On to the Quarterfinals: FCS Boys Down Whitefield Academy in Region Playoff Game
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys basketball team posted a 58-53 victory over Whitefield Academy in a second-round Region Tournament game played at Saint Francis in Alpharetta on Feb. 6.
The Paladins (12-12 overall) have advanced to the Region quarterfinals against North Cobb Christian School, the No. 1 seed from the A Bracket, at Saint Francis on Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m.
FCS, seeded fourth in the B bracket, defeated Whitefield, the B bracket's eighth seed. Fellowship has now won five out of its last eight contests. The club went 7-7 in Region contests during the regular season.The team had a first-round bye.
"It's a new season," head coach Roshown McLeod said. "Every team is 0-0 entering the tournament. Every game could be your last. We won, so we get to play another day. We want to keep going 1-0."
On Feb. 6, the Paladins trailed 7-3 after the first quarter, but went on an 18-13 rally in the second quarter to pull ahead 21-20 at halftime. FCS extended its lead to 38-32 after the second quarter. The WolPack won the scoring battle in the fourth quarter, 21-20.
Senior Cody Frazer topped Fellowship with 21 points. Freshman Jayce Harrison netted 13 points, junior Noah Dryden added 10 points and junior Sergio Fas nailed three 3-pointers to finish with nine points.
Middle School Tryout Information for the Week
MS Sports Tryout Feb. 7 Update: 5/6th and 7/8th baseball and track & field cancelled, boys soccer to be held in G2 from 3:30-4:45 p.m., and MS girls soccer will be in G2 OR the futsal court from 4:45-6 p.m.
Here is this week's tryout information for middle school sports (published Feb. 4 prior to changes):
Boys and girls soccer tryouts will be held at Bob Lord Field Monday from 3:30-4:45 p.m., on the turf field by the high school on Tuesday (boys from 3:30-4:45 p.m. and girls from 4:45-6 p.m.), on the turf field on Wednesday (boys from 3:30-4:45 p.m. and girls from 4:45-6 p.m.), at Bob Lord Field on Thursday (boys and girls on Bob Lord Field from 3:30-4:30 p.m.), and at the turf field on Friday (boys from 3:30-4:45 p.m., and girls from 4:45-6 p.m.).
Baseball (both the fifth and sixth and seventh and eighth grade teams) tryouts for Monday, Feb. 5 have been cancelled. They will be rescheduled. Baseball tryouts are slated for Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. at the softball field. Wednesday and Thursday locations will be determined later.
Track & field tryouts will be held on the track at Bob Lord Field on Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m.
Golf tryouts will be held on Wednesday from 3:30-5 p.m. Coach Curt Morrell will communicate the location soon.
Please note: be on the lookout for updates on social media, the website, and emails regarding weather related changes.
FCS Seventh Grade Basketabll Club Falls to Whitefield in Metro 10 League Title Contest
The championship eluded the seventh grade boys basketball team from Fellowship Christian School.
On Feb. 3, the Paladins dropped a 42-18 decision at Whitefield Academy in the Metro 10 League Championship Game.
"It was a tough day shooting the ball for the Paladins as they only made four shots," head coach Brad Welty said. "We just picked the wrong day to have our worst shooting game of the year. Whitefield played good defense, but to be perfectly honest, we just missed a lot of really open shots. They make you hit 10-15 foot jumpers, and some threes, and we just couldn't do it today."
The Paladins trailed 27-3 at halftime due to the poor shooting, and some tentative play.
"We came out and missed some shots early, and then I think we let that affect our effort some," Welty said. "We just weren't fighting like we needed to and the score reflected that. I was proud of the guys for their second half effort."
The Paladins out scored Whitefield, 10-9, in the fourth quarter, after being edged by just one point in the third (6-5).
"We played much harder in the second half," Welty said. "We boxed out harder, we met passes, we hustled back on defense, and we got on the floor for loose balls. Those things don't go in the stat book, but they are winning plays. As a result we held them better on defense."
