Seniors Score Big on National Signing Day

The King’s Academy was pleased recognize the signing of scholarship offers and National Letters of Intent by four of our student-athletes on Wednesday, February 4th. The strong character, dedication, and commitment by these seniors led them to realize their dreams of becoming collegiate athletes. Soccer Coach Glenn Martin, Lacrosse Coach Jack East, and former Softball Head Coach Tim Willcox spoke highly of each of the athletes and their accomplishments during the presentation. The assembly was attended by 9 -12th grade students whose support was encouraging and enthusiastic. The athletes who signed are as follows:

Lacrosse:

Steven Grove signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse for Palm Beach Atlantic University.  Steven joined TKA’s varsity lacrosse team and started as the goalie in 2013.  He has set every record in his category as a goalie on the team and has constantly driven this team to new heights.   In his first year Steven recorded 150 saves, 27 ground balls, recorded a 48% save ratio and set the records for most saves in a game, most saves in a season, highest save percentage and most career saves.  He was also selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.  In 2014 Steven recorded 160 saves, 42 ground balls a 49% save ratio and set the records for most saves in a game, most saves in a season, highest save percentage and most career saves.  He was selected in 2014 as the Defense player of the year, First Team All-District and was also selected as a Captain to lead his fellow players. “Steven played a large role in elevating the boys lacrosse program through the years.  We are proud of his accomplishments and we know he will do well as a Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish in 2016” says Varsity Lacrosse Coach Brett VanAlstyne.

Girls Soccer:

Haley Koncir signed a letter of intent to play soccer at the University of North Florida. Haley has been a member of the Lady Lions varsity squad for 5 years.  She earned a Palm Beach Post Honorable Mention in 2012 and post-season honors in 2013 and 2014.  Haley has been a member of three district championship teams for the Lady Lions.  She has also won the TKA Scholar Athlete Award.

Softball:

Becca Gomez signed a letter of intent to play softball at Shorter University.  A 4-year varsity starter at catcher Becca also lettered in varsity golf.  She and has been to the playoffs every year since she began at TKA her freshman year.  Becca has two district championships, two regional championships, and has gone to the state final four twice.  She has earned a spot on the Palm Beach Post and Sun-Sentinel all-area 1st team in 2013 and 2014.  Becca won the coaches “Gold Bat” award with the highest batting average for the 2014 season.

Kristen Wright signed a letter of intent to play softball at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  Kristen played 2nd base, short stop, outfield, leadoff hitter, and utility and has played at TKA since 6th grade.  She has started on Varsity since 7th grade and has been to the playoffs the past 4 years. Kristen has two district championships, two regional championships, gone to the state final four twice.  She has made the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel all Area 1st team for the past 3 years.  She has consistently led the team in hitting, won the Coaches heart of a lion, batting title, and “Gold Glove” award for the 2014 season.

Annually, The King’s Academy graduates 12-13 student athletes that continue their playing career in college.  We are looking forward to additional signings this year. Former TKA athletes are actively and presently competing in colleges such as Duke, FSU, Furman, Stetson, Samford, Dartmouth, Colgate, Geneva, and UNF to name a few.

Back (L-R) – Former Softball Head Coach Tim Willcox, Lacrosse Coach Jack East, Soccer Coaches Glenn Martin, and Craig McMahon Front Row – Kristen Wright, Becca Gomez, Steven Grove, Haley Koncir

Back (L-R) – Former Softball Head Coach Tim Willcox, Lacrosse Coach Jack East, Soccer Coaches Glenn Martin, and Craig McMahon
Front Row – Kristen Wright, Becca Gomez, Steven Grove, Haley Koncir