IMG Academy's Sabine Lisicki, a native of Troisdorf, Germany, won her first WTA title in three years at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday. In the final, the 24-year old Lisicki, ranked #24 in the WTA standings, took down Karolina Pliskova in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Lisicki, like recent U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, has been training at IMG Academy for over a decade.
The IMG Academy Ascenders returned home to take on the Florida 6A Dillard Panthers of Fort Lauderdale, and from the first whistle, it was all IMG Academy. The Ascenders racked up seven first half touchdowns, starting with a 44 yard pass on a trick play from running back Jack Wegher (Dakota Dunes, S.D.) to Tavares Chase (Plant City, Fla.). The Ascenders kept the ball on the ground in the second half, finishing off the Panthers by a convincing 61-0 margin.
BRADENTON -- Growing up in a family of golfers, Mika Liu's gravitation toward the sport was almost a guarantee.
But that didn't ensure she would become this good.
The Beverly Hills, Calif., native is in her second year at IMG Academy and was recently one of three players named to the United States Women's Team for the inaugural World Junior Girls Team Championship beginning Sept. 26 in Canada. "For me, this is a really big honor," Liu said.
The IMG Academy Soccer Program is under new leadership with Rusty Scarborough being appointed as the Director of Soccer. Joining Scarborough will be long-time Major League Soccer veteran Kevin Hartman, who retired from MLS in December 2013, and steps in as Technical Director and Director of Goalkeeping. In his playing days, Hartman was arguably the best of the MLS.
The 2014-15 school year is underway, and the IMG Academy Soccer Program is under new leadership with the appointment of Rusty Scarborough as Director. Scarborough arrived at IMG Academy from the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), bringing decades of experienced forged from working with more than 300 coaches and 9,000 youth players annually.
On Saturday evening, IMG Academy's Naoki Nakagawa, partnering with Australia's Omar Jasika, won the U.S. Open Junior Doubles tournament. Nakagawa and Jasika were the sixth-seed in the tournament, and faced the Brazilian duo of Joao Menezes and Rafael Matos in the final, winning 6-3, 7-6.
As Natsuo Yamanaka walked through the Tokyo airport Sunday night, he proudly listened to the culmination of a decade's work. On the ticket lines, in the bars, at the kiosks, everyday travelers were trading opinions about Kei Nishikori, whose improbable run to the finals at the US Open has been making banner headlines across Japan. "Usually it's baseball or soccer," says Yamanaka. "Now, every day, it's tennis."
TOKYO — Kei Nishikori is the first Japanese man to reach a Grand Slam singles final, but in Japan he is seen as a most un-Japanese sports hero.
Following a whirlwind American Idol Live! summer tour, American Idol finalist Sam Woolf is ready to return to Bradenton, Fla. for a special ‘welcome home’ concert at IMG Academy on Sept. 27. Proceeds from the concert will support the new Sam Woolf Music Scholarship Fund established via the Del Couch Music Foundation – the organization that helped nurture Woolf’s singing talent at an early age. The new fund is aimed at raising money to give budding musicians like Woolf opportunities they might not otherwise receive to continue developing their craft.
IMG Academy’s Post-Graduate Program is designed as an intensive, transitional semester-based program for high school graduates seeking to enhance their preparedness for college or increase their chances of receiving a college scholarship. Recognizing that no two students are the same, post-graduates benefit from a highly customized program.