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Following the varsity boys and girls basketball teams' march to the region finals, in which both teams finished as region runners-up, five Knights were named to the All-Region team.

Congratulations to freshman Cole Middleton; juniors Ann Rafeedie, Kayla Ross and Joelle Zelony; and senior Isaiah Kelly.

Freshman volleyball player Kalissa Greene has been named to Prep Volleyball's Frosh 59 List, making her one of the top 59 freshmen players in the country.

This past season, Greene helped lead the Knights to their first-ever state title. An All-State honoree, she earned 850 assists and 93 aces, both team highs, and added 159 digs and 83 kills over 102 sets.

"Kalissa is a fierce competitor and a selfless team player," says Coach Anna Bush. "Her instincts and feel for the game are incredible for her age. I've never coached anyone as mature and calm under pressure."

The AquaKnights showed up ready to compete at the GHSA State Championship. The three-day event started Feb. 1 with the diving competition. Freshman Lizzy Kaye brought home a first-place finish, becoming the A-AAA state champion with a new 11-dive Pace record and an All-American Consideration performance.

Feb. 2 brought the AquaKnights' state swimming qualifiers to the blocks during prelims. All three Pace girls relays advanced to the finals, swimming their best times of the season; two of the boys relays qualified for the finals. Both sophomore Erin Hood and junior Charlie Kaye easily made it to the finals of their individual races, seeded in the top 10.

During the finals on Feb. 3, the AquaKnights didn't disappoint. The boys medley relay of Henry Berman, C. Kaye, Jason Rosenbloum and Carter Frooman led off the night placing 10th. The girls medley team of Sophie Ferry, Hood, Amalie Little and Elizabeth Marr finished in third place. Hood took the pool in the 200 IM and finished 10th in the state with a personal-best time. C. Kaye's first individual event was the 100 Free, in which he finished second as state runner-up with a new Pace record.

The boys 200 Free relay was up next, and the team of C. Kaye, Jackson Hamel, Rosenbloum and Frooman finished in ninth place. The girls 200 Free relay of Melanie Crawford, L. Kaye, Elizabeth Marr and Catherine Sweeney also swam its best time and came in strong with a seventh-place finish. The third girls relay, the 400 Free, also finished in seventh place with four personal-best splits from Meghan McMillin, Crawford, Sweeney and Hood.

In Hood's final individual event, the 100 Breaststroke, she swam one of her best times to finish in third place. C. Kaye competed in the 100 Backstroke, in which he became a state champion and set a new Pace record. He finished his junior season with a state championship and a total of 11 Pace records on the board.

Out of 31 girls teams and 39 boys teams in the Class A-AAA championship, the AquaKnights made Pace proud, with the girls placing fourth and the boys placing 11th. The season ends with five new records, an All-American Consideration and two state champions.

On Feb. 3, senior Eli Asher and junior Ahsan Hennings participated in the sectionals wrestling tournament. Both placed fourth in their weight classes to advance to the GHSA Wrestling State Championships, which will take place Friday, Feb. 9, at the Macon Centreplex. Information about the tournament can be found here. Let's go, Knights!

On Feb. 7, National Signing Day, 13 members of the Class of 2018 representing eight sports committed to continue their athletic careers in college.

Pace Athletics recognized the following student-athletes during a signing ceremony: Ben Bernstein, Oberlin College (baseball); Juston Cogbill, University of New Hampshire (not University of Vermont as previously listed) (football); Zeke Diamond, Emory University (baseball); Jack Douglass, Washington & Lee University (cross-country and track); Realus George, University of Miami (football); Ryan Hofstetter, Sewanee: The University of the South (lacrosse); Frank Houser, Bucknell University (wrestling); Isaiah Kelly, Yale University (basketball); Marc Mitchell, Denison University (golf); David Roos, Rhodes College (baseball); Jonathan Rushton, Pomona College (soccer); Jamaree Salyer, University of Georgia (football); Jaden Steagall, Tusculum College (baseball).

Congratulations, Knights!



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