This Week's FA Athletics

MS Basketball
Girls @ 4:00 PM
Boys @ 5:00 PM

Varsity Basketball @ Bulloch Academy
Girls @ 5:30 PM
Boys @ 7:00 PM

Wednesday @ 6:00 PM
Varsity Girls Soccer Scrimmage
@ Home vs. Camden County

Friday @ 6:00 PM
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Hope Christian
@ Home
FA Swimmers Compete at State Meet
Seven members of the FA Varsity Swim team and five members of the FA Middle School Swim team traveled to Georgia Tech this past weekend to compete in the GISA State Swim Meet for the 2021-2022 season. This was one of the largest State meets ever with 53 GISA schools and over 360 swimmers competing. Each of the FA swimmers attending had to secure an individual qualifying time in an event. Nine state records were broken at this event, three by an Olympic hopeful.

Our Varsity Girls Relay started off in the very first event with the girls 200-yard Medley Relay. With Ashley Prokop swimming back, Gillian Sullivan swimming breast, Cammie Pope swimming butterfly, and Caroline McGregor swimming freestyle, the girls secured a sixth-place finish, earning a ribbon and points for the team. 

For the first time ever, FA was able to enter a Middle School boys Medley Relay. This team, consisting of Case Mitchell swimming back, Johnny McQuade swimming breast, Jimmy McQuade swimming butterfly, and Clay Sproule swimming freestyle, gave it their all and slid into a top-ten finish.

Ashley Prokop had an amazing swim in the 200-yard Individual Medley Relay and eased into 6th place on her last lap earning an individual ribbon and points for the Varsity Girls Swim team. 

Spencer Sullivan earned a top-ten finish in the 500 Freestyle. Middle School swimmer Jimmy McQuade was a star. Jimmy took second place (out of 76 swimmers) in the Middle School boys 50 Freestyle, third place in the 100-yard freestyle, and third place in the 50-yard breaststroke. Jimmy medaled in each of these events and earned points for the Middle School Boys Team.

The Varsity Girls Freestyle Relay Team finished the night with an impressive 7th place finish. This relay consisted of Ashley Prokop, Cammie Pope, Ava Layne Hennessy, and Caroline McGregor. They all swam some of their fastest times and won a ribbon and points for the team.

We are very proud of 6th grader, Johnny McQuade who qualified in two individual events. Seventh graders Clay Sproule, Case Mitchell, and Ava Smith all qualified in two individual events, and eighth-grader Jimmy McQuade qualified in four individual events. 

Our Varsity Swim qualifiers were freshman Ava Layne Hennessy (qualifying in two individual events) and Caroline McGregor (qualifying in three individual events). Our sophomore qualifiers were Gillian Sullivan and Ashley Prokop (qualifying in an impressive four individual events). Our senior swimmers were Cammie Pope (qualifying in three individual events), Spencer Sullivan and Andrew Kaminer (both earned qualifying times in four individual events). 

It was a bittersweet event for our seniors, as Cammie, Spencer, and Andrew swam together for the past four years. The team will miss them next year, but we look forward to seeing the FA Swim Teams compete in the future.

Go Knights!

Coach Nikki Pope
Basketball Senior Night
Katelyn Sitz
Megan Trowbridge
TJ Jackson
Jacob O'Connor
Bryce Reilly
Varsity Boys Basketball
FA 44 - St. Andrew's 49

The two best teams faced off in Savannah, and it was definitely a battle. We led at halftime even though we had many turnovers. They missed shots they normally make, and we gave them several opportunities with our turnovers. Going in at the half with a 24-17 lead was not enough with this explosive team. Their guards are good enough to take over games if you don't score, and that is exactly what happened. Playing them on the road is difficult to say the least. If things play out, we will see them again in the region tournament finals. As of now, they are ranked third in the state, and we are fourth. We were led in scoring by Xavier Preston with 10, followed by Bryce Reilly with 9, Jacob O'Connor and William Jobe with 8, Vic Riden with 6, and Grant Moore with 3.  

FA 69 - Trinity Christian 51

Going into this region contest I saw it as a must-win for several reasons. We needed a win at home on Senior Night, we needed to play well going into the Region Tournament to gain momentum, and we needed to send a message to the ranking committee that we deserve a high state ranking to get a home game in the first round of the State Tournament. I believe we did all three. 

After a slow start in the first quarter, we were able to establish our inside presence with Vic Riden and William Jobe. Vic cleaned up the boards and was a monster around the basket. Not just his size but his ability to finish is what makes him a great post. William was able to heat up in the second and third quarters. He was getting bumped around a lot, and there were some no-calls on some of his shots. 

Bryce Reilly was on a mission in this game, and he proved why he is so valuable to this team. His defense, rebounding, assists, and overall toughness and effort make us so much better. 

Besides the first quarter, we played well and came away with a nice win. I am proud of our team and so thankful to coach our seniors Bryce Reilly, Jacob O'Connor, and TJ Jackson

We were led in scoring by William Jobe with 24 and 19 rebounds, followed by Vic Riden with 16 points, Bryce Reilly with 11, Jacob O'Connor with 6, Jordan Triplett with 5, Xavier Preston with 4, and TJ Jackson with 4.

Go Knights!

Coach Carl Nash
Varsity Girls Basketball
FA 45 - St. Andrew's 29

On Tuesday night, we traveled to St. Andrews. We knew going into the game it was going to be a fight. St. Andrews has a senior guard who can shoot and drive well. We opened up the game with our press. St. Andrew's was able to get a few easy baskets and led by two going into the second quarter. We kept attacking the basket and were able to get to the free-throw line. We did not let St. Andrew's score a field goal in the second quarter. We were able to hold our lead in the second half. I was really proud of the way the girls fought on Tuesday. St. Andrew's made a run, but we were able to stop them and continue to score. Tiana Jackson had 26 points and went to the free-throw line 8 times. 

FA 43 - Trinity 68

On Friday, we hosted Trinity for senior night. Trinity is a very good team and ranked fifth in the state. we played Trinity very close in the first quarter, only down by two points. We had a couple of mental lapses and turned the ball over in the second quarter. Trinity scored 18 out of 23 points off turnovers in the second quarter. Except for giving up transition points in the second quarter, the girls did a great job of scoring and playing hard. The past four games have been some of the best games the girls have played all season. It is encouraging as we go into the tournament that we are growing and continuing to get better!

Go Knights!

Coach Sarah Helder
MS Boys Basketball
Last Monday, we played Southside, and we lost 51-47. Campbell and Wells Williams were the leading scorers with 11 points each.

On Saturday, we played Crossroads at home, and we won 47-18. Our leading scorer this game was Jaylen Baldwin with 10 points and Connor Pope with 6 points.

Go Knights!

Coach Dom Clinch
MS Girls Basketball
The Lady Knights just couldn't get their game together against Southside. From the tip-off, the Knights missed five easy baskets, and the woes continued with missed opportunities. In the second half, the defense was stingy enough to win, but the offense could not buy a bucket. The final score was 14-18.

The Lady Knights got back to our winning ways with a 38-12 win over Crossroads on Saturday. Elizabeth Temple had a solid game under the boards pulling down rebounds and getting points off the glass. Clare Reid was solid under the rim with long-arm defense. Gracelyn Grantham contributed good minutes handling the ball. Eliza Veal continues to improve her mid-range shot and ball handling. Kate Walker rounds off the good play from our 6th-grade trio of hoopsters who contributed to a good team win.

Go Knights!

Coach Steve Mendez
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