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THS Baseball Coach Adam Clayton with his baseball graduates

2017-18, a banner sports year at THS

By Michael Butler

Several student-athletes received their diplomas during graduation ceremonies on Friday night. In many ways, it was fitting that the exercises took place at J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium.

The stadium has been the focal point for Friday night football games featuring not just the Tallassee football team but "Pride of Tallassee" marching band, cheerleaders and dance team. It is also where the soccer team plays. 130 seniors were recognized. Many of those made their mark on the athletic fields too.

"Congratulations (to) one of the winningest senior classes in school history. Thanks for everything you accomplished wearing the Purple and Gold," Tallassee athletic director and head football coach Mike Battles posted on his Twitter account.

Battles football team won 24 games in three years including a 10-win season last fall and a quarterfinal run in the playoffs in 2016.

Coach Mike Battles and football grads

Two Tallassee wrestlers medaled at state. Andy Baker was second at 195 and Zak Haynes placed third at 126. John Mask's team had just two seniors.

Coach Adam Clayton's THS baseball team had 69 victories over the past three seasons.

The Tallassee softball team put up its most victories ever in a season with a 33-15 record. Second-year coach Pat Love set the record for wins in a season at 24 in his first year. The Tigers put together a 12-game win streak early in the year and made the post-season advancing to the South-Central Regional.

In Keiven Mixson's first year as the varsity boys' basketball coach, the Tigers went 15-12. The team won the area tournament championship and hosted a sub-regional. They also had a nine-game win streak during the backstretch of the season.

The soccer team coached by Katie Hayley went 10-4-4 in 2018 and made the Class 4A/5A playoffs.

The track and field team led by Danny Worley had 15 qualifiers for the state championships. Two Tigers made it to the podium with third place finishes; Iyana Parker in the 100 meter hurdles and Kalvin Levett in the 110 meter hurdles.

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