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WRESTLING TEAM OFF TO STRONG START

Having graduated 10 seniors, seven of the 14 starting spots on this year's varsity wrestling team are held by freshmen. Nevertheless, the Knights are off to the races. The team started the season last weekend at a scramble tournament at Cartersville High School. Since then, the Knights have wrestled seven dual matches, winning four and losing three.

 

Senior captains Charlie Warren and Ahsan Hennings lead the team. Warren is 11-1 and leads the team in pins with seven. Hennings missed the opening scramble, but is 7-0 in the team's seven dual matches. The junior class is led by Grant LeRoux with six wins; Blaise Reyes has five; and Robert Cushman and Connor Husk each have three. The only starting sophomore, Christian Bing, had a stellar debut, going 4-1 in his first weekend of competition.

 

It is hard enough to start as a freshman, let alone win matches, but this crew has been impressive so far. Freshmen success is rampant. Freshman George Blaha has the second most wins on the team, sporting a record of 10-1, while his brother, Edward Blaha, was 4-0 before suffering an injury. Jack Warren has seven wins; Ben Schiffer has five; Sam Howe has four; Jude Black has two; and Nile Bennett has one. Despite being in very competitive weight classes, freshmen Henry Leusink and Thomas Wells have also earned time in the varsity lineup. Overall, it's been a great start for the Knights.

 

Next for the Knights: Wednesday, Nov. 21, four dual matches at Lovett starting at 9 a.m. 

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AQUAKNIGHTS BEAT LOGANVILLE IN FIRST HOME MEET OF THE SEASON 

On Nov. 15, the AquaKnights came away with a win against Loganville in their first home meet. There were five new state-championship qualifying times and over 64 personal best performances. The boys started the meet with a state-qualifying time in the medley relay, which consisted of senior Charlie Kaye, juniors Jason Rosenbloum and John O'Brien, and sophomore Henry Berman. Kaye went on to achieve two more state-championship qualifying times with wins in the 200 free and 100 backstroke.

 

The girls 200 free relay of Hood, sophomore Lizzy Kaye, junior Meghan McMillin and senior Luisa Whitney also lowered its previous state-qualifying time. The other two state-qualifying times came from junior Erin Hood with wins in both the 200 IM and the 500 free. Additional top swims included first-place finishes for McMillin in the 200 free and the 100 free, sophomore Amalie Little in the 100 back, Whitney in the 100 breast, junior Dillon Carroll in the 200 IM, Berman in the 100 free, Rosenbloum in the 100 fly and O'Brien in the 100 breast.  

 

Junior Will Stratton took first in diving for the boys, and sophomore Lizzy Kaye took the win for the girls, finishing within 8 points of her previous season's record. Freshman Kate Grabowski followed in second. And in their Pace diving debuts, seniors Max Appel and Cooper Selig rounded out the scoreboard in second and third place.

 

The AquaKnights swim next on Nov. 27 at home at 5 p.m. against Atlanta International School.

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VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL BUILDS TOUGHNESS AGAINST HARD-HITTING OPPONENTS 

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the varsity basketball girls basketball team lost to North Forsyth (35-45) in the first round of the North Forsyth Raider Classic Thanksgiving Tournament in Cumming, Ga. The Raiders were in the 7A Final Four last season, and the Knights' tough defense held the Raiders well below last year's average of 57 points per game. Pace took a slight lead early and finished the first quarter up 11-8. Despite winning the rebounding battle and playing solid defense, the Knights struggled to take care of the ball in the fourth quarter, and the lead slipped away. 

 

"The Knights have started the season with one of the most difficult schedules in the state. We will learn from this, and we will be better when it counts in conference play," said Coach Troy Baker.

 

Leading the Knights' defensive effort was senior Kayla Ross with 11 rebounds. Junior Virginia Hobbs put in a strong effort with six rebounds and led the team in scoring with 8 points. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Knights lost to Wesleyan 64-21 in a home non-conference game.

 

This week, the girls continue tournament play in the North Forsyth Raider Classic Thanksgiving Tournament. On Monday, Nov. 19, they defeated Starr's Mill 61-49, and tonight they face Archer at 6:30 p.m. 

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VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL OFF TO STRONG START AT 3-0, STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS

Last Saturday afternoon in Alpharetta at the St. Francis School Hoops for a Cure Tournament, the varsity boys' basketball team tipped off against 6A Creekview. The starters came out flat and found themselves down 11-3 when Coach Sharman White decided he had seen enough and put in a second team composed of junior George Adams, sophomores Justin Johnson, Madison Durr and Logan Baker, and freshman Josh Reid. This group cut the lead to 16-15 with the Knights battling back and forth throughout the first half to lead at halftime 29-25.

 

Whatever Coach White told the team at halftime appeared to ring in the ears of the players. The starters came out blazing, and the defense was turned up two notches. The Knights never looked back and grew the lead to 31 points by the end of the third quarter with a final score of 82-61. Sophomore Cole Middleton led the team in scoring with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Junior Reign Watkins had 13 points and six steals, followed by senior Myles Todd with 11 points and five steals, sophomore Josh Mininberg with 10 points and five assists, and George Adams with 9 points and three assists.

 

Next up for the Knights: HoopsGiving Showcase Tournament at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 12:15 p.m. against 5A Starr's Mill. 

Last Saturday afternoon in Alpharetta at the St. Francis School Hoops for a Cure Tournament, the varsity boys' basketball team tipped off against 6A Creekview. The starters came out flat and found themselves down 11-3 when Coach Sharman White decided he had seen enough and put in a second team composed of junior George Adams, sophomores Justin Johnson, Madison Durr and Logan Baker, and freshman Josh Reid. This group cut the lead to 16-15 with the Knights battling back and forth throughout the first half to lead at halftime 29-25.

 

Whatever Coach White told the team at halftime appeared to ring in the ears of the players. The starters came out blazing, and the defense was turned up two notches. The Knights never looked back and grew the lead to 31 points by the end of the third quarter with a final score of 82-61. Sophomore Cole Middleton led the team in scoring with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Junior Reign Watkins had 13 points and six steals, followed by senior Myles Todd with 11 points and five steals, sophomore Josh Mininberg with 10 points and five assists, and George Adams with 9 points and three assists.

 

Next up for the Knights: HoopsGiving Showcase Tournament at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 12:15 p.m. against 5A Starr's Mill. 

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