The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.
Today, we’re in the homestretch of a project we started even before the season ended. We are near to the end of the final round of random selections from the 11 districts. Our sixth team this round, the eighth/final team in 2A-District 3 and 85th team overall, is Terry Parker.
You can see everything I have on the Braves in 2019-20 here –> TERRY PARKER
Win/loss record: 6-25 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Braves’ performance in IBT events. All individual records are as compiled by Matmen.
Season in a nutshell: Terry Parker began the season with two tournaments in the first week, first going to Orange Park’s Raider 8-Way on December 4, compiling a 1-4 duals record on that night. The Braves then hosted their annual two-day IBT, the Arlington Optimist Invitational, on the 6th and 7th, in which they finished eighth out of 12 teams. Terry Parker stayed in IBT mode the following weekend, going to Dr Phillips for its one-day House of Payne on the 14th, placing 11th out of 13 teams. The Braves then traveled to Harmony for its two-day Longhorn Duals on the 20th and 21st, compiling a 1-6 weekend record and placing 12th. Terry Parker also competed in Matanzas’ Lady Pirate Classic on the 21st, a one-day pooled roundrobin event with no team scores. After the holidays, first up was hosting duties for the 2A-District 3 dual team tournament on January 7; the Braves fell to the eventual champion in the quarters. Terry Parker stayed in hosting mode that weekend with the USMC Duals on the 10th and 11th, with a 2-4 weekend record for the Braves. The Lady Braves then traveled to Orlando and Cypress Creek HS for the one-day Lady Bear Classic IBT on the 18th, placing 11th out of 35 teams. Parker then hosted another duals tournament, the Parker Duals on the 24th and 25th, winning two of nine duals on the weekend. The Braves then competed in the two-day Gateway Conference IBT at Fletcher on January 31 and February 1, placing 13th out of 15 teams. Most of the team wrapped up the season with midweek duals, with a loss on February 3 and pair of losses on the 12th. Terry Parker sent a contingent back to Dr Phillips for girls’ state, placing T-99th out of 117 teams. The Braves finished eighth at the District 3 traditional tournament and were 28th at Region 1, with no state qualifiers. The Braves lost five key seniors to graduation; Terry Parker can call upon as many as six post-season or significant regular-season starters in 2020-21.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Kimoni Alfred (sophomore, 5-15 at 113/120, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Mina Gibson (senior, 9-28 at 138/140, 0-1 at girls’ state-injured); Andrew Hodges (senior, 4-23 at 182, 0-2 at districts); Jose Payed (sophomore, 7-17 at 195, 0-2 at districts); Chloe Pollockov (junior, 4-9 at 195, 0-2 at girls’ state); William Gray (sophomore, 13-12 at 220, did not compete at post-season traditionals).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Eljani Abraham (7-14 at 132, 0-2 at districts-injured); Tijuan Boyance (31-14 at 152, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Ashley Saddler (34-12 at 160, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Darius Farmer (25-18 at 170, 0-2 at districts); Andrew Bailes (10-18 at 285, 1 match from regions).
2019-20 MVP: 2020 graduate Ashley Saddler assumed team leadership on the mats, and his performance mirrored that leadership, with runnerup efforts at both Gateway and districts, and an appearance in the blood round at Region 1. Saddler was 4-1 at Orange Park and went on that weekend to claim an Optimist title, the team’s only one, at 160 pounds, where he would be the rest of the season after two duals at 170 at Orange Park. He reached the finals at House of Payne. Longhorn was a tough experience, with three state qualifiers giving losses among them, but it also touched off a run where Saddler would win 15 of his next 16 matches. He was 6-1 at USMC Duals and 8-1 at Parker Duals, then fell to an eventual state finalist, and fellow Matmen MVP, at both Gateway and the District 3 traditional tournament. Saddler then won twice on the first day at Region 1 to reach the 160 semis, and it took two fellow MVPs to leave him a match short of states, the second of those matchups in overtime. We’re hoping to be able to follow Saddler at the #NextLevel, where he’ll be at FAMU.
2020-21 captain: While injury did not affect the senior class in major degree, it certainly had its impact upon the younger Braves, the best of whom could not complete the season as they would have chosen. One of those was rising senior Mina Gibson, who was starting to emerge as a leader for the Lady Braves and a consistent presence in the middle of the lineup. Gibson was fifth at Lady Pirate and was 2-1 in finishing third at Lady Bear against some solid statewide competition, so was starting to build toward perhaps being an impact performer at girls’ state, but had to injury-default in her very first match. She was also a consistent starter at 145 for the boys team, and while her success was not similar as in girls tournaments, she suited up at Orange Park, House of Payne, district duals, both USMC and Parker tournaments as well as Gateway.
Zander Laurin Warrior: 2020 graduate Tijuan Boyance, along with Saddler, represented the Braves at Chiles for the Region 1 tournament, and it was the pair of them who enjoyed the most consistent success in 2019-20. Boyance was 5-0 at Orange Park and had a 6-1 tournament at Harmony, with his only loss to a 1A state qualifier. While he had an up-and-down tournament at USMC, he had a better performance at Parker Duals, finishing 7-2 with seven max-point wins (four of them pins). At Gateway, he wound up a match short of placing after taking an opening-round loss, but responded well in the District 3 traditional tournament, with three bonus-point wins in placing third. Boyance then knocked off a Matmen captain in the first round of Region 1, but couldn’t sustain the momentum. But his solid presence in the lineup over the past three seasons has made Tijuan Boyance the Zander Laurin Warrior for Terry Parker.
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