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LACROSSE PROGRAM EMERGES AS NATIONAL FORCE THIS SPRING SEASON

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY 37 NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED

IMG NATIONAL CLASSIC IMG takes tournament title

EQUATORIAL ADVENTURE

Student-athletes take spring break trip to build school in Amazon

MARCH MADNESS

EIGHT ALUMNI IN NCAA TOURNEY


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IMG Academy has emerged as a national force during the spring 2014 season. See more on page 2

Student-Athlete Accolades Spotted on Campus Around Campus

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STUDENT-ATHLETE ACCOLADES Pages 3 - 6

Student-Athletes Making A Difference Alumni Link Alumni Spotlight: Mallory Cecil Notes, Reminders, and Events

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LACROSSE BRINGS THE HEAT

Meanwhile, the Varsity team cruised through the first leg of their spring season unscathed with a perfect 7-0. They emerged as the top scoring team in the nation, according to LAXPower.com, with a staggering 22.29 goals per game, while allowing less than 2 goals per

Notably, the lacrosse program locked horns with the nation’s preeminent program, Deerfield Academy of Deerfield, Mass., at IMG Academy. To understand the pedestal atop which Deerfield sits, consider that of the 16 teams in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, 14 of its alums were either playing or coaching for eight of the teams. This year, Deerfield camped at IMG Academy during spring break and took on IMG Academy in a friendly exhibition. It was a tight contest, but the Ascenders prevailed, 7-6.

Shakohawi Kirby outruns

a competitor in the Ascenders' doubleheader vs. Episcopal of Dallas on March 12th

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Led by the likes of Ben French, Jonathan Thelen, Massimo Bucci, John David DiSciorio, Max Smith and Nick Katz, the National team took on the challenge of a schedule that featured nationally ranked programs across eight states. The season began with their crushing defeat of the Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), 17-7. Energized, the team never looked back, upending the likes of the Cannon School (N.C) and Kent School (Conn.), before venturing north on a challenging spring break road trip covering five states in two weeks. While in the northeast, the team took on nationally ranked schools such as the Haverford School (Pa., top-20 in the nation), Don Bosco Prep (N.J.), the United States Military Prep School (N.Y.), and the United States Naval Academy Prep School (R.I.).

game (1.57), ranking them third in the nation defensively.

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IMG Academy emerged as a national force during the spring lacrosse season, fielding two teams (Varsity and National) who combined for a 13-4 overall record through early April.

Jonathan Thelen advances down the field in the Ascenders' game vs. Deerfield Academy on March 19th

As the young program knocks on the door of nationally ranked powers and continues to wow with its scoring prowess, the impact of its guiding offensive philosophy, termed ‘DoubleCrosse,’ becomes undeniable. The innovative system unique to IMG Academy integrates box lacrosse skills and concepts with the principles of the field version of the sport to challenge athletes to be more adept at handling the ball and working in confined spaces. Although the lacrosse program is relatively young, this season made it clear that IMG Academy is poised and ready to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

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LIGHTING THE WAY

National Honor Society inducts 37 new members

Allie Baer addresses the crowd at the

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At a special ceremony in March, the IMG Academy chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) welcomed 37 new members into its ranks, bringing the chapter total to 52 members. Student-athletes earned their membership by maintaining a minimum 3.8 GPA, a standard set by the school's faculty council, in addition to exemplifying the four pillars of the NHS scholarship, service, character and leadership.

National Honor Society induction

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Delo Baker Adrian Del Bosque Taylor Boyd Baron Carvel Emily Chu Ian Colliard Andrew Flaherty Alex Giannakitisidis Santiago Gomez Maryam Gracias Karim Hussamy Sara Jamal Daniel Jaramillo Varun Jayaram Samuel Joyce Jesper Kasanen Katarina Kozarov Ian Macleod Francesco Martini

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Estefania Morales Austin Pauga Abelardo Ruiz Thomas Simionetti OJ Singh Qi Wen (Wendy) Tan Nick Thomas Theo Tran Charles Trimmer Christian Womeldorph

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Peter Finegan Donnie Foster Samuel Foster Jacob Howell Warne Lewis Seiya Liu David Santos Ryan Vukovich

