The Brookwood Boys Soccer team had a hot finish to their season, ripping off a 9-game winning streak and claiming the Region title en route to a GISA Quarterfinal appearance. After a slow start to the season against a tough schedule, which included the likes of Thomasville, Colquitt County, Valdosta High, and a win over Cairo the Warriors found their stride.
Their 9-game winning streak spanning March 20th through May 5th included victories over Worth County, rival Deerfield-Windsor, Berrien High, and two shutout wins over Region rival Valwood to claim the program’s third Region title since 2016. A high scoring 5-2 win over Young Americans Christian at Warrior Stadium in the 1st Round of the GISA Playoffs put Brookwood in the Quarterfinal against traditional power Westminster of Augusta. Brookwood led 1-0 until the closing minutes of regulation and suffered a tough 2-1 defeat in overtime.
Eight members of the team earned All-Region recognition, including six seniors the Warriors must replace. Emmett Miles, Robert Gallagher, Nathan Yokley, Tyson Joyner, Benjamin Filston, and goalkeeper Fincher Davis each were voted All-Region to cap their high school careers. Gallagher will go on to play at Pensacola Christian College, while Joyner will continue his soccer career at Andrew College. Will Porter and Cutter Waldrep, both Juniors who will return next year as Senior leaders, were also voted All-Region.
Emmett Miles, who led a Warriors defense from the backline that had five shutouts on the season, was named the AAA-3 Region Player of the Year.
At the State level, Miles and Gallagher were both voted GISA All-State by coaches from the association. Gallagher led the Warriors in goals, netting 11, and also dished six assists.
Coach Eddie Foy commented, “The Boys soccer team this year was one of the best squads since I have been here as the head coach. Each player was dedicated from day one to achieve our goals. We won the region this year without conceding a goal. This is our 3rd region championship in 5 years. I am very proud of the hard work and effort we put in each day to make this goal possible. The leadership from our seniors was outstanding, the best I have had the pleasure to work with. They will be sorely missed. I am excited to keep building and go again next year.”
Brookwood’s Lady Warrior soccer team finished its season as Region Champions and reached the GISA Quarterfinals. With such a successful season, one in which the Lady Warriors outscored Region opponents 51-6 and played a perfect 8-0 record, the team earned quite a few postseason individual accolades.
Ten players earned spots on the All-Region team. Half of those ten were five senior starters - Ryan Gaston, Jordan Burns, Lizzie Rollins, Eliza Miller, and Jessie Wortman. Losing such a strong nucleus would concern most programs, but the Lady Warriors still saw five other players earn All-Region who will return next season. Hutton Daniel, Hendley Bryan, Kate Ashton Redrupp, Kate Von Hellens, and Abby Jones also earned All-Region honors and will need to step up in the departed seniors' absence.
Ryan Gaston was named the Region’s Player of the Year after finishing with a team-leading 20 goals and 8 assists. She scored an incredible 7 goals in one game against Southland Academy.
Coach Eddie Foy noted, “I am very proud of our soccer family. They had a fantastic season, making history for our program. The first team in school history to win region with an undefeated record, while scoring 51 goals and only conceding 6. I am very proud of the hard work and effort we put in each day to make this goal possible. The leadership from our seniors was outstanding. I am excited to keep building and go again next year.”
Three senior captains - Gaston, Jordan Burns, and Eliza Miller - each earned the honor of being on the GISA All-State team as well. Burns was named the Brookwood senior class’s most outstanding female athlete. She finished the season with 11 goals and 6 assists. Gaston and Burns both benefited from the passing of Eliza Miller, who was the team leader in assists with 16 while also scoring 8 goals.
The team finished the year with the most wins of any team in the GISA, while the only loss to a GISA opponent was against Frederica Academy in the Quarterfinal. It was a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in overtime to end the season. The Lady Warriors will be in contention for the Region title again next season.
After the most successful season of Brookwood Baseball in the past near decade, one in which the Warriors advanced to within a game of the GISA AAA State Championship, the team was recognized with multiple postseason player awards.
Five members of the team earned All-Region distinction after finishing 7-2 against Region competition, including sweeps of rivals Southland and Valwood. Four seniors and a Sophomore found their names on the list. Coastal Carolina signee Jacob Lauderdale, Tallahassee Community College signee Harper McLendon, Andrew College signee Parker Mirick, and Covenant College signee Josh McCaskill each earned All-Region in their final year of high school baseball. Sophomore Zack Counts, who led the team in HRs with 7 on the year, was a young addition to the honor.
McCaskill played a reliable First base all year starting every game. The senior had 2 HRs, a .340 on-base percentage, and was fourth on the team with 15 RBI.
Lauderdale, one of the Warriors’ starting pitchers and primary Shortstop, earned Co-Region Player of the Year along with Auburn commit Hayden Murphy of Tiftarea Academy.
Warriors’ Head Coach Daniel Funt commented, “This is an outstanding group of young men. I'm proud of their accomplishments and how they helped the team be successful. It is awesome to have this recognition in the Region and at the State level.”
