It was a tough weekend for Patriot athletes as numerous student athletes competed in the state track meet and in the baseball quarter finals. The girls track team fought valiantly in pursuit of a state title, but would come up four points short of a team state championship. It wasn’t without controversy, either. In a meet that would come down to the very end, it was an event in the middle that would ultimately cost the Lady Patriots the team title. After crossing the finish line first in the 4×100 meter relay that would result in a big 10 points toward the team title, it was ruled that the Lady Patriots had an exchange violation and the team was disqualified, resulting in zero points awarded. Instead of giving up or giving in, the team fought like champions and gave themselves a chance to win the title by competing until the very end. Scoring points for the Lady Patriots were:
Raven Nunnery – 1st place – 100 meter dash
Raven Nunnery – 1st place – 200 meter dash
Laila Jackson – 4th place – 400 meter dash
Ariel Myers – 5th place – Discus
Jolie Matherne – 6th place – Discus
Diamond Smith – 3rd place – High Jump
Cameron Goodman – 4th place – Long Jump
Diamond Smith – 2nd place – Triple Jump
4×400 meter relay team – 2nd place – Tea Harris, Laila Jackson, Diamond Smith, Raven Nunnery
4×800 meter relay team – 5th palce – Leah Oddo, Madison Reado, Najah Gibson, Laila Jackson
The boys team fought valiantly after being dealt some bad news on the injury front late in the week. Lance Williams did his best to carry the team to a respectable 9th place finish. Williams competed like a champion by placing 2nd in the 10o meter dash and running a personal best time of 10.50. He also placed 2nd in the long jump and 3rd in the 2oo meter dash. Dante Thomas placed 5th in the high jump for the Patriots. Corey Wren, who was projected to finish 1st in both the 100 and 200 meter dash had to pull out of the meet due to a strained hamstring. That, along with another injury, also forced the team to pull out of the 4×100 meter relay, where they were projected to finish at, or near, the top. It was a tough day, but the boys competed hard.
Sunday, the baseball team took to the diamond at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium to face the 2nd seeded Brother Martin Crusaders in the quarter-finals. The Crusaders had a 1-0 series lead on the Patriots after winning Thursday’s game 2-0. Bad weather forced the game to be pushed back until Sunday. The Patriots fought hard behind seniors Dax Ford and Amir Phillips. Ford took to the mound for the last time in his illustrious Patriot career. Already being a part of two state championship teams, Ford did his best to propel the Patriots into the semi-finals. The left hander left everything he had on the field Sunday. He exited to his other position, center field, with a 6-2 lead, but with the bases loaded. Senior Amir Phillips provided a double with an RBI, on the day, as well. The Patriots out-hit the Crusaders 8-4, but the Patriots were unable to hold onto the lead and lost the game 7-6 and the season came to an end. With only two seniors on the team this year, the Patriots look forward to next season in returning a bulk of the starting lineup and others who were heavy contributors. Ford turned in one of the most impressive pitching performances in program history. Unofficially, he holds the single season strikeout record, by recording 115 strike outs in 60 innings pitched for the season.