Eight Varsity Soccer Paladins Receive Post-Season Honors

A group of eight players from the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys soccer team have earned post-season recognition.

Sophomore forward Josh Milhollin and sophomore defender Nathan Chapman, junior forward Ethan Durham and junior defender Clay Shepler and senior midfielder Jacob Welty were all selected as First Team All-Region players.

Freshman defender Al Thompson, sophomore goalkeeper Pierce Loescher and junior midfielder Manny Sibaja were chosen for the All-Region Second Team.

This group helped the Paladins finish the season 9-5 and reach the Sweet 16 of the GHSA Class A Private Boys Soccer Championship. FCS earned the second seed from Region 6 into the state tournament.

"Led by an outstanding senior season by Jacob Welty, our team continued to improve as the season went forward," head coach Andy Trevers said. "We were so proud of the boys to battle in Region matches like they did, secure home field advantage going into the playoffs and for their resolve to dig deep and find big wins when needed. Making it to the Sweet 16 was a tremendous accomplishment, although we fell short at that stage to one of the best teams we have ever come up against."

At a recent team awards banquet, Trevers announced the following team awards:

  • Josh Milhollin and Jacob Welty were both named Player of the Year. "The contribution of both of these players this season made it impossible to separate them for this award," Trevers said. "Welty had two goals and 12 assists on the season, however his contribution as a holding midfielder this season was second to none. Jacob's ability to command this area of the field made his contribution to the team's success vital. Milhollin [30 goals and five assists on the year] was fantastic and a thorn in the side to any team we played. Milhollin's ability on the ball and to find ways to turn defenders on their heads coupled with his finishing ability made him a marked player any time he stepped on the field."
  • Nathan Chapman and Pierce Loescher also shared the Fortress Award. "Both players again were impossible to separate turning in tremendous seasons to be the foundation of a strong backline," Trevers said, noting that Chapman had three assists on the season. "But his defensive stature was a nightmare for most any team that came up against him. His strength, pace, courage and 1-on-1 defending was outstanding this season. Loescher had a breakout year in goal having many solid performances, most notably in the Sweet 16 round, where he made numerous great saves. Loescher's improvement from the beginning to the end of the season was highly noticeable and key to earning him the share of this award."
  • Clay Shepler was selected for the Semper Nobilis award. "Clay was exemplary this season in every aspect on and off the field, his passion was infectious, and he inspired his team to great things. His never say die attitude and impeccable spiritual leadership and example were key in earning this award. On the field he brought the same attitude and played alongside his CB partner Chapman to turn in consistency on the field, seeing this young man literally run his legs off in our final game was a picture of the heart he has to give of himself." Shepler contributed five goals and five assists.

The team on the season scored 55 goals and contributed 33 assists.

Milhollin led the team with 30 goals, followed by Durham with 10 and Shepler, five. Welty, junior Kevin Ghobrial and junior Alex Donald each had two goals apiece and the following players had one apiece: Sibaja, junior Trey Weatherby and sophomore Gannon Moore.

Welty led the assist category with 12, followed by Milhollin and Shepler with five apiece, Durham and Chapman had three each, while Sibaja and Ghobrial pitched in with two apiece. Sophomore Levi McCann finished out the assist category with one.

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Post-Season Baseball Accolades: Powell Named Region 6A Pitcher of Year, Oliver Chosen as Region 6A Coach of Year; Nine Paladins Picked for All-Region Team

The Fellowship Christian School baseball team, which matched its school record for wins in a season with 28, was well represented on the 6A All-Region Team.

For 6A, junior pitcher Daniel Powell was named Pitcher of the Year and head coach Shawn Oliver received Coach of the Year honors.

Powell went 9-0, posted a 0.99 earned run average and struck out 66 batters. Powell ranked first on the team in victories, second in strikeouts, and third in ERA. He started 10 games, which tied for the team lead, pitched in 12 contests overall and logged 56 1/3 innings to rank second on the team.

Oliver led the Paladins to a 28-5 record and its second consecutive trip to the GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships Final 4. He owns a 123-48 record in six seasons as a Fellowship head coach.

A total of nine other Paladins were named to the All-Region team, including:

  • First Team: juniors Will Austin (second base), Charlie Chandler (right field), Cooper Davidson (center fielder), Luke Hughes (left field), Evan Leccese (DH), and Jack Rickheim (shortstop) and senior Grant Hudson (pitcher).
  • Second Team: Junior Will Phipps (catcher) and senior Wilson Long (pitcher and third base).

Austin batted .509 to lead the Paladins. He also topped the squad with 110 at-bats, 56 hits, 35 RBIs, and shared the lead with 29 stolen bases and five triples. He ranked third on the team with 35 runs scored and shared fourth with eight doubles.

Chandler batted .303 with 30 hits, 29 runs, 39 RBIs, 10 doubles, three home runs and one triple. He finished fourth on the team in hits and third in both doubles and home runs. Chandler also shared third on the team with 20 stolen bases.

Davidson finished with fourth on the team with a .429 batting average. He registered 45 hits, 49 runs, 29 RBIs, 11 doubles, five triples and four home runs. Davidson led the team in runs, shared first in triples, and finished second on the team with 105 at-bats. He was also second in hits and home runs and placed sixth in RBIs.

Hudson posted an 8-1 record to rank second on the Paladins in wins. He led the FCS squad with 89 strikeouts, 59 1/3 innings pitched and four complete games. Hudson shared the team lead with 10 starts, topped the squad with 14 appearances and ranked fifth with a 1.77 ERA.

Hughes batted .337 to rank seventh on the club. He finished with 28 hits, 29 runs, 16 RBIs, eight doubles and one triple. Hughes shared sixth on the club in hits.

Leccese hit .244 with 11 hits, three doubles, one triple, one home run and two RBIs.

Rickheim batted. .371 to rank fifth on the team. He recorded 36 hits, 41 runs, 14 doubles, one triple and two home runs. Rickheim finished fourth on the team with 26 RBIs and shared the lead with 29 stolen bases. He led the team in doubles, finished second in runs, third in hits, and shared fourth in homers.

Phipps hit .247, collected 23 hits, knocked in 24 runs, scored four runs, belted six doubles and hit two homers. He shared fourth on the team in home runs and was fifth in RBIs.

Long ranked 10th on the team with a .308 batting average. He collected 28 hits, 30 RBIs, 24 runs, seven doubles, one triple and six home runs. Long topped the team in homers, was third in RBIs and was tied for sixth in hits.

On the mound, Long went 7-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 48 strikeouts in eight games, including six starts. He ranked second on the team in ERA and was third in both wins and strikeouts.

Paladin Varsity Baseball Season Ends with Loss to NCCS

One of the most successful seasons in Fellowship Christian School baseball history has come to an end.

The Paladins dropped a 6-0 decision to North Cobb Christian School in the second game of the best-of-three GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships Final 4 series hosted by FCS at Winchester Field at Paladin Park on May 16. The Eagles rallied to win the first game, 6-4, held earlier in the day.

Fellowship finished the season with a 28-5 record and a share of the school record for most varsity baseball wins in a season and posted the highest win percentage for a full season (.848).

"Losing stinks," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "Only one team gets to be happy at the end of the year and unfortunately that is not us. I and so proud of the fight these boys had. They go down as the best team in Fellowship baseball history. Making it to the Final 4 is a feat and they should be proud of what the accomplished. This group lost six starters and our #1 pitcher from last year's team [that also went to the Final 4] but they put us right back in the same spot. We knocked on that door again this season to no avail. I told the juniors no more knocking next year ... let's kick that thing down. I am proud of these men and thankful for my assistants. I am so glad I get to be the head coach of Fellowship Christian baseball and I look toward to the story of what our next season will be."

Senior Wilson Long closed out his FCS career with two hits to lead FCS. Juniors Will Austin, Charlie Chandler, Luke Hughes and Will Phipps all finished with one hit each.

Senior starter Grant Hudson allowed five runs and took the loss. Junior Sam Albee threw two scoreless innings in relief, and junior Cooper Davidson tossed the last inning and allowed one run.

FCS Falls to North Cobb in Playoff Series Opener

The Fellowship Christian School varsity baseball fought hard but came up just a tad short.