Paladins Advance: FCS Seventh Grade Squad Reaches Metro 10 League Championship Game
The seventh grade basketball team from Fellowship Christian School defeated The Walker School, 41-39, on a last-second buzzer-beating layup by Henry Hays in the Metro 10 League semifinal match played at The Walker School in Marietta on Feb. 1.
With the victory, the third-seeded Paladins advanced to the championship game being played on Feb. 3 at Whitefield Academy at 2 p.m. The WolfPack are undefeated and enter the game as the tourney's top-seed.
"Unfortunately, I was not able be there to coach the game due to a scheduling conflict with the FCS eighth grade playoff game at Pinecrest," head coach Brad Welty said. "Assistant Coach Ken Hall did a great job with the guys and led them to the victory. I hate that I had to miss that exciting game, and that I didn't get to share it with the guys, but I am glad I get one more game with them."
FCS will be challenged on Saturday the WolfPack, who are undefeated and the tourney's top seed.
"Whitefield is a great team, and program," Welty said. "We will have our work cut out for us, but I know that we will give it everything we have, and fight on every play."
(Photo by Ananchel Photography)
Eighth Grade Paladins Suffer Loss at Pinecrest in Metro 10 League Semifinals
The season for the eighth grade basketball team from Fellowship Christian School came to an end on Feb. 1.
The third-seeded Paladins dropped a 40-32 decision to Pinecrest Academy in Cumming in a Metro 10 League semifinal hosted by the No. 2 seed Paladins of Pinecrest.
Fellowship trailed 11-3 after the first quarter, but managed to stay even the rest of the game. The club was outscored 12-11 in the second, but FCS held a 12-11 advantage in the third. Both teams netted six points in the fourth.
"We managed to get the game within four points, but we could never get over the hump," head coach Brad Welty said. "It was a great effort by our guys. I can honestly say I have never been more proud of a team than I was tonight. They gave everything they had, and fought on every play. I am so proud to say that I am their coach."
FCS faced a huge size advantage as none of the Pinecrest starters stood under 5-feet-9, including a pair of 6-foot-2 players.
"We knew their size was going to be really difficult for us, but we had a game plan and the guys played it almost perfectly," Welty said. "To Pinecrest's credit, they had some guys step up. It was really a team win for them. We just couldn't stop all of their guys."
The Fellowship squad finishes with an 11-3 record, and this year's eighth graders end their middle school career with a record of 34-9.
"These guys should be very proud of what they were able to do in their three years," Welty said. "I know I am."
Paladins Post Victory at Mount Paran, Now Winners of 4 out of 5 Contests
The Fellowship Christian School varsity boys basketball team has now won four out of its last five contests.
On Jan. 26, the Paladins (11-10 overall) posted a 60-49 victory at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw in a Region contest. Fellowship is now 7-5 in Region contests.
FCS led 16-7 after the first quarter, 31-18 at halftime and 44-28 after three quarters.
Freshman Jayce Harrison led Fellowship with 19 points, including three 3-point buckets. Senior Cody Frazer chipped in with 18 points, and junior Noah Dryden added 12 points. Dryden connected on a pair of 3-point baskets.
Junior Sergio Fas finished with six points on a pair of 3-pointers.
Fellowship Season Ends on Opening Day of Area Tournament
The Fellowship Christian School wrestling squad began the two-day Area Tournament at Commerce High School on Jan. 26.
Senior Jared Miller made it to the quarterfinals before finishing 2-2 at the tournament.
"Jared wrapped up a great career for Fellowship having earned varsity honors all four years in high school," head coach Tom Burns said.""Joseph Nodar had a great first match that came down to the remaining seconds," Burns said. "Brad Rodgers showed tremendous determination in wrestling at the area tournament despite only a month of experience and wrestled well."
(Photos by Margo Miller)
Eighth Grade Paladin Basketball Team Beats Walker for its 10th Victory of Season
The Fellowship Christian School eighth grade boys basketball team downed The Walker School at Paladin Gym on Jan 25, 40-34, in a Metro 10 League contest.
