Panther Proud: Fall Sports Update
September 28, 2021
TA’s Panthers have been leaving it all on the field. Despite some impressive individual and team performances, both the girls and boys soccer teams have had a tough stretch of losses recently. The girls played Lake Region (1-0), Woodstock (4-1), and Harwood (7-1). They will be looking to turn things around with a home turf advantage v. Montpelier on Thursday. Of note: great work from senior Madi Powers, who scored both goals; and a strong showing from freshman Heidi Hewes in the net.
The varsity boys have been working hard up and down the state, from Montpelier v. U-32 (3-0) to a home game v. Hazen (3-1), and up to Newport this weekend to face North Country (6-1). This week, they’ll stay home to take on Lamoille on Tuesday and Montpelier on Thursday. Both games will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Of note: senior Elliott Jones was the scorer in both games, bringing him to four this season; senior Gus Byrne made his varsity start as goalkeeper v. Hazen. At Lamoille, sophomore Justin Robinson made 10 saves, and freshman Boone Fahey made two in relief.
The Panthers hosted a meet for the Southern Vermont League on Tuesday, September 14. TA’s Tobin Durham won the boys race by over a minute with a time of 17:41 against competitors from Woodstock, Hartford, Burr & Burton, Brattleboro, and Springfield. Woodstock showed its strength and placed five runners in the top ten, overpowering the Panthers in team scoring. The girls won the meet with a team score of 32, with Madelyn Durkee leading the girls with a second place finish and a time of 21:17, followed by Ava Hayden in sixth (23:04).
On Saturday, the Panthers headed to the Manchester Invitational at Derryfield Park. The 26-school meet was a big one, with tough competitors from across the state and region. Tobin Durham once again led the boys with a fourth place finish among 226 runners, followed by sophomore Ben Mattern in 57th. The boys earned 12th place overall. On the girls’ side, Madelyn Durkee took the top spot for TA in 10th place (of 202 runners), followed by sophomore Annie Hesser in 47th and freshman Ava Hayden in 52nd. Both teams will be representing TA at home at Saturday’s 30th Annual Woods Trail event.
The Thetford Academy golfers made their way to the John P. Larkin Country Club in Windsor, VT on Monday. Junior Noah Abernethy led the way for TA, shooting a 45 on the course. He was joined by Madison Mousley, Liam Ferriot, Ryan Malloy, and Carter Williams. Next Wednesday, the boys will head to the D2 Sectionals at the Champlain Country Club in Swanton, VT. The State Tournament for the girls is also coming right up on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Dorset Field Club in Dorset, VT.
Visit the Thetford Academy athletics calendars to see what’s coming up. Spectators are welcome, come out and cheer on the Panthers!