The Paladins rallied to take a 4-3 lead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but NCCS scored three runs in the top of seventh to post a 6-4 win in the first game. The Paladins are the No. 1 seed from Region 6 and NCCS is the No. 2 seed from Region 7.

Junior Cooper Davidson (pictured at left) led the Fellowship offense with two hits, including a three-run home run, and three RBIs. Junior Luke Hughes collected a hit and knocked in one run. Austin and Chandler each collected one double.

Junior Griffin Guinther threw the final 2 2/3 innings in relief of starter Daniel Powell, who threw the first 4 1/3 innings. Guinther was tagged with the loss.

(File photos by Christine T.)

McClung and Wade Claim 20th Place at GHSA Bass Fishing Championships

Fellowship Christian School sophomores Holden McClung and Robert Wade placed 20th among more than 100 teams at the GHSA Bass Fishing Championships held on Clarks Hill Lake near Augusta on May 14.

"They have been fishing together for a while and their persistence is paying off as they were able to place in the top 20," head coach Curt Morrell said of the duo, who caught and kept a total of five fish that totaled eight pounds. "It was a great season and I'm excited to see what we can do again next year."

The tourney winners from Bainbridge (Bowynn Brown and Shane Dill) caught five total fish and kept three that weighed 16 pounds and 12 ounces.

FCS sophomores Grey Brock and Liam Gibson placed 69th overall. They each caught two fish and kept both, that totaled three pounds, three ounces.

"During GHSA's inaugural fishing season last year, we had two seniors -- Jordan Brewer and Matson Grose -- qualify for state and they did well," Morrell said. "Now that they have graduated, we have other great young anglers stepping up. It was great to have two different Fellowship teams qualify for the state tournament this year. It's not always easy to qualify, and I'm proud of these guys for getting out there and making it happen."

The two Fellowship teams that qualified for the state tournament were among nearly 300 teams that competed during the regular season. Just over 100 teams qualified for state and were on the water on May 14.




Select Team: Klatt, Nokes Receive Lacrosse Honors

A pair of members of the varsity girls lacrosse team from Fellowship Christian School have received post-season honors.

Juniors Gabby Klatt and Ella Nokes have been named to the Area 5 Girls Lacrosse Select Team.

"For the first time ever, Area 5 honored players nominated by their coaches and voted on by coaches within our area," director of girls lacrosse Tracy Morgan said. "Gabby and Ella earned recognition not only because of their numbers on the stat sheets but as a result of their leadership on the field."

FCS 4 by 400 Relay Team Claims Fifth Place

The 4 by 400 relay team from Fellowship Christian School claimed fifth in the finals held on May 14 at the GHSA Class A Private School Track & Field Championships that was hosted by McEachern High School in Powder Springs.

On May 14, sophomore Brice McMillan, freshman Evan Haynes, senior Davis Hobbs and sophomore Tyler Wagner finished fifth among eighth teams in the finals of the 4 by 400 relay.

The state meet was held over three days at the Powder Spring school.

Throughout the season, athletes from FCS set or tied a total of 36 school records.

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Paladins Down Savannah Christian to advance to State Baseball Semifinals for Second-Straight Season; Match School Record for Single-Season Victories

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team has reached the state baseball semifinals for the second year in-a-row.

The Paladins posted a 6-0 victory over Savannah Christian School in the final contest of the best-of-three GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships Elite 8 series in Savannah on May 11. FCS has now advanced to the Final 4 for the second consecutive season and has tied the school record for most victories in a season with 28. The 2012 team posted a 28-8 record.

FCS, seeded No. 1 in Region 6, will take on North Cobb Christian School, No. 2 seed from Region 7, at Winchester Field in the Final 4 beginning on May 16.

"We don't mind the long bus ride home now," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "North Cobb is not there by accident. They are built like us. They have good hitters and three very good starters. I believe the four best teams in the state are left."

In the other Final 4 series, Mount Paran (No. 1 from Region 7) takes on Wesleyan School (No. 1 from Region 5).

On May 11, senior pitcher Wilson Long scattered three hits and five walks and struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the victory for Fellowship, now 28-3. Junior Sam Albee tossed the final 1 1/3 innings in relief to close out the victory.

"Wilson is our game three guy," Oliver said. "We swept the first two series, so he didn't pitch for a couple of weeks. He has a strong arm and knows how to attack hitters. I trust him on the mound. Really, I trust all my guys on the mound, but Wilson is a two-sport star and is really a clutch performer."

The teams split the first two games with the Raiders on May 10 in Savannah. The Paladins took game two, 6-0, while Savannah Christian (the No. 1 seed from Region 3) took advantage of six FCS errors in a 4-3 game one win.

"After that first game the boys got together and talked about how to recover," Oliver said. 'We made too many mistakes in that first game. You aren't going to beat a good team with six errors. Our guys had the mentality to keep pressing and play our game."

With the victory, the Paladins have improved to 6-1 in the state playoffs in 2022. FCS has notched wins in 10 out of its last 11 contests.

The Paladins took a 1-0 lead on junior Will Austin's RBI single in the third inning. Junior Cooper Davidson doubled and scored that run.

"Will is not your typical three-hole guy, who's going to launch the long ball," Oliver said. "As we have done all year, guys get on base, and we get key hits. I am confident that Will will always get his share of hits."

FCS scored five times in the fourth inning, including three earned runs. Austin knocked in another run with a single, junior Luke Hughes added a sacrifice fly and Long drove home a run on his double in that inning.

"Wilson got us another key hit to break the game open," Oliver said. "We get guys on base, use our speed to advance runners and score runs that leads to a lot of big innings. We have been fortunate to get our share of home runs this year, but we focus on lasers to the gaps, base runners and stolen bases."

Austin finished with three hits and two RBIs, while Davidson registered two hits and two runs scored and Long added two hits and one RBI.

Juniors Charlie Chandler and Evan Lecesse both collected one hit for FCS, that captured the Region Championship and seeks its first trip to the state finals.

(File photos by Charlotte Choate and Larry Moore)

GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships: Paladins Post Shutout Victory at Savannah Christian in Game 2, Force Deciding Game 3 of Elite 8 Series on May 11

Grant Hudson helped the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team keep its season alive.

In an elimination game, the senior right-handed starter tossed a complete game three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts to lead the Paladins to a 6-0 win over host Savannah Christian School in game two of the best-of-three GHSA Class A Private School Baseball Championships Elite 8 series on May 10. The Raiders posted a comeback 6-3 victory in game one in Savannah earlier in the evening.

Savannah Christian hosts game three on May 11 at 1:30 p.m.

The Paladins bounced back from the game one loss.

"You don't get to win many baseball games making six errors," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "That bit us in game one. We missed a couple chances to extend the [3-0 game one] lead and really put the pressure on them. In Game two, our boys understood the assignment and came out with a different intensity and approach. Mentally I think they were locked in and not ready to go home. Savannah Christian is a solid program and well coached. Game threes are always a toss-up, and our boys are going to be ready to keep this thing going. The coaching staff is thankful for one more day with these boys, and we hope to extend it a little further."

With the victory, the Paladins improved to 27-3 overall. The club has won nine out of its last 10 games.

Fellowship finished with four hits in game two, including one each from juniors Cooper Davidson, Evan Lecesse and Daniel Powell and senior Wilson Long. Davidson, who belted a double, finished with two RBIs, while Lecesse knocked in one run and scored two others. Powell scored a run.

It is a battle of No. 1 seeds. The Paladins are the top seed for Region 6, and Savannah the first seed for Region 3.

In game one, FCS led 3-0 before falling 6-3. It snapped Fellowship's eight-game win streak, including a 4-0 mark in the GHSA playoffs.

FCS took a 3-0 lead with single runs in the top of the first, second and fifth innings.

Junior Will Austin and Powell led FCS with two hits apiece. Powell knocked in two runs and Davidson added one hit and one RBI. It was a triple for Davidson.

Junior Charlie Chandler collected a hit, junior Jack Rickheim scored two runs, while junior Luke Hughes scored one run. Chandler finished with one double.

Powell started and allowed four hits, three unearned runs and two walks in six innings. He struck out six. Reliever Griffith Guinther took the loss.

The Raiders scored one run in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh.

