Varsity Wrestlers Advance to Sectionals

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Saint Francis 2012-2013 Varsity Wrestling Team

 
The Saint Francis High School Wrestlers competed this past weekend at 
 the Traditional Area Tournament.  Wrestlers that finished in the top 4 in 
 their weight class advance to Sectionals at Montgomery County this  
 Saturday, February 9thCongratulations to all of our wrestlers!

 

 

St. Francis Players Included in Atlanta Tipoff Club Early Season All-Metro Teams

Seniors Nigea Green committed to Miami and Jordan Jones committed to Kennesaw States were among the elite players from the metro area to be included in the Atlanta Tipoff Club Early Season All-Metro Teams.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors will track the progress of all metro Atlanta players throughout this season, and use as a benchmark when determining the season-ending award winners, which include Mr. and Miss Georgia Basketball, the boy’s and girl’s metro players of the year and the 30-player boy’s and girl’s all-metro teams. All of the honorees will be recognized at the season-ending Naismith Awards banquet on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in Atlanta.

For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.

Lady Knights Hope to Take Next Step

by Chase Wallace
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Staff / Erin Gray -- St. Francis junior guard Candice Williams is one part of the Lady Knights extremely talented back court. Through 8 games this season Williams was averaging 14.8 points per game.<br />

Staff / Erin Gray — St. Francis junior guard Candice Williams is one part of the Lady Knights extremely talented back court. Through 8 games this season Williams was averaging 14.8 points per game.

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After making three straight trips to the Elite Eight of the state playoffs, the St. Francis Lady Knights entered the 2012-2013 season with plans of taking the next step as a program.

Off to a 5-3 start on the season, a 2-0 mark in 6A play, and still awaiting the return of their best player, head coach Aisha Gaddis thinks her team is well on their way to doing just that.

“Falling short the last three years I think our girls, and especially our seniors, came into this year wanting to win a title after always coming so close,” said Gaddis, now in her fourth year at the program’s head.

“We have four seniors, four juniors and most of them have been here since they were freshman. If we can get healthy, I think we have a great shot to take that next step and make a run.”

The Lady Knights have been led by senior forward Antoinette Brown (16.7 points per game) and junior guard Candice Williams (14.8 points) through the early portion of the season. The dynamic scoring duo has teamed with guards Jade Davis (5.6 points, 3.1 assists, 3.6 steals) and Abby Grant (11.4 [points) to give St. Francis a small, but incredibly athletic lineup.

“Speed, speed and more speed has been our strength,” said Gaddis. “We are guard heavy but that isn’t a bad thing because we probably have the best guards in all of [Class A]. We’re at our best when we are getting after it on defense with a press and running the floor on offense.”

St. Francis’ talented backcourt stands to get even better in the coming weeks with the return of Nigia Greene, a 5-foot-9 senior guard that has signed to play at the University of Miami and averaged 18.6 points a game last season before tearing her ACL in March.

“We thought it would be tough without her, but we’ve done well so far. We’re planning to get her back at some point in January and hopefully she will give us a boost heading towards [the state tournament],” said Gaddis.

The Lady Knights will play in the PeachState Holiday Basketball Tournament this week at Holy Innocents’ before returning to region play Jan. 8 against Walker.

Read more: NeighborNewspapers.com – St Francis girls hope to take next step

Senior Nettie Brown Passes 1,000 Point in her Basketball Career

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Nettie Brown Scores her 1000th score at Saint Francis

 

Congratulations to Saint Francis Senior basketball player, Antionette “Nettie” Brown. On Saturday, December 29th with her first basket in the third quarter vs. Alcovy, Nettie scored her career 1,000 point at Saint Francis. 

Nettie is the first male or female since our move to the GHSA to reach this plateau.  Nettie is also the All-time leading scorer in Saint Francis Basketball History. 

Congratulations Nettie from your entire Saint Francis family.

Knights Battle Injuries, Region in Quest to State Basketball Playoffs

 
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by Chase Wallace
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Staff / Erin Gray -- St. Francis point guard Kobi Simmons runs the ball up court during a practice this week. Simmons and the Knights are currently ranked No. 11 among Class-A private schools and on track to make the state playoffs.

Staff / Erin Gray — St. Francis point guard Kobi Simmons runs the ball up court during a practice this week. Simmons and the Knights are currently ranked No. 11 among Class-A private schools and on track to make the state playoffs.

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Placed in a region thought to be as tough as any in the state, St. Francis head coach Cabral Huff knew the Knights’ trek to the postseason would be anything but easy.

Mix in injuries to the heavy-hitters in his starting lineup and St. Francis’ season easily could have gone tail spinning out of control. But Huff said the team’s “next man-up” mentality kept the ship steady through January, and his boys should be running at full-strength come tournament time in February.

