This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is junior golfer and men’s basketball forward Thomas Loch. This spring, Loch qualified for the 3A Mideast Golf Regionals at the Valley Golf Course in Burlington. It was the second straight year that Loch qualified for regionals. Loch finished with the highest score among Orange players. Last winter, Loch was also a key contributor to the Orange men’s basketball team. On December 16, Loch scored a career-high 12 points and six rebounds against East Chapel Hill. As the winter turned to spring, Loch’s teammate on the men’s basketball team, J.J. Thompson, joined him on the men’s golf team. Loch and Thompson were the two top players for the Panthers goal squad this spring. Thomas loves to play at Occoneechee Golf Course in Hillsborough. In fact, when this interview was filmed, he had just finished a round on a Sunday afternoon. Loch will enter his senior year in August and get set to play two sports once again. He will enter his third year on the varsity men’s basketball team and be one of the senior leaders alongside returning guards Freddy Sneed and Xandrell Pinnnix along with center Isaiah Seymour.

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