(File photos by Larry Moore)

Group of 9 Lady Paladins Named to All-Region Team

A group of nine players from the Fellowship Christian School varsity girls soccer team have earned post-season recognition.

Freshman forward Lilly Kate Elphick, sophomore midfielders Avery Paulson and Rachel Williamson, senior forward Lucia Bustamante and senior midfielder Cate Hardin were all selected as First Team All-Region players.

Named to the All-Region Second Team were sophomore goalkeeper Alden Hays, junior defender Ginny Thompson, junior midfielder Leah Noble and senior defender Maggie Lee.

This group helped the Lady Paladins finish the season 12-3 and reach the Sweet 16 of the GHSA Class A Private Girls Soccer Championship. FCS earned the second seed from Region 6 in the state tournament.

"The season ended sooner than we had hoped, but we are so proud of the strides the girls program made this season," head coach Andy Trevers said. "We can't control outcomes, but we can control us and our character. This group exemplifies that. Everyone on the team improved this year, including this outstanding group of All-Region players. These honors help us put an exclamation point to the hard work and progress these players have made."

In addition, Elphick, Hardin and Paulson were selected to play in the upcoming DiVarsity All-Star Game on May 15.

At a recent team awards banquet, Trevers announced the following team awards:

  • Hardin was named Player of the Year. She finished her high school career at Fellowship with 102 goals. "Cate was a significant contributor to our program for four years both on and off the field," Trevers said.
  • Paulson earned the Fortress Award as "Avery embraced significant roles on both sides of the ball, her growth and impact was significant this season," according to Trevers.
  • Noble earned the Semper Nobilis award. "Leah always played with a calm heart and never had her feathers ruffled as she was a steady presence on and off the field," Trevers said.

As a team, the Lady Paladins recorded 108 goals and 68 assists in 2022.

Hardin's 34 tallies led the team, followed by Bustamante (25), Paulson (19), Elphick (15) and both Lee and Williamson added five. Noble, freshmen Rileigh Graham and Arianna Pappas, sophomore Virginia Ramsey and junior Mia Eberle scored one goal each.

Hardin led the FCS squad with 23 assists, followed by Elphick (15), Paulson (10) and Williamson (5). Bustamante shared fifth on the team with three assists with freshman Reagan Cunningham. Lee and junior Mary Jane Elliott recorded two assists, while freshman Kayla Clark, Eberle, Noble, Ramsey and Thompson added one assist apiece.

FCS Sends Three Relay Teams, Three Individuals to State Track & Field Meet

The varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School had a stellar day at the Sectional Track & Field Meet for Areas 4, 5 and 6 hosted by Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn on May 7.

Three individual performers and three boys relay teams – four by 800, four by 400 and four by 200 – have qualified for the GHSA Class A Private Track & Field Meet being hosted by McEachern High School from May 12-14. The three individuals will compete in four total events at McEachern.

Seven more school records were tied or broken at Providence. Members of the FCS squad have now tied or broken 32 school records this season.

On May 7, senior Garrett Wagner reached states in both the 100 meters and 200 meters, while freshman Joe Daumeyer qualified in the 1,600 meters and senior Davis Hobbs made it at 800 meters. Garrett Wagner broke school records in both the 100 and 200, while Hobbs and Daumeyer also set new school marks.

The four by 800 team of sophomore Lucas Velasquez, Daumeyer, senior Garrett Lengefeld and Hobbs, and the four by 400 team of sophomore Brice McMillan, freshman Evan Haynes, Hobbs and sophomore Tyler Wagner both set new school records at sectionals. The four by 200 team of both Wagners, Haynes and Hobbs tied their school record.

Also participating for FCS at Sectionals were senior Colin Darby (boys discus and shot put), junior Evie Daumeyer (girls 1,600), junior Addy Costoulas (girls discus) and sophomore Lilli Mahlke (girls 300 hurdles).

Five Athletes Earn Post-Season Recognition

It was a memorable season for the boys varsity tennis team from Fellowship Christian School.

It's just a little bit more special for five members of the team.

Freshman Alex Chapman was named First Team All-Region in singles, while sophomores Scott Craig and Brock Stoller, and juniors Jack Landreth and Jack Duffin were selected to the first team as doubles teams.

That group helped the FCS reach the Elite 8 of the GHSA Private A Boys Tennis Championships and notch a 12-2 record.

The Paladins earned their first boys tennis Region championship and reached the state playoffs for the first time in school history. FCS also hosted its first home state playoff match ever and won it's first-ever GHSA playoff match.

The team finished 2-1 in the state playoffs and had a 12-match win streak from March 3-April 25. The Paladins earned the No. 1 seed from Region 6 for the state tourney.

Paladins Advance in GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships with Pair of Wins Over Trinity

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team has advanced to the Elite 8 of the GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships for the third time in school history.

The Paladins posted two victories over Trinity Christian School at Winchester Field at Paladin Park on May 4 to qualify for the Elite 8. FCS captured the best-of-three series, 8-3 in game two and 2-1 in the first game that went nine innings.

Last year's Paladins reached the Final 4. The 2019 squad advanced to the Elite 8, while the 2018 Paladins reached the second round of the state tourney. Both teams from 2012 and 2009 qualified for the state playoffs.

The Paladins are the No. 1 seed from Region, and the Lions are No. 2 from Region 4. FCS faces Savannah Christian School, winners over Hebron Christian School, in the Elite 8. Savannah is the No. 1 seed from Region 3 and Hebron is the No. 2 seed from Region 5.

"When you start getting into this portion of the playoffs, nobody is here by accident," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "You've got to bring your 'A' game because you are going to see high-level arms and bats the rest of the way. In game one, Daniel gave us a chance to win the game and then for GG to pitch no-hit ball in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings – that's an impressive feat. They had their own dude on the mound who kept us guessing all day and some clutch base running by Cooper was the reason we were able to force extra innings. In game two, we put up a run early and then kept adding on. Good to see playoff Grant just absolutely shoving today. Our road doesn't get easier, but knowing we've got Grant, Wilson and Daniel is a good feeling. I am thankful for one more week with my guys."

In game two, senior Grant Hudson scattered four hits, allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out 10 in a complete-game victory.

Junior Cooper Davidson went 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Junior Jack Rickheim added one hit and knocked in two runs. Juniors Charlie Chandler and Luke Hughes both finished with one hit and one RBI.

Hughes and Rickheim smacked one double apiece.

FCS finished that contest with nine hits, including one each from juniors Will Austin and Will Phipps.

With the victory, the Paladins (26-2) extended their win streak to eight straight games and improved to 4-0 in the state playoffs.

The club has now won nine out of its last 10 contests.

In game two, the Paladins batted first and scored one run in the first, two runs in the third, two runs in the fourth and three in the seventh. Trinity scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and added one more in the sixth.

Extra Effort: Powell's Walk-Off Single Lifts Paladins to Game One Win

Junior Daniel Powell singled home the winning run on an 0-2 count to lift the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team to a 2-1 win over Trinity Christian School in the opening game of the Sweet 16 series.

The Paladins batted second and had five hits in the game, including two by Austin, and one each by Powell, Davidson and junior Evan Leccese. Austin and Davidson both scored a run.

Both teams scored a run in the sixth inning.

Powell started and allowed just one hit and one run over six innings. He fanned eight and walked four.

Junior Griffin Guinther did not allow a hit or a walk in three innings of shutout relief to pick up the victory.

(Photos by Larry Moore)


Tough Ending: Fellowship Falls to Wesleyan in State Lax Sweet 16 Match

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team battled until the end but came up a little bit short.

The Paladins suffered an 11-8 loss at Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners on May 2 in the Sweet 16 of the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships. FCS is the third seed from Area 5, while Wesleyan was the top seed from Area 1.

The Paladins led 6-3 at halftime, but Wesleyan rallied to tie the game 7-7 through three quarters.

The Wolves outscored the Paladins 4-1 in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.

"It was a valiant effort, but we came up short," director of boys lacrosse Lou Corsetti said.

Freshman Elias McLaughlin topped the Fellowship squad with three goals.

Senior Cole Keim and junior Graham Ferraro netted two goals apiece, while sophomore Billy Jackson netted one goal.

FCS ended the season with a 13-6 record.

