A Message from the Head of School
I asked Carl Nash, FA Athletic Director and regular author of this weekly athletic newsletter, for the privilege to write today’s introductory message.

On Saturday night, I attended the 2021 FA Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and found it to be one of the most powerful, feel-good events in my tenure at the school.
I am not quite sure whether it was the air of overwhelming gratitude and humility that permeated the ballroom that night… or if it was the unique assemblage of present and former student/athletes, their coaches, their parents, and their friends… or if it was the plethora of both sweet and humorous memories shared alongside the instructive and revealing stories behind the stories. Perhaps it was the recurrent twofold message that connected each honoree’s acceptance remarks: 1) that there is no short cut or easy route to achieving excellence; and 2) that no one travels very far down the pathway to becoming their best self without the abundant assistance and support of network of teammates, coaches, family and friends. It might have simply been the dozen or so times within the span of the evening when everyone in the room ... whether you personally knew the storyteller and/or the one whose story was being told … was laughing so hard … often almost to the point of tears.
It probably doesn’t even matter to dissect after the fact why the event was so powerful, so moving for me, or what contributed most to the overall impression of the night; it simply was; and, truth be told, it was so emblematic of the positive emotions and the affirming and uplifting culture that has…at some level…been a part of Frederica Academy for over half a century. That truly was a night to remember.
The nuts and bolts of the event were straightforward. Coach Nash welcomed everyone. Bonney Shuman, mother of an inductee, former FA Board Chair, and longtime, diehard supporter of FA athletics led the invocation. Jeff Seymour ‘87, past parent, FA Sports Hall of Fame Committee Chair and himself a Hall of Fame member, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Four individual student/athletes, two teams, and one coach were inducted that night, and each inductee was introduced by a person of their choosing and then each inductee shared a few words themselves.
The four students inducted were Claire Angelich ’13, Sam Heery ’12, Dru Love ’12, and Mary Ellen Shuman ’13. The two teams honored were the 2012 volleyball team and the 2012 football team, each team winning the first state championship for FA in those respective sports. The coach honored was Tom Willis ‘86, who still teaches and coaches at the school and received a standing ovation upon his introduction. Please click here to see the individual profiles and accolades of each and every one of these well-deserved honorees. In total now, there are 33 individuals and 16 teams in the FA Sports Hall of Fame, and their pictures and profiles are proudly displayed in the lobby of the gym.
I felt extremely fortunate to be able to attend this event, as much of what I am most proud of about my association with FA was on full display that evening. Talented, appreciative, and delightfully mature student/athletes who represent the best of that era at FA; the full network of family, coaches, teammates, and friends who were genuinely delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of others; a joyful and happy tone set by everyone present, and a very well planned and staged event that reflected the school’s respect for the importance of these award winners and this celebration.
There are times when life slows down enough to a pace where I can truly enjoy and fully appreciate an extended, sublime moment in my life here at his school; Saturday night was one such glorious time.

Go Knights!
Scott L. Hutchinson
Head of School
This Week's FA Athletics
Friday Night Varsity Football Game
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FA Gym Closed
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Wednesday @ 5:00 PM
MS Volleyball @ Glynn Middle

Thursday @ 4:00 PM
Middle School Tennis
vs. St. Mary's Middle School
@ Camden County

Varsity Cross Country
@ Wayne County
Boys @ 4:30 PM
Girls @ 5:00 PM

Thursday @ 5:00 PM
Middle School Cross Country
@ College of Coastal Georgia

Friday (All Day)
Schoolwide Spirit Day

Friday @ 7:10 PM
Football Senior Night (6 Seniors)

Friday @ 7:30 PM
Varsity Football @ Home
vs. Bulloch Academy

Friday @ Football Game Halftime
Cheerleader Senior Night (14 Seniors)
Cross Country Senior Night (10 Seniors)
Volunteers Needed - FRIDAY
School-Wide Spirit Day - FRIDAY
Friday Night Student Section Theme
Pre-Game Tailgate - FRIDAY
FA Senior Class Families
invite you to a Pre-Game Tailgate.

All members of the FAmily are welcome!

Beachview Tent next to FA Baseball Field

Dear Senior Parents,

On Friday, October 15, Frederica Academy will honor senior cheer, cross country, and football players for the 2021-2022 school year. The football players, along with their parents, will be presented before the game, while the cheerleaders and cross country runners will be honored during halftime. Senior Knight is a wonderful Frederica tradition that pays respect to the hard work, dedication, and years of service that our students, and their parents, have given to FA. Senior Knight honors and acknowledges the commitment made by our students to be student-athletes and leaders, both on and off the field.

In honor of this senior class and with Friday Knight Lights pre-game spirit tailgates scheduled, the senior class parents are signed up to sponsor the Senior Knight tailgate. What a great way for everyone to be able to participate, show support for the Class of 2022, and represent your senior student. 

