The 2017-18 season has officially begun and War Eagle athletic teams are back in action.
The 2017-18 season has officially begun and War Eagle athletic teams are back in action. Woodward Academy captured 11 region or area championships and sent 21 varsity teams to their respective state playoffs last year and hope to improve on those numbers this year.
The War Eagle football team, currently ranked #7 (AAAA) in the preseason polls, scrimmaged #2 ranked (AAA) Greater Atlanta Christian last Friday evening at GAC. Woodward Academy graduated 24 seniors from the 2016 team that finished 12-2 and advanced to the AAAA quarterfinals. GAC returned 15 starters from a team that advanced to the AAA quarterfinals. The War Eagles started a lot of fresh faces against a veteran team and would ultimately lose the scrimmage on the scoreboard. However, the valuable experience the young starters gained will prepare the team for the upcoming season. Woodward Academy kicks off the regular season Friday, August 18, hosting Grady High School.
The Lady War Eagle volleyball team finished as the 2016 AAAA State Runner-up and are looking to capture the state title in 2017. Opening the season ranked #2 in AAAA, Woodward finished 3-1 last weekend at the Wesleyan Elite Eight Playdate. The team defeated North Cobb, North Gwinnett, and Chattahoochee with their one loss against #1 ranked (AAAAAA) Harrison. This week the Lady War Eagles completed a dual sweep defeating both Lovett and Dunwoody 2-0.
New head coach John Hurston takes over the Lady War Eagle softball team and while the Lady War Eagles struggled at a highly competitive Callaway Classic, they started their region schedule a perfect 2-0. The team opened their season at the two-day Callaway Classic playing several talented squads. The team went 0-5 on the weekend but gained valuable early season experience. Since then, the Lady War Eagles have reeled off three straight wins. The team defeated Landmark Christian 10-2 in their home opener and have taken two games from region foe Druid Hills place them tied with Eastside HS atop the region standings.
Woodward Academy's girls cross country team finished 2016 as the region champion with the boys finishing as region runner-up. Both teams hope to continue their success and contend for a top finish at the state meet in November. Both have been in early season training with their first meet of the season scheduled for Saturday, August 19, at Our Lady of Mercy.
The competition cheerleading team has been working hard in preparation for their first competition. The Lady War Eagles will travel to Lambert High School on September 23 to start their competitive schedule, finishing with the Region Championships in November.
Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates, and scores throughout the year.
SCORES (9/1/2017 – 9/17/2017):
Varsity volleyball 2 North Gwinnett 0
Varsity volleyball 2 North Cobb 0
Varsity volleyball 2 Chattahoochee 0
Varsity volleyball 1 Harrison 2
Varsity volleyball 2 Lovett 0
Varsity volleyball 2 Dunwoody 0
Varsity softball 7 Troup County 8
Varsity softball 6 LaGrange 14
Varsity softball 0 Callaway 14
Varsity softball 0 Bainbridge 14
Varsity softball 10 Landmark Christian 2
Varsity softball 16 Druid Hills 15
Varsity softball 15 Druid Hills 1