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This Week in Athletics

Spring has sprung and the Woodward Academy spring athletic teams are in full swing. Here is a run down of this past week's activities.

This Week in Athletics

The varsity baseball team had a successful spring break trip to Florida and have carried their winning ways into region play. After sweeping Salem last week with all three games decided by the run-rule, Woodward took on a strong Eastside team. The War Eagles captured game one 5-4 and game two 9-7 this week with sights on finishing the sweep on Friday, March 24th. The War Eagles are currently 10-3 overall and currently ranked 9th in AAAA.

Woodward Academy's golf teams are just getting their seasons started but have competed in a few early season events. Last weekend the boys team competed in the Buford Best Ball at Bear's Best course. The War Eagles finished 5th in the competitive team event. The girls team, who are the defending AAAA state champions, competed in the Dalton Lady Cat at the Dalton Country Club. The Lady War Eagles didn't play their best rounds but battled through to still capture 1st Place.

Both Woodward Academy lacrosse teams had a busy week. The Lady War Eagles played a pair of matches this week finishing 2-0 and improving to 5-4 on the year. On Tuesday, the girls hosted Northgate and picked up a 6-5 victory. Thursday, the Lady War Eagles hosted Grady in a key area match. Woodward's girls battled through a hotly contested match coming out on top 13-11. The boys teams had an equally busy week facing some top programs. Early in the week the War Eagles hosted a traditional strong Decatur team. The boys jumped on the Bulldogs early and ran away with a 15-1 win. Next, a very talented Whitfield Academy team visited Colquitt Stadium. The War Eagles spotted the WolfPack a 5-0 lead before battling back. Unfortunately, the boys fell 8-6. The boys currently stand at 6-3 on the year and ranked 8th in in A-AAAAA with a key match next week against Marist.

The Woodward riflery team competed in the Area 5 competition last weekend. The squad struggled on the range but finished high enough to advance to the state tournament. The War Eagles will take on Buford HS Wednesday, March 29th in the first round of the State Championships.

The boys and girls soccer teams each faced region 4-AAAA foe Eastside this week in their only match. The boys improved their overall record to 8-4 with a 4-0 win. The girls also cruised to an easy victory defeating the Eagles 7-0 evening their record at 4-4-2. Both teams remain undefeated in region play with Luella and Druid Hills remaining on the schedule.

Weather always plays a factor in the spring so both boys and girls tennis teams used the nice spring weather to get three region matches in this week. Both teams went a perfect 3-0 on the week defeating Henry County, Luella and North Clayton. Neither the boys nor the girls dropped a single game in the three matches this week. This week's victories assure both teams of the regular season region championship.

Woodward's track & field teams have been performing well as a team and as individuals. Both the girls and the boys track and field teams finished first on Wednesday in their meet against Lovett, Blessed Trinity, Weber School, King's Ridge Christian, and the host St. Pius. Winning events for Woodward were:

Miriam Waters: 200M
Alex Potts: 800M
Madison Williams: 300M Hurdles
Tajiah Gary, Morgan Brinson, Erica Brooks, Miriam Waters: 4 x 100M
Makenli Forrest: Shot Put and Discus
Julian Cameron: 200M
Farron Edmonds: 300M Hurdles
Malik Poindexter, Dawson Ellington, Hunter Sellers, Alphonzo Overstreet: 4 x 100M
Farron Edmonds, Hunter Sellers, Julian Cameron, Alphonzo Overstreet: 4 x 400M
Sultan Simms: High Jump

In addition, a pair of Lady War Eagles have been setting new school records in their respective events. Junior Alex Potts set a new school pole vault record on March 8th with a jump of 11' 10" breaking her previous record of 11' 6". Alex would set yet another record 10 days later at the Coaches Invitational vaulting an even 12 feet. Senior Makenli Forrest also set a new school record in the shot put. The University of Louisville signee shattered her previous record of 45' with a throw of 46' 9.25". In addition, Makenli recently competed in New York at the New Balance Nationals Indoor (NBNI) track and field championship. Competing alongside athletes from 40+ states and Canadian provinces, Makenli earned All American honors in both the shot put and the weight. Her shot put distance of 46' 5.25" earned 6th place nationally, and her weight distance of 59' 1.25" garnered 4th place.

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

SCORES (3/17/2017 – 3/23/2017):

Varsity baseball 5 Eastside 4
Varsity baseball 9 Eastside 7
JV baseball 5 Alexander 10
9th baseball 3 Alexander 13
9th baseball 16 Westlake 5

Varsity boys lacrosse 15 Decatur 1
Varsity boys lacrosse 6 Whitfield Academy 8
JV boys lacrosse 11 Decatur 1

Varsity girls lacrosse 6 Northgate 5
Varsity girls lacrosse 13 Grady 11
JV girls lacrosse 5 Northgate 14
JV girls lacrosse 2 Grady 12

Varsity girls soccer 7 Eastside 0
JV girls soccer 0 Holy Innocents 2
JV girls soccer 1 Chamblee 1

Varsity boys soccer 4 Eastside 0
JV boys soccer 6 Holy Innocents 0

Varsity boys tennis 2 Athens Academy 3
Varsity boys tennis 5 Henry Co. 0
Varsity boys tennis 5 Luella 0
Varsity boys tennis 4 North Clayton 0
JV boys tennis 5 Brookstone 0
JV boys tennis 5 Brookstone 0

Varsity girls tennis 2 Athens Academy 3
Varsity girls tennis 5 Henry Co. 0
Varsity girls tennis 5 Luella 0
Varsity girls tennis 5 North Clayton 0
JV girls tennis 4 Holy Innocents 1
JV girls tennis 4 Brookstone 1
JV girls tennis 1 Brookstone 4

Track & Field Records Fall

Woodward Academy's track & field program is off to a strong start this year and recently had a pair of school records broken.

Woodward Academy's track & field program is off to a strong start this year and recently had a pair of school records broken. Junior Alex Potts set a new school pole vault record on March 8th with a jump of 11' 10" breaking her previous record of 11' 6". Alex would set yet another record 10 days later at the Coaches Invitational vaulting an even 12 feet.

Senior Makenli Forrest also set a new school record in the shot put. The University of Louisville signee shattered her previous record of 45' with a throw of 46' 9.25". In addition, Makenli recently competed in New York at the New Balance Nationals Indoor (NBNI) track and field championship. Competing along side athletes from 40+ states and Canadian provinces, Makenli earned All American honors in both the shot put and the weight. Her shot put distance of 46' 5.25" earned 6th place nationally, and her weight distance of 59' 1.25" garnered 4th place.

With several weeks remaining in the track & field season, odds are strong these two will set more records and via for state championship position in May at the GHSA State Championships.

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.


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