The strength of the team all year was outstanding starting pitching and defense and that showed in All-State voting from coaches across the association. Lauderdale, Mirick, McLendon, and Counts were also named All-State players in GISA AAA.
Lauderdale went 6-2 on the mound, sporting a 2.10 ERA and led the team with 77 strikeouts in less than 56 innings. At the plate he batted .348 with 2 HRs and 19 RBI.
McLendon starred everywhere as a Pitcher and Utility player, going 6-3 with 2 saves from the mound. He worked a 1.22 ERA and struck out 61 batters in just 51 innings. At the plate, he hit .309, was second on the team hitting 6 HRs, batted in 24 runs, and stole 15 bases.
Mirick was another starting pitcher and played primarily Third base in the field. On the mound he went 7-3 with a 1.91 ERA, striking out 76 in less than 59 innings pitched.
The youngest of the group was Counts, a Sophomore who caught every game for the team behind the plate and batted mostly leadoff. A key to the Warriors defense, Counts threw out 36% of baserunners. He led the team with a .379 batting average, cranked 11 doubles, 7 HRs, and had 18 RBI.
Brookwood Clay Target team members Will Bryant, Ava Cauley, and Callan Walker had success this weekend at the Georgia Junior Olympics.
Cauley retained her title as Georgia Ladies Champion for the second year in a row and finished 3rd overall in males and females with a score of 109 out of 125 in Olympic Trap.
Walker finished 4th overall in the state with a score of 99 out of 125 in Olympic Trap. Will Bryant finished 2nd in Olympic Skeet with a score of 97 out of 125. These disciplines were shot in the same international format as the Olympic Games and serve to qualify these athletes for the National Championship in Michigan this summer in which spots on the National USA shooting team will be on the line.
Congratulations to Rachel Cooper '17 and her University of Mary Washington team! The Lady Eagles won in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 recently to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals next week in Chattanooga.
Rachel secured one of the wins in a matchup over Carnegie Mellon while playing in Doubles.Read more here from the UMW website
Keep up the good work, Rachel!
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.To see photos from the Athletics Honors Night, click here!
To read the Times-Enterprise coverage on our three seniors signing, click here!
In Friday's Quarterfinal baseball action at home on Strickland Field, the Warriors dropped Game 1 to visiting Dominion Christian before rallying to take Game 2.
The Warriors jumped out early to a 3-1 lead in the Bottom of Game 1's first inning. After that, the Warrior bats couldn't get any more runs across and fell 5-3.
Playing as the "away" team in Game 2, Brookwood scored 4 runs in the Top of the 3rd and didn't look back. Harper McLendon allowed just 1 hit in 3 and 2/3 innings of relief to shut the door.To read more coverage from the Times-Enterprise in this morning's paper, click here!
Game 3 of the series is today at 1:00 p.m. at Strickland Field with the winner advancing to the Final Four!
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.To see coverage from ABC's WTXL Channel 27, click here!
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.
Warrior Baseball dominated visiting St. Andrew's yesterday in the 1st Round of the GISA AAA State Playoffs.
Brookwood ran away in Game 1 after a slow start for an 11-1 win and took control from the first inning in Game 2 for a 16-0 blowout.
Harper McLendon sent two homeruns out in the first game and another in Game 2!To read more coverage from the Thomasville Times-Enterprise, click here.
To see highlights from ABC's WTXL Channel 27, click here!
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
1st Place - Peggy Boltja
3rd Place - Abigail Middleton
1st Place - Destin Moore
1st - Peggy Boltja
3rd - Ella Grace Squires
1st - Destin Moore
1st - Peggy Boltja
4th - Jack Saussy
3rd - Ainsley Jacobson
3rd - Kent Grayson
4th - Matthew Lauderdale
2nd - Abby Stalvey
3rd - Sophia Lee
2nd - Kent Grayson
2nd - Abby Stalvey
3rd - Katie Knifer
1st - Kent Grayson
Girls 100m Hurdles
2nd - Carriyona Williams
Boys 110m Hurdles
3rd - Ean Parr
Girls 300m Hurdles
2nd - Trinity Geerdts
3rd - Carriyona Williams
Boys 300m Hurdles
4th - Ean Parr
Girls 4x100m Relay
1st - Brookwood A (Middleton, Boltja, Williams, Squires
3rd - Brookwood B (Jacobson, Hester, Stalvy, Geerdts)
Boys 4x100 Relay
3rd - Brookwood A (Thomas, Ledford, Lauderdale, Moore)
Girls 4x400m Relay
2nd - Brookwood A (Jacobson, Stalvey, Rhodes, Boltja)
3rd - Brookwood B (Hester, Geerdts, Eiford, Lee)
Girls High Jump
1st - Ella Grace Squires
2nd - Trinity Geerdts
Girls Long Jump
t-3rd - Ainsley Jacobson
Boys Long Jump
4th - Jacob Lauderdale
Girls Triple Jump
1st - Ainsley Jacobson
3rd - Carriyona Williams
Boys Triple Jump
1st - Jacob Lauderdale
Girls Discus Throw
4th - Kayla Lewis
Brookwood Girls & Boys Tennis each finished undefeated regular seasons in Region play, earning Region Championships for team play.