“We have played five games all season with everyone healthy and available to play,” said Huff who noted that his Knights were a perfect 5-0 in those contests. “So as a team and staff we had to prepare that ‘next man’ and players had to be ready when their name was called.

“We’ve had a number of young players getting their feet wet [because of injuries], but we haven’t shied away from any tough competition because of that either.”

The injury-bug struck hardest with the loss of 6-foot-7 big-man Kaiser Gates Dec. 15. Gates, who has yet to return to the floor, was averaging 13 points and nine rebounds at the time of his injury.

At other times this year the Knights played without point guard Kobi Simmons, guard Nathan Waller, and battled a rash of other illnesses through the winter.

Despite what became a revolving roster on game night, the Knights held their own in Region 6A — which includes defending state-champion Whitefield Academy, No. 1 ranked North Cobb Christian, and five other teams currently slated to be state playoff teams — managing a 9-2 region record and keeping themselves in the playoff picture with a No. 11 standing in the Class-A Private School power rankings.

“I’ve told anyone who would listen that we have one of the toughest regions in the state, you can look at it anyway you want to see how it measures up. Regardless of classification, it’s a war every night,” said the fifth year coach.

“Each team should feel very prepared about the level of competition they have faced throughout the season. We certainly do.”

The Knights navigated through the grueling region behind stellar guard play from Malik Beasley, McKinley Brown and Simmons. Jordan Jones and Josh Coleman helped man the post in Gates’ absence.

“We, as a staff, are still optimistic we can make a run in February,” said Huff, who expects Gates to return sometime this week, giving him a full roster for the first time in nearly two months. “We just need to execute, give maximum effort and [stay] healthy.”

Read more: NeighborNewspapers.com – Knights battle injuries region in quest to state

Lady Knights Heating Up in Region Play

by Chase Wallace
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After battling through a grueling non-region schedule in November and December, the St. Francis Lady Knights were just 5-6 when the calendar flipped to the New Year.

But settling back into 6A play in January brought out the best in Aisha Gaddis’ team. Winners of five straight games overall, St. Francis is a perfect 7-0 in sub-region play and making a steady climb in the Class-A private school power rankings.

“As a team we have been playing so well since we moved back to region play. The girls are sharing the ball and it’s refreshing to see them really starting to have fun,” said Gaddis, now in her fourth year as head coach.

The Lady Knights played 10 of their 11 non-region games against schools from higher classifications — including six against Class AAAAA and AAAAAA schools. St. Francis went 3-3 in those games and Gaddis credited their stiff competition early on to the success they have found in January.

“The schedule was really hard without a lot of depth and some injuries, but those games and those close situations we were in are really going to help us when it comes to tournament time,” said the St. Francis coach, who helped her team to the Elite Eight of the Class A state playoffs a year ago.

“We are right where we want to be in our region and I believe we are starting to peak at the right time.”

In seven sub-region games, the Lady Knights “peak” has been much higher than their Class-A brethren.

Led by the play of Abby Grant (12.5 points per game), Candice Williams (11.4) and Antoinette Brown (14.1) they have held each opponent to 29 points or less and have won each game by at least 35 points, impressive marks that have vaulted their GHSA power ranking to No. 5 in the state — trailing just Southwest Atlanta Christian, Holy Innocents, Darlington and Cavalry Day.

The Knights will get their first look at No. 1 Southwest Atlanta this Saturday and could see them along with Darlington in the 6A region tournament in February.

“Region championship was one of our goals and we know it will be tough, but we are a strong team and if we play team ball and have everyone contribute we will be right there with them,” said Gaddis.

Read more: NeighborNewspapers.com – Lady Knights heating up in region play

Spencer Orr, Senior, Signs With UNC Asheville

Spencer Orr from Saint Francis High School has signed a scholarship offer from the University of North Carolina Asheville.  He has been a four-year letter winner at St. Francis and started every game for the school either as a pitcher or at first base.

Orr was a 7-2 as a sophomore with a 3.04 ERA and 58 strikeouts. As a junior, he went 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA and 86 strikeouts. Orr made the All-Region honors as sophomore and junior. His summer league team, the Windward Macs, won the USSSA National Championship in Orlando in 2012.   

“Spencer is a tall left-handed pitcher with a ton of upside,” exclaimed UNC Asheville Bulldog Head Coach Tom Smith. “He has a good change-up that will give him a chance to pitch a lot of innings right away. We believe Spencer has a ton of potential and can’t wait for him to get going.”

Orr is one of seven early signees for the Bulldogs.

St. Francis Class of 2004 Alumni, Milton’s Keenan Grey named Officer of the Year

Milton Herald  COMMUNITY NEWS by Carolyn Aspenson

Officer Keenan Grey was named the Milton Police Department’s Officer of the Year.

November 28, 2012

MILTON,Ga.— Each year, supervisors in the Milton Police Department recommend an officer from their team for the honor of Officer of the Year.