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Allie Baer Jacqueline Bendrick Madison Harrison Mark Ihrig Nick Katz Ian McCauley Jessica Modlin Kathryn Phillips Miranda Proctor Stephen Ravazzoli Jacqueline Simeone Zach Singer-Skedzuhn Elizabeth Sutherland QiWen Wong Zach Zimmerman

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shows off his certificate at the National Honor Society induction

EARNING HIGH MARKS Jacqueline Bendrick and Gregory Hunter named finalists for National Merit and National Achievement Scholarships

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Jacqueline Bendrick (left) and Gregory Hunter (right) in front of the College Commitment Wall at IMG Academy

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Seniors Jacqueline Bendrick of Mercer Island, Wash. and Gregory Hunter of Chicago, Ill. have reached the next step toward the National Merit and National Achievement Scholarships, respectively, after being named finalists this spring. Students became eligible by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). At the beginning, more than 1.5 million students were in consideration for the National Merit Scholarship, while more than 160,000 were up for the National Achievement Scholarship.


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PRESEASON HONORS Seventeen Ascenders earn Perfect Game USA preseason honors

HILL TOPPERS Claudio Correa and Caitlin Cotterill win on IMG Junior Golf Tour at Victoria Hills Golf Club At the IMG Junior Golf Tour event at Victoria Hills Golf Club in March, Claudio Correa and Caitlin Cotterill (pictured above) came out on top of the Boys 15-18 and Girls 11-14 divisions, respectively. Correa entered the final day down two strokes behind Ecuador's Andres Arango, but settled in with a solid 74 (+2) to come from behind and card a onestroke win at even-par 144. For Correa, a University of South Florida signee, it marked his second win of the season after winning at Rio Pinar in February. Meanwhile, Australia’s Caitlin Cotterill won her second Girls 11-14 title in seven Tour starts with a five-over 149.

Perfect Game USA announced their 2014 Preseason All-Region, All-American and All-Underclass honors. Among the honorees were a total of 17 IMG Academy student-athletes: -L  uke Bonfield – First Team All-American and Northeast Region All High School Senior 1st Team (pictured above) -A  ndrew DiLacqua – High Honorable Mention and Florida Region All High School Senior 2nd Team - Taylor Lane – High Honorable Mention and Atlantic Region All High School Senior 1st Team -T  ommy Coulter - Atlantic Region High Honorable Mention -S  tephen Hueber - Atlantic Region High Honorable Mention -T  J Galenti – Central Region Honorable Mention -R  yan Vukovich – Central Region Honorable Mention - Caedon Saltis – Florida Region Honorable Mention - Marshall Smith – Florida Region Honorable Mention -B  rian Rapp – Northeast Region All High School Senior 2nd Team

All-Underclass honors: -E  ric Feliz – 1st Team -L  ogan Allen – 2nd Team -R  yan Karstetter – 3rd Team -M  ichael Feliz – Honorable Mention -G  rant Horwitz – Honorable Mention -D  avid Santos - Honorable Mention -C  onnor Shobe - Honorable Mention

ROARING BACK

ALL-TOURNEY

Seiya Liu cards low round of FCWT event at Stonegate

Six players named to High School Showdown All-Tournament baseball team

At the Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) event at Stonegate Golf Club in March, Seiya Liu fell just shy of the Boys 15-19 title, but made quite an impression on the final day. Liu ended the first day three strokes off the lead after a round of 74 (+2), but followed up with the low-round of the event, a three-under 69.

Following the Perfect Game High School Showdown in Ft. Myers, Fla., Apr. 3-5, six Ascenders were named to the All-Tournament team: SS Ryan Karstetter; OF Luke Bonfield; SS/2B Taylor Lane; OF Andrew DiLacqua; LHP Logan Allen; and RHP Stephen Hueber. IMG Academy was the most represented high school among the All-Tournament team.

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Alejandro Tabilo wins 12th Canadian national title

Marshall Dagostine attracts admirers at Sony Open

Alejandro Tabilo, a native of Ontario, Canada, secured his twelfth junior national title by winning the Rogers U18 Junior Indoor National Championship in his hometown in April. The top-seeded Tabilo defeated fellow Ontarian and No. 3 seed David Volfson 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 to net his third straight U18 national title. Currently Canada’s highest-ranked junior player, he also captured both the indoor and outdoor trophies last year.

