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Four Lady Paladin Lacrosse Players Named Second Team All State

Sophomore Suzanne Moore, juniors Kate Buchweitz and Shelby Stock, and senior Haley Herrmann have all been selected for the All State Girls Lacrosse Second Team.

The quartet helped FCS win 12 out of its final 14 games to finish with a school single-season record 12 victories. The Lady Paladins improved to 12-7 after posting a 7-11 mark in its first varsity season in 2017.

The Lady Paladins made the state playoffs in just their second varsity season.

Buchweitz netted two goals and Herrmann added one as the Lady Paladins lost to 5A Kell High School on May 8 in the opening round of the GHSA Girls A-AAAAA Lacrosse Championships. It was the first girls varsity lacrosse playoff game in school history.

The Lady Paladins scored 237 goals in the regular season, and netted 243 overall. Stock led the team with 53 goals and 93 shots during the regular season. Herrman ranked second on the team with 42 regular-season goals.

Moore ranked second on Fellowship with 38 ground balls and 24 takeaways in the regular season. Buchweitz finished with 12 goals, seven assists and 32 shots in the regular season. Moore also scored two goals and collected three assists.

State Golf Update: Murphy Finishes with 77, Winds up Tied for 11th

Fellowship Christian School senior Tripp Murphy carded a five-over 77 to wrap up the two-day 36-hole GHSA Class A Private School Golf Championships at Heron Bay Golf & Country Club in Locust Grove with a four-over 148.

Murphy, who opened the tourney with a 1-under 71 on May 21, finished in a tie for 11th place with Kenny Duffin of Hebron Christian Academy (75-73).

Parker Rostowsky of Mount Paran Christian School and William Sluder of Brookstone finished the tournament at five-under par 139 to lead the field of 80 golfers.

"It was a grind today," FCS golf coach Mike Kinsey said. "It was definitely a tale of two days. One thing about Tripp is he goes hard until the very end. He is never one to quit, and he didn't today. He improved dramatically over his four-year FCS career. I am so proud to be his coach and watch his progress. He represented us well at state. To God be the glory. Now it's on to Oglethorpe for Tripp."

(Photos by Mike Kinsey)

Murphy Cards 1-Under 71 in Opening Round, Tied For Sixth Entering Final Round

Fellowship Christian School senior Tripp Murphy finished with five birdies en route to a 1-under par 71 on May 21 in the opening round of the two-day 36-hole GHSA Class A Private School Golf Championships being played at Heron Bay Golf & Country Club in Locust Grove.

The tournament wraps up on May 22. Murphy enters the final round tied for sixth, two shots off the lead. Three golfers opened the tourney at 69 – Parker Rostowsky of Mount Paran Christian School, William Sluder of Brookstone and Bailey Means of Holy Innocents' Episcopal School.

Jay Spivey of First Presbyterian and HIES' Cannon Crane both fired 70s to share fourth, while Murphy, Luke Dasher of First Presbyterian and Will Kahlstorf of Prince Avenue Christian all had 71.

"Tripp had a disappointing bogey, bogey finish," FCS golf coach Mike Kinsey said. "But, shooting under par for his first 18 holes at state is pretty strong."

Murphy, who finished with four bogeys on the day, carded a 34 on the front nine and a 37 on the back nine.

"He played an amazing first 16 holes at 3-under," Kinsey said.

He'll tee off at 7:50 a.m. on May 22.

(Photos by Mike Kinsey)

FCS Sophomore Helps Club Team Qualify for Nationals

Fellowship Christian School sophomore Taylor Herrmann helped the A5 Mizuno Volleyball Club – her club team – capture the Southern Region Volleyball Association under-16 national qualifier to earn a bid to play in the USA Volleyball National Championships to be held in early July in Detroit, Mich.

Paladin Baseball Players Bouton, Joye and Royalty Named First Team All Region

Three members of the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team have been selected as first team All Region.