Paladins Battle Hard, Fall to HIES in Elite 8 of State Tennis Tourney

The win streak for the Fellowship Christian School boys tennis team has unfortunately come to an end.

In a heartbreaker at Paladin Park, the Paladins were edged by Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, 2-3, in the Elite 8 of the GHSA Private A Boys Tennis Championships.

The loss ended a 12-match win streak for the Paladins, the No. 1 seed from Region 6. The Bears were seeded second from Region 5.

"It was tough, but spirits were high," head coach Jason Kennedy said. "It was a great season."

It was a season of first for the boys from FCS. It was the first trip to the state playoffs for a boys tennis team from Fellowship. The squad hosted a home match state playoff match for the first time, won its first state playoff match and advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time.

Overall, the team was 2-1 in the state playoffs and 12-2 overall.

At FCS on May 2, freshman Matthew Chang won No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-0, while sophomores Scott Craig and Brock Stoller claimed second doubles, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

Sophomore Connor Dell fell 3-6, 3-6, in No. 1 singles, while freshman Alex Chapman lost 1-6,1-6, in second singles. Juniors Jack Landreth and Jack Duffin played second doubles, but came up short, 3-6, 1-6.

Lady Paladin Middle School Soccer Team Beats Mt. Bethel; Wraps up Second Consecutive Undefeated Championship Season

The middle school girls soccer team has captured its second straight Metro 10 League Championship. And the team also completed its second undefeated season in-a-row.

The game was decided by PKs on April 29 at Bob Lord Field. The Metro 10 League Championship contest was tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime, but the Lady Paladins prevailed in PKs to notch a 4-2 win.

"What these girls were able to accomplish yesterday with so few players and players playing hurt is truly amazing and speaks to their character, strength, determination, commitment to their team," head coach Holly Quinn said about her team, which was hit with several injuries over the past couple of weeks. "These girls are a pleasure to coach. They play to glorify God each time they step out on the field."

With the victory, the Lady Paladins finished an 11-0 season with a goal differential of plus 78. The FCS team outscored its opponents, 87-8, this season, including five shutouts.

The 2021 team went 12-0 and outscored its opponents 84-0.

(Photos submitted by Coach Holly Quinn)

New Turf: Paladins Return Home on New Turf Field, Take Pair from Athens Christian to Advance in State Playoffs

Their home field has a new look, but the Paladins from Fellowship Christian School showed their usual solid hitting, pitching and defense in a two-game playoff sweep.

Playing for the first time on the new turf at Winchester Field of Paladin Park, the Fellowship squad opened the GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships with victories over Athens Christian School, 10-4 and 11-3, to capture the best-of-three first round series on April 29.

The Paladins (seeded first from Region 6) will face the winner of the Trinity Christian School-Landmark Christian School series in the Sweet 16. Trinity is the No. 2 seed from Region 4, while Landmark is No. 3 from Region 2. The Lions took game one of the series. Game 2 is slated for April 30.

The day at Winchester Field was extra special as seniors Thomas Bourne, Jason Gilley, Grant Hudson, Wilson Long and Hayes Price were honored on Senior Night between the contests.

"What a way to break in the new park," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "Wilson and Grant absolutely showed what makes our staff great and the bats backed them up. It was nice to get home and hit some balls hard. Hearing the excitement of our fans definitely pushed the boys to be better today. I'm excited for one more week with our guys and I can't wait to see what God has in store for this squad."

Fellowship finished the regular season with a 13-2 Region record and a 22-2 mark overall to qualify for the GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships for the fourth straight year and sixth time in school history. The Paladins were the runner-up to the Region championship back in 2012 as the club set the school record with a 28-8 record.

Last year's Paladin squad advanced to the Final 4 of the state tournament, while the 2019 team reached the Elite 8. The Paladins advanced to the second round of the 2018 GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships and the 2012 squad lost in the first round. The 2009 team also played in the state tournament.

Game Two Highlights

Junior Will Phipps was on fire at the plate for the Fellowship squad in game two.

He collected two hits – including a grand slam home run and double – and drove in seven of FCS' 11 runs in the victory.

It was the sixth straight victory for the 24-2 Paladins, who had eight hits in the victory. FCS plated five runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and four in the seventh. The Eagles led 1-0 on a run in the bottom of the first, and added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings.

Junior Will Austin collected two hits and one RBI for FCS, while junior Charlie Chandler added one hit and one RBI. They both scored two runs.

Juniors Cooper Davidson, Luke Hughes and Jack Rickheim all registered one hit. Chandler, Davidson and Rickheim all finished with one double.

Hudson started and picked up the victory. He fanned 10 batters, scattered six hits and allowed three runs (all earned) over six innings. Junior Aubrey Moraitakis fanned two batters as he closed out the game in the seventh.

Game One Highlights

Juniors Evan Leccese and Daniel Powell each belted home runs to lead the Paladins to the game one win.

To open the best-of-three state playoff series with Athens Christian School, the Paladins collected six hits in the 10-4 win.

Austin led Fellowship with two hits, including a triple. Hughes, Leccese, Powell and Rickheim had one hit apiece. Rickheim walked three times and finished with a double. Chandler and Powell picked up two walks apiece.

Fellowship scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Athens scored four runs in the sixth.

Long started and threw five innings to pick up the win. He fanned 10 batters and walked three. Bourne allowed four runs in relief. Junior Griffin Guinther fanned two batters and walked two but did not allow a run in an inning of relief. Junior Sam Albee closed it out by pitching the last inning.

(Photos by Larry Moore)

Fellowship Team Beats Trinity Christian School on Road to Open GHSA A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team pulled off a playoff upset.

The Paladins (seeded third from Area 5) defeated Trinity Christian School (seeded second from Area 7), 14-2, in Sharpsburg to open the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships.

Fellowship advances to the Sweet 16 for the third time in school history. The Paladins will face the winner of North Cobb Christian School (No. 4 in Area 3) and Wesleyan (No. 1 in Area 1). FCS reached to the Elite 8 in 2021 and 2019.

"The Paladins played an overall solid game," director of boys lacrosse Lou Corsetti said. "Everyone was able to play in a running time game. The Paladin offense was led by senior Cole Keim [five goals], and we had a stellar defensive effort by Grant Mauldin, Liam Gibson, Louden Hickman, Scott Buck and Kyle Elphick. Ryan Marsh and Robert Wade dominated the faceoff circle as they won over 80 percent of their draws."

With the victory, the Paladins improved to 13-5 overall. The team's won seven out of its last eight games.

Lady Paladins Fall to Starr's Mill in State Playoffs to End Season

The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls lacrosse team suffered a playoff loss on April 28.

The Lady Paladins dropped a 19-7 decision at Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville to open the GHSA Class A-5A Girls Lacrosse Championships.

"It was a hard-fought game for the Lady Paladins," director of girls lacrosse Tracy Morgan said. "We played a man down again to finish out a season that almost didn't happen. Hats off to these girls. They are the toughest gals to come out of this Fellowship program. We are fortunate they worked so hard to get us this far and it was a huge plus to even have a season!"

The Lady Paladins ended the season with a 5-8 record.

It was the fourth year in-a-row that the Fellowship squad reached the state playoffs, and fifth season of varsity girls lacrosse as the program began in 2017.

On to Sectionals: Three FCS Relay Teams, Seven Athletes Advance for Eight individual events

Over the two-day Area Track & Field meet held at Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners April 25 and 27, a total of seven members of the varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School qualified for the Sectional Track & Field meet in a total of eight individual events. Additionally, three boys relay teams qualified for Sectionals and eight more school records were set over the two-day span.

The Fellowship athletes who advanced to the Area 4,5 and 6 Sectional meet being hosted by Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn on May 7 include:

  • Junior Addy Costoulas in the girl's discus.
  • Senior Colin Darby in both the boy's discus and shot put.
  • Junior Evie Daumeyer in the girl's 1,600 meters.
  • Freshman Joe Daumeyer in the boy's 1,600 meters.
  • Senior Davis Hobbs in the boy's 800.
  • Sophomore Lilli Mahlke in the girl's 300-meter hurdles.
  • Senior Garrett Wagner in both the boy's 100 and 200 meters.
  • The boy's 4 by 200 relay team (which includes Garrett Wagner, freshman Evan Haynes, Hobbs and sophomore Tyler Wagner).
  • The boy's 4 by 400 relay team (which includes sophomore Brice McMillan, Haynes, Hobbs and Tyler Wagner).
  • The boy's 4 by 800 relay team (which includes senior Garrett Lengefeld, freshman Marshall James, sophomore Lucas Velasquez and Daumeyer).

