Cochran Helps Reinhardt Capture 4th Straight National Lacrosse Title
(This is the first in a series of summer updates on Fellowship Christian School graduates who have continued their athletic career at the collegiate level.)
It was a pretty memorable season for Cam Cochran to say the least.
The sophomore helped Reinhardt University capture its fourth consecutive NAIA National Championship and complete at 17-0 season. The Eagles defeated Indiana Tech in the NAIA Men's Lacrosse National Invitational Final played in Savannah on May 8.
Cochran became the first FCS graduate to earn a national collegiate lacrosse title. FCS graduates Elizabeth Johnson, Emma Sonnett and Emily Sonnett all helped their NASA club soccer team capture a national championship several years ago.
How did it feel to hoist the trophy?
"It was great," Cochran said. "I've played in big games before at Fellowship, but nothing compares to a national championship. This title was really two years of hard work for our team. This win [in the title game] was very, very satisfying. This was the first time in the four years we were undefeated. Not losing a game all season was outstanding."
Cochran excelled in his sophomore campaign at Reinhardt after COVID-19 limited his team to four games in 2020. In 2021, he ranked sixth on the team with 17 goals, 30 points, 47 shots and 28 shots on goal, while he finished fifth with 13 assists.
"It was pretty successful," Cochran said about his season on the field. "I was kind of like the sixth man in basketball. I came in off the bench first, and was ready to step in when guys needed a break. Personally I felt like I made the most of my playing time. My goal is to help us keep winning."
Cochran, who starred at both football and lacrosse at FCS, has already learned valuable life lessons at Reinhardt.
"I have learned patience and perseverance," he said. "It's a long season, so have to help you team win. Our team persevered through games this season when we struggled to come back and win. Sometimes you need to slow down and patient, and the wins will come. Everyone on this team is a great competitor."
Cochran attributes the Eagles success to the philosophies of head coach John Snow.
"The way he pushed us," he said. "He loves us, but he'll push you the hardest he can. He'll drain you, but our guys will give it all."
Next semester, Cochran hopes to be able to attend classes in person instead of online as he continues his third year at the Waleska school. He's a sports studies major with a business minor.
This summer Cochran will to give lacrosse lessons and teach kids about the sport he loves, and work on his own game.
"I'll put in the hard work to be ready for next season, so we can be ready to repeat again," he said.
(Photos courtesy of Reinhardt University)
Making School History: Paladins Sweep Elite 8 GHSA Baseball Series to Reach New Heights for Program
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team has reached the Final 4 for the first time in school history.
Fellowship battled back to beat Calvary Day School, 4-3, in eight innings and sweep the best-of-three GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships Elite 8 round played May 10 at LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson. FCS owns the No. 1 seed for Region 6, while Calvary Day School of Savannah is seeded third for Region 3. The Paladins blanked Calvary Day, 7-0, in the first game.
The Paladins (25-6 overall) will host the winner of the Elite 8 series between Mount Paran Christian School and Tattnall Square Academy of Macon on May 15 to begin a best-of-three series to mark FCS' first trip to the baseball's Final 4.
On May 10, senior Garrett Hauenstein smacked a double to drive in the eventual winning run in the top of the eighth inning that snapped a 3-3 tie.
Sophomore Cooper Davidson threw two innings of scoreless relief in the seventh and the eighth to pick up the victory. He allowed just one hit and fanned two.
"Each year we've taken another step as a program and each year these boys make me look so good," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "Our pitchers had another awesome performance and defensively we just smothered everything hit and made some special plays along the way. Our bats were loud today and the guys just kept throwing barrel after barrel on the ball. We found a way to extend our time together one more week."
With Calvary Day leading 3-2 in the second game, senior Carson Phillips drove in the tying run with a hit in the sixth inning.
Sophomore Jack Rickheim's RBI double gave FCS a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Fellowship took a 2-0 lead on Hauenstein's RBI hit in the third.
Calvary Day pulled to within 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the third, and went ahead with two in the fourth.
Fellowship finished with eight hits that included two apiece from Davidson, Hauenstein, Phillips and Rickheim. Phillips stole two bases, and Davidson had one.
Junior Grant Hudson started and threw five innings. He allowed six hits and three earned runs and struck out four. He left trailing 4-3, and senior Luke Schmidt allowed just one walk in an inning of relief.
This season marks the fifth time in school history the Fellowship varsity baseball team has advanced to the state playoffs. The Paladins also reached the Elite 8 in 2019, made it to the second round in 2018 and reached the playoffs during a season-record 28-8 campaign in 2012.
In the first game, the Paladins won 7-0.
Junior starter Jason Gilley scattered two hits and three walks, and struck out two in six innings of shutout baseball. Sophomore Will Phipps closed out the game with one inning of scoreless relief.
At the plate, the Paladins collected eight hits and scored once in the third inning, four times in the fourth and twice in the fifth.
Senior David Bishop collected two hits and two RBIs for FCS, including one double. Junior Wilson Long registered two hits and had one RBI. Phillips knocked in two runs.
Davidson earned one hit and one RBI, while seniors Matson Grose, Hauenstein and Schmidt had one hit apiece. Hauenstein stole a pair of bases.
Casting their Lines: Brewer and Grose Team up for Top 10 Finish at State Fishing Meet
The Fellowship Christian School duo of seniors Jordan Brewer and Matson Grose, members of the school's varsity bass fishing team, had a memorable day on Lake Lanier.
In the first-ever GHSA Bass Fishing State Championships held on May 8 on Lake Lanier, Brewer and Jordan captured a Top 10 finish (ninth place overall).
There were a total of 62 teams of two who competed from many schools across Georgia.
"What an incredible finish to this awesome fishing season," head coach Curt Morrell said. "Jordan Brewer and Mattson Grose qualified early in the season for Fellowship and have been looking forward to this state tournament at Lake Lanier for a while now. These guys spent a lot of time pre-fishing and learning the intricate details of what was needed to compete against some of the best anglers in the state. Their results were an extraordinary accomplishment and I am extremely proud of them. It is great to see their perseverance and patience rewarded after putting in the time over the past few years.
"Some people say fishing is just luck, but when you see the same anglers competing in the top 20 each tournament, it's clearly not. Fishing is an art that takes a lot of time, patience, knowledge, skill and perseverance to be great at it. I am thankful for our anglers here at Fellowship, and for being able to coach them."
(Pictures from PaladinsFCS)
State Meet Bound: Rickheim Runs Way to GHSA Class A Private School Track & Field Championships
Senior Sami Rickheim has qualified for the GHSA Class A Private School Track & Field Championships this week.
Rickheim finished third in the 3,200 meters and eighth in the 1,600 meters at the Area 4, 5 and 6 Sectional Meet hosted by Providence Christian Academy on May 8 to qualify for state in both events.
The boys four by 400 relay team from Fellowship Christian School (Sawyer Stock, Garrett Lengenfeld, Tyler Wagner and Garrett Wagner) set a new school record in that event, but did not qualify for states. They set the previous mark at the Area meet held April 27 and 29.
McEachern High School in Powder Springs will host the three-day state meet for Class A private schools from May 13-15.
In Lilburn on May 8, junior Brooke Buckner competed in the triple jump and 100-meter hurdles, while sophomore Addy Costoulas participated in the discus and shot put.
Fellowship's four by 100-meter team of Sabrina Smith, Lilli Mahlke, Brooke Buckner and Elizabeth Bishop, and the girls four by 400 team of Elizabeth Bishop, Elsa Loechl, Lilli Mahlke and Sami Rickheim also competed at Sectionals.
Junior Colin Darby competed in the shot put, while junior Garrett Wagner ran the 100 and 200 meters, senior Tyler Wagner competed in the 100 meters.
