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Woodward Academy's athletic teams had a busy week as teams attempted to maximize their schedules prior to fall exams.

The varsity wrestling team traveled to Eastside High School in South Carolina over the week to compete in the annual Southern Slam. Woodward Academy placed 13th in the 35 team field with several War Eagles earning top seven or better finishes. Nick Masters finished 2nd at 113 lbs., Tucker Witmer was 4th at 145 lbs. and both Malcolm Wiley and Michael Berkey finished 7th at 182 lbs. and 195 lbs. respectively. The War Eagles hosted East Coweta, Forest Park and Henry County in a home dual match earlier this week going 2-1 on the evening. The War Eagles are now 20-3 in dual match competitions.

Girls and boys varsity basketball played three games each over the past week. The girls team picked up a pair of important region victories defeating Druid Hills 55-14 and North Clayton 44-32 as well as non-region foe Westminster 46-30. The Lady War Eagles have now won four consecutive games and sit atop the region standings tied with Henry County. The boys team defeated Druid Hills 56-49 and Westminster 63-50 before traveling to North Clayton for a key region match-up with the Eagles. Woodward Academy battled to the end getting three key possession late in the game to defeat North Clayton 50-49. The win keeps the War Eagles perfect in the region standings and tied with Salem and Henry County.

Woodward Academy's swimming and diving teams hosted North Atlanta this week. Both teams picked up head-to-head wins over the visiting Warriors with the boys winning 203-106 and the girls 184-120. The girls and boys teams will now prepare for next week's Madeleine Jude Invitational at Emory University before breaking for the holidays.

Woodward Academy's clay targets team competed in the Georgia Independent School Association's (GISA) state championships in Savannah, GA over the weekend. Woodward's team finished the two day competition as the GISA State Runner-Up with several individuals finishing in the top five. Turner Kurzweg (3rd), Carter Haydon (7th) and Finn Gosch (9th) represented scores placing Woodward 2nd overall. Hannah Chastian finished 3rd in the High Overall for the ladies. Turner Kurzweg took 3rd in Trap while Finn Gosch took 3rd in Skeet. Meredith von Kleydorff took 2nd in the Ladies Trap while Izzy Baldwin placed 3rd in Ladies Skeet. In Woodward Academy's brief four year history competing in Clay Targets, the War Eagles have captured the GISA state title once and been runner-up three times.

The riflery team competed just once this week and will be off until Woodward returns from the holiday break. The War Eagles defeated Ola High School 1134-860 to even their record at 2-2 on the season. Annalyn Smith was the top shooter for Woodward with a 290 (out of 300).

In other news....Woodward Academy alum Jordan Watkins, a member of the Stanford Cardinal football team, was recently named honorable mention Pac 12 Academic Team.

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 wrestling 51 Forest Park 27
Varsity wrestling 76 Henry Co. 6
Varsity wrestling 22 East Coweta 48

Girls swim/dive 184 North Atlanta 120
Boys swim/dive 203 North Atlanta 106

Girls varsity basketball 55 Druid Hills 14
Girls varsity basketball 46 Westminster 30
Girls varsity basketball 44 North Clayton 32
Girls JV basketball 15 Westminster 21
Girls JV basketball 42 Holy Innocents 55

Boys varsity basketball 56 Druid Hills 49
Boys varsity basketball 63 Westminster 50
Boys varsity basketball 50 North Clayton 49
Boys JV basketball 41 Westminster 49
Boys JV basketball 43 Lovett 37
Boys 9th basketball 43 Westminster 30
Boys 9th basketball 35 Lovett 22

Riflery 1134 Ola 860

Woodward Academy's clay targets team competed in the Georgia Independent School Association's (GISA) state championships in Savannah, GA over the weekend. Woodward's team finished the two day competition as the GISA State Runner-Up with several individuals finishing in the top five. Turner Kurzweg (3rd), Carter Haydon (7th) and Finn Gosch (9th) represented scores placing Woodward 2nd overall. Hannah Chastian finished 3rd in the High Overall for the ladies. Turner Kurzweg took 3rd in Trap while Finn Gosch took 3rd in Skeet. Meredith von Kleydorff took 2nd in the Ladies Trap while Izzy Baldwin placed 3rd in Ladies Skeet. In Woodward Academy's brief four year history competing in Clay Targets, the War Eagles have captured the GISA state title once and been runner-up three times.


