DUNWOODY, Ga. — Holy Innocents’ winter athletics programs, including swim and dive, wrestling and basketball, fared well in postseason play last week.
The Aqua Bears competed at the GHSA swim and dive state championship meet last week at Georgia Tech and racked up three individual state titles.
Junior diver Spencer Pearson got the momentum rolling for the program Thursday by capturing his second consecutive state championship. Pearson compiled an impressive 530 points to take first in the Class A-3A division, and his score was second overall in all classifications.
On Saturday, Abby Pilkenton won state titles in both the 100- and 200-freestyle, which marked the third straight season of the senior standing atop the podium in both events. The N.C. state commit has earned six titles with Holy Innocents’ and will join the collegiate level with All-American status and a national title with her club swim squad.
In other winter sports, the wrestling team will send ten athletes to the traditional state meet this Thursday through Saturday in Macon. Coach Stacey Davis had three wrestlers — Art Martinez, Jake Swink, and Michael Cox — earn sectional titles last weekend at Bremen High School. Last season, Swink became the first freshman wrestler to win a state title for the Bears. Cox finished runner-up and Martinez was fourth.
James Gleeson finished second in his weight class, and other Holy Innocents’ qualifiers include Rhett Sherk, Reagan Sherk, Robert McDonald, Izzy Evans, Tyler White and Charlie King. Eric Maye will go to the state meet as an alternate.
In basketball, the girls hoops team faced rival Wesleyan in the Region 5-A finals Monday, Feb. 10. The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 8 and was not completed in press time.
The Bears advanced with lopsided wins over Elite Scholars Academy and Trinity Christian to advance to the region title game. Jillian Hollingshead came up big in both games, scoring in double figures while racking up rebounds. Jada Farrell and Rachel Suttle also stepped up, and 11 different Golden Bears players scored against Trinity Christian.
The boys program did not fare as well. Coach Cabral Huff’s squad fell 61-49 to Trinity Christian in the region quarterfinals despite strong performances from Garrison Powell and Justin Wilson. The boys now await the final GHSA Power Rankings to determine if they will earn a berth in the state tournament.
The All-Region 5-A basketball teams were also announced last week. Hollingshead and Powell both were named First Team, Farrell and Wilson Second Team, and Landon Kardian and Suttle were cited as honorable mention.