Varsity Boys and Girls Head to State Basketball Finals

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Final tests await St. Francis hoopsters in Macon

by Chase Wallace Neighbor Newspapers.Com
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St. Francis senior Nigia Greene scores a bucket in the Lady Knights state semifinal win last Friday at Kennesaw State. Greene and St. Francis will play in the Class-A Private championship game this Saturday against Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.

St. Francis senior Nigia Greene scores a bucket in the Lady Knights state semifinal win last Friday at Kennesaw State. Greene and St. Francis will play in the Class-A Private championship game this Saturday against Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.

Photo – Erin Gray, Staff 
                     St. Francis senior Nigia Greene scores a bucket in the Lady Knights state semifinal win last Friday at Kennesaw State. Greene and St. Francis will play in the Class-A Private championship game this Saturday against Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.

The trophy case at St. Francis High School may get a little crowded this weekend.

That’s the plan at least for the little private school in Alpharetta that has built a reputation as a basketball powerhouse.

Having only won two state championships in their schools history (boys’ tennis in 2006 and 2007), head coaches Cabral Huff and Aisha Kennedy can double that number when they take their basketball teams to Macon on Saturday to play in the GHSA state finals.

“It’s big for our program and our school,” said Huff, whose boys’ team owns a 24-8 record this season, including a 61-55 victory over Aquinas in the state semifinals.

“Coach Kennedy came the year after I got here and we have been building this thing. It’s been a process [for both] to get to this point and it feels good, but we still have one more step to go.”

The final step for both coaches will be a big one, literally and figuratively.

Huff and the Knights will take on Greenforest Christian Academy (26-4 overall), the No. 1 overall seed that hails from Decatur.

The Eagles sport a senior-laden roster that includes 6-foot-10 big man Tosin Mehinti, a UAB signee that dominated Athens Christian in their state semifinal — scoring 12 points, pulling down 17 rebounds and swatting nine shots.

Huff said an impetus would be put on his big men — Kaiser Gates, Jordan Jones and Josh Coleman — to control Mehinti in the paint if they want to claim a state title.

“We must limit their second chance opportunities by team rebounding, match their physical play by being strong with the basketball, make shots through contact, make free throws and counter their size with our quickness and size.”

Kennedy’s girls’ team will play for a state championship against region rival Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (28-3), a team they saw twice this season — losing 59-45 on Jan. 26 then topping them 54-49 in the 6A championship game Feb. 16.

The Warriors are led by 6-foot-1 center Alexis Carter while the Lady Knights (22-8) will utilize the small and athletic lineup that has brought them so much success in the last month.

“I don’t think the game plan for either team will be different. It’s going to come down to the little things like hustle plays, rebounds, and turnovers,” said the Lady Knights coach. “As long as we can keep them off the boards and only allow them to take one shot per possession it will be a good game.”

SWAC played in the state championship game a year ago, losing to Wesleyan 68-44. The Lady Knights have never been this far as a program, but their coach does have some big-game experience on her side.

“I was able to get [to the state finals] as a player and it’s going to be even sweeter as a coach,” said Kennedy, who was a member of Wheeler’s 1998 AAAA championship squad. “[Winning this weekend] would be a huge accomplishment for our program.”

The rubber-match between the two teams will tipoff at 11 a.m. The boys play Greenforest at 12:45.

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Advance to State Final Four!!

The Saint Francis Knights Boys and Girls Basketball teams advance to the State Final Four for the first time in school history. The Knights defeated WD Mohammed in front of a packed gym 80 to 56. The Knights were led by Malik Beasley with 23 points, Keshawn Gibbs with 22 points and 5 assists and Kobi Simmons with 16 points. In addition, Kaiser Gates had 12 rebounds and McKinley Brown had 8 points and 4 assists. The Knights are now 23 and 8 on the season.

The Final Four games will be held at the Kennesaw State Convocation Center on Friday, March 1st. The Lady Knights tip off at 4:00 p.m. against Calvary Day followed by our Knights at 5:30 p.m. against Aquinas for a chance to play for the state championship being held in Macon on Saturday, March 9th.

Sarah Weigle (Sr.) Awarded Girl Scout Gold Award

SARAHWEIGLE Congratulations to senior Sarah Weigle for being awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award. 
 Sarah’s Gold Award project was working with the girls from the Global Village Project
 School in Decatur.  This school is for refugee girls who have had difficulty in the public
 school system. 

