Tigard High seniors stepped up in 2017-18
TIGARD — The 2017-2018 school year was big for Tigard High School when it came to athletics.
The Tigers had a proficient year in many sports. Among those leading the way was the Tigard football team, which caught fire in the Class 6A state playoffs. The Tigers battled their way to the semifinal round before losing to eventual state champion Clackamas.
The Tigard boys track and field squad took second place in the team standings at the Class 6A state championships. The Tigers also had an individual state champion and a relay team claim state gold.
The Tiger girls basketball team went undefeated in Three Rivers League play and went on to claim the fourth-place trophy at the Class 6A state tournament.
Tigard sophomore Lizzy Stevens won her second straight girls singles title at the Class 6A tennis state tournament.
The Tigard softball team earned its first Class 6A state playoff quarterfinal bid since 1995.
The Tigard boys soccer, volleyball, boys basketball, baseball and boys lacrosse teams also earned state postseason berths.
And, as usual, the senior class at Tigard played a major role in that success.
Here's a brief look at some of the seniors, in addition to Times Athlete of the Year Braden Lenzy, who stepped up big for the Tigers the past school year.
Gabby McGaughey helped the Tigard girls basketball team take fourth place at the Class 6A state tournament and she also qualified for the Class 6A state track and field championships. McGaughey also had a strong season for the Tiger girls soccer team.
Antonio Angel won a state title in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles event at the Class 6A state track and field championships. He also helped the Tigers win the 4 x 100 relay at the state track meet.
Ashley Davis was named the Class 6A Pitcher of the Year during the softball season.
Skylar Holloway had a strong football season as a defensive back, intercepting a pair of passes in a state playoff quarterfinal win at West Linn. Holloway also was part of the Tigard 4 x 100 relay state championship team during the track and field season.
Jacob Beck stared for the Tigard football, wrestling and boys lacrosse teams.
Lauren McFall and Lauren Paven both wrapped up standout track and field careers at Tigard, each earning a spot on the award stand at the Class 6A state championships.
Nick Heinke shined as a receiver/quarterback/defensive back/punter for the Tigard football team. He also played in center field and batted leadoff for the Tiger baseball squad.
Victoria Gailey won the Three Rivers League girls golf championship and she went to to place third at the Class 6A state tournament.
Kynzey Mitzel provided a spark for the Tigard volleyball team, earning All-Three Rivers League first-team honors as a defensive specialist.
Miguel Vergara was a first-team All-Three Rivers League selection during the boys soccer season.
Austin Dufort was the main player in the post for the Tigard boys basketball team.
Laytan Tanuvasa and Burke Albaugh were both powerhouse linemen for the Tigard football team.