Marshall Dagostine, a 16-year old native of Charleston, W.Va., participated in a hitting demonstration for Kids Day at the 2014 Sony Open and attracted dozens of new fans seeking his autograph afterward.

CAREER HIGHS Four student-athletes reach new career-high ITF ranks This spring, several studentathletes in the Bollettieri Tennis program have made monumental leaps in the rankings. Ojasvinne “OJ” Singh led the way, breaking into the ITF top-100 at No. 96 after reaching the semifinals and finals in events in Uzbekistan and India. Meanwhile, playing in Puerto Rico in March, 16year old Hady Habib reached the finals to make a jump of 640 spots to No. 951, while teammate, 15-year old Gabriel Pilones, reached the semifinals to move up 126 spots to No. 640 ITF. At the same event, 16-year old Katarina Kozarov advanced 107 spots to No. 546 ITF.

RECORD SETTERS Track & Field student-athletes write the record book in inaugural season Through their first track & field meets, several student-athletes have made their marks on the early history of the program, establishing the school records book. Ibrahim Abu-Bakr owns the 1600m record at 04:32:16min. K.J. Osborn is the fastest man on campus, with the 100m and 200m dash records of 11.38s and 22.78s, respectively. In Field, Simon Udrop set the bar for long jump at 18’-6”, Dillon Forshey has the discus record at 90’-09” and Desmond Smalls set the shot-put record at 38’-8”.

PANA-MANIA! Daniela Pedraza dominates Panama ITF; reaches new career-high rank Colombia’s Daniela Pedraza was unstoppable in Panama in April, securing the singles and doubles titles at the Panama Bowl 2014, an ITF Grade-4 event. In the singles competition, Pedraza easily dispatched Amanda Meyer of the United States in the final, 6-1-6-1. In doubles action, Pedraza partnered with Sofia Sanchez, also from Colombia. and overwhelmed the team of Amanda Myer, whom Pedraza would topple in singles, and Mexico's Alexia Castillo, 6-4, 6-3. Pedraza made an impressive jump in the ITF junior rankings with the win, rising 130 spots to No. 290 ITF, a new career-high.

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#IMGOINGPRO Tyler Turner and Shaquelle Moore earn shots with pro franchises This spring, IMG Academy student-athletes and U.S. Soccer U18 teammates Tyler Turner (right) and Shaquelle Moore (left) earned opportunities with professional soccer clubs. In February, Orlando City SC signed Turner to a 2014 USL PRO contract and a 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) contract, making him the youngest player on the team. In late March, Moore was invited to train with Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas.

VIVA MEXICO Pamela Villavicencio and Daniela Tellez called into Mexico’s U-20 Women’s National Camp

TAKING IT TO THE TOP Post-graduate team reaches semi-final of National Prep Championship The post-graduate basketball team had a banner year, finishing with a No. 6 national ranking in the Next Up Recruits poll on the merit of a 26-3 overall record. The team earned a spot in the National Prep Championship in Connecticut, and reached the semifinals after toppling No. 2 ranked Hargrave. Leading the way were Syracuse signee Chris McCullough, Nevada signee Eric Cooper and Turkey’s Kerem Kanter.

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Eric Cooper (above) was a force averaging more than 22 points per game this season

ALL-WORLD Caron-Goudreau twins and Camila Tapias invited to All-World Games Canadian twins Khaleann and Audrey-Ann CaronGoudreau, along with Colombia’s Camila Tapias, were invited to take part in the first annual SchollyMe All-World Game at Concordia University April 19th in Irvine, Calif. Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau will play on the White team, while twin sister Khaleann and Tapias will play for the Cardinal team.

Pam Villavicencio (left), a North Florida commit, and Daniela Tellez (right), committed to Akron, were called in for the Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team camp in March. The duo was invited to train toward earning a roster spot for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 games.

