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Another Varsity Softball Win

Another Softball Victory: Lady Paladins Pound Walker 19-2

Senior Lauren Kierpa pitched a complete game to lead the Fellowship Christian School varsity softball team to a 19-2 five-inning victory over The Walker School at Paladin Park on Sept. 18.

"We had great energy, and made lots of contact at the plate, and stole several bases," head coach Natalie Corley said.

The Lady Paladins (3-4 overall) have now won three out of their last four contests.

(Photo by Margo Miller)

Improving to 15-5!

FCS Improves to 15-5 with Victory over The Lovett School

The Fellowship Christian School JV volleyball team posted a pair of victories at home on Sept. 18.

FCS (15-5 overall), downed 3A The Lovett School in two sets at Paladin Gym. The squad took the first set, 25-23, and the second, 25-20.

Earlier in the evening, Fellowship posted a win over 7A Forsyth Central High school, 25-9, 25-16.

(Photo by Margo Miller)

Are You Ready for Some Football?

FCS Athletic Department Hosts Second Annual Ladies Football 101

The second annual FCS Ladies Football 101 event for friends, family, and fans of FCS football was held on Sunday, Sept. 17.

It was a great time for women to come together and fellowship with one another as they learn more about football.

(Photo by Chris Shaw)

Golf Tourney Winner

FCS Senior Captures Dana Rader Junior Challenge

Tripp Murphy had a successful weekend on the golf course.

The Fellowship Christian School senior carded a two-day 147 to capture the Dana Rader Junior Challenge golf tournament held this past weekend at Red Bridge Golf and Country Club in Locust, N.C., a Charlotte suburb.

He won the tournament by eight strokes.

On day one of the tourney, Murphy shot a 74. He fired a second-round score of 73.

(Photos submitted by varsity golf coach Mike Kinsey)

Silver Bracket Championship

Lady Paladin Varsity Volleyball Squad Captures Silver Bracket at Georgia Varsity Challenge

The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls volleyball team claimed the Silver Bracket championship at the Varsity Georgia Challenge held on Sept. 16 at the Southern Volleyball Center in Alpharetta.

The Lady Paladins (21-9 overall) posted a 3-2 record at the single-day tourney.

"We had some hard-fought victories," head coach Kayla Rechnbach said. "It was a great tournament for our team."

FCS opened the day with a 25-14, 25-14, victory over Class A Troup County High School.

Following losses to 7A Milton High School (22-25, 22-25) and 4A Marist High School (12-25, 23-25), the Lady Paladins closed out the tourney with two victories.

Fellowship defeated 6A River Ridge High School, 25-23, 24-26, 17-15 in its first match after the loss to Marist.

The Lady Paladins finished the tourney with a 25-13, 17-25, 15-10 victory over 6A Centennial High School.

(Photo from @FCSPaladins)

Cross Country Success

Girls Team Claims Team Title at Dominion Dash

The Fellowship Christian School girls varsity cross country team earned first place in the team competition at the Dominion Dash held at Dominion Christian School in Marietta on Sept. 16.

Senior Caroline Keim claimed the girls varsity race, and her teammate Sami Rickheim, a freshman, placed second in the race.

Fellowship's boys squad came in second overall in the team competition.

"It was a great day yesterday for our Paladins," head coach Tom Harrison said. "It was a job well done by all. Running through a challenging cross country course at a winning pace paid off as the girls and boys teams each walked off the course with trophies. The 'Dominion Dash' was the only combined middle school and high school event of the season. As such, it was a good opportunity for the full Paladin cross country program to come together to share in the experience of perseverance unique to the sport of cross country running. It was so great to see the high school athletes encouraging the middle schoolers and visa versa."

The middle school boys cross country team from FCS placed first in the team competition in the Dominion Dash.

"Today was once again an excellent showing by the middle school cross country team," head coach Ryan Walter said. "It was a good opportunity for the full program to invest in one another and celebrate each other's success. And there were certainly many successes to celebrate, as the FCS program walked away with three trophies [two first place, one second]. The middle school boys once again took home the first place trophy, demonstrating a top tier performance on what was a challenging, 'true cross country' course."