The list includes sophomore second baseman Preston Joye, junior pitcher Isaac Bouton and senior pitcher Kurtis Royalty.

Joye was also named to the second team as a pitcher. Senior Nolan Lavernge was also a second teamer as a relief pitcher.

Bouton was named to the third team as a shortstop. Freshman Garrett Hauenstein also made the third team as an outfielder.

This group helped the Paladins finish 21-12 and advance to the second round of the GHSA Class A Private School Championships.

Bouton and Royalty shared the team lead with 11 starts. Both players pitched in 11 games. Bouton fanned 64 to lead the team, just one more strikeout than Royalty.

Royalty led the Paladins with seven wins, a 1.34 earned-run average and had a 1.22 WHIP. Bouton posted a 2.45 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Royalty went 7-3, and Bouton was 6-4. Joye finished 4-1 in eight games as a pitcher, including seven starts. He posted a 2.21 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP, had one save and ranked third on the club with 31 strikeouts.

Lavergne pitched in 13 games, including 12 in relief, and earned one save. He went 2-2, fanned 19 batters, registered a 2.43 ERA and had a 1.50 WHIP. Royalty (68), Bouton (60), Joye (34 2/3) and Lavergne (26) finished first through fourth on the team in innings pitched.

As a hitter, Joye batted .383 to rank second on the Fellowship squad. He ranked second on the team with 44 hits, including six doubles, three triples and two home runs, and drove in 17 runs. He ranked fifth on the team in RBIs, shared second in homers, was first with 33 singles and placed second on the team with 28 runs.

Bouton led the team with a .417 batting average. He ranked third on the club with 20 RBIs, and topped the Paladins with 45 hits, 19 doubles and 33 runs. He and Joye shared the team lead with three triples.

Hauenstein placed fourth on the Paladins with a .310 batting average, and finished with 22 hits, sixth best on club, and shared fourth with 21 singles.

(Photos submitted by Shawn Oliver)


Beard, Morgan to Represent FCS Girls Lacrosse Squad at 2018 Georgia High School Lacrosse All-Star Games

Fellowship Christian School freshman Brook Beard will play on the red team in one of two DiVarsity Georgia High School All-Star Girls Lacrosse Games hosted by Sprayberry High School in Marietta on May 20.

FCS coach Tracy Morgan and Mary Lehman of Starr's Mill High School will coach the red squad in the match against the blue team that begins at noon. The first of two matches featuring different players from several schools begins at 10 a.m.

Morgan and Allison Senft coached the Lady Paladins to the GHSA Class A-AAAAA Girls Lacrosse Championships this season. Fellowship fell 20-6 to 5A Kell High School in Marietta on May 8 in the school's first trip to the state girls lacrosse playoffs. Jeff Buchweitz was the team's assistant coach.

FCS, which won 12 out of its final 14 games in 2018, finished with a school single-season record 12 victories to wind up five matches over .500. The Lady Paladins posted a 7-11 mark in its first varsity girls lacrosse season in 2017.

Beard finished third on the Lady Paladins with 40 goals, ranked second with 26 assists, was second with 73 shots and shared fourth with nine takeaways. She also placed second on the squad with 22 ground balls and won 63-of-110 faceoff attempts.

Senior Meredith Moore was nominated, but is not playing in the game.

Moore led Fellowship with 59 ground balls and 36 takeaways in the regular season.

State Golf Preview: Murphy Face Field of 80 Golfers

For only the second time in school history, a golfer from Fellowship Christian School has advanced to the state tournament.

Senior Tripp Murphy will play in the two-day, 36-hole GHSA Class A Private School Golf Championships at Heron Bay in Locust Grove May 21-22. There will be a total of 12 teams competing (72 golfers) plus eight individuals that includes Murphy.

He tees off at 7:50 a.m. on May 21.

Murphy's 9-hole season average was a 36. He led the Paladins to an 8-1 record, shooting a 31 and 32 along the way.

