The Holy Innocents’ volleyball team picked up four victories without dropping a set last week. Thursday, they will face a challenge they have perhaps looked forward to all season when they host Wesleyan at home in a best three-of-five.

Both squads have battled for area supremacy over the years, with HI taking the region title last year — also without dropping a seat. Coach Taylor Noland’s squad swept through last week with conference victories over Atlanta International and Galloway Tuesday before turning back Campbell and Marietta High Schools Thursday.

They faced Galloway and Mt. Vernon earlier this week.

Many have stepped up for Noland; last year’s All-Region setter Ellen Goetz has been consistent once again. She has had able hitters to set to in Renee Davis, Paige Collins and Caitlyn Surdykowski. 

Mary Anna Wearing and Maddie Whitaker are two more who have gotten it done all over the court in the early going. The Bears are looking to improve on last year’s Elite 8 finish, where they fell to eventual state champs Mt. Paran in four sets.

The football team was idle last week and returns to action Friday in Macon against Rutland. Coach Todd Winter & Company have a chance to do something a Holy Innocents’ football squad has never done before, and that’s get off to a 3-0 start.

The Bears blanked Mt. Pisgah 28-0; then followed that by turning back No. 6-ranked Hebron Christian 28-21. HI went into this week at No. 7 in the Power Rankings.

In the Hebron win, Michael Cox scored three more touchdowns to run his two-game total to five. He has gone over the 100-yard rushing mark in both outings. Matt Davis scored the other touchdown in the Hebron effort on a 37-yard run off tackle.

Defensive stars were Spencer Goetz, Ronny Williams, Griffin McKinnis and Hunter Hawk. Kicker Peter Wandkte is now 8-for-8 on extra points. 

Things didn’t go as well for the softball squad last week, as they fell to rival Wesleyan on the road. The Bears use Raven Webb and Laine Finley on the mound, while Beth Gilcreast, Charlsie Birkel, Lauren Leonard and Caroline Mitchem have been solid contributors as of late.

The cross country seniors ran in Macon last week in the heat. The girls placed second among 11 teams, while the boys got a first overall finish out of Liam Hill. Matthew Raeside was ninth overall, while Emily Kallis (5th), and Maddie Lowe (9th) were solid for the girls.

The Running Bears also competed in Cartersville Saturday in the Run at the Rock.

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