Spring Game Victory: FCS Football Club Blanks Lanier County, 36-0
On May 19, the Fellowship Christian School football team posted a 36-0 spring game victory over Lanier County High School at Bob Lord Field.
The Paladins, who advanced to the GHSA Class A Championship game in December 2016 under the direction of head coach Al Morrell, recently completed spring practice that wrapped up with the scrimmage against the Class A south Georgia school.
Against Lanier, the Paladins took an 18-0 halftime lead in a game that did not include any punts, field goals or kickoffs.
The scrimmage featured several highlights for FCS, including a pair of long Hunter McMickle touchdown passes in the first half, nifty second-half TD runs by Brooks Bryant and Cam Cochran, and second-half interceptions by newcomer Casey Barham and Braden Webb.
"We did some things very well tonight," head coach Al Morrell said. "It was fun to see how well the team responded. We had a pretty good spring practice. Our line is experienced and did a good job. We played really good defense, and we were happy with our execution."
Morrell's spring roster includes more than 35 rising freshmen through seniors.
What was it like practicing this spring after a run to the title game last fall?
"It was different," Morrell said. "We do have a lot of new faces with kids like Preston Joye and Casey Barham, but we have confidence and a lot of leadership on this football team. We will have a little bit of a learning curve this fall, but it was a good start tonight."
(Photos by Margo Miller)
FCS Baseball Players Named to All Region Team
Fellowship Christian School sophomore Isaac Bouton was recently named to the Second Team All Region 6A Team.
The Paladins finished 16-13 under head coach Shawn Oliver this season.
Bouton, an infielder, batted .413 with 15 doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs. He also scored 29 runs.
Sophomore catcher Cameron Gill was named Third Team All Region 6A. He hit .434 with 10 doubles, one triple, two homers and 24 RBIs. He threw out 17 runners from behind the plate.
Fellowship had several honorable mention players, including: freshman Preston Joye, sophomore Cody Tapley, juniors Nolan Lavergne, Hunter McMickle, Kurtis Royalty and Tony Tarabicos, and seniors Christian Carpenter and Carter Isaacs.
(Photo by Margo Miller)
Signing on the Dotted Line: Hardin, Robinson and Bruno Headed to College Sports
Three Fellowship Christian School seniors officially signed their letters of intent to play collegiate sports.
On May 16, Jack Hardin signed on to play football at NCAA FCS Furman University (preferred walk-on), Trey Robinson lacrosse at NCAA Division I Mercer University, and Michael Bruno soccer at Division III LaGrange College.
Previously, these senior athletes previously signed their letters of intent to compete in collegiate athletics:
Harrison Mansell, track & field at The Citadel, Mackenzie Gibbs, women's soccer at Coastal Carolina University, and Maddie Carpenter, cheerleading at Georgia Tech. All three of these schools are Division I.
(Photos submitted by athletic department)
Berends Named DiVarsity Student Athlete of Year; Five Paladins Named All Area
Fellowship Christian School junior soccer player Jack Berends has been named DiVarsity Class A Student Athlete of the Year.
Berends was also named to the DiVarsity All Star Team and the All Area First Team. He played in the DiVarsity All Star Soccer Game played at Sprayberry High School in Marietta on May 20.
Other Paladin boys varsity soccer players earning All Area honors, include: senior Jon Consoli (first team), seniors Avery Lear and Ryan Reid (second team), and senior Michael Bruno (honorable mention).
Berends led the team with 12 assists and was tied for third place with eight goals (junior Casey Barham also netted eight goals and led the team with four multiple-goal games).
Bruno topped the squad with 11 goals, while Lear netted nine tallies. Both Lear and Bruno had three multiple-goal contests, and Bruno led FCS with a pair of hat tricks.
Avery and Bruno shared third on the club with three assists each.
A defender, Reid finished with one assist.
On May 14, several team awards were handed out at the team's end-of-the-year celebration:
Most Valuable Player: Consoli, Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Reid, Offensive Player of the Year: Berends, Most Improved: Kaillin Reid, Mr. Hustle: Ethan Minkert, Most Versatile: Zach Murray, Heart & Soul: Avery Lear, Golden Hands: Andrew Johnson, and Semper No: Christian Van Breene and Harrison Caudill.
(Top Photo by Margo Miller, Bottom photo submitted by DiVarsity)
Story updated on May 23, 2017
Meredith Moore Named All State Honorable Mention
Fellowship Christian School junior Meredith Moore has been named 2017 GHSA Girls Lacrosse All State (1A-5A) Honorable Mention.
The junior ranked first on the team with 64 ground balls and 32 takeaways.
She was named FCS Defensive Player of the Year earlier this month.
(Photo by Margo Miller)
Four Lady Paladins Named to All Area Team
Four girls varsity soccer players from Fellowship Christian School have been named All Area.
