2016 was another successful year for Bearden athletics, featuring five state championships and countless memorable moments. Here are 10 of the best of those moments, from current Bearden athletes, to alumni across the country.
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10. Jacob Sobota places second at state championship decathlon
Then Bearden junior Jacob Sobota finished second in the state decathlon championship on May 24, finishing just 100 points behind reigning champion Chase Sholl of Rhea County. The Duke signee totaled 6,468 points and will look to return to Murfreesboro this spring.
9. Caleb Harrington wins state in 100-yard butterfly
For the second straight year, Bearden swimmer Caleb Harrington won a state championship. Harrington won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.71 seconds on Feb. 17, an entire second ahead of the second place finisher. In 2015, Harrington won the 100 freestyle and narrowly lost the 100 butterfly. As a team, Bearden finished 13th overall at state.
8. Bearden basketball beats Farragut in district tournament
The Bearden boys basketball team avenged a loss from six days earlier to Farragut in the regular season finale, knocking the Admirals out of the district tournament on Feb. 19 behind 32 points from Quez Fair, 48-45. The win was Bearden’s 24th out of the past 25 games against Farragut, and sent the Bulldogs to the district championship game.
7. Dance team wins fourth straight state championship
A fourth straight title was business as usual for the successful Bearden dance team. In February, the dance team will head to nationals to try to improve on last year’s eighth place finish in jazz and fourth in pom.
6. Griffin Davis and Charlie Adams win Class AAA tennis doubles state championship
After falling in the state championship doubles match in their freshman year, seniors Griffin Davis and Charlie Adams returned to Murfreesboro and won the Class AAA doubles state championship on May 27. Davis and Adams defeated Stone Cozart and Jacob Marshall of Tennessee High in two sets, 6-4, 6-2. The Bearden girls team also had representation at state, as they made it to the state semifinals before a loss to Ravenwood, and Julia Adams and Brittany Foust made it to the state semifinals in doubles.
5. Trey York drafted in MLB Draft
Bearden class of 2012 alum and ETSU second baseman Trey York ended a successful collegiate career by being drafted in the ninth round of the MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers on June 10. York, the No. 261 overall pick, hit .348 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs in the 2016 season for ETSU, earning first-team All-America honors from the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
4. Rugby wins state championship
Bearden rugby won its first ever state championship, defeating Oakland in the 15s Bowl Division championship game on May 7, 31-22. Bearden beat Siegel in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.
3. Freshman quarterback Collin Ironside bursts onto scene, leads Region 1-6A in passing
Bearden freshman quarterback Collin Ironside came out of nowhere in the 2016 season to finish first team All-Region, and lead Region 1-6A in passing with 2,054 yards and 17 touchdowns in just eight starts. Ironside got his first start on Sept. 8 against eventual state champion Farragut, passing for 218 yards, four touchdowns, and zero turnovers.
2. Bearden alum Britton Colquitt wins Super Bowl with Denver Broncos
Two years after losing in the Super Bowl, former Bearden and Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt made it back and won as a part of the Denver Broncos, 24-10 over the Carolina Panthers on Feb. 7. Colquitt punted eight times for an average of 45.9 yards per punt to help pin Cam Newton and the Panthers back all night. Colquitt signed with the Cleveland Browns for the 2016 season.
1. Bearden soccer wins state title
The Bearden boys soccer team captured its fourth ever state title with a 5-2 win over Ravenwood on May 28. The Bulldogs started the week in Murfreesboro with a 3-0 win over Collierville, and then fought through a rain delay to beat Station Camp in overtime, 4-1, a game in which they trailed 1-0 until a rain delay with 18 minutes remaining. Bearden finished the season on a 14-game winning streak and with a record on 23-3, placing four players on the All-State team. The Bulldogs trailed by a goal on three separate occasions in the state semifinals and finals, rallying each time they fell behind to eventually win both games by a three-goal margin.