The school records that were set at the Area meet include Garrett Wagner in both the 100 and 200. Wagner set a new record in preliminary heat for the 200 on April 25, and broke two days later during the 200 finals.

Joe Daumeyer set a new school record in the boys 1,600 meters, while Mahlke set the mark in the 300 hurdles. All three of these boy's relay teams – 4 by 200, 4 by 400 and 4 by 800 – set school records. This season members of the FCS squad have tied or broken 25 school records.

Lady Paladin Soccer Team Posts 3-1 Win in Metro 10 League Semifinals

The Fellowship Christian School middle school has advanced to the championship of the Metro 10 League playoffs.

On April 27, the undefeated Lady Paladins notched a 3-1 victory over Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in the semifinals at Bob Lord Field. The Lady Paladins will face Mt. Bethel Christian Academy in the finals.

It was the team's 10th straight victory. The Lady Paladins are now 10-0.

"I am so very proud of my girls for pulling off the win today and reach the finals," head coach Holly Quinn said. "They have played so well all season long."

(Photo submitted)

MS Boys Soccer Team Falls to Walker in Metro 10 League Semifinals

The Fellowship Christian School middle school boys soccer team came up a little bit short in the team's final game of the season.

On April 27, the Paladins lost 2-0 to The Walker School at Bob Lord Field in the Metro 10 League semifinals.

"I am really proud of the guys effort," head coach Brad Welty said. "Unfortunately, the game was allowed to be very physical and that was a little to Walker's advantage. They had some good size and used it well."

The score was tied 0-0 at half and then Walker scored with about 20 minutes left and again with about 15 minutes left.

"FCS fought hard but could never break through," Welty said.

The loss snapped FCS' two-match win streak. The Paladins own the No. 2 seed for the playoffs. With the loss, the Fellowship team ended the season 7-2-1.

(Photo submitted)

9-1 Region Record: Paladins Golfers Finish Regular Season with Win over Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

The varsity golf team from Fellowship Christian School has wrapped up a 9-1 Region season.

The Paladins posted a victory over Mt. Bethel Christian Academy at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell on April 26.

It was FCS' fourth straight victory.

The team has wrapped up the regular season with a 9-2 overall record.

Fellowship travels to Tucker for practice rounds at Heritage Golf Course on April 28 at 1:30 p.m., and again on April 30.

FCS participates in the Area Tournament at Heritage on May 3.

Paladin Boys Tennis Team Beats Whitefield to Advance in State Tournament

The storybook season for Fellowship Christian School varsity boys tennis teams is continuing.

On April 25, the Paladins defeated Whitefield Academy, 3-2, in the Sweet 16 round of the GHSA Class A Private Tennis Championships at Paladin Park. It was the team's 12th straight victory and second state playoff win.

This season marks the boys first-sever trip to the GHSA Class A Private Tennis Championships.

The Paladins (12-1 overall) face the winner of Savannah Country Day (No. 1 in Region 3) and Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (No. 2 in Region 5) in the Elite 8.

Against the WolfPack (No. 3 in Region 2), freshman Matthew Chang notched a 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (tie breaker) win in third singles.

FCS won both doubles matches. Juniors Jack Landreth and Jack Duffin won first doubles, 6-4, 6-4, while sophomores Scott Craig and Brock Stoller captured second doubles, 6-3, 6-3.

Sophomore Connor Dell lost first singles, 1-6, 2-6, for FCS. Freshman Alex Chapman posted a 1-6, 6-2, 1-6 loss in second singles.

Two School Records Set at Area 4 Track & Field Meet, Four FCS Athletes and One Relay Team Head for Sectionals

The record-setting pattern continues for the varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School.

The Fellowship track and field got off to a great start on April 25 at the Area 4 meet being hosted by Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners. Two more school records fell as one relay team and four individual athletes advanced in five individual events to Sectionals being held next week at Providence Christian Academy.

Senior Garrett Wagner set a new school record in the 200 meters, and freshman Joe Daumeyer set a new school record in the 1,600 meters and also advanced to Sectionals. With those records, members of the FCS squad have tied or broken 20 school records this season.

Fellowship will be back on track at Wesleyan on April 27 for the finals of the remaining running events. That includes Wagner, who advanced to the finals in the 200.

Senior Colin Darby advanced to Sectionals in both discus – where he finished second – and shot put. The boys 4 by 800 relay team of senior Garrett Lengefeld, freshman Marshall James, sophomore Lucas Velasquez and Daumeyer qualified.

Junior Evie Daumeyer advanced to Sectionals in the girls 1,600 meters. Junior Addy Costoulas advanced to Sectionals in the girls discus.

Girls Golf Team Finishes Second after Tiebreaker, Boys Bring Home Third

The middle school boys and girls golf teams from Fellowship Christian School had a memorable league tournament.

The girls team shared first place overall (finished second after the tiebreaker), and the boys were third at the Metro 10 League Championships held at Legacy Golf Links in Smyrna on April 25.

"The tournament went very well for both teams," head coach Matt Theodoras said. "The girls tied for 1st overall. With the tiebreaker we got second overall. The boys were third."

Ava Lynn led the FCS girls team with a plus-8 that ranked second among all girls at the tourney. Hannah Noble finished third overall at the tournament with a plus-10.

Weston Ehman led the way for the Paladins at plus-2 and finished fourth overall in the boys tournament. Paladin teammate Owen Stanley was right behind Ehman with a plus-3.

Paladins Notch Second Straight Region Baseball Championship

For the second year in-a-row, the Fellowship Christian School varsity baseball team has won the Region Championship.

The Paladins locked up another title with a 9-1 win over King's Ridge Christian School at Legion Field at Veteran's Park in Alpharetta on April 22.

Fellowship finished the regular season with a 13-2 Region record and a 22-2 mark overall to qualify for the GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships for the fourth straight year and sixth time in school history.

The Paladins, who captured the sub-Region title in 2019, were the runner-up to the Region championship back in 2012 as the club set the school record with a 28-8 record.

At Alpharetta, Fellowship batted second and tallied one run in the first, six in the third, one in the fifth and one in the sixth. The Tigers scored their lone run in the top of the third.

"We talked about going into it this year that our first goal was to win the Region," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "We missed a couple cracks at it last week but the hard work throughout the year gave us a little wiggle room. Winning Wednesday was big, so we went after them with Grant not even messing around and had Daniel, GG, and Wilson if needed today. We have to find a way to clean up the defense and stay with our brand of offense as we start a brand-new season. My assistant coaches really stepped up this year since I decided to sideline myself for the bulk of the year. Those guys busted their tails to keep our guys ready. The boys get all the credit because it's on them to go out and win it, but Lane, Logan, Greg, and Mike were huge for me this year."

On the mound, junior Daniel Powell started an earned the win. He struck out six and allowed three walks, one hit and one unearned run in five innings. Junior Griffin Guinther threw the final two innings. He only allowed only one hit and struck out three.

On offense, the Paladins collected 12 hits. Juniors Will Austin, Cooper Davidson, Charlie Chandler, Luke Hughes and Powell collected two hits apiece. Senior Wilson Long and junior Evan Lecesse added one hit each.

Hughes led FCS with three RBIs, while Austin added two and Chandler and Powell each finished with one RBI.

The win was the fourth straight for the Paladins, who have captured victories in five out of the last six contests.

(Action photos by Christine T)

Paladin Lax Team Posts 11-4 Victory over HIES

Billy Jackson had a pretty good night for the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team.

The sophomore netted five of FCS' 11 goals in an 11-4 victory over Holy Innocents' Episcopal School at Bob Lord Field in the opening round of the Single A Tournament, which continues April 22.

Senior Cole Keim also netted a hat trick with three goals for Fellowship, winners of seven matches in-a-row.

Freshman Elias McLaughlin finished with two goals and sophomore Patric Fischer add one goal.