The Doubles pair of Alden Harrison & Bradley Merschman won the Region Tournament in a Brookwood vs. Brookwood Championship game, defeating Wil Kadel and Clark Carter.
In Singles play, Nic Kadel and Abby Lee both advanced to the Region Tournament championship matches before falling.
The individual state tournament is next week in Macon.
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.
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.
Brookwood Baseball extended its perfect start to Region play, taking the week's series opener over Valwood at home on Tuesday night. The 7-1 win over the rival Valiants puts Brookwood at 4-0 in Region play and 10-4 overall so far this year.
After a scoreless first couple innings, Brookwood took the lead in the Bottom of the 3rd with a Parker Mirick single scoring Jacob Lauderdale from second base. In the Bottom of the 4th, Brookwood used the combination of a couple walks and a couple passed balls from Valwood's Will Vickers' pitching to scratch two more runs across. Patience in the batter's box was key, as Brookwood drew 9 walks as a team on the day.
In the Bottom of the 5th, Chris May's hard hit single scored Collin Clark and Camden Harbin to open up the flood gates. Later in the inning, Harper McLendon's 2-RBI double scored two more Warriors to add to the lead and it was 7-0 Brookwood. Valwood scored one in the Top of the 6th, but the Warriors were comfortably ahead.
Harper McLendon threw a gem on the mound, needing only 74 pitches to go the distance. He finished with a complete-game win, scattering 3 hits and 2 walks across his 7 innings of work. He struck out 4 Valiant batters and gave up no earned runs on the day.
The teams will meet again on Thursday for a doubleheader at Valwood to complete the three game series.
Warrior Soccer captured a big road win in Albany Tuesday night, defeating old rival Deerfield-Windsor by the final score of 1-0.
Nathan Yokley scored the lone goal off of a pretty pass from Cutter Waldrep in the middle of the 1st Half. The Brookwood defense was tough all night, only allowing a few Knights shots on goal. Fincher Davis logged another shutout tending goal.
Brookwood Tennis won both the Boys & Girls sides of Monday's match with Community Christian School out of Tallahassee.
In the Boys lineup, the Warriors took 4 of the 5 matchups while the Girls swept all 5 lines. The Brookwood Boys remain undefeated as a team on the season. Nic Kadel, Dallas Forsyth, and Taylor Huffman swept the three Singles play matches. Kadel made quick work 6-3, 6-2. Forsyth went 7-5, 6-0 and Huffman won with ease at 6-0, 6-3. In Doubles, Alden Harrison and Bradley Merschman combined for a 6-2, 6-3 win.
On the ladies side Abby Lee, Lexi Taylor, and Sophie Thomas each took their matchups in Singles play. Lee won 6-0, 6-0 while Taylor went 6-2, 7-5 and Thomas won 6-1, 6-4. In Doubles play, Emma Szwarc and Rayne Deese breezed 6-1, 6-3 while Camille Yarbrough and Riley Johnson took care of business 6-4, 6-2.
The Warriors and Lady Warriors travel to Southland Academy for another Region match on Thursday.
Brookwood 8, Southland 0
Warrior Girls Varsity Soccer moved to 3-0 in Region play and stayed atop the Region table with yesterday's convincing 8-0 win over visiting Southland Academy at Warrior Stadium.
Hendley Bryan and Jordan Burns each converted hat tricks, combining for six of the Lady Warriors eight goals. Ryan Gaston and Eliza Miller each scored one apiece. Burns, Gaston, Miller, Jessie Wortman, Caroline Miller and Abby Jones each had assists on the night. The defense was flawless on the night, mitigating any Southland chances to score.
Coach Eddie Foy noted there is still room for improvement, saying "We won the game 8-0 but it was not our best performance. It can be difficult to hold standards of play against a team that is unorthodox in their approach. I love the fact we won 8-0 and we know we did not play our best. This should give us the motivation to come back after Spring Break hungry to keep winning and playing well. We fixed our approach to the game at halftime and came out strong in the second half with a much improved performance and hunger to score. We scored 6 second half goals with some outstanding individual and team play."Boys Varsity
Brookwood 6, Georgia Christian 3
The Warriors had a last second addition to the schedule, deciding to go to Valdosta to face Georgia Christian on Wednesday. It paid off to get a win on the ledger. Robert Gallagher scored a hat trick with three goals while Spencer Richardson, Julian Redrupp, and Nathan Yokley each scored once. Redrupp, Gallagher, Will Porter and Cutter Waldrep each had assists on the night.
Coach Foy saw this as a step in the right direction, getting a win over a tough Georgia Christian club, "Once we organized our shape better and won first and second balls we controlled the game. We some outstanding soccer, one of the best 2nd half performances I have seen us put together this season. We moved the ball very well and scored some truly incredible goals against a strong team that has only lost two games this season."
Brookwood Tennis secured its place in the driver seat at the top of the AAA-3 Region for both Boys and Girls Tennis. Thursday saw two big wins over Valwood at Glen Arven, which should lock up the number one seed in the region going into the last couple weeks of regular season play.
