Lemon Bay High School Athletic Department Announces December 2023 Award Winners

January 29, 2024 at 8:35 p.m.

The Athletes of the Month are Ailee Briggs, freshman, Girls Wrestling and Lucas Newcomb, senior, Boys Basketball. 

Ailee Briggs


Ailee won multiple tournaments in December and is ranked #1 in Florida in the 140lb class. She was the Susan Duval IBT Champion, at Springstead HS, beating #4 ranked girl from Sunlake in the finals. Also, was Freedom IBT Champion at Freedom HS, pinned #3 ranked girl from Timber Creek in the semi-finals & pinned the #4 ranked girl from East River in the finals (3 pins). Knockout Christmas Classic: pinned the #3 ranked girl (twice) and beat the #4 ranked girl (10-0) for third place. Only loss was to Georgia State Champion 2-0 in the semi-finals. Current Record: 19-1 (with 14 pins). 

Lucas Newcomb


Lucas scored a total of 121 points in December, including 3 straight games scoring 20 or more, while setting a school record going 19 for 19 from the foul line in a game vs. Venice, breaking his grandfather’s record. Lucas was awarded Player of the Week by the Charlotte Sun and was the team’s MVP throughout that stretch. His leadership on and off the floor has been a great example for his teammates and coaches.

Earning Honorable Mention for December Athlete of the Month were Girls Basketball: Abby Matheny (Jr), Mackenzie Long (Jr), and Maya Collins (Jr); Girls Soccer: Madison Tieu (Soph), Sofia Ferjiani (Jr) and Izzy Ragazzone (Jr); Boys Soccer: Christopher Cabrera (Sr), Vitalis Zidanavicius (Jr) and Eric Pavlyuk (Jr); Girls Weightlifting: Quincey Dunlap (Sr); and Boys Wrestling: Jack Oliver (Jr) and Logan Kelly (Sr). Photos are courtesy of Tim Kern.

Omy Ordaz


Winning the December, 2023 Lemon Bay High School Athletic Department Sportsmanship Award is Omy Ordaz-Ortiz, senior, on the Girls Soccer team. Omy is one of the hardest working players on the pitch. She came to nearly every off-season conditioning that was held. When she steps on the field, she gives nothing less than her absolute best every single time. She doesn’t know what the word “quit” means. On top of being a hard worker, she is a great teammate. She lifts everyone up, encourages the younger players both on varsity and JV. Omy never has a mean word to say about anyone and always comes to practice with a positive, uplifting attitude. Omy was named a team captain this year because of the way she leads by example. Her coach said, “I wish I had a hundred Omys!” Photo courtesy of Tim Kern. 

Receiving Honorable Mention for the December 2023 Sportsmanship Award were Eric Pavlyuk (Jr), Boys Soccer, and Mariah Jones (Jr) Girls Weightlifting.