The list includes sisters Rachel and Stephanie Haigwood, and Mackenzie Gibbs, a trio of seniors. Junior Jenny Foster earned honorable mention.
The quartet helped the Lady Paladins reach the second round of the GHSA Class A Soccer Championships. FCS ended the season with an 11-5-1 record, including a 9-2 mark against Class A schools in the regular season and playoffs.
Rachel Haigwood led FCS with 28 goals, and assisted eight other tallies. Gibbs was next with 21 goals and led the team with 18 assists. Stephanie Haigwood finished the year with 20 goals and 17 assists.
FCS Track & Field Squads Attain Several Key Milestones in 2017
The middle school and varsity track & field teams from Fellowship Christian School had some strong individual performances in 2017.
Senior Harrison Mansell set a personal best vertical jump this season of 6-feet-2, in the high jump. The 2016 GHSA Class A champion did not get to compete in the post season because of his injury, but still ranked in the top five going into the post season of 1A Private competition.
Junior Cameron Swartz finished second in the Region meet in the long jump with a season personal record of 17. She was ranked third overall in the 1A Private classification following Regionals.
"Although she qualified for the sectional meet, she has chosen to not compete because of her commitment to basketball," head coach Tom Harrison said. "We had some great performances this season. For the rest of the team, individuals achieved success by meeting or exceeding their personal goals on the track in terms of times run or distances cleared. We had several individual personal records in each of the following events: 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200. Overall, it was a good season for our athletes."
In middle school, "Jordon Brewer surprised us all by taking to the high jump quite naturally," Harrison said.
The eighth grader placed eighth overall in the Georgia MS State Championships, by clearing a personal record 5-feet-4 at the meet. Following that meet, Brewer was ranked third overall in the Region in the high jump, and second in the 400-meter dash (he set a personal record of 55.5 seconds at the state meet). He was also ranked eighth in the long jump.
(Photo by Margo Miller)
Lady Paladin Lacrosse Players Honored
The first varsity girls lacrosse season is in the books, and several players were recently honored.
Freshman goalkeeper Cary Guthrie earned the team's MVP award, which was recently awarded. She led the squad with 108 saves and a 41.2 save percentage.
The other award winners included: Haley Herrmann, Offensive Player of the Year; Meredith Moore, Defensive Player of the Year; Kate Buchweitz, Most Improved Player of the Year, and Olivia Marks, Versatile Player of the Year.
"We had a great first season," head coach Maddie Cason said. "We certainly played some really good competition both inside and outside of the Region. We made some great progress this season, and I am very proud of this team."
Herrmann, a junior, topped the squad with 39 goals, followed by sophomore Shelby Stock with 32. Sophomore Camille Stroud ranked third with 28 goals, and led the squad with 26 assists. Buchweitz, a sophomore, was second with eight assists.
Stroud was first on the club with 54 points, while Herrmann added 46 and Stock had 36.
Moore, a junior, ranked first on the team with 64 ground balls and 32 takeaways. Herrmann was tops with a 52.8 winning percentage on faceoffs.
The team posted a 7-11 record overall.
FCS Varsity Football Team to Host Lanier County in Spring Game on May 19
The Fellowship Christian School varsity football team will host Lanier County in a Spring Game at Bob Lord Field on May 19 at 5 p.m.
All FCS middle school, JV and varsity football teams began spring practice for rising sixth to 12th graders on May 8.
Practice continues this week through May 12, and again on May 15 at Bob Lord Field from 3:30-6 p.m.
(Story posted May 8).
FCS Boys Soccer Team Falls to Wesleyan in GHSA Quarterfinals
It was a valiant effort on Saturday.
Led by Casey Barham, the FCS varsity soccer team fought hard in a 3-2 loss at Wesleyan School in the quarterfinals of the GHSA Soccer Championships in Peachtree Corners on May 6.
The junior forward scored both goals for Fellowship, which ended the season 11-8.
Barham's first goal at 15:41 of the first half gave FCS a 1-0 lead. His second tally on a fabulous breakaway with 29.6 seconds left in the opening half tied the game at 2-2.
The Wolves went ahead for good, 3-2, just a minute into the second half. Wesleyan, the top seed in their Area, scored with 5:29 and 1:04 left in the first half to take a 2-1 lead.
The 2016 Class AA state champions, Wesleyan scored their first goal after FCS (11-8 overall) almost headed the ball in twice on a corner kick and then they took it the length of the field on a breakaway. The Wolves scored again late in the half on a free kick.
The Paladins became the fourth team from Area 5 to reach the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Savannah Country Day School on May 3 in Savannah. SCDS was the top seed from Area 1. Whitefield Academy, The Walker School and Pinecrest Academy also advanced to the quarterfinals from Area 5.