At the Region tournament held on April 30 at Cobblestone Golf Course, Murphy shot a 76 to qualify for state.

Of those 80 golfers competing at the state tourney, 19 of them shot 76 or better at their respective Region Tournaments.

"This makes for a very strong field," head coach Mike Kinsey said. "But, the game of golf is very unpredictable. Anything can happen on any given day. Tripp and I have talked about his mental approach for those two days. We both agreed there was more pressure to make it to state [than playing in it]. Now that he is there, the plan is to relax and enjoy 36 holes of golf."

Murphy has been a very consistent golfer this season.

"Tripp has incredible physical skills," Kinsey said. "He has length off the tee, a great short game and solid iron play. He is mentally tough and a fierce competitor. We are both looking forward to him representing Fellowship at the 2018 golf state championship."

The only other time an FCS golfer competed at state was when freshman Anna Davenport competed at State as an individual and finished sixth overall with an 86) in 2012. She was the Region champion that year.

Swartz Finishes Third Place in Long Jump at State Meet, Aycock Eighth in Shot Put

Like many sports, inches or seconds can separate track & field competitors.

Senior Cameron Swartz wrapped up her Fellowship Christian School career with a third-place finish in the long jump at the GHSA Class A Private Track & Field Championships that were hosted by Berry College in Rome on May 11. The three-day meet began on May 10 in Rome.

In her final high school meet, Swartz reached 17 feet in the final of her three jumps to take third place by just two inches. It was her best career finish at the state level in her third trip to the state meet.

Swartz was fourth in the long jump at states in both 2016 and 2015. She did not place in the triple jump but competed in 2016. She did not compete in the 2017 Sectionals, so she did not advance to states.

In a field on nine competitors, senior Tad Aycock placed eighth in the shot put in his first trip to the state event.

This was Aycock's first season of track & field at FCS.

In Rome, Aycock threw three times. His best toss was a personal-best 45 feet, 9.5 inches.

"It was a great meet for both of them," head coach Greg Mayhue said. "They both performed well to wrap up their FCS careers."

(Photos submitted by Greg Mayhue)















Swartz, Aycock to Participate in State Track & Field Meet May 11

Seniors Cameron Swartz (long jump) and Tad Aycock (shot put) will represent the varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School at the GHSA Class A Track & Field Championships being hosted by Berry College in Rome on May 11. The three-day meet began on May 10.

"It would be great for both of them to go out with PRs," track & field coach Greg Mayhue said. "That would put them both in a great position for wonderful results."

They both compete in a field of nine performers in their events in Rome.

Aycock has reached state in his only track & field season at FCS. Aycock advanced with an eighth-place finish among nine shot put performers at the Sectional meet held on April 28 at Landmark Christian School. At the Area meet held at Whitefield Academy on April 17, Aycock finished third in the shot put.

"This is a great opportunity for him to compete at the state meet," head coach Greg Mayhue said. "He did well at Sectionals and Area."

Heading into the state meet, Aycock has been throwing consistently around 44 feet. "Tad was around 40 in early March, but then reached 42, 44 and then finally 45," Mayhue said. "If he can reach 46 in Rome, then he is certainly in the mix for a top five finish. He has natural talent and strength, but has developed a strong technique. He is a versatile athlete."

While it's Aycock's first trip to the state meet, it's Swartz's third trip. She was fourth in the long jump at the GHSA meet in both 2016 and 2015. She did not place in the triple jump in 2016 at states.

Swartz placed third out of nine performers to advance in the long jump at this year's Sectional meet. At the Area meet, Swartz placed second in the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump to advance to Sectionals in both events.

"Cameron has a great shot to finish in the top three at states," Mayhue said. "If she can get a good jump off early it will take the pressure off. If you get a good jump off early, you can relax a bit in the next two rounds."

For example, she scratched in her first two jumps in the triple jump at Sectionals and did not qualify for states with her third jump.

