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Young Raiders Return to State Golf Throne

The Baylor boys’ golf team, with no seniors on the squad, ran away with the state championship in October, beating Montgomery Bell Academy and Ensworth, tied for second, by 15 strokes. Junior Nathan Webb (kneeling, center) shot a blistering 68 in round two to post a tournament total of 77-68-145, one over par and good enough to tie for third place with Baylor freshman Sheldon McKnight (standing, third from right), who shot a more consistent 73-72-145 for the tournament. Junior Demi di Matteo (kneeling, left) joined Webb and McKnight as All-State performers, finishing fifth with a 71-75-146 total. Juniors Matt Tanrudee (standing, second from left) and Trent Davis (kneeling, right) tied for 14th. The state championship is a state record 18th for a Baylor boys’ team and the first since 2015. The Raiders also won the Matt Cunningham Preview, played in memory of Matt Cunningham ’06, and were the City Prep champions, beating McCallie with Webb and McKnight both posting birdies on the first playoff hole.

An even younger Baylor girls’ squad placed third at the state tournament with freshman Kyndall Shamblin (left) finishing in third place individually. Junior Preslee Yoder (center) finished 12th, and sophomore Stephanie Xian (right) was 15th. The Raiders were a surprise region champion, led by individual region champ Shamblin, and were runners-up at the City Prep Championship.

Baylor Swim Teams Named National Champs

Last season’s Baylor boys’ and girls’ varsity swimming and diving teams were named the 2018 National Independent School Dual Meet champions by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA), based on submitted team results of high school swimmers. A total of 349 high school teams from across the nation participated in the national dual meet ranking system this year with only two schools having boys’ and girls’ champions. The Baylor boys’ team was also named national dual meet champions in the boys’ prep division by Swimming World Magazine.

Baylor is State Volleyball Runner-Up

The Baylor volleyball team completed another amazingly successful season, posting a strong 36-11 record with roughly half of their losses coming at highly competitive invitational tournaments out of Tennessee. Three of the 11 losses were dealt by Briarcrest, who beat the Raiders 3-1 in the state championship match, ending the Raiders’ quest for back-to-back state championships. Baylor won the state title, the school’s fourth, last season and has now finished second in the state six times. Senior Ally Craig was region MVP and was joined on the All-Region team by senior Denver Rogers

Baylor Girls Third, Boys Sixth at State Cross Country; Webb, Rosser All-State

Baylor eighth-grader Helen Webb (right) finished third individually and led the Baylor varsity girls’ cross country team to a third-place team finish at the state championships in November. Webb was joined as an All-State performer (top 15 runners) by junior Hannah Rosser (left) in 13th place. The Baylor girls were also winners at the Tiger Two-Miler, the Red Raider Rumble, the Fast Break Challenge, and the Front Runner Area Championships as well as runner-up at the Tennessee Classic.
The Baylor boys’ cross country team won the Red Raider Rumble, was third at the Fast Break Challenge, and placed fourth at both the Bearcat Two-Miler and Front Runner Area Championships. The Raiders finished sixth in the team standings at the state championships. Junior Silas Gartman led the Raiders with a 23rd-place finish followed by senior Jackson Collette in 24th.

Injury-Plagued Raiders Fall Short of Soccer Repeat

A determined Father Ryan team defeated Baylor 5-0 in the semifinal round of the state soccer championship, ending an injury-plagued Raider quest to defend the 2017 state title. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie in September. Baylor beat Ensworth and Briarcrest in the first two rounds of the state playoffs and ended the season with a 14-5-2 record. Seniors Avery Davis (above) and Mya McGee were selected to the THSSCA All-State team.

Football Wins Four

Beginning the schedule against four 2017 state finalists, the 2018 Baylor football team played to a 4-7 record this season, taking a 49-28 loss to Pope John Paul II in the first round of the state playoffs. The Raiders had beaten the Knights by a touchdown earlier in the season. Baylor’s other wins were against Notre Dame, Chattanooga Christian, and Father Ryan. The loss to JPII broke a nine-year streak in which the Raiders had advanced as far as the state quarterfinals.

Crew Teams Finish Fall Season Strong

Baylor rowing crews enjoyed a successful three-regatta fall season, featuring the Music City Head Race in Nashville, the Secret City Head Race in Oak Ridge, and the famous Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga. The season wrapped up well as the Baylor girls recorded their best finishes since 2006 at the Head of the Hooch with three boats placing in the top 10 among scholastic crews. The Baylor boys also had two crews finish in the top 10 scholastic teams.

Baylor Athletic Program Ranked Third in National MaxPreps Cup

Baylor had the third best overall high school sports program in the nation during 2017-18 according to Winning four state championships and finishing as runners-up in girls’ track and boys’ tennis at last year’s Spring Fling vaulted Baylor from number 68 to the number three national ranking in the final MaxPreps Cup standings. The MaxPreps Cup is a ranking system devised to rate every high school sport state championship in the U.S. to determine the nation’s best overall high school sports programs.

Bill Gautier Named Head Track Coach

Bill Gautier has been named head varsity track coach at Baylor, succeeding Bill McMahan, who announced his retirement from the post last spring. Gautier, who is also the head boys’ varsity cross country coach, takes the Baylor reins after 24 years as head cross country and track coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His teams won a combined 12 conference championships with his 1998 men’s team winning the South region title in cross country. He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year 12 times in cross country. Before UTC, Gautier was the head cross country coach and assistant track coach at Southeast Missouri State. His teams won six conference titles in cross country and also placed in the top five at the NCAA Division II Championships in track and cross country five out of six seasons where he was the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year for six consecutive seasons.

Champion Soccer Teams Earn Academic Awards

The Baylor boys’ and girls’ soccer teams earned Team Academic Awards for 2017-18, announced by United Soccer Coaches. Those teams also won state championships during the 2017-18 seasons. A total of 311 high school teams (106 boys’ teams and 205 girls’) in the United States earned the award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team (a minimum team GPA of 3.25) during the 2017-18 academic year. Baylor is among only 30 schools in the nation, one of only three in schools in Tennessee, and the only independent school in the state receiving honors for both boys’ and girls’ teams.

Dan Flack Named Head Coach of USA Men’s National Junior Team 

Baylor swim coach Dan Flack has been named head coach of the USA Men’s National Junior Team at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships, which will be held Aug. 23-27 at the Damodar Aquatic Center in Suva, Fiji.

Keith Mitchell ’10 Nominated for PGA Rookie of the Year

Baylor alum Keith Mitchell ’10 was among five nominees for the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year award last season. In his first season on the Tour, Mitchell had four top-10 finishes, and placed 67th in the final FedEx Cup standings. Mitchell is one of five Baylor alums currently playing professional golf at the highest level. Luke List ’03, Harris English ’07, and Stephan Jaeger ’08 play alongside Mitchell on the PGA Tour, and Brooke Pancake ’08 is a member of the LPGA Tour.

Bean Joins Samford Hall of Fame Posthumously

The late Cameron Bean ’05 has been inducted posthumously into Samford University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. While at Samford, Bean was a three-event Southern Conference champion and set school records in both steeplechase events.

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