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Leesburg's Graduates May Be Best

Mitchem, Hanks Head Exceptional Class Of '90

May 25, 1990|By Joe Williams of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Sunday, August 7, 2016, 6:13 p.m.

LEESBURG — Lee Hanks and Undra Mitchem have been teamed in the same offensive backfield since
their days at Leesburg Junior High School. The two have distinctive styles of running that
complemented each other in Leesburg's Wishbone offense. Hanks is a powerful runner, Mitchem
more of a dasher.

But, come tonight, after each accepts his diplomat on the football field at Leesburg Memorial
Field/Hubert O. Dabney Stadium, the two will go their separate ways.

Their fate was decided on NCAA Signing Day last February when Mitchem signed a grant to play
football at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., and Hanks signed with Morningside College in Sioux City,
Iowa. Thus will end one of the most potent backfield combinations ever to play in Lake County.

Mitchem rushed for 1,105 yards this year and Hanks, although missing three full games this season
because of injuries and not being at full strength in a couple of others, finished with 577 yards.

Hanks went on to win the 181-pound state championship at the Class AAA Florida Weightlifting
Championships this spring by setting records in the bench press (420 pounds) and in total weight
(710 pounds).

But graduation will do more than break up Hanks and Mitchem.

Tonight, Leesburg graduates perhaps the best senior class of athletes it ever has had, and argubly,
the best group of senior athletes at any of Lake County's schools this year.

Although the Yellow Jackets may not have been as successful on the team level as some of the
county's other schools, that doesn't necessarily reflect the talent in the senior class.

''Probably in the 10 years that I have been here, I think we have more athletes going off to college to
play sports than we've ever had,'' said Pete Bush, Leesburg's outgoing athletic director and senior
class sponsor. ''It has been a good year.''

Pick a sport at Leesburg High School this year and, chances are, there was at least one super senior
connected with it. Soccer? What about Jeff Moffett, Benji Rowell, David Cowin. Track? Moffett, again,
with a second-place at the state meet in the pole vault, and Bruce Floyd. Swimming? There was Sandi
Wells.

Is this the best senior class of athletes at Leesburg High School? Ellis Wiley, who is moving into the
county office after 11 years as principal, will not answer that question with a definite yes, but he is
certain it is among the best.

''I don't know if it is the best class, but it compares with the class of seniors we had when Dwayne
Cornelius was a senior in 1985,'' Wiley said. ''We also had a pretty good senior class last year with
Eddie Foster, Kevin Honer and Ryan Taylor.

''But this year, overall, when you look at all sports, we did relatively well this year and that was because
the people were there to be competitive.''

One area, however, where there might not be any comparison, is in the classroom. The seniors stayed
eligible.

''The seniors did very well,'' Wiley said. ''They kept their grades up. That has been a problem in the past.
We've gotten kids to their senior years and then lost them to academics. That wasn't a problem this
year."



This article was provided by Gerald Lacey
Gerald Lacey is the senior sports writer covering Leesburg High School Sports for the Carver Heights
Quarterback Club. You can reach him at:
geraldlacey@leesburgyellowjacketsfootball.com
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