Brookwood School’s Clay Target Team had a strong showing at the State GISA Clay Target Championship held last week at Forest City Gun Club in Savannah, Georgia. This historic gun club hosted over 600 athletes from 36 independent schools across the state. The Brookwood team had 13 Varsity members and 6 Middle School shooters qualified. The format of the tournament for Varsity was 100 skeet, 100 trap, and 100 sporting clay targets, and the middle school format included 50 skeet, 50 trap, and 100 sporting clay targets.
The varsity team was led by its top overall scorer junior Will Bryant with 253 targets total, followed by sophomore Ava Cauley and freshman Max Powers with 232 targets each, then sophomore Parker Lee with 220 targets, and senior Will Tinney with 209 targets total. Bryant’s score included a 90 out of 100 in skeet. Cauley and Bryant tied in trap with 89 targets each, which was the 9th highest trap score of the entire match.
Cauley medaled individually in all 3 disciplines. She was 3rd female overall, 3rd female in trap, 3rd female in sporting clays, and 4th female in skeet. This performance included a perfect round of trap, shooting 28 straight, a feat only repeated a few teams by any athlete at the match.
The middle school team was led by its top 3 scorers Clark Carter and Will Kadel with 124 targets each and Pearson Taylor with 88 targets.
This program has exploded in popularity since it was first recognized as a sport by the GISA several years ago. It is now one of the most participated sports in the independent school forum. This growth is timed well with the opening of the Ranges at Oakfield. Many of these local athletes can be seen practicing there on weekends and afternoons.
Further, the introduction to the sport at the high school level has already begun to lead to higher levels of competition for our local athletes. Both Will Bryant and Ava Cauley qualified for the Junior Olympics last year, a national event hosted each summer by USA Shooting at the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado Springs. Winners at this event become members of the Olympic shooting development team. Unfortunately, the event was canceled because of the pandemic but both intend to pursue a qualifying spot again this year. Cauley will be defending her title as the 2020 Georgia State Olympic Trap women’s champion, and Bryant will be competing in Olympic Skeet.
The Brookwood’s team is led by coach Mike Simpson, the founder of South Georgia Youth Shooting Sports in Hartsfield, Georgia. Over his decades of coaching experience, he has trained several youth shooters to the World Cup and professional level. Coach Simpson stated, “My reward as their Coach is to watch them grow and mature into not only champions but into tomorrow's leaders. I embrace the future of this young group of athletes, and I hope to continue to see them succeed in their quest for excellence.”
Congratulations to Jacob Lauderdale and Jack Boltja, both set to sign their National Letters of Intent this Wednesday to play collegiate athletics at Division I programs! The signing ceremony will take place in the Hall of Fame section of the Beverly Athletic Center and be streamed across campus for classmates to see.
Jacob '21 will sign to play Baseball at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina and Jack '21 will sign to play Golf at Georgia Southern in Statesboro.
Jacob's junior season on the diamond with Brookwood was cut short due to the season being cancelled at the start of COVID-19. He has also been a top performer on Brookwood's football team. Coastal Carolina baseball has become one of the most consistent winning programs in the country, making the NCAA Tournament 16 times since 2001. Competing out of the Big South Conference, the Chanticleers have been rewarded with multiple Regional host sites, #1 seeds, and broke through in 2016 winning the College World Series with wins over Florida, Texas Tech, TCU, and Arizona.
Boltja and his Brookwood Golf teammates were unable to compete very long in a season that expected a State Championship run in the Spring of 2020. In September of this year, he won the Harris English Invitational at Glen Arven. Jack also is a starter on Brookwood's basketball team. Georgia Southern Golf has experienced strong success the last few years. Competing out of the Sun Belt Conference, the Eagles finished 4th out of 13 teams at the Stanford Regional in Palo Alto, California last year and qualified for the NCAA Championships where they finished 26th in the nation. In 4 of the last 5 seasons, the Eagles have finished 1st or 2nd in the Sun Belt Conference.
Warrior Clay Target took a victory in a close meet over Colquitt Christian 133-132 this past week.
Max Powers had a perfect round of 25 in the Skeet event! Parker Lee was right behind posting a near perfect 24. Callan Walker took first place in the Trap division, scoring 24.
The Warriors continue to get closer to the State Meet, which will be late in November.
Warrior Football returns for the first home game after a three-game road winning streak! Brookwood capped off the three consecutive Fridays away from home with another impressive performance, beating Southwest Georgia Academy 41-28.
Brookwood Cross Country had a strong showing at the GISA AAA-3 Region Meet on Saturday in Valdosta, with the Boys taking the region title and girls finishing as runner-up.
With Kent Grayson, only in 8th grade, taking first place overall individually and three other Warrior runners finishing in the Top-10 it was a dominant day for the boys. Nic Kadel, Zack Counts, and Benjamin Filston finished 7th, 9th, and 10th respectively to help Brookwood's team score.
The Lady Warriors took runner-up, with two Top-10 finishers in Katie Knifer with a 7th place finish and Peggy Boltja right behind in 8th.
The teams will travel to Macon for Saturday's GISA State Meet.
Watch this week's Warrior Review, as Head Coach Shane Boggs breaks down last week's blowout win over Edmund Burke with Greg Eiford!Watch here!
We are excited to share that Emma Szwarc '21 has been named a Rural and Small Town Scholar by the College Board.
While we initially marveled at the way that Google Meets brought us together, it became clear that being together could not be replicated in two dimensions.
Warrior Cross Country had a great meet at Southland Academy this past Saturday. A total of 26 schools participated, with Brookwood's MS Girls taking 2nd place and Varsity Girls finishing 5th. Abby Stalvey and Kent Grayson both placed 2nd individually in each of the Middle School races.
Peggy Boltja 24:35 (17th out of 83)
Emma Szwarc 25:13 (21st)
Mary Claire Chapman 26:41 (35th)
Lady Warriors placed 5th as a team!
Middle School Girls (57 total runners)
Abby Stalvey 14:09 (2nd overall out of 57)
Addison Gamble 15:49 (13th)
Courtney Wolsfelt 16:43 (20th)
Waverly Waldrep 17:10 (25th)
Eva Nicholson 17:59 (32nd)
MS Lady Warriors place 2nd as a team!
Middle School Boys
Kent Grayson 11:41 (2nd out of 61!)
John Roesel 14:21 (21st)
James Mizell 14:33 (22nd)
Brookwood Varsity will resume competition Saturday, October 31st at their Region Meet at Valwood. State will be held November 7th in Macon.
We are very proud of alumna Logan Petrey '09 for being named to the USDA National Organic Standards Board.
Brookwood Clay Target hosted a meet at the Meadows Gun Club in Macon this past Saturday. Over 75 athletes competed. Brookwood came in 3rd overall as a team with Callan Walker placing 3rd individually for the Varsity division and Clark Carter placing 3rd in JV division. Max Powers, a freshman, shot an impressive 96/100 in sporting clays- the 4th highest score. Brookwood had 20 athletes competing in varsity and JV events. Way to go Warriors!
It was a beautiful day with great volunteer participation from our parents. A special thank you to Jeanna Bryant who coordinated all concessions and lunch from Chick-fil-A. Also, a huge thank you to our coach, Mike Simpson! He is developing some outstanding athletes who are developing skills they will be able to use for decades after their high school careers.
