Lake Minneola High School baseball coach Kerry Whetro calls out to his players during a game against East Ridge on April 1 in Clermont. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

This week could be one of the more memorable weeks in Kerry Whetro’s long career as a high school baseball coach.

Whetro, in his third season at Lake Minneola, has quietly had the Hawks on a roll of late with six wins in their last seven games heading into Monday’s matchup against Orlando Evans and sporting a 12-6 record. 

The longtime coach — after more than 37 years in the dugout — is also closing in on his 500th career victory.

And with three games on the schedule for this week, Whetro could pick up his landmark win as early as Thursday when Lake Minneola hosts Real Life Christian Academy. In addition to Monday’s road game against Evans, the Hawks host Leesburg at 7 p.m. Tuesday in what could be win #499.

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Based strictly on won-loss records, the odds favor Whetro getting his first shot at his 500th win in Thursday’s game against the Raptors. Evans sported a 1-12 record heading into Monday’s game, while Leesburg is 3-12, but coming off a 3-2 upset win Friday against Belleview.