It’s Playoff Season for the Panthers
June 01, 2023
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The playoff season launched on Tuesday for the Panthers, with a baseball opener vs. Mill River. The Panthers, seeded third in Division III, routed Mill River in a quick five-innings, 14-0. The Valley News reported “Justin Robinson hit a grand slam, Tommy Amber drove in three runs and Nolan Pepe reached base three times on two walks and a double. Xander Oshoniyi pitched the first four innings, allowing three hits and just one walk with four strikeouts. JD FarrIell struck out three in his lone inning of work.” Next up, the Panthers will take on either No. 6 Bellows Falls or No. 11 Springfield in the quarterfinals on Friday at home. Follow the bracket on Scorebook Live.
Ranked second in Division III, TA’s softball team has had a great season and is heading into the playoffs 8-6. Last Saturday, TA swept a double header vs. Division II’s Lake Region Rangers, winning the first game 11-10 and the second 14-12. Back to back losses (Twinfield and Oxbow) followed, but the Panthers record still earned them a bye for the first round of playoffs. The Panthers move to the second round on Friday, June 2 vs. Fair Haven. Follow the bracket on Scorebook Live.
This morning, TA’s track team headed off to the Division III State Meet at Burr and Burton Academy. Last week, the Panthers competed at the Essex Invitational among 50 teams and all Divisions. The top six finishers in all events earned a spot in the New England Championship event. TA had a great day with some standout performances. For the girls, TA earned 2nd in the 4×400 with Charlize Brown, Ava Hayden, Madelyn Durkee, and Maya Dixon. Ava Hayden took fourth in the 1500 and 800 meters. Charlize Brown and Madelyn Durkee were third and fourth in the 400. Charlize Brown also tied for fourth in the pole vault. For the boys, Ulysses Junker-Boyce finished third in the long jump and triple jump and fourth in the 100 meters. Finn Linehan earned second in the pole vault.
Finally, junior Addie Cadwell, who plays lacrosse with the Division II Hartford Hurricanes, recently became the team’s single season scoring record holder with an astounding 105 point season. She is also the team’s career points leader with 211 points. The Burlington Free Press nominated Addie as “Varsity Insider Athlete of the Week” for her accomplishments. Panther fans can vote for Addie at the Burlington Free Press website.