A Message from the Athletic Director
It is with mixed emotions and certainly much gratitude that I write to announce that Sarah Helder, our varsity girls basketball coach, will be leaving us after this school year to spend more time with her three sons and husband and to pursue new professional interests outside of teaching and coaching.

Coach Helder has been an inspiration to her players, her assistants, her fellow coaches in the department, and the many families she has been associated with over the past decade. Her hard work and dedication are evident in the teams she has coached and the success of her girls. Several of her players have gone on to play college basketball because of her tutelage, and all of her former and current players think a great deal of her. She couldn't have been a better colleague to the faculty and coaching staff. On a personal note, I will miss seeing Coach Helder on the bench and having our insightful and funny conversations about basketball during our long bus rides home from road games. She will indeed be missed by all of us at Frederica Academy. We wish her well and look forward to seeing her in the stands cheering on the Lady Knights in the years ahead!

Coach Helder shared the following message about her last nine years of teaching and coaching at Frederica Academy:

Nine years ago my husband and I moved to Saint Simons Island. I grew up here, and we knew we wanted to settle down on Saint Simons permanently. I took over the Varsity Girls Basketball program in 2013. Over the last nine years, we have won a handful of basketball games, beaten top girls basketball schools, went to state seven out of nine years, and achieved many other accomplishments. Above all the accomplishments, the biggest one that stands out is the character and work ethic of the past nine teams. Every season each team worked on and off the court to become better players, teammates, students, and friends. I could not be more proud of the integrity the girls portrayed over the past years. I have loved every minute of being the Varsity Girls Basketball coach at Frederica Academy, but it is time for me to step down and spend time with my family. Since starting at FA, we have had three children. I am looking forward to spending more time at home. I appreciate everything Frederica Academy has done for me and my family. Thank you so much for your love, support, and encouragement over the years. I could not have asked for a better nine years in teaching and coaching. Although it will look different watching from the stands versus on the bench, I am excited to see the continual growth of the basketball program.
James Oberlies will replace Coach Helder as our new varsity girls basketball coach. Coach Oberlies has been teaching business in our Upper School and serving as the academic advisor in the Nash Academic Center since last August.

Coach Oberlies served as an assistant on the boys team this past season, and I could tell he has great knowledge and passion for the game. After his interview with the varsity players and me, it was clear he was the right choice for our team.

Coach Oberlies had the following to say regarding his appointment:

It's a great honor to be the Varsity Girls Head Basketball Coach. It's my goal to build upon the strong foundation that is already here and continue our school's tradition of excellence in athletics. Our girls team members who are returning next year have tremendous talent and the determination to be better athletes. There is no replacing coach Sarah Helder. She built our school's girls basketball program that competes year in and year out for the best team in the region. We will represent FA with pride on and off the court, excelling in academics and being valuable members of the community. I am eager to get started.

Prior to coming to Frederica Academy, Coach Oberlies led the Junior Varsity and Freshman basketball teams at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, where he also taught in the school's business department. He lettered four years in basketball and served as team captain for two years at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. He lives on Saint Simons with his wife, Lore, and their one-year-old daughter, Callahan.

Go Knights!

Coach Carl Nash
Athletic Director
This Week's FA Athletics

Varsity Tennis Region Tournament (Individuals)
Region Tournament Titles in Girls Singles, Boys Singles, and Boys Doubles
Merrill Been and Adam Elsharkawi: Region Singles Champions
Kate Walbridge: Singles Runner-up
Ali Brown-Winans: Singles 4th Place
Jax Grotz and Grant Offner: Region Doubles Champions
Andrew Kaminer and Trey Walbridge: Region Doubles Runner-up

Varsity Baseball vs. Trinity Christian
L, 5-2

Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Westfield
W, 2-1

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
Varsity Golf
Region Tournament
Forrest Heights Country Club

Tuesday @ 5:00 PM
Varsity Boys Soccer
@ First Presbyterian
Dismissal @ 1:30 PM

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
Varsity Region Track Meet
Georgia Southern University
(All Day Event)

Thursday @ 3:00 PM + 6:00 PM
Varsity Baseball Doubleheader
@ Trinity Christian

Varsity Golf
Palmetto Golf Championship
Pawley's Island, South Carolina

Varsity Soccer @ Bulloch
Girls @ 5:00 PM
Boys @ 7:00 PM
2022-2023 GIAA PPE Screening Forms
FA PPE Night: April 27, 2022
All 5th through 12th-grade students need to have a Pre-participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) for each new school year. This is required due to the rigorous activity expected by our physical education, athletic, and field trip programs.
As a school service, the FA Athletic Department and Southeast Georgia Health System conduct on-campus PPE's for current students in grades 5 through 11 during the month of April each year. Once complete, each student will be covered to participate in school and sports for the entire upcoming school year. We are very fortunate to have community volunteers provide this service for a $10.00 donation to the Booster Club.
FA Bracket Challenge Winner
Congratulations, Wyatt Whitlow!
FA 2022 NCAA Basketball Bracket Winner
State Playoff / Tournament Dates
April 19-20
Varsity Tennis
Individuals (Macon)

April 21-23
Varsity Track
Strong Rock Christian School

April 25
Varsity Golf

April 25-26
Varsity Soccer
@ Higher Seeds

April 25-26
Varsity Baseball
(Round 1)

April 26-27
Varsity Tennis
Teams (Macon)
FA Online Spirit Wear Stores
FA Athletic Schedules
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