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Dunwoody girls’ soccer highlights week

The Dunwoody High School baseball team had three games this past week; two losses that were split by one win. First, DHS faced Alpharetta in a home, region game and was crushed 12-0. In the middle of the week, the Wildcats beat North Atlanta 9-7 to temporarily improve their region standing. Later on, however, the Wildcats lost yet again in an away region game to Northview High School 7-2. The baseball team is currently seventh in the region—two spots from last place.

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Tuesday 03/13/2018
St. Martin’s McDaniel wins honor

St. Martin’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce its athletic director, Mark McDaniel, was voted  2017-18 D1 Metro Atlanta Athletic Conference (MAAC) Athletic Director of the Year by his peers.McDaniel has served as St. Martin’s athletic director for six years and oversees a robust program of more than 21 teams across nine different sports. The opportunities for St. Martin’s middle school  students range from volleyball and cross country to baseball and tennis. Over the course of his tenure he has introduced ultimate frisbee, youth passing league and 4th- and 5th-grade intramurals to the offerings at St. Martin’s. In addition to his duties as an athletic director, McDaniel coordinates MAAC tennis and golf,  helps organize cross country meets and coaches a variety of teams at St. Martin’s.

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Wildcats’ Starks proves it’s not about the size of the dog

Jacob Starks, a 120-pound wrestler from Dunwoody High School, was selected to the All DeKalb County Wrestling Team. Jacob was a two-time Region 7 AAAAAA champion and a DeKalb County champion. Next year he will attend the University of Oklahoma as a Merit Scholar. 

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St. Pius drops state final to unbeaten Upson Lee

Matthew Gonzalo of St. Pius drives past Zyrice Scott of Upson-Lee in a losing effort in the Class AAAA state championship game. The Golden Lions fell 70-54 to the undefeated team from Thomaston. 

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Wesleyan girls turn tables on Holy Innocents’

Unfortunately, it was a case of déjà vu all over again last Friday afternoon at Georgia Tech, as the Holy Innocents’ girls’ hoops’ squad fell again to Wesleyan, this time by a 61-44 margin. It was HI’s fifth straight trip to the championship game – its third loss in the last four trips vs. the Wolves.

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Tuesday 03/06/2018
Local skater hits high rank

Grace Rathbun of Dunwoody recently passed her senior free skate figuring skating test. This is the last and highest level in figure skating. Coach Debbie Prachar is credited with helping Grace be among the small percentage of skaters to successfully get to this level. Grace started skating at age 7, as a Vanderlyn second grader and started online school in sixth grade to accommodate her training and traveling schedule. Grace is a 17-year-old senior who will attend High Point University on scholarship this fall.

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Lady Bears advance to hoops’ final…again

For the fifth season in a row, the Holy Innocents’ girls’ basketball team will be in the state finals – slated next Friday at 2 p.m. at Georgia Tech. After beating Christian Heritage in the Elite 8 and Stratford Academy of Macon in the Final Four last week, HI will take on Wesleyan – winners in the other semifinals over St. Francis.

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Dunwoody tennis fades, thinclads step up

The Dunwoody High School tennis team faced Johns Creek this past week in what was a tough day for both girls’ and boys’ varsity teams. Coming out knowing that Johns Creek would be a battle, both teams ended up 0-5.

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A third-ever trip to finals for Pius Golden Lions

Patrick Snipes of St. Pius is shown driving for a score in the Golden Lions semifinal victory over Baldwin at Fort Valley State that put St. Pius into the state championship game in Class AAAA. The Lions will face Upson Lee at 4 p.m. Saturday at McCamish Pavilion at Georgia Tech.  It will be the team’s third-ever appearance in the championship game. It has never won a state boys’ basketball title. Coach Aaron Parr hopes to erase that distinction.

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Nims, Gies sign for football, baseball

Two Dunwoody High School seniors have signed to play their sport at the collegiate level. Turner Nims will play football at the United States Air Force Academy. Turner is accompanied by his parents Melissa and Tom and his brother and sister. 

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Tuesday 02/27/2018
HIES basketball squads roll in playoffs

Last week saw both Holy Innocents’ basketball teams roll through the Round of 16 in state playoff competition. The girls easily turned back Fellowship Christian Academy 82-41 at home last Wednesday; the boys followed suit the next night with an impressive 73-66 win over Lakeview, also at HI.

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Atlanta Colt champions honored in Brookhaven

The city of Brookhaven awarded championship coins to the Atlanta Colts’ league champions and the travel cheer squads. Pictured here are 12u Champion Seahawks coached by J. Max Davis (L), Matt Wright, and Josh Neel. The players are (L-R) Griffin Lovell, Nathan Altiery (kid brother Christian filling in), Jack Bracey, Lyle Pinson, Gene Smith, Max Davis, Matthew Wright, Colin Murphey, Reid Neel, Braylen Burgess, George Jardina, Ben Harris and Johnny Megathlin. The Brookhaven council is on the back row.

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