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Knights Stifle ELCA in 17-16 Opening-Game Victory

On Friday, Aug. 24, the varsity football team hosted the Class-A powerhouse ELCA Chargers, who entered Walsh Field with a 37-game win streak in tow. The Chargers struck early, going up 16-0 midway through the second quarter. Things weren't looking good for the Knights.

But what Coach Chris Slade found early with this group is the grit and determination of a cohesive team. After shutting down ELCA the rest of the half, senior quarterback Jared Rayman orchestrated a drive, getting the Knights inside the 20 for a 28-yard field goal by senior kicker Jack Ferguson that put points on the board for the Knights as the first half expired.

The Pace coaches made some necessary adjustments that began to drain the Chargers' battery and swing the momentum. After the defense shut down ELCA with three consecutive three-and-out drives, the Knights started moving the ball at will against the ELCA defense. Rayman combined an electrifying pass to sophomore receiver Jayden Thomas with outstanding running from senior running back Keashawn Perryman, sophomore running back Justin Johnson and freshman running back Deuce Jordan. The frontline started winning the battle upfront, and Pace was now down 15-16 after Jordan's amazing 30-yard scamper.

After a roughing-the-punter call against ELCA, the Knights decided to go for 2. Sure enough, the offensive line plowed through, and Perryman bulldozed his way into the end zone to give Pace its first lead at 17-16 with 11:54 left in the game. The defense thwarted everything ELCA tried as junior defensive back Mbiti Williams intercepted the ball with 2:15 left on the clock. At that point, the Pace fans began to party in the stands as their team snapped the fourth-longest winning streak in Georgia high school football history!

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Water Polo Blue Team Continues Winning Streak

This year's water polo club has two teams: the Blue and the White. The Blue Team opened its season in the GAC pool on Aug. 11 and defeated GAC 9-8. Senior Andrew Jenkins picked up where he left off last year as the Knights' primary scorer with eight goals. Junior Jackson Hamel scored the team's other goal.

Junior Harris Greenbaum had seven saves in goal, and the defense of juniors John O'Brien, Dillon Carroll, Alan Tapper and Harrison Saini played extremely well. Tapper, Carroll and Greenbaum also played some attack along with Jenkins and Hamel, and together they created 21 shots on goal.

The Blue Team went on to defeat Norcross (13-5), Lakeside (11-5), Atlanta Public Schools (12-0), Dalton (18-10) and North Springs (10-5). They host on Lovett on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. The White Team, made up of Middle School students and underclassmen, continues to gain experience in the pool and will host Lovett on Sept. 4 at 5 p.m.

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Varsity Volleyball Undefeated in Annual Varsity Playdate

The varsity volleyball team hosted the Pace Varsity Volleyball Playdate on Saturday, Aug. 25, and swept the competition, winning matches against Kell, Sandy Creek, Walker and Heritage Prep. Overall, the team's record improved to 9-5.z

 

Junior Ada Jane Agolli dominated offensively, leading the team with 47 kills and a .446 hitting percentage. Senior Alexandra Baker followed with 20 kills and a .395 hitting percentage, and junior Lucy Ferry had 14 kills. Sophomore setter Kalissa Greene added 75 assists on the day along with 24 digs. Sophomore Hannah Pace was impressive as an outside hitter, posting a .320 hitting percentage and 10 kills. Junior Dominique Turner once again led the Knights' serve receive and defense, posting 26 digs for the day.

Next up, Pace will host North Cobb Christian and Lakeside on Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Inman Center starting at 5 pm.

Varsity Softball Early Season Highlights

The varsity softball team got to work before school began and is already eight games into the season. Led by its captains, senior Caelan Corbally and juniors Molly Buffenbarger and Caroline Landis, the Lady Knights are 5-3 after defeating Gordan Central, Fannin County and Providence Christian early in the season. Most recently, the team defeated Stone Mountain and Redan in region play.

The team's three losses (Heritage, Gilmer County and Lafayette) came in a tournament in Dalton, Ga., where the Knights faced stiff competition from 4A and 5A teams. The Pace players were extremely competitive and delivered solid performances, gaining valuable experience that will be needed as they continue with region and post-region play.

The Knights will host region rival Lovett at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Pace's Riverview Sports Complex.

 

 Varsity Cross-Country Starts Season Strong

Over the weekend of Aug. 25, the top 10 girls and boys on the varsity cross-country teams made a trip to Savannah to compete in the Saucony XC Kickoff Classic. Both teams had an outstanding meet and finished with two first-place overall victories. 

Of the 20 runners who made the trip, only seven had competed the year before at the same meet. Juniors Payton Payne and Paula Sandoval battled with one other runner the majority of the race. Sandoval finished second overall (20:37); Payne was third (20:38); and sophomore Laura Romig finished eighth (21:56). Freshman Kate Jonas stepped into the No. 4 spot on the team with a 12th-place finish; sophomore Kate Hood was right behind in 13th. Freshman Laura Arenth was sixth, and junior Sophie Lettes was seventh. Freshmen Jordan White and Margo Kaye and senior Madeline Arenth rounded out the Pace girls top 10. 

 

The boys race began as the girls finished. Freshman Edward Blaha was first for the team and eighth overall (17:32). Junior George Adams was 10th overall and second for the Knights, while freshman George Blaha was 11th overall (17:51). Freshman Robert Mallis (18:04) and junior Quill Healey (18:05) followed. Junior Sam Adams was the Knights' sixth runner (18:21), and Robert Houser was the seventh. Freshman Grant Thompson, junior Will Stratton and sophomore Logan Baker followed. 

"This group shows so much promise, and the young talent mixed with veteran leadership is going to make for an exciting season," says Coach Jolie Cunningham. The Knights' next meet is Sept. 8. The top seven runners from each team will race in Carrollton on the state course, while all other team members will participate in the Covered Bridge Run.

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From the Booster Club

Welcome to another year of excellence in Pace Athletics! Our teams are all off to great starts, and we are looking forward to lots of post-season play!

 

Your support of the Booster Club allows us to enhance the experience of every student-athlete at Pace, and we are getting busy! We recently completed the renovation of the Inman Center's Team Room. The before-and-after photos speak for themselves! Go, Knights!

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Recent Scores

 

Upcoming Games

Thursday - August 30, 2018
4:30 PM
Eagles Landing Christian Academy
 
5:00 PM
Pace Academy - Boyd Gym
 
5:00 PM
Pace Academy - Inman Center Main Court
 
5:30 PM
Riverview Softball Field
 
7:00 PM
Pace Academy - Inman Center Main Court
 
Friday - August 31, 2018
7:30 PM
Monroe Area High School
 
7:30 PM
Monroe Area High School
 
Tuesday - September 4, 2018
5:00 PM
 
5:00 PM
Pace Academy - Inman Center Main Court
 
5:30 PM
Riverview Softball Field
 
7:00 PM
Pace Academy - Inman Center Main Court
 
Thursday - September 6, 2018
5:00 PM
Otwell Middle School (Forsyth Central Feeder)
 
5:30 PM
Cedar Grove High School
 

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