Welcome to Walton Raider Athletics for 2018-19. We are extremely proud of everything we do at Walton, and the strength of our overall athletics program is certainly a great source of pride for our faculty and coaching staff, our many successful student-athletes and their peers in the student body, and our community as a whole. There is no doubt that competing on one of our 24 varsity or 20 junior varsity and freshman teams gives our athletes a great chance to express their Raider Pride, and the results speak for themselves.
During the 2017-18 school year, 19 of our varsity teams reached the state playoffs, 16 of those advanced past the first round, and 12 finished in the top ten in the state. Two teams won state championships: Volleyball for the 3rd year in a row and 7th time in the last 8 years and Girls Tennis for the 6th year in a row and 16th time in the last 18 years. The Boys Tennis team was the state runner-up; Girls Soccer and Girls Lacrosse were semifinalists; Girls Swim & Dive was 3rd in the state, Girls Cross Country 4th, Girls Track & Field and Girls Golf 5th, and Boys Cross Country 7th; Boys Soccer was a quarterfinalist; and Competition Cheer finished 9th. In addition, seven different athletes won individual or relay state championships, two athletes were named the state player of the year in their sports, seven different teams won region titles, and 36 senior student-athletes earned scholarships to continue their athletic careers in college. All of these accomplishments culminated in Walton earning fourth place among all schools in Class AAAAAAA in the GADA State Directors’ Cup, a competition the Raiders have won seven times in the 19 years since the award’s inception. This prestigious award recognizes the top overall athletic program in the state in each classification and is judged objectively by awarding points for each team’s finish in the state playoffs.
The Walton community has spent its entire history building a rich legacy in athletics. Since the doors to Walton opened 43 years ago in 1975, Walton teams have won 250 region and 72 state championships as well as the Region All-sports Trophy 26 times and the aforementioned State Directors’ Cup 7 times. Clearly, all of Walton’s coaches, student-athletes, and parents are committed to pulling in the same direction toward success, and the quality of that effort shows in the performances of our athletes and teams on the fields and courts.
With all that said, we encourage you (or your son or daughter) to become part of the Walton Raider Athletics family whether s/he would be a record-setting athlete or not because we feel that the opportunity to compete brings out the best in all of us and provides us with positive lessons and experiences that will last a lifetime. So, we welcome you to another year of Walton Raider Athletics and we encourage you to find your niche in the Raider Nation. Now let’s go compete!