Welcome to Walton Raider Athletics for 2017-18. 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 2016-17 school year, 18 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. Three teams won state championships: Volleyball for the 2nd year in a row and 6th time in the last 7 years, Girls Swim & Dive, and Girls Tennis for the 5th year in a row and 15th time in the last 17 years. The Boys Soccer team was a semifinalist; Girls Cross Country was 3rd in the state and Boys Cross Country 4th; Girls Soccer, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Tennis, and Boys Lacrosse were all quarterfinalists; Competition Cheer was 7th; and Girls Track & Field finished 9th. In addition, six different athletes won individual or relay state championships, two athletes were named the state player of the year in their sports, 10 different teams won region titles, and 35 senior student-athletes earned scholarships to continue their athletic careers in college. All of these accomplishments culminated in Walton earning second place among all schools in Class AAAAAAA in the GADA State Directors’ Cup, a competition the Raiders have won seven times in the 18 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 42 years ago in 1975, Walton teams have won 243 region and 70 state championships as well as the Region All-sports Trophy 25 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!