This Week in Athletics

Woodward Academy's Colquitt Stadium was packed to capacity last Friday for one of the state's marque playoff matchups. Woodward Academy played hosted to the AAAA defending state champion Cartersville Purple Hurricanes in the quarterfinals of the AAAA football playoffs. The War Eagles fell behind early but battled back to only trail 16-9 at the half. Cartersville used a ball control offense in the 2nd half limiting Woodward Academy's possessions and defeated the War Eagles 26-15. This season the football team captured the region championship for the third consecutive season and finished with an 11-2 record. The War Eagles completed the region schedule with a perfect 6-0 record and entered the AAAA state playoffs as the #1 seed from Region 4-AAAA. Woodward Academy defeated Upson-Lee in round one and Northwest Whitfield in round two before falling to Cartersville. The War Eagles used an explosive, quick strike offense and a stifling defense to win nine games by 30 or more points. QB Ryan Glover helped lead an offense that averaged 41 points per game. Running backs Jalen Polk and Tahj Gary lead the rushing attack while wide receivers Josh Johnson and Cade Sutherland were Glover's top receiving targets. Defensively, Woodward Academy allowed an average of just 7 points per game and were led by seniors Terry Myrick and Darien Wiggins and junior KJ Phillips.

Basketball is now in full swing and with both girls and boys squads returning to the courts this week. LaGrange HS visited Woodward Academy on Tuesday for a varsity doubleheader. The Lady War Eagles picked up their first win of the season with a 58-54 win over the Lady Grangers. Junior Madison Williams scored 22 points for the Lady War Eagles while senior Makenli Forrest hauled in 7 rebounds. The boys team battled against a talented and determined LaGrange squad but fell 64-57. Spencer Felix and Kevin Powell combined for 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the War Eagles. Next up for both teams will be three region match-ups. Woodward will host Druid Hills Friday, December 2nd and Henry County on Friday, December 9th in addition to traveling to North Clayton HS on Tuesday, December 6th.

Woodward Academy's wrestling squad was idle during the week but have started off strong this season. The War Eagles currently are 17-1 in dual meet competition and have captured both the Early Bird Duals and Prep Duals championships this season. The team travels to Eastside HS in South Carolina this weekend to compete in both the Eastside Duals and the Southern Slam. The War Eagles next home meet is set for Wednesday, December 7th.

The boys & girls swimming and diving teams were back in the pool this week as well. Woodward Academy hosted Columbus earlier this week at the Kennedy Natatorium. The boys teams improved to 3-0 in dual meet events with a 186-113 win while the girls squad fell 185-114. Both teams will host North Atlanta next week before the annual Madeleine Jude Brown Invitational on December 17th.

Woodward Academy's riflery team lost their only match of the week to Monroe Area HS. The War Eagles were defeated by just 6 points, 1136-1130. Top shooters for Woodward Academy were Crystal Chen 288 (out of possible 300), Annalyn Smith 285 and Sydney Hallas 283. The team will host Ola HS on Thursday, December 8th before pausing for the holiday break.

In other news.....Woodward Academy senior Julia Gianneschi has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend Duke University in the fall as part of the school's fencing team. Julia, a foilist, is a three-time gold medalist at the Division 1A Senior Women's Foil Regional Open Circuit in New Orleans, La., and claimed bronze at the 2014 Division II Women's Foil North American Cup in Minneapolis, Minn.

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

SCORES (11/25/2016 – 12/01/2016):

Varsity Football 15 Cartersville 26

Varsity Girls Basketball 58 LaGrange 54
Varsity Boys Basketball 57 LaGrange 64
JV Boys Basketball 41 Langston-Hughes 50
9th Grade Boys Basketball 17 Langston-Hughes 44

Varsity Boys Swim/Dive 186 Columbus 113
Varsity Girls Swim/Dive 114 Columbus 185

For the third time in three season the Woodward Academy football team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Woodward Academy cruised to a 49-8 win over Northwest Whitfield Friday evening to advance to the round of eight. The War Eagles amassed 518 yards of total offense while the defense continued to limit opponents. Quarterback Ryan Glover was 15 of 21 passing for 257 yards and four touchdowns. Glover threw TD passes to JR Pace, Cade Sutherland, Hunter Falconer and Josh Johnson. Tahj Gary was the leading rusher with 104 yards on 11 carries.

