Emmitt Williams’ voice all most cracks with pride and enthusiasm when he talks about his coach, Dawn McNew. The Lehigh Senior H.S. freshman described her as “the real deal”. Demanding, no-nonsense yet empathetic. And the reason the Lightning are 16-0.
During McNew’s four years as head coach, she has led the team to a 62-30 record and to the Elite 8 last season. Now, she and her players have their eyes set on winning a state championship this year.
Williams and his teammates say McNew is like family. They all are. In fact, they repeat the word “family” in unison during huddles. McNew wants each player to feel like they have a support system. The team mutually provides as much to her.
When McNew’s late husband Dean passed away in July 2012, she considered not coaching anymore. The two coached together for several years, including before they moved to Florida in 2004.
Dean coached at Lehigh for nine years, including for the girls and boys basketball teams and was McNew’s volunteer assistant coach. He was also her assistant coach when McNew led the Beech Grove High (Ind.) girls’ basketball team to the 2003 state championship.
East Lee County 0 American Heritage 55 at East Lee County
Lehigh Senior 0 Port Charlotte 49 at Port Charlotte
Riverdale by week
East Lee County vs American Heritage at East Lee County 7:00 pm
Lehigh Senior vs Port Charlotte at Port Charlotte 7:30 pm
Riverdale by week
Ida S. Baker High School, 14 – Riverdale High School, 21 (Final)
Sarasota Riverview High School, 42 – Lehigh Senior High School, 34 (Final)
Bishop Verot Catholic High School, 34 – East Lee County, 13 (Final)
Dunbar High School, 7 – Riverdale High School, 14 (Final)
Lehigh Sr. High School, 36 – Estero High School, 29 (Final)
DeSoto County High School, 56 – East Lee County High School, 7 (Final)
Lehigh Senior (at Home) vs Estero at 7:30 pm
East Lee County (at Home) vs DeSoto County at 7 pm
Riverdale (at Home) vs Dunbar at 7:30 pm
Lehigh Senior@ DeSoto County
East Lee @ Coca
Riverdale @ Island Coast
Lehigh Senior 27 Palmetto Ridge 30
East Lee County 13 Cape Coral 50
Riverdale 21 South Fort Myers 41
Click here to see photos from the Lehigh Senior Palmetto Ridge game
Lehigh Senior 08/29 7:30p Palmetto Ridge
East Lee County 08/29 7:00p @ Cape Coral
Riverdale 08/29 TBA South Fort Myers
Preseason Games update
Lehigh Senior. @Dunbar – CANCELLED Reschedule Sat Aug 23 10 am at Dunbar
Dunbar won 34-21
Cape Coral @ Riverdale – CANCELLED
East Lee County @ Island Coast – CANCELLED