Ten years ago, not many would have expected a young football team to be two-year, back-to-back district champions, but that is exactly what Coach Anthony Paradiso and his Lake Nona Lions have accomplished. On the school’s 10-year anniversary, the Lions look to continue that high degree of excellence under the skillful arm of veteran quarterback Michael Kern, Moises Aracena’s fast running game, and a defense led by Victor Vega. These Lions have all the drive and dedication to begin this championship journey.
During the summer, the Lions worked hard, building the foundations of success through strength training, physical conditioning, and fast-paced, intensive calisthenics to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead. Last year, the Lions achieved an undefeated district record and reclamation of the “Battle of the Beach Lines” title and surfboard from Lake Nona’s rival, the East River High School Falcons.
Additionally, the Lions entered the Florida High School Athletic Association football playoffs. However, they were defeated in the opening round. Continuation of the district domination by Lake Nona is the primary goal of Coach Paradiso, along with the advancement into the next round and beyond the playoffs. It hasn’t been easy to prepare given the intense heat of this summer, regular interruptions of practice due to lightning, and reduced practice space because of nearby construction. These detractors won’t stop the Lions due to the amount of hard work and guidance of Coach Paradiso’s coaching staff, managers and athletic trainers. This support team has helped to allow the football players to minimize downtime due to the issues above, while still achieving a high level of football execution and athleticism becoming of a championship program.