"Getting that mark in the sand early is key," Mayhue said.

During her track career at FCS, Swartz was the Area champion in both the triple and long jumps in 2016. She was also second in the long jump at the 2017 Area meet. She did not compete in the 2017 Sectionals, so she did not advance to states.

Swartz, Aycock to Participate in State Track & Field Meet May 11

Seniors Cameron Swartz (long jump) and Tad Aycock (shot put) will represent the varsity track & field squad from Fellowship Christian School at the GHSA Class A Track & Field Championships being hosted by Berry College in Rome on May 11. The three-day meet began on May 10.

"It would be great for both of them to go out with PRs," track & field coach Greg Mayhue said. "That would put them both in a great position for wonderful results."

They both compete in a field of nine performers in their events in Rome.

Aycock has reached state in his only track & field season at FCS. Aycock advanced with an eighth-place finish among nine shot put performers at the Sectional meet held on April 28 at Landmark Christian School. At the Area meet held at Whitefield Academy on April 17, Aycock finished third in the shot put.

"This is a great opportunity for him to compete at the state meet," head coach Greg Mayhue said. "He did well at Sectionals and Area."

Heading into the state meet, Aycock has been throwing consistently around 44 feet. "Tad was around 40 in early March, but then reached 42, 44 and then finally 46," Mayhue said. "If he can reach 46 in Rome, then he is certainly in the mix for a top five finish. He has natural talent and strength, but has developed a strong technique. He is a versatile athlete."

While it's Aycock's first trip to the state meet, it's Swartz's third trip. She was fourth in the long jump at the GHSA meet in both 2016 and 2015. She did not place in the triple jump in 2016 at states.

Swartz placed third out of nine performers to advance in the long jump at this year's Sectional meet. At the Area meet, Swartz placed second in the long jump and was fourth in the triple jump to advance to Sectionals in both events.

"Cameron has a great shot to finish in the top three at states," Mayhue said. "If she can get a good jump off early it will take the pressure off. If you get a good jump off early, you can relax a bit in the next two rounds."

For example, she scratched in her first two jumps in the triple jump at Sectionals and did not qualify for states with her third jump.

"Getting that mark in the sand early is key," Mayhue said.

During her track career at FCS, Swartz was the Area champion in both the triple and long jumps in 2016. She was also second in the long jump at the 2017 Area meet. She did not compete in the 2017 Sectionals, so she did not advance to states.

FCS Girls Fall to 5A Kell High School in Playoff Opener

The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls lacrosse team faced quite a stiff test on May 8.

In the opener of the GHSA Class A-AAAAA Girls Lacrosse Championships, the Lady Paladins fell 20-6 to 5A Kell High School in Marietta. Kell has been to the last four state championship games.

FCS, which won 12 out of its final 14 games, finished a school single-season record 12 victories to finish five matches over .500. The Lady Paladins posted a 7-11 mark in its first varsity season in 2017.

The Lady Paladins made the state playoffs in just their second varsity season.

Juniors Camille Stroud and Kate Buchweitz netted two goals apiece at Kell. Senior Haley Herrmann and sophomore Charlotte Berg each scored a goal.

Playoff Run Ends: Paladins Battle Hard in 2-1 Loss to Athens Academy in Elite Eight Boys Soccer Match

After the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys soccer team tied the game in the second half, you could sense the playoff match might come down to one play.

Unfortunately for the Paladin faithful in the stands in Athens, the home Athens Academy club made that play.

With 3:29 to go, the Spartans scored on a PK following a penalty in the box to take a 2-1 lead. Athens Academy, 16-3 overall, went on to win the hard-fought Elite Eight contest, 2-1, and keep FCS from advancing to the Final Four of the GHSA Class A Soccer Championships for the third time.

The Paladins gave it all they had on the field in the school's fifth trip to the Elite Eight over the six seasons. The club, which finished 2018 with a 10-6 mark, reached the Elite Eight last year, the state title game in 2016, the Final Four in 2015, the Sweet 16 in 2014 and the Elite Eight in 2013.

