Alumni Update - Jesse Hinkle (Chatham)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Naperville, Ill. -On Thursday May 19 the Cougars Women's Track and Field team competed at the NorthHinkle Chatham Central College Gregory Final Qualifier. Jesse Hinkle won the women's javelin throw with a personal best and the new school record with a mark of 40.64 meters.

Her throw is also an achievement for Hinkle because it marked the first time she threw over 40 meters.  

Hinkle, a Thomas Jefferson graduate, finished the 2016 season ranked 27th for the javelin thrown in all of Division III, which is better than her rank of 47th in the 2015 season.


(photo courtesy of Chatham University)


Softball: Seasons have been feast or famine for Thomas Jefferson

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

There has not been much in between for the Thomas Jefferson softball team. One year a feast, the next year a famine. Things either go really well or never really get going. In 2013 the Jaguars finished dead last in Section 3-AAA. The very next season Thomas Jefferson finished third in their section to reach the playoffs and then shocked everyone by winning the WPIAL Class AAA title as a No. 12 seed. It was back to a famine last year as the defending WPIAL champs missed the playoffs completely. This year Thomas Jefferson is back in the playoffs and in a big way. TJ will begin their hunt for a second WPIAL title as a No. 1 overall seed. And this playoff journey will begin just as that improbable 2014 one did, with a game against Knoch.

Thomas Jefferson (15-1) will play No. 9 seed Knoch (16-3) Monday at 6 p.m. at Canon-McMillan. Thomas Jefferson received a first-round bye while Knoch had to knock off No. 8 Montour, 6-5, in the WPIAL first round on Wednesday.

Lacie Lautner was 11-1 during the regular-season for the Section 3-AAA champions while Knoch relied on two pitchers, Jessi Reed (8-2) and Celia Knappenberger (7-1).


Boys Tennis: Thomas Jefferson could make a run

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Thomas Jefferson has not played for a WPIAL Class AA team tennis title since 2005 and, like almost every other team in the classification that has made it to that point, lost to Sewickley Academy in the finals.

This year, the Jaguars enter the playoffs as the No. 7 seed and have a chance of making a bit of a run.

Playing in the lower half of the bracket, Thomas Jefferson will open play against Beaver and, with a win, will get No. 2 Indiana, a team that has a solid No. 1 player in senior John Appolonia. The Jaguars also have a solid No. 1 in Jake Stock, though Bryan Ochs has played well and competed in both the WPIAL singles and doubles tournaments this year.

South Park is a very young team that got a tough first round draw against and experienced Quaker Valley squad last lost in the semifinals a year ago.


Boys Tennis: Thomas Jefferson duo eliminated by WPIAL champs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

For a minute it appeared that Thomas Jefferson's Jake Stock and Bryan Ochs might be able to make a run in the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament.

After all, the twosome came in as the No, 8 seed and promptly knocked off No. 9 Max Servick and Jack Shearer of Central Valley by a 10-1 score in the pro-set format match.

Only they didn't get a first-time WPIAL finalist in the second round and things turned rather quickly as they were promptly ousted by defending champions Don and Ryan Gex of Sewickley Academy, 10-1, and were eliminated from any chance of qualifying for the state tournament.

Then again, they shouldn't feel too badly. The No. 1 seed has won the WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament each of the last six years, has made it to the finals every year since 2004 and was last knocked off in the second round in 2002.