Sports Updates

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    AquaRaiders Take Tenth Straight Combined Title, Boys Three-Peat

    Baylor’s boys’ and combined swimming and diving teams won state titles this winter, with the boys bringing home a third consecutive championship and the combined teams earning a tenth straight title. The Baylor girls finished fourth overall in the team standings.

    The boys’ championship was highlighted by a relays sweep. Seniors Chandler Espy and Christian Selby and sophomores Matthew Boyer and Gershwin Greene teamed up to take the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays while Selby, sophomore Jack Best, senior Will Raines, and freshman Trey Freeman won the 400 freestyle.

    Selby finished second in the 50 freestyle, swimming 20.41 in the morning prelims and breaking the old state record in the event, set last year by former Baylor teammate Luke Kaliszak ’14. Freeman, a freshman, impressed at his first Tennessee Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (TISCA) state meet with third place finishes in both the 200 free and 500 free events. His times of 1:38.96 in the 200 free, and 4:29.17 in the 400 free are both 13-14 boys’ Southeastern Swimming records and are new high school All-American times.

    The Baylor girls’ 200 free relay team of seniors Missy Karman, Maggie Stovall, and Caroline Boone, and junior LeeAnne McMaster finished second with a time of 1:35.38.

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    Baylor Repeats as State Duals Champ, Boasts Five Individual State Champions

    The Baylor wrestling team enjoyed one of its most successful seasons ever, finishing 25-1 and repeating as state duals champion, the ninth state duals championship for the school. The Raiders also had five individuals win state championships at the traditional state tournament, where they finished as runner-up.

    Trailing 15-11 in the state duals title match, seniors Cayman Seagraves and Cole Holloway and junior Ryan Parker reeled off three straight pins to catapult the Raiders to the lead and an eventual 32-30 win over Father Ryan.

    At the traditional tournament, juniors Michael Murphy (138 pounds) and Parker (195) won their third state championships, senior Blake Sutherland (160) won his second state title and was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler, and Seagraves (170) and junior Cooper Reiniche (285) joined the ranks of Baylor state champions. All 14 wrestlers were medalists (first through sixth place) at the tournament.

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    Raiders Continue State Tennis Domination

    The Baylor girls’ tennis team won its fifth straight state championship this spring, beating Hutchison 4-1 for the title, and did it with one of the youngest squads imaginable. The Raiders had two eighth graders (Lauren Carelli and Landie McBrayer), two freshmen (Lilly Mooney and Presley Thomas), and two sophomores (Drew Hawkins and Ashton Jenne) playing singles while junior Hannah Kleban was the veteran playing doubles. Winning the school’s ninth state championship in girls’ tennis, Baylor finished the season 13-5.

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    Hawkins won the state singles championship, beating Mackenzie Phillips of Brentwood Academy. She is the fourth Baylor player to win a state singles crown. She joins champs Brooke Cordell '00 (1999), Sonja Brkovic '11 (2011), and Samantha Caswell '14 (2012, 2013). The Mooney and Carelli duo was runner-up in the state doubles tournament.

    The Baylor boys’ tennis team finished as state runner-up to MUS, losing to MUS in the semifinals. Seniors Jack Gray and Chad Woodham teamed up to finish runner-up in the state doubles tournament, losing a battle to Michael Apple and Spencer Richey of MUS 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. Baylor ended the season with an 11-4 record. With three doubles champs and a singles champion, the Raiders were the Chattanooga Rotary champions in 2015.

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    Softball Returns to State Throne

    Junior Mari Gardner scored the last two runs of the game, ripping a solo homer to break a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning and then drawing a walk and scoring an insurance run in the sixth, as Baylor beat GPS 6-4 in the softball state championship game. Kayla Hughes, also a junior, weathered an early storm for the win, pitching all seven innings, allowing two earned runs on just three hits, and striking out eight.

