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This Week in Athletics

A summary of Woodward Academy varsity teams over the past week.

Varsity baseball, fresh off their win over perennial power Columbus, struggled through a pair of games this past week. Last Friday the War Eagles traveled to Westminster to face the AAA ranked Wildcats. Westminster scored three first inning runs and then held on to defeat the War Eagles 4-3. On Thursday, this week Woodward traveled to Hebron Christian. Hebron Christian built an early lead on several Woodward defensive miscues and defeated Woodward 14-4. Woodward stands at 2-2 on the season.

Boys and girls soccer continued their dominance of Region 4-AAAA play each getting wins over region foe North Clayton. Both teams recorded 10-0 wins to conclude last week's schedule. This week the Lady War Eagles faced a highly-ranked Pace Academy squad, losing 5-1. The boys team played host to Lovett on Wednesday evening and scored a 4-0 victory. The girls are currently 3-2 while the boys are 6-1 overall.

Woodward's boys lacrosse team continued their early season dominance with a pair of wins. Over the weekend, Woodward Academy traveled to the Baylor School in Tennessee. The War Eagles cruised over the traditionally strong Baylor Raiders 20-3. Woodward then followed up with another lopsided win this week defeating Druid Hills 19-1. The boys squad is currently 3-0 on the year with their first big test of the season on February 27th at Starr's Mill. The girls lacrosse team had just one game on the schedule this week as the Lady War Eagles played host to Lambert High School. Lambert, a AAAAAAA classification school, featured a quick and talented squad which gave the Lady War Eagles troubles. The Lady Longhorns defeated Woodward 16-2 as the girls squad dropped to 1-1 on the year.

Woodward Academy's riflery team picked up an important Area win this week. On Wednesday, Woodward Academy played host to Social Circle. Annalyn Smith turned in a score of 294, out of a possible 300, to lead the War Eagles to a 1140-1124 win. Sydney Hallas and Crystal Chen each turned in scores of 284. The team is now 10-3 on the season with two matches remaining before the Region Championships on March 17th.

The boys & girls track and field teams opened their seasons at the Westlake Early Bird Classic last Saturday. The girls placed 4th and the boys placed 7th out of the 19 teams competing. Athletes earning top-3 finishes for Woodward were:

Makenli Forrest: 1st in the Shot Put and 1st in the Discus
Farron Edmonds: 1st in the 300M Hurdles
Garnet Brown: 3rd in the 3200M
Mary Grace Lesesne and Megan Singleton: tied for 3rd in the Pole Vault

The varsity tennis squads had their schedule disturbed some by inclement weather this week. Both squads were able to travel to the DeKalb Tennis Center this week to take on region foe Druid Hills. The boys team earned a 5-0 win while the girls squad won 3-0. Both teams stand at 2-1 on the young season.

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

SCORES (2/17/2016 – 2/23/2016):

Varsity baseball 3 Westminster 4
Varsity baseball 4 Hebron Christian 14
JV baseball 7 Westminster 6
9th Baseball 4 Lovett 4
9th Baseball 4 Lovett 14
9th Baseball 3 St. Pius X 4

Varsity girls soccer 10 North Clayton 0
Varsity girls soccer 1 Pace Academy 5
JV girls soccer 0 Lakeside-DeKalb 1

Varsity boys soccer 10 North Clayton 0
Varsity boys soccer 4 Lovett 0
JV boys soccer 2 Lovett 1

Varsity girls tennis 3 Druid Hills 0
Varsity boys tennis 5 Druid Hills 0

Varsity boys lacrosse 20 Baylor, TN 3
Varsity boys lacrosse 19 Druid Hills 1

Varsity girls lacrosse 2 Lambert 16

Riflery 1140 Social Circle 1124
This Week in Athletics

The calendar may still say February but spring sports are in full swing for Woodward Academy athletics.

This Week in Athletics

The calendar may still say February but spring sports are in full swing for Woodward Academy athletics.

Woodward's final winter sport concluded last weekend as the finals of the Traditional State Wrestling Championships took place in Macon, GA. Seven Woodward Academy wrestlers qualified for this year's AAAA Traditional State Wrestling Championships held at the Macon Coliseum. Freshman Nick Masters led the War Eagles by capturing the state title at 106 pounds. Masters is the first freshman since 1980 to capture a state title for the War Eagles. Senior Tucker Witmer finished 3rd at 145 pounds while sophomore Malcolm Wiley finished 4th at 182 pounds. McCoy Pace (120), Carter Welsh (138), Ethan Zager (160), and Griffin Long (170) also qualified and competed in the championships. Overall Woodward finished 10th in the AAAA classification.

