Congratulations to our spring varsity athletes who have been selected as recipients of GPAC All-Conference Honors. In Varsity Girls Soccer: Mia P and Emma P received First Team honors; Tessa D received Second Team honors; Anna W received Honorable Mention. In Varsity Boys Lacrosse: Jacob C, Matt M, and Alden S received Second Team honors. Way to go, Badgers!
In a roundup of this year's sports, Athletic Director Sarana Hyatt shared some interesting conference stats. Did you know? 21 of our varsity athletes received All-GPAC honors this year. Three of our players made All-State teams. One player was named GPAC Player of the Year and received an All Central Virginia Team Honorable Mention. One player was a top point scorer for the Charlottesville area. Three seniors received VISAA Merritt Awards for playing in all three seasons this year. Two of our teams were both regular season and post season GPAC conference champions and both went undefeated in regular season conference play. Eleven track and field athletes qualified for State competition in eight events.
And some fun facts about our coaching staff this year...Three of our coaches were Tandem alums. Fourteen are current Tandem faculty/staff. Eleven were or are college athletes. Seven were former collegiate coaches. One is part of the East Region Olympic Development Program for Soccer. For the fall season, our coaches won Conference Coach of the Year in three of the four fall sports played in GPAC.
It was College Signing Day at Tandem on May 16. Three of our seniors will be playing varsity sports in college - Mia P will play soccer at Haverford College, Michael O will run for St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Max F will run for Vassar College. We couldn't be prouder of these Badgers! Tandem teams that won conference season or tournament championships were presented with banners that will hang in the gym. All of our senior athletes were honored that day as well - over 90% of them played a sport and three of them - Jacob C, Devin M and Zephan D - were honored by VISAA for playing a sport in all three seasons this year. Athletic Director Sarana Hyatt presented each senior athlete with a framed box containing a Tandem towel, a small piece of the gym floor that was removed this year in order to install the new one, and photos of them with their fellow seniors on each team's Senior Night. Finally, this year's Sportspersons of the Year were announced - seniors Jacob C and Mia P, both committed, multi-sport athletes throughout their many years at Tandem. Well done, Badgers! It was a great day celebrating Tandem Athletics!
Huge congratulations to our 8th grade track team members who competed at the Ragged Mountain Middle School Meet! Hayes B came in second in the 1600 running 5:02 and also second in the 800 in 2:12. Miles G was 8th in the 1600 (5:12) and 4th in the 800 (2:21). Roland was 12th in the 1600 (5:27). Strong work! Lucy finished 12th in the girls 1600 (6:32). Van was 14th in the 100m in 13.35 and Nina ran a gutsy 800, too. These kids have worked so hard this year training with the Varsity team so it was great seeing them compete so well among other middle schoolers. Big thanks to Ragged Mountain for hosting this annual meet!
The Varsity Track team participated in a meet at St. Christopher's School in Richmond this week. Led by coaches Jason Farr, Ned Fischer and Sarana Hyatt, the team came away with more state qualifiers (our 4x400 relay team had already qualified in an earlier meet). Now we have teams in every relay going to States as the 4x100 team ran a 48.5 race and the 4x800 team came in second place with a time of 9:13. Theo finished second in the 3200; he qualified as an individual, as did 8th grader Hayes. Lilly B qualified in the 200 and Max and Michael broke 5 minutes in the mile for the first time as well. It was a great day! Go Badgers! And check out some great photos taken by Tandem parent David Deal.
Congratulations to Tandem senior Anna W who was named to the 2022 All Central Virginia Volleyball Team, Honorable Mention for the second year straight. Anna has received this honor twice in a largely public school dominated field of players. Anna's great play this season helped lead the Badgers to an undefeated GPAC conference record and both the conference regular season and tournament championships. Anna was also named GPAC Player of the Year. Check out the full All Central Virginia team here.