First quarter! Girls’ hoops beat Norcross 64-52 before break, led by Marya Hudgins (16 points), Jillian Hollingshead (15), Charlsie Birkel (12), Cierra Foster (9) and Rachel Suttle (8). In Naples, they lost 68-51 to nationally-ranked Miami Country Day before edging American Heritage 56-55, and Mercy Academy 71-70. Against Miami, Suttle had 11 points, 10 rebounds; Foster scored 10 with four steals; Jillian Hollingshead netted nine and had eight rebounds; and Hudgins scored eight with four boards. Hudgins (31 points, 10 rebounds), Suttle (15 points, 10 rebounds), and Foster (12 points) led in the Mercy win.
Second quarter!JV girls’ hoops fell 48-40 to Norcross before break; Ellie Crosswell led the scoring and Tatiana Johnson starred on defense. They drilled Atlanta Classical 67-8 last Friday; Reese Neumann scored 17; Sarai Jackson and Alex Pearson had 12 each, and Johnson scored eight and added great defense. Caroline Berkey and Pearson led the scoring Tuesday in a 56-6 win over Weber…8thgrade drilled Marist 48-31, backed by good play from Brooke Suttle, Neumann, and Preston Zaynah. They beat Pace 46-11 Wednesday, led by Suttle, Zaynah and Maria Utz…7thgrade topped Pace in a great effort from the entire squad last week and beat them 40-20 Wednesday led by Sara Douglass and Katherine Stembridge.
Third quarter! Boys’ hoops beat Cedar Shoals 66-61, Tri-Cities 61-50, lost 68-54 to Shiloh, and fell 65-60 to Pace over break. Last weekend they beat Atlanta Classical 73-31 and Kipp Academy 72-57. Chance Moore had 18 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots vs. Classical; Alex Hyatt picked up 12 points and six boards. Against Kipp, Moore had 29 points, nine rebounds; Landon Kardian added nine points, 11 rebounds, and two blocked shots; Devin Farrell scored nine; Todd Ennis had eight and eight rebounds; and Garrison Powell had seven points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. In a 93-26 Monday pounding over Weber, Farrell had 16 points and five assists, Grant Esler 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Hyatt scored 12 and pulled seven boards.
Fourth quarter!JV boys’ pounded Atlanta Classical 64-23 and fell to Kipp Academy 49-33 last weekend. Nicholas Verlander (12 points), Palmer Schultz (nine points, two assists), and Simon Brainard (five points, two steals) led vs. Atlanta Classical. Against Kipp, David Luigs had 10 points and eight rebounds, Gordon Olim nine points and eight boards, and Verlander scored seven with 12 boards. They beat Weber 74-29 Tuesday; Olim scored 17, Carter Kennedy had 15 and four steals, and Whit Close netted eight…8thgrade fell to King’s Ridge 43-39. P.J. Mace (14 points), Ian Graves and Thomas Kanich were some of the standouts. They lost 36-29 to Pace Wednesday…7thlost in OT to King’s Ridge Tuesday, but got great team play from Tucker Gleeson, Michael O’Connor, Jacob Pearson, Jamal Cox, Luke Binney, O’Neal Connolly, Andrew Willis, Jackson James, and Ethan Halliwell. In a loss to Pace Wednesday, Gleeson, O'Connor, Galen Kilburn, Cox, and Willis starred.
Pin! The Mat Bears traveled to New Orleans before Christmas and finished 14thamong 27 teams. Michael Cox finished third, Jake Swink sixth and Art Martinez seventh to lead the team. At the Prep Slam last weekend, Cox finished third while Martinez, Swink, and Sam Cravey stepped up as well. They topped Marist 50-30 Tuesday, with pins from Reagan Sherk, Swink, Anthony Morgan, Britt Hilton, Israel Evans and Cox and major decisions by Martinez and Charlie King. Sam Cravey won by forfeit…MS beat St. Pius and Mt. Vernon and fell just short against Marist Tuesday. Leaders included Terry Moore, Trip Inglesby, Jack Capriotti, Hill Curtis, Collier Smith and Austin Lundquist.
Splash! The Aqua Bears return to action Jan. 15thwhen they travel to Chamblee High School. The swimmers have two individuals and a relay team already qualified for the state meet, slated for February at Georgia Tech.
Football honors! Junior Michael Cox has been named to the AJC First Team All-State list, it was announced in late December. The fullback set school records for yards rushing and touchdowns in a season and carried the ball 240 times without fumbling. Also, sophomore punter Marshall Nichols was named First Team for North Fulton for his more than solid year. Congrats to both!
Until next time,
“Today I bent the truth to be kind and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.” – Robert Brault
From the desk of Sports Information Director Dunn Neugebauer