Overall, the Paladins are now 12-4.

Paladins Post Seventh Win of 2022

The varsity golf team from Fellowship Christian School has now won consecutive matches and three out of its last four matches.

The Paladins posted a 170-182 win over King's Ridge Christian School at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell.

Freshman Josh Holman led the Paladins with a 38.

With the victory, the Paladins have improved to 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the Region.

(Photo submitted by Curt Morrell)

Paladin Boys Extend Win Streak to 11 Matches, Advance in State Tournament

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys tennis team has made school history again.

The Paladins, who advanced to the GHSA Class Private A Soccer Championships for the first time in school history this spring, have won their first state tournament match. It was the team's 11th straight victory.

FCS, the top seed from Region 6, posted a 5-0 win over Prince Avenue Christian School at Paladin Park on April 19. The Wolverines are the No. 4 seed from Region 8.

The Paladins (11-1 overall) face the winner of Whitefield Academy (No. 3 in Region 2) and Brookstone School (No 2 in Region 4) in the Sweet 16.

Against the Wolverines, sophomore Connor Dell took first singles, 6-0, 6-0, for FCS. Freshman Alex Chapman posted a 6-0, 6-1 win in second singles, while freshman Matthew Chang notched a 6-0, 6-0 win in third singles.

Juniors Jack Landreth and Jack Duffin won first doubles, 6-2, 6-3, while sophomores Scott Craig and Brock Stoller captured second doubles.

Short-handed Lady Paladins notch 14-7 Win over HIES

The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls lacrosse team turned in some extra effort to notch its fifth win of the season.

The short-handed Lady Paladins posted a 14-7 win over Holy Innocents' Episcopal School at Bob Lord Field on April 14.

"It was a well-deserved win playing a man down to HIES all game," director of girls lacrosse Tracy Morgan said. "The girls fought for 50 minutes, giving nothing but their best effort to earn third place in the Region. Graylyn Waggoner and Breka McLaughlin lead the offense with strong performances by Ella Nokes, JJ and Gabby Klatt. Newcomers Hannah Mauck and Olivia young showed up strong on defense, and Katy Schuster was solid in goal."

The Lady Paladins improved to 5-6 overall with the victory.

(Photo by Larry Moore)

Paladins Post First-Ever Varsity Boys Lax Win over Blessed Trinity

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team notched its first win over one of its Roswell rivals in school history.

The Paladins posted a come-from-behind 10-8 win over Blessed Trinity on the road in a Class A-5A contest. It was the first time in school history that the Paladins have defeated the Titans in varsity boys lacrosse.

"The boys had a great game," director of boys lacrosse Lou Corsetti said. "It was a well-deserved win and a total team effort. Our defense was very strong, and Grant was terrific in goal."

Fellowship has now won six matches in-a-row to improve to 6-1 in the league and 11-4 overall. The team is ranked eighth in the latest Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class A-5A boys lacrosse poll.

At BT, the Paladins jumped out to a lead of 3-1 in the first half and 5-2 at halftime before the Titans took a 6-5 second-half lead. The Paladins led 9-7 after the third quarter.

(Photos by Laura Keim)

Varsity Baseball Paladins Avenge Loss to Patriots with 10-3 Victory

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team recovered from a loss to Mount Pisgah Christian school with a win over the Patriots in the second game between the schools in two days.

The Paladins posted a 10-3 victory over Mount Pisgah in Johns Creek on April 14, just one day after the Patriots handed FCS its first varsity baseball loss of the season (5-4) at LakePoint Sports Complex.

With the victory, Fellowship improved to 18-1 overall and 11-1 in Region contests. The teams play the rubber game of the three-game series on Saturday, April 16 at Mount Pisgah at 11 a.m.

The Paladins pounded out 12 hits in the win, led by junior Cooper Davidson's three hits and two RBIs. Juniors Will Austin and Daniel Powell each finished with two hits. Powell belted a home run and Davidson smacked a double.

FCS had one hit apiece from juniors Charlie Chandler, Luke Hughes, Evan Leccese and Jack Rickheim and senior Wilson Long. Austin, Long and Powell all had one RBI.

On the mound, Powell earned a complete-game victory. He struck out six batters, walked two and scattered six hits over seven innings. Only two of his runs allowed were earned.

The Paladins scored two runs in the first, three in the third, one in the fifth and fourth in the seventh, while the Patriots scored two in the first and one in the third.

(Photo by Jenny Hudson)

Pair of Hat Tricks Carry Paladins to Boys Soccer State Playoff Victory

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys soccer team is headed to the Sweet 16 of the GHSA Class A Private Soccer Championships.

Sophomore Josh Milhollin and junior Ethan Durham both netted three goals and added an assist to lift Fellowship – the No. 2 seed from Region 6 – past Tallulah Falls School at Bob Lord Field on April 13 in the opening round of the state tournament, 7-1.

It's the Paladins' fourth straight victory, which propels the team to its eighth trip to the Sweet 16.

With the victory, FCS improved to 9-4 and faces St. Anne-Pacelli in the next round. St. Anne-Pacelli, the No. 1 seed from Region 4, defeated Our Lady of Mercy, No. 4 from Region 2, on April 13, 9-1.

The 2016 Fellowship boys soccer team claimed the Area Championship and was GHSA Single A Runner-up. That club notched a 17-4 record, including school-record 15-game win streak. The 2015 team also won the Area Championships and reached GHSA Single A Final 4 with a school-record 17-2-1 mark.

Paladin boys soccer teams reached the Elite 8 in 2013, 2017 and 2018, and the Sweet 16 in 2014 and 2021.

At FCS, junior Kevin Ghobrial netted a goal and senior Jacob Welty picked up an assist in the 7-1 win.

In the first half, the Paladins opened up a 3-0 lead on goals by Milhollin 30 seconds into the contest on a pass from Durham, Durham unassisted at 29:06 and Milhollin again off a pass from Welty at 16:39.

Durham's goal at 29:12 of the second half put FCS in front 4-0.

Tallulah Falls netted a tally at 15:48 to cut the lead to 4-1, but FCS scored the next three goals – Ghobrial with 7:27 left, Milhollin on a long run to the net at 5:28 and Durham again with 1:52 to play.

(Photos by Larry Moore)

FCS Boys Tennis Team Captures First Region Title; Advances to State Tourney for First Time

The historic season for the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys tennis team has continued.

On April 13, the Paladins won two matches to capture its first-ever Region Championship. The girls teams from Fellowship won GISA Region crowns in 2005 and 2006.

The Fellowship boys squad, seeded No. 1 in the Region Tournament, defeated The Weber School, the second seed, 3-2 in the tourney finals at Hudlow Tennis Center in Norcross.

It was the team's 10th straight victory, including three consecutive tournament wins. The team defeated Pinecrest Academy earlier in the day.

FCS (10-1 overall) enters the GHSA Class A Private Tennis Tournament with a No. 1 seed.

In the first match the day, FCS defeated Pinecrest Academy in the Region Tournament semifinals.

The Paladins of FCS downed the Paladins on Pinecrest, 3-0, at Hudlow Tennis Center in Norcross. With the win, FCS advanced to the tournament finals. It was Fellowship's ninth straight victory, and second in-a-row in the postseason.

Lady Paladins Open GHSA Class Private Girls Soccer Championships with Victory over Prince Avenue Christian; Cate Hardin Nets 100th Career Goal

The varsity girls soccer team from Fellowship Christian School has extended its win streak to five matches with a playoff victory to reach the Sweet 16 for the eighth time in school history.

The Lady Paladins (12-2 overall) posted a 10-0 victory over Prince Avenue Christian School at Bob Lord Field in the first round of the GHSA Class Private Girls Soccer Championships.

The victory was FCS' fifth straight, all by shutout. The team has notched 10 shutouts this season, including seven by a 10-0 count.

The Lady Paladins are the No. 2 seed from Region 6, and the Lady Wolverines are the No. 3 team from Region 8. Fellowship will face the Brookstone School (No. 1 seed from Region 4) in Columbus in the Sweet 16 Round at Columbus State on April 18.

Brookstone defeated Eagle's Landing Christian School, 10-0, at Columbus State in the opening round on April 12 to improve to 13-1-1.

