A Message from the Athletic Director
At the conclusion of this basketball season, I called my team together and told them I was retiring from coaching varsity basketball. Not an easy thing to do, but for me, and I believe for this program, it was time for me to step down. After coaching forty years in the professional, international, college and now in the high school ranks, I wanted my team to know how much they meant to me for being a part of my last team.
We had just lost in the Final Eight of the State GISA tournament a few nights before that meeting with the players, and I was talking with one of my assistant coaches about being ready to let it go. It really hit me when my sister and brother contacted me that night to say that my mom and dad would have been proud of me. That's when the terrific memories came into my head of all of my teammates, coaches, coaches I had worked for, my assistant coaches, the outstanding games over the years but mainly all the amazing players that I have had the opportunity to coach. That includes all my players and coaches at Frederica Academy.
I am truly blessed that I did something I loved for my entire professional life. Frederica Academy is the final stop in many stops of my career, but I can honestly say I have loved every minute of being your head boys basketball coach. There are always ups and downs in a coaching career, but because of this wonderful institution I was given a chance to have a home and to continue my life's work on the basketball court. I want to thank everyone who had a part of my FA coaching career from the administration, faculty, students, assistant coaches who put up with me on the bench and practices, as well as all those who took time out of their busy schedule to work the table for the music, clock, and scorebook. I can't begin to thank our Booster Club leadership and volunteers enough for their dedication not just to basketball but to all of our sports. Most of all I want to thank all the players who have played for me as Frederica Knights. I am grateful and in your debt to have had the chance to be in your lives. I have developed so many friendships because of basketball in my life and to all of you I say thank you.
Now for the rest of the story. In discussions with Scott Hutchinson, he graciously agreed to let me stay on as the school’s Athletic Director. This dedicated role will allow me to spend more time working with all of our coaches and athletic programs instead of spending six months mostly consumed with basketball. I hope to put more energy into all of the athletic opportunities for our Middle School and Upper School student athletes. The future looks bright for our athletic department, and I am very grateful to be a part of it. 
With my retirement, we needed to hire a new boys basketball coach. We didn't have to search long. I am pleased to announce that Ed Wilson will rejoin our coaching staff. Coach Wilson preceded me as the school’s Athletic Director and boys basketball coach. His success on the basketball court is un-matched at FA. He led the school to back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012. Earlier this month, he helped Lake Oconee Academy win its first GHSA State Girls Basketball Championship. Coach Wilson is absolutely among the elite high school basketball coaches in the state of Georgia. I look forward to working with him as he takes over the reins of our boys basketball program. Please join me in welcoming Coach Wilson and his family back to the Golden Isles.
I will release the names of our other new outstanding coaches soon when everything is finalized. I look forward to working with all of them and for our student athletes benefitting from their knowledge and leadership.  
Again thank you to all.

Go Knights!

Coach Carl Nash
Frederica Academy visited Statesboro for a match on Monday, March 28.

Frederica won the Girls match 3-2, 
#1 Kate Walbridge won 6-0, 6-1
#2 Ali Brown-Winans won 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
#3 Lily Najawicz won by forfeit 
#1 Mavry Driggers and Emily Wyrick lost 6-1, 6-3
#2 Maggie Kaselak and Oleta Kate Mitchell lost 6-2, 6-2
Frederica won the boys match 3-2 against Bulloch
#1 Adam Elsharkawi won 7-6, 6-3
#2 Whitmarsh Tennant lost 6-3, 7-5
#1 Grant Offner and Jaxson Grotz won 6-3, 6-3
#2 Andrew Kaminer and Roy Boyd won 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
It was the great escape from Bulloch to get these wins. We were missing starting players on our Girls and Boys teams. The boys match was especially close; it came down to our second doubles team of Kaminer and Boyd. They were down 3-4 in the third set and came back to win 6-4 to clinch the match. We had solid play from our girls singles, which kept our girls team rolling through the conference. Both the Boys and Girls teams improved to 3-0.

Frederica Academy hosted Trinity Christian for a match on Tuesday, March 29.

