The Wesleyan Softball team figured prominently on this year's Area-4 All-Area team, and took home two major awards. Junior Ryley Kutter took home Area 4 Pitcher of the Year, and her counterpart behind the plate, Sophomore Marjee Williams was named Area 4 Defensive Player of the Year. Earning First-Team nods were Sophomores Macey Cintron and Jasmine Green, while Senior Tinsley Bertram and Junior Christina McCoy were named to the Second-Team. Earning Honorable Mention honors were Seniors Imani Washington and Jessica Nolan.
The team takes on Savannah Christian in the Second Round of the Playoffs at 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday at Agape Field. The "if game" of that series would take place on Thursday, at a time TBD. Follow the Wolves action at home on the Wesleyan Softball Youtube Page.
The Football Wolves took on Hebron Christian last Friday downing the Lions 34-0. Junior Will Tucker led the Wolves in scoring with 2 TDs on the ground, while Jett Miller added another by land, and one by air to Sophomore Jamie Tremble. Baer Cole capped off the scoring with a scoop & score TD after a blocked punt by Junior Max Ledbetter. On defense, the Wolves recovered 4 fumbles, 2 by Senior Will Burns. Junior Linebacker Trent Debow was the leading tackler with 12. The Wolves will look to stay undefeated in the region this week at Providence Christian on Friday night at 7:30pm. Follow that action on NFHS.
Girls The Varsity Girls placed 11 runners in the Varsity Championship of the Coach Wood Invitational where all 11 broke 23 minutes. Freshman Eva Murphy paced the Wolves with a 20:49, and was followed by Freshman Kyra Brubaker at 21:26, Senior Sophie Villa at 21:38, Sophomore Julie Anne Bush at 21:39, and Freshman Ansley Voss at 21:42.
Boys On Saturday, Senior Stafford McDaniel was the lone Wolf in the Boys 5K Championship where he ran an impressive 16:31.88 to place 59th overall. In the Varsity Race Junior Christopher Izzo came in at 17:55 while Freshman Henry Moore followed a second later. Overall, 10 Wolves broke 20 minutes on the day.
The Varsity Softball team emerged from the Area Tournament as Champions last Thursday. On Tuesday, the girls dropped a heartbreaker to George Walton by a score of 1-2 in 13 innings. The team immediately rebounded with an 8-1 victory over Prince Avenue to stay alive in the Area tournament. That win set up a critical rematch with George Walton on Thursday. The games looked destined to be postponed due to rain, but a strong tarp and a dedicated Grounds Crew saved the day. Game 1 saw Ryley Kutter in the circle for the Wolves where she relinquished only 1 run while striking out 14. In the bottom of the 6th, Tinsley Bertram led off with a double, followed by a double from Ryley Kutter. After an intentional walk to Macey Cintron, Marjee Williams drew a walk to bring the winning run home. The Wolves dominated game two from start to finish. The 10-0 final score was punctuated by a shutout from Macey Cintron in the Circle, and an electric inside the park homerun from Jasmine Green. The team earned a First-Round Playoff bye this week, and will face the winner of Darlington and Savannah Christian October 20th and 21st if needed.
The Volleyball team opened the Region Tournament on Thursday with two strong "Revenge Game" wins over Providence (25-9, 26-24) and Mt. Vernon (25-16, 25-18). The team showed particular resilience as they overcame a 5-16 deficit in the second game of the Providence match. On the day, Sophia Shaffer had 11 kills and 18 digs, Parker Tidwell had 10 kills, Nadia Desbordes had 9 kills, Emily Godfrey had 27 assists, and Lauren Van Wie had 30 digs. The team will play Hebron this evening in the winner's bracket semifinal at 6pm in Yancey Gym. They have already locked up a playoff berth, and will conclude the Region Tournament on Thursday the 14th with the opponent and time TBD. Admission to all games is $5 cash.
Girls At the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, NC, the girls team performed well, placing 4 runners in the top 25 of the "Girls Blue Race". Eva Murphy came in 7th with a time of 20:10, Sophie Villa came in 15th with a time of 20:37, Kyra Brubaker came in 18th with a time of 20:58, and Julie Anne Bush came in 23rd with a time of 21:13.
Boys The boys also team performed well, placing 5 runners in the top 40 of the "Boys Blue Race". Stafford McDaniel came in second with a time of 16:23, Andrew Cook came in 19th with a time of 17:15, Christopher Izzo came in 35th with a time of 18:06, Carter Hayes came in 38th with a time of 18:15, and Paul Baisier came in 39th with a time of 18:21.
Varsity The Wolves started hot and never looked back in a 23-2 upset victory over #5 Athens Academy last Friday. Offensively, Jett Miller went 10-19 for 139 yards and 1 TD, Thomas Cook snagged 4 balls for 52 yards and a TD while adding a 68 yard TD pass of his own, and brother Bobby Cook hauled in 2 passes for 93 yards and a TD. Byrne Ahrenkiel had 12 carries for 79 yards and added 12 tackles of his own on Defense. That effort earned Ahrenkiel a nomination for Gwinnett Daily Post's player of the week, which you can vote for here. The Wolves are off this week, and begin Region play against Hebron Christian at home on 10/15.
Varsity The Varsity team honored their Seniors Imani Washington, Tinsley Bertram, and Jessica Nolan last week before a 1-0 victory over a strong Chamblee team. Tinsley Bertram scored the only run of the evening while Jessica Nolan earned a Win in the circle. The Wolves then concluded their regular season with an 11-1 victory over Loganville Christian as they were led by Jasmine Green with 3 RBI, while Macey Cintron and Christina McCoy both knocked 3 hits a piece. That win pushed them to 17-3 on the season. Saturday began the post-season push in the Area Tournament as the Wolves defeated Hebron Christian 10-0 in five innings. Ryley Kutter blasted a Home Run, and picked up the win in the Circle. The Area tournament concludes this week at Agape Field.