Warrior football has proven a consistent theme in wins this season - dominating the 4th Quarter. Friday night in Macon against Tattnall Square Academy was another chapter in this season's book of making game-winning plays down the stretch.
Trailing 3-0 at halftime after a Trojan field goal to end the first half, Brookwood traded touchdowns with Tattnall in the third quarter. The Warriors scored on an Ethan Myers two-yard run from the fullback position to make it a 10-6 game going into the final frame. After both defenses dominated for three quarters, it was time for the offenses to go wild.
Tattnall took a 17-6 lead with just under 8 minutes to play before quarterback Dallas Forsyth and the rest of the Warrior offense got hot. Forsyth found senior receiver Jacob Lauderdale in the end zone with 5 minutes left and Josh McCaskill caught a two-point conversion to bring the score to 17-14. Tattnall responded, perhaps too quickly, to extend the lead 24-14.
Forsyth found TJ Thomas for a highlight-reel catch, a 31-yard touchdown with just 3:29 left in the game to make it 24-21. After being great all game, the Brookwood defense had one last big stop in them to force a 3-and-out punt by Tattnall with 3:08 to go.
The Warrior offense took over at its own 10-yard line trailing by 3. A couple of undisciplined personal fouls by the home team Trojans jump started the Brookwood drive before Forsyth found Lauderdale on a big gain down the sideline with 2:08 to go. With 1:31 remaining, Forsyth rolled to his right and found Lauderdale - his main target on the night with Nathan Yokley out - for the go-ahead touchdown.
With a 27-24 lead, the defense had to take the field. Once again, a 3-and-out ended the game. The Warriors improve to 3-3 on the season and look to build momentum coming off a great win. The Warriors are on the road the next two Friday nights, first at Edmund Burke then at Southwest Georgia Academy.
Saturday was a big day for the Cross Country program, as the Middle School team competed in the State Meet event for GISA.
Kent Grayson took 1st place in Boys, Abby Stalvey took 1st place in Girls, and the Boys finished Runner-up as a team just 4 seconds away from 1st place.
Zack Counts placed in the Top 10 of the Varsity Boys race with an 8th overall finish and Peggy Boltja beat her Personal Record time, finishing in 12th overall of the Varsity Girls race.
The group continues to break personal records across all levels! Great job, Warrior runners!
Click to view some photos from our second graders' magnificent monster project!
We are excited to announce the 2020 Homecoming Court representatives!
Katherine Cook already knows where she wants to attend college and compete collegiately at the highest level of Division I Golf. The Brookwood School Junior recently accepted a scholarship offer and committed to Florida State University, where she plans to sign with the Seminoles program next year in November 2021.
"I just really narrowed it down over time and I've always wanted to compete at a high level. This is where I decided I would be able to best succeed," Cook said.
Cook has seemingly grown up on a golf course competing in tournaments throughout the country. This summer, she won the MAADA 9th Annual Atlanta Junior Classic. An impressive -6 in the event’s 1st Round helped propel her to the win.
As a Freshman she helped Brookwood finish 3rd as a team in the State Tournament. Her Sophomore school season was cut short, with the Warriors only able to compete in a few tournaments before the season was shut down during the pandemic.
Cook knows it's a long wait until Signing Day next fall, but knew the Seminoles were the team she wanted to be on in the future. She says, "I love the coaches. It's a great program and facility. We're going to have a great team when I'm there."The Seminoles
finished 2nd in the ACC in 2019 and advanced to the NCAA Champions Finals that year. Their 2020 season was cut short due to the pandemic.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. Cook can sign her National Letter of Intent in November of next year as a high school Senior.
In July, Wimberly Jones '26 and Lilly Anderson set up a lemonade stand to raise money to purchase ballistics vests for the TPD K9s. The police K9s will receive their vests at a ceremony honoring Lilly and Wimberly on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
COMMENDED STUDENTS IN THE 2020 NATIONAL MERIT® SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Brookwood Cross Country continued their strong season on Saturday in Tallahassee, competing in the Florida State University School meet against fifteen schools and top competition.
The Middle School Boys took first place as a team! Kent Grayson took first place individually, his second Middle School division win in a row. James Mizell (5th), John Roesel (7th), and Matthew Lauderdale (9th) each finished in the Top 10 individually!
In Varsity action, Abby Stalvey finished 11th out of 66 runners as only an 8th grader. Kent Grayson competed in the Varsity meet as well, finishing 5th out of 78 runners against much older competition.
Keep up the good work, Warrior runners!To see more photos from the event of our runners in action, click here!
Varsity Girls Results
Varsity Girls placed 6th out of 11 teams
Abby Stalvey - 11th out of 66
Katie Knifer - 22nd out of 66
Peggy Boltja - 29th out of 66
Boys Varsity Results
Kent Grayson - 5th out of 78
Nic Kadel - 44th out of 78
Zach Counts - 52nd out of 78
Girls Middle School
Girls MS placed 3rd as a team
Abby Stalvey - 8th out of 23
Addison Gamble - 10th out of 23
Boys Middle School
Boys MS placed 1st as a team!
Kent Grayson - 1st out of 20
James Mizell - 5th out of 20
John Roesel - 7th out of 20
Matthew Lauderdale - 9th out of 20
We are excited to announce our 22 new members of the Louise Jeanes Hines Chapter of the National Honor Society at Brookwood School.
Brookwood Football took last week's home game over Seminole County with a dominant last five minutes, turning a 21-13 lead into a 42-13 blowout late in the game.
We are excited to announce our 2020-2021 Student Government Association officers and members.
Please enjoy a few shots from daily life at Brookwood School.
The Lady Warriors have had a knack for finishing exciting games at Fenlon Field on campus this season. After a 6-5 extra inning win over Southland earlier in the year, Brookwood came from behind to win yesterday's game over Terrell Academy 4-3 in the Bottom of the 7th on a walk-off single by Freshman Rylee Hollifield.
After falling behind on Terrell scores in the 1st and 3rd innings, Abby Lee's RBI groundout scored Jessie Wortman from third base to get Brookwood on the board in the Bottom of the 3rd. Another Terrell run put the Lady Eagles up 3-1 heading into the Bottom of the 6th.
Kale Schofill's hard hit grounder in the Bottom of the 6th was well played by the Terrell Academy infield, only to suffer a throwing error at first base. Schofill took advantage with heads-up base-running, making it all the way to third base. Schofill was ready when opportunity knocked again, scoring on a wild pitch to draw Brookwood closer.
The rest of the comeback came in a fury with two outs in the Bottom of the 7th. Down 3-2, and up against the home team's final out, Kendall Boggs came in clutch with a single to keep Brookwood alive. Abby Lee immediately tripled to the left-centerfield gap, scoring Boggs all the way from first to tie it up at 3-3. Freshman Rylee Hollifield calmly stepped in and smacked a walk-off single over the third baseman's head to score Lee for the 4-3 win.
Brookwood travels Thursday to Tiftarea to face the Region foe Lady Panthers.
Brookwood Football started its season in dramatic fashion, winning Friday night's scrimmage over Lafayette High School (FL) in Overtime. While the 24-21 win won't officially go on Brookwood's 2020 record, it will go down as a most memorable game considering the remarkable comeback and context leading up to it this year.
After seeing spring sports halted in their tracks during the month of March, and a long summer of workouts amid uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Friday night high school football was a welcomed sight for many.
