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Athletic Director Named Region AD of the Year

Woodward Athletic Director Dr. Jose Fernandez was recently named Region 4-AAAA Athletic Director of the Year.

Woodward Athletic Director Dr. Jose Fernandez was recently named Region 4-AAAA Athletic Director of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA). Fernandez was recognized for his dedication and service to Woodward and the community and the success of the Academy's athletic programs.

This is the second time Dr. Fernandez has received this recognition as he was first honored with the title in 2015.

This Week in Athletics - Winter Update

Woodward Academy's winter sports teams have been busy with several preparing for region and state competitions.

Woodward Academy's girls and boys basketball teams have been improving each and every week this season with both hoping to capture a spot in the AAAA state tournament. Facing several top teams this year, the girls team currently holds a 9-7 record overall and a 3-3 record in Region 4-AAAA play. After a couple early season losses, the Lady War Eagles reeled off seven straight wins before falling to East Hall in the 2nd round of the Sequoyah War Lodge Tournament. Senior guards Tyler Collins and Madison Williams have lead the team this year in scoring combining for over 30 points per game. The boys team, playing an equally tough schedule, currently stands at 11-6 overall and is tied for 2nd in the region standings at 4-2. The War Eagles are currently riding a 4-game win streak and have won 8 of their last 10 games. The boys went a perfect 2-0 in the annual War Eagle Classic followed by a 3rd place finish at Westminster Holiday Tournament. Sophomore Walker Kessler leads the team in scoring at nearly 17 points per game with senior Spencer Felix adding 7 points per game.

The Woodward Academy wrestling team is having yet another strong season as the War Eagles currently hold a 23-6 dual meet record. The War Eagles captured first place in the early season Prep Duals and 2nd place at the Early Bird Duals. The squad upped their game however at the Area Dual Championships running away with the Area 4-AAAA title dominating Druid Hills, Eastside and Luella. The War Eagles will head to Macon for the GHSA AAAA State Dual Championships running January 11th – 13th before starting preparations for the traditional format of the season. Sophomores Vincent Mannella and Nick Masters, who recently won his 100th match, along with junior Malcolm Wiley lead a young but talented squad who should continue to improve.

The boys and girls swimming and diving teams are both getting ready for two of the season's biggest events. Both teams will be competing in the upcoming Metro City Championships followed by the GHSA State Championships. The boys team currently has a 6-0 dual meet record while the girls team is 2-4 overall. Recognizing 13 outstanding seniors, both teams recently celebrated senior night with a sweep of Pace Academy, the boys winning 222-75 and girls winning 168-134. Both teams are looking to finish the season strong at the Metro and State finals.

Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.
Girls Golf Team Receives Grant

The Varsity Girls Golf team received a grant of $1000 from the Georgia Women's Golf Association (GWGA) for the second year in a row.

The Varsity Girls Golf team received a grant of $1000 from the Georgia Women's Golf Association (GWGA) for the second year in a row. The grant will fund extended travel, entry fees, and extra equipment for the girls golf program. The GWGA, founded in 1929, is committed to the support of women's golf in Georgia and hosts the Georgia State Amateur Championships every year.

Girls golf team receives grant

Golf team members pictured left to right: Sophia Morettini, Aly Francis, Sierra Kvidt, Gabby Edwards, Amelia Connor, Morgan Ellison, Teagan Fritts, Julia White, Ayanna Habeel, and Bella Johnson.

Girls Lacrosse Coach to Speak at Coaches Clinic

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach Kate Sedgwick will be one of the guest speakers featured in the 5th Annual Georgia Lacrosse Foundation Girls Coaches Clinic.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach Kate Sedgwick will be one of the guest speakers featured in the 5th Annual Georgia Lacrosse Foundation Girls Coaches Clinic. The clinic will be held on Saturday, January 6, at Georgia Tech University. Kate will join coaches from a number of local universities and lacrosse programs.

This Week in Athletics

Football takes on St. Pius X in the AAAA state quarterfinals and Woodward's winter sports teams get into full swing in this week's edition.

The Woodward Academy football hosted St. Pius X last Friday evening in the AAAA State Quarterfinals. Unfortunately, the War Eagles fell to the Golden Lions in a back-and-forth battle, 35-31. The War Eagles finished the 2017 regular season with a record of 9-1 and a perfect 6-0 region record, capturing the 4-AAAA region title and securing a #1 seed in the state playoffs. The region championship was Woodward's fourth title in as many years setting a new school record for consecutive region championships in football. In the state playoffs, the War Eagles defeated Richmond Academy in round one and West Laurens in round two before falling to St. Pius X in the state quarterfinals. The War Eagles will return a substantial portion of the 2017 roster next season and will look to once again contend for a state title.

While Woodward's fall athletic teams finished up their 2017 season, the winter sports programs are in full swing. The girls and boys basketball teams opened Region 4-AAAA action this week when Woodward hosted Eastside HS. The girls team held a late 3-point lead but two quick basketball in the final seconds by the visitors resulted in a 54-53 loss for the Lady War Eagles. The boys team held a 29-21 halftime lead over the visiting Eagles. The War Eagles used a 22-point third quarter to build an insurmountable lead and picked up a 68-43 win. Next up for both teams will be a trip to Druid Hills and Westminster on back-to-back evenings before returning home on Tuesday, December 5th to host North Clayton.

Woodward Academy's wrestling team had the week off but has started the 2017-18 season in strong fashion. The War Eagles currently own a 13-2 dual meet record including a perfect 4-0 performance at the Prep Duals where the team captured first place. Woodward also finished 2nd at the Early Bird Duals and 5th at the Etowah Duals. The War Eagles will travel to South Carolina on December 1st and 2nd for the annual Southern Slam. The teams next home meet is set for Wednesday, December 6th where the War Eagles will host Northgate, Hiram and Forest Park.

The boys swimming and diving team improved to 3-0 in dual meet action this week defeating Columbus 200-105 while the girls team suffered a 184-110 loss to the visiting Blue Devils. Both teams will host North Atlanta on Thursday, December 7th in the final home match before the holiday break. In other swimming news, Woodward Academy 7th grade swimmer Andrew Bleuez has now broken FIVE Woodward Academy middle school swim records this season. The latest being the 200 free with a time of 1:58.27.

Be sure to follow Woodward Academy Athletics on Twitter - @WAWarEagles – for news, updates and scores throughout the year.

SCORES (11/24/2017 – 11/30/2017):

Varsity football 31 St. Pius X 35

Varsity boys basketball 68 Eastside 43
JV boys basketball 37 Eastside 54
9th boys basketball 45 Fayette Co. 36

Varsity girls basketball 53 Eastside 54

Boys Swimming/Diving 200 Columbus 105
Girls Swimming/Diving 110 Columbus 184
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