This Week in Athletics
Woodward Academy's athletic teams had a busy week as teams attempted to maximize their schedules prior to fall exams.
The varsity wrestling team traveled to Eastside High School in South Carolina over the week to compete in the annual Southern Slam. Woodward Academy placed 13th in the 35 team field with several War Eagles earning top seven or better finishes. Nick Masters finished 2nd at 113 lbs., Tucker Witmer was 4th at 145 lbs. and both Malcolm Wiley and Michael Berkey finished 7th at 182 lbs. and 195 lbs. respectively. The War Eagles hosted East Coweta, Forest Park and Henry County in a home dual match earlier this week going 2-1 on the evening. The War Eagles are now 20-3 in dual match competitions.
Girls and boys varsity basketball played three games each over the past week. The girls team picked up a pair of important region victories defeating Druid Hills 55-14 and North Clayton 44-32 as well as non-region foe Westminster 46-30. The Lady War Eagles have now won four consecutive games and sit atop the region standings tied with Henry County. The boys team defeated Druid Hills 56-49 and Westminster 63-50 before traveling to North Clayton for a key region match-up with the Eagles. Woodward Academy battled to the end getting three key possession late in the game to defeat North Clayton 50-49. The win keeps the War Eagles perfect in the region standings and tied with Salem and Henry County.
Woodward Academy's swimming and diving teams hosted North Atlanta this week. Both teams picked up head-to-head wins over the visiting Warriors with the boys winning 203-106 and the girls 184-120. The girls and boys teams will now prepare for next week's Madeleine Jude Invitational at Emory University before breaking for the holidays.
Woodward Academy's clay targets team competed in the Georgia Independent School Association's (GISA) state championships in Savannah, GA over the weekend. Woodward's team finished the two day competition as the GISA State Runner-Up with several individuals finishing in the top five. Turner Kurzweg (3rd), Carter Haydon (7th) and Finn Gosch (9th) represented scores placing Woodward 2nd overall. Hannah Chastian finished 3rd in the High Overall for the ladies. Turner Kurzweg took 3rd in Trap while Finn Gosch took 3rd in Skeet. Meredith von Kleydorff took 2nd in the Ladies Trap while Izzy Baldwin placed 3rd in Ladies Skeet. In Woodward Academy's brief four year history competing in Clay Targets, the War Eagles have captured the GISA state title once and been runner-up three times.
The riflery team competed just once this week and will be off until Woodward returns from the holiday break. The War Eagles defeated Ola High School 1134-860 to even their record at 2-2 on the season. Annalyn Smith was the top shooter for Woodward with a 290 (out of 300).
In other news....Woodward Academy alum Jordan Watkins, a member of the Stanford Cardinal football team, was recently named honorable mention Pac 12 Academic Team.
Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.
SCORES (12/2/2016 – 12/8/2016):
Varsity wrestling 51 Forest Park 27
Varsity wrestling 76 Henry Co. 6
Varsity wrestling 22 East Coweta 48
Girls swim/dive 184 North Atlanta 120
Boys swim/dive 203 North Atlanta 106
Girls varsity basketball 55 Druid Hills 14
Girls varsity basketball 46 Westminster 30
Girls varsity basketball 44 North Clayton 32
Girls JV basketball 15 Westminster 21
Girls JV basketball 42 Holy Innocents 55
Boys varsity basketball 56 Druid Hills 49
Boys varsity basketball 63 Westminster 50
Boys varsity basketball 50 North Clayton 49
Boys JV basketball 41 Westminster 49
Boys JV basketball 43 Lovett 37
Boys 9th basketball 43 Westminster 30
Boys 9th basketball 35 Lovett 22