2019 Spring Sports Round-up
Despite ongoing weather issues causing delays and reschedules, Panthers baseball had an impressive 9-4-0 year, finishing with the first winning season in a decade and ending the regular season in 4th place for D-III. Highlights included a number of solid wins against D-II foes and an early May upset of previously-undefeated Oxbow. The team’s postseason play was equally impressive, as the Panthers reached the semifinals for the first time since 2002, before ultimately falling to undefeated WRVHS in a hard-fought game. The team graduated Aiden Cudhea, Jake Colby, Seth Boyce, Alden Nichols, and Damian Hinkle this year.
It was a rebuilding year for TA’s softball team–the team graduated five seniors last year–but the Panthers played hard and had a lot to be proud of. Coach Jessica Soulia notes, “Although our record did not show it, we had several players that improved their skills, confidence, and overall abilities throughout the season. We fought hard this season, forcing games into extra innings, playing with only 8 players, and often coming from behind to make it a close game.” The Panthers graduated seniors Shannon Hayes and Lily Vaughan this year.
In track and field, the Panthers brought in two more state titles (for a total of six titles for TA athletes this year!)–with both boys and girls earning top placement in the VPA Division III-IV state championship meet. This was the first time in TA’s 200-year history that both boys and girls won in the same year, and the first boys title since 2012. The girls have never previously won a championship. Check out the Valley News coverage for more information about the Panthers’ winning season.