After the game ended, the Paladins showed their sportsmanship by sharing sports drinks with the Spartan players. Head coach Andy Trevers led both teams in a post-game prayer.

Seniors Casey Barham, Jack Berends, Teddy Keim, Merrick Haigler, Paul McCranie and James Milhollin all played their last games as Paladin athletes.

Barham tied the contest with a goal into the right corner of the Spartan net 3:05 into the second half. His last-second shot sailed just slightly over the crossbar.

The Paladins drove hard to the net a few times in the second half, nearly taking the lead twice. Freshman Will Peterson's shot sailed just a little bit over the net at 25:50, about four minutes after Barham's shot trickled a little bit wide of the net.

Athens Academy led 1-0 at halftime on goal scored 31 seconds into the game.

Junior goalkeeper Noah Dryden made several big stops in the contest.

(Photo by Martha Heid)

History-Making Season: FCS Opens GHSA Class A-AAAAA Girls Lacrosse Playoffs on Tuesday

The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls lacrosse team has made history this season.

The Lady Paladins defeated 3A Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross on April 25 to wrap up its second varsity regular season. It was the club's 12th victory out of its last 13 outings. Despite an 0-5 start, the team went on a 12-1 run to advance the GHSA Class A-AAAAA Girls Lacrosse Championships for the first time in school history.

Coaches Allison Senft and Tracy Morgan led the Lady Paladins to a school single-season record of 12-6. The Lady Paladins posted a 7-11 mark in its first varsity season in 2017.

The team opens the playoffs on May 8 at 5A Kell High School at 5:30 p.m.

"It's super exciting," Morgan said. "We are more than thrilled for our seniors, who get to close out the year with a playoff experience. They have earned it. We are grateful that the incoming freshmen get to have the same experience. We believe it will help set the tone for seasons to come. Expectations will be high for this team moving forward."

The team quickly turned around its fortunes under the direction of Senft and Morgan – a pair of first-year FCS coaches – and long-time assistant coach Jeff Buchweitz.

"We framed those losses as scrimmages and told the girls each game was a do-over," Morgan said. "They earned that first win and apparently liked the taste of it because they just kept going. Their attitudes, drive and the way they played together just soared.

The keys to the match against Kell are pretty simple.

"We need to dominate the draw, use our speed to be the offensive threat we've been all year and continue to rely on our defense to come up big on turn overs and denying drives – the things they do best," Morgan added.

Both Senft and Morgan are excited to be part of this historic year.

"FCS is a special place and the families have welcomed us and supported us," Senft said. "The way we've chosen to do things has worked for this team. We get a great deal of support from AD [David] Lowery. It's his belief in us as leaders, and the girls as great young women and athletes, that has really allowed us to be the best coaches we can be here."

The Lady Paladins have scored 237 goals this season, led by junior Shelby Stock with 53. Stock also tops the club with 93 shots.

Senior Haley Herrman ranks second on the team with 42 goals, and freshman Brooke Beard is next with 40. Freshman Lexi Menna and junior Camille Stroud each have netted 26 goals.

Senior Meredith Moore leads Fellowship with 59 ground balls and 36 takeaways. Sophomore goalkeeper Cary Guthrie tops the team with 80 saves Senior Camille Davenport has registered 43 saves.

Not This Time: Paladins Beat Darlington in Rematch of Regular-Season Game in Second Round of State Playoffs

In the exact opposite of Feb. 15, the Fellowship Christian School varsity boys soccer team came out on top, 3-1, against The Darlington School in the second round of the GHSA Class A Soccer Championships.

On May 2 in Rome, the Paladins scored two goals on corner kicks and another on a direct free kick to post the two-goal win and advance in the state playoffs. Darlington scored three times off corners in its 3-1 victory over FCS at Bob Lord Field in February.