Tough Finish: Paladins Battle Westminster Hard in A-5A Boys Lacrosse Elite 8 Loss
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team did not go down without a fight.
The Paladins dropped a 15-5 decision on the road to Westminster Schools in the Elite 8 of the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships on May 7. It was the second time in school history that the boys lacrosse squad from FCS reached the Elite 8 (2019 was the other season).
This season, FCS is seeded fourth in Area 5, while the Wildcats – a 3A school – are seeded No. 1 in Area 2.
On May 7, the Paladins attacked the Westminster net strong and freshman goalkeeper Evan Hildenbrandt held his ground with several strong stops but the Wildcats prevailed in a very physical match-up.
Senior Joey Archer tallied two goals on the night for Fellowship. Freshman Billy Jackson and seniors Josh McLaughlin and Michael Schenken all scored one goal apiece.
"We played a tough opponent last night who is the second best team in the state 5A and below, and at least the fifth best team overall," said Lou Corsetti, director of boys lacrosse at FCS. "All of that does not matter at the end of the day, but I am so thankful for our teams resilience throughout the season. Like many teams we faced adversity, but each and every player contributed to what was a very memorable season. I am heartbroken right now, but I will strive on just like every one of our players needs to do. We gave a gutsy performance last night we just did not have enough horses."
Jackson scored in the first period that ended with the Wildcats leading 7-1. It was 11-2 at halftime. Archer tallied his first goal with 1:07 to go to the half. Schenken scored in the third period, while Archer and McLaughlin found the back of the net in the fourth.
Fellowship ended the season 8-11. The loss to Westminster snapped a three-game win streak, including a two-match state playoff win streak.
Corsetti praised the seniors.
"I do want to thank our Seniors – Josh, Michael, Lawson, Joey, Caleb, Reid, Ace and Eli," Corsetti said. "Each one of you will hold a special place in my heart."
In 2019, Fellowship advanced to the Elite 8 of the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships and notched a school-record 16-4 record. The 2019 and 2021 Paladins are the only Class A teams to reach the Elite 8 in state boys A-5A playoff history.
(Photos by Milo Falcon)
Area Meet: Paladin Team Places 9th in Area; Ramsey Cards 80
The varsity golf team from Fellowship Christian School wrapped up the 2021 season at the area meet held on May 6th at Hamilton Mill Golf Club in Dacula.
The Paladins finished ninth among 14 teams at the 18 hole tournament.
Junior Luke Ramsey carded an eight-over par 80 to lead the Paladin golfers. He placed 7th as an individual out of 73 golfers in our Area
"He played well overall and I am really excited to see what he is capable of next year. He is on the cusp of consistently shooting mid to upper 30's and I believe he will be there soon." head coach Curt Morrell said about Ramsey's effort that included a two-over par 38 on the backside. "He started slow on the front but recovered well."
Freshmen Niko Ceto and Colin Walsh, and Senior Jordan Brewer contributed greatly for Fellowship as well.
The team's Nos. 2 and 3 players – juniors Harrison Maney and Jonah Pritchett – were not able to play.
"We made progress this season," Morrell said. "I was pleased with the hard work the team put in. They improved their scores as individuals and as a team all year. I'm already excited about next year, we will keep improving and getting stronger as a team as we learn how to compete to the best of our ability."
The Paladins closed the regular season on a four-match win streak, and earned a 6-3 record.
Paladins Capture GHSA Playoff Game at Trinity, Advance in Tourney to Face Westminster Schools
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team has advanced to the Elite 8 of the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships for the second time in school history.
The Paladins, seeded fourth in Area 4, downed Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg, 19-8, on May 5. Trinity is the No. 3 seed for Area 7.
In 2019, Fellowship advanced to the Elite 8 of the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships and posted a school-record 16-4 record.
The 2019 and 2021 Paladins are the only Class A teams to reach the Elite 8 in state boys A-5A playoff history.
The Paladins will face Westminster Schools in the Elite 8.The Wildcats, seeded first from Area 2, defeated Wesleyan School, 18-1, in the Sweet 16. Wesleyan owns the No. 1 seed for Area 1.
Seniors Michael Schenken, and Josh McLaughlin and junior Cole Keim were the top scorers in the match for Fellowship.
Freshmen Patrick Fischer, Dylan Hines and Billy Jackson, sophomore Ryan Marsh and senior Eli Hildebrandt all scored at least one goal for the Paladins.
Senior Caleb McClung led the defense and freshman goaltender Evan Hildenbrandt did a great job in goal.
(Photos by Milo Falcon)
Paladins Sweep Two Games from Prince Ave. in Sweet 16 Round to Advance in State Tournament
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team has qualified for the Elite 8 of the GHSA Class A Private School Baseball Championships for the second time in school history.
On May 5 at LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson, the Paladins swept the first two games of the best-of-three Sweet 16 series with Prince Avenue Christian School to advance to the Elite 8.
The Paladins (23-6 overall) took game one, 4-0, and also blanked the Wolverines, 3-0, in the second game. FCS owns the No. 1 see for Region 6, while Prince Ave. is the No. 2 for Region 8.
Fellowship will face Calvary Day School of Savannah, the No. 3 seed in Region 3, in the Elite 8 round. Calvary Day beat Brookstone School of Columbus (No. 1 Seed in Region 4), 7-3 and 2-0 in the series between those schools.
This season marks the fifth time in school history the Fellowship varsity baseball team has advanced to the state playoffs. The Paladins also reached the Elite 8 in 2019, made it to the second round in 2018 and reached the playoffs during a season-record 28-8 campaign in 2012.
"Our pitchers were so good today," said head coach Shawn Oliver, who is 93-41 at Fellowship. "Jason and Grant attacked guys and forced weak contact all day! I mean when you only throw 120 pitches between two games, that's a pretty good day. Offensively we did enough, but left a lot of meat on the bone and some small stuff to clean up before we get the next round on our turf."
In the second game, FCS (visiting team for the second game) scored twice in the top half of the first inning and added an insurance run in the sixth.
Fellowship pounded out eight hits, including two from senior Luke Schmidt. He also knocked in one run. Senior David Bishop had one hit (a triple) and one RBI, and senior Andrew Davidson also collected one hit and one RBI.
Junior Grant Hudson scattered three hits over seven innings and fanned one batter in a complete-game victory.
Freshman Cooper Davidson, sophomore Jack Rickheim and seniors Garrett Hauenstein and Matson Grose all had one hit.
The Paladins won the first contest, 4-0.
Junior Jason Gilley earned a complete-game win. He threw a two-hitter and struck out four over seven innings.
Freshman Cooper Davidson led FCS with two hits and two RBIs.
Sophomore Jack Rickheim collected one hit, which was a double. Seniors David Bishop, Luke Schmidt and Carson Phillips all registered one hit for Fellowship.
The Paladins plated two runs in each of fifth and sixth innings. Fellowship was the home team for the game played at LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson.
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Comeback Kids: Fellowship Rallies to Beat Darlington, Advance to Sweet 16
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team scored a pair of runs on a walk-off error to advance to the Sweet 16.
On April 30 at Winchester Field of Paladin Park, the Paladins scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 6-5 victory over The Darlington School of Rome in game three of the best-of-three opening-round series of the GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships.
"It was just an incredible high school baseball series," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "I knew going in it was going to be tough sledding cause Matt does such a good job as a coach. Baseball is just different than other sports. You have the ball, but you can't just hold it and run out the clock. Jack getting that barrel on the first pitch set the tone for the whole inning [to start the seventh-inning rally] and we finally got the ball to bounce our direction. It was a great job by our team to stay in it and never quit. We've bought [at least] one more week together and I can't wait to hit the field again."