The top FCS middle school boys finishers included eighth grader Davis Hobbs, who medaled with a third-place finish, while eighth-graders Cole Keim and Garret Lengefeld placed fifth and sixth, respectively. The field of runners included 111 boys.

On the girls side, the FCS team soundly beat fellow Metro 10 competitor, The Walker School, and ended up fourth out of 11 teams.

"This is a good showing for our in-league competition and keeps us right in the competitive mix with other schools our size," Walter said.

Eighth grader Grace Hargett finished first among FCS girls, followed by seventh graders Avery Young and Keegan Moehler.

(Photos by Margo Miller)


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Two Wins In-a-Row

Freshman Running Backs lead FCS Varsity Football Team to Victory over Saint Francis, Club Now 3-1 Overall

A pair of freshman running backs had quite an impact on Friday night.

On Sept. 15, freshman Lawson Haigler ran 29 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and Murphy Reeves scored his first varsity touchdown to lead the Fellowship Christian School varsity football team to a 35-20 road victory over Saint Francis. Reeves finished with 52 yards on seven carries.

It was the Paladins' second straight victory.

The Knights took a 7-0 lead before FCS (1-1 in Region, 3-1 overall) scored three unanswered TDs (a pair of 4-yard touchdown scoring runs and a 1-yard scoring run by Reeves) to take a 21-7 halftime lead.

Saint Francis cut the lead to 21-13 on a third-quarter 1-yard touchdown run, but junior defensive back Cameron Gill returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown later in the quarter. Senior Jack Berends' kicked his fourth straight extra-point in the game to help FCS take a 28-13 lead.

The Knights opened the fourth-quarter scoring on a 2-yard TD run. That cut FCS' lead to eight points (28-20), but Haigler's third touchdown (a 9-yard run) sealed the victory. Berends booted the extra point to give the final count.

Overall, the Paladins out gained the Knights, 356-241, in the game.

The Paladins had 236 rushing yards, and junior Brooks Bryant threw for 120 yards (eight-for-13). Bryant scrambled four times for 32 yards.

Fellowship's leading receiver was senior Casey Barham with five grabs for 66 yards. Junior Cam Cochran (25 yards), senior James Milhollin (17 yards) and freshman Jordan Brewer (12) had one catch apiece.

Junior Reed Bott led the FCS defense with 10 tackles, four solo tackles, six assisted stops and one sack. Bott registered one tackle for a loss.

Gill finished with eight tackles (five assists), and senior Billy McCurry registered seven tackles (four assists) and topped the squad with two tackles for losses.

There were four turnovers in the game. The Paladins lost two fumbles in the game, and Saint Francis had one fumble lost and an interception.

Following a bye week, Fellowship returns to action against The Walker School on Sept. 29 at Bob Lord Field at 7:30 p.m.


No-Hitter

Kierpa's Gem Leads Lady Paladins to 8-0 Varsity Softball Victory over Whitefield Academy

The Fellowship Christian School softball team won for the second time in its last three games as senior Lauren Kierpa notched a no-hitter.

FCS (2-4 overall) posted an 8-0 victory over Whitefield Academy at Paladin Park on Sept. 14 in a game rescheduled from Sept. 11.

"It was a big win," head coach Natalie Corley said. "The whole team was a part of this victory. Lauren pitched great."

The game was called in the fifth inning as the Lady Paladins held an eight-run lead.

FCS fell to King's Ridge Christian School at Paladin Park, 2-1, on Sept. 14.

"It was a tight game until the end," head coach Natalie Corley said. "King's Ridge scored in the first, but we held them to one run until the seventh when they pulled out another run."

The Lady Paladins loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, and Kristina Benbow scored on a delayed steal of home.

"That was a huge moment for our team, but in the end we fell short," Corley said.

(Photos by Margo Miller)

JV Football Victory

FCS Posts Home Victory over Whitefield Academy

The JV football team from Fellowship Christian School notched its second victory over the season on Sept. 14.

The Paladins (2-1 overall) posted a 13-6 triumph over Whitefield Academy at Bob Lord Field.

The team has four regular-season games remaining.

(Photo by Margo Miller)

Week 4 Preview

Varsity Paladin Football Team's Road Trip Continues at Saint Francis

It has been said by many football coaches through the history of football that games are typically won and lost at the line of scrimmage.

