Tahlequah High School Athletics Spring Sports are over and summer practices have begun.
The highlight of Tahlequah Athletics Spring Sports was our Track team winning two state championships. The first one came on the first day of the state track meet at Yukon High School, where the THS Boys 4 x 800-relay team won gold in dominating fashion. Members of that relay are Nathaniel Floyd, Strauss Springwater, Joshua Dick, and Braxton Hood. On Saturday, Braxton won the 800-meter run, claiming his second state title in as many days. On the girls’ side, Brooke Thomas got on the medal stand placing 3rd in 200m dash and finishing 4th 100m dash.
The baseball team finished right at .500 for the year. The OSSAA moved the baseball regional to Tahlequah, which saw the Tigers knock off the #1 seed 2 times in the tournament. The Tigers got beat in the regional finals by a score of 9-8.
The Lady Tigers golf team qualified three golfers for the state tournament. They were Jade Trapp, Erin Porter, and Kennedy Payton. The boys’ golf team qualified for the state tournament where Jax Johnson finished 3rd overall in class 5A boys. Members of the boys’ team include Jax Johnson, Seth Mascho, Joseph Davis, Cooper Ferrell, and Jayden Hummingbird.
The boys’ tennis team qualified two for state competition - Dante Scavone and Brandon Berry. They both did a great job considering that most of the tennis players come from private schools.
The Lady Tiger Slow Pitch team finished two games over .500 and won 12 of the last 16 with a very young team. Emily Sampson and Lanie Sanders received first team All-District and All-Phoenix selections this season. Hannah Boswell and Bailey Wright received second team All-District.
The Lady Tiger soccer team returned to the playoffs this season getting beat by eventual state champion Bishop Kelley in the first round. They finished the year 9-6 and had two All-Staters this season. Those selected for All-State were Rachel Walker and Harley Smith. They will play in the All-State game later in July.
We will continue to stream our sports on www.tahlequahtigers.tv this fall as well. This allows all 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.
With the forecast for budget cuts for all state schools looming, the Athletic Department will need your help - not just for athletics but also for the sake of education. The Tahlequah Athletic Department will also 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 summer, please plan to attend an event this fall. Go Tigers!