The FRA varsity golfers started the postseason with a bang as both the girls and boys captured the TSSAA Division II District Championships at Riverbend Country Club in Shelbyville on Tuesday.
The girls have won all four district tournament titles since the TSSAA Division II realignment in 2015. This year they were led by junior Tzunami Polito who beat teammate Emily Wilson by one shot with a five foot putt on the last hole. Polito shot 75 to Wilson’s 76, and the 151 total was good for a 41-shot victory over CPA.
The boys captured their first district title with a narrow four shot victory over BGA. The defending region champs were led by juniors Aidan Call and Timothy Pinkston, who both medaled with scores of 74. Alex Mick added a 76, and Aaron Schierbaum rounded out the scoring with an 84.
Both teams will be back in action next Monday at Riverbend as they look to continue their quests to a State Championship.
The varsity boys cross country team finished third in the annual Warrior Invitational on Saturday. The Panthers were led by senior Ethan Rhoden, who finished fourth individually, and Andrew Cox, who finished fifth. The junior varsity boys also placed third overall with Brennan Richardson placing third individually, and Dylan Rhoden finishing ninth.
The varsity Panther football team defeated St. George's Independent School 27-25 on Friday to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Panthers used a heavy rushing attack, led by sophomore Jeffery Vercher, who ran for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts. Senior quarterback Sean Casey added 66 yards and a touchdown, along with 70 passing yards. Senior Kingston Gardner was the leading receiver with 70 yards on three receptions. Freshman Taylor Williams also added a rushing touchdown in the Panther victory.
On defense, senior Sam Taylor led the way with four tackles and one assist. Junior Jack Norris added three tackles, and Vercher finished with two tackles (one for loss) and two assists.
The Panthers look to continue their good start this Friday when they travel to division foe Donelson Christian Academy. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The varsity girls golf team continued its dominance of the Father Ryan Invitational by winning its third championship in four years on Thursday. Junior Tzunami Polito carded a 75 to win the individual title, and sophomore Emily Wilson scored a season best 79 to finish sixth. The ladies beat a field of the best teams in Division II, a pool that included Baylor School, Ensworth School, Brentwood Academy, Father Ryan High School, and Christ Presbyterian. This was the Panthers' first title of the year and second individual title of Polito's career.
The boys had another strong showing after their Patriot Classic Championship outing by placing sixth with a score of 317.