Lake-Sumter Community College

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   ​LakeHawks Boast Successful Academic Year

Being a full-time college student is not easy. Now, add in a full athletic schedule which includes morning lifting, practice in the afternoon, countless hours traveling for games and all of a sudden the time dedicated to academics is thinned out. At Lake-Sumter State College, the emphasis of academics over athletics is very present. This year, 34 student-athletes will receive Mid-Florida Conference Academic Honors (3.0 or higher). On top of that, 18 student-athletes will receive FCSAA All-State Academic Honors (3.3 or higher). Nine of our student-athletes will reach the pinnacle of academic success earning NJCAA All-Academic status in June.

Volleyball took home the top spot in the race for highest team GPA with a 3.25. Softball came in second boasting a 3.15 and baseball tallied a 2.90 GPA. Volleyball and softball qualify for the NJCAA All-Academic Team list (3.0 or higher).

Five student-athletes finished the year with 4.0 GPA’s. Sophomores, Summer Solovitch (softball) and Tucker Smith (baseball) earned 4.0 GPA’s in each semester at Lake-Sumter. Smith also earned the President’s Award at graduation. Since then, he has been named the Bill Tuten Scholar-Athlete Award winner and selected as the FCSAA Male-Scholar Athlete of the Year.

More than 60% of Lake-Sumter’s student-athletes made one of the following lists for academic achievement.

PRESIDENT’S LIST (3.8 or higher)

Tucker Smith                           Baseball
Clarissa Bowers                      Volleyball      
Rachel Castelli                        Volleyball      
Renata Gomes Martins            Volleyball      
Rachel Phelps                          Softball          
Summer Solovitch                   Softball                      
Michelle Ruiz                          Softball          
Barbara Vega                           Softball          

DEAN’S LIST (3.5 to 3.79)

Raymond Santiago                 Baseball
Kaitlyn Van Buren                  Softball
Erin Huffman                          Softball                      
Josey Hampton                       Softball          
Jordan Bemis                          Volleyball      
Aimee Jett                               Volleyball                  
Briana Cook                            Volleyball      
Hannah McGehee                   Volleyball      
Kayci Wagenhauser                Volleyball      


Isabelle Zatoni de Oliveira     Volleyball
Bri Bennett                              Softball
Brielle Dougherty                   Softball
Jess Fleming                           Softball
Yoie Silvas                              Softball
Madison Staniloiu                   Softball
Jason Baita                              Baseball
Austin Butler                           Baseball
Tanner Clark                            Baseball
Jesse Getford                           Baseball
Ryan Girard                             Baseball
Josh Jimenez                           Baseball
Matt Martin                             Baseball
Jay Prather                              Baseball
Aaron Simple                          Baseball
Spencer Taylor                        Baseball
Conor McCormack                 Baseball
Kelsi Croft                              Student Trainer​

Tucker Smith Brings Home the Hardware​

Over the last two years, Tucker Smith’s name has been synonymous with excellence, not only on the ball field, but in the classroom. It is well known that this young man has never missed a day of school in his entire academic career. A leader on the diamond, in the gym and in the weight room, Smith never lost sight of his academic goals. His hard work and dedication to his team and his books has paid off. Since the end of his season, Smith has been selected for several very prominent awards.

At the state baseball meeting in the beginning of May, Smith was selected as the Bill Tuten Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The award is named for one of St. John’s River State College’s original faculty members. In 1958, Tuten organized the school’s first basketball team and spent the next 35 years as a coach and mentor. On a state level, he was named as a member of the FCSAA Hall of Fame and served as the FCSAA Athletic Commissioner and NJCAA Region Director for 24 years. The award is given every spring to the top Junior College student-athlete in the state of Florida for the sport of baseball. The student-athlete must exemplify outstanding commitment to community service, excellence in the classroom, and performance on the field. Smith became the second LSSC baseball player to receive the award after Chris Blanton was selected in 2014.

Head Baseball Coach, Rich Billings said, “We are so proud of Tucker for each of his accomplishments here at LSSC, but we are especially proud of him for being this year’s recipient of the Bill Tuten Scholar Athlete Award.” Billings went on to say, “Tucker has been such a great example of what a Lakehawk student-athlete should look like. He has selflessly served our community while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. On top of that he has been a tremendous competitor on the baseball field over the last two seasons. He has set the bar very high for all future Lakehawks and I am confident that he will have continuous success at the next level as he pursues his academic and athletic goals at Georgia Southwestern University.” 

Smith dawned his cap and gown on May 5th to walk across the stage and received his degree. Before he took those steps, it was announced he was 1 of 7 finalists for the President’s Award. The decoration is the highest honor a student can receive at Lake-Sumter. President, Dr. Stanley Sidor named Smith as the recipient of this year’s award. This marks back-to-back year’s a student-athlete has won the award. Softball standout, Madison Mihok took home the honor in 2016.

