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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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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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A slate of Spring Football Classics begin this week as Lake County Schools’ eight high schools ready for the fall season.

All games are at 7 p.m.

Friday, May 17

  • East Ridge High at Lake Highland Prep, 901 Highland Ave., Orlando
  • Central High School at Tavares High, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave., Tavares

Thursday, May 23

  • Umatilla High at Leesburg High, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg
  • Wekiva High at Mount Dora High, 700 N. Highland Ave., Mount Dora
  • South Lake High at Saint Cloud High, 2000 Bulldog Lane, Saint Cloud

Friday, May 24

  • Lake Minneola High at Lecanto High, 3810 W. Educational Path, Lecanto
  • Eustis High at Cypress Creek High, 1101 Bear Crossing Drive, Orlando

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The new head football coach at East Ridge High School brings a wealth of experience to the gridiron, including time spent playing professional football for the Chicago Bears.

The East Ridge High Knights football team was notified today that Ken Knapczyk will be their next head coach. A committee of school staff, booster club members, community members, football players and parents selected Knapczyk as its top candidate. According to school staff, his dynamic personality and football experience made him a logical choice for the position.

Most recently, Knapczyk has been head football coach for Gateway Charter High School in Fort Myers. His previous experience includes head coach at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., associate head coach at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., and offensive coordinator at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. In addition, Knapczyk was on the 1987 Chicago Bears squad as a wide receiver.

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East Ridge High School is beginning the search to replace its head football coach.

Since the school opened its doors for the 2002-2003 school year, Luther O’Hara has been manning the sidelines as the Knights head football coach.

“We truly appreciate all of Coach O’Hara’s efforts and dedication to help build the Knights football program,” said Julie Robinson-Lueallen, Principal at East Ridge High School. “He remains a valuable teacher in our school’s efforts to ensure each student is college and career ready.”

The process to hire only the second football coach in East Ridge High’s history will not be taken lightly. Lueallen is forming a committee of stakeholders that includes school staff, booster club members and parents to vet viable candidates for the open position.

Interested candidates for the open head football coach position at East Ridge High are encouraged to apply on the District website at http://lake.k12.fl.us/employment. The position is expected to be posted next week.

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