Resilient Raiders Win Ninth Straight Title
The Baylor girls' tennis team won its ninth straight state championship, rallying for four singles match wins after losing the doubles point. Senior Landie McBrayer's hard-fought 7-5, 7-5 win sealed the deal with Carolyn Reid '20, Paige Gilbert '22, and Grace Mooney '20 adding easier victories. The state title is the 13th for Baylor, adding to titles in 1993, 1996, 1999, 2000, and 2011-2018. Baylor finishes the season with a 13-1 record.
Baylor Baseball Retains State Crown
Baylor baseball team jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 win over Christian Brothers Thursday, earning the team's second consecutive state championship. Mr. Baseball finalist and starting pitcher Colin Ahearn '20 was stellar in the win, working around five hits, two walks, and a Baylor error while striking out ten in six innings. Junior Taylor Shahan's two-run single in the fourth inning provided what turned out to be the deciding runs. The championship is the fourth for Baylor, added to titles in 2003, 2006, and 2018. The Raiders finish the season with a 27-6 record.
Berzon Leads Baylor to Fifth Straight Softball Title
Freshman Syd Berzon was the winning pitcher and provided the game-winning RBIs to lead the Baylor softball team to a 2-1 win over GPS and a fifth straight state championship. Berzon scattered five hits and struck out four in the complete game victory, allowing an unearned run in the top of the third inning that gave the Bruisers a brief 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, Berzon delivered a two-out single that drove in what would prove to be the winning runs. After allowing a two-out double in the seventh inning, she coaxed a weak fly ball for the final out, stranding the tying run. Baylor has now won 13 state championships, five in a row, and eight of the last nine. Championship seasons are 1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Head coach Kelli Smith '95 has been a part of all 13 state titles - as a player on the '93 and '94 state champs and as head coach for the others. The Raiders finish the 2019 season with a 42-3 record.
Packer Repeats as State 200 Meter Champ
Junior Makayla Packer repeated as 200 meter champion, was second in the 100 meter dash, and anchored the second place 4 X 100 relay team to lead the Baylor girls' track and field team to a fourth place team finish at the TSSAA D-IIAA state championships. Packer finished the 200 in a blistering 25.08 seconds, just a tick behind her school record of 24.91, ran the 100 in 12.32, a little slower than her school record of 11.94 seconds, and combined with Aliya Cooper '22, Miah Flanagan '21, and Evie Culbreath '23 in the 4 X 100 for a new school record of 48.85 seconds. The old record was 49.18, held by JuToreyia Willis '18, Flanagan, Cheyenne Lindsey '18, and Packer.
Holcombe is State Pole Vault Champion
Baylor senior Jack Holcombe cleared 13' 6" to take the state pole vault championship and help the Baylor boys' track and field team to a sixth place finish at the TSSAA D-IIAA state meet. Holcombe, new to Baylor this year, is also a national merit finalist.
Taverne and Smith Repeat as State Doubles Champs
Baylor senior Benji Taverne and junior Hunter Smith successfully defended their 2018 state doubles championship, defeating McCallie's team of John Knight and Charlie Park 6-3, 6-1, and becoming the first back-to-back Baylor doubles champion in 44 years. The duo is Baylor's 15th state doubles champion and only the second Baylor team to repeat the feat. Pem Guerry '75 and Wes Cash '75 combined for three straight state titles in 1973, 1974, and 1975.