Tandem coaches are the best - literally! All three of our fall varsity coaches were honored as Coach of the Year by our conference, the Greater Piedmont Athletic Conference. Jason Farr (also an Upper School history teacher at Tandem) won for varsity cross country; Nate Adkins (also an Upper School math teacher at Tandem) won the accolade for boys soccer; and, Scottie Chambers (also a Class of 2015 Tandem alum) won for varsity volleyball. That's a clean sweep of Coaches of the Year for Tandem, not to mention the number of championships and all-conference athletes they produced. We couldn't be prouder of our coaches and of the fine, award-winning athletic program at Tandem Friends School.
The fall season is officially over for our varsity Badgers. We're so proud of these winning and championship teams, and also of the many individual Badger athletes who were singled out as recipients of All-State and All-Conference honors. Our three varsity teams produced three All-State honorees, a conference Player of the Year, nine 1st Team All-Conference honorees, and four 2nd Team All-Conference honorees. Wow! In cross country, seniors Theo A, Max F and Michael O were named to both the All-State and All-Conference teams while seniors Devin M, Mia P and Charlotte G and 8th grader Hayes B made the All-Conference team. In volleyball, Senior Anna W was named Conference Player of the Year while senior Talia S made 1st Team All-Conference and senior Lilly C made 2nd Team All-Conference. In soccer, senior Carlos G made 1st Team All-Conference and seniors Jacob C, Parker L and Jaden R made 2nd Team All-Conference. Congratulations to our fall varsity athletes for their great accomplishments!
Tandem's varsity girls volleyball team won the GPAC Conference Championship on Friday, defeating Highland in four sets in an exciting matchup. The girls headed into the tournament as regular season champions, undefeated in the conference. They hosted the semi-finals and finals, and added Tournament Champions to their season accolades. All-Conference honors were abundant as well, with senior Anna W named GPAC Player of the year, senior Talia S first team, and senior Lilly C second team. Coach Scottie Chambers (TFS '15) was named GPAC's Volleyball Coach of the Year. Congratulations to all on a fabulous Badger season!! Check out some game pics and watch a photo video of the championship at https://tandemfs.myschoolapp.com/app/detail/album/video/1711835 Go Badgers!!
It was a great year for Tandem Friends varsity athletics! In this first FULL year (due to COVID) of playing in the new Greater Piedmont Athletic Conference (GPAC), you might say we knocked it out of the park. Tandem fielded 26 All-Conference athletes, one Conference Runner of the Year, and two Coach of the Year wins, three school records were broken, and there were three regular season championship teams (and one runner up) and three conference tournament championship teams.
At the state VISAA level, our varsity girls soccer team made it to the state semifinals, three track team members qualified for the state meet and scored in two events, and our varsity girls soccer team included two All-VISSA players. Six of our 18 senior athletes (more than half of the senior class played one or more sports this year) received VISAA Awards of Merit for three-season play during their senior year.
Fall sports brought us winning cross country teams. Both the girls’ and boys’ cross country teams finished the season as GPAC “tournament” champions and the boys team captured the regular season championship as well. Sophomore Charlie K was the GPAC Cross Country Runner of the Year and cross country coach Jason Farr was Coach of the Year twice - as boys coach and as girls coach. First Team All-Conference honors went to runners Theo A, Charlotte C, Charlie K, Erin O, Michael O, Mia P and Murray S. First team honors went to boys soccer players Parker L and Kieran N-W, with Second Team honors going to Jacob C and Patrick J-F. Volleyball player Anna W earned First Team honors while teammates Lilly C and Talia S earned Second Team honors.
Winter sports held some COVID complications that forced our girls team out of competition and pushed the boys team into two crazily busy weeks of games to finish the season. The boys rallied and wound up as regular season runners-up in the conference. First team honors went to DJ W and Tvo G, with Second Team honors going to Jay M, Zephan D and Alden S.
Spring sports brought lots of excitement as our varsity girls soccer team finished the season as tri-regular season champions, then went on to capture the tournament championship. Ranked 5th in the state, they hosted and won a preliminary VISAA state-level game, then lost a tough match in the state quarterfinals. Players Anya B and Mia P earned First Team All-Conference honors, while teammates Tessa D and Emma P earned Second Team honors. Mia (First Team) and Anya (Second Team) also earned All-VISAA state team honors. The excitement continued on the track, where three Tandem runners qualified for the state meet. Lilly B finished 5th and 6th in the state in her 400 and 200-meter runs while Erin O finished 15th in the state in the 3200m. On the LAX field, our team played some amazing matchups as Jacob C received First Team honors and teammates Kieran N-W and Dylan P received Second Team honors.
Tandem varsity athletes and their great seasons were celebrated in an end-of-year gathering organized by Athletic Director Sarana Hyatt. All-Conference and All-State honors were handed out, as well as team conference championship banners that will hang in the gym. PE teacher and volleyball coach Avis Fields was celebrated for her recognition by local sports organization HER Sports as local Coach of the Year. Senior athletes were acknowledged, and six of them, Caroline B, Patrick J-F, Kieran N-W, Erin O, Dylan P, and DJ W, received VISAA Awards of Merit for being three-season athletes this year.
Check out some of the accompanying photos - and join us in cheering on our Badgers!!
On our last day of school, the community gathered on the front lawn to honor senior athletes and the sports successes of the year. Athletic Director Sarana Hyatt called up individual teams that finished the season as regular season or GPAC tourney champions, including varsity girls soccer, varsity cross country, and varsity basketball. Then all of the GPAC All-Conference and VISAA state honored athletes for 2021-2022 were called up and presented their certificates - what a large and talented group. It was amazing to see so many athletes honored, some for multiple seasons of play. All senior athletes were called up and presented with an individual photo collage of their time at Tandem. Some had been multi-sport players for their entire time here. Finally, coach/PE teacher Avis Fields was honored for her recent community recognition as Coach of the Year by local organization HER Sports. It was a great day for Tandem Friends sports - go Badgers!