Tahlequah Athletics went into the Winter sports season with lots of momentum. February 7th was a day to remember in Tahlequah Public Schools history. The first annual Tahlequah High School Athletics Hall of Fame took place in the cafeteria on THS campus. The inaugural class included candidates from 2000s, 90s, 80s, and 70s. On this night, more than 270 guests came to watch 8 former student athletes receive this distinguished honor. The inductees included Robyn Reese-Hood, Charlie Cooper, Sarah Sheets, Joe Green, Jenny Eckert, Mark Ross, Jenni Lingor, and John Dyson. This will be an annual event that the athletic department expects to grow in size. It was an extraordinary evening that allowed the past athletes to be recognized for their on and off field achievements.
Both Basketball teams are gearing up for regional competition which is slated for February 26-28. The girls travel to Collinsville on the 26th and take on Memorial. The boys travel to Coweta where they take on the host school.
Wrestling hosted regionals February 20-21 where they expected 5 wrestlers to qualify for the state tournament Feb 27-28. Wrestling was ranked in the top 10 in 5A all season.
The athletic department just secured its first ever corporate sponsorship with First State Bank. It will be a three year commitment at $20,000 per year, with the option to extend it for ten additional years. This amount of money will allow the athletic teams at Tahlequah High School to set themselves apart from other 5A schools.
Spring sports are already practicing for their seasons. High expectations are once again set for the Slowpitch team as they try to make it 22 years in row to the state tournament. Baseball has started scrimmages in the cold weather and look to improve this season. The track teams have had limited outside time to this point but the throwers have already been to competition in Enid, where Lyric Peterson won with her personal best throw and Dante McDowell was victorious with his personal best shotput. Boys Golf is looking to repeat as state champions in 5A this season and Girls Golf is also striving to travel to the state tournament. The Tennis team has a great opportunity to be contenders in 5A this year as well.
All in all, Tahlequah Athletics is having a banner year and we have many areas to be excited about.