But it was a different story this time around for FCS, which has now reached the Elite Eight for the fifth time in six years. The club reached the Elite Eight last year, the state title game in 2016, the Final Four in 2015, the Sweet 16 in 2014 and the Elite Eight in 2013.

"This was yet another classic playoff match," head coach Andy Trevers said. "We knew coming in that Darlington would be a strong opponent. We fell short in February, however, we are a different team now and I could not be more proud of the guys as they showed their warrior spirit once again. The game was very tight for a good amount of time, but we were able to turn the screws as we progressed deeper into the game, our energy level was a key factor to our success tonight."

The Paladins will face Athens Academy in the Elite Eight in Athens on May 5 at 7 p.m. Athens Academy, which beat FCS, 4-3 (5-4 in PKs) at home on Feb. 27, is the first seed from Area 3. The Paladins are the second seed from Area 5. Athens beat Stratford Academy, 2-1, on May 2.

In Rome, junior Luke Morcos opened the scoring for Fellowship (10-5 overall) with a nifty header off senior Jack Berends' corner kick at 26:29 of the first half. It was Morcos' second tally of the year.

Unfortunately for the Paladins, the Tigers tied the game 1:18 later.

But junior goalkeeper Noah Dryden, who made eight saves in the contest, made three consecutive saves in rapid succession with 18:58 left in the first half to protect the FCS lead. The game remained tied 1-1 at the half.

In the second half, senior Teddy Keim netted his first varsity soccer goal in what proved to be the game-winner 15:24 into the final stanza. It was off Berends' corner. The senior finished with a goal and two assists.

Berends tacked on an insurance goal at 22:31 on a direct free kick, his 13th tally of 2018.

"Jack led his team gallantly this evening," Trevers said. "But to a man, we put in a solid performance on both sides of the ball, along with some excellent goalkeeping when it was needed. We are excited to move to the Elite Eight. I would be remiss if I did not mention Teddy Keim getting the match winner on his first ever varsity goal! To see the smile on his face as he sprinted in celebration was worth every second, and on a lighter note, I knew it meant I was going to have to do a cartwheel as I promised I would if Teddy scored a goal this season. It was a challenge I accepted on his prompting in practice a few months earlier."

May 2 was the 18th birthday for both Teddy and his twin sister, Caroline.

"What a birthday gift," Trevers said. "Jesus has chosen to give us another game ... we don't deserve it, but we sure are grateful for it. We will do all we can to honor and glorify Him in it. We wish once again to thank the Paladin supporters who made the trip to Rome as we are so grateful for and blessed by the support."

It was Fellowship's third straight victory. The club has improved to 2-0 in the postseason.

(Photos by James Williamson)

Paladin Baseball Squad Gets Ready for Second-Round Series with HIES

The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys baseball team will face Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in the second round of the GHSA Class A Private School Baseball Championships.

The best-of-three series will be played in Sandy Springs at HIES with games one and two slated for May 3 at 2 and 5 p.m., respectively. If necessary, game three is at HIES on May 4 at 5 p.m.

It's a pretty simple game plan in the series for the Paladins, now 21-10 overall.

"Our keys are very simple – pitch it, field it, and drive gaps," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "We've got a talented bunch of kids, and when we are clicking and swinging the bats we are very tough to beat. We are going to have to have a team effort to beat them. We can't expect our guys to go out and strike out 18 guys because that's just not who we are as a team. We get a bunch of ground balls and fly balls, and make the routine plays routine."

On the mound, FCS is lead by junior Isaac Bouton and senior Kurtis Royalty, who have both won six games in 2018. Sophomore Preston Joye is next with four wins.

Bouton is batting a team-best .406 with 18 RBIs. Junior catcher Cameron Gill leads the Paladins with 24 RBIs and is hitting .343. Freshman Garrett Hauenstein has posted a .323 average this season, and has 16 RBIs, while Royalty has driven in 18 runs.