The Paladins, seeded one from Region 6, are now 21-6 this season. The Tigers are seeded fourth from Region 7. FCS defeated Darlington, 10-7, in game one played at Winchester Field at Paladin Park on April 29. The Tigers came back from a 3-0 deficit to win the second game, 5-4, that day.
Fellowship will face Prince Avenue Christian in the next round. Prince Avenue, 24-8 overall and seeded second from Region 8, defeated Holy Innocents' Episcopal School two games to none in their first-round series.On April 30, the Paladins trailed 5-2 following the Tigers' run in the top of the seventh. Darlington took a 4-2 lead with fourth runs in its half of the fifth. FCS scored a run in each of the second and third innings to lead 2-0 in the back-and-forth contest.
Fellowship collected six hits in the game, led by sophomore Jack Rickheim with two.
Senior Garrett Hauenstein had one hit and two RBIs. Rickheim drove in one run. Sophomore Charlie Chandler had a hit and an RBI in the second inning.
Seniors David Bishop and Luke Schmidt each had one hit.
Reliever Wilson Long picked up the victory for FCS. The junior threw 1 2/3 innings, allowing two hits, one unearned run and three walks with four strikeouts. Sophomore Cooper Davidson started and went 5 1/3 innings. He gave up three hits, four runs (two earned) and two walks. He fanned two batters.
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Metro 10 Championship: Lady Paladins Blank Mt. Bethel in Title Game
The Fellowship Christian School middle school girls soccer team capped an incredible undefeated season with a championship.
On April 29, the Lady Paladins posted a 4-0 victory over Mt. Bethel Christian Academy in the championship game of the Metro 10 League season in a contest played at Bob Lord Field.
Fellowship finished 12-0 for the season.
The team did not allow a goal all season. It scored 86 goals to notch a plus-86 goal differential on the 2021 campaign.
It's the third girls middle school soccer championship for the Fellowship program, including 2013 and 2007.
Even Steven: Paladins and Darlington Split Pair of GHSA Private A Playoff Games
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team split the first two games of the best-of-three opening round series of the GHSA Class A Private Baseball Championships.
FCS defeated The Darlington School, 10-7, in game one played at Winchester Field at Paladin Park. The Tigers came back from a 3-0 deficit to win the second game, 5-4. The Paladins will host deciding game three on April 30 at 4:30 p.m.
In the second game, the Paladins took a 3-0 lead on single runs in the first, second and third innings. Darlington tied it with a three-run bottom of the third rally, and added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Fellowship pulled to within 5-4 with a run in the top of the seventh.
FCS pounded out even hits, including three from senior Andrew Davidson. Sophomores Cooper Davidson and Jack Rickheim, junior Wilson Long and senior David Bishop all notched one hit. Both Rickheim and Bishop belted doubles, while Long smacked a triple.
Andrew Davidson knocked in three runs, while senior Luke Schmidt had one RBI. Bishop scored two runs.
Junior Grant Hudson threw a complete game. He allowed five runs, including three earned runs, and fanned nine.
The Paladins, seeded one from Region 6, are now 20-6 this season. The Tigers are seeded fourth from Region 7.
Shawn Oliver has posted a 90-41 career record as head coach at FCS.
In the first game, the Paladins won 10-7.
The Paladins scored twice in the second inning and plated seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 9-1 lead. Both teams added one run in the sixth, and the Tigers pulled to within three runs (10-7) with a five-run seventh.
Sophomore Will Phipps struck out both batters he faced to snuff out the seventh-inning rally and earn the save. Junior Jason Gilley pitched six innings to earn the win. He struck out seven batters, scattered four hits and allowed two runs (only one earned). Junior Kyle Carey allowed five hits and five runs.
At the plate, the Paladins earned six hits. Sophomore Cooper Davidson collected two hits and drove home one run. Rickheim and seniors Andrew Davidson and Garrett Hauenstein each recorded one hit and one RBI.
Schmidt notched a sacrifice fly, and Bishop notched one hit. Both Andrew Davidson and Rickheim smacked doubles.
On to the Sweet 16: Lady Paladin Lax Team Posts Victory over South Effingham
The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls lacrosse team has advance to its second consecutive Sweet 16 in the GHSA Class A-5A.
The Lady Paladins defeated South Effingham, 20-0, at Bob Lord Field on April 28. The Sweet 16 contest will be announced later.
With the victory, the Lady Paladins improved to 14-3 overall.
In 2019, Fellowship advanced to the GHSA Class A-5A Girls Lacrosse Championships Final Four and set a school-record 17-2 record. This year is the team's third straight trip to the GHSA playoffs, which includes 2018. The FCS varsity girls program competed for the first time in 2017.
State Victory: Paladins Beat Benedictine, Advance to Sweet 16.
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team has advanced to the Sweet 16.
The Fellowship squad downed Benedictine Military School, 18-5, in the opening round of the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships in Savannah on April 28. The Sweet 16 contest will be announced later.
The Paladins won for the second straight game and are now 7-10 overall.
In Savannah, junior Cole Keim and seniors Michael Schenken and Josh McLaughlin all tallied four goals for the Paladins.
Freshman Billy Jackson tallied two goals, while sophomores Graham Ferraro and Will Jaroszewski and seniors Joey Archer and Reid Robinson all scored one goal.
"Evan had a great game in goal," director of boys lacrosse Lou Corsetti said. "We had nice assists by Hickman, Schenken and Keim. The defense, led by seniors Caleb McClung and Lawson Haigler, held them to five goals. Falcon and Hickman also played great defense."
This is Fellowship's second-ever trip to the state playoffs and the Sweet 16. In 2019, the team posted a school-record 16-4 record and advanced to the Elite 8.
Day One Success: Buckner and Boys 4 by 800 Relay Team Set School Records at Area Meet
The varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School competed in day one of the Area Track & Field Meet hosted by Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners and had plenty of highlights.
Senior Sami Rickheim won the 1,600-meter run, while the FCS boys four by 800-meter relay team finished fourth with a new school record time in that event.
Addy Costoulas finished third in the discus and placed fifth in the shot put, while junior Brooke Buckner was fourth in the triple jump, sixth in the long jump and set a new school record in the 100-meter hurdles.
Junior Colin Darby finished second in the shot put.
The finals will take place April 29 at Wesleyan. All the FCS competitors mentioned above qualified.
Varsity Paladin Golfers Beat Pinecrest; Extend Win Streak to Three Matches
The varsity golf team from Fellowship Christian School carded its lowest round of the season on a regulation course on April 27.
At Horseshoe Bend Country Club, the Paladins posted a 171-214 win over Pinecrest Academy. It was Fellowship's third straight victory.
The Paladins from Fellowship posted a 135-184 win over Pinecrest at the par-3 River Pines Golf Course on April 19.
On April 27, junior Luke Ramsey led FCS with a 38. Junior Harrison Maney carded a 43, while freshmen Niko Ceto and Colin Walsh both shot a 45.
On to the Championship Game: Lady Paladins Down Whitefield in Semifinals
The undefeated Fellowship Christian School middle school girls soccer team has advanced to the Metro 10 League Championship game.
With a 4-0 semifinal victory over Whitefield Academy at Bob Lord Field, the 11-0 Lady Paladins have qualified for the title game against Mt. Bethel Christian Academy at home on April 29.
The Lady Paladins are 11-0 and have shut out all 11 of its opponents this season and own an incredible plus-82 goal differential.
The middle school girls team from Fellowship has earned league championships in 2013 and 2007. This is the program's 10th the trip to the Final 4, including 2021, 2019, 2018, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007 and 2006.
Against Whitefield, Ally Hardin led FCS with two goals. Lily Kate Elphick collected one goal and one assist, while Maddie Miller netted one goal. Lillian Quinn and
Paige Connolly notched one assist apiece.