The Warrior boys stayed undefeated on the season winning all lines. There was a little drama with 3rd set tie breaks at #1 Singles with Nic Kadel winning 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. At #2 singles, Dallas Forsyth winning fell behind early but came back to win 0-6, 6-3, 10-6. Kadel and Forsyth's gritty performances inspired the Warriors to the win. Taylor Huffman cruised at #3 singles with a 6-2, 6-2 decision. In doubles play, #1 team of Bradley Merschman and Alden Harrison in short order 6-1, 6-0.
On the girls side, it was an even closer finish. Abby Lee and Emma Szwarc continued their great play winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-0 at #1 and #2 Singles play. Brookwood dropped both doubles play matches with to tough Valwood teams. With the match tied at 2 wins each, the deciding moment was at #3 singles where Lexi Taylor won a long and tough match 7-6, 6-1. This match took almost an hour and half to complete with extremely long points. Taylor's calm under pressure proved key.
Congratulations to Ava Cauley! Ava competed in a tournament for the Scholastic Clay Target Program last week in Sparta, GA with over 200 high school and collegiate shooting athletes from all over Georgia. She was first in Ladies Sporting Clays (100 targets) and Super Sporting (100 targets) and Overall Lady Champion for the tournament. She won the Ladies division by a wide margin, beating her closest competitor by 17 targets.
Keep up the good work, Ava!
Brookwood Warrior Baseball took both games of their home doubleheader Thursday afternoon over Region foe Southland Academy, finishing off the week's 3-game series sweep to start Region play. A balance of dominant pitching and power hitting were the keys on Thursday. Jacob Lauderdale and Parker Mirick both had outstanding performances on the mound. Lauderdale, Josh McCaskill, and Harper McLendon provided the power at the plate.
Game 1: Brookwood 7, Southland 1.
Southland scored their only run of Game 1 in the Top of the 1st. It was all Brookwood from there. Jacob Lauderdale hit a 2-run homerun in the Bottom of the 1st, Harper McLendon hit a 3-run bomb in the Bottom of the 2nd, and Josh McCaskill hit a solo shot in the Bottom of the 5th. The only run scored for Brookwood that wasn't from a homerun was Parker Lee scoring on Lauderdale's sacrifice fly in the Bottom of the 6th.
Lauderdale pitched masterfully for the win on the mound, scattering 6 hits and 1 walk across his 6 innings of work. The Coastal Carolina signee struck out 10 Southland Raiders and gave up zero earned runs in the process.
Game 2: Brookwood 2, Southland 1
Harper McLendon hit two solo homeruns in the day's second game, one in the Bottom of the 3rd and the other in the Bottom of the 5th, for his second and third homeruns on the day. It was the only offense the Warriors would need with Parker Mirick almost going the distance for a complete game. The senior pitched a stellar 6 2/3 innings allowing 6 hits with 2 walks, to go with 8 strikeouts and the lone earned run.
The two wins were the 7th and 8th in a row for the Warriors, who now sit at 9-3 on the season and 3-0 in Region heading into Spring Break. They will return to action next Friday at Wakulla High School in Crawfordville, Florida.
Brookwood Baseball extended its winning streak to six games on Tuesday afternoon, taking the Region opener over Southland Academy by a final score of 3-2. The win was the Warriors' sixth win in a row to improve to 7-3 on the season and now sit at 1-0 in Region play.
Chris May and Jacob Lauderdale both went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Harper McLendon got the win on the mound. He pitched a complete game, scattering 3 hits and 2 walks to go with 6 strikeouts and 0 earned in his 7 innings of work.
The Raiders come to Thomasville Thursday afternoon for a doubleheader on Brookwood's campus at Strickland Field, completing the 3-game Region series.
Chip Thompson ‘17 recently won the Battle at Primm golf tournament, shooting an incredible -16 under par for the three round tournament. Chip’s scores of 66, 66, and 68 were good enough to win by 10 strokes individually over 2nd place!
His College of Coastal Georgia team placed second at the two-day event at Primm Valley Golf Club on the Nevada/California border.
Read more on Chip's historic performance here!
Isabella Grayson ‘20 competed in her first collegiate meet recently, diving for Davidson College and placing 4th in her division!
Congratulations on a strong start to your collegiate career, Izzy! We are proud of our Warrior alumni!
Five more Brookwood Warrior seniors signed to play their respective sports collegiately on Tuesday morning, bringing Brookwood's total for the Class of 2021 to seven who will compete at the next level.
Josh McCaskill, Harper McLendon, Parker Mirick, Callan Walker, and Nathan Yokley were honored in front of family and fellow students to make their next steps official.
McCaskill will play baseball at Covenant College located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The Scots compete as a member of NCAA Division III in the USA South Conference. McCaskill has played a little bit of everywhere on the diamond for the Warriors, but has found a consistent home at First Base this year. His bat has been a solid presence in the middle of the order, adding power as he's gotten older. He hit a homerun Friday night in the Warriors' 8-3 win over Deerfield-Windsor.
