Spring has sprung and the Woodward Academy spring athletic teams are in full swing. Here is a run down of this past week's activities.
This Week in Athletics
The varsity baseball team had a successful spring break trip to Florida and have carried their winning ways into region play. After sweeping Salem last week with all three games decided by the run-rule, Woodward took on a strong Eastside team. The War Eagles captured game one 5-4 and game two 9-7 this week with sights on finishing the sweep on Friday, March 24th. The War Eagles are currently 10-3 overall and currently ranked 9th in AAAA.
Woodward Academy's golf teams are just getting their seasons started but have competed in a few early season events. Last weekend the boys team competed in the Buford Best Ball at Bear's Best course. The War Eagles finished 5th in the competitive team event. The girls team, who are the defending AAAA state champions, competed in the Dalton Lady Cat at the Dalton Country Club. The Lady War Eagles didn't play their best rounds but battled through to still capture 1st Place.
Both Woodward Academy lacrosse teams had a busy week. The Lady War Eagles played a pair of matches this week finishing 2-0 and improving to 5-4 on the year. On Tuesday, the girls hosted Northgate and picked up a 6-5 victory. Thursday, the Lady War Eagles hosted Grady in a key area match. Woodward's girls battled through a hotly contested match coming out on top 13-11. The boys teams had an equally busy week facing some top programs. Early in the week the War Eagles hosted a traditional strong Decatur team. The boys jumped on the Bulldogs early and ran away with a 15-1 win. Next, a very talented Whitfield Academy team visited Colquitt Stadium. The War Eagles spotted the WolfPack a 5-0 lead before battling back. Unfortunately, the boys fell 8-6. The boys currently stand at 6-3 on the year and ranked 8th in in A-AAAAA with a key match next week against Marist.
The Woodward riflery team competed in the Area 5 competition last weekend. The squad struggled on the range but finished high enough to advance to the state tournament. The War Eagles will take on Buford HS Wednesday, March 29th in the first round of the State Championships.
The boys and girls soccer teams each faced region 4-AAAA foe Eastside this week in their only match. The boys improved their overall record to 8-4 with a 4-0 win. The girls also cruised to an easy victory defeating the Eagles 7-0 evening their record at 4-4-2. Both teams remain undefeated in region play with Luella and Druid Hills remaining on the schedule.
Weather always plays a factor in the spring so both boys and girls tennis teams used the nice spring weather to get three region matches in this week. Both teams went a perfect 3-0 on the week defeating Henry County, Luella and North Clayton. Neither the boys nor the girls dropped a single game in the three matches this week. This week's victories assure both teams of the regular season region championship.
Woodward's track & field teams have been performing well as a team and as individuals. Both the girls and the boys track and field teams finished first on Wednesday in their meet against Lovett, Blessed Trinity, Weber School, King's Ridge Christian, and the host St. Pius. Winning events for Woodward were:
Miriam Waters: 200M
Alex Potts: 800M
Madison Williams: 300M Hurdles
Tajiah Gary, Morgan Brinson, Erica Brooks, Miriam Waters: 4 x 100M
Makenli Forrest: Shot Put and Discus
Julian Cameron: 200M
Farron Edmonds: 300M Hurdles
Malik Poindexter, Dawson Ellington, Hunter Sellers, Alphonzo Overstreet: 4 x 100M
Farron Edmonds, Hunter Sellers, Julian Cameron, Alphonzo Overstreet: 4 x 400M
Sultan Simms: High Jump
In addition, a pair of Lady War Eagles have been setting new school records in their respective events. Junior Alex Potts set a new school pole vault record on March 8th with a jump of 11' 10" breaking her previous record of 11' 6". Alex would set yet another record 10 days later at the Coaches Invitational vaulting an even 12 feet. Senior Makenli Forrest also set a new school record in the shot put. The University of Louisville signee shattered her previous record of 45' with a throw of 46' 9.25". In addition, Makenli recently competed in New York at the New Balance Nationals Indoor (NBNI) track and field championship. Competing alongside athletes from 40+ states and Canadian provinces, Makenli earned All American honors in both the shot put and the weight. Her shot put distance of 46' 5.25" earned 6th place nationally, and her weight distance of 59' 1.25" garnered 4th place.
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SCORES (3/17/2017 – 3/23/2017):
Varsity baseball 5 Eastside 4
Varsity baseball 9 Eastside 7
JV baseball 5 Alexander 10
9th baseball 3 Alexander 13
9th baseball 16 Westlake 5
Varsity boys lacrosse 15 Decatur 1
Varsity boys lacrosse 6 Whitfield Academy 8
JV boys lacrosse 11 Decatur 1
Varsity girls lacrosse 6 Northgate 5
Varsity girls lacrosse 13 Grady 11
JV girls lacrosse 5 Northgate 14
JV girls lacrosse 2 Grady 12
Varsity girls soccer 7 Eastside 0
JV girls soccer 0 Holy Innocents 2
JV girls soccer 1 Chamblee 1
Varsity boys soccer 4 Eastside 0
JV boys soccer 6 Holy Innocents 0
Varsity boys tennis 2 Athens Academy 3
Varsity boys tennis 5 Henry Co. 0
Varsity boys tennis 5 Luella 0
Varsity boys tennis 4 North Clayton 0
JV boys tennis 5 Brookstone 0
JV boys tennis 5 Brookstone 0
Varsity girls tennis 2 Athens Academy 3
Varsity girls tennis 5 Henry Co. 0
Varsity girls tennis 5 Luella 0
Varsity girls tennis 5 North Clayton 0
JV girls tennis 4 Holy Innocents 1
JV girls tennis 4 Brookstone 1
JV girls tennis 1 Brookstone 4