Frederica won the Girls match 3-2, 
#1 Merrill Been won 6-0, 6-1
#2 Kate Walbridge won 6-2 6-4
#3 Mavry Driggers won 6-2, 6-0
#1 Maggie Kaselak and Oleta Kate Mitchell lost 6-1, 6-1
#2 Lily Najawicz and Emily Wyrick lost 6-3, 7-5
Frederica won the boys match 3-2 against Trinity Christian.
#1 Adam Elsharkawi won 6-0, 6-0
#2 Whitmarsh Tennant won 6-1, 6-0
#3 Double Forfeit
#1 Grant Offner and Jaxson Grotz won 6-1, 6-1
#2 Andrew Kaminer and Trey Walbridge won 6-0, 6-0
This was a great match for us. With the wins, it clinched the Region Championship for both the Boys and Girls Teams! We fought hard in both matches and played solid tennis when it counted! We are excited to have clinched a #1 seed in the GISA Team Tennis Tournament on April 27, and I look forward to our Region Individual Tournament on April 11, at the College of Coastal Georgia.

Go Knights!

Coach Brian Wyrick
Middle School + Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team won the series against Bulloch Academy, going 2-1. (W 14-3, L 4-3, W 9-8).

Ashton Frankel was on fire collecting several multi hit games while hitting 2 homeruns. Sutton Ellis added to his power numbers with a homerun of his own. John Abbott Havens, Hayes Carter, and Harry Driggers were very good on the mound during the Bulloch series. John Abbott was particularly impressive throwing a complete game against Bulloch on Monday. 

Colt Howes and Hayes Carter have begun to heat up at the plate collecting several hits a piece during the series. Sam Norris continues to add to his already impressive on-base percentage. 

Our Middle School team played at Robert Toombs to close out their season on Wednesday with a loss.
Varsity Girls Soccer
FA 2  |  Trinity 1
FA 9  |  Robert Toombs 0
FA 9 | Robert Toombs 1

We won all three of our region matches this week against very different opponents. I was very happy with how our girls responded away at Trinity to keep us on track with the goals the team set in the beginning of the season. I look forward to finishing out our region play after the break. 

Go Knights!

Coach Gabe Gabriel
Varsity Boys Soccer
FA 1 | Trinity 3
After a hard fought battle on Friday versus Trinity, the FA Boys Soccer team tried to get a second victory on Monday. Unfortunately, Trinity’s narrow and short field did not work in our favor. Trinity was able to get 3 quick goals in the first 20 minutes of the game. In the second half, we were able to find the back of the net (David Beimler) and began to regain our composure but just couldn’t finish some of the other opportunities we created.

FA 10 | Robert Toombs 0
We were able to find the back of the net against Robert Toombs. The goals were plentiful and by various players. It was nice to be able to get quality minutes for the boys that were healthy enough to play. Goals: Charlie Runyan 1, Jacob O’Connor 2, Josh Manning 2, Max Byrd 3, Smith Veal 1, Blake Holloway 1

FA 8 | Robert Toombs 0
Wearing the girls' pink warm-ups, we were able to string together 8 goals. 
Goals: Bryce Reilly 3, Jacob Leonard 3, Daniel McHugh 1, Max Byrd 1

Go Knights!

Coach Danielle Sunderhaus 
Middle School Golf
The FA Middle School Golf Team won its second match of the year by 34 shots with a score of 160-194 versus Savannah Christian and 203 versus Coastal Academy. The match was played at the Southbridge course in Savannah. The low medalist of the day was Campbell Williams with a 37. Individual FA scores were as follows: 

Campbell Williams 37
Thomas Sams 40
Hudson Jones 41
Lance Reid 42
Jayden Roberts 42

Coach's Comments: We had some positive signs, but overall we were a little disappointed by not improving on our scores from the previous match. Campbell was solid as usual. He had one slip up with a double bogey late, but a birdie and pars on the rest was good enough to win the medalist honors. Campbell manages his game well and has a beautiful swing. He is going to be strong for us in the future. Thomas Sams had a rough start with a couple of bogeys but got it back to one over with a birdie on the 5th. Unfortunately, a big number on the par five 7th cost him a round in the 30s. He has potential to go low; he just has to put it all together. Hudson, Lance, and Jayden all struggled on the par 5 9th. If we could have just parred that hole, it would have been a good day for the team, but we all seemed to struggle with it. Hanging in there and finishing our round needs to be a focus of ours going forward. We have several big matches after we come back from spring break, so hopefully we can right the ship after a nice vacation.
Middle School Track
The FA Middle School track team competed against the Glynn County Middle Schools at Brunswick High School on Wednesday, March 30. We had nine student-athletes compete in various events to include the 1600m, 400m, and 100m. Maggie Dorminy placed third overall in the 1600m. Jacob Gordon had a strong showing in the boys 100m. 

We look forward to improvement and running additional meets.

Go Knights!

Coach Nick Sunderhaus
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