Another exciting week in athletics with softball and volleyball advancing in their state tournaments and the War Eagle football team picking up another victory.
Woodward's softball traveled to August, GA this week to take on Cross Creek in round one of the AAAA State Playoffs. The best of three series matched the War Eagles against the #2 team from Region 3-AAAA. In game one, Woodward Academy jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never trailed the rest of the way. Senior Anna Freeman got the win on the mound while junior Allie Robinson went 4-5 with 4 RBI's to lead the offensive attack. Game two saw Cross Creek turn the tables on the War Eagles taking a 1st inning 3-0 lead but that would be all the Razorbacks would score for the remainder of the game. Woodward's bats slowly started to come to life with the War Eagles getting a single run in the 3rd, four runs in the 4th and six runs in the 5th to win 11-3 in 5 innings. Sophomore Darby Cornelius picked up the win in relief allowing just 2 hits with six strike outs and no walks in 4 2/3 innings of work. Junior Jacy Watson went 2-4 with 5 RBI's to help Woodward complete the sweep and advance to the 2nd round. Round two of the AAAA State Playoffs is set for October 18th & 19th against Northside-Columbus with the winner of that series advancing to Columbus, GA for the State Tournament.
Woodward Academy's volleyball team entered the AAAA state playoffs this week hosting Spalding High School. The Lady War Eagles, who are currently ranked #4 in AAAA, cruised to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Jaguars. Woodward took set one 25-4, set two 25-8 and closed out the match with a set three score of 25-6. Woodward will now play host to Columbus HS on Tuesday, October 17th with the winner advancing to the AAAA quarterfinals.
The War Eagle football team traveled to Southern Crescent stadium last Friday for a region 4-AAAA game against the Eagles of North Clayton. The War Eagles scored on their opening position and never looked back storming by North Clayton 51-0. Christian Wylder and Mike Wright split time at quarterback combining for 158 yards passing. Kimani Vidal, Tahj Gary and Mike Wright each scored a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead the scoring for Woodward Academy. Cecil Houston and Aaron Washington helped lead the charge on the defensive side of the ball as the War Eagles recorded their 2nd shutout of the season. Next up for Woodward Academy will be a visit from Eastside High School for Homecoming 2017. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM.
The boys and girls cross country teams posted their best team averages on Saturday at the Alexander / Asics Invitational hosted at the Foxhall Sporting Club. The boys placed 13th out of 19th in the Championship division as Henry Cox and Sam Riviere each broke the 17-minute barrier for the first time. The girls team, led by Brooklyn Carr and Cece Ng who both broke the 20-minute barrier, placed 13th out of 20 teams in the Championship Division. Emma Jones finished 7th overall in the 9th-10th grade race to lead the girls to finish 4th out of 10 teams. Graham Norris finished 9th overall in the 9th-10th grade race to lead the boys to finish 6th out of 17 teams. Complete results are available on the MileSplit website.
Congratulations to sophomore Maddy Cronin. Maddy has been named to the newly formed Georgia High School Association's Student Athlete Advisory Council. Maddy is one of just 18 student athletes selected from all 8 athletic classifications from across the state. The GHSA Student Athlete Advisory Council's chief mission is to provide a voice for student-athletes within the GHSA governing body as well as serving as ambassadors at major GHSA events. The council will also organize and plan the GHSA's Spring Leadership Summit for Georgia Student-Athletes.
Woodward junior and member of the Girls Golf Team Ayanna Habeel was named the 2017 award winner for the Calvin Peete Champion Award. This award is bestowed upon a young golfer who embodies the same drive, humility, and fight that Calvin Peete, a PGA Tour member and multiple tournament winner, worked so hard to build during his epic career. Calvin Peete made it very clear that he cared dearly about our youth, and this award is presented to an individual who is a growing reflection of his legacy.
Wednesday, October 18th the Woodward Academy parent programming series will host a session titled "Concussions – A Team Approach." Members of Woodward Academy's health and administrative staff will take part in presenting parents with valuable information regarding concussions in secondary schools and management strategies used at Woodward Academy. The program is free for Woodward Academy parents and will take place in the Chapel from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Click here to register.
Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.
SCORES (9/22/2017 – 9/28/2017):
Varsity football 51 North Clayton 0
9th grade football 16 Lovett 7
Varsity softball 11 Cross Creek 7
Varsity softball 11 Cross Creek 3