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Boys Tennis: Two Jaguars squads heading to WPIALs

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Thomas Jefferson will be sending four juniors to the WPIAL doubles tournament next week.

Jake Stock and Bryan Ochs took third in the Class AA Section 1 tournament, as their teammates Connor O’Leary and Jake Radovic retired in the consolation final. The top four teams from each section qualify for the WPIAL tournament.

Stock and Ochs came close to making the final, pushing the top-seeded team from Mt. Pleasant, Noah Cenkner and Alex Temple to three sets before falling. O’Leary and Radovic fell in straight sets to Brownsville’s Ryan Hartz and Jake Robbins in the other semifinal. 

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Baseball: Thomas Jefferson wants to extend playoff streak

Written by Brad Everett on .

Five years. Five playoff berths.

Thomas Jefferson hopes to make it 6-for-6 this season.

One of the most consistently good programs in WPIAL Class AAA have their sights set on another successful season. Over the previous five seasons, the Jaguars amassed an overall record of 64-37 and won two section titles.

This season, Thomas Jefferson is off to a 4-2 start. The Jaguars won two of three games at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. When they returned home, they lost to Chartiers Valley and defeated Trinity. The Jaguars then beat Ringgold, 5-4, Monday in their Section 4 opener.

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Softball: Thomas Jefferson utilizing two pitchers this season

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Some say if it is not broke, don't fix it. The way defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Thomas Jefferson sees it, if there is a chance to use two pitchers, use two pitchers. A year after riding junior pitcher Lacie Lautner to the first WPIAL softball title in program history, the Jaguars have two capable pitchers this season and coach Heidi Karcher plans on using both of them.

Sophomore Alysa Fairman made tremendous strides in the offseason and she will complement Lautner to give the Jaguars an invaluable two pitcher rotation.

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Track: Thomas Jefferson girls have strong showing at South Hills Classic

Written by Justin Criado on .

The Thomas Jefferson relay 4x800 meter relay team of Alli Fitzgerald, Amanda Micklo, Lexi Zosko and Kayla Polakovic won gold at the South Hills Classic

Earlier in the day, Olivia Airhart placed second and third in the 100 and 200 meter dashes with times of 13.68 and 27.62.

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Softball: South Feature Athlete - Rachael Bowers, Thomas Jefferson

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Rachael Bowers
High School: Thomas Jefferson
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball

Background: Rachael Bowers is one of the top returning starters for the WPIAL Class AAA Thomas Jefferson Jaguars. The team went on an unlikely run to the WPIAL title last season as a No. 13 seed. It was the first WPIAL softball title for TJ. Bowers batted .450 for that team and was named to the all-section team. Starting at shortstop, she anchors the infield.