The first half saw both teams feel their way through the typical first game jitters. Lafayette led at the Halftime break by an odd score of 2-0. The only score came on a Brookwood punt attempt deep in their own territory late in the 1st Quarter when the snap rolled through the end zone.
The 3rd Quarter was dominated by Lafayette, sticking to its ground game and controlling possession. The Hornets scored two touchdowns but were unsuccessful on both PATs, which would ultimately prove costly, to take a 14-0 lead. Another Hornet touchdown in the first minute of the 4th Quarter put Brookwood down 21-0. And then things got interesting at Warrior Stadium.
A long kickoff return by Marcus West down the sideline put the Warrior offense in great field position. With just under 10 minutes remaining, senior quarterback Dallas Forsyth scrambled on third down to get in the end-zone and the Warriors on the scoreboard. With renewed life, the Warrior defense forced an immediate fumble on the ensuing possession and recovered to give the offense the ball around midfield.
Forsyth connected on a deep ball to Nathan Yokley, putting the Warriors inside the Lafayette 5-yard line. With 8:06 remaining in the 4th Quarter, Forsyth hit Yokley after the receiver won an individual matchup on the outside for his first touchdown catch of the season. Just like that, it was 21-13 and Brookwood had all the momentum.
With 6:09 left in the game, Brookwood came up with yet another big defensive stop. Lafayette went for it on fourth-and-1 near midfield only to be pushed back by the Warrior defensive line, which was great all game. On the first play, Forsyth went deep and was intercepted. The Warrior Defense had to come up with another big stop down by 8 and did again.
The Warrior offense would get another chance with a little over 3:00 minutes remaining. But a controversial turnover on a fumbled snap, recovered by Lafayette, appeared to have exhausted all of Brookwood's lives. The play appeared to be blown dead by an official's whistle, only for the crew to give the Hornets the ball.
The senior-laden Warrior defense came up with another big stop. After using all three timeouts on defense to get the ball back, the Brookwood offense had one more chance with 2:00 minutes remaining. Taking over at their own 30-yard line with no timeouts, a perfectly executed screen pass to Marcus West out of the backfield netted nearly 65 yards before West was tripped up around the Lafayette 5-yard line.
Nathan Yokley carried the ball on a sweep play to score his second touchdown of the night. Forsyth found freshman TJ Thomas for a highlight catch in the corner of the end-zone for the two-point conversion, tying the game at 21-21 with just over a minute to play.
On Lafayette's first play in overtime, a botched snap was able to be recovered by the Warriors. A Nathan Yokley field goal after a few Brookwood runs sealed the deal, finishing the furious rally for a 24-21 win.
The Warriors are in action for their first regular season game this Friday at Maclay School in Tallahassee. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Warrior Cross Country had a great showing at the Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday, with the Girls Varsity finishing 3rd as a team out of 11 schools in the competition. Katie Knifer (7th, 27:04) and Emma Szwarc (10th, 27:44) led the way for the Lady Warriors. Peggy Boltja (13th, 28:33) and Mary Claire Chapman (16th, 29:58) also competed well, giving Brookwood a quarter of the Top 16 runners in the competition.
In the Boys Varsity race, Kent Grayson finished 9th out of 79 runners - competing as an 8th grader against older competition. In Girls Middle School, Abby Stalvey finished 2nd out of 29 runners in that race. Addison Gamble also finished in the Top 10, finishing 8th. James Mizell finished 10th in the Boys Middle School race, giving the Warriors six Top-10 finishers on the day across the four races.
Brookwood Softball's home opener Tuesday went into extra innings and ended in dramatic fashion, with the host Lady Warriors walking-off on Kendall Boggs' hard hit to the left-center field gap. The 6-5 win over Region foe Southland Academy improves the Lady Warriors to 1-1 in Region play early in the season.
After falling behind early, an Abby Jones to Ann Murray Jackson double-play seemed to ignite Brookwood. Trailing 4-1 in the Top of the 5th, Jones caught a line drive and quickly threw to Jackson at first, catching the Southland runner in motion having not tagged up. In the Bottom of the 5th, Jones carried that momentum to the plate. Her bases-loaded single scored Jessie Wortman and Boggs to pull Brookwood within a run, trailing 4-3.
After no scoring action in the 6th or Top half of the 7th, Brookwood was still down 4-3 in their final frame. Boggs hit a double before moving to 3rd base on a fielder's choice. Kale Schofill, just an 8th grader and starting in centerfield, connected for a 2-out single through the left side to score Boggs and force extra innings.
In extra innings rules, a runner starts each inning on 2nd base. In the Top of the 8th, Southland converted their given runner to take a 5-4 lead and put the pressure back on Brookwood. In the Bottom half, a Southland throwing error to 1st base allowed Brookwood to tie the game with their given runner. Boggs dug in again and came in clutch, with a 2-out bases-loaded line drive to end the game.
Abby Lee pitched all 8 innings for Brookwood, limiting Southland to only score in the 2nd and 8th innings. The Lady Warrior defense was solid throughout, highlighted by the Jones to Jackson double play and a diving effort by Wortman at shortstop.
Up next for Brookwood is Thursday's trip to Camilla to play at Westwood School.
Brookwood's Clay Target athletes had a great showing at their first match of the season this past Saturday at Flint River Trap and Skeet in Albany, Georgia. The Warriors had 19 shooters competing against 85 athletes from seven schools in the GISA. The competition consisted of 100 sporting clays and 50 skeet targets. Brookwood was led by a top five scorers of Callan Walker (127), Max Powers (114), Ava Cauley (112), Parker Lee (111) and Will Bryant (106). Walker finished the day with the fifth highest overall score in the meet. He had the second highest score in Skeet, connecting on 48 out of 50. His performance in skeet included a perfect round of 25. Ava Cauley finished as the third highest female in Skeet, hitting 43 out of 50.The team included 8 athletes participating in their first match. The Warriors will continue to compete in matches throughout the fall to prepare for the GISA State competition in November in Savannah at the Forest City Gun Club. This sport has grown rapidly over the past few years throughout the GISA, and that is certainly evident on Brookwood's campus. The team now has 24 team members, with every grade from 6th to 12th represented. Coach Mike Simpson has expressed he is very excited about the talent being developed and expects to be successful in gunning for a state title this year. “I was really proud of our young athletes and the way they competed with positive attitudes and smiles,” Simpson said. “They continue on a pathway towards building a championship program through their commitment and parental support.”
Brookwood Cross Country has a new head coach in Maureen Springfield. Springfield has served as the Warriors’ Cross Country assistant coach in multiple stints since 2010. She has sponsored the Girls Running Strong club on campus for three years, building interest in running with the younger ages with fourth and fifth grade girls. Many of those girls will compete with the Middle School team this year.
“I’m looking forward to working with all of the Middle and Upper School runners, especially some of my former Girls Running Strong members!” said Springfield.
Still an avid runner herself, Springfield still competes in various half marathons and even recently completed a full marathon. She has taught Middle School and Upper School Art at Brookwood since 2003.
“I am pleased to announce that Coach Maureen Springfield will lead our Cross Country program. She has had a positive impact on our runners for a long time. I am confident that her leadership will create a positive experience for our student-athletes,” noted Athletic Director Shane Boggs.
Sean Landeta will assist Springfield as an assistant coach. A schedule of meets will be announced soon once finalized.
With the GISA calendar being adjusted, the Warrior Football schedule had a few changes recently before the 2020 season kicks off. The first game of the year will now be September 11th on the road at Maclay School just across the state line in Tallahassee, Florida.