Entering this series, the Paladins have won five out of six contests, and nine out of 11.

"Our pitchers have done a fantastic job," Oliver said. "The work Kurtis, Isaac, and Preston has done as starters is truly tremendous and the quality relief we've gotten out of Nolan [Lavergne] and Hunter [McMickle] has helped greatly. We've also been able to give them some time off to kind of let their arms get back some juice over the past few weeks. During the Tennessee trip [in early April], Isaac didn't throw, and both Kurtis and Preston were held under 50 pitches, and the other guys on our staff got some quality innings."

Offensively, Fellowship has been steady the past few weeks.

"These past couple of weeks since spring break, we've really stung the ball well," Oliver said. "We hope we can carry that momentum into each game. We've also done a much better job managing strikeouts this season. We have 157 through 31 games this year, while last year we had 190 in 28 games. Making more than one guy touch the baseball is crucial to our success."

What are the strengths for the Bears?

"Coach Aiken does a good job down there," Oliver said. "They are a perennial Final Four contender and have the experience of playing in these types of series. They have some talent at the plate and some good arms. We expect guys who pitch it well and hit spots on the mound, and the team to play solid defense behind them. They are going to pitch us backwards and use their off-speed stuff early to get us out, and we've got to be disciplined enough to recognize that and hit the baseball."

The Paladins defeated Savannah Country Day in the opening series, two games to one.

"They were scrappy," Oliver said. "I mean after the first two innings of game one I thought we were in control. Then our offense slowed down dramatically and we were only able to produce one more run on Friday in 12 innings of baseball. Regardless of how good your pitching is, that's not going to win very many ball games. I asked the boys to get back to what we do as an offense and they definitely responded giving Preston 11 runs [in the deciding game] and allowing him to get ahead of hitters with his fastball and really work in his off-speed stuff by making them swing at our pitches."

Paladins Visit Darlington School in Second Round of GHSA Class A Soccer Championships on May 2

A pattern seems to be forming this postseason for the Fellowship Christian School boys soccer team.

The Paladins defeated Holy Innocents' Episcopal School on April 27 in the opening round of the GHSA Class A Soccer Championships at Bob Lord Field in the second meeting between the teams in 2018. The Paladins defeated the Bears, 4-3 (4-2 in PKs) on Feb. 13 at home.

For the second consecutive playoff match, FCS will face an opponent for the second time this season.

The Paladins travel to Rome to take on The Darlington School in the second round on May 2 at 7 p.m.

The teams met on Feb. 15 at Bob Lord Field, with Darlington coming out on top, 3-1. It was Fellowship's third match of the season, and the team's third out of four straight non-Area matches.

"It will be a tough match," head coach Andy Trevers said. "We will be tested. They are an excellent team. They played particularly well against us at home in February, which seems like a lifetime ago I know. We will have to play a perfect game all around to challenge them and advance to the Elite Eight."

Both HIES and Darlington were No. 1 seeds in the 2017 playoffs. This year, Darlington is once again the No. 1 seed from Area seven, while FCS is No. 2 from Area five.

The Paladins improved to 9-5 overall with a 1-0 shutout win over the Bears on April 27. Sophomore Jack Sawyer scored a goal and junior keeper Noah Dryden made two saves for the team's fifth shutout of 2018.

"We played a very well balanced game on both sides of the ball," Trevers said. "We will need to be just as accomplished against Darlington if we are to give ourselves a chance to advance."

This year marks FCS' sixth straight trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

In 2017, the Paladins advanced to the Elite Eight, just one year after reaching the 2016 state title game.

FCS, which won the Area championship in 2016, 2015 and 2008, has advanced to the state tourney seven straight seasons. The 2015 squad reached the Final Four, the 2014 squad made the Sweet Sixteen and the 2013 club advanced to the Elite Eight. The 2012 team also qualified for states.

(Photo by Kathy Barham)