The girls and boys soccer team's got region play started with both teams off to good starts. Woodward hosted region foe Salem HS at the conclusion of last week with both teams coming away with 10-0 wins. In addition, the War Eagle teams traveled to Henry County on Thursday to face another region opponent. Once again both teams had little trouble with each coming away with 10-0 victories. In addition, the boys varsity team also hosted non-region Alexander HS. Woodward battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the visitors 3-2. The boys team is now 4-1 on the season while the girls stands at 2-1 on the year.

Woodward's lacrosse teams were also in action over the past week. The boys team played Riverwood in a preseason scrimmage and looked strong picking up the win 13-6. Earlier this week, the War Eagles opened their regular season schedule hosting Fellowship Christian. Woodward used a strong defense and quality ball control in cruising to a 19-9 win. The Lady War Eagles also opened their regular season schedule hosting Wesleyan. The girls played solid team lacrosse and defeated the visiting Lady Wolves 11-7.

The War Eagle baseball team opened their 2017 schedule with a pair of wins this week. On Monday afternoon, Woodward Academy got an impressive start from sophomore Christian Wylder as the War Eagles defeated Landmark Christian 8-0. The very next day Woodward hosted Columbus HS, a perennial state power in baseball. Entering the bottom of the 7th, the War Eagles trailed 6-3 but rallied scoring three runs in the inning to tie and send the game to extra innings. Woodward Academy got a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 8th to defeat the Blue Devils 7-6.

Both Woodward Academy tennis squads played a pair of matches this week. On Tuesday Woodward Academy traveled to the DeKalb Tennis Center to take on Lakeside HS. The girls team swept the Lady Vikings winning 5-0 while the boys team battled to a 3-2 win. Wednesday, Woodward hosted Carrollton High School. In a battle of two strong tennis programs, the Lady War Eagles fell to the Lady Trojans 3-2 while the boys team lost 4-1.

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

SCORES (2/10/2016 – 2/16/2016):

Varsity boys soccer 10 Salem 0
Varsity boys soccer 10 Henry Co. 0
Varsity boys soccer 3 Alexander 2
JV boys soccer 2 Alexander 1

Varsity girls soccer 10 Salem 0
Varsity girls soccer 10 Henry Co. 0

Varsity boys lacrosse 19 Fellowship Christian 9
JV boys lacrosse 6 Fellowship Christian 4

Varsity girls lacrosse 11 Wesleyan 7
JV girls lacrosse 2 Wesleyan 11

Varsity baseball 8 Landmark Christian 0
Varsity baseball 7 Columbus 6

Varsity girls tennis 5 Lakeside-DeKalb 0
Varsity girls tennis 2 Carrollton 3
JV girls tennis 1 Lovett 4

Varsity boys tennis 3 Lakeside-DeKalb 2
Varsity boys tennis 1 Carrollton 4
JV boys tennis 3 Lovett 2

Freshman Captures State Championship in Wrestling

Seven Woodward Academy wrestlers qualified for this year's AAAA Traditional State Wrestling Championships held at the Macon Coliseum. Fresham Nick Masters led the War Eagles by capturing the state title at 106 pounds. Masters is the first freshman since 1980 to capture a state title for the War Eagles.

Seven Woodward Academy wrestlers qualified for this year's AAAA Traditional State Wrestling Championships held at the Macon Coliseum. Freshman Nick Masters led the War Eagles by capturing the state title at 106 pounds. Masters is the first freshman since 1980 to capture a state title for the War Eagles. Senior Tucker Witmer finished 3rd at 145 pounds while sophomore Malcolm Wiley finished 4th at 182 pounds. McCoy Pace (120), Carter Welsh (138), Ethan Zager (160), and Griffin Long also qualified and competed in the championships. Overall Woodward finished 10th in the AAAA classification.


This Week in Athletics

For Woodward Academy athletics, February marks the crossroads between the conclusion of the Winter sports and the beginning of the Spring sports. This week both groups were in action.

Woodward Academy's boys & girls swimming and diving teams competed in the GHSA State Championships last weekend. Held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, the 3-day event concluded on Saturday evening with the A-AAAAA finals. The boys team finished 11th overall while the girls squad placed 12th. The top place winner for Woodward Academy was the girls 200 Medley Relay team of Alissa Cook, Jaila Gladmon, Nora Singh and Maddie Ledet who placed 2nd with a time of 1:50.84. Others qualifying for the finals:

- Boy's 200 yard Free Relay 6th place with Emanuel Abdul- Salaam, George Kimbrough, Jacob Willis and Neal Allen
- Alissa Cook 6th place in the 200 yard I.M.
- Boy's 200 yard Medley Relay 8th place with Neal Allen, Emanuel Abdul-Salaam, Jacob Willis and George Kimbrough
- Boy's 400 yard Free Relay 9th place with George Kimbrough, Neal Allen, Emanuel Abdul-Salaam, and Jacob Willis
- Alissa Cook 10th place in the 100 yard Backstroke
- Girl's 400 yard Free Relay 11th place with Katie Denson Maddie Ledet, Alissa Cook, and Nora Singh.
- Nora Singh 12th place in the 100 yard Butterfly
- Jacob Willis 14th place in the 100 yard Butterfly
- Alex Hickox's 15th place in 1 Meter Diving
- Neal Allen 15th place in the 50 yard Freestyle
- George Kimbrough 17th place in the 200 yard Freestyle
- Jaila Gladmon 17th place in the 50 yard Freestyle
- Nora Singh 19th place in the 100 yard Freestyle
- Emanuel Abdul-Salaam 19th place in the 100 yard Breaststroke