McLendon will play baseball at Tallahassee Community College, just across the state line in Florida. The Eagles compete as a member of the NJCAA in the Panhandle Conference. McLendon has been used at multiple positions at Brookwood. As a Senior this year, he's been a key starter on the mound in the Warriors' deep rotation and a solid shortstop defensively. Earlier this season, McLendon pitched a complete game shutout against Terrell Academy where he struck out 17 and allowed just one hit.
Mirick will play baseball at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. The Tigers compete as a member of the NJCAA in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association. Mirick has been a starting pitcher on the mound and at third base for the Warriors this season. He is 1-0 in three starts this season. So far in his 17 1/3 innings pitched this year, Mirick has only given up 2 earned runs - sporting an ERA of 0.81 for the season so far.
Callan Walker will shoot on the Sporting Clays team at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. The Eagles recently launched a competition shotgun team in the Fall of 2020 and compete in ACUI events throughout the South. Their home is a 30,000 square foot facility that attracts sporting clays athletes from throughout the region. Walker was instrumental in building the Warriors' Clay Target program, competing throughout his high school career.
Nathan Yokley will continue his football career at the University of Chicago. The Maroons compete as a member of NCAA Division III in the Midwest Conference for Football. One of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country, the University of Chicago football program has a storied history that includes the famous coach Amos Alonzo Stagg. Yokley was easy to notice all over the field for the Warriors this Fall, playing both ways as a Wide Receiver and a Cornerback. He also had a tremendous impact on special teams with kicking responsibilities. He led the GISA AAA-3 region in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He finished the year as the Region's Co-Player of the Year, an All-Region, and AAA All-State selection.
These five Warriors join two other Brookwood seniors, Jack Boltja and Jacob Lauderdale, who signed earlier this school year. Boltja will play collegiate golf at Georgia Southern University while Lauderdale will play baseball at Coastal Carolina University, making seven Brookwood student-athletes going on to play at the next level in Division I, Division III, and Junior College.
Brookwood Soccer took both games over Worth County Monday night, allowing no goals in the process. The Warrior boys won 5-0 while the Lady Warriors took the first game of the night with a 2-0 win. Both games showed suffocating defense and balanced offense from the home teams at Warrior Stadium.
Hendley Bryan scored both goals in the Girls game off of 2 assists from Ryan Gaston. The Lady Warrior defense was nearly flawless, allowing no shots on goal.
In the second game of the night, the Warriors jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead before the first half horn had sounded. Nathan Yokley, Griffin King, Robert Gallagher, and Cutter Waldrep all found the back of the net. King added one more in the second half for good measure and the final 5-0 score. Emmett Miles led the defense from the backline, while Charlie Sinclair pitched a shutout in goal.
Brookwood Tennis continued its winning ways this season by defeating Thomasville High School on Monday in both Girls and Boys matches.
On the girls side, gritty and determined play saw the Lady Warriors defeat a tough Thomasville High team to win 3-2. Abby Lee lost to Jocelyn Watson in a tight match at #1 singles after splitting sets 2-6 and 6-4 to force a 3rd set tiebreaker. Emma Szwarc defeated Katie Zolt, 6-3 & 6-0 at #2 singles, while Elise McPherson downed Abby Gerlemen 6-2 & 6-0 in #3 singles. The same scenario played out on the doubles court, where Thomasville High took a close match at #1 doubles where Sophie Thomas and Lexi Taylor losing 4-6, 2-6, but the match was decided with the #2 doubles team of Rayne Deese and Camille Yarbrough winning for Brookwood with a 6-2, 6-4 decision.
The Brookwood boys cruised to another victory winning all lines except #1 singles. This kept Brookwood perfect on the season as a team. Dallas Forsyth won at #2 in a sibling rivalry over his brother Smith Forsyth, 6-0 & 6-0. Alden Harrison took care of #3 singles for Brookwood with a solid 6-1, 6-2 win over Colin Szwarc. In doubles play, both matches were easily handled by the Brookwood teams of Bradley Merschman & Clark Carter at #1 and Wil Kadel and Pearson Taylor at #2. Brookwood took the doubles matches 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 6-1.
Brookwood Baseball won its fifth game in a row Friday night, beating Deerfield-Windsor 8-3 at Strickland Field.
After falling behind 1-0 in the Top of the 2nd, a 5-run Bottom of the inning gave Brookwood a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the night. Josh McCaskill tied the game with a leadoff solo homerun before a Parker Lee line drive RBI single scored Jacob Lauderdale. With 2 outs, Zack Counts hit a 3-run homerun to open up the game and a 5-1 Brookwood lead.
The Knights scratched one run across in both the 3rd and 4th innings to make things interesting, but the Warriors responded with two more of their own in the Bottom of the 5th and one more in the Bottom of the 6th for the final 8-3 score. Counts hit another homerun, this time a solo shot, in the Bottom of the 6th for his fourth homerun in the Warriors' last three games.