Keeper Catie Gasque made three saves.
In the first half, Hardin scored at 27:19, and Miller tallied a goal at 24:56. Elphick scored at 29:45 of the second half, and Hardin scored at 25:49.
League Champions: FCS Girls MS Lax Team Beats HIES, Captures AML Championship
The middle school girls lacrosse club from Fellowship Christian School has earned the regular season championship for the Atlanta Middle School League.
The Lady Paladins posted a 16-2 victory over Holy Innocents' Episcopal School at Bob Lord Field on April 24to finish the regular season unbeaten in league matches.
Fellowship (9-3 overall) went 8-0 in league play to capture the regular season championship under the director of head coach Chip Brackley.
The AMSL did not have playoffs this season.
In non-league games, the team posted a 1-4 record. The Lady Paladins split two non-league contests with Cambridge, and also lost to Roswell and Milton.
Against HIES, Reese Phipps led FCS with six points and four goals. She also collected two assists.
Olivia Brackley posted three goals and one assist, while Ella Upchurch tallied one goal and notched four assists. Madison Costanzo earned two goals and one assist.
"It was great team defense [against HIES], and great goalie play by Rebecca Wade," coach Brackley said.
Ella Upchurch, Lexi Cline and Olivia Brackley led the team on ground balls.
FCS Baseball Team Wraps Up Regular Season with Sweep of ELCA
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team swept a home-and-home series with Eagle's Landing Christian Academy April 22-23 to end the regular season.
On April 23, the Paladins posted a 12-2 victory over the Chargers in a five-inning game played at Winchester Field at Paladin Park. The previous day, FCS won 14-4 at ELCA.
The Paladins improved to 19-5 on the season with their third straight win. Overall, the club has won seven out of its last eight contests.
Since joining Fellowship in 2017, head coach Shawn Oliver has earned an 89-40 record in five seasons. He's won 20 games twice with the Paladins.
Against the Chargers, the Paladins pounded out eight hits and scored a run in all five innings. The team plated two runs in the first inning, five in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth and one in the fifth.
"What a great way to end the season," Oliver said. "Our boys have scored runs in 14 consecutive innings and all three of those [wins] ended in double digits. The biggest thing is being able to maintain this pace and the confidence that comes with knowing I'm going to get this hit when I step in the box. Throw the records out the window though because it all starts over with everyone at 0-0 and the opportunity to go 1-0 so we can extend our seniors high school career one more week at a time."
Senior Noah Goss had two hits (a home run and a double) and drove home four runs for FCS. Senior David Bishop also belted a home run, collected two hits, scored four runs and drove in three, while sophomore Jack Rickheim collected three hits, three runs and two RBIs.
Sophomore Cooper Davidson scored three runs, while his brother, senior Andrew Davidson, earned one hit.
On the mound, starter Wilson Long, a junior, went three innings to pick up the win. He fanned one batter and allowed one run. Junior Thomas Bourne threw 1 2/3 innings in relief, allowing one run with four strikeouts. Rickheim faced one batter and recorded the last out.
The playoffs begin next week for the Paladins.
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team Beats Mount Vernon on Road, Qualifies for Postseason
It was a huge win for Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team on April 23.
The Paladins defeated Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, 17-2, in Sandy Springs. The team earned a trip to the GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse Championships to join the girls program in the postseason.
There are eight teams in FCS' Region with the top four going to the playoffs. After Friday's games, the last night of regular-season play, there was a three-way tie for fourth place between FCS, Mount Pisgah Christian School and Northview High School. It came down to goal differentials and the Paladins advanced.
Overall, Fellowship is 6-10 this season.
Paladin Varsity Baseball Team Wins at ELCA; Improves to 18-5
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team cruised to its second straight win on April 22.
The Paladins (18-5 overall) posted a 14-4 victory over Eagle's Landing Christian Academy in McDonough in a non-Region contest. The team has now notched wins in sixth out of its last seven games.
Fellowship pounded out 15 hits and scored in all five at-bats during the five-inning victory. FCS plated two runs in the first inning, four in the second, one in the third, five in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Senior Matson Grose collected two hits, both doubles, and drove in four runs for FCS. Seniors Andrew Davidson and David Bishop both had two hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Bishop belted a triple and a double.
Senior Luke Schmidt registered three hits and drove home one run. Wilson Long belted a home run and had two RBIs, while senior Noah Goss hit a solo home run in his lone at-bat. Sophomore Will Phipps recorded a base hit.
On the mound, starter Grant Hudson went four innings to earn the win. The junior hurler scattered three hits, allowed just one run and fanned four. Sophomore Daniel Powell closed out the game and threw one inning.
(Photo by JennyH912)
Playoff Win: Lady Paladins Post Victory over Walker
Following a quick goal by The Walker School, the varsity girls soccer team from Fellowship Christian School flexed its offensive muscle.
The No. 2 Lady Paladins responded with seven unanswered goals to post a 6-1 victory over the third-seeded Lady Wolverines at Bob Lord Field on April 21 in the first round of the GHSA Class A Private School Soccer Championships.
With the victory, Fellowship advanced to the Sweet 16 to face No. 1 Athens Academy in a re-match of a 2017 Sweet 16 matchup. It's the Lady Paladins' seventh trip to the Sweet 16 in school history, all since 2011. The club has advance to the GHSA girls playoffs eight times.
Junior Cate Hardin led FCS with a hat trick, freshman Avery Paulson added two goals and two assists, and junior Maggie Lee scored once.
The Lady Paladins improved to 10-2 overall.
Walker's Sarah McMurray scored just 33 seconds into the game, but Hardin scored twice in a span of 2:38 to give Fellowship the lead for good. She booted in a free kick at 25:59, and Paulson set up her goal on a long drive to the box with a nifty pass in the open field.
FCS went ahead 3-1 on Paulson's goal with 32 seconds left in the half on a drive to the goal.
Hardin completed the hat trick 10:06 into the second half on pretty goal in a crowd in front of the net. Paulson's pass set up Lee's goal that made it 5-1 with 21:50 left. Freshman Rachel Williamson set up Paulson's second goal with 18:17 to play.
Fellowship out shot the Lady Wolverines, 17-7 in the first half and 30-10 for the contest.
FCS freshman keeper Alden Hays recorded nine saves, while Walker's goalie Amelia Wetherington registered 23 saves.
This is Fellowship's first trip to the state girls playoffs since 2017, when it lost to Athens Academy in the second round.
The team won the state championship in 2016, was state runner-up in 2015, 2013 and 2012, and also went to the Final Four in 2014 and 2011.
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Playoff Win: Paladins Beat Darlington, Reach Sweet 16 of Boys Soccer Playoffs
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys soccer team has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the GHSA Class A Private School Boys Soccer Championships.
Sophomore Ethan Durham scored two goals and assisted the deciding tally by senior Brad Rodgers to help lift the Paladins to a 3-2 win over The Darlington School in the opening round GHSA Private A Boys Soccer Championships at Bob Lord Field on April 21.
This is FCS' eighth trip to the state boys soccer playoffs, and the program's seventh time going to the Sweet 16. The Paladins will play No. 1 Athens Academy, which defeated No. 4 Holy Innocents' Episcopal April 21, in the next round.
At Bob Lord Field, Rodgers converted a pass from Durham with 13 minutes left to give FCS a 3-2 lead. It proved to be the game-winner.
Durham gave FCS a 1-0 lead in the first half. Durham's second score early in the second half snapped a 1-1 halftime tie.
The boys followed suit of the girls team, which also advanced to the Sweet 16 on the girls side with a home win over The Walker School earlier in the evening.
The boys improved to 8-4 overall.
