Woodward Academy recently named Sara Elliot head girls soccer coach for 2016-17 season. Coach Elliot is in her first year as the head girls soccer coach, having spent this past year as an assistant soccer coach as well as the middle school basketball coach. Coach Elliot came to Woodward after serving four years as an assistant coach for Mercer University's women's soccer team. At Mercer, she was part of the 2014 Southern Conference championship team that earned a berth in the NCAA Division I tournament. During her time at Mercer, she coached 11 players who received all-conference recognition for their success on the field. Before coaching, she played four years of Division I soccer at Mercer, where she was a two-time all-conference player and won two conference championships. She graduated from Mercer with a bachelor's degree in education and later earned a master's degree in education. Coach Elliot is a 2007 graduate of Woodward where she played softball, basketball, and soccer, winning a state championship title in soccer. She holds a United States Soccer Federation "C" license. In addition to her coaching duties, Coach Elliot is a math teacher in both the Upper School and Middle School.
Athletes in the News
Woodward Academy recently named Danielle LeFevers head girls swimming coach for 2016-17 season. A 2008 Woodward graduate who swam for the varsity team while in school, Coach LeFevers attended Furman University for her undergraduate
degree, where she was a member of the club swimming team. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in education, she attended the University of Michigan for her Master of Arts in teaching and learning. While at Michigan, Coach Lefevers swam for a Masters swimming program in Ann Arbor. Coach LeFevers has also worked at Swim Atlanta for several years, in addition to being a part of Swim Atlanta's Masters swimming team. For the 2015-2016 season, Coach LeFevers served as an assistant coach for Woodward's varsity girls' swimming team.
In Waynesboro, GA on Monday, the Woodward girls Golf team rallied from an early deficit to scorch the back nine and roll past Marist by 7 strokes to claim their 5th State Golf Championship. Freshman Ayanna Habeel shot a 4 over par 76 to claim the individual title while senior Jakari Harris, junior Susannah Cole and freshman Teagan Fritts completed the victory for the War Eagles. Susannah Cole shot her career best round to help Woodward climb back on top once again. Congratulation to Ayanna, Jakari, Susannah and Teagan and the rest of the girls on bringing the AAAA State Championship back home to Woodward.
In addition, the boys golf team challenged all afternoon for the AAAA boys title but feel just a few shots short of eventual champion Marist. The Woodward War Eagles turned in an overall team score of 305 while Marist War Eagles posted a 302. George Stradtman and Connor Asarch turned in low rounds of 74 for Woodward Academy while Joe Hewes and Mitchell Kahlert added rounds of 78 and 79 respectively. Congratulations to the boys team on an outstanding season.
Woodward Academy's boys track & field team turned in several outstanding performances at the State Meet in Jefferson finishing 3rd overall in the team standings. Scott Simpson won the State Championships in the Pole Vault with a new school record of 14 feet 6 inches. Dwayne Watkins finished 3rd in the Triple Jump, 4th in the 400 meters, and 4th in the 800 meters while setting tow new school records in the 400 and 800 meters. Antone Williams placed 4th in the 110 Hurdles as well as 4th in the 300 Hurdles while Carey Wynn recorded a 5th place finish in the High Jump. Congratulations to all the state place winners as well as the entire boys track & field team.
This Week in Athletics
The athletic year is starting to come to a close but there was still some exciting news in War Eagles athletics this week.
Woodward Academy's girls track & field team concluded their strong season with a 3rd place overall finish at the AAAA State Track & Field Meet over the weekend. Makenli Forest won individual state titles in the Discus and the Shot Put, setting a school record in the Shot Put with a throw of 45 feet. Alex Potts won the state championship in the Pole Vault and also set a school record in the 800 Meters with a time of 2:18.28 to place 2nd in the event. Also scoring points for the team were Samantha Freedman (5th in the Pole Vault), Illana Jamison (7th in the Discus), and Erica Evans (7th on 100 Hurdles, 7th in 300 Hurdles, and 8th in the Long Jump). The girls teams was also this year's Region 5-AAAA champions.
The girls soccer team advanced to the AAAA State Final Four last Saturday afternoon with a 6-2 victory over Wayne Co. The Lady War Eagles held a 3-0 halftime lead getting a pair of goals from Kayla Bruster and another from Kia Jie Jacobs. Woodward continued to roll in the 2nd half and the final outcome was never in much doubt. This week the Lady War Eagles played #1 ranked Marist in the AAAA semi-finals. Woodward Academy had lost to the Marist War Eagles earlier in the year 6-0 but at the time the team was not at 100% strength. This time would be much different. Woodward Academy trialed by a single goal at halftime and had several chances to even the score. Marist added another goal in the 2nd half and Woodward fell 2-0 to conclude their season as yet again a top four program in AAAA.
The varsity baseball team, fresh off their 2nd round series win over Thomas County Central, won the coin toss to host Veterans HS in the AAAA quarterfinals. Games one and two were at Drucker Field on Tuesday this week with a great turnout by the War Eagle faithful. Veterans' bats turned out to be too much to handle for the War Eagle pitching as the visitors took both games (9-0 & 10-7) to sweep the series.
In other news....girls lacrosse team members Erica Abraham (defense) and Emily Citarella (attack) were named A-AAAAA All-State Honorable Mention. Luke Corbin, Alex Alvord & Nate Stinson were named to the 5-AAAA 1st Team All-Region Baseball team with Ethan Cornelius & Cade Sutherland earning Honorable Mention. The Boy MS Lacrosse team captured the Middle School League Championship last Saturday with a 13-7 win over Sutton MS.Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.