This Week's FA Athletics
Thursday (All Day)
School-Wide Spirit
Honoring
FA State-Bound
Varsity Girls Soccer Team
Friday @ 2:00 PM
Varsity Girls Soccer
State Semi-Final Game
Mercer University
Saturday @ Noon
(If Team Wins on Friday)
Varsity Girls Soccer
State Championship Game
Mercer University
912 Sports 2022 All Sports
Player of the Year Winners
Jack Roberts
Golf
Class of 2025
Ellie Runyan
Cross Country
Class of 2022
THURSDAY
School-Wide Spirit Day
FRIDAY @ 2:00 PM
Varsity Girls Soccer
State Semi-Finals Game
On Friday night, Frederica's varsity girls soccer team defeated Bulloch Academy at home to advance to the GISA AAA State Championship Semi-Final game, which will take place at Mercer University's Five Star Stadium in Macon on Friday at 2:00 p.m. The winner of FA's game against August Prep will advance to the GISA AAAA State Championship Game, which will take place at Mercer on Saturday, May 7.
Varsity Girls Soccer
Varsity Boys Soccer
FA 0 - Holy Spirit 6

Thank you everyone for a great season. The boys fought hard on Saturday and played for each other. I watched them have each other’s backs and walk off the field with their heads held high. We had some great chances on Saturday, unfortunately, we couldn’t convert. Our seniors will forever have a lasting impact on the soccer team; they will be missed. Can’t wait to see what the boys can do next year. 

Go Knights!

Coach Danielle Sunderhaus
Varsity Tennis
FA Tennis teams end the 2022 season with the Girls Team repeating as State Champions and Boys Team in the Top 4.

On Wednesday, the FA Boys and Girls teams returned to Macon for the GISA one-day State Team Tournament. Both FA Boys and Girls teams qualified for the Team Tournament by winning GISA 2-AAA conference titles. Each team finished the 2022 season undefeated in conference match play.

The match format at the State Team Tournament is for each team to play three singles matches and two doubles team matches, when a team has won three matches they are the winners of that team match. Eight teams were invited to the State Tennis Tournament, each conference winner and runner-up from the 4 regions in State.

FA Girls Tennis Team consisted of Merrill Been, Kate Walbridge, Ali Brown-Winans, Mavry Driggers, Emily Wyrick, OletaKate Mitchell, and Maggie Kaselak.

FA Girls Tennis team started off the tournament with a quick sweep of Westfield. Their second-round match win against Holy Spirt was a good test for FA. Holy Spirt has the defending singles champion; it was a great time to sweep doubles.

In the State Championship Final, Frederica matched up against Westminster of Augusta. The final was a close contest from the start. Merrill Been claimed the first match with a win in the first Singles. Ali played another solid match, winning the third singles spot. Unfortunately, Westminster won both of the doubles matches so the championship match was tied at 2 matches each. The match was decided by an incredible comeback win from Kate Walbridge. It was the second year in a row the Lady Knights came back to win the State Championship.

FA Boys Team consisted of Adam Elsharkawi, Whitmarsh Tennant, Roy Boyd, Grant Offner, Jaxson Grotz, Andrew Kaminer, and Trey Walbridge.

FA Boys Tennis team started off the State Tennis Tournament with a good win against the Westfield. The semi-final match was against William and Reed. FA players gave it their all but came up short against the eventual State Champions. The boys did a stellar job with a top four finish in the State Tournament!

Go Knights!

Coach Brian Wyrick
Varsity Golf
After a runner-up finish at States, the Frederica Academy Knights traveled to Aiken, South Carolina to close their season at The Southern Cross. This Invitational boasts some of the top teams in the Southeast, many of whom roster the top junior golfers in the country. Frederica Academy’s golf program fits into this category and went into this event with high hopes of ending the season on top.  