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Metro 10 League Golf: Boys Squad Ties for Second, Girls Third at League Tournament
The middle school golf team from Fellowship Christian School closed out the season on a very positive note.
At Legacy Golf Links in Smyrna, the Fellowship boys and the girls both brought home third-place finishes in the team competition in the Metro 10 League Championships. The boys team was tied for second place, but came in third place off the tie breaker by just one stroke, but were just three strokes out of first.
The boys tied Mount Vernon Presbyterian School with a team score of 105. Mount Pisgah Christian School won the tourney with a 102. The top three girls teams were Mount Pisgah, 71; Mount Vernon, 81, and FCS, 86
Josh Holman shot a 31 and was named MVP of the tournament and led all players at the event. Stephanie Burke led the FCS girls with a 42.
Bouncing Back: Paladins end 3-Match Skid with Victory over Pinecrest
The varsity golf team from Fellowship Christian School has notched its third win of the season.
FCS carded its team low of the season to beat Pincrest Academy, 135-184, at the par-3 River Pines Golf Course in Alpharetta on April 19. Junior Jonah Pritchett shot five-over par to lead the Paladins.
With the victory, Fellowship ended a three-match losing streak.
The team is now 3-3 overall this season.
Hames Medals Three Times, Dean Twice in Meet at Hebron Middle School
The Fellowship Christian School middle school track & field team competed in a meet hosted by Hebron Middle School in Dacula on April 17.
Eighth grader Jesse Hames medaled three times, including second place in the long jump and third overall in both the 100- and 200-meter races. He set new personal record in the long jump and 100 meters.
Seventh grader Cady Dean also medaled twice as she took home third in both the 400 meters and 800 meters. She set a new personal record in the 400.
"Perseverance and dedication often pay dividends on race day," head coach Tom Harrison said.
(Photo by Tom Harrison)
Lady Paladin Middle School Soccer Team Extends Win and Shutout Streaks
The Fellowship Christian School middle school girls soccer team posted their seven straight victory, all shutouts, on April 16.
The Lady Paladins posted a 5-0 victory over Mount Bethel Christian Academy at Bob Lord Field in a Metro 10 League game. The team has out scored its opponents 51-0 this season.
Fellowship is now 7-0 overall this season.
Paladins Belt 3 HRs in Loss at Lakeside; Varsity Baseball Team now 16-5 Overall
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team swung some red-hot bats, but it wasn't enough.
The Paladins smacked three home runs and notched 10 hits, but Lakeside High School of DeKalb County scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a home win over FCS, 9-8, on April 16.
Fellowship rallied from an 8-2 deficit through three innings to tie the game at 8-8 with a three-run sixth inning rally. The Paladins plated two runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth, one in the first and one in the second. Lakeside had a pair of four-run innings in the first and third.
"Loved the fight our boys showed to get back into the baseball game tonight, but just not enough to over come our mistakes," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "It was good to see Wilson and Thomas rebound from some tough first innings and Daniel wiggled out of a jam as well but just too many freebies tonight. That's why you play these quality teams though because we got better learning from our mistakes tonight."
Sophomore Cooper Davdison belted two of FCS' three home runs and finished with four hits, four RBIs and two runs. Senior David Bishop and sophomore Will Phipps each smacked a home run. Phipps finished with two RBIs and Bishop had one.
Sophomore Jack Rickheim drove home one run, and senior Garrett Hauenstein smacked two hits, including one double. Seniors Matson Grose and Luke Schmidt each registered one hit.
Junior Wilson Long started and went two innings, allowing four runs. Junior Thomas Bourne gave up four runs in three innings, sophomore Daniel Powell threw one inning and Davidson allowed the winning run in 2/3 of an inning. Long, Bourne and Davidson all struck out two batters.
Despite the loss, the Paladins are 16-5 overall. The team, which wrapped up its first-ever Region title earlier in the week, has won four out of its last five contests.
(Photo by Larry Moore)
Both FCS Varsity Soccer Teams Take Home Second Place in Region: Girls Win 2-1 at Pinecrest, Boys Fall 3-0
The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls soccer team added new wrinkle on April 15.
The Lady Paladins unveiled a new 3-4-1-2 formation that had Pinecrest Academy on its heels in a Region matchup played in Cumming.
Fellowship out shot Pinecrest, 29-10, on the way to a 2-1 victory.
With the win, the team finished the 2021 regular season as the Region Runner Up. FCS has earned a No. 2 seed for the GHSA Class A Private Girls Soccer Championships, which begin on April 21.
FCS scored twice in the first half.
Junior Cate Hardin found the back of the net with 16:00 left in the first half. Pinecrest tied the match 31 seconds later, but freshman Rachel Williamson converted a pass from freshman Avery Paulson at 14:16 that proved to be the game-winner.
Freshman Alden Hays recorded nine saves for Fellowship, 4-1 in Region games and 9-2 overall. The team has closed the regular season on a three-game win streak.
Paladins Fall at Pinecrest: The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys soccer team finished the 2021 regular season as the Region Runner Up.
The Paladins fell 3-0 at Pinecrest Academy in Cumming on April 15. It was a Region contest.
Fellowship has earned a No. 2 seed for the GHSA Class A Private Boys Soccer Championships, which begin on April 22.
The Paladins are now 5-1 in Region games and 7-4 overall.
Milestone: Brooke Beard nets 200th Career Goal as Lady Paladins Beat Lovett
Senior Brooke Beard netted her 200th varsity lacrosse goal as the Fellowship Christian School varsity girls lacrosse team cruised to another victory.
The Lady Paladins (4-0 in Area games and 12-1 overall) posted a 16-6 victory over The Lovett School at Bob Lord Field on April 15.
It was the club's 11th straight victory.
"It is a great milestone for Brooke," director of lacrosse Tracy Morgan said. "Our team played well again."
Senior Night Win: Paladins Beat King's Academy, Honor Seniors
David Bishop ended the night in style.
The senior slugger belted a walk-off grand slam home run to lead the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team to a 15-2 non-Region win over King's Academy at Winchester Field on Senior Night. The team's seniors were honored prior to the game.
"This is probably my favorite night every year when we get the opportunity to honor young men who've meant so much to our program," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "This group is really the ones who helped get us to where we are as a program and I'm so thankful for each and everyone of them. Luke was really effective today staying ahead of hitters and had some swing and miss stuff. Offensively I was really excited to see guys stick to our offensive approach and not let 'senior night' dictate their ABs, line drives all over the place and we've got a few more weeks till the next leg of our season starts."
Against King's Academy, Bishop led FCS with five RBIs and finished with two hits and scored three runs. Seniors Andrew Davidson, Matson Grose and Finn Wagner all earned three hits, while senior Luke Schmidt had two hits, two RBIs and scored two runs. Davidson collected one double and one RBI, and Wagner scored three times and knocked in one run.
Senior Noah Goss collected a hit and an RBI, and senior Carson Philips drove in one run. Seniors Brady Moore and Jonathan Morris each scored two runs, while senior Garrett Hauenstein scored one run.
Schmidt started and picked up the victory. He fanned six, scattered three hits and allowed one earned run in five innings, while Wagner closed out the win with one inning pitched.
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Senior Night: Paladins Post Victory over Weber, Honor Five Seniors
On a night when the varsity soccer team from Fellowship Christian School honored its five seniors, the Paladins posted another shutout win.
On senior night, the Paladins honored seniors Jackson Albee, Phillip Elliott, James Everidge, Matt Rodgers and Brad Rodgers prior to their 8-0 Region victory over The Weber School at Bob Lord Field on April 13.
A total of four players scored at least one goal for Fellowship.
