This Week's FA Athletics

Tuesday + Wednesday
Varsity Tennis
Individuals (Macon)

Varsity Soccer
@ St. Andrew's (Savannah)
Girls @ 5:00 PM
Boys @ 7:00 PM

Tuesday - CANCELED
Varsity Baseball

Wednesday @ 6:00 PM
Varsity Baseball @ Home
vs. Citizens Christian
SENIOR NIGHT (Ceremony Begins at 5:40 PM)

Thursday - Saturday
Varsity Track
Strong Rock Christian School

Varsity Soccer @ Home
vs. Brookwood
Girls @ 5:00 PM
Boys @ 7:00 PM
  • Golf Seniors (4:45 PM)
  • Tennis Seniors (4:45 PM)
  • Soccer Seniors (6:45 PM)

Varsity Golf
State Tournament Practice Round
Harbor Club (Lake Oconee)
PPE Night (Grades 4-11)

All students in Grade 5-12 need to have a Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) each 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 will conduct an on-campus PPE night for current students in Grades 4 through 11 on Wednesday, April 27, for the 2022-2023 school year. Once complete, each student will be covered to participate in school and sports for the entire school year.

We are very fortunate to have community volunteers provide this service for a $10 donation to the FA Booster Club.

Arrival Instructions:
Families and students should park in the Corn Hall (Upper School) parking lot and walk up the path to the entrance to the Gym across from Hamilton Hall.
Varsity Baseball
The Varsity Baseball team was swept last week by Trinity Christian of Dublin by the scores of 5-2, 14-2, and 14-5.

Hayes Carter threw very well during the week. Ashton Frankel continued his hot streak with multiple hits in each game. 

The Knights close their regular season on Wednesday night with a game against Citizens Christian. We will honor our seniors before the game.

Go Knights!

Coach Tim Orlosky
Varsity Girls Soccer
W 1-1, PKs 4-3 @ Westfield
W 2-1 @ Bulloch Academy

We won both of our region matches last week away at Westfield and Bulloch Academy. The team showed great resilience to win both matches, and I hope we can continue to improve on our performances against St. Andrew's and The Brookwood School this week.

Go Knights!

Coach Gabe Gabriel
Varsity Boys Soccer
FA 4 - FPCA 1

We had another strong showing this week for the Varsity Boys Soccer team. On Tuesday, we played at FPCA, and we were able to pull off a victory. We were able to maintain possession of the ball for over 95% of the game and put four goals in the back of the net. Jacob Leonard, who has been a dominant scoring force this season, had a goal. David Garcia, Bryce Reilly, and Daniel McHugh scored goals as well.

FA 10 - Bulloch 0

While in Statesboro on Thursday playing Bulloch Academy, we were able to get quality playing time for the entire team. It was good to see Amauri Mountain, Noah Falken, Smith Veal, and David Beimler take on the Bulloch defenders. Xavier Preston was also able to come out of the goal and get some minutes on the field as well. Max Byrd pulled off a hat trick, with 3 goals. We also saw great goals out of Charlie Runyan (1 goal), David Garcia (2 goals), Jacob Leonard (2 goals), Alejandro Santini (1 goal), and Blake Holloway (1 goal).

Go Knights!

Coach Danielle Sunderhaus
Varsity Track
The FA Varsity Track team dominated in Statesboro on Wednesday at the GISA Regional Qualifiers. Kaitlyn Sunderhaus finished first in the 1600 M with a time of 6:08.91. Maggie Dorminy got second in the 1600 M with a time of 6:21.68. Thomas Jackson finished second in the 800 M with a time of 2:14.01, barely missing first by half a step. We look great as we head into the State Meet on April 21 and 23. This was not a bad showing for our first meet of the season. We finished fourth overall out of five teams, not bad considering we only had three kids at the meet, and all of the other teams had at least 15 kids on their team.

Go Knights!

Coach Nick Sunderhaus
Varsity Golf
FA Knights Varsity Golf Takes Home Region Title

While recent rainouts have canceled matches and opportunities for the Frederica Academy Knights Golf team to play, the weather finally cooperated for the Knights. Clear, blue skies and eighty-degree weather couldn’t dampen their kindred spirits, as they took home the title of Region Champs.