Lauderdale worked the win on the mound, pitching 5 innings. He had 8 strikeouts on the night to go with only 1 walk and 3 hits allowed. Parker Mirick pitched 2 innings of shutout relief, striking out 5 Deerfield-Windsor Knights.
Region play starts this week, with Brookwood traveling to Southland Academy on Tuesday before hosting the Raiders for a doubleheader on Thursday at Strickland Field on Brookwood's campus.
In terrible conditions with wind, rain, and a soaked course, Brookwood Warrior golfers JD Culbreth and Kat Cook both won their divisions at this week’s SGJT Tournament in Brunswick.
Cook, a Junior committed to Florida State University, won the female division going away by an incredible 15 strokes over 2nd place. She used a 4-under 68 in Saturday's first round to jump out to a big lead.
Culbreth won the Male 14-15 age division, shooting 73 and 75, for +4 on the weekend. He won with a Birdie on a sudden death playoff hole after finishing in a 3-way tie through the 36-hole tournament. Culbreth's two-day total was also good 2nd overall in the 14-19 age division among 80 players.
Brookwood Boys and Girls tennis were victorious over Tiftarea on Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Warriors had a toug ob ahead them but prevailed after a strong effort. Emma Szwarc, Abby Lee and Sophie Thomas each won their singles matches convincingly. In doubles play, the team of Lexi Taylor & Rayne Deese lost a close match in a 3rd set tie break. Avery Kirkham and Camille Yarbrough played well together and won at #2 doubles.
On the boys side, Tiftarea forfeited 3 of the 5 points. Pearson Taylor took his singles match 6-2, 7-6 and Drew Parker combined with Wil Kadel to take the doubles point 8-0.
Monday night's game against Tiftarea Academy started Region play on a strong note for the Lady Warriors soccer team, running away for a 9-2 win.
Ryan Gaston scored a hat trick and Hutton Daniel netted two goals. The Lady Warriors' other four scores came from Peggy Boltja, Kate Von Hellens, Hendley Bryan, and Jordan Burns.
The scoring explosion was assisted by great passing from Eliza Miller, who had four assists in the game. Kate Von Hellens also had two assists, to go with Jessie Wortman, Abby Jones, and Caroline Miller each tallying one as well.
After two tough losses to Colquitt County and Thomasville High, the Lady Warriors bounced back with a vengeance.
Coach Eddie Foy commented, "First of all our mentality was where it needed to be. We were hungry to improve and show what we can do as a team. We moved the ball much better through the middle and connected passes to feet. We dominated the game and controlled the play. When we switch the ball through the middle we are very dangerous and can get numbers into the attack. Our backline shape and organization were much better. We won our individual battles all over the field. I am excited to keep that momentum going into Thursdays region game v Terrell."
The Lady Warriors will travel to Dawson to face Terrell Academy on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. while looking to improve to 2-0 in Region.
Brookwood Boys Tennis was victorious over Deerfield-Windsor Monday afternoon, winning all 5 lines for a clean sweep.
Nic Kadel, Dallas Forsyth and Clark Carter won the singles points in dominating fashion. Kadel took his match 6-2, 6-1 while Forsyth and Carter both swept their days 6-0, 6-0. In doubles play, Bradley Merschman and Alden Harrison worked for a 4-6, 6-1, 10-4 thriller. In the other Doubles match, Taylor Huffman and John Roesel added another 6-0, 6-0 sweep for the dominant Warrior performance.
The Lady Warriors had a tough challenge, dropping all 5 matchups with the talented and experienced Lady Knights.
After Friday night's 5-3 win over old rival Deerfield-Windsor in Albany, Brookwood Baseball added to its winning streak Monday afternoon in a pitcher's duel at Strickland Field.
The homestanding Brookwood Warriors made quick work of the visiting Southwest Georgia Academy Warriors, taking a 2-0 win in just over 90 minutes of play.
For the second game in a row, Zack Counts led off the Warrior lineup with an opposite field homerun for Brookwood to jump out to an early 1-0 lead.
In the Bottom of the 4th, Josh McCaskill reached safely with a 1-out stand-up double down the left field line. With two outs, Collin Clark's ground ball led to a throwing error by SGA's Jaxson Haire. Haire's throw barely pulled the SGA 1st Baseman off the bag, allowing Clark to reach safely and McCaskill to score from second base.
From there it was all pitching and defense, as Harper McLendon was rock solid on the mound yet again to continue his great start to his senior season. McLendon pitched a complete game shutout, scattering 3 hits and 2 walks against 7 strikeouts in his 7 innings pitched.
The Warriors put their four game winning streak on the line Friday night at home, with a return visit from Deerfield-Windsor. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Region play starts next week against Southland Academy.
After successful seasons, Brookwood’s Girls and Boys Basketball programs had multiple players honored in postseason awards. For the third consecutive year, each team landed a player on the AAA All-State team in GISA.
Junior Ella Grace Squires earned AAA All-State on the girls team after finishing second in the state, regardless of classification, in blocked shots and 13th nationally in the category. Squires led the team in blocked shots this season and second in scoring and rebounding. The Junior Forward was a key component of the Warrior’s defensive design, protecting the paint and the rim.
