MONTVERDE, Fla. — The Montverde Academy boys basketball team received its national championship banner for finishing No. 1 in the USA TODAY High School Sports Super 25.
But Eagles coach Kevin Boyle used the opportunity at an upper school assembly Wednesday to laud many other sports teams at Montverde, including the softball and powerlifting programs, that are widely successful but don’t receive the national recognition that the basketball program does.
Montverde (31-1) earned the No. 1 ranking in the final Super 25 with a come-from-behind defeat of then-No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) in the championship of the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals in New York. It is the third consecutive year the Eagles have won the DICK’S Nationals and the second consecutive year they have finished atop the Super 25.
On the way to winning the DICK’S, Montverde also beat two other ranked teams: then-No. 8 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) in a semifinal and then-No. 16 Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) in a quarterfinal.
The assembly was held at the Montverde Academy Center for Sportsmanship and Wellness, otherwise known as “The Nest” when its teams are playing.
The Eagles were led by Ben Simmons, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Player of the Year who signed with LSU. The school went 62-1 since Simmons arrived.
Fard Muhammad and Noah Dickerson also played key roles all season, especially in the DICK’S Nationals.
“It was just everyone chipping in and working hard and doing what we need to do to pull this off,” Simmons said after the DICK’S Nationals.