Athletic News and Notes

List of 10 news stories.

  • Wolves Win Director's Cup

    Wesleyan won the Georgia Athletic Director's Association Overall Director's Cup for A-Private with a combined score of 1264, besting the next closest school by 161 points.  This represents the 11th Overall Directors Cup for the Wolves, and the fifth consecutive victory for the athletic program at Wesleyan.  The Wolves also won the Boys and Girls divisions of the Director's cup with the Boys edging out the next closest school by 47 points with 586, and the Girls cruising to a 86 point victory with 678 total.  The Wolves made a late push in the Spring by capturing both Tennis titles and a Baseball crown to match their hot start in the fall winning Softball and Girls Cross Country.  Congratulations and thank you to all our hard-working athletes, coaches, trainers, parents, fans, and all other Wolf family members for making this achievement possible!
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  • Baseball Crowned State Champs

    The Ball guys took two from North Cobb Christian (3-0, 18-3) and walked away from Coolray Field on Tuesday night with the state's highest honor: Champions.  Overall, this represents the programs fifth title, and the first since 2016.

    Carson Ballard served as the winning pitcher in game one after throwing 6 innings of four hit ball, and Cooper Blauser closed the door in the 7th to earn the save.  The offense all came in the second inning with two outs.  After a Reed Purcell single and Druw Jones walk, Bryce Hubbard took a first pitch fastball into the right-center gap for a two-run double, and Cooper Blauser followed with a one-hop triple to the fence in left center.

    The Wolves dominated game two from the first frame, scoring five and never looking back. Reed Purcell earned the win on the mound in his role as a reliever.  The highlight defensively came on the second out of the final frame for North Cobb Christian on a long fly ball to the deepest part of the park in center.  Off the bat, the crowd groaned until they watched Druw Jones dropstep and track the ball ranging deep to his left, making an over the shoulder catch that stunned the crowd and set the stage for Reed Purcell to strike out the final batter, and usher in the pandemonium that accompanies a state championship.  

    The Wolves finish the season with a record of 35-5 (.875), a Region Crown, and the ultimate prize: the GHSA State Championship for Single-A-Private.

    For more on the games, follow these links:
    Gwinnett Daily Post Recap

    Gwinnett Daily Post Photos

    Georgia Dugout Preview Recap
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  • Sophie Villa and Matthew Brown earn Dooley Awards, Wesleyan Senior MVP Honors

    Congratulations to Sophie Villa and Matthew Brown, graduated seniors of the Class of 2022 for earning recognition as Wesleyan's Senior Athletes of the Year, and Vince Dooley Award winners! The Vince Dooley Award is given to ten male and female athletes across Georgia each year for their character, teamwork, and citizenship.  

    Sophie lettered in an astounding four sports: Cross Country, Swimming, Lacrosse, and Track, where she earned the respect of her coaches and teammates alike as a competitor, teammate, and leader.

    Matthew contributed to the Football, Wrestling, and Lacrosse programs at Wesleyan serving an important leadership capacity in each. In addition to earning the Vince Dooley Award, Matthew was chosen as the lone Dooley scholarship recipient for the State of Georgia, and will receive a $1000 award each year of his attendance at Auburn.  

    The two were honored at Senior Honors Day, where the following remarks were made by Athletic Director Lacy Gilbert, and Assistant Athletic Director Dennis Stromie:

    Sophie Villa
    The MVP Athlete Awards are given each year to a senior male and female who have contributed greatly to numerous Wesleyan sports. These athletes are nominated by and voted on by our head coaches based on their athletic ability and sportsmanship.
    When reflecting on this year’s female recipient, each of her coaches described the joy it is to have her in their program. She is an intentional leader who competes with excellence, supports and challenges her teammates, and brings out the best in others through her genuine and authentic spirit.

    One of her coaches states “She is reliable, consistent, and gives her best in everything she does. Her humility in success is admirable.  She has never desired to be in the spotlight and has always led by example in her commitment and work ethic.”

    Another coach adds “She is the type of athlete all coaches hope to get on their roster. She performs everything with maximum effort, and she is the teammate who is most trusted among her peers and coaches alike. She has a unique ability to look past faults and instead see the worth of every human being. She models winning with humility and accepting defeat with grace.”
    We are incredibly grateful for her commitment to Wesleyan Athletics and for the impact she has had on our cross country, swim and dive, lacrosse, and track and field teams this year. Her presence and example will be greatly missed next year.

    It is a joy to present this year’s female MVP Athlete Award to Sophie Villa.

