Gryphons girls soccer, men’s tennis win big


AVONDALE — The Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy’s (TJCA) varsity women’s soccer team and varsity men’s tennis team were both victorious on Thursday evening. 

The men’s tennis team defeated Highland Tech 8-1 and clinched the Southern Piedmont Conference (SPC) Championship with the win. 

Charlie Schweppe, Aidan O’Reilly, Lukas Hobbs, Turner Cook, Harrison Newton, and Reynolds Chadwick picked up victories in singles play. In doubles action, Aidan O’Reilly and Connor O’Reilly picked up a victory, as did Nathan Jiang and Canon Outten. 

The team will participate in the conference tournament on Wednesday. The win improved the Gryphons' record to 9-2 on the season and 9-0 in conference play. 

The women’s soccer team defeated Cherryville 9-0 on Thursday. Margaret Schweppe and Selma McMurry each earned a hat trick, scoring three goals each, while Sophie Smart, Rayney Maxwell, and Jazelle Martinez each scored once to account for the nine goals. 

The Lady Gryphons are now 6-2-1 on the season and 6-1 in conference play. 

The middle school baseball team fell to Chase on Thursday, but Landry Ohmstead was a force on the mound, striking out nine batters. Ohmstead, Alton Freeman, Colt Maxwell, and Jase Warner all picked up base knocks.