The Junior Varsity softball team won their season finale Tuesday by the score of 6-0 versus the Decatur Bulldogs. Lydie Barnett worked herself out of a hairy first inning leaving the bases loaded without surrendering a run. She then breezed through 3 more innings before giving way to Kendall Dettlinger who closed out the game with 3 shutout innings of her own. Carolena Pinson opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning which scored Lauren Tucker who reached on an error. In the second inning the Wolves promptly loaded the bases on singles by Audrey Doss and TJ Webb and a walk to Leah Todd. After scoring a few runs on groundball outs, Anna Kennedy smashed a triple off the right-center field fence, and Pinson drove a liner past the shortstop to complete the 5-run inning. That was all the runs the Wolves would need to secure their 7th victory of the season. The team finished with a 7-3 record. Congratulations to the girls and Coaches Krehmeyer and Kuehne on a fantastic season!
Middle School The Middle School team concluded their season last week, finishing with a 13-2 overall record. In the finale against GAC, they won 21-1 punctuated by an inside the park Home Run from from Grace McLeod. Congratulations to the girls and Coaches Archer, Castleberry, and Smith for a fantastic season.
Varsity The Varsity squad went 2-2 last week with wins over Woodward Academy and Galloway. On Wednesday, Parker Tidwell recorded 10 kills and 3 blocks, while Morgan Perry added 9 kills, and Lauren Van Wie hustled for 26 digs. On Tuesday, Amber Mathis provided 10 kills and Emily Godfrey made 34 assists. The team concludes the regular season this week, and will host the Region Tournament beginning on Thursday.
Junior Varsity The JV team made it all the way to the Semi-Finals of the Gwinnett Co. Championships last week to close out the season with a 25-11 overall record. In the GCC tournament, they defeated Buford, Archer, GAC, and South Gwinnett. On Saturday, the team was led by Mamie Pridgen with 5 aces and 23 assists, Michelle Custis with 23 digs, Emily Runyon with 14 digs, and Julia Weatherly with 8 kills. Thank you to Coaches Connor and Randrup for a great year of development.
8th Grade The 8th Grade team rattled off 5 wins this week to push their final regular season record to 15-14. At Saturday's Wesleyan Invitational they defeated Cornerstone, GAC, and Holy Innocents and ended the day as Champions of the Silver Bracket. The team was led by Caroline Stickney with 26 aces and 36 assists, Taylor Douglas with 20 digs, and Hollyn Daum with 17 digs, 12 kills, and 15 aces. Congratulations to the girls on a great season, and thank you to Coaches Holmes and Riggins for a fun year.
7th Grade The 7th Grade team concluded their season this week against Cornerstone Academy. They finished 8-9-1 against a strong schedule of competition. The girls played a fantastic season, and are grateful to Coaches Vallejo and Cooper for their leadership.
Maddie Lloyd has been off to a strong start in her Senior campaign for the Centreville University Yellow Jackets. On the season she has 130 assists from her Setter position, recording a career high 45 assists against Tiffin University. For more on Maddie's season, see her player profile here.
Mateo Rengifo is making his mark on the Southeastern Louisiana Football Program as he's 24-25 on extra points and 1/1 on field goals this season. He's also nailed 13 touchbacks in 30 kickoff attempts. For more on Mateo and the 3-1 Lions, click here.
Over the Weekend, Meredith Mangum helped lead the Franklin and Marshall Volleyball team to wins over Lancaster Bible and Elizabethtown. Mangum helped spark a rally at the service line that set the tone for the day for the Diplomats. For more info on the matches, click here.
Mikayla Coombs '17, a current RS-Senior at the University of Georgia, was selected by the NCAA as the only student-athlete to serve on the Division 1 Women's Basketball Competition Committee. More recently, she was selected to serve on the Southeastern Conference's Leadership Council for student-athletes. She has already earned her degree in Sports Management, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in the same program. Congratulations to Mikayla!
The UWG Soccer team notched win number one on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Georgia College Bobcats by a 2-1 decision at Bobcat Field. All three goals of Sunday's contest came in the second half, with Sadie Prince's 75th minute goal proving to be the game winner for the Wolves. For a full recap of the game, click here.
Keep an eye on the Georgia Tech and Clemson Cheer Squads this fall where you'll find two Wesleyan alums. Ella V Cooper '19 is a part of the Jackets Gold & White Coed Squad and Margaret Dudley '21 will join the All-Girl Clemson Squad this fall.
Jahmai Jones was called up from AAA Norfolk on August 23rd to join the Baltimore Orioles. Jones, ranked as the #18 prospect in the Orioles organization, compiled a .246 batting average, with 11 HR, 33 RBIs, and 10 steals this season in Minor League ball.
Jameson Kavel was recently named to the All-ACC team as an outfielder at Duke during her Senior campaign last spring. She started all 56 games for the Blue Devils, compiled a .320 batting average, knocked 57 base hits, and drove in 33 runs. In addition to earning First Team All-ACC honors, Kavel was named to the ACC All-Academic team and the ACC Honor Roll in 2021.
Wesleyan alumni and University of Tennessee student-athlete Grant Frerking ’17 was recently interviewed by Paul Finebaum on the SEC Network. During the interview, Frerking shares the impact of the NCAA’s new “name, image, and likeness” rules and his role in educating his teammates and young recruits.