The Knights took a team of five that included Jackson Byrd, Jack Roberts, Aarnav Nath, Roy Boyd, and Ramie Shingler to Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro. Also attending as individuals for Frederica were Travis Cavalier, Campbell Williams, Robert Stephens, and Parker Jules.  

Leading the charge early on for the Knights was Roy Boyd and Jack Roberts whom both made the turn at 3-under. However, Roy’s front nine was a lot less stressful than Jack's. Nonetheless, they matched scores as they headed to the back.

Boyd’s opening tee shot hit the trunk of a tree and ricocheted into the fairway. That break was all he needed as that ten seconds of stress was quickly wiped clean with a great par at the first. From there, Roy was able to work his way around the front nine, giving himself plenty of birdie opportunities. Despite his spectacular start, Boyd added that he left a few out there too. His demeanor on the front was very relaxed and calm. He was in good spirits and was having fun. You could easily see the joy in his face. Roberts, on the other hand, started off par, bogey, bogey, and was quickly 2-over after three holes. However, he hung tough and was able to go birdie, par, birdie, eagle, par, birdie to gain back his dropped shots early in his round. 

Jackson Byrd started off his round with a bomb off the tee to about 50 yards short of the green, and then he stuck his wedge to about a foot for a tap in birdie to get him started in the right direction. He’s such a dynamic player. His length and wedge game is a strength that allows him to go low at any point. The freshman’s front nine after that point was nothing he was happy with. You could see it in his face after a missed birdie opportunity on 9 left him making the turn at even par. 

Rounding out the team portion of the competition were Aarnav Nath and Ramie Shingler.  Aarnav struggled early in his round and was quick to 5-over after four holes. He had a couple of loose shots. However, he was able to hang in there and steady the ship, making the turn exactly where he was after four holes. Ramie had the things rolling early in his round. His early-round walk of confidence had him at 1-under through his first seven holes. However, a triple on eight and a bogey at nine had him making the turn at 3-over.

I felt very good about how things were going halfway through the match. However, after each of the players finished the difficult par 3 15th, the feeling was beginning to slip. It's not that I felt like we weren't going to win because I felt very confident that we would win the Region. We have a lot of talent on this team with some elite golfers. These kids are searching for that one time where they all click and go low and set a new FA scoring record. I think it's something they all want to achieve prior to Boyd graduating. 

Hopes of setting a school record quickly passed on holes 10-15. As each of the players passed me on hole 15, Shingler was at +6, Boyd was at +1, Nath was at +4, Roberts was at -1, and Byrd was at +2. 

Jack Roberts commented, "The back nine was more difficult than the front. I made too many bogeys on my inward 9." However, the group consensus was that they all struck the ball well but just didn't capitalize. Boyd had a triple on 12, Roberts had a string of bogeys, Byrd had a double on 15, so the mojo that was high on the front nine was fading, and fading quickly. However, there was a spark that happened. Aarnav's birdie on 15, which got him to +4, showed the kind of resilience that he has...but also what the team has. From that point, things seemed to settle down for the Knights. After Jack Roberts three-putted 17 for bogey to drop to even par, he reached the green in two on 18, and missed his eagle putt for a tap in birdie to finish at -1. And Byrd, after struggling all day, from what he is accustomed to, finished -3 on his last three holes after dropping a 60-foot eagle putt on 18 to match Roberts at -1. Resiliency and a never quit attitude are what this team has and it showed.

After it was all said and done, the FA Knights finished with a 291 score, besting Region runner up, Bulloch Academy who had a score of 317. Pinewood Christian and Trinity Christian each had scores of 337 and 367, respectively.  

In addition to the Region Championship trophy, Jackson Byrd, Jack Roberts, Roy Boyd, and Aarnav Nath all earned All-Region Honors. Coach Roberts earned Region Coach of the Year.  

