1st and 10! Football won “The Battle of Sandy Springs” with a convincing 17-7 win over Riverwood. Lee Davis scored on the ground for one TD, John Galloway intercepted a pass and ran back for another and Clint Dolan booted a field goal to account for the scoring. Charlie Robertson had 12 tackles to spear the defense, Davis also put in a stellar performance. Owen Penn was the leading rusher with 55 yards. They face Washington-Wilkes tomorrow (Friday) at home at 7:30 p.m…JV opens its season today at home vs. Mt. Paran…8th grade fell to Wesleyan 20-16. Russell Duncan led the charge on both sides of the ball, while Martin Williams scored a TD and Evan Thomas threw an 83-yard TD pass to Brent Duncan. Defensively, the Bears amassed five sacks. Jack Staples and Martin Williams were solid on “D”.
Spike! Volleyball (14-3) won three of four at the A/AA Play Date Saturday, topping Lovett, Hebron Christian and Westminster and falling to GAC. Several who stepped up included Anne Yanda, Darby Cook, Caroline Keenan, Colleen Keenan, Mary Hollis Schmidt and Gina Cusolito. They beat Pace and Jonesboro by 2-0 margins last week. Yanda had four aces vs. Pace; Julia Wright hit for a .500 percentage and Sarah Stallman got the winning kill. Against Jonesboro, Yanda and Cook tallied seven kills each and Annie Bennett starred on “D” with four digs…JV topped North Atlanta and Dunwoody Monday and Walker and Pace last week. Against N. Atlanta, Sydney Coleman had five aces, Randi Bohler four kills and Chelsea Zoller and Sally Raney three aces each. Versus Dunwoody, Haley Collins had four kills and Lexii Cassell three. Savannah Harris had five aces. In the Walker and Pace wins, Navie Birdwell led the defense and the passing; Bohler (5 kills, 6 blocks), Cassell (5 blocks, 4 kills), Zoller (4 kills) and Collins (4 blocks, 3 kills) guided the net play. They beat Pace again on Tuesday 3-0 led by Zoller (5 aces, 2 kills), Cassell (4 kills, 4 aces), Collins (2 kills, 2 aces), Smith (serving), Glover (2 aces) and Coleman (setting)…8th grade drilled Walker 2-0 and River Ridge 2-1 yesterday…7th grade did the same, playing well in wins over Walker (2-0) and River Ridge (2-1).
Running strong! The cross country teams ran solid at OLM Saturday. Lauren McBroom, Megan Cahillane, Claire Kelsey, Katie Keith and Eboni Statham were the top five girls’ runners, while Ross Waters, Creighton Aldridge, Robert Rousseau, Brian Parrish and Rob Dozier led the boys. They will go to Carrollton Sept. 10th for their next meet…The MS boys and girls successfully defended their OLM title. Seven boys finished in the top 10 – Brad Kale, Ben Davies, Keegan Donahoo, James DeVine, Henry Broms, Joseph Pugmire and Kyle Jones Shah. Top-10 girls’ finishers included Emma Rolader, Lauren Toman, Amanda Gibson, Elizabeth Graves and Bailey Pellissier. Talia Momon also ran well.
Two region wins! Softball blanked Providence 1-0 last week and FCA 9-1 Tuesday. Nicole Farmer got the game-winning RBI and excelled in the outfield vs. PCA. Hannah Been (3-for-3) and Carter Basham (2-for-3) led the offense; Ansley McGhee (pitching), Rebecca Maitski (catching) and the entire “D” went errorless. In the FCA win, McGhee fanned eight, Ciel Rodriguez went 2-for-3, Brantley Taylor 2-for-4 and Sarah Venable 2-for-5. They travel to King’s Ridge Thursday...JV fell to Woodward yesterday despite great efforts from Kate Chapman, Brittany Rottner and Atia Williams, to name only some…MS split with Wesleyan Saturday, losing 11-10 before shutting out the Wolves 6-0. Natalie Scales, Elizabeth Williams, Grace Sizemore, Reilly McClain and Marina Craig led the hitting in Game 1; Sizemore threw the shutout in Game 2. Defensive stars included Patterson Williams, McClain, Scales, Grace Kasper, Grace Reiger and Isabelle Smith. They drilled Decatur 13-0 yesterday. Sizemore and McClain combined for a three-hit shutout while Williams stole four bases.
Honored! Assistant wrestling coach Stacey Davis has been named the 2011 USA Wrestling Official of the Year. The annual award is presented to an outstanding official within USA Wrestling for achievements and service to the sport. He has been a USA Wrestling referee since 1997. Davis will officiate the 2011 World Wrestling Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in September and the Olympic Test event in London in December. “I wanted to be a better coach and I felt if I knew the rules, I could train athletes better,” Davis said.
Until next time,
“Peace starts with the self and then the whole world joins in.”
- Arun Gandhi
From the desk of Sports Information Director Dunn Neugebauer