In a schedule of streaks, the Warriors will then enjoy a four-game homestand the following month. Brookwood will host GHSA's Seminole County and Lanier County before seeing Briarwood Academy and Terrell Academy in succession over four consecutive Friday nights at Warrior Stadium.
The ensuing three weeks will then feature road trips to Tattnall Square Academy in Macon on October 16th, Edmund Burke Academy on October 23rd, and Southwest Georgia Academy in Demascus on October 30th.
The final three regular season games will be against GISA AAA-3 Region rivals Tiftarea Academy for Homecoming, at Valwood School on November 13th and home against Southland Academy on November 20th in the regular season finale for Senior Night.
The GISA pushed the playoffs dates to November 27th (Quarterfinals), December 4th (State Semifinals), and December 11th (State Championship.) The top eight teams, based on MaxPreps rankings, in each classification will qualify for the playoffs this year.
UPDATE 8/11/2020: The Warriors will host Frederica Academy at Warrior Stadium for a scrimmage on August 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Brookwood will have a few new faces in the Athletic Department this upcoming school year, as the Warriors bring in Will Dettor and Mario Mathis as coaches. Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Shane Boggs notes, “I'm excited about the additions of Mario Mathis and Will Dettor. We have hired two great men and great leaders. They will add to what is already a great athletic experience at Brookwood.”
Dettor will be the Warriors’ Defensive Coordinator for Varsity football, serve as an Assistant Athletic Director, and manage the strength and conditioning program for all of Brookwood’s student-athletes. Dettor brings 18 years of experience as a defensive coordinator with him to Thomasville. He arrives at Brookwood from Lanier County High School in Lakeland, Georgia where he was the Defensive Coordinator and Weightlifting coach the past two seasons. Prior to his time at Lanier County, Dettor was the Head Coach of Lake Weir High School in Ocala, Florida. Dettor’s previous coaching experience includes stops across the state of Florida at football powers Newberry, Palatka, Lake Butler Union County, and Florida State University School in Tallahassee. He also serves as the Co-Founder and Commissioner of the Florida High School 7v7 Association.
“We’re extremely excited to be a part of the Brookwood family. Having the connection within our family of my fiancé having gone to Brookwood is great,” said Dettor. “I’m looking forward to working with the student-athletes across all sports in the strength and conditioning program and getting back into athletic administration at the school level. Coaching football has been a big part of my career and I can’t wait to start working with our players.”
“Coach Dettor has been a success at every school he has invested in. He has worked with several tremendous coaches over the years. Will brings a combination of knowledge, experience, and consistency and he will have a tremendous impact on our student-athletes,” said Boggs.
Mathis will coach Outside Linebackers for the Warriors’ Varsity football team this fall and also be the Defensive Coordinator for Brookwood’s Middle School team. He will teach 6th through 9th grade Physical Education classes. Familiar to the Brookwood community already, Mathis will continue assisting the Girls Basketball and Girls Soccer programs at all levels. Mathis was an assistant coach for the Lady Warriors state champion basketball team this past season. Prior to coaching at Brookwood, Mathis worked on staff for the Florida State University football program in the Seminoles’ recruiting department. After graduating from Thomasville High in 2013, Mathis played four seasons at linebacker for University of Central Florida before finishing his eligibility on FSU’s 2017 team as a graduate transfer.
“I’m excited to be at Brookwood,” said Mathis. “I’m looking forward to being a positive influence and a light in all these students’ lives across campus.”
“Coach Mathis has earned the respect of the Brookwood community. That made for a seamless transition when this position came open. Mario has displayed a knowledge of the game and a desire to be a light to those that he works with,” Boggs remarked.
At the close of the school year, beloved science teacher of 23 years, Carol Sheftall, will retire
from Brookwood School.
The Brookwood School Class of 2020 recognized with car parade.
Brookwood Kindergarten students get a send-off to first grade.
On Friday, Watts announced to seniors and their parents that graduation will take place in person on Saturday, May 30, public health conditions permitting. Baccalaureate, a tradition that normally takes place the night before graduation, will be combined with the graduation ceremony.
Brookwood Athletics will be streaming the Girls Basketball State Championship game next Friday night! Grab your popcorn & relive the Girls Basketball State Championship "with" us!
There will be live commentary from Coach Webb throughout and more.
April 17th, 7:30 p.m.
More details on how/where to watch next week...
Many of our teachers have noted that the little moments have been the most special, whether they are helping a student with a particular issue, celebrating a birthday remotely, or connecting on a common interest.
Family’s 3D printers churning out masks.
To the Brookwood School Community,
As referenced in the March 12, 2020 update
last night, Brookwood School administration is currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation. On a daily basis, we are reviewing information from the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, independent school organizations, news sources, and national, state, and local governments. We are in close communication with local health officials about this changing situation.
Due to concerns regarding the spreading of COVID-19, as of March 13, 2020, the Georgia Independent School Association has suspended all interscholastic activities, including athletics and Literary, effective March 14, 2020 through April 10, 2020. This means there will be no athletic competitions, including games, matches, and tournaments, until April 10, 2020 or further notice.
Currently, Brookwood School remains open and will permit athletic practices (while open) to continue with special attention made to keeping our student athletes safe.
Please understand that this remains a fluid and rapidly changing situation. Changes may be made as we are made aware of shifting best practices for the prevention of spreading COVID-19.
Keep calm and Warrior On!
Dr. Randy Watts
The Lady Warrior soccer team defeated Deerfield-Windsor on Tuesday night at home in exciting fashion, using penalty kicks to break a game that finished regulation tied 3-3. Jessie Wortman scored Brookwood's first goal, Caroline Miller tied the game at 2-2 with just under 11 minutes to play, and Holland Walker's PK with 2 minutes left in regulation put Brookwood even again at 3-3.
Walker, Ryan Gaston, and Mollie Vick all connected in PKs while Abby Jones made two stops in goal on Deerfield-Windsor attempts to give Brookwood the win in PKs.
In the Boys game, Griffin King's goal started the scoring midway through the 1st Half put Brookwood ahead at Halftime, 1-0. Two Spencer Richardson goals in the 2nd Half put the game out of reach for a 3-0 Brookwood win.
The Lady Warriors play at Region opponent Tiftarea tomorrow before both teams travel to Georgia Christian on Friday.
To see videos from the Girls game, click on the Brookwood Athletics Twitter feed here.
Senior Isabella Grayson, who has already signed to Davidson College to dive collegiately next year, has been invited to compete with the AAU National Diving Team and will compete in the 3-meter Springboard event in Mission Viejo, California against competition from across the country in May.
Congrats, Izzy! Go Warriors!
Brookwood Warrior Tennis remains undefeated, off to a 6-0 start on the season!
Boys Tennis defeated Valwood on Monday, winning 4-1. Andrew Cooper, Dallas Forsyth, and Alex Kadel each won Singles matches while Doubles partners Nic Kadel and Taylor Huffman took their match.
The Lady Warriors were swept by a skilled Valwood team, dropping the decision. The two teams return to action tomorrow at Tiftarea Academy.
The Varsity and Middle School Golf teams recently competed in the Frederica Invitational on at Pine Lake on Jekyll Island.
Varsity placed 2nd out of 15 schools in the event, shooting 303 as a team. Jack Boltja was the low score from the team, shooting a 71 and finishing third overall individually. Coach Wallace Marsh said, "The conditions were tough and this was our first match for the season due to the rain. There was some tough competition and it was good to kick off the season with a second-place finish."