Sophomore Bradley Hungerbuhler tallied three goals to lead FCS, which led 3-0 at halftime. Brad Rodgers and freshman Josh Milhollin scored two goals apiece. Matt Rodgers scored once, the team's eighth and final goal.
Brad Rodgers scored twice and Hungerbuhler once in the first half.
In the second half, the goals came in this order: Milhollin, Hungerbuhler, Milhollin, Hungerbuhler and finally Matt Rodgers.
Fellowship improved to 5-0 in Region games and 7-3 overall with the victory.
With the win, the Paladins earned an important Region victory as the team is focused on improving seeding for the GHSA Class A Private School Boys Soccer Championships that begin next week.
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Lady Paladin Varsity Soccer Team Beats Weber, School Honors Six Seniors
The varsity girls soccer team from Fellowship Christian School flexed its offensive muscle in its latest match.
On Senior Night, the Lady Paladins honored seniors Maddie Creekmore, Hayden Hickman, Kylie Kidwell, Olivia McCann, Giulianna Rossi and Lindsay Young during a ceremony following their 12-2 Region win over The Weber School at Bob Lord Field on April 13.
A total of eight players scored at least one goal for Fellowship against the Lady Rams.
Freshman Avery Paulson and junior Cate Hardin both recorded hat tricks with three goals apiece. Hickman, McCann, Rossi and Young each recorded one tally.
Sophomore Mary Jane Elliott and Leah Noble also score one goal apiece for Fellowship, 3-1 in Region games and 8-2 overall.
With the win, the Lady Paladins earned an important Region victory as the team is focused on improving seeding for the GHSA Class A Private School Girls Soccer Championships that begin next week.
The Lady Paladins led 6-0 at halftime on goals by Hardin (38:52 as she put home a stolen inbounds play and 33:46 on a header), Young (long shot at 32:42), Hardin (27:12) and Paulson (20:09 and 14:40).
Freshman Rachel Williamson assisted the team's second and third goals, while sophomore Hannah Miller assisted Paulson's first tally.
In the second half, goals by Paulson (39:26), Hickman (38:26) and Noble (34:23) put Fellowship up 9-0. Weber's Kira Berzack scored the next two goals of the game (28:37 and 27:31).
FCS closed out the scoring with the next three goals, including Rossi's goal that ended the game with about eight minutes left. Elliott's goal came at 24:00, and McCann scored with 12:44 left.
The Lady Paladins out shot the Lady Rams, 28-3. Freshman Alden Hays and junior Kaya Beard split time in the goal for Fellowship.
(Photos by Lynn Young)
Tough Loss: Lady Paladins Lose Tough Region Playoff Match to Lakeview Academy
The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls tennis team fought hard in its last match of the season.
The Lady Paladins dropped a 3-2 decision to Lakeview Academy in Gainesville in the first round of the Region Tournament.
The team ended the season 2-8, but lost several close matches during the season.
Historic Night: Paladins Beat Mount Pisgah 1-0 to Capture First-Ever Varsity Baseball Region Championship
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team has won its first-ever Region championship.
The Paladins, who have gone to the state baseball playoffs four times in school history, had not won a Region crown before tonight.
On April 13, the Paladins defeated Mount Pisgah Christian School, 1-0, at Winchester Field to notch the title. The team is 8-2 in Region games and 15-4 overall under the direction of head coach Shawn Oliver.
"What a day for our program," Oliver said. "These boys have been so integral to the success we've had and they've earned the right to be called Region champs. For Grant to be as good as he was today, and like I said yesterday, we knew we'd have to fight to scratch across one [run] was huge. Grant made that one [run] stand tall. We made some mistakes early, but found it when we needed too. Big time base running to keep the pressure on and Jack running a hard 90 on a rounding ground ball proved to be the difference."
Fellowship has won nine out of its last 10 games, and now three in-a-row.
Junior Grant Hudson out dueled Mount Pisgah starter Benjy Tucker to earn the complete-game win. He struck out six and scattered three hits and two walks over seven innings.
Senior Carson Phillips collected two hits and scored the lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Patriots finished with three hits.
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Paladin Baseball Team Beats Mount Pisgah 13-1 for its 8th Win in Last 9 Games
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team posted yet another victory on the road on April 12.
The Paladins (14-4 overall) notched a 13-1 Region win over Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek. With the victory, FCS has now won eight out of its last nine contests. The Paladins are 7-2 in Region games.
"Our boys did a great job competing today," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "We competed at the dish, Jason competed on the bump and defensively we were sound. We are in a great spot right now, but we've got a tough mountain to climb tomorrow. Bengy is a high quality arm that we are going to have to fight and claw to scratch across runs and give our pitchers a chance to win the game. There's no place I'd rather be than competing with my boys. The coaches and I love them, and are so happy to coach them."
The Paladins pounded out 10 hits, and scored once in the top of the first, and added four runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Junior Jason Gilley pitched a complete-game five-inning victory. He fanned six and allowed just one run and two hits.
At the plate, the Paladins were led by senior Caron Phillips' two hits and five RBIs. He collected a double. Sophomore Will Phipps and senior David Bishop both earned two hits. Bishop knocked in two runs and Phipps one.
Senior Matson Grose notched one hit and one RBI, while sophomores Cooper Davidson and Jack Rickheim and senior Noah Goss each added one hit. Rickheim's hit was a triple.
Bishop and Davidson each scored three runs, while Goss and Rickheim scored two runs apiece.
Season Over: Paladins Fall to Pinecrest in Region Tournament
It was a tough ending to the season for the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys tennis team.
The Paladins lost 3-2 to Pinecrest Academy in Cumming on April 12 in the first round of the Region tournament.
"It was really disappointing," head coach Jason Kennedy said.
Despite the loss, the Paladins finished the season 7-4 overall. The team will not qualify for the state tournament.
Hauenstein Leads FCS Past 7A Cherokee County; Varsity Baseball Paladins Now 13-4
Senior Garrett Hauenstein smacked three hits and the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team scored seven times in the third inning en route to a 9-1 win over 7A Cherokee High School at Winchester Field at Paladin Park on April 9.
With the victory, the Paladins have posted wins in seven out of their last eight contests. FCS (13-4 overall) scored two runs in the second inning.
The contest was a last-minute addition to the schedule for the Paladins.
"It was awesome to get back on the field with our boys," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "Time away is good for all of us, but I missed those rascals. We put up a bunch of runs early with some clutch ABs and it was great to be able to get on Winchester Field again. Pitching and defense was solid as we prepare for another long week."
On April 9, the Paladins pounded 11 hits led by Hauenstein, who also drove in one run and scored twice. Sophomore Cooper Davidson, and seniors David Bishop and Carson Phillips all collected two hits. Junior Wilson Long and senior Matson Grose both added one hit.
Phillips knocked in two runs, while sophomore Will Phipps, Bishop, Davidson and Long all earned one RBI. Bishop stole two bases, while sophomore Charlie Chandler scored two runs.
Long started the game and earned the victory. He fanned four batters and allowed just one hit over three innings. Junior Grant Hudson relieved Long and struck out two in one inning. Junior Thomas Bourne threw the next two innings in relief, and Davidson pitched the top on the seventh inning to close out the game.
FCS led 9-0 before Cherokee scored a run in the third inning.
(Photos by Larry M63)
Regular-Season Finale: Boys and Girls Wrap Up Regular Season
The boys varsity tennis team from Fellowship Christian School ended the regular season with its second straight victory.
The boys team posted a 5-0 road win over Saint Francis on April 1. The girls team suffered another tough 2-3 loss.
The Paladins wrapped up a 7-3 regular season with a win over the Knights, which included a 7-2 Region mark.
The Lady Paladins finished the regular season 2-6, but narrowly lost the last two matches 2-3.
