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2023 Lee County Games Hall of Fame Inductees Announcement | News, sports, jobs

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The Lee County School District has announced its 2023 Lee County Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. Five athletes, three coaches and one contributor have been honored for outstanding athletic achievement for their school or student.

The 2023 Lee County Conference Sports Hall of Fame features:

athletes

• Kevin Brown, North Fort Myers High

• Kerry Jewett-Giles, Dunbar High

• Shane McClanahan, Cape Coral High

• Kyle Miller, Estero Hay

• Josh Sheridan, Fort Myers High

trainers

• Larry Gary, Cape Coral and Lehigh Senior High

• Loretta Borich, North Fort Myers High

• James (C) Reed, Cypress Lake High

contributor

• David LaRosa, Fort Myers High School

Kevin Brown: Kevin was a three-time all-conference, three-time all-district and second all-state player in North baseball. During his four-year career as a starter for the Miami Hurricanes, he helped lead the team to the 1999 and 2001 national championships. Kevin still holds the record for the highest total slugging percentage in College World Series history and is a two-time All College World Series team member. He will also be inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame this spring.

Keri Jewett-Giles: Kerry was named News-Press Player of the Year in her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons at Dunbar High School. She was also selected to the first team for all of her junior and senior seasons. Kerry played for FGCU where she was named to the ASUN Conference’s All-Decade Team and achieved a FGCU Division I career mediocre record. She was also named ASUN Player of the Year. Kerry later went abroad to play professional basketball.

Shane McClanahan: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round (31st) of the MLB June 2018 Amateur Draft from the University of South Florida, Shane was a News-Press Finalist of the Year and News-Press 1st Team All-Area. He represented the district in the FHSAA Senior State All-Star Game. The Tampa Bay Rays named Shane their Opening Day starter in 2022, and later that season, he was named the MLS starting pitcher in the All-Star Game.

Kyle Miller: Kyle was named to the News-Press All Decade High School baseball team in May 2020. He was the 2012 News-Press Player of the Year after a solid senior campaign going 9-0 with a 0.58 ERA and 98 strikeouts to lead Estero High School in a winning streak of 25 games ended in a regional final. Miller played at Florida Atlantic University and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.

Josh Sheridan: Josh was a two-time state wrestling champion in 1999 and 2000, a two-time AAU national wrestling champion and two-time state runner-up in 1997 and 1998. He was Florida 2A Wrestler of the Year in 2000, a three-time USA Wrestling Magazine All-American and Rotary Scholar/Athlete of the Year in 2000. Josh also excelled in the class as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist with a 4.69 high school grade point average.

Larry Gary: Coach Gary was named Lee County’s first black football coach in 1994. In over 36 seasons, Gary has helped hundreds of students play in college. He has also coached and mentored 13 NFL players. Before returning to coaching at Cape Coral High School this year, Gary compiled a record of 64-59 while at Lehigh High School Senior and former Cape Coral High School.

Loretta Borich: Loretta has coached cross country for 28 years and tracked for 27 years at North Fort Myers High School. She founded the first Lee County Girls Meet in 1990. In 2015, Loretta was named Florida Athletic Trainers Association Coach of the Year. Her teams were Cross Country champions in 1997 and 1998 and regional champions in 1997. She led the girls’ cross country team to multiple top ten finishes in state competition.

James “Jim” Reed: If ever there was a pioneer of volleyball in Southwest Florida, it would certainly be Coach Reed. Arriving in Cypress Lake in the late 1970s, Reid quickly established Cypress Lake as a local and statewide powerhouse and maintained that dominance for 14 years. His team stats are impressive: 14 years as a volleyball coach; 11 South Florida Conference Championships; undefeated seasons in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982; regional champions in 1981 and 1982; Last 4 starts in 1981 and 1982 and state champion in 1981.

David LaRosa: David worked 37 years at Lee County School District, 11 years as a teacher/coach, seven years as athletic director at two different high schools, one year as an assistant principal and 13 years as principal, 12 of which were at Fort Myers High School. He is the first ever director of athletics in the schools district, having overseen athletics across all of the high schools and middle schools. He is a member of the FHSAA Board of Directors where he is the President-elect. He was a District 13 representative on the board of directors of the Florida Schools Athletic Officials Association.

The trainees will be honored at a banquet scheduled for Thursday, April 20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase for $25 per person.

The Crowne Plaza is located at 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers. Those interested in purchasing tickets should contact the sports district office at 239-335-1479.

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