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...
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.
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!
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.
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.