TV TIME Student-athletes debut their talents on the NFL Network alongside NFL greats K.J. Osborn, Sean Daniel, Matthew Boateng, Jack Wegher, Brody Crossin, and Nick Thomas recently took part in NFL Network’s GameChangers with Steve Mariucci series shot exclusively at IMG Academy and featuring top NFL Draft picks working with veterans and legends of the game like Michael Irvin, Kurt Warner, and Terrell Davis. IMG Academy high school football players had the opportunity to learn from the legends while catching passes and blocking some of the game’s future stars like QB Teddy Bridgewater and WRs Kelvin Benjamin and Allen Robinson.

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS Tyree St. Louis earns OL MVP honors at Rivals Camp Tyree St. Louis put the recruiting world on notice at the recent Rivals Camp in Orlando, Fla., earning Offensive Line MVP honors. St. Louis, a Tampa native, holds at least 11 Division I offers, including Florida, Tennessee, Louisville, Miami and South Florida.

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This year, the NFL Network selected IMG Academy as the exclusive filming site for GameChangers with Steve Mariucci, featuring top NFL Draft prospects and legends of the game:

MICHAEL » IRVIN

Known as “The Playmaker,” Irvin is an NFL Hall of Famer (class of 2007), fivetime Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys

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McGINEST Now an NFL Network personality, arguably greatest defender in New England Patriots history. A three-time Super Bowl champ (2001, 2003-04), he holds the all-time record for postseason sacks with 16

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KURT WARNER Two-time NFL MVP (1999, 2001), Super Bowl Champion (1999, Rams) and three-time NFC Champion (1999, 2001, 2008); holds the top-three passing records for Super Bowl games

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» GERALD McCOY 2010 No. 3 overall pick of the NFL Draft and back-toback Pro Bowler with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012, 2013); earned First-Team AllPro honors after the 2013 season

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NFL Network personality and Host of GameChangers, Mariucci was a longtime NFL head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions

TERRELL » DAVIS

Helped lead the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl glory in back-toback seasons (1997-98), earning NFL MVP honors in 1998 after rushing for 2,008 yards, then only the third player in history to rush for more than 2,000


AROUND CAMPUS

ASCENDERS TRIUMPH

AT IMG NATIONAL CLASSIC Through a week marked by rain showers and chilly temperatures, the IMG Academy Ascenders baseball team rose above the elements to earn its second straight title in the IMG National Classic, held at IMG Academy, Mar. 24-27. The Ascenders were nothing short of dominant, only giving up five runs through the week, while averaging just over nine runs per game. In Thursday’s final, the top-seeded Ascenders were matched up against No. 2 seed Niceville High School (Niceville, Fla.), and won by a comfortable 6-1 margin. Senior RHP Brian Rapp (Mendham, N.J./Boston College signee) got the win on the mound in the final, pitching six scoreless innings before Niceville engineered a run at the top of the seventh. Earning the IMG National Classic MVP honor was junior 3B/RHP Ryan Karstetter (Port Matilda, Pa./Virginia commit). Through the week, Karstetter batted .500 (7/14) and drove in 8 RBI, along with a double and a triple. During pool play, IMG Academy defeated Tavares High School (Tavares, Fla.), 6-0; Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.), 10-0; and Matanzas High School (Palm Coast, Fla.), 15-4. The Varsity Blue team improved to 10-6 on the year with the wins, prior to competing in the Perfect Game High School Showdown in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Ryan Karstetter receives MVP award from Director of Baseball Dan Simonds

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(1) S  antiago Gomez gets to work on a school for children in the Amazon (2) A  merica Porter and Francisco Martini with chaperone Emily Rickerson (3) T  he group poses for a photo on the equator

MAKING A DIFFERENCE Students trek to the equator on cultural and philanthropic adventure During Spring Break, a group of nine student-athletes traveled together with members of the IMG Academy Campus Life team to Ecuador on an equatorial adventure of exploration and giving back. The group included America Porter, Arda Centinel, Baron Carvel, Francesco Martini, Jimmy Douglas, Santiago Gomez, Josie Traberg, Kristy Guo and Xiaoyi “Jack” Liu. They explored Quito, the nation’s capitol, and visited the equator where they conducted several science experiments. They learned that walking directly along the equator can be intoxicating, and that one can balance an egg on the head of a nail where north meets south. On the second leg of their adventure, the group traveled into the Amazon basin to the Bellavista community. While there, the students engaged with the locals through a friendly, but muddy, soccer match, explored the surrounding jungle, and learned about the locals’ food and culture. The highlight of the trip came when the group put in some elbow grease toward aiding in the construction of a school for underprivileged children in the area.