Aside from the deep talent pool of golfers that line each team's depth, stands The Palmetto Golf Club. The par 71 layout stretches out between 67-6800 yards. What the course may lack in length, it makes up for it with its small elevated and undulating greens, and its bunkers. So, strategically working your way around the golf course is just the beginning because once you get to the greens, that’s where the fun begins. With greens rolling at about a 14, embracing the challenge and having fun with it is the only way you may be able to conquer it. You have to embrace it because otherwise, it’ll beat you up. I told that to my guys. Only two of the four guys that traveled have played the course and know exactly what I'm talking about. Joining freshmen returners, Jack Roberts and Jackson Byrd were Aarnav Nath and 8th grader, Campbell Williams. Experience and course knowledge are very important; however, that's no guarantee that you will play well. You have to be precise in all areas of the game to play well out here.

Frederica sat well after day one, shooting a combined +13, which was good enough for third place, a mere five shots out of first and only two out of second. I was happy with our performance as a team. We got good production out of Jack and Jackson. Arnie and Cam struggled somewhat, but that was to be expected. Not because their game doesn't fit, but when you play this course for the first time, it's very difficult to maneuver around and score. Playing as Frederica's number one, freshman Jack Roberts played steady all day long. He lived most of the day around even / -1. He made the turn at even-par, and missed 5-foot birdie putts on 14 and 15, before finally making a 10-footer for birdie on 16, and looked to be on his way to finishing under par for the day. Sitting at -1 with two holes to go, had him in a good spot to help the team, but back-to-back bogeys on 17 and 18 had him finish at +1. 

"The three-putt on 18 from 10 feet stings a bit. It wasn’t the way I wanted to finish, but I felt like I played pretty solid on this track,” said Jack.

Jackson Byrd had a different feel to his round. Jackson found himself at 5-over par through 12 holes. However, he fought his way back with an eagle on 14, and then a birdie on 17, to scrape out a 2-over 73. He fought his way back and never gave up. Jackson finished at +2 for the day.  

Jackson noted, "I saw Jack on a hole on the back nine and told him I need to get this back to 2 or 3 over, and I was able to do that. The eagle on 14 turned my round, and the birdie on 17 helped. On 18 I stuck a wedge to about 5 feet, but it snapped at the cup and I had to settle for a par. I was happy I was able to get it back to a respectable score."

First-timers, Aarnav Nath and Campbell Williams, struggled somewhat on day one. Aarnav made the turn at +3 and birdied the 10 and was able to sit at 2-over at that point, looking like Frederica was on their way to posting a solid team score. However, shooting a double on 12 and a string of four straight bogeys saw his magic slowly dissipate as he limped in with a back nine 42. 

"I struggled during that inward stretch. I didn't put myself in good positions, and then my putting left me. I was feeling good on the front, and then I just lost my confidence," stated Aarnav. 

Aarnav's frustration totaled a 10-over par 81. Campbell Williams understood Aarnav's frustration. Campbell's opening 88 saw the first-timer record 3 doubles, a triple, and a quadruple bogey. Despite those numbers, as Campbell walked up the 13th fairway with Coach Roberts, he was in good spirits. 

Coach Roberts notes Campbell as saying, “It was a fun challenge. It’s tough because you can feel as though you hit good shots and don’t always get rewarded for it." And this is very true. The Palmetto Golf Club green complexes will win every time you are not careful. Nonetheless, Frederica's top three scores of four had them at 13-over par and sitting in a good position after day 1.  

Day two Saw the Knights in the final wave of top three teams, all close enough to each other, where it was there for the taking. The firepower the Knights have is undeniable, and it was in the grasp. They just needed a good showing from all the players, which is not given out there. I told the boys that I liked our position. I felt good about Jack and Jackson seeing how they played the day before. We just needed Arnie or Campbell to keep their score sub 80, and I felt as though that would give us a good chance. With spirits up and the team confident about the plan, the Knights set their sights on the prize. If everyone plays the way they are capable, the rest would take care of itself. 

Campbell Williams tee'd off first, followed by Arnie, Jackson, and then Jack. Campbell Williams was able to play better in his second attempt at the course. During his second round of 81, Campbell was able to minimize the larger numbers that plagued his first round. At +6 through 14, Campbell made double bogeys on holes 15 and 17 but otherwise played very well. His second-round 81, was good for a seven-shot improvement and will have him yearning to come back next year and get another shot at the famed Palmetto. Unlike Williams, Nath struggled a bit. Making the turn at +4, he was still in a good spot to contribute. However, much like his back nine struggles during day one, Aarnav's back nine, 44, saw his hopes at redemption disappear.   