It was Fellowship's fourth trip to the state quarterfinals since 2013.
(Photos by Stan Johnson)
Postseason Victory: FCS Boys Soccer Teams Downs SCDS on Road, 2-1
The Fellowship Christian School boys varsity soccer team is headed to the quarterfinals of the GHSA Class A Boys Soccer Championships for the fourth time since 2013.
The Paladins (11-7 overall) became the fourth team from Area 5 to reach the quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Savannah Country Day School on May 3 in Savannah. SCDS was the top seed from Area 1. Whitefield Academy, The Walker School and Pinecrest Academy have also advanced to the quarterfinals from Area 5.
FCS faces Wesleyan School on May 5 at 6 p.m. The Wolves are the top seed from Area 8. The Paladins entered the tourney as the third seed from Area 5.
The eventual game-winning goal, which gave FCS a 2-0 lead, was scored by sophomore Drew Anderson on a PK with 13:00 left in the first half. Anderson received the kick after junior Casey Barham was fouled in the box.
Senior Avery Lear scored Fellowship's first goal on an assist from senior Michael Bruno 12:00 into the game.
SCDS tied the game with 3:30 to play, but the Paladins hung on for the victory.
"Andrew Johnson was player of the match," assistant coach James Williamson said. "Maybe his best ever. He had five amazing saves in the first half."Last year the Paladins were GHSA Class A runners up. The team made the Final Four in 2015, and reached the quarterfinals in 2014.
(Photos submitted by Melanie Berends and Shannon Milhollin)
The 9th Annual Paladins Booster Club Golf Tournament Held May 1 at The Crooked Creek Golf Club
The ninth annual Paladins Booster Club Golf Tournament was held at Crooked Creek Club, which features a par 72 Mike Riley design that plays to 6,960 yards, on May 1.
Each year the Paladin Booster Club organizes its own golf tournament to raise money for Paladin athletic programs. Combined with Booster Club membership dues this is the only method of fundraising the charter allows. In the past year, money raised from the golf tournament and membership dues have allowed for some incredible investment in Paladin athletics. Once again we hope you will partner with us to giver our coaches and athletes a "boost" to help our athletics department operate with excellence.
The Crooked Creek course is built on beautiful, rolling terrain that features large mature trees that frame undulating fairways and well-manicured greens. The signature par 4, 17th hole, requires an accurate tee shot from an elevated tee to set up an approach over water to an island green. Regardless of handicap or choice of tee, the Crooked Creek Club is a fair test of golf.
(Photos by Chip Cookston)
Lady Paladins Soccer Season Ends with Playoff Loss at Athens Academy
The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls soccer team's quest to successfully defend its GHSA Class A Championship came to a disappointing end.
The Lady Paladins fell, 4-3, to Athens Academy on the road on May 2 in the second round of the 2017 GHSA Class A Girls Soccer Championships.
The game was tied 3-3 at the half, but Athens Academy scored the lone goal of the second half to advance to the state quarterfinals.
FCS, opened the state tournament with a 10-0 win over Trion High School at Bob Lord Field on April 25.
Fellowship ended the season with an 11-5-1 record, including a 9-2 mark against Class A schools in the regular season and playoffs.
Heart-Breaking Loss: FCS Golf Squad Narrowly Misses State Tournament
The golf season came down to one stroke for the Fellowship Christian School varsity team.
The four-man Paladin team carded a 309 to finish fourth out of 10 teams at the Area Golf Tournament held at the par-72 Coosa Country Club in Rome on May 1.
Mount Paran Christian School (297), The Darlington School (302) and Mount Pisgah Christian School (308) finished 1-2-3 to advance to the GHSA Golf Championships. Four players competed for each squad, so the team par score was 288.
Fellowship was just one stroke out of a third-place tie.
Junior Tripp Murphy carded a three-over par 75 for Fellowship in Rome. Senior Jack Pritchard shot a 77, followed by senior James Andrew with a 78. Sophomore Kyle Maney rounded out the FCS team with a seven-over 79.
"We missed state by one stroke," head coach Mike Kinsey said. "I'm disappointed for the guys. They had a really good season. It is a very tough Region, but our guys competed hard and came close. We'll be back stronger next year."
Many Fellowship Christian School varsity soccer players, the coaches and some parents participated in the team's service day project held April 29 at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn.
Head Coach Andy Trevers and assistant coach James Williamson led the group with assistance from several dads.
The group talked to hundreds of less-fortunate kids that Fellowship of Christian Athletes organized into a rec league with matches that began at 8 a.m.
"We helped coach and referee the games and had a great chance to share the gospel," Trevers said. "We had a great turnout of our young men. It was a wonderful experience."
(Photos by James Williamson)