Paladin Varsity Lacrosse Team Posts Victory over Mount Pisgah, 19-8; Seniors Honored
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys lacrosse team won its second Region match in six days and the school honored eight seniors prior to the game.
The school's athletic department honored seniors Joey Archer, Lawson Haigler, Eli Hildebrandt, Caleb McClung, Josh McLaughlin, Ace Montgomery, Reid Robinson and Michael Schenken prior to the Paladins' 19-8 Region win over Mount Pisgah Christian School on April 1 at Bob Lord Field.
McLaughlin, who recently scored a school-record 12 goals in a game, led Fellowship with seven tallies against the Patriots. Both Schenken and freshman Billy Jackson scored three goals apiece, and Montgomery added two goals.
Junior Cole Keim collected a goal and an assist, and Archer scored one goal.
With the victory, the Paladins evened their Region record at 2-2, including a 2-0 mark from March 26-April 1.
Overall, Fellowship is now 5-8.
(Photos by Milo Falcon)
Track & Field: Buckner Sets School Record in 100 Meter Hurdles
Junior Brooke Buckner set a Fellowship Christian School record for time in the 100-meter hurdles at the Allatoona High School meet held in Acworth on March 24.
Bucker finished second in the event at the multi-classification meet.
Freshman Lilli Mahlke finished second in the 300-meter hurdles, while sophomore Addy Costoulas placed second in the shot put and fourth in the discus.
Freshman Jack Ring set a new Personal Record (PR) with a sixth-place finish in the long jump and junior Colin Darby was sixth and set PRs in both the shot put and discus.
"The team had a great performance," head coach Greg Mayhue said.
Win No. 9: Lady Paladins Beat 4A Marist, Extend Win Streak
The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls lacrosse team has posted another victory.
On March 24 at 4A Marist, the Lady Paladins rolled to a 20-4 victory.
"It was a total team effort," director of girls lacrosse Tracy Morgan said.
With the win, Fellowship extended its win streak to eight matches.
Overall, the team is now 9-1.
Long Ball Success: Paladins get 2 HRs, Blank Saint Francis to Extend Win Streak
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team's win streak is now five games.
Seniors David Bishop and Andrew Davidson both hit home runs to lead an 11-hit FCS attack in a 10-0 victory over Saint Francis in Alpharetta on March 24. The five-inning game was a Region contest.
"I challenged our offense during BP today to get back to doing what we do best, absolutely barreling baseballs, and David got us started early with an absolute monster shot to right center," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "Jason has been a blessing this year just giving us a chance to win every baseball game he's been in. Up and down the line up guys were doing their 1/9th and we have to go 1-0 one more time this week."
Sophomore Cooper Davidson led FCS with three hits, including a double. Bishop finished with two hits, including a double and HR, and drove in three runs. Andrew Davidson registered three RBIs, while senior Carson Phillips recorded one hit and two RBIs.
Sophomore Jack Rickheim picked up two hits and one RBI, while seniors Noah Goss and Matson Gross had one hit apiece.
Junior Jason Gilley earned the complete-game win. He fanned four and scattered two hits.
With the victory, the Paladins improved to 4-2 in the Region and 11-3 overall.
Girls Beat Weber for Second Win of 2021
The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls tennis team posted a victory on the road.
On March 24 at Sandy Springs Tennis Center, the Lady Paladins posted a 4-1 win over the Weber School. With the victory, the team improved to 2-4 overall.
The boys suffered a 0-5 loss. The Paladins are now 5-2 overall.
Harden, Paulson Lead Lady Paladin Soccer Team to Sixth Straight Victory
The varsity girls soccer team from Fellowship Christian School extended its win streak with another road victory.
On March 23 at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, the Lady Paladins posted a 4-0 non-Region win over the host Lady Mustangs.
Freshman Avery Paulson and junior Cate Hardin both tallied two goals in the contest. Freshman Rachel Williamson finished with two assists.
The Lady Paladins (6-1 overall) controlled the offensive play in the first half and took a 2-0 halftime advantage. Hardin scored on a long shot just 2:31 into the contest, and Paulson scored off a nifty pass from freshman Rachel Williamson at 31:25 of the first.
Hardin's tally on the PK just 8:16 into the second half gave FCS a 3-0 lead. Paulson earned an assist as she fouled in the box and was awarded the PK.
Paulson knocked home a rebound of Williamson's shot at 16:54 to close out the scoring.
FCS finished with 20 shots. Mount Vernon took 11 shots.
Freshman keeper Alden Hays kept a clean sheet with 11 saves.
Fellowship Hires John Thompson as Paladins Defensive Coordinator; Will Also Serve as New College Athletic Recruiting Coordinator
Fellowship Christian School is excited to welcome John Thompson to the Paladin family. As a veteran coach with over 30 years of experience at the collegiate level, Thompson will serve dual roles as both defensive coordinator for the school's varsity football team and College Athletic Recruiting Coordinator for all Paladin athletes.
Highly regarded among the football community as a top defensive mind, Thompson has served as defensive coordinator or co-coordinator at several SEC schools, including Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, and LSU. Throughout his coaching career, he successfully graduated more than 40 of his defensive players from the collegiate level to the NFL.
Athletic Director David Lowery values Thompson's experience.
"We are excited to have someone with John Thompson's background, both on the field and off, joining our football coaching staff," Lowery said. "Coach Thompson has spent a tremendous amount of time on the defensive side of the ball and is one of the top minds I have had the blessing of getting to know."
Lowery appreciates the shared history and camaraderie new Head Coach Tim McFarlin and Thompson established while coaching together previously and is looking forward to the leadership they will provide Fellowship's young athletes and staff alike.
"In talking to some of his former parents and players, I loved hearing about the relationships that coach Thompson built and maintains with players," Lowery said. "He understands the importance of the player/coach relationship, and his passion for the profession is evident. Coach Thompson, like Coach McFarlin, is also known for being an amazing mentor to young coaches. I feel John and Tim will be able to help our football coaches grow and develop professionally, but additionally, they will also benefit the other coaches/sports at Fellowship as well by working together in this great profession."
McFarlin echoes Lowery's sentiments about Thompson.
"John and I have shared a friendship for many years, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with him again," McFarlin said. "He brings so much to the table, and his contributions extend not only to the players but also to the coaches who work around him. He raises the bar for players and has a way of elevating them to play at a level well beyond what they thought was possible. He does the same for coaches, and he has a unique way of teaching coaches how to coach. John elevates everyone around him."
In addition to his duties as defensive coordinator, Thompson will pull from his vast experience and connections at the collegiate level in his role as the College Athletic Recruiting Coordinator.
"I'm excited about this new role to help our student-athletes who want to pursue athletics beyond high school," Thompson said. "Through my 30-plus years in college athletics, recruiting experiences, and relationships built, I truly believe we can open doors and opportunities in the many options that exist in a college athletic program. I look forward to partnering with our families and coaches to explore such options."
Lowery views this role as transformational for the Paladin nation.
"As excited as I am about having Coach Thompson on our football staff, I'm equally looking forward to having him take our college recruiting of athletes to the next level," he said. "A former college coach and recruiter, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that I feel will benefit our student-athletes and their families as they navigate the college recruiting process – regardless of sport or gender."
In addition to his interest in helping Paladin athletes pursue sports beyond high school, he's thankful for the opportunity to influence their faith.
"As a Christian, I am looking forward to working with great people who believe and live in a Christ-centered environment," Thompson said. "I am driven by the opportunity to share and live my faith as a coach. I believe God has provided me with this platform for the growth of His Kingdom. I consider it a true blessing and answered prayer being in a community with this priority."
McFarlin believes Thompson's presence at Fellowship will be a blessing to all.
