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Lake Highland’s Lewis, Vero Beach’s Pridemore Claim Lacrosse Awards; Spaulding, Dean Win Coaching Honors
GAINESVILLE (May 24) – Senior Devon Lewis of state champion Lake Highland Prep and junior Katy Pridemore of state champion Vero Beach have been selected as the Florida Dairy Farmers 2013 Mr. Lacrosse and Miss Lacrosse, respectively.
Lewis, a prep All-America midfielder who will attend Georgetown this fall, led the Highlanders to this year’s state championship with 44 goals and 27 assists, capped by scoring the game-winning goal in an 8-7 win in the state final over defending champion St. Andrew’s.
Pridemore, also a midfielder, finished the season with 92 goals, 27 assists, 40 draw controls and 36 ground balls for powerhouse Vero Beach, which won its eighth straight girls’ state title this year.
Lake Highland Prep head coach Chris Spaulding, who guided the Highlanders to a 20-5 record and their second state title in three years, is the Boy’s Coach of the Year, while Vero Beach head coach Shannon Dean, an 11-year veteran who led the Indians to a 20-4 season and their eighth straight state title, is the Girls’ Coach of the Year for the fifth straight time.
The Florida Dairy Farmers Sports Awards program exemplifies Florida Dairy Farmers’ commitment to the state’s youth. This is the 21st year of these unique awards, and we are honoring the state’s top athletes and coaches in all 30 sanctioned and recognized FHSAA sports. The program also emphasizes to young people the importance of keeping dairy products a primary part of their diet in their overall nutrition plan.