At their Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, morning meeting held in Tavares, Florida, the Lake County Board of Commissioners formally recognized MVA Girls’ Varsity Soccer, MVA Boys’ Varsity Soccer, and MVA Boys’ Varsity Basketball sports programs.
Commissioner Sean Parks, District 2 – Vice Chairman, presented three separate proclamations to Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring on behalf of the LC Commission in honor of the three MVA sports programs and their collective national athletic accomplishments.
MVA’s Lady Eagles Varsity Soccer team was 19-0-1 this season, and were the #1 ranked girls high-school soccer team in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. MVA Boys’ Varsity Soccer Eagles (23-0-0 this season) finished their season ranked #1 in the United States by Top Drawer Soccer.com, and maintained the nation’s longest-ever high-school winter soccer winning streak (Year 1: 26-0-1, Year 2: 23-0-4, Year 3: 25-0-1, Year 4: 23-0-1) – an incredible 117 victories under fourth-year MVA Head-Coach/SIMA Director Mike Potempa.
The 2014-2015 Montverde Academy Boys’ Varsity Basketball team (31-1) improved their record to 107-7 over the last four seasons under MVA Head-Coach Kevin Boyle. Last month, on Saturday, April 4, 2015, the Eagles defeated USA TODAY #1 ranked (and previously undefeated) Oak Hill Academy, of Mouth of Wilson, Virginia (47-1), 70-61, in the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Boys’ National Tournament Championship. The 2014-2015 Montverde Academy Boys’ Varsity Basketball team was the first high-school basketball team to win three consecutive national titles since the decade of the 1940s.
“The basketball program would like to thank the Lake County Commission for recognizing are 2014-15 National Championship. The team showed great heart and dedication and are proud to represent Lake County,” said Coach Boyle. Mr. M. Denarvise Thornton, Jr., MVA’s Director of Athletics, told Montverde.org, “2014-15 has proven to be a year of athletic achievement at Montverde Academy.We are honored and humbled to have the Montverde Academy student-athletes and coaches to be recognized by the Board of County Commissioners. As we celebrate national titles and #1 rankings, it is the experience of being recognized by the leaders of Lake County that supports Montverde Academy’s commitment to knowledge, character, and community with the future leaders of our local, national and international communities.”
Coach Potempa, also Assistant to the MVA Headmaster for Athletic Administration, also affirmed the importance and honor of the upcoming Lake County Commission recognition, informing Montverde Communications, “We are thrilled to be honored by the Lake County Commission on our most recent National Championship in the sport of boys varsity soccer, and It is a tremendous accomplishment for our student athletes and we would like to thank the commission for inviting us for this prestigious ceremony.”
To read more on this morning’s Lake County Commission MVA sports programs recognition, please visit today’s Orlando Sentinel article, “Lake commissioners honor Montverde academy basketball, soccer teams.” To view photos of the event taken by Mrs. Kelly LaFollette, Director Lake County Board of County Commissioners Communications Department, please visit HERE.