 Sarah’s specific project was to educate others on the refugee process and to eliminate
 the prejudices due to lack of educations others have towards refugees in America.  
 We are very proud of Sarah’s hard work and dedication to her community as well as
 the Girl Scouts of America.

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball Advance to Elite 8

Congratulations to our Varsity Girls and Boys’ basketball teams as both have advanced to the Elite Eight. The girls defeated Strong Rock Christian 67-13 on Friday and the boys defeated Pace 93-74 on Saturday. This is the 1st time since 2005 that the boys have advanced to the Elite Eight and this is the 4th straight year that the girls have advanced to this point.

Both teams will play this Wednesday at home. The girls will tipoff at 6:00 against Darlington and the boys will play against W.D. Mohammad at 7:30.  This is very exciting for Saint Francis and we hope to get everyone out supporting both teams carrying them on to the Final Four.


GHSA mandates that the admissions cost for all spectators is $10.00 for doubleheaders.

Varsity Basketball wins Region 6A Championship

2012-13 Region Basketball Champs!

2012-13 Region Basketball Champs!

 The Saint Francis Boys Basketball quest for the Region 6A 
 Championship was successful as the Knights brought home the first
 Region Championship for the boy’s team since 2005. It wasn’t an easy
 road as the Knights had to defeat 25 and 1 Excel Christian on Friday in
 the semifinals.  The score was 59 to 45 behind 15 points and 11 
 rebounds from Kaiser Gates and 14 points from Kobi Simmons.

 In the championship game, the Knights defeated defending Single A state
 champs Whitefield 71 to 64 in overtime showing incredible mental
 toughness to win this game. Lance Pecot, Chris Steele, Josh Coleman
 and Nathan Waller along with Malik Beasley’s 23 points, Jordan Jones’
 10 points and 12 rebounds, Kobi Simmons’ 11 points, Kaiser Gates’ 9
 points and 11 rebounds and McKinley Brown’s 9 points provided the valuable skills and persistance needed to win.

The Knights record on the season is now 21 and 8. The 21 wins are also the most for the boys program since 2005. Saint Francis Knights are now ranked number 3 by the AJC and will now be a top seed in the State tournament and host the first round of the state tournament here at Saint Francis Friday or Saturday.


Equestrian Team advances to IEA Region 3 Finals


hs Equestrian 2013 Equestrian Team riders Katelyn Oliver, Rachael McFarlin  
 and Allie Parvin will advance to the IEA Region 3 Finals on
 Sunday, February 25 at the Georgia International Horse
 Park in Conyers.  Katelyn will compete in the Varsity Flat
 Class and Rachael and Allie will compete in Cross-rails and
 Junior Varsity Flat classes.  Co
mpetition begins at 9:30 a.m.  


Jack Kirkpatrick (Fr.) places 5th in State Wrestling Finals.


 Congratulations to freshman Jack Kirkpatrick on his 5th place finish in the 106 lb. Weight Class 
 at the State Finals in Macon this weekend.  Jack went 2-2 on the weekend, including thrilling 9-8
 victory in his final match to claim a 5th place medal.


Saint Francis Art Students are Semi Finalists in Dream@50 Art Competition

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Justin Hale and Emily Corcoran (Not Pictured, Antoinette Brown)


Congratulations to Saint Francis art students Justin Hale (Sr.), Antoinette Brown (Sr.), and Emily Corcoran (Soph.), semi finalists in the Dream@50 art competition.  Each of their paintings will be on display at the High Museum of Fine Art from February 19-March 21st.

Saint Francis Varsity Girls Basketball Players Selected for 6A All Region Team

CONGRATULATIONS to our Saint Francis Girls 6A All Region Team members, Senior, Nettie Brown, Juniors, Candice Williams and Jade Davis and Sophmore, Abby Grant.

Girls Varsity Basketball Team Finishes 1st in 6A Region

Girls Region Champs BBThe Lady Knights would like to thank everyone for coming out last Friday for Senior Night and Coach vs. Cancer Night. The Lady Knights are 17-8 on the season and 11-0 in the region. The Region Tournament begins Wednesday, February 13th at Mt. Paran High School at 8:30 P.M.   We hope all of you will come to see the Lady Knights take on Mt. Zion!