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Boys Cross Country Team Finishes Fourth at Tennessee Classic

The varsity boys cross country team placed fourth out of 18 teams at Saturday's Tennessee Classic. The Panthers were led by Andrew Cox, who finished second, and Ethan Rhoden, who placed sixth. Will Braam and Thomas Cartiglia also placed, finishing 16th and 36th, respectively.

Other varsity members who competed were Harrison Shafer, Lucas Rodriguez, Gonzalo de Gracia, Ethan Brown, Jordan Stoxstill-Diggs, and Steve Somers. 

The Panthers continue their season this Saturday at the AF Bridges Invitational at Steeplechase. The race begins at 8 a.m. 

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Panthers Use Big First Half to Defeat DCA

The varsity football team scored five first-half touchdowns to defeat DCA 40-0 in Friday's rain-soaked match up. The Panthers improved to 2-0 in divisional play and 2-2 overall in the young season. 

Junior Sean Casey led the Panthers with 71 yards rushing, including a touchdown, and 56 yards on three of seven attempts. Senior Brogan Wilson added 66 rushing yards and two touchdowns on seven attempts, and freshman  

Senior Brogan Wilson catapulted the Panthers to a quick 14-0 lead with two rushing touchdowns, a 2-yard and a 9-yard, in the first minutes of the game. FRA then held the Wildcats deep into their own territory and forced a safety before Casey and Kingston Gardner connected on a 5-yard touchdown completion to bring the Panthers' lead to 23-0 by the end of the first quarter. 

In the second quarter, Casey rushed for a 5-yard touchdown run, and sophomore Jack Norris, who completed all five of his extra point attempts, knocked in a 35-yard field goal. Freshman Jeffrey Vercher capped off the Panther scoring with a smooth 36-yard touchdown run. 

The Panthers have a bye this week before returning to the gridiron on Friday, September 21, when they travel to Nashville Christian School. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.

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The FRA golf teams continued their incredible season Thursday as the girls team defended its title and the boys finished second behind senior Josh Holtschlag's tournament-best outing at the 2018 Father Ryan Invitational on Thursday. The girls, who had a team score of 142, defeated one of the strongest fields in the state, which included Ensworth, CPA, Pope John Paul II, St. Cecilia, and Lipscomb, among others. Senior Angelina Chan and sophomore Tzunami Polito shot 71 and tied for second place individually, while freshman Emily Wilson tied for eighth, her fourth top 10 finish of the season. 

Holtschlag captured his second individual title of the year, shooting 69, to lead the Panthers to a second-place finish. FRA's team score of 307 is the best in three years, and the team improved its score by 32 shots. Aiden Call tied for 13th with a score of 76, and Aaron Schierbaum shot a 79 to finish 18th. 

The Panthers will look to continue their hot streak this Tuesday against CPA at Old Natchez Country Club. 

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Varsity Girls Golf Team Wins Patriot Classic; Boys Finish Fourth

The varsity golf teams are continuing their great season in the 2018 Patriot Classic, with the girls bringing home the championship and the boys finishing fourth. The girls, who finished second in the tournament last year, used an unbelievable finish from senior Angelina Chan and sophomore Tzunami Polito to capture the championship by one stroke over Clarksville High School.

Chan knocked in an eagle on the 18th hole to bring the Panthers within one shot of the lead minutes before Polito followed with an eagle of her own to seal a one-shot victory. Polito brought home the individual championship with a score of three under par 71, and Chan finished fifth, shooting two over par 76. Freshman Emily Wilson also had a great tournament, finishing eighth with a score of 83. 

On the boys side, senior Josh Holtschlag continued his impressive play to finish second, shooting one under par 71. He is now six under par in his last two events and leads the team in scoring average. Aiden Call finished 22nd with a score of 87; Alex Mick shot an 89 to finish 28th; George Felker and Aaron Schierbaum each shot a 92 to tie for 37th; and Timothy Pinkston finished 47th with a score of 96.

The Panthers look to continue their winning ways on Wednesday when they face off against Brentwood Academy.

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