Another year of Woodward Academy Athletics is off and running, this time with the War Eagles competing in a new classification, AAAAAA.
Another year of Woodward Academy Athletics is off and running, this time with the War Eagles competing in a new classification, AAAAAA. New teams in Woodward’s region (3-AAAAAA) are Alcovy HS, Lovejoy HS, Morrow HS and Rockdale County HS with familiar foes in Forest Park HS, Jonesboro HS, and Mundy’s Mill carrying over from last season. The rise to a higher classification hasn’t slowed the War Eagle much to this point as several teams look to challenge for both region and state titles.
Woodward’s varsity softball squad is currently 6-3 overall and 4-1 in region play. The Lady War Eagles lone region loss coming at the hands of a strong Alcovy squad in a close one-run game, 4-3. The squad is 5-1 at the Sutherland Family Softball Complex and has been led by senior Ava Thompson. Thompson is hitting .421 with 9 RBIs and 10 SBs so far this season. Freshman Cymone Woodfaulk currently leads the pitchers with a 2.92 ERA in 6 appearances while junior Caitlyn Katz leads the squad with 4 wins. The Region 3-AAAAAA tournament will take place beginning Monday, October 10th at the Lovejoy Regional Park.
The War Eagle Football squad remains ranked in every preseason top 10 poll despite the raise to a higher classification. Woodward got off to a strong start defeating last years Private-A GHSA State Champions Trinity Christian, 37-19. Junior running back Myles Graham had 135 yards on 21 carries and a pair of touchdowns while junior wideout Ben Grice collected 7 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown. Week two saw the War Eagles travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee to take on The McCallie School at UT-Chattanooga’s Finley Stadium. McCallie, the 3-time defending AAA Private School State Champion in Tennessee, would hold Woodward scoreless in the 2nd half to win a battle of the trenches 17-13.
Woodward’s varsity volleyball squad routinely plays a tough early season and non-region schedule to prepare the squad for the GHSA playoffs. This year is no different as the Lady War Eagles have faced seven top 10-rank teams from various classifications to date. Woodward is currently 10-10 on the season with region play starting later in September. Seniors Colette Sinkfield and Jordan Price have led the Lady War Eagles at the net while Franky Panunzio has controlled the offense from the setter’s position. Woodward will look to qualify for the AAAAAA State Championship playoffs in the Region Tournament on October, 15th at Jonesboro High School.
The War Eagle Cross Country squads are off and running this fall with their eye once again on qualifying for the boys and girls state meet in November. Competing this season in a very strong AAAAAA classification, both squads have started off running against some stiff competition to prepare for that trip to the state meet. The boys and girls squads recently traveled to Jekyll Island for a Labor Day Weekend meet with the boys placing 11th and the girls 9th overall. This year’s region meet will be October 22nd at the McIntosh Nature Preserve with the top two teams advancing to the state meet in Carrollton.
The Woodward Academy Clay Target squad started the year out with a 1st place finish at their tournament held on Aug. 27 at Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds. The team was led by Hayden Fritts, Carter Caldwell, Eric Brandenberger, Donald Dutson, and Bobby Klumok. Notable individual performances were William Strickland leading all competitors in Skeet, Eric Brandenberger posted the highest Sporting Clays score for the day, and individual 25 straight rounds were scored by Carter Caldwell, Austin Lundquist, Eric Brandenberger, William Strickland, and Hayden Fritts. The team will be back in action September 10, shooting Trap at Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds.
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