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The group played a friendly soccer match against local villagers during their stay

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IMG alumna Annie Mulholland leads Duke to flawless victory at IMG Academy

Sem Verbeek picks up West Coast Conference honors

Heather Watson is off to a white-hot start in 2014 after missing much of 2013 due to illness. The Guernsey, U.K native and member of the class of 2009 saw her ranking fall from a career-high of No. 39 WTA in February 2013 to just outside of the top-150 by the year's end. However, Watson is on a mission to return to her previous form and is quickly regaining ground in the rankings. Watson began her comeback by winning the Dow Corning Tennis Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit event, in February. Through her comeback, Watson has recorded an impressive 15-6 record in singles action through March.

Annie Mulholland (class of 2012) helped lead the Duke University women’s tennis team to a homecoming win, of sorts, when the Blue Devils cruised past Old Dominion, 6-0, at IMG Academy. The Blue Devils entered the match ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 14-1 record. Since then, Duke has remained atop the rankings at the No. 1 slot, and recorded an 18-1 overall record.

The University of the Pacific’s Sem Verbeek (class of 2012) earned West Coast Conference Singles Player of the Week honors for the week of April 8. Prior to winning the award, he turned in a strong week for Pacific at No. 1 singles, winning both of his singles matches a week earlier to help pick up an important 5-2 road win at WCC Bay Area rival Saint Mary's. He also defeated Steve Young of Air Force in a match won by the Tigers 7-0. Verbeek was the first Tiger to win a WCC award in 2014.

LADY BALLERS

STATE CHAMP Edward Cartee coaches Texas high school to state title Edward Cartee, a member of the class of 2005, recently made headlines in Texas for his coaching acumen. Cartee is the head coach of the Texas Division I Central Catholic High School boys soccer team. Cartee guided his team to a magical year that ended with the program hoisting their division's state championship trophy.

Alumni Hill and Hartvich help teams earn places in NCAA Women’s Tournament as freshmen

CALLED UP Michael Parkhurst called to US Soccer Men’s National Team Michael Parkhurst, a member of the class of 2002, recently made his return to Major League Soccer , joining his new team at his alma mater while the Crew trained on the IMG Academy campus in February. In March, it was announced the Parkhurst would re-join the U.S. Men's National Team, and he reported to the team for the April 2 match against Mexico that ended in a 2-2 draw.

Heather Watson wins Dow Corning Classic

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In the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, Rina Hill (class of 2013) helped the LSU Lady Tigers earn an unlikely berth in the Sweet 16. Entering the tournament as a No. 7 seed, the Tigers upset the heavily favored No. 2seed, West Virginia, with the help of Hill’s clutch play in the second half, scoring eight points and two assists to complete a stunning come-frombehind victory. Hill was not the only ladies basketball alumna to help her team reach the NCAAs, as Natascha Hartvich (class of 2013) helped the Fresno State Bulldogs secure a No. 13 seed in the tourney.

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AGAIN Paula Creamer ends four-year drought with thrilling win at HSBC Women’s Open

Paula Creamer, a member of the class of 2004, ended her LPGA title drought in March when she sank an astounding Class of 75-foot putt on the second playoff hole against Azahara Munoz to win the 2014 HSBC Women's Championship. For Creamer, it marked her first LPGA title since winning the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, and brought her career wins total to 12.

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ON THE GREEN Hally Leadbetter notches first collegiate win for Rollins College Hally Leadbetter, class of 2011, carded a 71 in the final round of the Lady Bucs Invitational in March to capture the individual crown with a three-round score of 219 and lift the No. 5-ranked Tars to a second place finish. After the first day of competition, Leadbetter was tied for third with scores of 72 and 76. She was one of three to shoot under par in the final round. The win marked Leadbetter’s first career collegiate title after transferring to Rollins from Arkansas, after her red-shirt freshman season with the Razorbacks.

