War Eagle Update – Spring 2021
After being shutdown in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, Woodward Academy athletic teams are excited to be competing this spring.
Woodward Academy’s baseball squad currently stands at 11-5 overall and 9-0 in Region 3-AAAAA. The War Eagles started off with a 1-0 win over an always strong Columbus squad but dropped their next five games. A 10-0 victory of Spalding High School on February 26th jump started the War Eagles who have now won 10 straight. Woodward has surrendered just 15 runs over the last 10 games (1.5 runs/game).
The boys and girls golf squads are in the conversation every season for a run at the State Championship and this year looks to be no different. The boys squad finished 1st overall in the Blue Devil Shootout at Arrowhead Point Golf Course to go along with a 3rd place finish at the Brookstone Invitational. The girls squad was looking for their 3rd consecutive state title before last season’s shutdown. Now, the team appears to be a favorite again this year. The girls recently won the 2021 Maple Ridge Girls Classic for the 3rd time in a row shooting a team total 236. Morgan Ellison captured Medalist honors shooting an even par round of 72 while junior Aly Francis finished as the runner-up shooting a one over par 73.
Woodward’s boys and girls lacrosse teams both compete in a tough area and hope to qualify once again for the state playoffs. The boys squad is currently 5-5 overall including a recent impressive 6-5 win over #5 ranked Greater Atlanta Christian on the Spartan's home turf. The girls teams is still looking for their first win of the season but have battled in each of their five matches. With a roster of just three seniors and a majority of sophomores and freshman, the girls team should have a strong future.
This year’s Riflery squad finished the regular season with an impressive 8-2 overall record qualifying the War Eagles for the GHSA State Sectionals. Round one saw Woodward Academy defeat Worth County 1130-1050 to advance to the Semifinal round set for early April. This year’s squad is composed entirely of juniors and sophomores making the future look strong for Woodward Academy Riflery.
Woodward Academy has a strong tradition of quality soccer and this year the War Eagles look to have a pair of solid squads. The girls team is currently 7-1-1 including a pair of wins over top ten ranked Eastside (4-0) and Grady HS (4-0). The Lady War Eagles are 4-0 in Region 3-AAAAA having yet to surrender a single goal in region play. The boys squad is currently ranked #7 in AAAAA with a record of 7-2-1 including wins over #10 ranked Eastside (4-1) and #10 ranked (AAA) Druid Hills (2-1). The War Eagles are also undefeated in region play at 4-0. Both teams will look to finish out the region schedule strong to capture the #1 seed from Region 3-AAAAA heading into the state playoffs.
The boys and girls varsity tennis squads also figure to be in the conversation this year for a deep run in the AAAAA State Tournament. The boys are currently 4-5 overall having scheduled some very talented tennis competition. Likewise, the girls team stands at 4-4-1 with an equally competitive spring schedule. The tough competition figures to prepare both squads for what is sure to be exciting post-season.
There has been one major theme this year with the Woodward Academy Track & Field squads--record breaking! With a little over half the season completed, the boys and girls squads have broken a total of 10 school records. Olivia Powell set a new record in the 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.23. The team of Chelsea Williams, Dillyn Green, Olivia Powell, and Kenyah Conner have set a total of three new records. They ran the 1600 Meter Spring Medley in the 5th fastest time in state history at 4:05.96, the 800 Meter Sprint Medley in 1:52.00, and the 4 x 200 Meter Relay in 1:42.20. The Distance Medley Relay team of Kenyah Conner, Olivia Powell, MacKenzie Moring, and Shristi Roy set a new record with a time of 12:57.17. Alan “Taco” Wright broke the 84-year old Long Jump record with a jump of 22’ 9” while Savannah Simms set a new Girls Triple Jump record with a leap of 38’ 10”. Kenyah Conner set a new record in the Girls 800 Meters with a time of 2:15.32 and finally both the boys and girls set new records in the Shuttle Hurdle Relay. The boys team of Chris Parker, Roman Holder, Michael Butler, and Taco Wright ran the relay in 1:05.58 while the girls team of Savannah Simms, Genesis Kidd, Peyton Funderburk, and Olivia Powell ran a time of 1:08.68.
Woodward’s boys and girls Ultimate teams had a delayed started and have yet to compete this spring.
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