“Having never missed a day of school in his life, Tucker has been a witness to what it means to be a student-athlete,” said Athletic Director, Mike Matulia. “Tucker excelled in the classroom while contributing to his team as a two-year starting pitcher and showing leadership in volunteering in our community. He exemplified what a leader should be in every facet of the college experience.”

Smith was a constant on the President’s list every semester maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He received the LSSC Leadership Award, NJCAA Pinnacle Academic Award as well as All-Conference and All-State Academic honors. Tucker also has over 40 hours of volunteer service at local elementary schools in the past two years. Adding that to his resume, Smith was tabbed the Male Student-Athlete Award winner at the Athletics Banquet at the end of April. He will be moving on to Georgia Southwestern to continue playing baseball.

Jett, Bemis and Smith Earn Top LSSC Athletic Honors

With both spring sports seasons in the books, all of the athletes huddled into the Magnolia Room for postseason awards. During the banquet, three student-athletes were selected with the highest honor a Lakehawk can receive. First, Tucker Smith (baseball) was selected as the Male Athlete of the Year. Smith was followed by Jordan Bemis (volleyball) who was tabbed as the Female Athlete of the Year. The final award went to Aimee Jett (volleyball). Jett earned the Tyler Reichwein Award for going above and beyond representing the LSSC Athletics’ program throughout the year.

Having never missed a day of school in his life, Smith was a constant on the President’s list every semester maintaining a 4.0 gpa. He received the NJCAA Pinnacle Academic Award as well as All-Conference and All-State Academic honors. Tucker also has over 40 hours of volunteer service at local elementary schools in the past two years. He will be moving on to Georgia Southwestern to continue playing baseball.

Bemis is a 2nd Team All-Conference selection who carries a 3.2 GPA. The sophomore has spent her time volunteering at Beverly Shores Elementary, Round Lake Elementary and helped her team take 1st place at the MLK Day parade. The Jacksonville native will continue her playing career in the fall at Point University.

Jett boasts a 3.66 GPA and has received the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award. She also earned All-State and All-Conference Academic honors in the classroom and on the court Jett was selected All-Conference Honorable Mention. She has been a big part of the community service at Lake-Sumter helping out in several areas including LSSC’s own Feed the Hungry Everywhere food packing project. 

Sports Leadership Program

The Lake-Sumter State College Athletic Department is pleased to announce Josh Robbins will be the guest speaker at the Sports Leadership Program March 23.

A former Lake County resident, Josh is a sports writer at the Orlando Sentinel. Since 2000, he has covered FSU, Major League Baseball as well as the PGA Tour. Josh is currently covering the Orlando Magic and has been since 2009.

The event will take place in the Magnolia Room on the campus of Lake-Sumter State College March 23, beginning at noon. Tickets can be purchased for $20 and include the program and lunch. Sponsorships are available at $150 for a table of eight.

Please contact Athletic Director Mike Matulia for tickets:

Golf Classic Sets Record
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In the early morning hours of Friday, September 16, 108 golfers ascended onto the Harbor Hills Golf and Country Club. The Lake-Sumter State College Athletic Department was hosting its 18th Golf Classic that benefits the student-athletes in scholarships, books, travel expenses, uniforms and equipment. After the fog lifted over the course, it was a beautiful day for long drives, clutch putting and socializing in the sun.

Outside of the team competition, there were individual winners as well. Carol Kneller and Matt Matulia took home the longest drive awards while Dean Simmons won the closest to the pin title. Three teams were separated by six strokes with Crippen and Co. taking the top spot this year. Team members included, Michael Johnson, Jordan Holmes, Daniel Delgado and John Darr who ended the day shooting a 47 as a whole. Electrical Services Inc. came in second place while Carter’s ACE Hardware ended the day in third.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors; Marian S. Shuck Scholarship Trust, Roy and Ruth Ryan Foundation, Inc. and Earl and Sophia Shaw Charitable Trust. Between our sponsors, golfers and donations, the 18th Golf Classic was our best one yet. The outing raised a record breaking $45,000. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in the outing and we look forward to another great turnout in 2017.

PINK Night Later This Month​
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​October is breast cancer awareness month and the Lake-Sumter State College volleyball program is going to show their pride and help spread the word. The team will host a PINK NIGHT Thursday, Oct. 20 when they are scheduled to host Florida State College – Jacksonville. All local survivors and those family members touched by the disease are asked to join us that night. Donations will be accepted and will go to the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. This LOCAL organization is near and dear to Head Coach, Amanda Phelps’ heart. “I have done several pink games and I love to work with this organization. To be able to help a local group and see our donations in actions is extremely rewarding.”


