Go Falcons!

My name is Aubin Goporo. Entering my 3rd year as the athletic director at Florida Air Academy, I am proud and honored to continue leading our athletic department.
 
Florida Air Academy has a proud tradition of athletic achievement. With 11 varsity sports and 4 clubs, our coaches are committed to providing a positive, challenging, competitive, and fair athletic experience that emphasizes the falcon principles coupled with personal integrity, sportsmanship, wellness, and fulfillment of the student athlete's potential.

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Fall Sports Review
Paola Oliver

Stewart Zelnick

Florida Air Academy fielded four varsity sports teams this fall and concluded successful seasons.  Middle school and high school students alike participated as members of our Golf, Swimming, Cross Country and Girls Volleyball teams.  All of our students progressed individually towards personal bests while building the foundations of their teams in the future.

Golf

The FAA Falcons Golf team completed one of its most successful campaigns in the school’s history.  Returning freshman Stewart Zelnick and newly arrived eighth grader Charlie Moraites each qualified individually for the Regionals.  The experience gained this year competing against primarily upperclassmen throughout the district and region bodes well for the future of FAA golf.

Swimming

The FAA Varsity Swimming team followed up on last year’s successes by sending three swimmers to the Regionals.  Senior Nicole Diaz and freshman Ivanska Rosich both placed fourth in their heats at regionals.  Senior Ian Baird placed seventh in his Regional’s heat.  This year’s team featured many underclassmen and middle schoolers who should serve as a strong returning core next year.

Cross Country

The FAA Cross Country team was highlighted by a number of personal bests for all of our runners.  Senior Adalmaryz “Quick” Gomez set the bar for achievement by becoming the first female runner from FAA to compete in the Regionals in school history.  Senior Ricardo Ontiveros repeatedly set personal bests while providing leadership for tenth grade teammates Ethan Aynes and Gideon Gidori.  The return of Aynes and Gidori next fall will allow the burgeoning team to continue to grow.

Volleyball

The FAA Lady Falcons Volleyball team experienced the growing pains of a rebuilding season.  Junior star Paola Oliver along with senior Alondra Modesto were the role models for a team that included three middle school participants.  Ninth grader Georgia Gillette was a welcome addition who along with Oliver should lead the Falcons to brighter days ahead.

We are proud of the successes and growth of all of our Fall sports teams and athletes.

 

Winter Sports Preview

Based on the successes of last year’s winter sports teams, there is an excitement in the air as the FAA winter sports seasons kick-off.  This winter FAA will be fielding four varsity sports, one junior varsity team and a middle school team for interscholastic competition.

Boys Varsity Basketball

The core of last year’s Regional Finalist team returns this year for the Falcons.  Recent Richmond signee, Julius Johnson returns for his senior season as the team leading scorer.  Johnson is joined in the backcourt by senior three point specialist Austin Smith and junior point guard Davonta Jordan.  High flying junior Darius Allen and emerging sophomore center Sean Mobley round out the Falcons balanced attack.  With these returnees in place, great expectations remain for this year’s team.

Girls Varsity Basketball

Coach Calvin Brown takes over a team that was also a Regional Finalist last year.  Though leading scorer, Paola Vasquez has taken her skills to Eastern Florida State College this season, seniors Nicole Diaz, Kristina Antonenko and Patricia Rosich return to provide leadership and experience for the Falcons.  Junior Alexis Gordon is poised for a breakout season and will be joined in the rotation by seniors Adalmaryz Gomez and Inga Kotlyarevskaya.  Addtionally, senior forward Alondra Modesto will be welcomed back after missing last year due to injuries.  As the Lady Falcons grow together, great success is anticipated by tournament time.

Boys Varsity Soccer

New coach Jay Gideon has brought great energy to the FAA boys soccer program.  With a strong focus on team building and skills development, Gideon is building one of the largest soccer teams in school history.  Senior Ian Baird brings great experience and leadership to the young Falcon team.  Returnees senior Casey Gomez and junior Reece Powell impressed last year with their skill set and athleticism.  New arrivals, senior Dylan Nunes and  sophomore Said Issabekov  are both high skill players who will provide instant upgrades to the overall team talent.  The future appears very bright for FAA Boys Soccer.

Girls Varsity Soccer

The FAA Lady Falcons soccer team heads into District play this year after last season’s return to interscholastic competition.  This year’s team is extremely young and looking to grow together for the future.  Sophomores Mauria Hall and Naija Fuller are the cornerstones of the Lady Falcons defense.  Middle schoolers Jessie Rebeix and Shelby Ronan bring terrific athleticism and star potential for the future.  With a team that includes six middle schoolers, the girls soccer program looks to be formidable for many years to come. 

