The Warriors will travel to Region rival Tiftarea Academy on Thursday for the AAA Final Four. Game 1 is set for 4:00 p.m. with Game 2 to follow afterward. The decisive Game 3, if necessary, will be played Saturday night at 6:00 p.m.
Thursday night Brookwood Athletics hosted Honors Night, recognizing our teams' tremendous amount of success from this school year!
So far, Varsity Warrior Athletic teams have won nine Region Titles and one State Championship. Additionally, three Warriors have earned State Championships as individuals!
Three more Warrior seniors were recognized and signed their intent to play their sport collegiately next year.
Tyson Joyner will attend Andrew College and Robert Gallagher will attend Pensacola Christian College to both play on the soccer teams at those respective schools. Marcus West has decided to attend Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and will be on the football team.
This makes ten senior student athletes from the 2021 graduating class who will go on to compete collegiately.
After playing just one game in the past three weeks, it took awhile for the Brookwood Warriors to get going in Wednesday's home game. The 1st Round matchup in the GISA State Playoffs got off to a tough start when Young Americans Christian took an early 1-0 lead.
Once Simms Ladson's goal with 15 minutes left in the 1st Half cracked the door open, the Warriors were off and running. Just three minutes later Cutter Waldrep put Brookwood ahead for good, tapping in the go-ahead goal off of a brilliant cross-field pass from Griffin King.
King then handled and scored a nicely delivered through-ball in the box from Julian Redrupp for the first of his two goals, notching the second just a few minutes later from a well played assist by Will Porter.
The offensive onslaught of 4 Brookwood goals all happened in just over 10 minutes of game time late in the 1st Half. Cutter Waldrep tacked on another goal early in the 2nd, using his left foot from about 25 yards out. The visiting Eagles from Young Americans Christian added a late goal for the final 5-2 score.
Brookwood has now won its last 9 decisions dating back to March 20th and stand at 11-5-2 overall on the season.
The 1st Round win advances the Warriors to the State Quarterfinal. Brookwood will have to travel to Augusta to play Westminster School, winners over Westfield 10-0 in their first round game.
Brookwood Girls Soccer had just enough left in the tank to finish out a marathon night of playoff action at Warrior Stadium. The GISA 1st Round matchup with Region foe Terrell Academy couldn't be decided in regulation. And then two extra overtime periods weren't enough to break the 2-2 tie, either.
It took 9 penalty kicks from both sides before the Lady Warriors survived and were able to advance to the State Quarterfinals.
Having defeated Terrell Academy in the regular season by scores of 7-1 and 6-0, this was not expected to be the thriller that played out. Terrell Academy scored first in the game's first few minutes on a transition goal to take the early lead. Eliza Miller nailed a high-arching kick from about 35 yards out to knot the score at 1-1 with just over 7 minutes to go until Half.
Brookwood's offense, which controlled possession the majority of the game and severely out-shot the Lady Eagles, came out aggressive to start the second half. Hendley Bryan's corner kick found the back of the net less than 10 minutes in. It appeared Brookwood had gained momentum and would seize control, but numerous Lady Warrior shot attempts just couldn't get past the Terrell goalkeeper to break open the game. The visiting Lady Eagles tied the game with 15 minutes to go.
A controversial call may have ended the game earlier and not led to as much extra-time excitement. With about 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Jordan Burns put a shot on goal for Brookwood. For all in attendance, the ball appeared to break the plane of the goal line before being swept back across by the Terrell Academy keeper. After a lengthy delay and discussion between officials there was no goal awarded.
Two extra 10-minute halves of overtime were not enough to see any goals scored and break the tie. The two teams went to PKs after 100 minutes of soccer.
Things looked bleak for the Lady Warriors after Terrell's first three PK attempts were successful. Brookwood, having made one of their first two attempts, needed Jordan Burns to net hers. The senior calmly pushed her attempt to the right side of the goal and found the back of the net. Terrell's fourth attempt sailed over the top crossbar and gave the Lady Warriors life. However, an unsuccessful fourth attempt by Brookwood gave Terrell a chance to end the game.