Shortly after the game a coin toss was conducted to determine home field advantage for the next round with Woodward Academy winning the toss. The War Eagles will host #1 ranked Cartersville in a highly anticipated match-up Friday at 7:30 PM. Tickets for the quarterfinals are $12 with gates scheduled to open at 6 PM.

This Week in AthleticsFall Summary

This fall Woodward Academy athletic teams have been very successful on the field, court and trails. The War Eagle football team advanced to the 2nd round of the AAAA state playoffs last Friday with a 42-0 victory over visiting Upson-Lee. QB Ryan Glover helped lead the scoring completing 14 of 19 passing for 317 yards and four touchdowns, three to WR Josh Johnson. On defense, the War Eagles continue to limit opponent's offensive attach, pitching their 5th shutout of the season. Woodward Academy will take on Northwest Whitfield Friday, November 18th at 7:30 PM with the winner advancing to the AAAA state quarterfinals.

The Woodward Academy volleyball team finished as the AAAA state runner-up this year and two Lady War Eagles recently received post-season award recognition. Junior Lauren Harrison was named the AAAA Player of the Year while senior Anna D'Cruz was named to the Senior All-Star game. Both also were named to the AAAA All-State Team. Lauren and Anna were first and second on the team respectively in kills while Anna tied for the team lead in blocks. Woodward finished the year 32-14 and combined with their state runner-up finish, captured the Region 5-AAAA championship.

Woodward Academy's boys and girls cross country teams both qualified for the State AAAA Championships again this year. Brennan Silliman ran a course-best time of 16:45 to finish 7th overall and help the team to a 12th place finish out of 31 teams. Brooklyn Carr led the girls team to a 7th place finish in the 31-team field by running 20:11 to finish 8th overall and the top 9th-grader in the race. Both Brennan and Brooklyn earned 1st-Team All-State Honors for their individual performances.

The Woodward Academy softball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history this year. The Lady War Eagles, finishing as Region 4-AAAA Runner-up, advanced to the state tournament for the 7th consecutive year. Woodward Academy swept Upson-Lee in round one of the state tournament to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history. Several players were honored for their outstanding performances with selection to the All-Region team. Sophomores Ariana Alvord and Kaitlyn Bates earned unanimous 1st Team All-Region honors. Also selected to the 1st Team All-Region squad were senior catcher Helen Olson and junior pitcher Anna Freeman. Earning 2nd team All-Region honors were infielders senior Maggie Sutton, sophomore Jacy Watson and freshman Darby Cornelius as well as outfielder junior Lindsay Rand.

Woodward Academy's competition cheer squad captured the region 4-AAAA championships this year. Their first place finish at the region meet automatically advanced the squad to the state championship finals in Columbus, GA. In the state finals the Lady War Eagles fell outside of the top five but this marks the 7th consecutive season the Competition Cheer team has advanced to the state finals.

The winter sports teams are just starting to get things rolling and are excited about continuing Woodward Academy's success this school year. The boys and girls swimming & diving teams both placed 2nd at the recent Atlanta Kickoff Classic. Both varsity basketball squads officially start their seasons Friday, November 18th. The boys will play in the Evans Tip-Off Classic at Evans High School while the girls will play in the Verizon Hoops for the Cure at St. Francis. Wrestling opened their season with a 2nd place finish at the Jackson County High School Panther Scramble and a dual meet sweep of Southwest DeKalb, Osborne, and Langston Hughes. Woodward Academy's riflery team has competed twice to this point going 1-1 with the team recently out-shooting Lamar County 1127 – 659.

In other news....several Middle School swim records have fallen this year. 8th grader Harrison Barnard broke the 100 backstroke record with a time of 1:01.27 beating the old record set by current varsity swimmer Emanuel Adbul-Salaam of 1:01.58. Another 8th grader, Ryan Cook, broke a pair of records. Ryan set new Middle School records in the 500 freestyle (5:24.28) and in the 200 individual medley (2:15.60).

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

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