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The Florida Athletic Coaches Association announces the Cary McDonald Award winners for the “Athletic Program of the Year” in each classification. A lot of hard work and dedication, by the athletes and the coaches have made this award possible.
Years ago we named this award after our second Executive Director, Cary McDonald. Each year we recognize the top athletic programs in each classification with this award. There are two criteria that we use in selecting the winner: Whole School Membership and the athletic program’s finish in the FHSAA Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup All Sports Award. Plaques will be presented to each school in August.
Winners for the 2013-2014 school year:
8A Winter Park
7A St. Thomas Aquinas
5A Plantation-American Heritage
4A Private The Bolles School
4A Public West Florida
3A Private Holy Trinity
3A/2A Public Moore Haven
2A Private Orlando Christian Prep
The FACA congratulates each school with this honor.
About the FACA
The Florida Athletic Coaches Association is comprised of over 5000 member coaches, both high school and college, in the state of Florida. The FACA sponsors ten High School All-Star Classics in nine sports, conducts four coaching clinics each year and recognizes coaches for their exemplary efforts supporting the youth of this state.
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Sports Cast for June 19th:
Julia Weldon was named the Co-Most Valuable athlete for the girls’ weight lifting team this year. She was asked what it felt like when they called her name at the recent awards banquet. Jessica Mond and Tamea Allen also represented Okeechobee at the state finals in Kissimmee this past year.
Weldon said she plans to be dedicated in the off season to improve her strength. Weldon says she enjoys the sports and encourages more girls to come out. She also plays volleyball and the strength training allows her to hit the ball harder.
Her top lift was 105 for clean and jerk and 1 hundred pounds for the bench press. Her goal for next year is to increase by 10 pounds in both events for next season.
Sports Cast for June 18th:
Yearling girls basketball coach Tammy Wright has resigned. She said family and other obligations led her to that decision but she kept the door open to coach again in the future.
Coach Wright told her players at the Yearling athletic banquet in May. Yearling had a poor season this year with few experienced players on the team.
Wright said she did like the fact all of the players improved as the season went on. She hopes that 8th graders moving onto the high school will continue their basketball careers. She said the athleticism is there they just need to learn more about the game. She also praised the Lakeside youth basketball program for offering a travel basketball team in the summer months.