It was the third game in a row for the team, now 10-2 overall.
The Paladins were down by three with about 3:30 minutes left in the game, and after some good offensive execution took a 1 point lead with 2:20 to go.
"Walker put up a really good fight, and had the Paladins on the ropes," head coach Brad Welty said. "We decided in a timeout that we were going to hold the ball and make them come out of their zone, which had been very effective all night. The guys did a great job of executing and we were able to run some clock, get layups on offense, and get stops on defense to pull out the win."
Josh Cole led Fellowship with 13 points and six rebounds, while Josh Cole added nine points, and Jacob Welty had seven points and five assists.
The Paladins will host Mount Vernon Presbyterian on Jan. 30 to close out the regular season.
This game was originally postponed on Jan. 8.
Eighth Grade Lady Paladins Down Walker for Fourth Basketball Win in-a-row
The eighth grade girls basketball squad from Fellowship Christian School defeated The Walker School at Paladin Gym, 38-25, on Jan. 25.
It was the fourth straight victory for FCS, now 4-5 overall.
"Walker was a lot bigger than us, but we played fundamental basketball and were able to control the game," head coach Kayla Rechenbach said. "We were down three points at halftime, but we outscored them 23-7 in the second half. I am so proud of this team."
Savannah Schulz scored 13 points to lead Fellowship. Cate Hardin and Avery Paulson chipped in with eight points apiece.
The game was originally postponed on Jan. 8.
White Notches Pair of Victories at Whitefield Academy
Senior Chandler White posted his first two career victories as the Fellowship Christian School varsity wrestling team competed in a match at Whitefield Academy on Jan. 24.
White and sophomore Hagen Thacker led the Paladins with two pins each.
"Freshman Joseph Nodar wrestled his best match of the year despite coming up just short in a hard fought 6-4 decision," head coach Tom Burns said. "Michael Pineyro continues to show a natural talent for the sport as he almost pulled off a move he had not learned yet. If he had, it would have changed the trajectory of his match."
The Fellowship squad now shifts its attention to the post-season, starting with the Area 4 tournament this weekend at Commerce High School on Jan. 26-27.
(Photos by Tim Miller)
JV Paladin Boys Basketball Squad Downs Mount Pisgah for Third Win in-a-row
The Fellowship Christian School JV boys basketball team notched its third straight victory with a 72-47 triumph over Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek on Jan. 20. It was a Region contest.
Freshman Brady Niblock led FCS with 25 points.
Sophomore Braden Webb netted 20 points and sophomore Austin Marley added 10 points.
The Paladins opened up leads of 24-12 after the first quarter and 45-20 at halftime. The Patriots outscored FCS in the third, 16-15, but Fellowship held a 12-11 advantage in the fourth.
Fellowship improved to 5-5 in Region contests with the victory. The club is now 5-6 overall.
Lady Paladin Road Victory: FCS Varsity Squad Beats Mount Pisgah to Extend Win Streak to 8 Contests
The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls basketball team posted its eighth straight victory, 40-27, over Mount Pisgah Christian School in a Region contest played in Johns Creek on Jan. 20.
Senior Cameron Swartz netted 19 points as FCS improved to 9-1 in Region games and 10-6 overall.
Senior Caroline Keim netted seven points, while sophomore Emma Jones and senior Sadie Schulz scored five apiece.
Fellowship outscored the Lady Patriots in the first three quarters, including 11-4 in the first, 10-6 in the second, 14-8 in the third.
Mount Pisgah held the scoring edge in the fourth, 9-5.
Webb Nets 22 as Paladins Notch 4th Win of Season
Sophomore Braden Webb scored 22 points to lead the Fellowship Christian School JV boys basketball team to a 66-32 victory over The Walker School in a Region game at Paladin Gym on Jan. 19. It was the team's second straight victory.