Trailing 3-2 and in the 5th stanza of PKs, Bosie Miles' diving stop on a low shot attempt saved what would have been a season-ending goal. Brookwood still needed to make another attempt to stay alive and Eliza Miller delivered.
After five attempts by each side, the game was essentially in an "extra innings" shootout of PKs. Both teams missed their 6th attempt and scored their 7th, with Caroline Miller making hers to keep Brookwood alive. In the 8th attempt, Terrell's shot went wide left but Brookwood's went right at the opposing keeper.
The 9th, and what would be the final stanza of PKs, had two eerily similar attempts both aiming high for the center of crossbar. Bosie Miles made a leaping deflection for Brookwood and Hutton Daniel's shot attempt just snuck past the fingertips of Terrell's keeper and fell in underneath the crossbar. Brookwood's players and students rushed the field from the sideline.
The 2-2 (5-4 PKs) win advances Brookwood to the Quarterfinals. The Lady Warriors will host Frederica Academy Monday at Warrior Stadium with kickoff at 3:30 p.m.
The pair of wins advances the Warriors to the Quarterfinal round, which we will host at Strickland Field on Friday and Saturday! Coming to town will be Dominion Christian School, winners over Bulloch Academy by scores of 9-2 and 15-1 yesterday.
Brookwood Warrior athletes competed in the GISA State Track & Field Meet and came home with some much deserved hardware.
Senior Jacob Lauderdale won the Boys Triple Jump in Class AAA with a mark of 40 feet, 8.5 inches. Sophomore Destin Moore ran away with the Boys 100m dash, running 10.96 time. Moore also came in second in the 200m race. The two sprints scored 18 points, allowing Moore to place 4th individually among all Male scorers in the AAA meet.
On the Girls side, Peggy Boltja was outstanding all weekend. She finished 2nd in the 100m, 3rd in the 200m, and 5th in the 400m races. Boltja also contributed to the 4x100 team and finished 9th among all female scorers in the AAA meet.
The team has some exciting youth coming up the ranks. Kent Grayson placed 3rd in the Boys 3200m, Abby Stalvey finished 6th in the Girls 3200m, and Carriyona Williams placed 6th in the Girls 100m Hurdles. Grayson, Stalvey, and Williams more than held their own competing at the Varsity State Meet in just 8th grade.
As a team, Brookwood's Boys finished 6th out of the 17 schools in competition and the Lady Warriors finished 7th out of 15 schools.
Brookwood Girls and Boys Soccer celebrated two Region championships on Tuesday night, with the Lady Warriors and the Warriors both defeating Valwood by identical 3-0 scores.
In the Girls game, Brookwood took a 1-0 lead just before half on a goal from Hutton Daniel. Kate von Hellens and Carriyona Williams both found the back of the net in the game's final ten minutes to widen the margin.
The Lady Warriors finished off a remarkable 8-0 undefeated run in Region play, outscoring the rivals by a combined score of 51-6 in dominating fashion.
The night's second game played out eerily similar to the first, with Brookwood taking a 1-0 lead just before half. Griffin King's effort to work the ball inside and get a tough shot attempt on goal was blocked but Julian Redrupp was there for the rebound to crack open the scoring. In the second half, Redrupp assisted a Simms Ladson goal and also scored another.
For the Warriors, it is the program's third Region title since 2016 having also won in 2016 and 2019 before last year's season was cut short due to the pandemic.
Playoff brackets will be announced from the GISA later this week. Stay up to date by following the Brookwood Athletics Twitter & Instagram pages for the most recent announcements.
Brookwood Golf won the GISA State Tournament in Brunswick on Monday! The win is the first State Championship for the program since 1984. This is the tenth State title in Warrior Golf history, adding to nine others won throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.
Team depth was the group's strength this year. All five Warriors shot rounds of 76 or better, highlighted by Jack Boltja's 7-under day of 65. Boltja shot an incredible 28 on the back nine that included an Eagle and six birdies.
