Senior Claire Luthy will play in the TSSAA Girls Tennis State Championships in Murfreesboro on Thursday, May 24, at Old Fort Park. Luthy, who was the middle region singles runner up, will have her first match at 10:30 a.m.
After taking a commanding lead with 87 points in the Region Championship Field Events, the FRA boys track squad returned to the track for the running finals and scored another 93 points for a total of 180 to capture the TSSAA Division II Class A Region Championship. The FRA girls team finished in fifth place as well out of a 12 team field. The Panthers have qualified six girls for the TSSAA State Championships in five events and the boys team qualified 12 boys in 20 events for the TSSAA State Championships. The TSSAA D-II Class A State Track & Field State Meet will be held at Middle Tennessee State University.
The varsity boys soccer team earned a birth to the TSSAA Elite Eight with an exhilarating 4-3 OT victory against Harding Academy on Tuesday. The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Josh Holtschlag header goal on a pass from Mason Price. Harding answered quickly tying the game 1-1. Pablo Ramos then scored the Panthers second goal to take a 2-1 lead, only to see the lions roar back with consecutive goals to take a 3-2 lead with 27 minutes remaining in the second half. Tashinga Vhumisai then scored on a free kick with 12:30 remaining in regulation where the score would remain. In the second overtime, Gonzalo de Gracia's goal in the second overtime to put FRA on top for good with a 4-3 victory! The Panthers will hit the road tomorrow to face the one seed from the east in the form of Boyd Buchannan High School. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
Congratulations to senior midfielder Mason Chambliss, junior forward Tashinga Vhumisai, and sophomore defensive back Jacob Jackson, who were named to the TSSAA D-II Class A All-Region Team.
The Panther track and field team had a great showing at the City Meet Championship. Freshman Campbell Carroll won the girls high jump with a leap of 5'2," and junior Alex Gales won the pole vault by clearing 12'. Fellow juniors Sabrina LaFaye and Brogan Wilson both finished fourth with vaults of 8'6" and 10', respectively. Sophomore Andrew Cox finished as runner up in the 3200m with a time of 10:05; Eric Stoxstill-Diggs finished third in the 110m high hurdles with a time of 15.65; Hannah Madondo finished sixth in girls 100m intermediate hurdles with a time of 18:38; Wilson finished third in the 300m intermediate hurdles with a time of 41.67; and Stoxstill-Diggs had a time of 41.79 to finish fourth. The boys 1600m relay team, consisting of Wilson, Will Johnson, Jordan Stoxstill-Diggs, and Landry Mitchell, finished fourth with a time of 3:30.09.