The historic FRA varsity golf season came to a dramatic end on Tuesday as the girls team repeated as TSSAA Division II-A State Champions and the boys team finished third in the state.
Senior Angelina Chan won her second individual state title, and sophomore Tzunami Polito finished as state runner up for the second time. Senior Josh Holtschlag finished his incredible season as state runner up on the boys side as he led the young Panther squad to its top-three finish.
Chan and Holstchlag are two of the most decorated golfers in FRA history.
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The varsity football team improved to 4-2 Friday night, defeating Goodpasture Christian 45-7 in the 2018 Homecoming game. The Panthers used all three facets - offense, defense, and special teams - to take down the Cougars. Senior Brogan Wilson led the team with 200 all-purpose yards, including a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown and a rushing touchdown, junior quarterback Sean Casey, who was 7/14 with 163 yards and three touchdowns, junior Kingston Gardner, who led the team with 85 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions, and senior Riley Speed, who ignited the team with a touchdown reception and a 94-yard interception return. Junior Jacob Jackson provided the spark on defense, leading the team with eight tackles and three assists, and sophomore Jack Norris continued his good season with a 47-yard field goal and six successful extra point attempts.
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The FRA girls and boys golf teams continued their incredible seasons Monday, adding TSSAA Region Championships to their lists of accomplishments. The girls captured their fifth team title of the season, and more impressively, their seventh straight region championship. After setting a school record with a 5 under par 139 to capture last week's district crown, senior Angelina Chan set the school individual record with an incredible round of 63. She made nine birdies and nine pars, eclipsing the school record of 65 shot by Ashley Lance in 2006. This was Chan's fourth straight individual region title. Sophomore Tzunami Polito continued her strong season with a runner-up finish shooting 79. Polito, who won the Patriot Classic title and has four runner-up finishes this season, is looking to improve upon her second place finish in the state championship last year. Freshman Emily Wilson rounded out the Panthers' great showing, shooting a round of 83 and finishing fourth overall. The Panthers will begin their State Title defense next week.
The varsity boys team may be the youngest team in the region, but with leadership from senior Josh Holtschlag, the Panthers won the Region Championship by 5 shots over rival CPA. Holtschlag secured his third title of the year, shooting one under par 71. This was Holtschlag's third consecutive region title, and he has finished top 10 in the state the last three years. The team followed Holtschlag's lead - sophomore Aaron Schierbaum finished eighth with a season-best 77; sophomore Alex Mick finished tied for 10th with a 78; and sophomore Aidan Call finished tied for 13th with a 79. This is the first region title for the boys since Division II expanded in 2016 and their first trip to the state tournament in three years.
Both teams will play in the TSSAA Division II-A State Tournament Monday and Tuesday at Willowbrook Golf Course in Manchester.
The varsity football team defeated Nashville Christian 36-7 on Friday Night to improve to 3-0 in division play. The Panthers, who are now 3-2 on the season, will look to continue their good district play in Friday's Homecoming match up against Goodpasture Christian.
The offense put up 379 total yards and 19 first downs, and the defense was stingy, allowing on six first downs and forcing three turnovers in the lopsided defeat. Senior running back Brogan Wilson led the Panther ground attack with 195 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and sophomore Conner Moore led the team in receiving with 57 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions. On defense, freshman Jeffrey Vercher had three tackles and a sack; senior Jack Arsta added two tackles and four assists; Wilson and senior Riley Speed each had an interception; and sophomore Will Johnson recovered a fumble for FRA.
Kickoff for Friday's Homecoming game on The Hill is set for 7 p.m.
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