LP youth softball on the rise
Lake Placid was represented in The Dixie State Softball Tournament that was held in Brooksville at Tom Varn Park from July 4-8, Lake Placid's Ponytail (ages 11-12) were the District 6 representative and lost its first game by a score of 11-0 to Wesley Chapel. The game was a lot closer than the final score indicated and Lake Placid had to overcome a case of the jitters. Lake Placid played Hernando County in an elimination game and bounced back with an 8-5 victory to advance to the state championship game.Wesley Chapel played the roll of spoiler in the state title game and came away with a 14-4 win over Lake Placid. This is the first Ponytails team from Lake Placid to be named District 6 champions and compete in the state tournament. Getting to the championship game and being state runner-up is another first for Lake Placid. To top everything off Lake Placid was given the Sportsmanship Trophy to go along with being state runner-up. "This was a great experience for these young ladies, the coaches, and their parents," said Lake Placid coach Reginald Jones. "I want to thank everyone for supporting these young ladies from the first day of city ball until the end of the state tournament. "Your support was greatly appreciated and needed. Most of all I would like to thank Nitzellie Amaro, Sariah Barajas, Kylie Elliot, Dontaysha Gobourne, Kalisha Jones, Melissa Ojeda, Halie Murphy, Kenije Roper, Nia Sholtz, Jacee Turner, Sydney Wells, Payton Wright and Legacy Hart (alternate who practiced with Lake Placid until the team left for tourney) for their hard work and the way they played ball. You ladies have helped to put Lake Placid youth softball on the map along with setting high standards and paving the way of greatness for all teams that will represent Lake Placid." It was a total effort by the coaches and the players that helped Lake Placid be successful. "Thanks to my assistant coaches Arnetia Gobourne and Kelada Patterson, couldn't have done this without you," Jones said. "It was my pleasure to be able to have this history making experience with these young ladies, coaches, and their families. I am grateful for the chance and honor to have coached this outstanding group of ball players who came together and played as a team."