Sophomore Garrett Ledford was named AAA All-State on the boys team after leading the Warriors in scoring and rebounding on the season, averaging over 12 points and 6 rebounds per game, while finishing second on the team in assists. His 25 points on 12-of-15 shooting in the Warriors’ win against Frederica Academy during the 1st Round of the state playoffs was a career high. Ledford finished the season shooting over 55% from the field.
Senior Jack Boltja joined Ledford on the AAA-3 All-Region selections for Brookwood’s boys. Boltja led the Region champions in assists at 4 per game and was their second leading scorer and rebounder with 10 points and 5 rebounds per game. He scored the game winning basket in the Region Semifinal against Valwood, the first of three straight last-minute post-season wins for Brookwood.
Seniors Erin Lewis, Ann Murray Jackson, and Jordan Burns joined Squires on the Girls AAA-3 All-Region team. The three seniors were all multiple-year starters and major contributors throughout their careers, including last year’s state title. Lewis provided excellent outside shooting, finishing Top-30 in the state, regardless of classification, individually in made 3-pointers two straight years and was this season’s leading scorer for the team. Jackson returned from last year’s injury to give more post presence, leading the team in rebounding and second in blocked shots. Burns was a versatile leader for the Lady Warriors on both ends of the court, finishing second on the team in assists and steals.
On the boys side, Senior Dallas Forsyth and Junior Kelton Lewis were named to AAA-3’s All-Region Honorable Mention. Forsyth hit the game-winning 3-pointer over Southland Academy in the Region Championship, followed a few days later by Lewis’s game-winning 3-pointer over Frederica Academy in the 1st Round. Lewis returns next season after a strong finish to the year, scoring 17 points against Creekside Christian in the Quarterfinals.
The Lady Warriors had Juniors Jadyn Hester, Eliza Eiford, and Rayne Deese named Honorable Mention All-Region. The three will return with Squires next year in expanded roles for the Lady Warriors as Seniors. Hester was the team leader in assists, Eiford tied for the team lead in 3-pt % and Deese second on the team in made 3-pointers.
Brookwood Tennis continued its winning ways this season by recently defeating Chiles High School on Monday and Southland Academy on Tuesday.
Monday against Chiles, The girls started strong winning 3 of the 4 singles points with key victories coming at #1 singles from Emma Szwarc winning 8-1, #2 singles with Abby Lee winning 8-3, and Sophie Thomas winning 8-5. Lexi Taylor lost a close match at #4 6-8 and Riley Johnson won at #5 singles 8-4, The doubles matches both went Brookwood’s way with Emma Szwarc and Abby Lee winning 8-6, and Sophie Thomas and Lexi Taylor winning in a tie break 8-8 (7-2).
On the boys side, Brookwood won both doubles matches with Bradley Merschman and Nic Kadel winning at #1 (8-3) and Alden Harrison and Dallas Forsyth winning at #2 by the same 8-3 score. In singles play, Nic Kadel (3-8) and Taylor Huffman (5-8) lost at #1 and #2, but all other singles players won their line. Dallas Forsyth (8-5), Bradley Merschman (8-1) and Clark Carter (8-5) pushed Brookwood to a 5-2 team win.
Tuesday against Southland, the Brookwood girls took all three singles matches with Emma Szwarc, Abby Lee, and Sophie Thomas winning. The two doubles matches went Southland’s direction, giving Brookwood a 3-2 team win.
Against Southland, the boys swept the team match 5-0. The Warriors were perfect in singles by not giving up a single game in three 6-0, 6-0 decisions by Bradley Merschman, Dallas Forsyth, and Taylor Huffman. In Doubles play, Clark Carter and John Roesel paired for a 6-1, 6-0 win while Wil Kadel and Pearson Taylor worked together for a 6-0, 6-3 win.
Warrior Baseball has won two in a row with strong pitching performances. Brookwood handled a home game Friday night against Terrell Academy with a 5-0 win. The team followed it up with a road game at Southwest Georgia Academy on Tuesday afternoon, winning by the final score of 7-1.
Against Terrell Academy, Harper McLendon threw a complete game, allowing only 1 hit to go with 17 strikeouts for the night.
Yesterday against SGA, Jacob Lauderdale pitched a complete game, allowing only 2 hits to go with 10 strikeouts on the day.
Up next is a Friday night trip to Albany to see a former Region foe and rival, Deerfield-Windsor.
Warrior Tennis started the season on Monday, sneaking in a win against Thomasville High just before the rain came and halted the remainder of the match.
In Singles, Brookwood took the #2 and #3 matches with Taylor Huffman winning his match 6-1, 6-1 and Dallas Forsyth taking his 6-0, 6-1. In Doubles play, Nic Kadel and Alden Harrison made quick work with a 6-2, 6-0 showing while John Roesel and Wil Kadel went 6-1, 6-2 in the #2 Doubles match.
Brookwood held a 4-0 team lead when the storm suspended play, with #1 Singles being the only match yet to finish.
