Athletics News

On April 10, Pace Athletics celebrated four members of the Class of 2019 who have committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.

Ahsan Hennings will play football at Rhodes College; Devan Johnson will cheer for Wake Forest University; Charlie Kaye will swim for Southern Methodist University; and TJ Rafeedie will play baseball at the College of Wooster.

These student-athletes join 19 other seniors in committing to college athletics, bringing the total number of college athletes in the Class of 2019 to 23.

On April 10, the varsity boys and girls tennis teams competed in the Region 5-AAA tournament at Westminster.

The girls defeated Westminster in the first round of tournament play, while the boys bested Stone Mountain. Both teams then defeated Lovett in the region finals to bring home the championships.

With the wins, the Knights advance to the state tournament as the No. 1 seeds. Both teams will compete against yet-to-be-determined opponents in their respective first rounds on Thursday, April 18. Let’s go, Knights!

Following the 2018-2019 basketball season, junior Reign Watkins and senior Joelle Zelony were named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) AAA All-State team!

Zelony, an All-Region honoree as well, has committed to play basketball for Tufts University. Watkins hopes to lead the varsity boys basketball team back to the GHSA Class AAA state tournament. Congratulations, Reign and Joelle!

Following the varsity girls basketball team’s trip to the region finals, seniors Ann Rafeedie, Joelle Zelony and Kayla Ross were named First Team All-Region.

These student-athletes will lead the Knights as they begin their march through the state playoffs on Friday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Pace’s Inman Center.

Over the weekend of Feb. 9, eighth-grader Anna Nuckols and junior Lauren Stebbins represented the Pace equestrian club in the regional show. Stebbins placed first overall and advances to Zones, which will take place in Pensacola March 22-24. She was also named the High Point Rider of the show season. Nuckols put in an impressive performance, placing fourth.

The varsity swimming and diving teams concluded their seasons at the GHSA 1A-5A State Championship meet Feb. 7-9. Out of 56 schools in the 1A-3A divisions, the boys finished 12th, while the girls were sixth.

Defending state-champion diver sophomore Lizzy Kaye brought home another state title, finishing more than 95 points ahead of her closest competitor in the 1A-5A meet to become the state record holder and earn All-American consideration.

Senior Charlie Kaye (pictured) cemented his position as the most celebrated swimmer in school history. He set three Pace records, achieved an All-American time, two All-American consideration times, and won repeat state titles in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Junior Erin Hood finished third in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. In relay competition, the girls medley relay was fourth; the girls 4x50 free relay finished fifth; the boys 4x50 free relay was ninth; and both the girls 400 free relay and the boys medley relay placed 10th.

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