    - Lacy Gilbert

    Matthew Brown
    This year’s male recipient of the Most Valuable Athlete award is a three-sport athlete. As we all know, that is very difficult to do, especially if you are good at all three sports. Playing three sports in high school means practicing & competing in athletics from the start of school in August, until the end of school in May. There are not many students that are willing, or able, to do that.
    When I asked the coaches for a comment about this student, they all said the exact same thing. They said this young man embodies the finest attributes that they could hope to find in a Wesleyan athlete - a team-first attitude, an uncommon work ethic, Godly character, and a relentless desire to overcome any challenge that he faces. They also talked about the many contributions this student has made to the overall success of their team, and that he always did so in a soft-spoken, humble way where he continuously elevated others above himself. The coaches also expressed their happiness that they had been able to build a great relationship with this young man, and they knew that relationship would last for a lifetime.
    The son of proud parents Deborah and Keith, it is my pleasure to present the Senior Male Most Valuable Athlete Award to Matt Brown.

    - Dennis Stromie

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  • Tennis - Two Teams, One Dream

    The Girls and Boys Tennis teams both won the GHSA State Championship on Saturday at the Rome Tennis Center on the campus of Berry College.  This is the first time in school history that both teams have won State in the same year.

    The girls started the day off hot with a 3-0 sweep of the George Walton Bulldogs.  The #1 doubles combo of Tinsley Bertram & Katherine Scott and were quickly followed by Sophie Gibbs at #1 singles.  #2 Singles player Lauren Tucker iced the match while #3 singles player Livi Stolle and the #2 doubles combo of Oliva Noel and Caroline Scott both held commanding leads.  This title is Wesleyan's fourth overall in Girls Tennis.

    The boys picked up where the girls left off, defeating Holy Innocents 3-1.  Grayson Balloon started the match off by winning #1 singles and was joined in the clubhouse by the #2 doubles team of Aidan Abraham and Matthew Godfrey.  Then it was Connor Hewitson's turn to once again seal the deal for the boys in dramatic fashion.  This state crown is the second in school history on the boys side.
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  • Area Team

    Track and Field - High School

    The Girls Track team scored a school-record 87 points at the State Meet last week, good enough to earn then a second place finish overall.  Imani Washington won earned titles in the Shotput and Discus breaking her own shotput record with an incredible 45'11.5" throw, while Sade Ojanuga won the 100m hurdles and set a school record with a time of 15:15, and the girls 4x800 relay team of Abigail Glover, Kendrick Archer, Julie Ann Bush, and Anne McSweeney placed second and set a school record of 9:53:68!

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  • On to the Final 4

    Baseball - Varsity

    Game 1:  Wesleyan 18—Whitefield 0 (4 innings)
    Wesleyan scored 9 runs in the opening frame and followed that up with one in the second inning and 4 in the third and fourth innings.  The Wolves were aided by 4 consecutive walks to open the game by Whitefield’s starter.  Forrest Lietz had a day to remember by going 3 for 3 with 5 RBI including a squeeze bunt, a single, a double, and a 3-run homer in the fourth inning to finish the scoring to 18-0.  Nate Kerpics also picked up 3 hits and 3 RBI on 3 singles.  Kerpics was the winning pitcher throwing 3 scoreless and hitless innings before giving way to Dominick Scalese who pitched the fourth inning.  Together, they combined to no-hit the Wolfpack.

    Game 2:  Wesleyan 9—Whitefield 5
    Druw Jones started on the mound for the Wolves in Game 2, and he quickly retired the first three Whitefield batters.  Then the Wolves turned up the heat again by scoring 8 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning.  After that, the Wolves seemed to let up before tacking on one more in the 6th inning.  Whitefield mounted small rallies but never threatened the lead.  Jones pitched 5 innings before handing the ball over to Cooper Blauser for the 6th and Dominick Scalese for the 7th.  The Wolves scored their runs in the 1st by stringing together a bunch of singles and then adding stolen bases to the tally.

    Wesleyan will take on Mt. Paran in the Final 4 on Monday the 16th at 4pm.
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  • Girls Lax Postseason Awards

    Postseason awards are rolling in for the Girls Lacrosse team, beginning with All-County recognitions for Anna Rae Copeland, Audrey LaFramboise, Sophie Villa, Maggie Rheudasil, Annabelle Lawson, and Lily Nydam!
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  • Tennis - Boys Varsity

    The Varsity Boys secured a berth in the GHSA State Championship by defeating Mt. Paran 3-0.  Wins came from #1 Singles player Grayson Balloon, #3 Singles player Connor Hewitson, and the #2 Doubles combination of Aidan Abraham and Matthew Godfrey.  The Wolves will travel to Berry College in Rome on Saturday May 14th to play HIES.
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  • Tennis - Girls Varsity

