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Woodward Academy celebrated 20 National Letter of Intent signees at a special ceremony on Wednesday, February 3. The event was held on the Academy's Main Campus in historic College Park and was streamed on WALive. The student-athletes, across 10 different athletic teams, signed their National Letters of Intent to play collegiate level athletics for Division III, Ivy League, Universities, and Colleges around the United States. Congratulations to the following students:

J.T. Bernard – Baseball, Harvard University
Luke Corbin – Baseball, Samford University
Gavin Dooley – Baseball, Maryville College (D-III)
Nate Stinson – Baseball, Lincoln Memorial University
Josh Levy – Baseball, Northwestern University
Jake Nestlehutt – Basketball, Rhodes College (D-III)
Will Crane – Lacrosse, Sewanee University (D-III)
Max Richardsdon – Football, Boston College
Elijah Holyfield – Football, University of Georgia
Antone Williams – Football, Duke University
Jacob Robertson – Football, Tulane University
Myles Ferrell – Football, Hampton University
Stephen Witmer – Football, Hampden-Sydney College (D-III)
Jakari Harris – Golf, Hampton University
Jake Lawson – Golf, Georgia College & State University
Madison McGarrah – Softball, Berry College (D-III)
Bailey Heywood – Soccer, Belmont University
Erica Evans – Track & Field, Coastal Carolina University
Lydia Morris – Volleyball, Furman University
Nik Koumandarakis – Rugby, Furman University


This Week in Athletics

On Saturday, January 9th the War Eagle Wrestling team stormed through the Area Dual Championships capturing the Area Championship with a perfect 4-0 record and advancing Woodward Academy to the State Dual Meet in Macon. The War Eagles competed late last week in the AAAA State Dual Championship taking on the top teams in the state. Woodward Academy won their opening round match over Burke County 58-18 advancing the War Eagles into the quarterfinals. Woodward faced a deep and talented Locust Grove team in the quarters and fell 45-30. Woodward faced Heritage, Catoosa in the consolation match and after both teams tied with 33-33 points, the match was determined by the 8th criteria tie-breaker giving Heritage the match 34-33. The War Eagles will now begin preparations for the traditional portion of the season which begins with the Traditional Area Tournament on Saturday, January 30th.

Girls and boys basketball squads had a busy 7-days with three games on tap, two against top region 5-AAAA competition. Last Friday both squads traveled to Carrollton to take on the traditionally strong Trojans. The girls team battled the top 10 ranked Lady Trojans for four quarters but fell in a tight battle 52-49. The boys team played equally as hard coming even closer to picking up a key region road win but fell 66-65. The girls rebounded on Saturday when they hosted Cedar Shoals and picked up a 56-34 win in triple overtime. The boys team however would suffer just their 3rd lost in their last 11 games falling 57-47. The Lady War Eagles picked up another key region win on Tuesday when Woodward traveled to rival Sandy Creek. The girls team beat the Lady Patriots 49-41 and stand at 4-1 in the region, alone in 2nd place. The boys team faced yet another talented and deep team in the region leading Patriots. A cold shooting night made it difficult on the War Eagles as the boys squad fell 70-54. Games this weekend have been cancelled due to the impending inclement weather so both teams return to action on Tuesday, January 26th vs. Troup County.

Woodward Academy's swimming & diving teams had just one match on the schedule this week. Both the girls and boys traveled to Westminster to take on the always strong Wildcats. A Westminster program that featured over 20 seniors combined this year was just a little too much for the War Eagles as both team lost the dual meet. Unfortunately the threat of inclement weather has forced both teams to pull out of the annual Metro Championships so next up for both teams will be the state meet. The State Swimming & Diving Championships begin with the diving portion on Thursday, February 4th and conclude with the swimming finals on Saturday, February 6th.

The Woodward Academy Riflery team scored another win this week defeating Fayette County 1137-1089 to improve to 6-3 this year. Senior Paul Zachos led all shooters with a 291 (out of a possible 300), scoring a perfect score of 100 in the prone position. Lucy Outtrim and Annalyn Smith turned in strong performances as well with scores of 287 and 281 respectively. Next up Woodward Academy will host Heritage HS on Thursday, January 28th.