The GISA keeps archives on its website for Golf dating back to 2006. The team's score for the day of 290 is the best score in a State Tournament on record regardless of classification. Boltja's 65 is the best individual score in a State Tournament on record regardless of classification.
The win snapped Frederica Academy's streak of 13 state championships in a row.
Brookwood Warrior Tennis had a great showing at the GISA Individual State Tournament. The GISA hosts a two-day tournament with brackets for Singles Play and Doubles play, with individual players (or doubles teams) seeded based on how they fared in Region Tournaments.
The Doubles team of Alden Harrison & Bradley Merschman won three matches over teams from Westfield School, William & Reed Academy, and Westminster of Augusta. The Warrior duo’s 3 wins advanced them to the AAA State Championship match before falling to a strong pair from William & Reed Academy.
Dallas Forsyth and Taylor Huffman each won two matches on Tuesday in the Singles play Bracket before falling in Wednesday's State Semifinal rounds opposite each other.
The Warriors and Lady Warriors will travel back to Macon next week for the Team State Tournament, an 8 team bracket with head-to-head match play similar to the regular season where teams face off trying to win three of the five lines between Singles and Doubles play.
The Brookwood Track & Field teams competed at the AAA-3 Region Meet on Wednesday, with the Lady Warriors taking the team championship in a tight contest over runner-up Southland Academy. Brookwood's team score of 193.5 edged out Southland's 184.5 for the title. Tiftarea and Valwood finished 3rd and 4th.
Peggy Boltja was the standout of the day for Brookwood. The Sophomore won the 100m, 200m, and 400m races individually. She also contributed to the winning 4x100 team and the second place 4x400 team.
On the Boys side, highlights for Brookwood included Destin Moore taking 1st place in both the 100m and 200m races while Kent Grayson won the 3200m race going away. Grayson also placed second in the 1600m and third in the 800m, competing in Varsity as only an 8th grader.
In Field events, Ella Grace Squires and Trinity Geerdts finished 1-2 in the Girls High Jump. Jacob Lauderdale and Ainsley Jacobson both won their respective Triple Jump competitions for Boys and Girls.
Well done, Warriors!
Top 4 finishes listed below * qualify for GISA State Meet
Girls 100m 1st Place - Peggy Boltja 3rd Place - Abigail Middleton
Brookwood Golf had an impressive day as a team on Monday. The Warriors won the Region Tournament at Valdosta Country Club, staving off tough competition from the hosting Valwood Valiants.
Brookwood’s team score of 290, keeping the top four scorers of five players, bested runner-up Valwood’s 298 from their top four scorers. Southland Academy finished in 3rd place and Tiftarea Academy took 4th place.
JD Culbreth led the way for Brookwood with a -6 under (66) on the day. The 8th grader’s highlight was an Eagle on a Par 4. Culbreth’s day earned him low medalist for the pack of 20 golfers in competition.
All 5 Warriors shot 78 or under, using impressive depth to beat the region rivals. This type of balanced attack and five strong scoring opportunities gives Brookwood a legitimate shot at next week’s GISA State Tournament.
Jack Boltja finished Even to par for the day at 72, playing his best golf of the day on the back 9. Jay Sanders was +2 for the day at 74. Kat Cook and George Arline both shot +6 rounds of 78. Boltja and Sanders finished in the Top 5 of the 20 golfers in competition to earn All-Region honors along with Culbreth.
The Warriors advance to next Monday’s GISA State Tournament in Brunswick.
Brookwood Baseball captured back-to-back wins to end its week, the first needing extra innings on the road and the second a home blowout on Senior Night.
Brookwood 8, Terrell Academy 4 (9 innings) The Warriors appeared in control of Thursday's road contest at Terrell Academy early, scoring a run in each of its first three innings to jump out 3-0. Brookwood led 4-2 going into the Bottom of the 7th. Terrell Academy used a solo homerun, a single, and a walk to start its rally. A ground out allowed the tying run to score and forced extra innings.