"He is a man committed deeply to his faith and his family, and I am sure the Fellowship community will benefit greatly by having him and his wonderful wife Charleen as members of the Paladin family," McFarlin said.
"The entire Fellowship community looks forward to a bright future with Coach Thompson and is thrilled to welcome him, his wife Charleen, and their two sons Cabe and Hays, to the Fellowship family," Lowery said.
Streak Continues: Paladins Beat HIES On Road for 11th Straight
The Fellowship Christian School JV boys baseball team defeated Holy Innocents Episcopal School, 7-4, in a non-Region contest to post its 11th straight win.
Fellowship (12-1 overall) scored three runs in the first inning, added two in the top of the third and plated two more runs in the seventh. HIES scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the seventh.
"Wilson Long and Grant Hudson held batters hitless for five innings," head coach Lane Perrins said. "I am proud of how the boys came out tonight and got a quick lead and never looked back. The team has not been tested many times this year in tight ballgames, so this is a game where we can learn from and continue to grow as a team."
This was FCS' second win in as many days.
Sophomore Daniel Powell led off the game with his first HR to left field. The Paladins scored two more big runs in the seventh on a key two-out double by sophomore catcher Will Phipps.
Sophomore Charlie Chandler and junior Grant Hudson both collected one hit and one RBI. Sophomore Luke Hughes recorded one hit and stole three bases, while Long, a junior, smacked a double and stole two bases. Sophomores Aubrey Moraitakis and Max Sears each had a base hit.
Long, Hudson and Powell combined for 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit. Long started the game, fanned three in two innings and earned the win, while Hudson had six strikeouts over three innings and Powell added three in two innings (he allowed one hit and four earned runs).
Five Straight Wins: Varsity Boys Beat Lakeview to Extend Streak
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys tennis team kept its win streak alive.
The Paladins extended their win streak for five matches with a 4-1 victory over Lakeview Academy in Gainesville on March 15.
The team improved to 5-0 overall with the win, which includes three road victories.
The Lady Paladin team dropped a 1-4 decision at Lakeview.
Break out the Brooms: FCS Team Sweeps Double Header at Saint Francis
The Fellowship Christian School JV boys baseball team swept a double header with Saint Francis in Alpharetta.
The team has now won nine straight games and is 10-1 overall. The Paladins won 10-3 in the second game of the double header hosted by the Knights.
The Paladins collected seven hits in the game and scored three runs in the first inning, four in the second and three in the fourth. Saint Francis scored three times in the bottom of the fourth.
Sophomore Darren Zhang collected two hits and two RBIs for the Paladins, while sophomore Charlie Chandler had a double and three RBIs, and junior Kyle Carey had a hit and three RBIs. Sophomore Max Sears registered one hit and knocked in two runs.
Sophomore Daniel Powell had one hit, scored three runs and stole two bases, and sophomore Samuel Albee had one base hit.
Junior Thomas Bourne started and won the game. He threw two innings and struck out two. Zhang threw 1 1/3 innings and sophomore Luke Hughes logged 1 2/3 innings of relief.
In the first game, the Paladins posted a 13-5 game one win in Alpharetta. FCS scored three runs in the first inning, two in the third, five in the fourth and three in the fifth, while the Knights plated two runs in the first, one in each of the second, third and fifth innings.
Fellowship pounded out 11 hits in the game, including three apiece from sophomore Will Austin and Chandler. Austin knocked in four runs, while Chandler added three RBIs. Both players smacked two doubles.
Sophomore Luke Hughes collected two hits and two RBIs, while Powell added one hit and one RBI. The other hits came from sophomores Aubrey Moraitakis and Evan Leccese.
Carey finished with one RBI, while Hughes stole three bases and Powell two.
Albee started and won. He struck out four batters in three innings. Sears threw the final two innings and had two strikeouts.
Lady Paladin JV Squad Notch Another Win with Three Firsts
The JV girls soccer team from Fellowship Christian School posted its second victory of the week on March 12.
The Lady Paladins recorded a 3-0 win at King's Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta.
Fellowship came through victorious in a JV matchup with three firsts -- Grace Anne Peterson, Bradleigh Graham and Alli Kraus scoring their first goals for Fellowship girls soccer.
Peterson, a freshman, put back a rebound of sophomore Ginny Thompson's shot with about 6:30 left in the opening half.
Fellowship added a pair of second-half goals. Graham, a sophomore, rebounded her own shot and the ball rolled into the right corner of the net at 23:12.
Kraus, also a sophomore, scored on a great cross from junior Cate Hardin at 15:17 to close out the scoring.
"It is so exciting to see these young women growing in their love for this incredible game," head coach Andy Trevers said. "We are seeing these JV players continually improve and some of them are already beginning to push for varsity minutes. I loved the spirit in which this game was played. Our games with the King's Ridge girls always have a wonderful sportswomanship about them. To see the smiles on the faces of these three players who reached a milestone today is victory enough that we don't deserve, but Jesus just continues to lavish His love upon us. Why would we ever expect anything less?"
(Photos by Leigh Ann Thompson)
Paladins Score Twice in Second Half of Varsity Soccer Road Win at King's Ridge
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys soccer team has collected its third victory of the season.
On March 12 at King's Ridge Christian School, the Fellowship Paladins scored two goals in the second half on the way to a 2-1 victory.
"In one of the most intense competitive games where both teams displayed some excellent football and many talented athletes on display, Fellowship ran out winners in this contest," head coach Andy Trevers said. "As expected this match up was a fierce contest, the game started off at a tremendously high pace and never slowed and the first half was end to end. Though both goalkeepers were rarely called upon, the play in between the boxes at times was tremendous."
King's Ridge did manage to get the ball into the Fellowship net during the first half from one of the longest throw ins we have ever seen, however a King's Ridge player was adjudged to have fouled the Fellowship goalkeeper which wiped out the score.
The second half started just as fast as the first with more opportunities being created for both sides, Fellowship were showing much more threat on the King's Ridge goal and opened the scoring 14 minutes into the half, a ball played behind the King's Ridge back line by Brad Rodgers was pressured by Josh Milhollin, who chased down the Tiger defender and battled to win the ball, he then dribbled past three players with some top class footwork and slotted the ball inside the back post to make it 1-0.
As always however, Kings Ridge never stop working and pressing and they responded strongly after conceding the goal, their quality central midfielder # 2 had gone off earlier with a knock, however was injected back into the game after the goal was scored, and made an immediate impact after two minutes, a corner was served toward the near post and the Tigers No. 2 rose uncontested to head home beautifully to tie the score at 1-1.
The game became more intense and there was no question the spectators were on the edge of their seats, with about 18 minutes left, a fabulous ball that split the Tigers right back and right center back, Brad Rodgers showed fantastic pace to get on the end of the pass and beat the KR keeper to the ball just in time to get a strong enough touch to carry the ball across the line to put Fellowship up 2-1.
As the game neared its close there were numerous opportunities to change the score for both teams, and the Fellowship Paladins had one heart stopping moment on a fantastic free kick served into the Fellowship box that was dramatically cleared by Matt Rodgers.
"Fellowship's team performance was one for the record books," Trevers said. "King's Ridge No. 10 is a high quality player worked hard all night to impact the match, but the matchup between him and our No. 10 Matt Rodgers was one worth watching. They were two very good soccer players battling to the very end. Truly cannot put into words how proud we are of this team. King's Ridge is a quality team and is easy to see why they were 6-0 coming into this game, but our boys followed the game plan to the letter. As one of my Assistant's said 'this is a real soccer game' and he was not wrong, as it was a fun game to watch, coach, and we are so grateful to Jesus for the gift of a win."
With the victory, the Paladins improved to 3-1 overall.
(Photos by Leigh Ann Thompson)