    It is interesting to note that Baylor has won state titles in groups. The Raiders took the gold in 1993 and 1994; 2003, 2004, and 2005; 2011, 2012, and 2013; and now 2015. Coach Kelli Smith played for Baylor on the first two championship teams and was head coach for the other seven squads. Baylor ended the season with a 25-3 record.

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    Fencing Wins Ninth State Championship

    In the ten years of high school fencing in Tennessee, Baylor has won nine state championships, the latest victory coming in the epee over Memphis University School, Memphis Homeschool Group, Christian Brothers, Germantown High School, St George’s, and Lausanne. The Raiders have brought home a weapon state championship nine of the last ten years.

    The team finished second in the foil to MUS, unfortunately ending a four-year championship run. However; they continue an impressive team foil streak of being at or near the top, with a ten-year record of eight titles and two runners-up.

    Sophomore Jake Wagner won the individual crown in the foil event and was second in the epee competition. In the girls’ division, senior Kate Conway was at the front, taking the second place spot in both the foil and epee events. Freshman Vera Jin (third in the epee) and senior Lily Haskins (third in the foil) were the other girls’ medalists for Baylor. Sophomore Peter Ceren was the other boys’ medalist for Baylor, taking third in the epee.

    Also this season, Baylor sophomore Charlie Collins took first at an open event in Marietta, Ga., earning his first rating (E15) under USA Fencing guidelines. Senior Kareem Azzouz took third in the event.

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    Parker is State Discus Champion

    Baylor junior Ryan Parker won the discus throw at the boys’ state track and field championships this spring, with a throw of 164' 7." Baylor was tenth as a team after finishing runner-up at the region meet. The Baylor girls tied for fourth place at the state meet after winning another region championship.

    Region champions for the Baylor girls were senior Selena Popp (pentathlon, high jump, long jump), freshman Rachel Smith (pole vault, 100 hurdles), junior Hayden Bryant (300 hurdles), eighth grader Catherine Cansler (800) the 800 meter relay (junior Grace Wall, freshman Kayla Hayes, Bryant, and Smith), and 400 meter relay (Wall, eighth graders Maddy Sims and Lucy Jones, and freshman Rebecca Atkins).

    Region champs for the Baylor boys were seniors Alex Sumida (1600, 800), Jackson Goodwin (3200), Will Raines (400), and Steven Crews (pole vault), Parker (discus), 3200 relay (seniors Jack Frierson and Wes Nation and juniors Anders Pokela and John Carlson), and 1600 relay (Frierson, Sumida, Raines, and Goodwin).

    Soccer Team Returns to Spring Fling

    The Baylor soccer team made its fifth straight appearance at the Spring Fling this year, losing 2-1 to Christian Brothers in the semifinal round of the state championship. The Raiders, who finished 12-4-2 this year, were state champs in 2012, runner-up in 2014, and semifinalists in 2011, 2013, and now 2015.

    Baylor Cagers Second in Two Invites

    Finishing with a record of 11-13, the Baylor boys’ basketball team finished runner-up in two holiday tournaments – Coffee County’s Raider Invitational and the Times Free Press Best of Preps Tournament. Baylor lost to Ensworth in the first round of the state playoffs.

    Takiguchi, Payne Lead Baylor Bowlers

    Senior Sho Takiguchi was eliminated in the semifinal round of the boys’ individual state tournament, finishing with a 3-6 record. The girls, finished 1-5 and were led by state tournament qualifier senior Rachel Payne.

    Lacrosse Teams Post Strong Records

    The Baylor boys’ lacrosse team posted a 13-6 record, falling to MBA in the TSLA
    state quarterfinal match. Junior Walker Norris was a second team All-State and first team All-Region honoree, while seniors Alex Wood, Blake Harmon, and Lucas Mozingo and juniors Preston Ballard, Ben Shuptrine, Will Anderson, Haden LaMance, and Robert Farrell were All-Region performers.

    Baylor girls’ lacrosse finished 10-8 and was runner-up at the DALC Tournament in Birmingham. They were eliminated in the Sweet Sixteen state playoff round by Ensworth.

