Montverde Academy sports programs were again very successful over the last school year. Extraordinary accomplishments were achieved by MVA’s Lady Eagles and Boys’ Varsity Soccer teams, as well as MVA’s Boys’ Varsity Basketball team. The Girls’ 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.
- Bright House Sports Network Katie Schorr – Girls Swim & Dive
- Bright House Sports Network Lake County Player of the Year; Ben Simmons – Boys Basketball
- Gatorade Player of the Year; MaxPreps Player of the Year; USA Today Player of the Year and Naismith Award – Ben Simmons – Boys Basketball
- Orlando Sentinel Award Recipient. Andre Shinyashiki – Boys Soccer
- Bright House Sports Network / Lake County Player of the Year Nathalia de Silva – Girls Soccer
- Coach Kevin Boyle was named Bright House Sports Network / Lake County Coach of the Year
To date, 37 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent and received athletic scholarships. It goes without saying, Montverde Academy’s commitment to Knowledge, Character, and Community shines through the students who participate in the athletic program as well. At MVA, we are certainly proud of the accomplishments of the individual student-athletes and the teams as a whole.
At the end of the 2014-2015 school year (Tuesday, May 19th, 2015) Montverde Academy’s Athletic Department held its annual sports banquet inside the Center for Sportsmanship and Wellness. Led by MVA Athletic Director Denarvise Thornton, Montverde Academy welcomed nearly 670 students and parents for the athletic banquet for a sit down meal catered by Carrabbas, followed by speaker and Olympian Damu Cherry Mitchell, as well as individual awards by each of our athletic programs. Both events were a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our student athletes.
MVA Fall Sports
- Girls Volleyball
- Varsity Cheerleading
- Cross Country
- Varsity Golf
- Varsity Swimming
MVA Winter Sports
- Girls Varsity Soccer
- JV Boys Soccer
- Boys Varsity Soccer
- Girls Varsity Basketball
- Boys Varsity Basketball
MVA Spring Sports
- Varsity Softball
- JV Baseball
- Varsity Baseball
- Track & Field
- Varsity Tennis
- JV Lacrosse
Guest speaker for the annual school awards event was Mrs. Damu Cherry. According to her official biography, she began gymnastics at the age of eight and continued in the sport for many years. At the age of sixteen, her dad told her that she needed to pick another sport for high school so she chose track and field. Damu knew right away she wanted to be a hurdler after watching Gail Devers compete as a young kid on television. Damu has many honors as a high school athlete and competed at the state level every year. She would remain undefeated the entire season until the State Championship where she would finish third. She also excelled in the classroom and graduated from high school with honors and top 20 in her class. Damu was offered a scholarship to compete at the University of South Florida, where she qualified for the NCAA Championships and made All American in the 4×100 relay. After graduating from college with Cum Laude honors, Damu began working with Olympian Dennis Mitchell and had great success as a professional athlete. Her biggest career highlight is her Olympic Trials second place finish in 2008, which qualified her for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she placed fourth. In 2008, she posted two of the four fastest 100m hurdles times in the world. The first occurring in her win at Fort- de-France on May 8 in 12.47 seconds, and then with a time of 12.48 while winning her semifinal at the Olympic Trials on July 7. Damu has finished as high as third in the world and second in the United States.