Athletics News

The Middle School equestrian club team participated in its first competition of the year on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. The Pace team took first place overall, while sixth-grader Virginia Foster and eighth-grader Ellie Aronson won gold in their respective individual classes; sixth-grader Colbie West placed second in her class.

Varsity boys head basketball coach Sharman White and junior Matthew Cleveland (pictured) will participate in the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp Oct. 11-13 at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Eighty-two student-athletes from across the country were selected to participate in the elite event, which includes on-court activities and educational programming on topics such as NCAA eligibility, health and safety issues and life skills development. White will serve as one of the camp’s five lead coaches. 

Seventh-grader Henry Bryan has been selected to represent the Pace B Water Polo Team at the Division 3 All-Star Game.

The game will take place Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Cumming Aquatic Center. Congratulations, Henry! has included senior Sasha Ratliff on its list of Senior Aces, the top 250 Class of 2020 volleyball players in the country. Ratliff appears on the list at No. 81.

“Ratliff can do it all,” writes. “Her quickness makes her a force both as a blocker and attacker. Because of that quickness, getting from pin to pin on the block and using her long wingspan and 10-2 touch makes her a nightmare for opposing hitters. Further, her transition attack is lightning speed; if the ball is in the setter’s hand, she’ll be up. And if the ball is set her way, it will be on the floor before the defense has any time to react.” Congratulations, Sasha! has recognized junior Kalissa Greene as a member of its 2019 Girls’ Club All-Americans team. An elite group of club coaches votes to determine All-American awards, which honor the top players on the club circuit. Greene is an All-American in the 16s division.

Come support Greene and the Knights this season as they vie for their third state championship. The team faces Riverwood and Marietta High School today, Aug. 22, at 5 and 6 p.m. at Riverwood, and will face Westminster and Lovett on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 5 and 6 p.m. at Westminster.    

On Saturday, Aug. 17, Pace coaches heard from renowned basketball coach Kevin Eastman as part of Pace Athletics’ fall coaches meeting. Eastman played basketball for the University of Richmond and coached at the collegiate and professional levels, most recently with the Los Angeles Clippers organization.

Eastman shared career lessons with Pace coaches and spoke on the concept of “teamness,” as well as leadership and culture—or, “TLC.” Coaches received copies of Eastman’s book, Why The Best Are The Best, and participated in a question-and-answer session.

Lower and Middle School football fanatics, get ready for the 2019-2020 Wristband Challenge! Pace will host five varsity football home games this year, and the Booster Club wants you to attend them all!

Watch your Knights battle their way to victory on the football field on Sept. 6 and 13, Oct. 4 and 18 and Nov. 1. At each game, stop by the Concession Stand to pick up your free “Friday Knights” wristband. All Lower and Middle School students who collect at least three wristbands will be entered into a fabulous prize drawing at the end of the season. 

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