    Baylor Rowing Hosts First Mid-South Regatta

    Baylor crews rowed in five regattas this spring, including the first annual Mid-South
    Scholastic Rowing Championships hosted by Baylor. The Baylor girls’ second varsity 8 crew: senior Grace Whitaker, juniors Sarah Parrish and Alysa Evans, sophomores (coxswain) Logan Hinch, Isabelle Rowan, Madison MacDonald, Mary Drue Hall, and Aubrey Catlett, and freshman Kelsey Weeks was first at the Mid-South while the boys’ first novice 8 boat: juniors Brandon Townsend and Wes Thompson, sophomores Dallas Lockridge, Dan Thompson, Charlie Weeks, and Andrew Bae, and freshmen (coxswain) Henry Dierig, Liam Zhang, and William Roberts finished undefeated against MSSRA crews. Senior Bri Kyzer, coxswain of the boys’ varsity crew, made Baylor history this year by being named the first female captain of a boys’ varsity team.

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    Etter Retires After 41 Seasons as Baylor Skipper

    Baylor baseball coach Gene Etter announced his retirement before the beginning of the 2015 season. Etter spent 41 of his 47 years at Baylor as the head baseball coach, racking up over 850 wins and two state championships –2003 and 2006. Well over 100 Etter-coached players have gone on to play college baseball, and several have landed in the professional ranks.

    Coach Etter is a member of the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame, the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame, and was once named the National High School Coach of the Year.

    “I don’t see this as something that is sad,” Etter said in brief remarks to his players when he announced his retirement in March. “I also don’t see it as an end. I see it as a beginning of a new season.” Etter’s last team, while finishing a strong 21-7, fell just short of the state final four, losing a quarterfinal series to Pope John Paul II.

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    “Miss Basketball” Kaleigh Clemons Leads Baylor Back to Final Four

    Led by TSSAA “Miss Basketball” award winner Kaleigh Clemons, the Baylor girls’ basketball team finished the season with an 18-10 record and an appearance in the state final four for the first time since 2009. In a game with seven ties and 13 lead changes, top-ranked Brentwood Academy used all they had to beat Baylor 69-61 in a state semifinal thriller. Baylor also won the Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps Tournament for the third straight year.

    Clemons, a junior, is Baylor’s first “Miss Basketball” winner. A three-year starter at her point guard position, she averaged 13.4 points, 7.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 steals per game in the 2014-2015 season. Clemons was also the MVP of the Best of Preps Tournament for a third consecutive year.

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    Baylor Wrestling Returns to National Stage

    Until joining the TSSAA in 1971, Baylor wrestling teams competed in the National Prep Championships at Lehigh University with nine wrestlers winning eleven national championships: Rob Healy ’69 (1968, 1969), Chip Healy ’65 (1964, 1965), Albert Wilson ’70 (1970), Randy Weinberg ’70 (1969), John Hannah ’69 (1967), Alex Roberts ’67 (1967), Lane Headrick ’66 (1965), Charley Moore ’62 (1962), and Moe Trail ’62 (1962).

    The TSSAA has once again allowed participation in the National Prep tournament, so in 2015 Baylor’s five state champs competed on the national stage. Juniors Michael Murphy and Ryan Parker finished third, senior Blake Sutherland had to settle for fourth after an ankle injury, and senior Cayman Seagraves earned fifth place. Junior Cooper Reiniche also competed. As a team with only five competitors, the Raiders were seventh in the 112-team field.

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    Freeman Breaks Record at Junior Nationals

    Baylor freshman Trey Freeman broke the 13-14 National Age Group (NAG) record in the 200 LCM (long course meters) freestyle at the NCSA Junior National Championship in Orlando, Florida, in March.

    His time of 1:53.31 eclipsed the previous record (1:53.52) set by Tom Kremer, currently a junior at Stanford University. Earlier in the meet, Freeman broke the 13-14 Southeastern Swimming records in the 1000 and 500 freestyle events.

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