This Week in Athletics
With the end of the school year rapidly approaching and the senior class of 2016 nearing the end of their year high school career, it is an exciting time at Woodward Academy. The War Eagle athletic program had EVERY varsity team this spring qualify for their respective state playoffs and the excitement of making a state championship run has filled the air.
The varsity baseball team closed out their season last Friday with a 3-1 victory over Carrollton taking two out of three games from the Trojans. The series win gives the War Eagles the #2 seed in region 5-AAAA and a first round state playoff series. Woodward will play host to North Oconee HS on Friday, April 29th in a best two out of three series with the winner facing the winner of Griffin/Thomas Co. Central.
The boys lacrosse team finished their regular season winning two out of their final three games. The War Eagles dominated both Eagles Landing Christian and Mt. De Sales Academy 20-7 and 20-0 respectively this week. Lovett handed the War Eagles their only loss with Woodward falling 18-3. The War Eagles have qualified for the A-AAAAA state playoffs and will travel to Greater Atlanta Christian on May 3rd for their first round game. The girls lacrosse team had the week off as they prepare for their first round playoff game. The Lady War Eagles finished their regular season 10-6 overall and earned the #2 seed for Area 1 with their opponent for the playoffs yet to be determined.
The girls golf team, fresh off capturing the region 5-AAAA championship, shattered the school record Saturday in Waynesboro by 10 Strokes to win the Lady Bear Invitational. Ayanna Habeel, Jakari Harris and Teagan Fritts combined to shoot 229 as a team to secure the victory over perennial powers Vidalia and Glynn Academy. Ayanna shot her Woodward best 73 to finish 3rd individually while Jakari shot 75 to finish 5th. By virtue of capturing the region title, the girls team has automatically qualified for the AAAA state tournament which will be held May 16th at the Waynesboro Country Club. The boys golf team also won their region tournament last Tuesday defeating host school Carrollton by 3 strokes at the Sunset Hill Country Club. Senior Jake Lawson captured the individual Region Championship winning in a playoff on the 18th hole. The win automatically qualifies the War Eagles for the AAAA Boys State Championships. The boys finals will be played in Evans, Ga on May 16th at the Johns Creek Golf Club.
The girls and boys tennis teams are well into their state playoff tournaments. The girls team has advanced to the AAAA quarterfinals with 5-0 wins over Johnson High School of Gainesville and Bainbridge HS. The Lady War Eagles will host Chamblee HS on April 29th for a chance to advance to the state final four. The boys teams also advanced to the quarterfinals but were unfortunately eliminated this week. In the first two rounds the War Eagles defeated Buford and Bainbridge but fell to top ranked Marist earlier this week.
The boys and girls soccer teams also have kicked off their AAAA playoffs. The boys team played host to North Oconee this week in round one action. The War Eagles threatened the goal the entire evening but could not find the back of the net. North Oconee scored a late 2nd half goal and held off a furious rally by the War Eagles to defeat Woodward 1-0. The girls team traveled to North Oconee HS for their first round match. The Lady War Eagles used their speed and team depth to score three goals on the Titans and advanced with a 3-1 win. The girls team will now travel to Pike County to take on the Lady Pirates on May 4th.
Both the boys and girls track & field teams turned in outstanding performances last week at the region meet in Carrollton, GA. The girls team captured the region championship with 208 points, 26 points better than 2nd place Fayette County. The boys team also brought home the region title scoring 149 points, 19 points better than 2nd place Sandy Creek. Both teams qualified numerous individuals and relay teams for the State Sectional Meet which will be held at Carrollton HS on Saturday, April 30th.
In other athletic news....The Woodward Academy Middle School track & field teams competed over the weekend at the Georgia State Middle School Championships. The two-day event was held at Parkview High School in Lilburn, GA. The Middle School boys squad captured first place overall while the girls team finished 10th. The two teams combined for the highest middle school overall score. Congratulations to the Middle School track & field program.
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