The women’s team defeated top-seeded Pasco-Hernando State college to win the Region 8 Championship game on Nov. 11. This advances them to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II National Championship in Charleston marking the first time in the college’s history that an athletics team has advanced to that level.
“I am so proud of this team. The amount of heart I saw this weekend was immeasurable,” says Head Coach Amanda Phelps in a news release. “This group has worked so hard to get to this point and deserve every accolade they received. West Virginia, here we come!”
Emma Gray, an LSSC sophomore from Fruitland Park and graduate of First Academy of Leesburg, was selected as the Region 8 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
“On behalf of the college community, we are proud of our student-athletes and their outstanding effort this season,” adds Dr. Stan Sidor, president of LSSC, in the press release. “They have shown great persistence and character throughout a challenging season. We wish them the best of luck as they travel to West Virginia next week and know they will make LSSC proud.”
The team’s first game will be on Nov. 15 at 9 am and will be streamed live on njcaatv.com/landing/index.
The Lady Lakehawks will be among 16 teams competing for the national trophy between Nov. 15-17. Ticket information and game times are available on www.lakehawksports.com.