Welcome to Walton Raider Athletics for 2020-21. 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 fall and winter seasons of the shortened 2019–20 school year, 10 of our varsity teams reached the state playoffs, 6 of those advanced past the first round, and 5 finished in the top ten in the state. Two teams won state championships: volleyball and boys cross country, and girls cross country and girls swim & dive were 3rd in the state and boys swim & dive was 10th. Six of these teams also won region championships. In addition, 28 senior student-athletes earned scholarships to continue their athletic careers in college. Unfortunately, our 12 spring sports had their seasons abruptly ended in March in what was shaping up to be another tremendously successful year.
The Walton community has spent its entire history building a rich legacy in athletics. Since the doors to Walton opened 45 years ago in 1975, Walton teams have won 266 region and 77 state championships as well as the Region All-sports Trophy 27 times and the GADA State Directors’ Cup 8 times. 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. 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!