The Knights' four individuals saw a lot of good quality shots throughout the day as well. Travis Cavalier and Campbell Williams both played in the same pairing today. Both had spurts of some good golf. Williams started his round at +2 through three but fought back and made the turn at +1. Campbell doubled the 10th, but hung in there and finished at 6-over, 78. I love this kid's grit. He's a seasoned tournament player; he works hard and is determined to do well. He’s focused when he plays, and it showed at this tournament. Travis Cavalier played well in spurts as well. He struck the ball decently throughout the day, making the turn at +4. However, his back nine was nothing he was happy with, and he ended up finishing at 9-over, 81. Robert Stephens played well and was happy with his 85. He understood there were some areas he could've done better but seemed content. And rounding out FA's individuals was Parker Jules, who didn't have her best stuff but stuck it out. She's got a whole lot of talent, and when it clicks she is very impressive.

I am extremely proud of this group and look forward to our attempt at being competitive in trying to win a State Championship. The Knights travel to Greensboro, Georgia to play in the State Championship at the Harbor Club at Lake Oconee on Monday, April 25.
Varsity Palmetto Golf Championship

All Players represented FA with pride and carried themselves well the entire tournament. Our talented freshmen duo of Jack Roberts and Jackson Byrd played solid, but both would admit some frustration in their abilities to score in both their rounds. Jack had it low in round one to -4 but squandered that and finished +1. In his even-par second round, he battled and grinded as he had many putts not fall. Jackson could never really get the putts to drop and hovered around even par most of the day before carding his -1. All in all, his second round was fairly similar. Aarnav Nath started rough and then steadied the ship prior to tripling his last hole and then signed for an incorrect score, and his score was DQ'd from counting. This did hurt us to some extent, but the lesson learned is far greater at this point in any of our lives. Roy Boyd played consistently on both days. His driver seemed to be the club that let him down throughout the tournament. Roy's a grinder and did well fighting through his rounds despite not having his best stuff off the tee. Everybody always comments about how his demeanor and manners leave such an impression and it compliments his game quite well. Ramie Shingler had a great tournament. His second-round 74 was something special as he was -2 through 8 holes of his round. I'm so proud of Ramie. 

Our third round, prior to the cancellation, had Jack at even par after 13 holes. He battled back from a triple bogey and bogey on holes 2-3, sitting at +4 through three holes. He was able to go four-under in his next ten holes including three birdies in a row on holes eight through ten. Byrd was -1 prior to cancellation. He was in control and felt confident that he had a couple of birdie holes in front of him. Aarnav, at even par, showed steady all day long. After parring hole 4, which included a shot where his two feet were in the water, he stayed around even par the entire day. He was in complete control. Unfortunately, Roy and Ramie struggled in their last round but were under the weather too. Being sick and trying to walk a course, hit the shots, and stay mentally strong is not easy. I was proud of them for giving it their all. It would have been nice to see how the boys would have finished, but since the tournament was called before completion they reverted back to our second-round finish. So third place is respectful, and I'm proud of the team for their efforts.  

Team B did well. During qualifying rounds, we anxiously awaited to see if they would make it into the Championship Flight and didn't miss by all that many strokes. I was proud of their efforts. In talking with each one at the end of their rounds, it was clear that each of them had left some shots out there. I can remember talking to Travis Cavalier saying that his best shot was a flushed 6 iron on a par 3. I can't recall the exact hole...but he hit it so well that it airmailed the green. Campbell Williams put up an impressive first-round score, showing everyone that he is not too far from the big stage and ready for Varsity play. He also had an impressive round going on the last day. He was even par with one hole to play. That's impressive. Travis played very well but had several big holes over the course of his 3 rounds. His positive attitude after the round always amazes me and keeps us all light-hearted about the overall big picture. Parker Jules played the same tees as all the boys in the tournament and had a very respectful 81 on day one beating many of the 174 golfers in the tournament. She struggled a bit on the second day, but perhaps her highlight was the hole-in-one she had on day three. Way to go Parker! That's good stuff. Lance Reid and Thomas Sams made their Varsity debuts this past weekend and did well. Lance had a great second round and also had a great third round. Thomas struggled the first two days, but was able to bounce back and had a fantastic third round...only to have it wiped clean when they canceled it. His front nine was impressive making the turn under par. The wheels came off a bit on the back, but nonetheless, a great round and a great way to finish off the tournament. 