Friday's varsity football game between the Fellowship Christian School squad and host Saint Francis probably won't be any different. Kickoff for the Region contest is slated for 7:30 p.m.

"We need to control the game at the line of scrimmage," FCS head coach Al Morrell said. "They can beat you with their skilled players, so we need to challenge them up front."

The Paladins (2-1 overall, 0-1 in Region contests) will have to maintain possessions of the football and sustain long drives to keep the defense off the field.

"Our goal is to try and eliminate the big plays and control the good athletes on the other team," said Morrell, who is now 29-18 at FCS. "They are pretty much the same team as last year, so they have talent and skill. They are dangerous."

The Paladins defeated Saint Francis, 47-16, at Bob Lord Field on Sept. 16, 2016. Overall, Fellowship is 3-0 all-time in varsity football against the Knights.

Senior Casey Barham was FCS' top receiver in the 24-6 win at OLOM, catching six passes for 152 yards. He leads the team with nine receptions and 165 yards for the season. Junior Cameron Gill has grabbed four passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and senior James Milhollin has four catches for 52 yards and two scores.

Junior Brooks Bryant, who went 12-for-19 for 174 yards and two TDs in the win over the Bobcats, is 22-for-42 for 373 yards this season.

"Brooks played very well, and Casey had a big night [at OLOM]," Morrell said. "We had good offensive balance. I thought the boys played very well and had an extremely strong game."

Lawson Haigler, a freshman, is first on the club with 32 carries and second with 198 yards, followed by Milhollin with 12 attempts and 107 yards. Bryant has gained 60 yards on 13 carries. Lawson and Milhollin both have one rushing TD. Senior Merrick Haigler has gained 241 yards and three TDs on 27 attempts.

The Paladin defense held the Bobcats scoreless in three out of four quarters. "A personal foul on us kept their touchdown drive going," Morrell said.

Senior Matt Curry tops the Paladins with 29 tackles and 20 assisted stops. Senior Bill McCurry ranks second on the squad with 27 stops, including team highs with 10 solo tackles, four sacks and six tackles for a loss.

Senior Matt Morton ranks third with 25 tackles, and Gill is fourth with 24.

Silver Bracket Winners

FCS JV Volleyball Squad Brings Home Silver Medal at Tournament

The Fellowship Christian School JV volleyball squad captured the silver bracket of the JV Georgia Challenge held at the Southern Volleyball Center in Alpharetta on Sept. 9.

The Lady Paladins went 3-2 at the tournament.

Overall, FCS is now 13-5.

"The girls played extremely well," head coach Jennifer Lauren Hill said. "I am a very proud coach."

(Photo submitted by head coach Jennifer Lauren Hill)

Bouncing Back

Fellowship Varsity Football Team Airs Out 24-6 Victory over OLOM

Head coach Al Morrell wanted to see more balance from the offense of Fellowship Christian School's varsity football team against Our Lady of Mercy.

Mission accomplished in Fayetteville.

Junior quarterback Brooks Bryant 12-of-19 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions to lead the Paladins to a 24-6 road victory over OLOM on Sept. 8 to help the club rebound from the program's first regular-season loss since 2015 (FCS lost 26-7 to Mount Paran Christian School at Bob Lord Field on Aug. 25).

The Paladins, who led 7-0 after the first quarter, posted a 17-point second quarter surge to grab a 24-6 halftime lead. Neither team scored in the second half.

Senior James Milhollin grabbed a 1-yard touchdown pass at 1:28 of the first quarter. Following the first of two senior Jack Berends' extra-point kicks, FCS (2-1 overall) led 7-0.

Senior Casey Barham hauled in a 66-yard TD pass from Bryant at 6:08 of the second quarter.

Following a 2-yard Bobcat touchdown run with 1:37 left in the half, the Paladins piled on 10 points. OLOM missed the extra-point kick, which left the score 14-6.

The Paladins recorded a safety to make it 16-6, and junior Cameron Gill ran the kick back 54 yards for a touchdown. Milhollin tacked on a two-point conversion run to give FCS an 18-point lead.

Offensively, the Paladins finished with 491 total yards, were 3-for-12 in third-down conversions and 3-for-6 on fourth down.

