Recovering from Wesleyan: The varsity football dropped a tough 28-2 decision to the #1 team in the state – Wesleyan – Friday night. “We’ll use this game as a measuring stick as to where we want to be come late season,” Coach Ryan Livezey said. Jordan Miller caught three passes for 43 yards. Next up is a 5A matchup on the road against Southwest Atlanta Christian. “They are much improved over last year,” Livezey said. “We can’t take them lightly.”…The JV shutout Whitefield 8-0; Zach Scott intercepted a pass late in the final period to hold off a comeback attempt. Jason Grimes gained 45 yards; John Galloway 44 and Lee Davis 31. Scott picked off two passes on the day.
Spike city! The flu-bitten Bears volleyball squad (9-8) lost to Blessed Trinity and Etowah last week, but bounced back for wins over Cross Keys and Galloway last night. Kathryn Robinson had a high kill percentage, Brooke DeVore was solid on defense and Lexy Kepano had a great night serving to guide the squad Tuesday…. The JV (11-1) knocked off Paideia and Decatur by 2-0 margins last Wednesday and topped Westminster (2-1) and Decatur again (2-0) Monday. Arden Birdwell starred on defense in the Paidiea/Decatur wins; Hannah Bell and Payton Calhoun came up big vs. Westminster/Decatur…. In 8th grade victories over Galloway and Pace last week, Julie Bernard pounded out 10 aces in a row…. Julia Clendenin and Sydney Coleman starred against Pace last week and vs. Lovett Monday for the 7th grade.
Base hits! After dropping a 4-3 heart breaker last Thursday to North Cobb Christian, the Bears softball squad (6-8) rebounded for an 8-0 win over Paideia Monday. Annie Henderson was solid on the hill vs. NCC; Sarah Venable (3-for-4), Kat Conway (2-for-3), Tay Rivers, Nicole Farmer and Hannah Gilman speared the offense. In the Paidiea shutout, Henderson, Christian Dial, Rivers, Conway and Emily Larsen starred defensively; Venable (2-for-4), Conway (3-for-3) Rivers, Dial, Alexis Gottlieb and Corinne Bicknese (all 2-for-3) were solid with the bat…JV topped Sprayberry 7-4 last week for its first win. Madison Miller struck out eight; Sarah Venable was 4-for-4 and Ciel Rodriguez 3-for-4 with four RBIs. In the Decatur JV Invitational over the weekend, they took three of four games, topping Druid Hills, Lakeside and Decatur with their only loss to Perry. Farmer K’d eight vs. Druid Hills and five vs. Lakeside; Liz Aitkens and Brantley Taylor starred vs. Lakeside; Farmer gunned down a runner to catcher Venable to clinch the Decatur win. ...The Middle School dropped Decatur 16-9 last Thursday and Ridgeview 6-1 Monday.
Running on empty: The varsity cross country team dealt with the flu bug, the ACT test, injuries and a tough course Saturday at Marist. Despite this, Kyle Donahue, Theo Papadopolous and Kai Street still came up big for the boys. Erin Peck, Avery Robinson and Megan O’Hanlon led the girls, while Taylor Anderson starred in her first race ever. They compete at the Milton Invitational this Saturday…The MS girls’ runners finished second among 17 teams at Wesleyan last week; the boys captured sixth. The girls were led by top-25 finishes from Mary Mac Hailey, Lauren Rasmus, Claire Kelsey and Mary Catherine Thomson. Top-25ers from the boys included Martin Williams, Steve Couvaras and Ross Waters. Yesterday both squads finished first out of six teams in Carrollton. Hailey, Rasmus, Kelsey and Thomson took top-10 places; Warner Ray won the entire race for the boys. Waters, Reed Smith and Couvaras finished in the top-10.
Until next time,
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
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