All in all, it was a very fun trip with the team. I felt like we had time to bond and share experiences that they will remember for a lifetime. A special thank you to all the parents who donated food and water, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Reid, Mrs. Shingler, Mrs. Boyd, and Mrs. Byrd all had a big hand in making sure we were not hungry on or off the course, nor were we parched. Also, thank you to Mrs. Boyd and Mr. Cavalier for coming up and supporting the team. They were also a huge help in many aspects. Lastly, Mr. Sams and Mr. Williams...thank you for the apparel donations. The swag is's important...and very much appreciated. 

Go Knights!

Coach Kevin Roberts
Varsity Tennis
It was a great day for the FA Tennis team, which qualified 8 of its 14 players and took home titles in Girls Singles, Boys Singles, and Boys Doubles at the Region Individual Tennis Tournament held on Monday. Each of the Region teams entered three boys and three girls in singles play, two boys and two girls doubles teams to determine Region champions. Players finishing in the top four received invitations to the State Individual Championships held in Macon on April 19 and 20.  

FA singles players had a great day of tennis, qualifying four of five singles players, with both Adam Elsharkawi and Merrill Been winning the Region Singles Titles. Kate Walbridge finished as a runner-up and Ali Brown-Winans qualified in fourth place. Doubles teams played strong as well, with both FA boys teams qualifying for the State Tournament. Grant Offner and Jaxson Grotz finished as Region Champions, while Andrew Kaminer and Trey Walbridge finished as runners-up. We were fortunate to host the Region tournament at the College of Coastal Georgia and for us to play so well made it a special day for our team!

Go Knights!

Coach Brian Wyrick
Middle School Golf
The FA Knights Middle School Golf team competed in Savannah at the Crosswinds Golf Club last Monday. The Knights won with a score of 159 against Savannah Christian (196) and Calvary Day (212). The low medalist was Hal "Bear" Dollander from Calvary with a 37. Individual Frederica scores were as follows:

Campbell Williams (38)
Lance Reid (38)
Jayden Roberts (38)
Thomas Sams (45)
Hudson Jones (46)

Coach's Comments: I thought we had a pretty good day out there. Campbell was very consistent as usual, staying at one over most of the day before a late bogey pushed him to 38. Lance had two birdies including one on the par 5 6th, which he hit in two and two-putted. Jayden had a good birdie on the 7th, which is a short par 4 that he almost drove and had a good up-and-down. He had a rough start but hung in there well on the last 6 holes. Thomas struggled a lot early but had a decent finish. He's capable of scoring well, he just needs to put it together. Hudson had a rough day, but it looked like he struggled with his alignment. I think he will get it figured out and get back to his old self in the next match.
The FA Middle School Golf team played a match at Bacon Park last Thursday against Savannah Christian school. Frederica won the match by a score of 149 to 198. The low medalist of the match was Campbell Williams with a 36. Individual Frederica scoring was as follows:

Campbell Williams (36)
Thomas Sams (37)
Jayden Roberts (37)
Hudson Jones (39)
Lance Reid (41)
Ford Stanfield (59)

Coach's comments: It was a great day for our team. We shot our lowest score of the season. Campbell played his normal solid golf with an early birdie and stayed right around even the entire round. He is playing very well right now. Thomas had a breakthrough round with his 37 after a few rough matches earlier in the season. He is capable of shooting those scores because he has a great swing, he just needed to do it. It was great that he was able to pull that off. The same can be said for Jayden, who had struggled a bit earlier in the season but seems like he is getting it together. Hudson also had a good day, starting off 3-over through 3 holes but steadying the ship and finishing strong. Lance would have had a good day but struggled with his putter at the end. And, it was great to be able to get Ford out there. He has been working hard on his game to get it to the point where he could compete, and although he didn't have his A-game going, he earned some great experience. It looks like we are peaking at the right time. We have the Savannah League championship on the April 26, so hopefully we can play well there and bring home the trophy.

Go Knights!

Coach Tom Willis
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