The team has asked that everyone in attendance wear pink to honor any family members or friends associated with breast cancer. Game time is set for 7 pm.​

​Billings to Head Sports Medicine Department



Betsy Billings joins the Lake-Sumter State College Athletic Department as the new Head Athletic Trainer.  Billings comes to LSSC from Orlando Health where she served as an Athletic Trainer for the last year working primarily with Elite Club National League (ECNL) Soccer in Seminole County, which partners with Orlando’s MLS team, the Orlando City Lions.  One of her primary responsibilities was medical camp director for the Orlando City soccer camps.  Under Orlando Health, she also was a member of the Doping Control Team during the international COPA soccer tournament in Orlando where she occupied the role of medical liaison for Team Panama.


Prior to her stint with Orlando Health, Billings earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine in May of 2015 from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.  While at FAU, she was as a Graduate Assistant athletic trainer for the Owl’s women’s soccer program as well as women’s fast pitch softball where she served as the Conference-USA Host Athletic Trainer during the 2014 women’s softball conference tournament in Boca Raton.


Billings Undergrad work included an internship with the Mercer University (Macon, GA) athletic training department.  There she provided coverage for men’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, and football.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Troy University (Troy, AL) in 2013.  While at Troy, Billings was an athletic training student and supported day-to-day athletic training operations and worked with more than 10 sports including football, rodeo, women’s soccer, track, women’s basketball, & tennis.


Billings has been a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association since 2010.  She also serves as an American Heart Association Instructor.  She is the wife of Lakehawk Head Baseball Coach, Rich Billings and they currently live in Mount Dora.​


18th Annual Golf Outing Approaching Fast!

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The 18th Annual LSSC Golf Classic is just around the corner. The presenting sponsors will be the Marian S. Shuck Scholarship Trust, Roy and Ruth Ryan Foundation, Inc. and Earl and Sophia Shaw Charitable Trust. Our Grand Slam sponsor this year is the Meade Family Foundation. Please come out and support our athletics department and LSSC student-athletes by participating in the Golf Classic on Friday, September 16. The event will be held at Harbor Hills Country Club with registration and breakfast at 7:30 am. The fun-filled day of golf, a custom golf shirt, goodie bag and plenty of drinks will begin with a shotgun Start at 8:30am followed by a buffet lunch. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, beginning at $100.00 and the tax deductible donation benefits our student-athletes!

For more information contact the Athletic office at 352-323-3645 or e-mail Mike Matulia at

Sophomore, Madison Mihok has continued to collect hardware long after her last swing for the Lake-Sumter State College softball program. Since taking her spikes off for the final time, Mihok has been named LSSC Female Athlete of the Year, given the Student Life Leadership Through Service Award, named Honorable Mention All-Conference, earned Academic All-State honors for the second straight year and Academic All-America admiration. The Coconut Creek native did not stop there as she was in for a surprise announcement at graduation.

On Friday, May 2, Mihok was set to receive her Associate’s in Arts degree after completing her course work with a 3.82 GPA. The President’s List and Dean’s List member was also up for an award that night, the President’s Award. This is the highest honor a student at Lake-Sumter can receive. The President’s Award is given to the student who displays leadership skills, service to the community and dedicates themselves to excellence in the classroom. Eight nominees were up for the distinguished honor. Lake-Sumter President, Dr. Stanley Sidor made the announcement that Mihok had won the award along with duel-enrollment student, Alex Torrelli-Diljohn.

“Honestly, I was shocked,” said Mihok. “It was extremely exciting to hear my name called for such a prestigious award.” The former shortstop for the Lakehawks becomes just the fourth student-athlete to ever win the award. Athletic Director, Mike Matulia, considers Mihok a role model for the athletic program and has exhibited leadership skills, academic integrity, character, athletic prowess on the softball field and is committed to her personal and team goals. “I am just extremely proud of Madison and everything she has accomplished,” said Head Softball Coach, Jay Miller. “The countless hours she put into everything she did here and to see it payoff is amazing.”




Westbrook & Mihok Named Student-Athletes of the Year



The 2016 Robert & Merill Westrick Male & Female Student-Athletes of the Year were announced at the May 3rd student awards ceremony. This year's award winners were LSSC Baseball's, Taylor Westbrook, and LSSC Softball's, Madison Mihok.

Westbrook had an outstanding season on the diamond hitting .292 with seven doubles. He collected 47 hits for the Lakehawks which was good for 3rd most on the team. He also started 43 games which was the most of any Lakehawk. He stoal eight bases and drove in 12 runs on the year en route to a .378 on base percentage. 