Frederica's Jack Roberts struggled with his driver all day and was unable to score. Around this course, you need to drive the ball well. It's difficult enough around the greens, but if you're not putting the ball in position, it makes it extremely difficult. Roberts' round got off to a rocky start. A pulled drive on his opening tee shot saw Roberts in the left woods right out of the gate. He was able to scrape together a decent, yet disappointing bogey. Poor drives on three and four that led to bogey, were not what Roberts was hoping for. Sitting at +3 after four holes. A birdie on the par 5 6th, had him sitting at +2, despite not finding his groove to this point. However, a bogey, a double, and another bogey on a stretch of holes seven through nine had him making the turn at +6. It seemed as though every time his round might make a turn for the better, his driver let him down. His double on 13 may have been the dagger. Jack failed to birdie the par 5, 14th, and then a bogey on 17, had him signing for a disappointing 8 over par 79. 

After the round, Jack stated, "It was disappointing today. I'll need to figure out my driver and work on it. It put me in a lot of precarious positions throughout the day."

The bright spot of the day came from Jackson Byrd. Jackson played solid all day long. Jackson started his day with two straight pars before he bogeyed the difficult par 4, third hole. A drive into the right rough made it difficult for Jackson to get the ball to stop on an already difficult green. 

"The pin was brutal, tucked on the right side of the green. Short is dead. Right is dead. Long is OB. So, I wasn't that disappointed with the bogey at this point in my round," said Jackson.  

And he was correct. A good drive and sticking an iron to four feet led to a bounce-back birdie on 4. A hiccup on holes 5-7, strung together 3 straight bogeys, but much like round 1, Jackson never gave up. After making the turn at 3-over, Jackson birdied three of his next six holes to get his round to +1 after hole 15. A three-putt bogey on 16 was disappointing for him, but he finished with two pars and carded a 2 over 73, earning him a T6 finish and earning him the All-Tournament Team honor. Jackson finished at 4-over for the tournament with rounds of 73-73.  

Overall tournament results for team and Individuals:
  • 20 teams
  • 90 individuals

Jack Roberts: 72-79 = 151......+9 (T14)
Jackson Byrd: 73-73 = 146......+4 (T6)
Aarnav Nath: 81-83 = 164......+22 (T53)  
Campbell Williams: 88-81 = 169......+27 (T67)

Frederica Academy finishes 6th of 20 teams at +33 for the tournament
  • Day 1: +13
  • Day 2: +20
  • Total: +33

This concludes Frederica Academy's Varsity Golf Season. The season was a success. Despite not winning State this year, in my first season as Head Coach, we were able to win The Low Country Invitational and The Camden Classic. We won our Region easily, and then went to State and placed runner-up. We placed 3rd at The Palmetto in Myrtle Beach. Despite not placing as well as we would have liked in several tournaments this year, we have a great team. It's a competitive day in and day out, and that will help us get better and better each year. I'm excited to see what next year brings. It's hard to predict the future, but as of now, we have a 4-year window where we should be highly competitive each year. The sky's the limit with this group. It's going to be some exciting years ahead as a Knight!

I want to thank a few of the many that make all this possible. Thank you to all the players this year. You all worked hard in your own right. You push each other, lean on each other, and want the best for each other and it's admirable. I genuinely have enjoyed all my time spent with you this year, and I appreciate you allowing me to be a part of that. Whether it was during practice, qualifying, or practicing on your own, the sacrifice you make is recognized. You are all special. 

Additionally, I wanted to thank all the parents for all the sacrifices they make and for the support of this great team. From the smallest of things imagined and the support, it's evident and appreciated. To the teachers of our players, I thank you all. I appreciate you working with our student-athletes and supporting them. I understand it is not easy at times. But thank you. The players miss class to travel, and it's appreciated for all you do to help them stay on top of things. And lastly, to the Head of School, our Athletic Director, and each our Division Leaders within our Administration. Thank you for all you do for our student-athletes, making it important for these wonderful people to be successful in pursuing something they love and genuinely enjoy doing. Thank you to everyone.  

Go Knights!

Coach Roberts
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