A Message from the Athletic Director
Dear Knights Nation,
This past week was an incredible ride for our athletic department and the conclusion of our 2020-2021 athletic year as the last of our spring sports completed their seasons.
It started with our boys tennis team advancing to the GISA AAA State Final Four and our girls tennis team winning its first-ever GISA AAA State Tennis Championship on Thursday. This was a tremendous accomplishment for our girls as they worked so hard to bring home the gold trophy. Coach Wyrick and his players definitely deserve the right to call themselves state champions. The team's win on Thursday brings the school's total number of state championships to 71 state titles. Click here to see the complete list.
Friday was another spectacular day as we saw our boys and girls soccer teams win thrilling semifinal matches at Mercer University to advance to Saturday’s GISA AAA State Soccer Championship games. Even though we came up a bit short, both teams played extremely hard and were there at the end to have a chance to win it all. Bringing home two state runner-up trophies is so amazing and capped off a tremendous spring athletic season. I know the entire FA family shares my gratitude for each of these student-athletes and their coaches. We are very proud of all of them.

Now that the 2020-2021 athletic season has finished, I want to thank everyone who made this such a great and successful year. We began the school year last August in a cloud of mystery not knowing what the future would hold for our athletic programs. We endured numerous protocols and regulations concerning our athletic events and, at times, I wondered if we could pull it off. However, we never lost hope because we wanted our student-athletes to have the opportunities that they didn’t have at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. I am so proud and pleased how Frederica handled this past year and that we were so successful even through this pandemic. I had many sleepless nights thinking about all of the schedule changes, postponements, cancellations, and, of course, the quarantine’s emotional effect on our coaches and student-athletes. I was indeed proud of how our coaches and student-athletes handled the adversities that met them, especially during the fall and winter seasons.
In January, my siblings and I lost our mom, not to COVID. I remember at Christmas when we were talking about all the tough scenarios our athletes were going though, she said something I will never forget. “Kids at that age want to be active, and play, and be with their friends; do your best to make that happen.”
Because of all of you, we made that happen. I am blessed to be surrounded by a great athletic trainer in Adam Norman; talented and caring coaches an amazing Booster Club, led by our President Elizabeth Brunson; and a Frederica Family that hung in there and didn’t give in to the situation to make sure our kids had their chance at some normalcy. Bravo to all of you!
A special thank you to our student-athletes for continuing to battle each day to be better. I am confident that you will remember this year for a very long time. You not only made it but you excelled despite so much adversity. To our seniors, we want you to remember that we are here for you and FA will always be your family. You had an amazing impact on this school and community during your FA career. I am so grateful that I had a chance to be a small part of your lives. Always remember that you were a proud Frederica Knight before you became a member of your new college family! That is something very special. Good luck, God Bless you, and please come back and see us when you can.

We are hosting a celebration to honor our varsity spring sports student-athletes and coaches on Tuesday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. It will take place on the Sea Island Green in front of Corn Hall. Please join us!
Thank you to all! GO KNIGHTS!

Coach Carl Nash
FA Athletic Director
Varsity Tennis Girls Win State Title
FA Tennis teams end the 2021 season with the Girls team finishing as State Champions and Boys Team in the Top 4.

On Thursday, the FA Boys and Girls teams returned to Macon for the GISA State tournament. Both FA Boys and Girls teams qualified for the team tournament by winning GISA 2-AAA conference titles. Each team finished their 2021 seasons undefeated in conference match play. 

The match format at the State Team tournament is for each team to play 3 singles matches and 2 doubles team matches, when a team has won 3 matches they are winners of that team match. 8 teams were invited to the State Tennis tournament, each conference winner and runner-ups from the four regions in State.

FA Girls Tennis Team consisted of 1st Singles Merrill Been, 2nd Singles Kate Walbridge, 3rd Singles Virginia Anne Tennant, 1st Doubles Bekah Brooks and Rebecca Tiller, and 2nd Doubles Mavry Driggers and Emily Wyrick.

FA started their State Championship run with a bye in the first round. Their second-round match win against Brookwood School was a good test for FA with wins coming from Merrill Been, Bekah Brooks/Rebecca Tiller, and Kate Walbridge. Brookwood has a quality tennis program, so to have a win against them gave us confidence going into the final.

In the State Championship final, Frederica matched up against Westminster of Augusta. The final was a heated contest from the start with both teams cheering loudly after each point. The FA team started slowly, losing the 1st set in 4 of the 5 matches played. Slowly, momentum changed when Mavry Driggers and Emily Wyrick claimed the first match win in 2nd doubles. Kate Walbridge followed with a great comeback win in 2nd Singles. The match was clinched by Rebecca Tiller and Bekah Brooks in 1st Doubles with their come-from-behind (4-6,6-0,6-4) win. The Girls State Championship is the first-ever at the AAA level for Frederica and the first Championship in Tennis since 2013. It was truly a historic year for our girls!