Katherine Cook (74) and Jay Sanders (78) both also had strong days for Brookwood.
Taking home first place as a team was Valwood, who will be tough region competition for the Warriors this season.
The Middle School Warriors also had a strong showing. Coach Marsh said, "I was very impressed with our Middle School Team. They made some in-round adjustments and shot some great scores." JD Culbreth fired a 77, Shep Davis 82, Stafford Davis 84, and Emmett Street 97. "It was also the Middle School's first match of the season, so I am excited about watching them develop."
Brookwood will host Deerfield-Windsor this Thursday at Glen Arven Country Club and play in the Viking Invitational on Saturday. Coach Marsh says, "It is a great joy to coach these teams and I am ready for an exciting season."
Brookwood Baseball improved to 2-1 on the season with a 7-6 win over Maclay, exacting some revenge on the two teams' previous meeting in Tallahassee.
Harper McLendon started on the mound and scattered 5 hits through his 6.2 innings, nearly throwing a complete game.
The Warrior offense started hot, scoring in each of its first four innings at the plate. Jacob Lauderdale's RBI triple started the scoring in the Bottom 1st.
Zack Counts had a great day with the bat, going 3-3 and earning a walk. His solo homerun in the Bottom of the 3rd stretched the Brookwood lead to 5-2. The Warriors scored another run later in the 3rd and tacked on one more in the bottom of the 4th, building a 7-2 lead.
Brookwood was patient at the plate on the day, drawing 9 walks as a team including 3 by Parker Mirick.
Things got dicey for Brookwood late, as a Maclay rally in the Top of the 7th put the game in doubt. The Marauders scored 4 and put the tieing run on base. Mirick came on in relief for Brookwood to strike out the last batter and secure the win.
Brookwood is now 2-1 on the season and will travel to play at Southwest Georgia Academy on Friday afternoon. Region play starts next week with a three game series against Tiftarea Academy.
Brookwood Boys Tennis improved to 5-0 on the season with recent wins over Niceville High School and Chiles High School!
Friday, February 28
Warrior Boys Tennis beat Niceville High School, 3-2. Andrew Cooper put on a well fought match against Jack Mills and came out on top 6-3, 6-2 in #1 Singles play. Dallas Forsyth had an exciting match against Blake Forester. Forsyth won 6-3, 3-6, 10-4. Pairing up for the first time this season, Nic Kadel and Taylor Huffman handled their opponents, Mason Nunley and Khang Dao, with ease in Doubles play 6-0, 6-3.
Monday, March 2
Brookwood beat Chiles High School, 3-2. Warriors went down 0-2 after losing the #3 singles and #2 doubles matches. With impressive wins at #1 doubles and #1 singles, the match was tied at 2-2. Dallas Forsyth, playing in #2 Singles match, secured the victory for Brookwood. He won the first set 6-2 and dropped the second set 2-6, pushing the match to a 10-point tie-breaker. In a close finish, Forsyth was able to secure the win over Chris de Cardonas 12-10 and give Brookwood the win. The Warriors are now 5-0 on the season.
Lady Warriors cut the nets — and coach’s hair
All-Region and All-State Teams Announced Today
With team success typically comes individual accolades and that was once again true for the Brookwood Basketball programs after great seasons.
The AAA State Champion Lady Warriors had the most selections, three, for the AAA All-State team and the most on the AAA-3 All-Region team. The Warrior Boys, winning the Region for the second consecutive season, had 5 of the 15 All-Region team members and placed one on the AAA All-State Team.
For the second consecutive season each Brookwood team had at least one GISA All-State player.
Girls Basketball Honors
AAA Girls GISA All-State Selections
Holland Walker, Senior
Mollie Vick, Senior
Erin Lewis, Junior
AAA Girls GISA State Coach of the Year: Todd Webb
AAA-3 Girls All-Region
Holland Walker, Senior
Mollie Vick, Senior
Erin Lewis, Junior
Jordan Burns, Junior
AAA-3 Girls All-Region Honorable Mention
Ella Grace Squires, Sophomore
Christy James, Sophomore
Rayne Deese, Sophomore
Boys Basketball Honors
AAA Boys GISA All-State Selection
Harrison Owens, Senior
AAA-3 Boys All-Region
Harrison Owens, Senior
Sam Barrett, Senior
JP Chapman, Senior
Dallas Forsyth, Junior
Kelton Lewis, Sophomore
AAA-3 Boys All-Region Honorable Mention
Jacob Hilson, Senior
Garrett Ledford, Freshman
AAA-3 Boys Region Coach of the Year: Drew Giudice
The Lady Warriors, playing in their first Final Four since 2008, emerged victorious Friday night in Americus over John Milledge Academy by a final score of 58-51.
Brookwood jumped out to a 12-4 early lead, highlighted by made 3-pointers from Rayne Deese, Erin Lewis, and Mollie Vick. The Lady Trojans had a 6-0 run of their own to end the 1st Quarter with Brookwood up 12-10. A back-and-forth 2nd Quarter was tied with less than thirty seconds to go until halftime when Holland Walker scored two big baskets. First she finished a driving layup and then scored again off a full-court press steal by Erin Lewis. The 4-0 spurt put Brookwood ahead 27-23 at Halftime.
Jordan Burns swished a corner 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the 3rd Quarter to put Brookwood ahead five, 39-34, going into the final frame. Tied at 42 with just under six minutes left in the game, Christy James finished a tough drive to the rim with contact and sank the and-one free throw to put the Lady Warriors ahead for good. Clinging to a one point lead with three and a half minutes left, James drove past her defender again to put Brookwood up three, 50-47.
James continued to prove to be everywhere. After Holland Walker made 1 of 2 free throws to put the Lady Warriors up 2, James got a steal on the JMA defensive rebound and scored it to go up four, 53-49, with just over two minutes to play. Mollie Vick made 4 of 6 free throws down the stretch to ice it, including two in a row to go up 56-49.
The win puts the Lady Warriors in their first State Championship game since 2007 and their first ever in the AAA classification. The Lady Warriors will see a familiar foe tonight for the state title, the Deerfield-Windsor Lady Knights. The Region rivals have already met three times this season and get to play once more for all the marbles. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. in Americus at Georgia Southwestern State University.To see the final buzzer sound and the girls celebrate on the court, click here!
Tonight's State Championship game can be watched on Livestream here.
Warrior Boys Tennis defeated the rival Deerfield-Windsor Knights on Thursday at Glen Arven, winning 4-1. The Warriors improved to 3-0 on the season and 2-0 in Region play.
Andrew Cooper, Dallas Forsyth, and Taylor Huffman swept the singles matchups in positions 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Making his debut on the season, Mac Brandon partnered with Alex Kadel to earn their win at #2 Doubles 6-1, 6-0.
The visiting Lady Knights defeated Brookwood Girls, 5-0. At #3 Singles, Abby Lee fought hard in her first singles match of the season, but fell short by the final score of 4-6, 4-6.
Brookwood Baseball improved to 1-1 on the young season, taking a 12-2 victory over Southwest Georgia Academy in the 2020 home opener Monday afternoon. Brookwood only needed six innings to take the mercy rule win over their visitors from Demascus.
