The Crowder sports programs, coming off a 2016-17 year where all four programs reached the Region 16 championship game and two programs won region titles, might have enjoyed an even better 2017-18 school year, despite the fact no Crowder team won a region title. For example, a Crowder record 24 student-athletes across baseball, men’s soccer, softball, and women’s basketball earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors. All four programs earned winning records. In the 10th season of the men’s soccer program, Crowder finished with a 10-6-1 record in veteran Brad Smith’s final season as head coach. Women’s basketball returned to the Region 16 title game and the Lady ‘Riders — led by their sophomore class of Zahria White, Michaela Mack, Morgan Crawford, Coley Ickes, and Tori Coulter — posted a 22-10 overall record, an improvement of 10 wins from the previous season. All five sophomores inked with four-year schools to continue their academic and athletic careers. Crowder softball fell short of defending its region title (losing to Three Rivers, who reached the World Series) but still surpassed 50 wins for the second season in a row. The Lady ‘Riders finished 54-13 and posted a two-year record of 109-23. Last but not least, Crowder baseball remained nationally-ranked all season and lost in the Region 16 championship against Jefferson, who eventually reached the JUCO World Series. The ‘Riders posted 46 wins (46-15 overall) and their sophomore group finished with a combined 100 wins over their two seasons in a Crowder uniform. Sophomore pitcher Aaron Ashby was then selected with the 125th overall pick of the MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Ashby recently earned his first professional victory, playing for the Helena Brewers. How will Crowder fare in 2018-19? Guess we shall find out.