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By Anthony Jones
For the third consecutive season, Triad High School claimed the Mississippi Valley Conference’s annual trophy race that factors in all nineteen sports played by the six league members.
Triad’s 2022-2023 season point total of 108.5 placed them well ahead of second-place Mascoutah, who tallied 90 points. Waterloo finished third place at 83.5 points, while Highland followed with 77.5 and Civic Memorial tallied 57. Jersey finished last with just 39.5 points.
Triad racked up eight conference championships across the athletic season, with the next highest total belonging to Mascoutah at 5. This earned 64 of the Knights’ total points since titles are valued at eight points.
Girls soccer was among the list of Mississippi Valley Conference champions for Triad, winning the league outright with a 9-1 record and their lone loss coming in Waterloo. The Lady Knights outscored foes 56-2 in their ten league matches.
Triad soccer also won sole possession of the league crown on the boys side, finishing with a 9-1 mark and losing an away match with Waterloo. The Knights outpaced their foes 44-7 in conference play.
In baseball, Triad delivered their third consecutive league crown. With their lone blemish being an extra-innings loss in Highland, the Knights won the title outright at 9-1 and bested their five league foes by a tally of 66-14 in those games.
Another conference championship came at the hand of the school’s boys basketball squad. After outsourcing their conference opponents 511-330, the Knights finished with a 9-1 record.
Triad’s wrestling team claimed another conference championship during the winter season. Their closest meet at the championship meet was a 41-33 victory over Civic Memorial, while no other team finished within 40 points of them.
On Sep. 27, girls golf secured a Mississippi Valley championship at Belk Park. Their team tally of 330 surpassed second-place Waterloo by 20 strokes and third-place Highland by 43 strokes.
Triad’s girls tennis squad added another league title during the fall stretch. The Lady Knights swept all nine flights without dropping a set.
In boys tennis, Triad was dominant on their path to another league championship. They also won all nine flights of the Mississippi Valley Championships.
Five other Triad teams finished in the top-two of the league standings. All teams that finished in second place tallied six points towards their school’s total.
Triad’s football team was among their runner-ups, finishing their league campaign 4-1. In their four conference wins, they won by at least 15 points and kept their opponents to 14 or less points.
Girls cross country added another second place finish at their Oct. 13 conference championship. Their team tally of 62 points was only bested by Waterloo’s 22 point finish.
The girls track and field team finished second at their MVC meet as well, as their total of 104 team points edged third-place Waterloo’s 102 point tally. Triad won both the 100 and 200 meter races at the meet.
Boys track finished in a distant second-place with 130 points and no teams within 60 points of them at their conference championships. The Knights also won the MVC championship in the 4×200, 4×100, discus, shot put, triple jump and high jump.
Triad’s softball team provided the lowest finish of any spring sport, finishing in a tie for second-place. The Lady Knights finished 5-5 and defeated four different conference opponents.
The only squad of Knights to finish third in league standings over the course of the 2022-2023 season was boys cross country. Their tally of 66 points was only six more than second-place Waterloo.
At the boys golf league tournament, Triad took fourth place honors. Their tally of 338 strokes was only four strokes off tying Mascoutah and Civic Memorial for second.
Volleyball served up another fourth place finish for Triad after finishing with a 3-7 record. Girls bowling also added a fourth place finish to the school’s totals.
The only team to find themselves in fifth for the MVC Cup champions was girls basketball. The Lady Knights tied for that slot with a 1-9 record after splitting league matchups with Jersey.
Triad’s only last place finish of the year came from boys bowling.
The Knights won both the overall fall and spring seasons as well. In the winter, Triad was only outscored by Mascoutah.
With their most recent Mississippi Valley Cup, the Knights have won the trophy five of the seven seasons it has been in existence.
Mascoutah won the award in its inaugural 2016-2017 season for their lone win. Highland is the only other school to win, taking the 2019-2020 season that saw all spring sports canceled due to COVID-19 cancellations.