When thinking of what to do for the tailgate, we thought we would keep it super easy and make it all about "your senior". No set food theme or food plan other than for everyone to bring one of your senior's favorite tailgate foods. No rules, except to have your item at school by 5:30 p.m. If you need to bring it earlier or need help with getting it there, please let us know. We will be making a label and attaching a photo of your senior to place with each food item. 

For us to be able to do this, please send us an email to let us know what you are bringing along with your senior's name by Thursday, October 14. Here's an example: "tater tots, Josie Brock, accompanied with ketchup bottles, or individual packets and a serving spoon."

In honor of the Class of 2022 and their families, the Booster Club will be providing desserts for the evening's tailgate. They wanted to show their appreciation and love for these dedicated students and this special class by making dessert for Senior Knight. The Booster Club will also provide coolers of water and paper goods. The tailgate will end around 7:10 p.m.

If for some reason you are unable to participate, please let us know as soon as possible. We are thankful for the opportunity to have an event that every senior family has the opportunity to be a part of and also allows the class to showcase some individuality. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone Friday, if not before, and please don’t forget to text or email us to let us know what you will be bringing to the Senior Knight Tailgate.

Thanks for your support,

Detra Brock and Meredith Reilly
Josie & Bryce's moms

Detra Brock: (912) 242-2130,

Meredith Reilly: (912) 996-2763
Varsity Cross Country
The Varsity Cross Country teams raced at Brunswick High's meet at the College of Coastal Georgia last week. Grant Offner was our top finisher on the boy's side. He placed 9th overall. The boys placed 4th as a team. Kaitlyn Sunderhaus was our top girl's finisher. She placed 4th overall. Ellie Runyan also had a top 10 finish placing 5th. The girls also placed 4th as a team. We have one more race this week before our Region meet next week. I'm looking forward to a strong week going into Region.

Go Knights!

Coach Christy Bumgartner
Varsity Football
Varsity Volleyball
The Lady Knights Volleyball Team had matches last Tuesday versus Ware County and Brunswick High. The girls started off strong against Ware County winning both sets 25-14, 25-12. Immediately following was a thrilling game against Brunswick High School in which we took the match into 3 sets. The Knights fell in the first set 18-25, winning the second set 25-23 and falling in the third set 11-15. Even though it didn’t end like we planned it, the girls played a great game! 

The Lady Knights competed in the State Tournament this weekend playing Valwood in the first round. Although the night didn’t turn out as we planned, the girls had an amazing season and really grew as individuals and a team this year. 

Congrats to Ali Brown-Winans, Ryann Hankey and Grayson Caine for making the 2021 All-Region Team.

Go Knights!

Coach Brittany Griffin
Middle School Cross Country
Middle School Cross Country had their 4th meet on Thursday at Blythe Island. The team competed against Glynn Middle and Jane Macon, amongst others. FA was led in the 5k race by Luke Smith and Hudson Carter who finished 22nd and 27th overall, respectively. John Quincy Evans, Connor Floyd, and Jack Hoover rounded out the Knights' top 5 runners. In the girls' race, Lyla Partin and Isabella Speight finished 17th and 29th overall, respectively. Middle School Cross Country's next race is October 14 at Coastal College of Georgia.

Go Knights!

Coach James Oberlies
Middle School Football
The Knights capped off their undefeated season beating St. Andrews 41-0. Fuller Wimberly, James Barger, Wyatt Partin, Braxton Sykes, Grant Moore and Colt Howes each had touchdowns in the game. Jaylen Baldwin had an interception as well.

Go Knights!

Coach Ryan Lawless
Middle School Tennis
The FA Middle School Tennis team lost 1 to 4 against St. Francis at the College of Coastal Georgia courts. The St. Francis team turned out to be a very similar team to FA from top to bottom. Kelly Offner played a great singles match, winning the lone singles point. The FA doubles teams, unfortunately, lost three of the very competitive doubles matches. Overall, the team had a solid effort but couldn't quite win the close ones. It was a great day at the courts; all 17 players on the Middle School team had playing time against St. Francis. Unfortunately, last Wednesday's scheduled match against Glynn Middle was rained out. The Middle School Tennis team resumes match play on Thursday against St. Marys Middle in Camden at 4:00 p.m.

Go Knights!

Coach Brian Wyrick
Middle School Volleyball
On Monday we competed against Jane Macon Middle School. We had a back-and-forth rally, point for point in the first game with some great serving and good placement passes. We only lost by a few points with a score of 25 to 21. In the second game we played great defense and serve receive. The girls played extremely hard and won 25 to 23. We lost the tie breaker game by two points. The girls motivation and excitement to win is so much fun to watch from the sidelines.

Go Knights!

Coach Erin Madray
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