March 22, 2024

South Sumter High Weightlifting Team Wins Lake & Sumter County Championship Meet

1.8 min read| Published On: March 22nd, 2024|

By Kyle Coppola

South Sumter High Weightlifting Team Wins Lake & Sumter County Championship Meet

1.8 min read| Published On: March 22nd, 2024|

The South Sumter High School Raiders displayed an impressive performance at the recent Lake Sumter Championship meet, triumphing over Leesburg High with a score of 74-43, while The Villages secured third place with 35 points. Notable mentions include Lake Minneola in fourth place and East Ridge narrowly surpassing Tavares to secure the fifth and sixth positions, respectively.

Throughout the season, South Sumter High School has showcased dominance, with standout athletes such as Cody Zilcosky, Bobby Hill, Jamare Dorsey, Ty Kadur, and others exhibiting exceptional skills. Coach Chris Gauntlett’s dedication and hard work with this team have undoubtedly contributed to producing outstanding weightlifters.

(Individual winners of the Lake County Championship Weighlifting meet.)

Among the highlights of the championship, South Sumter’s Cody Zilcosky clinched first place in the Traditional category, lifting a total of 470lbs in the 139lb class. Leesburg’s Jeremy Lacey dominated the 119lb class with 435lbs, while Blake Smith from South Sumter secured a commendable 2nd place with 340lbs.

In the 129lb class, Kristian Sarakinis from The Villages claimed victory with 495lbs, with Brody Smith and Tucker Simmons from South Sumter securing 2nd and 4th place, respectively. The 154lb class saw John Hunt and Jamie Solano from South Sumter finishing 2nd and 3rd, contributing crucial points to the team’s success. Notably, Tavares’ Nicholas Demeritte achieved a remarkable victory in his class with 490lbs.

A standout performance came from Bobby Hill of South Sumter, who dominated the 169lb class by lifting an impressive 615lbs, securing 1st place. Ethan Martinez also performed well, finishing 4th with 465lbs.

In the 199lb class, Zach Field and Savion Latimore from Leesburg secured 1st and 2nd place, respectively, showcasing their potential for the season. South Sumter’s Jamare Dorsey and Landon Fudge contributed significantly to the team’s overall points.

Ty Kadur’s outstanding performance in the 219lb class, lifting 620lbs to claim 1st place, was another highlight for South Sumter. Additionally, Russell Fickett from Mount Dora High secured 2nd place with 590lbs.

Amare Joseph emerged victorious in the 238lb class, lifting 695lbs, while South Sumter’s Tristan Segrest finished 2nd with 625lbs. Notable mentions include Anthony Schoenaur from South Sumter finishing 5th and The Villages’ Malek Williams taking 3rd place.

In the Unlimited Weight Class, Lake Minneola’s Noah Devine clinched 1st place, followed by Luke Phillips from The Villages in 2nd. South Sumter’s James Campbell and Brady Mallory secured 3rd and 5th place, respectively.

Looking ahead, South Sumter’s impressive team performance hints at potential success in future competitions. Individually, Leesburg is expected to present strong contenders for the state championships, while Lake Minneola shows promise in the heavier weight classes.

The anticipation for districts, regionals, and states is palpable, with the county boasting an array of exceptional weightlifters.

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    Jordan O’Hara March 22, 2024 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    You failed to mention the first place winner of the 183 weight class. Hayes O’Hara (sophomore) of Mt. Dora High school with a combined score of 530.

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About the Author: Kyle Coppola

Kyle Coppola was born in Newton, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Curry College in 2016. After traveling to Florida on a family vacation, he decided he could not get enough of the warm weather and made the move from snowy Massachusetts to central Florida 8 years ago.

For the last decade Kyle has gained valuable experience in social media content creation, marketing and sales, writing, video production, sports announcing and even broadcasting for local radio stations, such as FM 102.9 in The Villages and FM 91.5 in Massachusetts. Every year he volunteers at The Villages Charter High School as a play-by-play sports announcer for the football games as well as a public address announcer for the basketball games, including the annual Battle at The Villages Tournament.

Outside the office Kyle is a husband and father to two beautiful girls along with their cat. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, travel, play golf and swim. He is also a huge sports junkie and even bigger motorsports fan and loves to attend racing events when he can.

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