None of the five matches on the ladies side were able to be completed before play was stopped.
Up next for Brookwood on the Tennis court is Thursday's trip to rival Valwood.
Lady Warrior Soccer is off to a tremendous start, winning the first two Varsity matches by a combined score of 16-0! On Friday night, Brookwood beat Atkinson County 9-0 on the road and then defeated Cairo High School at home 7-0 Monday night.
At Atkinson County, Ryan Gaston scored three goals for the hat trick, Jordan Burns and Hendley Bryan both netted two each, while Eliza Miller and Jessie Wortman tacked on two for good measure. Coach Foy noted, "We moved the ball very well in the middle and were ruthless in front of goal. We waited 350 days to play our first game. I couldn't have asked for a better start, proud of this team."
In a pouring rain, Lady Warrior soccer dominated Cairo 7-0 Monday night. Hutton Daniel scored an incredible five goals while Eliza Miller scored two.
On the Boys side, two wins in the first three games have come in more nail-biting fashion. A 3-2 win last Thursday over Sherwood Christian was highlighted by Julian Redrupp's two goals and Emmett Miles scoring one. Redrupp's two goals were in his first career Varsity game as an 8th grader.
Coach Foy commented, "We had a fantastic game on Thursday against Sherwood, our intensity of play, leadership and desire to win was first class. That is the standard we need in every game we play. We were first to every ball and battled to the final whistle. If we play that way in every game this year, we have a very good chance of winning titles. We beat a fantastic team that has not been beaten in regular season play in 3 years."
After a 2-3 setback loss to Atkinson County on Friday, the Warriors rebounded both literally and figuratively at home on Monday night in a driving rainstorm against Cairo High. Trailing 0-1 for most the night, Robert Gallagher's goal tied the game at 1-1 with less than ten minutes in regulation. Nathan Yokley scored off of a rebound with less than 7 seconds remaining in the game for the game-winning goal and the final 2-1 decision.
Warrior Golf had a strong showing in the Frederica Invitational at Jekyll Island on Monday, with the Varsity team coming in 3rd as a group out of 13 teams.
Jack Boltja and JD Culbreth led the way, both with 1-under rounds of 71. George Arline's 75 combined with Kat Cook and Jay Sanders both shooting 77 kept the Warriors towards the top of the pack. The Warriors were just two strokes as a team behind host Frederica Academy, who finished in second place. Rivers Academy from Alpharetta took the first place finish.
Brookwood's Shep Davis competed in the Middle School division, where his 75 saw him finish 2nd individually out of 20 Middle School golfers competing in the event. Stratford Academy's Drew Sutherland from Macon shot 74 to take take 1st in the Middle School division by just one stroke.
Brookwood took both Varsity basketball contests on Thursday night in the Beverly Athletic Center over the rival Westwood Wildcats.
The Lady Warriors took the first game in exciting fashion, a 48-46 win, in a battle of last year's AA and AAA GISA State Champions. A 45-38 Brookwood lead disappeared with an 8-0 Westwood run in the middle of the 4th Quarter. Brookwood calmly came back with an Ann Murray Jackson midrange jumper to retake the lead 47-46 with less than 2 minutes remaining. Jordan Burns made one of two free throw attempts after an intentional foul. Westwood's last second desperation heave was intercepted by Jackson to seal the win.
Jackson led the way with 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Burns spearheaded the Lady Warrior defense with 3 steals and held Westwood to under 30% shooting from the floor as a team.
Brookwood won the Boys game going away, winning each quarter en route to a 65-39 win. The Warriors' 20-10 lead at the end of the 1st Quarter grew to 33-17 at halftime. Jack Boltja finished with 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 steals. Garrett and Davis Ledford both reached double digits, scoring 13 and 11 points respectively. Brookwood's defense sparked the offense, scoring 28 points off Westwood's turnovers.
The Warrior boys host region foe Tiftarea tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Beverly Athletic Center. The girls are unable to play due to Tiftarea's girls following Covid protocols. That game has been rescheduled for February 6th.
Brookwood Basketball started Region play with an early Senior Night and two big wins over rival Valwood!
The Lady Warriors dominated from start to finish, holding a 38-13 halftime lead and keeping Valwood scoreless in the second half en route to a 68-13 final score. All 13 Lady Warriors in uniform scored, sharing the basketball for 18 assists and forcing 44 Valwood turnovers. Ann Murray Jackson grabbed 6 rebounds, Rayne Deese dished 5 assists, Ella Grace Squires had 8 deflections, and Maddie Duncan swiped 5 steals.
After a back and forth start in the boys game, the Warriors regained a 17-16 lead in the middle of the second quarter on a Dallas Forsyth 3-pointer and never trailed again. Davis Ledford and TJ Thomas made all four free throw attempts in the final 10 seconds to seal the 59-54 win. Jack Boltja led the way offensively with 23 points. It was the 10th straight Region win in the Beverly Athletic Center for the boys, stretching back to 2018.
The Lady Warriors travel to Camilla on Thursday for a game against Westwood. Both teams travel to Tiftarea Academy on Friday for another Region set.