Parker Mirick got the start on the mound, throwing 3 innings and striking out 6. Harper McLendon came on in relief to pitch the final 3 innings and he struck out 7 SGA batters himself. The two combined to scatter just 2 hits and 5 walks across their 6 innings of work. The Warrior defense behind them played without an error on the night.
At the plate, Brookwood made the most of their 6 hits and took advantage of a sloppy SGA defense which committed 6 errors. Brookwood was patient in the batter's box, working for 8 walks. Nick Knifer and Mirick each had 2 RBI. Marcus West, JP Chapman, and Zack Counts each hit a double.
The Warriors won't have another Varsity contest until next Tuesday, March 3rd when they host Maclay School at Strickland Field on campus here in Thomasville. It will be a rematch of last week's season opener, when the Marauders took a 5-3 game in Tallahassee.
Lady Warrior Tennis improved to 1-1 on the season, beating Tiftarea 5-0 on Monday. Already up 1-0, the Lady Warriors went on to secure their win by closing out a couple of close matches. Top Doubles team Abby Lee and Lexi Taylor fought to hold off their opponents came out on top 6-4, 6-2. In the #2 Singles, Brett Heath managed to finish strong with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 decision.
Brookwoods Boys improved to 2-0 on the season, having already beaten Thomasville High last week. The Warriors took care of Tiftarea easily, winning 5-0. Already up 2-0 on the Panthers, the boys sealed the deal with a couple of players making their season debut. Dallas Forsyth was victorious over his opponent with the score of 6-1, 6-1. Sam Barrett partnered with Andrew Cooper to get a doubles victory over Thomas Coogle and Tucker Hall of Tiftarea.
Up next, Brookwood hosts Deerfield-Windsor on Thursday at Glen Arven Country Club.
Just a few nights after defense propeled them to victory in the 1st Round, the Lady Warrior offense stole the show in Friday afternoon's GISA AAA Quarterfinal game. In control with an 18-13 lead at the end of the 1st Quarter, the Lady Warriors used six made 3-pointers in the 2nd Quarter to run out to a 44-25 Halftime advantage on Holy Spirit Prep. Erin Lewis swished three, Jordan Burns hit two, and Mollie Vick had one in the 3-point barrage.
The Lady Cougars came in as the defending AAA State Champs but were no match for Brookwood's ball movement, shooting, and pressure defense that dominated the tempo. Up 60-44 going into the 4th Quarter, Brookwood smartly protected its lead and went on to win 69-56.
Ella Grace Squires controlled the paint with 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots, Lewis grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists, and Vick was a pest defensively with 3 steals.
The win advances the Lady Warriors to next week's AAA Final Four in Americus. This is the first Final Four appearance for Brookwood Girls Basketball since 2008.
They will meet John Milledge Academy on Friday at 6:00 p.m. in the Storm Dome on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University. John Milledge was a 44-32 winner over Pinewood Christian in the day's second Quarterfinal.
A familiar foe could be seen in the State Championship, as the other State Semifinal matches Bulloch Academy and Deerfield-Windsor - a Region rival whom the Lady Warriors have already faced three times this season.
Brookwood Basketball is receiving great recognition for its current success by both our Lady Warriors and Warriors!
Lady Warrior Basketball in AAA Quarterfinals for second consecutive season!
Brookwood Girls traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday for a neutral site game against Westminster Schools of Augusta. Playing shorthanded while missing Sophomore Christy James, a defensive and rebounding star for Brookwood, the Lady Warriors were still more than impressive on that end of the floor winning 43-37.
With a 14-11 lead going in to the 2nd Quarter, the Warriors dug in definsively as a team and just kept getting stops. And more stops. And then a few more. Ella Grace Squires was a presence in the paint, blocking 7 Lady Wildcats' shot attempts on the night. At halftime, Brookwood had expanded the lead to 26-11, holding Westminster scoreless in the 2nd Quarter.
A back-and-forth 2nd Half saw Westminster tighten it to a 10-point game, 43-33, with just over 2 minutes left in regulation. Brookwood defended and rebounded well enough to hold on for the 43-37 final score.
Holland Walker had 8 rebounds and 3 steals. The Lady Warriors advance to the AAA Quarterfinals for the second consecutive season, where they will face defending state champion Holy Spirit Prep on Friday in Macon. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Tattnall Square Academy.To see the updated AAA Bracket after last night's results, click here!
THOMASVILLE — Love is in the air at Brookwood School as students celebrate Valentine’s Day with classmates, friends, and family.
Brookwood Boys Basketball won its second consecutive Region Tournament late Friday night in Americus at Georgia Southwestern University! After defeating Valwood in the Semifinal, Brookwood took on Southland in the Championship game.
#1 Brookwood 61, #4 Valwood School 56
Valwood led 31-28 at halftime. A back and forth 3rd Quarter saw Brookwood take 46-44 lead going into final frame. A 14-3 Warrior run to start the 4th Quarter put the game out of reach with Brookwood up, 60-47. Valwood made a late surge but Brookwood held on to advance to Friday's championship. Dallas Forsyth led with 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers on the night and three of those makes in the pivotal 3rd Quarter. Harrison Owens scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and grabbed 7 rebounds. All 9 Warriors who checked in the game scored, as Brookwood shot 57% as a team in the contest.
#1 Brookwood 56, #2 Southland Academy 37
A made 3-pointer by Harrison Owens just before halftime gave Brookwood momentum going into the lockerroom, up 21-20. Both teams worked their way to the free throw line in a 3rd Quarter which saw 6 lead changes and 4 ties. Trailing 27-29, JP Chapman found Garrett Ledford open in transition for a corner 3-pointer to put the Warriors ahead 30-29 with 2 minutes left in the 3rd Quarter. Jacob Hilson's layup at the buzzer, off another Chapman assist, put Brookwood up 36-31 going into the 4th Quarter. On Brookwood's first possession of 4th Quarter, Ledford spotted Harrison Owens running the court for an easy 2 in transition to put Brookwood up 38-31 and in control of the game. A frustrated Southland Academy was called for a flagrant foul and two technicals, allowing JP Chapman to go shoot 6 free throws at the line. Chapman made 3 of his attempts, putting Brookwood up 41-31. From there, Brookwood defended, rebounded, and took care of the ball to run away with the game, winning by 19. Chapman finished with 22 points, Harrison Owens poured in 15 on 6-of-6 shooting.
Quotes from Coach Giudice - "I'm so proud of this team's unselfish nature. We have guys that could play more or have larger roles on other teams, but these guys are focused on the collective 160 minutes we get each game as a group."
"It's very difficult to go back-to-back Region champs as the #1 seed. This core has grown up and just went 17-3 against Region competition the past 2 years. Their experience and composure showed. We hope to have a great crowd at home Wednesday night for the 1st Round."
Check out the lockerroom celebration in this video here!
The Warriors host #4 Westminster School (Augusta) on Wednesday in the 1st Round of the GISA AAA Playoffs in the Beverly Athletic Center. The 6:00 p.m. game will be #2 Creekside Christian vs. #3 Bulloch Academy.
Wednesday, February 19th
Beverly Athletic Center, Brookwood School
#2 Creekside Christian vs. #3 Bulloch Academy, 6:00 p.m.
#1 Brookwood School vs. #4 Westminster School of Augusta, 7:30 p.m.
Brookwood Lady Warrior basketball finished the Region Tournment Friday night as the Runner-up, falling in the AAA-3 Championship game to the Deerfield-Windsor Knights by a final score of 41-29. The Lady Warriors fought back to make it a tight game after trailing by 18 at halftime.
