The new head football coach at East Ridge High is no stranger to Lake County Schools.

East Ridge High announced this week Ashour Peera was hired as the next Knights head football coach. Most recently, Peera was the head football coach for Gateway High School in Aurora, Colorado. According to the Denver Post, “In 2013, Peera led the Olympians to a 6-4 mark, further respectability and improved players’ college heights in terms of recruitment. He took his team on trips for visits and has senior linebacker Kevin Prosser already verbally committed to Wyoming.”

Previous assistant coaching stops included Miami Northwestern Senior High School (2011-2013), South Lake High School (2009-2011) and Forest High School in Ocala (2006-2009). During his tenure at South Lake High, Peera was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. His defensive squads allowed a stingy 12 points per game in district 7A competition. In addition, he coached the Orlando Sentinel defensive player of the year for 2009 and 2010.

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The Mount Dora High School Hurricanes are hosting an Orange & White Football game on Friday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

As if the preseason action wasn’t enough to entice fans of the Canes to attend, a pulled pork dinner will also be served. Admission to the game is $3 and the pulled pork dinner costs $7. Guests do not need to attend the game in order to purchase a dinner. Dinner tickets will be available at the home side concession stand from 5 to 8 p.m. Dinner tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Dinner tickets are also available from any Mount Dora High football player or by stopping the front office of Mount Dora High School, located at 700 N. Highland Ave.

Special thanks are extended to Black Bear Smokehouse for supplying the pork and to parents Robin Walker and Marcy Fuller for organizing the event. Proceeds from this event will help defray transportation costs during the season.

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Lake Minneola High School is holding its annual physical night for all current and incoming athletes on Tuesday, April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school’s health lab (rooms 273-275).

The cost is $10 and only cash is accepted. The physicals will be performed by Dr David Brcka and the staff of the Sports Medicine Institute.

Athletic packets can be found on the athletic training webpage of the Lake Minneola High School website (http://lake.k12.fl.us/Domain/4703), or available at the school. Please have your physical packet completely filled out if you plan to attend.

For more information, contact Melissa Neu, Athletic Trainer at Lake Minneola High, at 352-394-9600, ext. 5259 or neum@lake.k12.fl.us.

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The Hawks of Lake Minneola High and the Panthers of Eustis High School are hoping for a birth to the state finals this weekend as both boys’ varsity basketball squads compete in separate regional finals.

At the Panther Den at Eustis High, the school is eagerly awaiting its matchup against American Heritage High School from Plantation, Fla. The tipoff for the regional finals in District 5A is Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.

Eustis High earned the birth to the final eight by defeating Titusville High by a score of 69-27 on Tuesday. The win was the second consecutive away game for the Eustis High boys’ basketball team in the regional playoffs as the team defeated Rockledge High in the quarterfinals.

Lake Minneola High will experience its first road game in the regional playoffs as it visits Lake Wales High School, located at 1 Highlander Way in Lake Wales, on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the District 6A regional final. The Hawks outlasted Vanguard High School by a margin of 74-66 in the semifinals and defeated Deltona High in the quarterfinals.

Admission to either regional final is $7. Winning the regional finals will place the teams in the State Finals, which begin for districts 5A and 6A on Friday, Feb. 28 with the semifinal matchups. The championship games for both districts are scheduled for March 1.

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One South Lake High School Eagle is making his former classmates, teachers and administrators awfully proud.



Florida State Seminoles placekicker Robert Aguayo was the recipient last week of the 2013 Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s best collegiate kicker, at the 23rd College Football Awards Show at Disney. During his redshirt freshmen season, Aguayo leads all kickers nationally with 147 points, which sets a Florida State University and Atlantic Coast Conference season record for points. He is 19-of-20 in field goals and has made all 90 if his extra points.

“South Lake High School is proud of Roberto’s accomplishments and we wish him continued success as he prepares to play for the BCS National Championship in January against Auburn University,” said Rob McCue, Principal at South Lake High. “Roberto is a great athlete and an equally exceptional person. He is truly a symbol of what we mean at South Lake High School when we say that we are…‘Raising the Standard of Excellence.’”

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UPDATE (Nov. 8, 2013): Tavares High has learned the number of games to be forfeited for the 2013 season is expanding to eight games.
In an unfortunate turn of events, Tavares High School announced today its football team will forfeit its playoff berth as the Class 5A-District 11 runner-up.

Due to a misinterpretation of Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) bylaw 9.6.1 (Student May Participate at High School Level Until the Age of 19 Years 9 Months), Tavares High self-reported to the FHSAA today and are voluntarily forfeiting eight games. Forfeiting the Nov. 1 win against the Mount Dora Hurricanes stings the most as it secured the playoff spot for the Tavares High Bulldogs.

“Friday night was so exciting as it was one of those games that came down to the final seconds,” said Dr. Janice Boyd, Principal at Tavares High about the school’s emotional 28-27 win over Mount Dora High. “Our team has had many accomplishments this season, but now has to overcome one of the biggest disappointments a team has to face. Please join me at our last home game this Friday in celebrating our Bulldogs and their wonderful season.”

Tavares High School will conclude its season on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. as the Bulldogs square off against Pine Ridge High School.

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