Gill completed one pass for 40 yards to give the Paladins 214 pass yards. On the ground, Fellowship gained 277 rushing yards.

Freshman Lawson Haigler, subbing for his injured brother Merrick, gained 138 yards on 19 carries to lead FCS. Milhollin had 67 yards on seven attempts. Bryant scrambled four times for 28 yards.

Barham had career highs with six receptions and 152 yards. Merrick Haigler, who suffered a knee injury in the game, caught one pass for 30 yards and junior Cam Cochran grabbed four passes for 25 yards.

The FCS defense held the Bobcats to 190 total yards, including just 68 in the air.

Senior Bill McCurry finished with eight solo tackles, four assisted stops, two sacks and 12 total stops for the Paladins. Senior Matt Morton (three solo tackles) finished with 11 total stops, and senior Matt Curry recorded four assisted tackles and eight total tackles.

17 Victories

FCS Varsity Volleyball Team Downs 6A North Atlanta, 5A North Springs to Extend Win Streak to 4 Matches

The Fellowship Christian School varsity volleyball team has now reached 17 victories this season.

On. Sept. 7, Fellowship (17-6 overall) defeated 6A North Atlanta High School, 25-8, 25-17, in the second match of the night at Paladin Gym to extend its win streak to four matches.

"Tonight was a great night for us," head coach Kayla Rechenbach said. "We played relaxed and had a good time together and everyone contributed to these wins. We had more errors than we would have liked but we didn't allow them to drag us down mentally."

FCS posted a two-set victory over 5A North Springs High School on Sept. 7.

The Lady Paladins took the first set, 25-12, of the opening match. The team claimed the second set, 25-12.

(Photos by Margo Miller)

Week 3 Preview

FCS Varsity Football Club Looks to Rebound at OLOM

The Fellowship Christian School varsity football team has had a long break between games to think about its first regular-season loss since 2015.

"It was a bad couple of days," head coach Al Morrell said about the 26-7 loss to Mount Paran Christian School on Aug. 25. "But they are working pretty hard now. We have had good days of practice. We have been more spirited and look to get back on track."

Following a bye week, the Paladins (1-1) travel to Fayetteville to face Our Lady of Mercy on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The Bobcats are 1-1 this season, including a 35-19 loss at Mount Paran to open the season and a 32-20 victory at home over Bulloch County on Aug. 25.

"It will be a tough game," Morrell said. "They have always been an athletic football team. They have speed and size up front, and a good coach in his second year of building their program. It's going to take a very good effort to beat them. They are not a one-dimensional team."

The keys for the Paladins on Friday will be to get production on first and second down and consistency at the quarterback position. "That has hurt us," Morrell said. "We need to eliminate three and outs, and keep our defense off the field."

FCS will also need to control the Bobcats quarterback, limit big plays and show balance on offense.

"Last year they dared us to throw the football," Morrell said. "They put everyone up in the box to try and slow down our running game. They have a fast and aggressive defense, so we need to complete passes and sustain drives. Having a better passing game will help us establish our running game."

FCS defeated OLOM, 33-6, at Bob Lord Field on Sept. 9, 2016.

Through two games this season, the Paladins have gained 614 total yards, including 392 on the ground. The FCS running attack has been led by the Haigler brothers: senior Merrick Haigler has earned 231 yards on 24 attempts (9.63 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, while freshman Lawson Haigler is next with 59 yards on 13 carries. Senior James Milhollin has averaged eight yards per carry (5-for-40).

Junior Brooks Bryant has completed 10-of-23 pass attempts for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He jumped in when senior Hunter McMickle went down with an injury and led Fellowship to a 47-14 season-opening victory at AA Atkinson County on Aug. 18.

Junior Cameron Gill tops the Paladins with 108 receiving yards. Two of his three catches have gone for touchdowns. Milhollin is next on the Paladins with 51 yards on three catches and one TD grab.

Senior Matt Curry leads FCS with 21 tackles and 16 assisted stops. Gill ranks next on the team with 17 tackles (five solo stops), followed by senior Billy McCurry with 15 tackles.

McCurry and senior Casey Barham share the team lead with six solo stops. Senior Matt Morton is fourth on the team 14 tackles (11 assists), and Milhollin fifth with 11 tackles (nine assists).

(Photos by Margo Miller)

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