Woodward Academy's basketball teams finished their regular season schedules last weekend hosting Luella High School. The War Eagles swept the visiting Lions with the girls picking up a 56-39 win and the boys adding a 75-55 win. Unfortunately, both the girls and boys basketball teams seasons concluded early this week with first round losses in the Region 4-AAAA Tournament. On Monday, the boys team played Druid Hills at Eastside High School. The War Eagles fell behind early, mounted a fourth quarter rally but came up short losing 56-46. Hunter Falconer led the scoring for Woodward with 13 points while Arik Gilbert added 10 points and 9 rebounds. The boys team finishes the season with a 14-11 record. The girls team traveled to North Clayton on Tuesday to take on Luella High School. Luella built an early lead and shoot extremely well from the floor to control the game and win going away, 60-38. Senior Makenli Forrest was the leading scorer for the Lady War Eagles who finish the year 10-15.

Woodward Academy hosted the state sectional wrestling tournament last weekend and advanced seven wrestlers to this weekend's AAAA State Championships in Macon, GA. Qualifying for the War Eagles were Nick Masters (113#), McCoy Pace (120#), Carter Welsh (138), Tucker Witmer (145#), Ethan Zager (#160), Griffin Long (#170) and Malcolm Wiley (#182). The state championships begin February 9th and conclude with the finals on Saturday evening.

The Woodward Academy riflery team has won 8 of their last 10 matches and correctly stand at 8-3 on the year. This week Woodward played host to Luella and picked up a 1136-1092 victory. Top shooters for Woodward Academy were Annalyn Smith with a 293 (out of 300) and Crystal Chen with a 288. Next up for the team will be a trip to Newton HS on Thursday, February 16th.

The girls and boys soccer teams opened their season this week with a tough match against a pair of highly ranked St. Pius X teams. The girls squad lost 4-0 while the boys team fell 2-0. Woodward Academy will kickoff the 2017 region schedule later this week when the two teams host Salem HS.

The girls lacrosse team hosted Starr's Mill on Wednesday evening in a preseason scrimmage. The two teams battled back and forth, exchanging the lead several times before the Lady Panthers closed the game out with a pair of goals defeating the Lady War Eagles 14-12.

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 boys basketball 75 Luella 55
Varsity boys basketball 46 Druid Hills 56

Varsity girls basketball 56 Luella 39
Varsity girls basketball 38 Luella 60

Varsity girls soccer 0 St. Pius X 4

Varsity boys soccer 0 St. Pius X 2

Riflery 1136 Luella 1092

Varsity girls lacrosse 12 Starr's Mill 14

24 Student-Athletes Commit To Collegiate Athletics

Woodward Academy celebrated 24 National Letter of Intent signees at a special ceremony on Wednesday, February 1. The event was held in Woodward Academy's Paget Gym and was streamed on WALive. The student-athletes, across 9 different athletic teams, signed their National Letters of Intent or commitment letters to play collegiate level athletics for Division III, Ivy League, Universities, and Colleges around the United States. Congratulations to the following students:


Brennan McDaniel (basketball) - University of Chicago
Ryan Glass (baseball) - Georgia State University
Weston Dunkel (lacrosse) - Hampden-Sydney College
Keller Pilch (lacrosse) - Furman University
Ben Wilkinson (lacrosse) - Bucknell University
Kayla Bruster (soccer) - University of Georgia
Morgan Brinson (soccer) - American University
Ryan Capo (soccer) - Southern Methodist University
Joshua Harrison (soccer) - Mercer University
Makenli Forrest (track & field) - University of Louisville
Illana Jamison (track & field) -Clemson University
Julia Gianneschi (fencing) - Duke University
Andy Sun (fencing) - University of Pennsylvania
Anna D'Cruz (volleyball) - University of Alabama-Birmingham
William Berkey (football) - Davidson College
Daniel Farzaneh (football) - Mercer University
Hunter Falconer (football) - Wingate University
Ryan Glover (football) - University of Pennsylvania
Jeffrey Hubbard (football) - Eastern Michigan University
Josh Johnson (football) - University of Louisville
Terry Myrick (football) - Eastern Michigan University
JR Pace (football) - Northwestern University
Zach Quarterman (football) - Delta State University
Sultaan Shabazz (football) - Princeton University


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