In the classroom Westbrook earned a 3.16 GPA and was named to the All Conference Academic Team both years at LSSC. He also served as a mentor at Round Lake Elementary on Friday mornings and was on the leadership team of the LSSC Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Westbrook has signed with Southeastern University in Lakeland to continue his academic and athletic career.




ison Mihok hit .302 on the year in 59 games. She led the team in hits with 52 while also leading the team in doubles with 12. She collected three triples while also blasting three HR's during the 2016 campaign. Mihok drove in 29 runs and stole 19 bags.  She was Honorable Mention All Conference in 2016.


Off the field Mihok was equally successful graduating this spring with a 3.86 GPA and earning the President's Award which is awarded to one graduate from each year's class. She was an All State Academic Team member both years.  She also earned the Student Life Leadership Through Service Award for her volunteer work as a mentor at Round Lake Elementary and the Leesburg Animal Shelter.  Mihok was also involved in the LSSC Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has signed a Letter of Intent with Warner University where she will continue her softball career in the fall of 2016.


Amanda Phelps Takes On Head Volleyball Coach Position 

 Amanda Phelps

Leesburg, Fla. – Amanda Phelps joins the LSSC family as the new head volleyball coach for the Lakehawks volleyball programs. Phelps joins us from Lake Minneola High School.

“The LSSC community is constantly growing and improving,” says Phelps. “I am excited to be a part of that growth and success. The Mid-Florida Conference is extremely competitive and I look forward to helping LSSC return to the top of the MFC.” 

Phelps began her career at Saint Leo University in Dade City, FL. She played libero and was captain for two years. At St. Leo, she was the three-time Sunshine State Conference defensive player of the week nominee and a three-time member of the American Volleyball’s Association 30-dig club. Phelps also excelled in the classroom, receiving the Division II Athletics Directors Associations Academic Achievement Award, ESPN the Magazine All-Academic Third-Team, the SLU Women in Sports Achievement Award and graduated from the honors program.

After graduating from St. Leo with her bachelor’s, Phelps continued to pursue her passion for volleyball by accepting a graduate assistant position at the University of West Georgia where she coached for two years and received her Master’s in Business Administration. 

In 2011, Phelps returned to Florida and led the Ladyhawks of Lake Minneola High School for five years. 

“We are excited about Amanda joining the LSSC family and having someone with her volleyball background to lead our young ladies,” says Athletic Director Mike Matulia. “Amanda brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge and great character qualities that make her a great fit for our program



Amanda resides in Clermont with her husband, Kevin Phelps.


LSSC Baseball & Softball Host Annual Alumni Game!

LSSC Baseball and Softball Annual Alumni Game 

The LSSC Baseball & Softball Programs held their annual alumni game and BBQ on Sat., Jan. 16th.   

Sports Leadership Series with Pat Burke a Success!


 LSSC Student-Athletes with Sports Leadership Series guest speaker, Pat Burke

LSSC Student-Athletes with Sports Leadership Series guest speaker, Pat Burke

Keep Up With All the Latest LSSC Athletics News by Checking Out This Month's Edition of the LSSC Sports Dominator! 




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Become a charter member of the Lake-Sumter State College Athletic Department’s IGTAY (I give ten a year)!


The Purpose of IGTAY is to provide annual financial support to the athletic department at Lake-Sumter State College, and to assist in providing athletic scholarships to our student-athletes.

This organization will play a major role in ensuring that all of our athletic teams are given the maximum amount of scholarships offered by the NJCAA. 

IGTAY can be a key fundraiser for building and maintaining athletic facilities. It can also provide opportunities for program growth, by providing funding for the addition of new sports teams. The goal of IGTAY is to establish a permanent endowment for the Lake-Sumter State College athletic program in the future.  For only $10.00, you can become a Charter Member of this group!  All Donors receive a 2011-2012 window sticker!






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Lake-Sumter State College offers intercollegiate athletics in three sports for both men and women. The LSSC Athletic Program competes in Women's Volleyball, Women's Fast-Pitch Softball, and Men's Baseball. The College competes as a Division 1 program in the Mid-Florida Conference of the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA). The FCSAA is governed by the rules of the National Junior Community College Athletic Association (NJCAA), of which Lake-Sumter is a member. The athletic program is built on the same principles that have made Lake-Sumter the State College of Central Florida. Intercollegiate athletics has become an integral part of student life on campus and contributes to the continued excellence of LSSC. The program offers scholarships to local student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically during their high school careers. These scholarships are based upon financial need, scholastic aptitude and athletic excellence. We invite you to share in our vision through your support of the LSSC Athletic Program.  

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