Basketball/baseball girls ‘team up’ on TC on Valentine’s Day

On Tuesday, February 14, Academy softball and basketball teams both played against Tampa Catholic.  The softball ball team hosted the game at Academy and won, while the basketball team traveled to TC and lost in overtime by one point.

It is early in the season for softball, but the win against TC definitely proved to the high point so far.  Throughout the game, the game remained tied for the majority of the game, with each team continuously countering the opponents’ score.  In the last inning, junior Ashton Hill scored the last run, with the assistant of batter senior Christina Lodato.

Interestingly enough, even though last year the girls beat TC in the district game, the Jaguars were predicted to lose to the Crusaders.  The Jaguars, flabbergasted and offended because the team lost no players from last year, used this opportunity to prove to everyone that the district championship was not pure luck, but talent.

Katie Elliot said, “Here we are proving that it wasn’t a fluke and that we are here to win again.”

The Jaguars and Crusaders are scheduled to battle it out on the field again in upcoming games.

The same night, the basketball team traveled to Tampa Catholic’s gym for the Region Quarter Final game.  The entire game kept the players and the audience on their tops being nail-biting close.  The teams went into overtime because of the tied score.  To everyone’s dismay, the team lost the game by merely one point.  However, the spirit from almost the entire senior class and from teachers and staff, as well as Principal Mrs. Camilleadminis

Athletic Director Mr. Kevin Vargas said in an email on February 15, to teachers, administrators and staff, “While many of you have heard of the outcome of last night’s game, the outcome was not indicative of the performance. As difficult as it was to see our season come to an end, I cannot express to you how proud I was of the gut-wrenching performance that our young ladies put forth. Our Jags pushed the two-time defending state champions to the brink and despite falling short proved to themselves and to the area that Jaguar basketball is back and will be a force for years to come.   Please join me in congratulating our girls and coaching staff on an excellent season. If you see our young ladies today in the hallway, remind them to hold their heads up high as they have a great deal to be proud of.”


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Basketball/baseball girls ‘team up’ on TC on Valentine’s Day