After no scoring in the 8th, Jacob Lauderdale hit a go-ahead solo homerun to make it 5-4 with 1-out in the Top of the 9th. Brookwood would not stop there. The Warriors tacked on three more runs, grinding out two RBI walks and another via a HBP to take the 8-4 lead. The Warriors held on to win by that score in the Bottom of the 9th.
Zack Counts went 3-for-5 at the plate, including 2 homeruns on the day. Parker Mirick and Camden Harbin each had two hits in the game.
Jacob Lauderdale started the game and pitched 6 innings, scattering 5 hits and 4 walks to go with 8 strikeouts. He allowed 1 earned run. Freshman Rodge Waldrop came in relief, not able to get the save but capturing the win in extras after he pitched the final 3 innings.
Brookwood 15, Citizens Christian Academy 0 Friday's home win at Strickland Field on Senior Night didn't contain as much drama. The Warriors scored early and often, cruising to a 15-0 win.
Jacob Lauderdale went 2-for-3 at the plate with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Parker Mirick and Josh McCaskill each had two RBI on the day, while Harper McLendon came around to score 3 runs.
The game was complete via mercy-rule after just 3 innings. The Warriors scored 3 runs in the 1st, 7 in the 2nd, and 5 more in the 3rd. Parker Mirick pitched the 3 necessary innings for Brookwood, striking out 6 Patriots and not allowing any hits.
The Warriors jump back in Region action this week, hosting Tiftarea Academy. The first game of the 3-game series will be on Tuesday in Thomasville at 6:30 p.m.
Brookwood Tennis finished its regular season in strong form Tuesday afternoon. The boys swept Tiftarea Academy to finish the season a perfect 10-0 overall. Strong showings from Nic Kadel and Alden Harrison at Singles secured two 6-0, 6-0 sweeps. Bradley Merschman and Ethan Myers won the deciding Doubles play point. The Warriors finish as regular season region champions and are the top seed going into next week's Region team tournament.
On the girls side, another strong performance on Singles courts by Abby Lee, Emma Szwarc and Sophie Thomas decided the match. Each of the three Lady Warriors playing Singles took care of business in straight sets. Riley Johnson and Camille Yarbrough also won at #2 doubles in a close match that was decided 10-8 with a third set tiebreak. The girls finish their regular season 8-2 overall and as regular season region champions. They will enter next week's Region team tournament as the top seed.
Both the Lady Warrior and Warrior Soccer teams made it a good night for Brookwood on Monday, defeating Region rival Valwood in both contests of a road doubleheader.
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first half, the Lady Warriors played an even second half to finish with a 4-2 win. The scoring effort was balanced from the front lines, with Hendley Bryan, Jordan Burns, Ryan Gaston, and Jessie Wortman each connecting to find the back of the net. Assists came from Eliza Miller, Abby Jones, and two from Kate von Hellens.
Coach Eddie Foy liked the Lady Warriors focus from the start, noting "Our intensity from the first whistle was outstanding. We were hungry to get on the ball and impose our personality on the game. We kept the space between the lines and the gaps tight defensively. One of the biggest areas that won us the game was the ability to win first and second balls. The team that wins first and second balls have the opportunity to impose their style of play on the game and play in dangerous areas."
Ryan Gaston was named the team's player of the game.
In the night's second game, the Brookwood Boys dominated the first half of play but couldn't connect on any goals for a frustrating 0-0 tie at halftime.
Once the first one went through in the second half, the floodgates opened. Brookwood would score more four more en route to a 5-0 win, with all five goals coming after halftime.
Scoring was spread out across two goals from Nathan Yokley and one each by Spencer Richardson, Robert Gallagher, and Griffin King. Assists came from Benjamin Filston, Simms Ladson, Cutter Waldrep, and Will Porter.
The defense pitched their second consecutive shutout and its third in a current six-game winning streak which dates back to March 20th.
Nathan Yokley was named the team's player of the game. Coach Foy commented, "We dominated the play. We imposed our personality on the game right away. We moved the ball very well and played some great soccer, we kept our shape defensively and won first and second balls."
