Spring Athletics Play Key Role at Harding
Harding Academy’s spring athletic season is kicking into full gear in the month of April. Offering opportunities in both boys and girls tennis and lacrosse, baseball and track and field, the Generals have 139 of their 163 middle school students playing a sport this spring.
Boys tennis under the leadership of Coach Steve Stewart and girls tennis under veteran Coach Carol Macpherson compete at Sequoia Swim and Tennis Club.
Harding has a record number of tennis players with nineteen kids in the varsity program and twenty-six kids participating at the JV level. Weather has wreaked havoc with the tennis season to this point, but the coaches and teams remain encouraged that these last few weeks of April will be full of competition leading up to each team’s tournament.
The boys will play their tournament against opponents from FRA, DCA and Poplar Grove on Thursday, April 27 at Jim Warren Park in Franklin. The girls tournament will be held at Overbrook School on Monday, May 1.
The girls and boys lacrosse teams have also recently experienced a great amount of success. The girls team is on a four game winning streak having just participated in a play day at The Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN. The girls defeated non-traditional opponents, The Webb School, Seymour and The Knoxville Youth Club team at the playday. This past week, the winning continued with a victory over Page Middle School. The girls are coached by Claire Gibson.
The boys team is currently 4-5 heading into the final two weeks of the season. Coach Gene Flathmann leads the Harding boys program and is pleased with the progress of the team to this point given how young the team is with only six eighth graders on the squad.
The track and field team under the guidance of Jonathan Baldon has competed in two meets to date at the USN River Campus.
Coach Baldon was pleased that all of his athletes were able to accomplish person bests at the first meet. The track team has meets in the next two consecutive weeks in preparation for the HVAC conference meet that will be held at MBA the first week of May.
The Generals baseball team has also been greatly impacted by the wet weather having seven of their first eight games canceled due to weather.
The team has most recently swept a double-header against conference opponent Lancaster Christian and had a conference victory over Ezell-Harding. The Generals currently hold the #3 seed in the conference heading into the final two weeks of the season.