The FA Boys Team consisted of 1st Singles Adam Elsharkawi, 2nd Singles Dylan McHugh, 3rd Singles Whitmarsh Tennant, 1st Doubles Grant Offner and Jaxson Grotz, and 2nd Doubles John Alden Beimler and David Weaver.

FA Boys Tennis team started off the Tennis Tournament with a good win against the Holy Spirit, with wins coming from Whitmarsh Tennant, Dylan McHugh, and John Alden Beimler/David Weaver. Everyone looked very strong against Holy Spirit; we were in command on each court.

The semifinals boys match was against Brookwood School, and FA players gave it their all but came up short losing their first GISA AAA match of the year. The boys did a stellar job with a Top 4 finish in the State Tournament.

What a year! The Girls team wins a State Championship; the Boys team is in the Top 4; Boys and Girls teams are Region Champions; Bekah Brooks and Rebecca Tiller are Region Champions and State Doubles runner-ups and earn All-State Honors; Merrill Been is Region Champion and is a State Singles Semi-Finalist and also earns All-State Honors; Adam Elsharkawi is Region Champion and Top 8 in State; Kate Walbridge is Region runner-up and Top 8 in State; Jaxson Grotz and Andrew Kaminer are Region runner-ups and Top 8 in State; Greta Johnston and Ali Brown-Winans are 4th in Region and top 8 in State; David Weaver and John Alden Beimler are 3rd in Region and top 16 in State. I am very proud of the entire team.

Go Knights!

Coach Brian Wyrick
Varsity Boys Soccer State Runner-Up
Boys State Semi-Final – Friday 5/14 vs. Westminster Academy
Tied 2-2 / Won on penalty kicks 3-0

What a great result and great game for our boys! It was a special moment to see their celebration after that game. It was fantastic both for the players and their families that traveled to Macon to support us.

Westminster had previously won 7 straight 3AAA GISA State Championships. We have met them multiple times in the final four. It was very rewarding that it was our group to end that streak.

Our boys played their best soccer at the right time. The way we played as a team competed was outstanding. I had many coaches compliment our boys on their team play and competitive spirit.

Our competitive response was outstanding again. We went down 1-0 in the game and came back to level the score at 1-1 on a great goal by Eli Fritchman. Again, we went down 2-1, and with about seven minutes to play we equalized with a second goal by Eli.

After two hard-fought overtimes, we were heading to penalties. Again, our boys would show outstanding composure and resilience. Bryce Reilly took the first penalty and buried it to set the tone. Westminster missed wide on their first attempt. Jacob O’Connor stepped up for our second penalty and nailed his attempt. Westminster took their next attempt and our GK Grant Offner saved that attempt. Eli Fritchman was next. He too stepped up and finished his chance. Westminster was next, and Grant made the final save as we won on penalties 3-0. The celebration that followed with the players and families was outstanding. This is a special part of high school athletics.

Boys State Final – Saturday 5/15 vs. Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta)
Lost 0-1

Again, the team's response and performance was outstanding. I could not have been more proud of the way our boys played in this game. We were organized, we played together, and again, we were very, very competitive.

Credit to our opponent, Holy Spirit, was one of the best high school teams I have seen during my time at Frederica. We were against the run of play for most of the game; however, we made it very hard for them to create clear goal-scoring chances, and any attempts they did have our goalkeeper Grant Offner made the save.

Soccer is a game of inches when you have a great game like this one. We had some good looks at the goal ourselves. We tried to capitalize on our free-kicks and corners. Several near misses and a ball off the crossbar were very close.

In the end, we lost 1-0; however, it was one of our best games all season. We set goals at the beginning of our season. During that exercise, I asked the group how they would want people to describe our team when it was all said and done. I can tell you that they accomplished that and much more.

Thank you to all of our players for all of their hard work this season. You represented the school and your families very well.

Thank you to our families. Your support of our boys was terrific.

Thanks to Frederica for the opportunity you have given these players. It means an awful lot to them.

Go Knights!

Coach Tim O'Sullivan
Team Unity Helps Frederica Boys Peak Heading into Semifinals
Frederica Boys Lose Heartbreaker in Title Game
Varsity Girls Soccer State Runner-Up
Quarterfinals - FA 2 | Brookwood 1 in Double OT
Semifinals - FA 2 | Holy Spirit Prep 1 in OT
Finals - FA 1 | Augusta Prep 2 in OT

What a season! I'm so proud of our girls and everything they have accomplished this year. It was such a privilege to be able to coach this group. The effort and mentality of our group is the best I have had in my three years at Frederica and gives us a great platform to build on in the years to come.

Go Knights!

Coach Gabe Gabriel
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