At Fellowship, sophomore Avery Paulson netted four goals and had one assist, while senior Cate Hardin scored three goals and finished with two assists. Hardin reached her 100th career goal at FCS on her second tally of the game scored on a drive to the net.

Senior Lucia Bustamante scored a goal and added an assist, while freshman Lilly Kate Elphick and sophomore Rachel Williamson netted one goal apiece.

The Lady Paladins outshot the Lady Wolverines, 31-1 in the first half and 37-2 overall. Freshman Arianna Pappas registered the shutout with two saves.

Fellowship led 7-0 at halftime on goals by Paulson at 39:29, Bustamante from Paulson at 37:05, Williamson from Hardin at 23:10, Paulson from Bustamante at 22:40, Hardin at 14:20, Hardin at 10:53 (her 100th career goal) and Paulson reached a hat trick on her goal assisted by Hardin at 7:11.

Paulson opened the scoring of the 20-minute second half with 9:13 to play. Elphick's tally made it 9-0 with 8:02 left, and Hardin reached the hat trick (her 101st career goal) to end the game with 7:41 to play.

The Lady Paladins won the state championship in 2016 as the club finished with a school-record 17-1 mark.

The team was state runners up in 2015, 2013 and 2012, and reached the Final 4 in 2014 and 2011. The club reached the Sweet 16 in 2021.

(Photos by Larry Moore)

Paladins Open Tournament with 4-1 Win over Saint Francis

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys tennis team opened the Region Tournament with a victory on April 11.

The Paladins posted a 4-1 win over Saint Francis at Paladin Park in the opening round of the Region Tournament.

With the victory, the Paladins extended their win streak to eight matches.

The team is now 8-1 and has not lost since a non-Region match against King's Academy on Feb. 16 to begin the season.

Fellowship finished the regular season 7-0 in Region matches.

Paladins Continue Streak with 9-6 Varsity Baseball Victory at 6A North Atlanta High School

Fellowship Christian School's varsity baseball team scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to earn a little breathing room in a tight contest played at 6A North Atlanta High School on April 9.

The unbeaten FCS squad posted a 9-6 victory at North Atlanta to extend their win streak to 17 games.

The Paladins scored three runs in the first inning, one in the third and two in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead over the Warriors, who scored one in the second and two in the third. North Atlanta scored two more runs in the fourth to close the gap to 6-5. Both teams added one run in the fifth inning to make the score 7-6.

FCS pounded out 12 hits in the game, including three from junior Jack Rickheim, and two each from juniors Cooper Davidson, Luke Hughes and Daniel Powell. Juniors Will Austin, Charlie Chandler and Will Phipps added one hit apiece.

Phipps knocked in three runs, while Powell and Rickheim finished with two RBIs each. Austin and Chandler notched one RBI apiece.

Senior Wilson Long started and picked up the victory. He struck out three, walked four and allowed six hits and five runs (only one earned).

Senior Grant Hudson threw the final three innings to notch the save. He allowed two hits, two walks and one unearned run and fanned two.

(Photo by Jenny Hudson)

Varsity Baseball Paladins Keep Win Streak Going with Victory at 5A Dutchtown HS

The varsity baseball team from Fellowship Christian School posted its' 16th consecutive victory on April 8.

In Hampton, the Paladins pounded out six hits and scored 13 runs in the bottom of the first inning on the way to a 14-3 non-Region win over 5A Dutchtown High School. The game lasted 4½ innings.

Fellowship improved to 16-0 overall with the win. The Paladins have also posted a 10-0 record in Region contests.

Juniors Will Austin and Will Phipps both posted three RBIs at Dutchtown. Juniors Charlie Chandler, Cooper Davidson and Jack Rickheim each registered one RBI.

Austin collected three hits, while senior Wilson Long, Chandler and Phipps notched one hit apiece.

Junior Daniel Powell started and picked up the win. He fanned two batters and allowed one run (earned) and one hit over two innings.

Senior Thomas Bourne pitched two innings and scoreless relief with two strikeouts. Junior Aubrey Moraitakis pitched the last inning and struck out two. He allowed two runs.

Dutchtown scored one run in the second inning and added two runs in the top of the fifth inning. FCS scored its final run in the bottom of the second.

(Photos by Jenny Hudson)

Boys Varsity Tennis Team Caps 7-0 Regular Season with Win over Pinecrest Academy

In a battle of the Paladins, the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys tennis team wrapped up an undefeated Region regular season with a win over Pinecrest Academy at Paladin Park.

On March 31, the Paladins posted a 5-0 win to end the regular season with a 7-0 Region record.

Overall, the Paladins are 7-1, which includes seven straight victories since a season-opening loss to King's Academy.

The boys own the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Region playoffs.

The Fellowship girls team fought hard but dropped a 1-4 decision.

Girls Lax Victory: Lady Paladins post 17-7 win at KR to End Skid

The varsity girls lacrosse team from Fellowship Christian School ended a four-game losing streak with a road victory on March 30.

The Lady Paladins notched a 17-7 win at King's Ridge Christian School for their third victory of the season. It was a league match.

"It was a great game on offense against one of the stronger goalies in the state," director of girls lacrosse Tracy Morgan said. "It was a great win. Ella Nokes and Hollis Tate had a great game controlling the draws, and Katie Schuster had huge game in goal."

Schuster finished with 11 saves for FCS, now 3-4 overall.

Freshman Reagan Nokes and senior Graylyn Waggoner led scorers with seven points apiece. Nokes finished with four goals and three assists, while Waggoner had five goals and two assists.

Freshman Olivia Brackley netted four goals and junior Ella Nokes collected three goals and two assists.

Paladins Beat Mount Pisgah Christian School 15-5 for its Fifth Straight Victory

The varsity lacrosse team from Fellowship Christian School has notched its fifth straight victory.

On March 30, the Paladins won for the second straight day and won its fifth contest in-a-row with a 15-5 triumph at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek. It was a league match.

Freshman Elias McLaughlin and senior Cole Keim both scored four goals.

Junior Graham Ferraro collected three goals, while sophomore Noah Falcon and junior Will Jaroszewski scored two goals

The Paladins are ranked seventh in the latest Class A-5A Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll.

Fellowship owns a 5-1 league record and a 10-4 record overall.

On March 29, the Paladins posted an 11-9 comeback win at 7A Etowah High School in Woodstock.

Sophomore Billy Jackson netted five goals in that game.

Keim netted two goals in the win, while freshmen Elias McLaughlin and Evan Haynes, sophomore Patric Fischer and Jaroszewski all added one goal apiece.


Varsity Baseball Team Opens Three-Game Series against King's Ridge with 8-2 Victory

The varsity baseball team from Fellowship Christian School started off its Region series with rival King's Ridge Christian School on the right foot.

The undefeated Paladins notched an 8-2 win over King's Ridge Christian School at Legion Field at Veteran's Park on March 28. It was the Paladins' 14th straight victory overall and the team's ninth straight Region win. The Tigers and Paladins continue the series on March 30-31.

In Alpharetta, the Paladins pounded out 11 hits and scored eight times over the first four innings that included one run in each of the first and second innings, two in the third and four in the fourth. The Tigers scored single runs in each of the third and sixth innings.

Juniors Will Austin, Charlie Chandler and Luke Hughes, and senior Wilson Long all collected two hits for Fellowship.

Hughes and junior Daniel Powell each belted a triple, while Chandler and Long both recorded a double. Juniors Cooper Davidson and Jack Rickheim each collected a single.

Chandler and Powell shared the team lead with two RBIs each, while Austin, Hughes and Rickheim earned one RBI apiece.

Powell started and picked up the win. He fanned five batters and scattered four hits as he allowed just two runs over six innings. Junior Griffth Guinther allowed one hit in one inning of scoreless relief.

(Pictures by Jenny Hudson)

FCS Competes in Third Meet of Season; Many PRs Fall

The Fellowship Christian School middle school track & field team participated in its third meet of the 2022 season on March 25.

At Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Sandy Springs, FCS claimed fourth place with 44 points behind Atlanta International School (248.17 points), HIES (98.83) and Marist (54.33). CORE Community School had 21 points to place fifth and The Friends School of Atlanta finished with 17.67 to rank sixth.