Brookwood reached the Championship game after a win in the Semifinal over Southland Academy on Thursday, 47-36. The girls were led by Erin Lewis with 6 rebounds and a timely 3-pointer in the 4th Quarter. Christy James had 6 steals and Ella Grace Squires had 3 blocked shots.
The Lady Warriors advance to the AAA State Playoffs as a #2-seed and will play #3-seed Westminster School of Augusta. The game will be Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in Atlanta at Holy Spirit Prep. Holy Spirit Prep is the #1-seed and will play #4 Westfield School.
Tuesday, February 18th
@ Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta
#2 Brookwood School vs. #3 Westminster School of Augusta, 6:00 p.m.
#1 Holy Spirit Prep vs. #4 Westfield School, 7:30 p.m.
(The two winners of these games would play Friday in Macon in Quarterfinals)
Wesley Brown lettered as a Warrior in four different varsity sports in his time on campus: football, baseball, basketball, and track. Brown’s performance on the football field stands out, as he graduated as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,326 yards from scrimmage. He was named both All-Region and All-State three consecutive seasons in 1996, 1997, and 1998.
Other athletic accomplishments include earning Warrior Football Team MVP in 1997 and 1998 and receiving the Class of 1999’s Outstanding Male Athlete award. Brown also garnered 2nd place at the 1999 GISA State Track meet in the 300m Hurdles.
After his time at Brookwood, Brown went on to graduate from the University of Florida with his Bachelor’s degree and the University of South Florida with a Master’s. In his free time, he mentors people with substance abuse problems and helps find employment for those in remission. He resides here in Thomasville, where he is the General Manager of the popular Jonah’s Fish & Grits downtown.
Stephen Cheney Jr. ‘04
Stephen Cheney Jr. was a three-sport athlete at Brookwood, competing in football, basketball, and baseball in his time as a Warrior. Stephen was a main contributor on two of the best teams in Brookwood’s Baseball history, a power-hitting Catcher for the back-to-back State Champion teams of 2003 and 2004. He was a three-time All-Region player behind the plate and named All-State as a Junior and Senior in 2003 and 2004.
On the football field, Stephen earned All-Region honors in the Fall seasons of 2002 and 2003 as a Quarterback and also played Linebacker.
He went on to play baseball collegiately and have a successful career at LaGrange College for four seasons from 2005 through 2008. Presently, he lives in Thomasville and works as a Vice President at Thomasville National Bank. He is active in both civic and community affairs in Thomasville and the Thomas County area.
Stephen Shea ‘04
Stephen Shea was a two-sport athlete at Brookwood in the early 2000’s, playing both football and baseball. He was a core part to two of the best teams in Brookwood’s Baseball history, winning back-to-back State Championships in 2003 and 2004.
He excelled as an All-State pitcher and outfielder in 2003 and 2004. As a pitcher in 2003, he went 11-2 on a team that posted a 26-3 record en route to a State Championship win. He continued his strong play as a Senior, going 7-3 on the mound while sporting a 1.58 ERA with 101 strikeouts. In the batter’s box, he carried a solid bat that season hitting .431 for the Warriors. That year Brookwood went 24-3, winning a second consecutive State title by sweeping Tiftarea Academy in a Best-of-3 Series at Strickland Field on campus. He was named the Area’s Player of the Year by the Thomasville Times-Enterprise after his Senior season in 2004.
On the Football field, Shea was named All-Region twice as a Linebacker. He went on to play baseball collegiately at Furman University in South Carolina. He currently works in medical sales in Tallahassee.
Will Sheftall ‘03
Will Sheftall was an outstanding runner for Brookwood in the early 2000’s on both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He set five school records including the 5k in cross country and four others in track: the 1600m, 3200m, 800m, and as a member of the 4x400 relay.
Individually, he won five State Championships in his time as a Warrior. As a Junior in 2001 and Senior in 2002, he took 1st Place at the Cross Country State Meet. In Track, he took State titles for the 1600m in 2002, and both the 3200m and 800m in 2003. As a team, the Warriors won the Cross Country State Championship in the Fall of 2002. Sheftall was chosen as the Outstanding Male Athlete for the Class of 2003.
He went on to run both cross country and track collegiately at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In his senior year, he was named to the All-Region team.
After graduating from Rhodes, Will earned his Master’s degree from Louisiana State University. Currently, Sheftall lives in Huntersville, North Carolina where he manages two bikes shops.
The two Brookwood basketball programs will travel to Americus this week for an opportunity to claim GISA Region 3-AAA titles. The Region Tournament will be held in the Storm Dorm on campus of Georgia Southwestern State University for the third consecutive season.
The Lady Warriors will take on Southland Academy Thursday, having split the two regular-season matchups with the Lady Raiders so far this season. Brookwood's Boys must wait until Tuesday night to find out their Semifinal opponent, as they will see the winner of Tuesday's play-in game between #4 Valwood School and #5 Tiftarea Academy.
For a full schedule, see below.
Tuesday, February 11th
@ Valwood School
5:00 p.m. Girls #4 Tiftarea Academy vs. #5 Valwood School
6:30 p.m. Boys #4 Valwood School vs. #5 Tiftarea Academy
Thursday, February 13th
@ Georgia Southwestern State University
4:00 p.m. Girls #2 Southland Academy vs. #3 Brookwood School
5:30 p.m. Boys #2 Southland Academy vs. #3 Deerfield-Windsor
7:00 p.m. Girls #1 Deerfield-Windsor vs. #4/#5 winner
8:30 p.m. Boys #1 Brookwood School vs. #4/#5 winner
Friday, February 14th
@ Georgia Southwestern State University
4:00 p.m. Girls Consolation Game for #3-seed
5:30 p.m. Boys Consolation Game for #3-seed
7:00 p.m. Girls Championship Game
8:30 p.m. Boys
Girls Basketball, Region Standings
Boys Basketball, Region Standings
Nominations for the Brookwood Athletics Hall of Fame are open online!To use the online form, click here.
Nominations are ongoing until March 15th for this Fall's induction class.
As part of National Signing Day yesterday, Brookwood Athletics honored three seniors who are headed to three different colleges to compete in three different sports.
Andrew Cooper signed with the University of Mary Washington located in Fredericksburg, Virginia to play tennis for the Eagles. Andrew's sister, Rachel '17, will be a Senior on the Lady Eagles tennis team. UMW competes in NCAA Division III and is a member of the Capital Athletic Conference. Andrew will be a key member of the Brookwood Tennis team this Spring.
Isabella Grayson signed with Davidson College located in North Carolina to compete on the Swimming and Diving team for the Wildcats. Davidson is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and is in NCAA Division I. Isabella has trained at Moss Farms Diving in Moultrie.
Ben Sanders inked pen to paper with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton to play Golf for the Stallions. ABAC competes athletically in the NJCAA and is a member of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. The Warrior Golf team is expected to compete for the GISA State Championship again this year.The Thomasville Times-Enterprise ran this article in today's paper. Read more here!
Brookwood Basketball sent out eight seniors in style last night, honoring two Lady Warriors and six Boys Varsity players during Senior Night against Valwood. Both Brookwood teams took Region victories in differing styles.
