Eva Borders Advances to State Tennis Quarterfinals

Tony Butler, Athletic Director

Tony Butler,
Athletic Director

The KHSAA boys’ and girls’ state tennis tournament kicked off on Thursday morning in Lexington. St. Francis was represented by Jamie Anderson ’15 and Eva Borders ’18.

On the boys’ side, Jamie made quick work of his first-round opponent, winning 6-0, 6-1. Jamie went into the second round against the tournament’s #4 overall seed, unfortunately falling 6-1, 6-1. Jamie had a fantastic senior season and a high school career to be very proud of. We wish him all the best as he heads off to Vassar to play tennis next fall.

Eva played a solid opening-round opponent, winning 6-3, 6-0, and then cruised through the second round with a 6-1, 6-0 victory to advance to the round of 16. She battled rain and her opponent this morning to win 7-5, 6-0, reeling off nine straight game wins to finish the match off. At press time, she was competing in the quarterfinals against the defending champion. Go, Eva!!!

On Monday night, St. Francis played its rematch with Collegiate at KCD. The visiting Wyverns jumped out 3-0 in the top of the first, only to see the lead erased by errors in the bottom of the inning. St. Francis fell behind after the second inning 4-3 but worked its way back in the third, and faced a tie ballgame after three complete innings. The weather was threatening all afternoon and during the 5th inning the sky opened up and delivered a solid downpour, but with no more severe weather in sight, the game continued. Both teams held in the 5th and just as the Wyverns took a 6-5 lead in the top of the 6th, lightning struck to end the game in an official 5-5 tie. Isaiah Green and Lake Mackin had solid performances on the mound while Connor Gorman and Stevaun Butler led the way at the plate.

The Wyverns ended their regular season on Tuesday night at KCD against Christian Academy. This was also a rematch of a game St. Francis lost earlier in the year. This was a different night and the Wyverns were ready for the rematch as they pulled out a 7-3 victory. The defense held up, with only one error all game. Levi Tyler and Stevaun Butler handled pitching duties for the team. Connor Gorman drove in three runs and scored two more. Late-game hits from Mac Van Inwegen and Isaiah Robles gave the Wyverns the final cushion.

The team started hot in the opening round of the tournament against Christian Academy, jumping out to a 6-1 lead after 2 1/2 innings. They struggled in the 3rd inning and then battled back in the 4th, ultimately falling 12-9. The loss moves St. Francis into the tournament consolation bracket that will be played next week.

Middle School Athletic Banquet
The Middle School Athletic Banquet was held last week to celebrate athletes from all sports. This year our final banquet was a celebration of our soccer, field hockey, basketball, track and field, baseball and lacrosse teams. We also celebrated those athletes who competed on high school teams in the sports of swimming and tennis. In Middle School athletics, coaches give two awards to deserving team members. The Wyvern Award is typically awarded to the athlete who embodies everything the coach has asked out of his/her athletes. This person is usually a team leader, shows up on time, is a good model for other teammates to follow, always does what the coach asks,and takes initiative in organizing and solidifying the team. The award for Most Improved goes to the player who has shown significant improvement and has worked hard to gain such improvement. Below is a list of award winners for individual teams: