The Lakota East athletic department is proud of its student athletes this school year as they have won two of the first three Greater Miami Conference titles this fall. The Thunderhawks boys’ golf team claimed the GMC title Sept. 23 and the girls’ tennis team won their GMC title this past weekend on Oct. 2. The only GMC title Lakota East didn’t win in 2010-2011 was in girls’ golf.
The boys’ golf team dealt with adversity this fall, as its star golfer, Jordan Day, passed away after crashing his car on I-75 in August.
“The boys’ gold title is a testament to the type of young men and coaches that make up our program. To overcome what they have, to have the success that they have has to be the best story in high school athletics this year,” Lakota East Athletic Department Richard Bryant said.
The golf team entered the second day of the GMC Golf Tournament tied for fourth place and trailed first-place teams, Lakota West and Middletown, by six strokes. The Thunderhawks finished Day 2 in first place after posting a two-day score of 623, which was better than Mason (626), Lakota West (627) and Middletown (629).
The girls’ tennis squad dominated the GMC this regular season, winning all nine of their conference matches. However, they had to play under a different format in the GMC Girls’ Tennis Tournament. The format was similar to the one in the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Tournament, in which East finished fifth (rival Lakota West finished second). Nevertheless, the Thunderhawks totaled 45 points in the conference tournament and edged second-place Sycamore, who finished with 44 points.
“The girls tennis program has been dominant all season long. I was very impressed with how they finished at the league tournament – every single girl contributed to bring home the team title,” Bryant said.
The Thunderhawks finished first in No. 2 singles (sophomore Taylor Holden) and in No. 2 doubles (junior Sofey Fugate and sophomore Leeah Floyd) in the GMC Tournament. No. 1 singles player, senior Carolyn Pitman, finished as the runner-up and No. 1 doubles duo, senior Samar Sheriff and senior Taylor Stephens, finished in third place.
Last school year, 2009-2010, Lakota East didn’t win a single GMC title in the fall. In fact, the only conference title the Thunderhawks claimed was in spring baseball.