Boys JV Basketball

The three leading scorers from last year’s undefeated boys middle school team, Dejuan Small, AJ Johnson and Yohamid Rodriguez-Reyes look to continue their winning ways on the boys junior varsity team this year.  Those three high scoring guards will be joined by fellow freshman Elijah Weaver  and returning sophomore Dimitri Voskoboynikov to form a potent, high powered team with great expectations for this season.

Boys Middle School Basketball

After a two year undefeated run culminated by an SCCAA championship, the FAA boys middle school basketball team is in rebuilding mode this year.  Seventh graders Tyson Guilbeaux and Brandon Bowman as well as eighth graders Brandon Wilson, Lenny Rebeix, AJ Koszalka and Mark Bouknight look to provide the nucleus for this year’s team.

High expectations for our returned and great hope for the future abounds as our winter sports seasons hit full stride over the next few months.

 

FAA Alumni Update

Upon entering our gymnasium at Florida Air Academy, visitors are quick to notice the many jerseys that adorn the ceiling over the bleachers.  These jerseys represent many of our alumni who have pursued their basketball dreams in college and, in some cases, professionally

This year a number of former Falcons are playing NCAA College Basketball.  Currently, three of these Falcons are playing at the Division I level.  Our most celebrated girls players in school history, Jamie Kaplan (2011) is the starting point guard as a senior at Tulane University.  Jamie, who led FAA to its first ever girls Final Four, has Tulane on the cusp of a Top 25 ranking nationally.  Two other recent graduates are beginning their Division I careers.  Eliel Gonzalez (2013) is currently a back-up point guard at Hofstra University while Artem Tavaklyan (2014) is vying for playing as a shooting guard at Deleware State University.

A number of other graduates are playing significant roles on the Division II or Junior College level.  Last year’s leading scorer on our girls varsity team, Paola Vasquez (2014) is playing regular minutes as a freshman at Eastern Florida State College.  Kaspars Brencans (2011) returns for his senior year at Purdue-Calumet University as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder.  Luka Vermezovic (2013) completed a successful junior college season last year and has transferred to Newman College where he is playing regularly at center.  Additionally, three former Falcons continue to hone their skills at the junior college level: Lens Louis (2014-Pensacola JC), Bradley Christian (2013-Paris JC) and Justas Furmanivicius (2013-Three Rivers Community College).

While all of these young men and women continue to grow as players at the college level, three recent graduates are finding success in their professional careers.  Jerome Jordan (2006) transitioned from  a successful college career at Tulsa University to become the first former Falcon in the NBA.  This year, Jordan is a back-up center for the Brooklyn Nets.  After a successful freshman year at University of Texas, Ioannis Papapetrou (2013) signed a lucrative contract to play for Olympiacos in Greece where he is currently in his second season.  Additionally, Justinas Olechnavicius (2013) left FAA and immediately commenced his professional career in Kazhakstan.  Another extremely popular and successful former Falcon, Will Yeguete (2010) completed a stellar career at the University of Florida and recently signed with LeHavre to embark on his professional career in France.

We remain proud of the achievements of our Falcon family both collegiately and professionally.



Julius Johnson


FAA Falcons in the News:

 


February 12, 2014 - Girls basketball: Florida Air earns trip to Miami, sinks MCC

January 30, 2014 - Three Boys Basketball Teams Ranked

 


 

For more information on the Florida Air Academy Athletic Program please contact Aubin Goporo at 321.723.3211, ext.30032. For information on eligibility requirements by the FHSAA, visit their website www.fhsaa.org.

 

History of Athletic Excellence

The F.A.A. Falcons have brought home many State Championships in basketball, baseball, as well as gold medals in track and field. Two years ago at the London Summer Olympics we had two alumni competing, Sasha Kaun in basketball for his home country of Russia, and Leevan Sands (Bahamas) in track!  Leevan won a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics.

  • We offer such sports and athletic clubs, such as basketball, baseball, tennis, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball, weight lifting, track, tennis, archery, martial arts and more. . If there is student interest, other activities can be added.  Surfing in Brevard County is legendary and has produced such standouts as the Hobgood brothers and Kelly Slater.  Students may participate in skateboarding also.
  • We're classified by the Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) as a class "3A" sized school, and compete with both public and private schools in the East Central Florida area.

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Phone: (321) 723–3211
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