Welcome to Walton Raider Athletics for 2016-17. 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 2015-16 school year, 19 of our varsity teams reached the state playoffs, 16 of those advanced past the first round, and 11 finished in the top ten in the state. Four teams won state championships: Volleyball, Baseball, Girls Lacrosse for the first time in program history, and Girls Tennis for the 4th year in a row and 14th time in the last 16 years. The Precision Air-rifle team was 3rd in the state, Girls Swim & Dive was 4th, Girls Track & Field was 7th, Boys Cross Country and Girls Golf both finished 8th, and Girls Soccer and Boys Tennis were state quarterfinalists. In addition, six different athletes won individual or relay state championships, three athletes were named the state player of the year in their sports, and four different teams won region titles. All of these accomplishments culminated in Walton earning second place among all schools in Class AAAAAA in the GADA State Directors’ Cup, a competition the Raiders have won seven times in the 17 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 41 years ago in 1975, Walton teams have won 233 region and 67 state championships as well as the Region All-sports Trophy 24 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!