It was the fourth win of the season for the Paladins, now 4-5 in Region games and 4-6 overall.
Freshman Brady Niblock netted 14 points for Fellowship.
Junior David Renfrow and sophomore Austin Marley added eight points apiece for the Paladins, who led 17-10 after the first quarter. FCS went on a 20-3 second-quarter run to take a 24-point halftime cushion (37-13).
Fellowship held a 53-20 lead after three quarters.
(Photo by Margo Miller)
Rolling Along: Swartz nets 46 to Lead Lady Paladin varsity girls basketball club past The Walker School on Senior Night
The Fellowship Christian School varsity girls basketball team posted its seventh straight victory with a 62-58 win over The Walker School in a Region game at Paladin Gym on Jan. 19.
Senior Cameron Swartz finished with 46 points as the Lady Paladins improved to 8-1 in Region contests and 9-6 overall with the Senior Night victory.
"It was a hard-fought game," head coach Troy Schulz said. "We came back to pull it out in the fourth quarter. It was another great night for Cameron from the floor. It was great to see our seniors earn a win and be recognized. "
FCS closed the game on a 15-9 run in the fourth quarter.
The game was tied 17-17 after the first quarter. Fellowship outscored Walker in the second quarter, 23-13, but the Lady Wolverines went on a 19-7 run in the third quarter to take a 49-47 lead after three.
Senior Caroline Keim added five points.
(Photos by Margo Miller)
Harrison Drains 6 Treys to Lead FCS Varsity basketball squad past Walker in OT
Jayce Harrison's confidence shooting the basketball continues to grow.
After a 71-68 overtime victory over The Walker School in a Region contest played at Paladin Gym on Jan. 19, the Fellowship Christian School freshman's belief in his ability to drain the shot may have reached a new high.
Harrison netted six 3-point baskets and finished with a team-high 26 points, including six points in OT, to lead the Paladins to the Region win on Senior Night.
"Earlier in the year he hesitated sometimes," head coach Roshown McLeod said. "He does not want to let his teammates down, so didn't always shoot as much as he should have. He's not the traditional point guard. We need him to score some points to win. He really has shown balance of knowing when to take the right shot, or make the right pass. He is shooting with a lot of confidence right now."
FCS (5-4 in Region contests and 9-9 overall) rallied from a 31-27 deficit at halftime to force overtime with a 13-9 run in the fourth quarter.
Senior Cody Frazer, who netted a team-best five points in the fourth period and added four more in OT, scored 17 points for Fellowship, which trailed 52-48 after the third quarter.
Senior Casey Barham's layup gave FCS a 61-59 lead with 2:36 to play in regulation before Walker forced the extra session with points with 33.6 seconds to play. FCS junior Noah Dryden tied the game at 59-59 with a bucket at 3:07.
In overtime, Harrison answered a Wolverine three with a 3-pointer of his own in the opening seconds. Frazer and a Walker player traded a pair of free throws before the Wolverines pulled ahead 68-66 with two more free throws.
But the hot-shooting Harrison gave FCS the lead for good on a trey with 25.2 seconds to play. Frazer sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 6.1 seconds left.
McLeod's team showed more and more confidence as the game went on.
"Today's game is more and more about 1-on-1s," McLeod said. "We pick our spots for 1-on-1plays though. We want to show balance off swing plays and rotations. We want to force their defense to set up first. We did that well [in overtime and the second half] tonight."
Dryden finished with eight points for FCS. His layup with 3:41 left in the third quarter pulled the Paladins to within a point (41-40), and senior teammate Teddy Keim gave Fellowship the lead at 42-41 at 2:57. Both clubs finished with 21 points in the third (Harrison had nine of those points), but the Wolverines held a four-point cushion.
Keim's bucket tied the game at 16-16 with 19.4 seconds left in the opening quarter. Barham went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line with 2:44 left in the first half to give FCS a 27-25 lead, but Walker closed the half on a 6-0 run.
(Photos by Margo Miller)