Tahlequah High School Athletics Winter sports are over and several spring sports are already in full swing.
The THS wrestling had another great season posting a 14-2 dual record. Tahlequah had four wrestlers - Julien Brownfield, Jakob Lyons, Dustin Hicks, and Dayne Whitehorn who qualified for the state tournament which was held February 24-25 in Oklahoma City. Julien and Jakob finished the 5A State Tournament as State Runner Up. Julien Brownfield was recently selected as Wrestling All State to finish his career.
The Girls’ basketball team hosted regionals at TMAC on February 23 and 25 where they won the regional tournament. The following week, they advanced to the Area Tournament where they knocked off the #1 team in 5A, the Collinsville Cardinals. The team continued their success in the state Tournament where they beat the El Reno Indians in the quarterfinals by the score of 55-44. The Lady Tigers ended their historical run the next night getting beat in the semifinals by the Ardmore Tigers and finishing their season with a 22-6 record. Coach David Qualls’ Lady Tigers didn’t have a senior on the team and the future is bright for that program. The boys’ basketball team finished with a 12-12 record and look to add more wins each season.
As we move forward to warmer months, our focus will switch to outdoor sports. Baseball, Softball, Track, Tennis, Golf, and Soccer teams are preparing with most of these teams starting official games on March 1.
We will continue to stream our sports on www.tahlequahtigers.tv this spring as well. This allows all of our parents, fans, and patrons to watch most of athletic events from their home computers free of charge. This is a student-led broadcast that the kids have taken great pride in thus far.
The Athletic Department hosted the 3rd Annual Tahlequah Athletics Hall of Fame banquet on January 28th at the THS Cafeteria. Over 330 patrons watched as Perry Kaufman, Mike Skinner, Bruce McClure, Angel Peters, Jack Keys, Frank Smith, Bill Fisher, Shad Miller and Elzy Miller were inducted into the Tahlequah Athletics Hall of Fame. A special thanks to all the businesses who sponsored a table for this event.
With the forecast for budget cuts looming for all state schools, the athletic department will need your help not just for athletics but for the sake of education. Tahlequah Athletics will be looking for more corporate sponsors in the upcoming months.
It has been a very busy but successful year for Tahlequah Athletics. As we go into spring, please plan to attend an event in the near future. Go Tigers!