The Lady Warriors (13-10, 5-2) blew out Valwood by the final score of 71-21 after leading 46-9 at halftime. The two Brookwood Seniors were the stars of the game, each finishing with impressive stat lines. Mollie Vick went for 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals while Holland Walker had 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. Neither committed a turnover on the night.
The Warrior Boys (14-7, 7-0) pulled away late to win, 50-35. Brookwood struggled through the 1st Quarter on both ends of the court, falling behind 11 to 17. From there, the Warriors changed defensive strategies and focused on controlling the pace of play. Valwood scored only 18 points in the final 24 minutes against solid Brookwood defense and rebounding. Brookwood clinched the #1 seed in the AAA-3 Region Tournament for the second consecutive season.
Harrison Owens had 18 points on 8 of 11 shooting, JP Chapman had 9 points and 5 assists in his return from injury, and Sam Barrett had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and blocked 4 shots.
Both teams travel to Tallahassee tonight for games at Chiles High School.
THOMASVILLE - Brookwood School kindergarteners celebrated 100 days of school with vintage style!
Brookwood Basketball went 4-0 in an important Friday to Saturday quick turnaround, with the Lady Warriors and Warriors each winning a Region game on the road and at home.
Friday night at Tiftarea Academy, the Lady Warriors jumped out to an 18-4 lead. After Tiftarea battled throughout to cut into the large deficit, Brookwood led 48-41 with just under 6:00 minutes to go in the 4th Quarter. A quick 9-0 Lady Warrior run ignited by defensive rebounding, crisp outlet passes, and fast break layups put the game out of reach. Sophomore Christy James had 10 rebounds and 6 steals, while Erin Lewis and Holland Walker each dished 4 assists in the 61-46 Brookwood win.
In the Boys game, Brookwood led the Tiftarea Panthers 35-19 at halftime after using a 19-6 2nd Quarter to seize control. An 8-0 Warrior run to start the 3rd Quarter effectively iced the game. Brookwood went on to win 68-42 behind 15 points and 11 rebounds from Sam Barrett. Sophomore Kelton Lewis and Freshman Zack Counts scored 11 and 9, respectively.
At home on Saturday afternoon, the Lady Warriors improved to 4-1 in Region play with a 44-42 win over Southland Academy. The Lady Warriors led throughout the close contest, following Ella Grace Squires 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
The Warriors finished the weekend sweep in the Boys game, improving to 5-0 in Region play with their 46-41 win over the Raiders. Dallas Forsyth went 4 of 5 from behind the 3-point line and led with 15 points. Sam Barrett finished with 6 points and 10 rebounds. The Warriors are now 24-4 in their last 28 games against GISA competition.
Tuesday night Brookwood hosts Deerfield-Windsor in two matchups with big impact on the AAA-3 standings. The Lady Knights (6-0) and Knights (5-1) come to Thomasville for two games playing for first place. Girls tip-off is at 6:15 with Boys action to follow.
Girls Basketball, Region Standings
Tiftarea…. 1-5Valwood…. 0-6
Boys Basketball, Region Standings
Tiftarea…. 1-5Valwood…. 0-6
Congratulations to Jacob Lauderdale and Jack Boltja, both recently committing to play collegiate athletics at Division I programs! Jacob '21 verbally committed to play Baseball at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina and Jack '21 has committed to Golf at Georgia Southern in Statesboro.
Lauderdale will be a Junior and key component of the Warrior baseball team this Spring on the pitcher's mound and in the infield. Coastal Carolina baseball has become one of the most consistent winning programs in the country, making the NCAA Tournament 16 times since 2001. Competing out of the Big South Conference, the Chanticleers have been rewarded with multiple Regional host sites, #1 seeds, and broke through in 2016 winning the College World Series with wins over Florida, Texas Tech, TCU, and Arizona.
Boltja, also still only a Junior, will help lead a talented Warrior Golf team again this Spring as they compete for another Region title and eye a State Championship. Georgia Southern Golf has experienced strong success the last few years. Competing out of the Sun Belt Conference, the Eagles finished 4th out of 13 teams at the Stanford Regional in Palo Alto, California last year and qualified for the NCAA Championships where they finished 26th in the nation. In 4 of the last 5 seasons, the Eagles have finished 1st or 2nd in the Sun Belt Conference.
Both can sign their National Letters of Intent in their Senior year.
Brookwood Basketball went on the road for Region contests for the second time in 48 hours Thursday night, coming away with two victories at rival Valwood.
The Lady Warriors ran away with the early game in dominating fashion, leading 28-8 at the end of the 1st Quarter and 41-17 at halftime. Brookwood cruised in the second half to win 64-23. It was a balanced effort for the Lady Warrior roster, as no one needed to play more than 15 minutes in the game. Mollie Vick had 4 assists, 5 steals, and 0 turnovers on the night. Christy James led in rebounding with 6. The aggressive Lady Warrior defense forced 37 Valwood turnovers and unselfish offense tallied 16 assists. Brookwood improved to 2-1 in Region play.
The Boys game was much tighter throughout. Sloppy Brookwood finishes to the 2nd and 3rd Quarters allowed Valwood to shrink double-digit Warrior leads in each frame. Brookwood led 26-20 at Halftime and 47-45 going into the 4th Quarter. In a game that featured multiple momentum swings, Brookwood made enough plays down the stretch to win. Trailing 56-57, Sam Barrett knocked down the go-ahead three pointer off a Harrison Owens assist with less than a minute to go. On the ensuing possession, Owens made a steal and was immediately fouled. The Senior swished both free throws to put the Warriors up 4, 61-57, with 16 seconds left. Another Owens steal finished the game on the next possession.
Barrett finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Owens scored 14 to go with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Sophomore Kelton Lewis chipped in 12 points and freshman Garrett Ledford tallied 11. Brookwood is now 3-0 in Region play.
Brookwood hosts Berrien High School in the Beverly Athletic Center next Tuesday. Girls tip-off is at 6:00 p.m. with Boys game to follow.
This Spring, the Brookwood Golf and Tennis teams will both be under new leadership with some familiar faces. Wallace Marsh will transition from coaching Tennis to leading Golf, while Tom Harrison becomes the Head Coach of Tennis.
Wallace Marsh, Head Golf Coach
Marsh played golf at Warren County High School in McMinnville, TN. Though he played different sports at the collegiate level, he is very much aware of what goes into developing a successful golf program. Wallace's sister was a standout golfer in the state of Tennessee, ultimately signing Division I scholarship at Tennessee Tech. Though Wallace is new to the Brookwood Golf program, he understands its success and tradition. His brother-in-law, Lee Benton (2005), played golf at Birmingham Southern, and his sister-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Benton (2015), played at Sewanee. Wallace looks forward to the 2020 season and continuing to develop the program. Warrior Golf returns their top six scorers from last year's Region Champion team, which finished third at the GISA State Match.
Tom Harrison, Head Tennis Coach
Tom is a graduate of Florida State University where he played football. He has been USTA league captain and competed in several leagues and tournaments. Tom served as president of the Glen Arven Tennis Association for ten years. He is a USTA tournament director and has directed the annual rotary and Glen Arven Country Club junior tournaments. Tom is a partner with Lanigan and Associates P.C. He is the father of two state champion tennis players, Thomas (2018) and Alden (2021). Warrior Tennis returns a talented core, including seniors Andrew Cooper and Alex Kadel with juniors Nic Kadel and Alden Harrison. They will look to repeat as Region Champions and contend at both the State Tournaments individually and as a team.