The Paladin boys team was fifth among seven teams with 58 points, while the girls were fourth with 44 points.

The boys 4 by 100 relay team from FCS won the finals of the event with a time of 50.22. The team was comprised of Graham Keeter, Noah Hazard, Felton Brown and Conrad Givers.

In the 100-meter dash finals, Givers was second at 12.39 seconds, while Hazard set a personal record (PR) time of 13.01 to claim fourth. Brown placed 10th at 13.74.

Fellowship had four runners place in the top eight spots in the boys 200-meter dash finals, led by Givers in second at 25.75 seconds. Hazard was fourth at 26.98, followed by Brown (28.32) and Keeter (29.19) in seventh and eighth, respectively.

In the boys 800-meter run, Troy Turner of FCS was 11th with a PR of 2:55.54.

In the girls 1,600-meter run finals, Senna Zeige of FCS placed sixth with a PR of 6:50.56.

In the 800-meter girls run, Cady Dean finished fifth (2:47.23), while Zeige set a PR of 2:57.56 to claim eighth. Teammate Lexi Boarman captured 11th with a PR of 3:38.55.

Dean (1:09.48) and Presley Hatrak (1:10.20) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the finals of the girls 400-meter dash. Hatrak's time was a PR.

Five PRs were set by Fellowship runners in the 200-meter dash: Nya Goss (29.38) to captured second, Lilly Hazard (30.13) claimed fourth, Hatrak (30.79) placed fifth and Willow Curtain (32.57) ranked ninth.

In the girls 100-meter dash, Hazard placed fifth at 14.12 seconds, while Goss set a PR (14.31) to capture eighth.

Win Streak: Paladins Down 5A Northview for Third Straight Victory

The Fellowship Christian School varsity lacrosse team has notched its eighth victory of the season.

On March 24 at 5A Northview High School, the Paladins won their third straight victory with a 15-2 triumph on the road. It was a league match.

With the victory, FCS improved to 4-1 in the league and 8-4 overall.

At Northview, junior Graham Ferraro led the Paladins with four goals.

Senior Cole Keim netted three goals, while freshman Evan Haynes, sophomore Patric Fischer and junior Will Jaroszewski all netted two goals.

Sophomores Noah Falcon and Billy Jackson each scored one goal.

(Photos by Milo Falcon)

More School Records: FCS Track & Field Team Makes History ... Again

Some patterns are really worth noting. This one for the varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School certainly is and is also especially exciting.

For the fifth straight meet, at least one school record fell for the varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School. The team's now set or matched 13 school records since the season began on Feb. 24.

At Blessed Trinity on March 23, sophomore Tyler Wagner set another school record in the 100 meters and the team of Sawyer Stock, Evan Haynes, Tyler Wagner and Garrett Wagner set a new school record in the 4 by 100 relay.

"I was looking back at the 100-meter records, and Tate Fancher set the record in 2008 that stood until this year," head coach Greg Mayhue said. "It's pretty unreal that a record stood for 14 years, and now it's been broken five times in the past three weeks. The Wagner brothers [Tyler and Garrett] recently broke it and Evan Haynes tied it that same day. Evan barely missed a new record that day, but Tyler and Garrett broke the record Tyler previous set. It's fun to see all these records fall. Our previous 4 by 100 record was old as well. Many of the records were set around 2008, 2009 and 2010, and more were set in 2016 and 2017. We are in the next wave of great athletes [in track & field]."

Mayhue noted that Tyler Hart's 200-meter time set in 2010 could be in jeopardy this season as the Wagner brothers continue to improve their times in that event.

On March 23, sophomore Caleb Provenzano and sophomore Lilli Mahlke had strong third-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles. Sophomore Brice McMillion finished fourth in the 400 and freshman Jesse Hames placed fourth in the long jump.

"Many runners continue to set PR's each time they hit the track and that was no different Wednesday," Mayhue said. "They are all doing great work and getting solid results."

Two FCS Teams Earn Trip to GHSA Bass Fishing Championships

A pair of teams from Fellowship Christian School's varsity fishing squad caught enough fish on March 19 to reach the state tournament.

At West Point Lake near LaGrange, the team of sophomores Liam Gibson and Grey Brock caught over nine pounds of bass at the state qualifier to place 12th out of 223 boats and qualify for the trip to states.

Holloway and Brock, and duo of sophomores Holden McClung and Robert Wade earned a trip to the GHSA Bass Fishing Championships slated for May 14 at Clark's Hill Lake near Augusta.

McClung and Wade caught more than eight pounds of fish to place 19th overall on March 19 and earn their spot at the state event.

"It's nice to see these young guys qualify," head coach Curt Morrell said. "We have 12 guys and three or four boats this year. We did not qualify anyone for state [at the first two qualifiers], so this is great for the team."

Last year, seniors Matson Grosse and Jordan Brewer advanced to the 2021 state meet.

(Pictures submitted by Meg McClung, Curt Morrell)

Paladin Lacrosse Team Snaps Skid with Victory over Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team ended a two-match skid with a Senior Night win.

On March 18, the Paladins notched a 17-2 victory over Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in a league match.

Seniors Josh Cole, Ryan Jordan, Cole Keim, Chidera Nwosu and Garrett Wagner were all honored on March 18.

Keim led the FCS team with five goals.

Junior Graham Ferraro netted three goals, while junior Will Jaroszewski and sophomores Billy Jackson and Patric Fischer had two goals apiece.

Chidera and sophomores Noah Falcon and Louden Hickman all registered a goal.

The Paladins improved to 2-1 in league games and 6-4 overall with the victory. FCS opened the season on a three-game win streak before falling in three out of the previous four matches.

(Photo by Milo Falcon)

Paladin Baseball Team Keeps Win Streak Alive with Another Region Win

Another game and another win for the Fellowship Christian School varsity baseball team.

The Paladins won their seventh straight Region contest and their 12th game overall with a 16-0 shutout victory over Lakeview Academy at Lakepoint Sports Complex in a 2½-inning game.

Juniors Daniel Powell and Griffin Guinther combined on a 1-hit win. Powell struck out five and allowed one hit in two innings, while Guinther fanned all three batters he faced in the top of the third inning.

In two trips to the plate, the Paladins collected 10 hits as a team. The FCS squad scored 10 times in the first, and six in the second.

Juniors Will Austin and Jack Richkeim each collected two hits. Juniors Charlie Chandler, Cooper Davidson, Luke Hughes, Will Phipps and Darren Zhang, and senior Wilson Long notched one hit apiece.

Rickheim belted a home run and had five RBIs, while Long smacked a homer and drove in three runs. Chandler finished with a double and three RBIs, while Zhang batted in two runs.

Austin, Davidson and Hughes each registered one RBI. Both Davidson and Hughes lined doubles.

(Photo by Jenny H)

Lady Paladin Varsity Team Falls to St. Pius X; Seniors Honored

The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls lacrosse team honored its three seniors – Breka McLaughlin, Hayden Wallace and Graylyn Waggoner – on March 17.

On St. Patrick's Day, the Lady Paladins dropped a 10-6 Senior Night decision to 5A St. Pius X.

"It was Senior Night, so the loss was a bummer," director of girls lacrosse Tracy Morgan said. "It was a tough loss. Goalie Katy Schuster played well."

In the most recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution Lacrosse 1A-5A rankings the Lady Paladins are ranked eighth.

(Photo by Larry Moore)

Pattern: Another School Record Falls as FCS Competes at Chattahoochee Track & Field Meet

For the fourth straight meet, at least one school record fell for the varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School.

Through the season's first three meets, a total of 10 school records were tied or broken. That pattern continued again on March 16 with another new record.

At Chattahoochee High School's multi-classification meet, FCS' 4 by 800 team of Garrett Lengefeld, Lucas Velasquez, Tyler Greenwell and Joe Daumeyer started the meet off with new school record. The team's now set or matched 11 school records since the season began on Feb. 24.

"We had another strong showing," head coach Greg Mayhue said. "In addition to the school record, multiple other team members set personal records with strong performances in their events. It was a great job by the team."

Junior Addy Costoulas notched a second-place finish in the shot put with a new PR.

Freshman Jesse Hames finished second in the long jump, while Davis Hobbs placed second in the 400.