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Cheng-Tsung Pan qualifies for The Open Championship Cheng-Tsung Pan of Chinese Taipei has earned a place at The Open Championship (British Open) after qualifying in Thailand. The two day, 36-hole Open Qualifying Series - Thailand event at Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi brought together an international field of 75 players from 17 countries bidding to secure four places at The Open, to be held at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, July 17-20. Pan finished T-2 with a four-under 140, just a single stroke shy of tying for the top spot.

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DeAndre Daniels hero of March Madness for UConn; one of eight alums in the big dance

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DeAndre Daniels was the breakout star for the national champion UConn Huskies

IMG Academy was well represented in the annual NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, with eight of its alums competing amid the madness, making it the third most represented high school in the nation. Of its eight alumni, none shined brighter than the class of 2011's DeAndre Daniels. With the win, UConn secured its fourth national title in school history, and second in the past four years. Now a junior, the 6-foot-9 forward emerged as a dominant big man in the tournament, averaging 13.2 points per game (second on the team) while being the team's leading rebounder with 6.0 boards per game, both significantly higher than his regular season averages. In the NCAA final against Kentucky, Daniels added another 8 points and 6 rebounds (2 OFF, 4 DEF) to help lead the Huskies to victory. Other alumni who helped their teams earn bids were Mangok Mathiang (class of 2012/Louisville), Jamari Traylor (class of 2011/Kansas), Dwight Powell (class of 2010/Stanford), Alex Gavrilovic (class of 2011/Dayton), Kamari Murphy (class of 2012/Oklahoma State), Christian Garrett (class of 2011/Kansas) and Ford Stuen (class of 2012/Oklahoma State).

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Mallory Cecil with legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri

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Mallory Cecil during her national champion freshman year at Duke University

Alumna Mallory Cecil had one of the most storied junior tennis careers while enrolled at IMG Academy, earning recognition as the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation prior to signing with the Duke Blue Devils. An early enrollee at Duke in 2009, Cecil made an instant impact in the college ranks. She became the seventh-ever freshman to win the singles national title, the first-ever player in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history to win the singles and team national titles in the same season in 2009 and was named the ITA National Player of the Year after finishing No. 1 overall in the ITA rankings. Cecil turned pro after her freshman year, but eventually found her way back to Duke to finish her degree. A Duke graduate, Cecil has returned to the area and has become an active figure on campus. “I think I will always feel like a studentathlete when I’m at IMG; it’s where the kid in me comes out, and it’s home base for me,” said Cecil of her alma mater. “No matter what tennis looks like for me in my future, IMG will always be a place that I can enjoy the sport I’ve been so blessed to play.” Cecil was a model student-athlete at IMG Academy and was as strong off the court as she was on the court. In addition to capturing six titles in four years, including the Palmetto Pro Open in 2008, she was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with high honors. Cecil was voted the Bollettieri Student of the Year in both 2006 and 2007. Additionally, she earned the IMG Mental Conditioning Award and was honored as Most Determined Strategist in 2006-07. Living in the area and training at

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IMG Academy, Cecil has been a role model to current students over the years. She has served as a guest speaker at National Signing Day and remains active on campus with the Bollettieri Tennis program. “I owe a huge part of my success in college to IMG. The lessons and skills I acquired at IMG, allowed me to be successful not only on the court, but off as well,” remarked Cecil. “Going straight into college from IMG, I knew how to be a part of a team, get my studies done, work hard on the court, and still have a social life. I was disciplined, but had fun." Cecil’s journey with IMG Academy began when she was 13 years old. For her birthday, all she wanted was a lesson with legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. Her wish came true, and after a few sessions, Bollettieri recruited the young prodigy to enroll. A decade later, Cecil is still a vibrant part of the IMG Academy community. With her future still ahead of her, Cecil aspires to work with athletes: “I have always seen myself doing something within the Sports Industry. I love interacting with athletes, and thrive in a competitive atmosphere. No matter what I am doing I want to make sure that I am able to bring something unique and valuable to the table. And I believe that my IMG experience will always be a part of that.” A native of Spartanburg, S.C., Cecil attended IMG Academy from 2004-08. Cecil now resides in Sarasota.


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