"Our movement on set pieces and intensity of play was brilliant. We were hungry to score and create chances, we were frustrated at the end of the first half that our hard work had not been rewarded in goals. The response from our halftime talk to go and get 5 goals was outstanding. That is the response we look for as coaches."
The Lady Warriors and Warriors both travel to Berrien High School tonight for a Wednesday doubleheader.
Brookwood Baseball swept its second consecutive three-game series to start Region play on Thursday night at Valwood. The pair of wins in Thursday’s doubleheader has the Warriors now 6-0 in Region play and 12-4 overall on the season.
The day’s first game started off as a pitcher’s duel with neither side scoring until the Top of the 5th. The visiting Warriors used Camden Harbin reaching on an error and a Parker Lee walk to put pressure on the homesteading Valiants. Zack Counts 2-RBI double scored Harbin and Lee to ignite the Brookwood offense.
In the Top of the 6th, the Warriors extended the lead with two more runs. Jacob Lauderdale came around to score on a passed ball after his leadoff single and Camden Harbin’s RBI single scored Josh McCaskill. The Warriors added two more insurance runs in the Top of the 7th, with Jaevyn Salter scoring on a passed ball and Lauderdale’s sacrifice fly scoring Harper McLendon.
Jacob Lauderdale was tremendous on the mound, pitching 6 innings and allowing no earned runs. He scattered 3 hits and 3 walks throughout while striking out 6 Valwood batters. The 6-1 win secured the series, but the Warriors were focused on the sweep.
It was more of the same in the nightcap with Brookwood winning 6-3. Brookwood jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the Top of the 1st. Harper McLendon scored on a Valiant error.
The Warriors fell behind with Valwood jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the Bottom of the 2nd. Connor Hutto’s bases-clearing double gave the Valiants confidence and momentum.
Showing true balance like they have most of the season, the Brookwood offense had its pitcher’s back. To leadoff the Top of the 4th, Jacob Lauderdale singled and immediately scored on a Josh McCaskill triple. McCaskill reached home on an error to tie the game at 3-3. Senior pitcher Parker Mirick helped himself with a single and was replaced with courtesy runner Jaevyn Salter. Camden Harbin’s single scored Salter to give Brookwood a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Brookwood scratched across an insurance run across in both the 5th and 6th innings. The first on a Harper McLendon RBI double and the other on a Parker Lee RBI single.
Parker Mirick nearly went the distance on the mound, pitching 6 and ⅔ innings. He struck out 10 Valiants for the evening to go with 3 hits allowed and 5 walks.
The Warriors take a break from Region play next week for three games. The first of those three is a strong North Florida Christian team from Tallahassee on Monday at Strickland Field here in Thomasville. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.
The Brookwood Golf team played well on its home course Thursday afternoon, breezing by the visiting Deerfield-Windsor Knights in a match at Glen Arven Country Club. The Warriors won by a final team score of 302 to 313.
Jay Sanders led the way for Brookwood, shooting a -1 under 71 on the day. The highlight was a stretch of four straight birdies on holes 9 through 12. Jack Boltja shot +1 over at 73 and George Arline shot +4 at 75.
The Knights were led by Hayden Sullivan shooting a +4 over 76 and Boles Middleton's +5 day at 77.
Brookwood Tennis continued its strong performance this season against Southland Academy in Americus on Thursday afternoon.
The Warriors and Lady Warriors used the match as preview of next year's lineup by sitting out most of the upperclassmen. This made for a much more competitive matchup, but the Brookwood youth stepped up and won both Boys and Girls matches by team scores of 3-2.
Both the Girls and Boys split the Doubles play matches and #1 & #2 singles, so with each match tied 2-2 both came down to #3 singles.
Pearson Taylor on the Boys side a and Rayne Deese both came through with wins to clinch the overall matches. The doubles team of Camille Yarbrough and Riley Johnson stayed confident, securing their second win this week at #1 Doubles.
Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.