    The Girls Tennis team secured their spot in the State Championship with a 3-1 victory over Christian Heritage.  Wins came from Lauren Tucker and Livi Stolle in singles and the paring of Olivia Noel and Caroline Scott in doubles!  The Wolves will play in Rome on Saturday at 9am for the State title against George Walton!
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  • Holy Innocents Invitational

    Golf - Varsity Boys

    The Wesleyan Golf team finished 8th out of 18 teams in the North Georgia Classic at Achasta Golf CLub in Dahlonega.  In this 36 hole event, the Wolves were led by Alex Holcomb at 6 over, followed closely by Andy Scott at 7 over, Beau Jackson at 10 over, and Ben Jackson at 13 over.  The Team scores were 310 in the first round, and 302 in the second round of the tournament.
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Alumni News

List of 10 news stories.

  • Kavel '17 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

    Jameson Kavel continues to make waves for the Duke Blue Devils in her final year of NCAA eligibility.  This season Kavel has become the Blue Devil career Home Run leader, and Runs Scored leader.  She is poised to also set the mark for career Doubles and RBI.  On the season she sports a .436 average with 15 HR, 42 RBI, and 14 doubles.  For her efforts, USA Softball has named her to the group of 25 finalists for Collegiate Player of the Year.  Click here to read more.
  • Boston Globe profiles David Andrews and his Heart for Service

    The Boston Globe recently profiled David Andrews for his service work in the Boston area.  Click Here to read more!
  • Mikayla Coombs '17

    Mikayla Coombs ’17 named SEC women’s basketball scholar-athlete of the year

    Congratulations to Wesleyan alumna Mikayla Coombs ’17, who was recently named the Southeastern Conference women’s basketball scholar-athlete of the year! Coombs is in her second year playing for the University of Georgia (UGA) after transferring from the University of Connecticut, and she is pursuing a master’s degree in sports management. While at Wesleyan, Coombs led the varsity girls basketball team to a state championship in 2017, as well as state runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2016.
  • Coombs earns spot on SEC Community Service Team

    Mikayla Coombs, a Senior basketball player at UGA, has earned recognition from the Southeastern Conference for her community service work in the Athens area.
  • Wolves in College Lacrosse, Track, and Golf

    Tabitha Conrad, Will Stakel, Jada Richardson, and Mac Howie represent Wesleyan in the College Ranks.
  • 10 Baseball Alums Playing in College

    This Spring, 10 Wesleyan Baseball alums will take the diamond from Hawaii to New Hampshire.
  • 2015 Baseball State Championship

    Alumni spotlight: Q&A with Carter Hall '15, certified MLB agent

    Share a little about your story- what experiences or opportunities led you to your current role? 
    My story really started the day I was born. I have had the privilege to watch my dad coach at Georgia Tech since the day I was born, and I watched him impact so many lives. The days spent on that campus growing up and as a student-athlete is where my passion blossomed. After a spinal fusion my junior year at Georgia Tech, I knew my playing career was over, and I started to inquire about potential jobs in Major League Baseball front offices. I had conversations with a couple different teams, but I ultimately settled on the Blue Jays due to the thoroughness of their vetting process. I knew that if they took hiring this seriously, it was the place for me.
  • 6 Softball Alums Playing College Ball

    Six Wesleyan Softball alums will be lacing up their spikes across the country to play college softball this spring.

  • Vic Moore '01

    Alumni spotlight: Q&A with Vic Moore '01, CEO of Jets Aquatic Club

    Share a little about your story- what experiences or opportunities led you to your current role?
    As a student at Wesleyan, I was involved in all kinds of activities – I lettered in swimming, football, soccer, cross country, and track and field, and I even lettered for being the statistician for the basketball team. I was also involved in men’s chorus ensemble and various theater productions, and I learned the value of multi-activity training compared to single-activity specialization.

    After graduating from Wesleyan, I earned a spot on a college team where I competed and placed at NJCAA Nationals and was co-captain of a national runner-up team my second year, while also working as an assistant for the local youth swim team.

    I returned to Atlanta for graduate school and served as a community coach for Wesleyan football, swimming, and track and field.
    Since the fall of 2018, I have served as the CEO of the Jets Aquatic Club, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit specializing in providing swim programming to northeast Arkansas. I manage and direct day-to-day business operations, create and monitor monthly and annual budgets, oversee all Jets employees, fundraise, engage with the local business community, recruit and retain participants, and have a lot of lunch meetings. Additionally, I serve as head coach, so I train 25-30 elite athletes ranging from 10 to 40 years of age and work directly with assistant coaches to ensure development of future talent.
  • Kavel '17 Tabbed Preseason All-ACC

    Duke University's Jameson Kavel '17 was named Preseason All-ACC as an Infielder.