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

SCORES (1/16/2016 – 1/21/2016):

Wrestling 58 Burke Co. 18
Wrestling 30 Locust Grove 45
Wrestling 33 Heritage, Catoosa 34

Varsity Girls Basketball 49 Carrollton 52
Varsity Girls Basketball 56 Cedar Shoals 34
Varsity Girls Basketball 49 Sandy Creek 41
JV Girls Basketball 23 Carrollton 60
JV Girls Basketball 35 Cedar Shoals 43

Varsity Boys Basketball 65 Carrollton 66
Varsity Boys Basketball 47 Cedar Shoals 57
Varsity Boys Basketball 54 Sandy Creek 70
JV Boys Basketball 32 Carrollton 50
JV Boys Basketball 35 Cedar Shoals 56
9th Grade Basketball 29 Carrollton 39
9th Grade Basketball 39 Cedar Shoals 52

Boys Swim/Dive 88 Westminster 225
Girls Swim/Dive 119 Westminster 186

Riflery 1137 Fayette Co. 1089

The War Eagle wrestling team rolled through the Area Dual Championships over the weekend capturing the title with a perfect 4-0 record. Woodward Academy defeated Grady (81-0), Troup County (51-19), Carrollton (42-27) and Whitewater (43-27) in rout to earning a trip to the AAAA State Dual Championships. The State Dual Championships will begin on Thursday, January 14th in Macon and run through Saturday. Woodward Academy will take on Burke County in round one at 1 PM on Thursday with the winner advancing to Friday's quarterfinals.

This Week in Athletics

While several Woodward Academy athletic teams were active over the holiday break, this week marked team's first action of the New Year.

The War Eagle Wrestling team played host to McIntosh and McNair High Schools on Wednesday evening in their final dual meet tune-up before the Area Dual Championships. Woodward Academy defeated both the McIntosh Chiefs 51-18 and McNair Mustangs 40-31, improving to 15-8 in dual meets on the season. Woodward Academy will host the Area 5-AAAA Dual Championships on Saturday, January 9th with matches beginning at 9 AM. The top two teams for the championships will advance to the State Duals next week in Macon, GA.

Girls and boys basketball tipped off their region 5-AAAA schedule this week when the War Eagles played host to Whitewater. For the girls team, Cheyenne Arthur had a team-high 16 points while Jade Allen added 12 and Tyler Collins added 11 points each to help guide the Lady War Eagles to a 54-44 win. The boys team got 19 points from Hunter Falconer and 18 points from Julian Cameron as Woodward picked up the 65-52 win. The boys were 10 of 16 from 3-point land and the win marks their 6th victory in their last 7 games. Both teams will travel to Troup County on Friday, January 6th for their first road region match-up of the season.

Woodward Academy's swimming & diving teams were back in the water this week as the swimmers hosted Marist, while the divers traveled to Marist. With both Woodward squads currently suffering through some illness and mild injuries, the visiting Marist squad was able to pick up a pair of victories. Both girls and boys teams will be back in action on Wednesday, January 13th as they host Pace Academy.

The post season awards continue to roll in for the War Eagle Football team. Woodward Academy had five players named to the All-Metro team and four named to the AAAA All-State squad. Ryan Glover (QB), Josh Johnson (WR), Elijah Holyfield (ATH), Max Richardson (LB) and Antone Williams (DB) were all named to the First Team All-Metro squad. Senior linebacker Max Richardson was named to the AAAA All-State team while Glover, Holyfield and Josh Johnson were named Honorable Mention All-State. Woodward Academy finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and captured their 2nd consecutive region 5-AAAA championship. The War Eagles advanced to the AAAA state semifinals before losing to Buford.

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

SCORES (1/1/2016 – 1/7/2016):

Wrestling 51 McIntosh 18
Wrestling 40 McNair 31

Varsity Girls Basketball 54 Whitewater 44
JV Girls Basketball 41 Whitewater 20

Varsity Boys Basketball 65 Whitewater 52
JV Boys Basketball 31 Whitewater 22
9th Boys Basketball 29 Whitewater 42

Girls Swim/Dive 129 Marist 184

Boys Swim/Dive 145 Marist 159

The post season awards continue to roll in for the War Eagle Football team. Woodward Academy had five players named to the All-Metro team and four named to the AAAA All-State squad. Ryan Glover (QB), Josh Johnson (WR), Elijah Holyfield (ATH), Max Richardson (LB) and Antone Williams (DB) were all named to the First Team All-Metro squad. Senior linebacker Max Richardson was named to the AAAA All-State team while Glover, Holyfield and Josh Johnson were named Honorable Mention All-State. Woodward Academy finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and captured their 2nd consecutive region 5-AAAA championship. The War Eagles advanced to the AAAA state semifinals before losing to Buford.

You can see the entire All-Metro listing here and check out all the All-State squads for each classification here.

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