Off on the good foot! The Golden Bear football team avenged last year’s loss to Riverwood – they opened with an exciting 14-7 win last Friday. Will Aitkens gained 49 yards and scored two touchdowns – one with his feet and one with his hands – while quarterbacks John MacKay and Will Allen combined to go 7-for-9 passing. Will Allen, in his first start in the secondary, amassed 13 tackles. Brother Peter Allen was also solid in the defensive backfield; Adli Kilic excelled on the offensive line. The Bears open Region 5A play this Friday at Eagles Landing Christian; game time is 7:30 p.m. “Eagles Landing is the favorite to win the region,” Coach Ryan Livezey said. “We’ll have to play some good football.” Last year, E.L.C. topped our Bears 15-14. ...The 8th grade shutout North Cobb Christian 39-0 Saturday afternoon.
Smashing success: The volleyball team (5-4) topped Decatur and Chapel Hill by 2-0 margins last Thursday. They followed with a 1-3 record at the Wesleyan Play Date, upending Savannah Country Day and dropping matches to Landmark, Eagles Landing and Westminster. Last night, they defeated Mt. Paran 3-0. Mackenzie Brehm, Kathryn Robinson and Darby Cook are sharing the hitting load, while Brooke DeVore (digs) and Anne Yanda (assists) are also coming up big. The Lady Bears are in action again Thursday against Union Grove and Eagles Landing…The JV is off to a 6-0 start with wins over Riverwood and Wesleyan last week and Fayette County and OLM Monday. Colleen Keenan (hitting) and Bailey Wilkie (digs) were solid against Riverwood; Arden Birdwell (defense), Sarah Stallman (serving) and Caroline Keenan (setting) against the Wolves. Colleen Keenan reached double digits in kills vs. OLM… 8th grade topped Lovett 3-2 behind the serving of Mary Stuart Reticker. Saturday at Marist, they compiled 2-0 wins over Landmark, Woodward and Marist…The 7th grade went down against Mt. Paran despite great serving from Kiana Brooks, Olivia Moore and Anna Parks Mueke.
Running strong: The cross-country teams appeared in late season form last Saturday at the Our Lady of Mercy Invitational. Junior Christine Georgakakos led the girls to a 5th place finish out of 16 teams – second among Class A schools – while Kyle Donahue headed up the boys. Georgakakos finished 8th out of 124 runners and earned a medal. Others who stepped up included Greer Gafford, Callie Bergin, Avery Robinson and Erin Peck for the girls. Drew Wilkins, Kai Street, Creighton Aldridge and Andy Watts were strong for the boys. “Our newcomers – freshmen and sophomores – also looked incredibly strong,” Coach Dunn said. “If they stick with it, our future looks bright.” The Running Bears are in action again Saturday at the Clara Bowl at Berry College.
Battling the weather: The softball team was rained out last week in a region date with Walker – that will be replayed today (Wednesday). They dropped a tough 7-3 decision to Woodward Monday afternoon despite great pitching from Annie Henderson (she only allowed one earned run) and good hitting from Christine Dial (2-for-3), Tay Rivers and Kat Conway. The Bears return home Thursday to face Mt. Paran…Madison Miller struck out five and Liz Aitkens collected two singles in the JV’s 9-2 loss to Westminster last week. Nicole Farmer clouted two hits Monday against Woodward ...The Middle School, after getting rained out in its first three attempts to open the season, beat Westminster 3-2 Tuesday.
Until next time,
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