We're proud to announce that Tandem Friends senior Ford Scott has committed to attending and playing basketball at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. Ford, a 6'-7" forward for the Badgers, last year averaged 10.2 points per game (with a career-high 23 points against Seton), 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists. A true scholar-athlete at Tandem, Ford's feels drawn by both the rigorous academics and the quality of the basketball program at W&L. Congratulations, Ford! Hear more from Ford about his choice in a recent Daily Progress article.
Our varsity girls basketball team headed to the DAC tournament finals on Saturday, February 22 at Highland School, playing Randolph Macon Academy for the championship title (the girls ended the regular DAC season in first place as well, so were already regular season champs with a record of 11-6). The girls played a great tourney finals game, coming out ahead by a score of 52-37. After the game, All-Conference honors were plentiful for the Badgers, with Alana Carter-Johnston winning conference Player of the Year, Coach Kerry Shelton earning Coach of the Year, Stella Lane on first team, Elyse Jabalee-Farrell on second team, and Hallie Spencer and Elaine Xie earning honorable mention. Way to go, Badgers! We'll be waiting for the new championship banner to show up in the gym - you earned it with your wonderful season of play.
Two talented Tandem runners trekked to Richmond for the VISAA State Indoor Track Meet on February 15 at St. Christopher's. Unlike other sports where state competitions are separated by size of school, indoor track lumps all private schools together regardless of size into one group. Junior Mason Love ran the 3200 meter (a few feet short of 2 miles) in 9:44.39, finishing second in the state. Lilly Bower made her first state appearance as a 9th grader running the 500 meter (equivalent of running 1 lap and a straightaway on an outdoor track). She ran it in 1:27.04, finishing 12th in the state. Way to go, Badgers!!
Tandem's basketball teams are off to a great 2019-2020 season start. The five teams - varsity boys, varsity girls, JV boys, Middle School boys, and Middle School girls - played eight games the week after Thanksgiving, and all five teams played on December 5. There were some great wins! The Middle School teams had tough losses against Covenant but showed some great skill for so early in the season. The JV boys beat Grace Christian School 46-35, then lost to FUMA. Varsity girls beat Fresta Valley 47-40, then defeated Regents 40-39 in a nail-biting overtime win. The varsity boys had two strong wins, defeating Fredericksburg Christian 59-44 and beating tough rival FUMA 70-67. What a great week for basketball at Tandem!