This year, the title goes to Patrol Officer Keenan Grey. A longtime resident of Milton, Grey has been in the uniform patrol division of the MPD for three years. “I decided to work forMiltonbecause I grew up in this area and felt it was a great way to give back to the community, to help keep it safe,” Grey said.

Capt. Shawn McCarty, Grey’s supervisor, said he nominated Grey for several reasons. “Officer Grey consistently goes over and above what’s required of him,” he said. “That desire to dig deeper has helped him earn the respect of his peers and made him a true team player.” McCarty said Grey puts in the extra time and effort to do his job well. “His work ethic and inquisitive personality have helped him to turn a regular traffic stop into a drug arrest,” he said.

Grey said he does have a strong work ethic, but balances it with fun, too. “I spend a lot of my time, during the warmer months, up at the lake,” he said. “And my family is close, so I spend a lot of time with them.” Chief Deborah Harrell said she’s proud of Grey. “Officer Grey is an exceptional young man, which makes him a compassionate and respectful police officer. I could not be more proud of him,” Harrell said. “The citizens ofMiltonare fortunate he has chosen to serve them, and I am honored to work with him. It is only because of the exceptional officers such as Keenan that I am successful.”

Grey is humbled by the honor. “I greatly appreciate the honor, and honestly didn’t expect to get an award this early in my career,” he said.

Talented Knights Have Hopes for New Season…

by Chase Wallace
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When the opening tip went up on the 2012-2013 season last weekend, optimism was sky high on the hard-court at St. Francis.

With a roster littered with Division-I prospects and fresh off three straight trips to the state playoffs, that optimism is well warranted. The Knights return All-Neighbor Rookie of the Year Kaiser Gates, have added two talented transfers to the front court, and have their eyes set on competing for a region title this winter.

“I think we will be a fun group to watch play this year,” said fifth-year coach Cabral Huff, who led St. Francis to a 17-13 record last season and an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the Class A state playoffs. “This group is young but experienced, we have three seniors, three juniors and eight underclassmen that gained valuable experience from last year’s success.”

Gates, a 6-foot-7 sophomore swingman that averaged 8.9 points and seven rebounds as a freshman, is the Knights top returner. Add in 6-foot-8 forward Jordan Jones, a Kennesaw State signee that transferred in from Furtah Prep, and 6-foot-9 big man Josh Coleman — a sophomore transfer from Milton — and St. Francis will have the size and strength to compete with anyone in the state.

“Their length, size and athleticism will provide other teams some problems,” said Huff, “and around them we return two seniors, Logan Schumacher and Justin Morgan, that we think can provide us even more versatility and leadership.”

Freshman guard Kobi Simmons, who has a scholarship offer from Auburn, sophomores Malik Beasley, Keshawn Gibbs and junior McKinley Brown are also names to watch according to Huff.

Along with new faces on the court, Huff’s team will see some different opponents this year after being realigned into a challenging sub-region 6B-A. For the next two years the Knights will tangle with defending state champion Whitefield Academy, traditional state power North Cobb Christian, reigning region Mount Pisgah and others.

“Our region is definitely a measuring stick for us with five teams on our side that made the state tournament,” said Huff, referring to the previous three teams, his Knights and Mount Paran. “Our goal this season is basically ‘One Family, One Vision, One Dream-We are one’ as we want to win our side of the region during the regular season, win the region tournament and get past the Sweet 16. And with those accomplishments, the win totals will come.”

The Knights kicked off their season last weekend against Holy Innocents’ and Georgia Military — results were not available at press time.

St. Francis will get their first chance to test their mettle against a larger school this weekend when they face Class AAAAAA Archer in the On the Radar Hoops Invitational.

Read more: NeighborNewspapers.com – Talented Knights have high hopes for new season

16th Annual St. Francis Golf Tournament and Tennis Round Robin

To our golf and tennis participants and volunteers that braved the cold and wind on Monday, October 29, 2012 for our annual tournament, Thank you!!   This was a very successful day for our athletic programs at the Roswell and Alpharetta campuses which would not have happened without your help and support.

Thank you to our sponsors for this year’s event.

Bob Williams, Philips Arena
BB&T
Regal Nissan, Inc.
Stephen Hartsfield – Berryfield Hotels Group
Managed Healthcare Solutions
Tebarco Door & Metal Services, Inc.
Managed Healthcare Services
Valerie Tawfick
The Wilkinson Family
At-Pac Complete Scaffolding Solutions
Chick-Fil-A
Tommy Wilson – TA Sports

Please patronize these sponsors and let the know how much you appreciate their support our our athletic programs.

Special thanks to our tireless committee chairs and volunteers:  Elizabeth Coyne, Kim Galan, Angela Barden, Jamie Kleber, Bill McGee, Pete Galan, Lou Martin, Robin Kreitner, Barbara Schlueter,  Michelle Davis, Elizabeth Coffee, Andrea Andrews, Katherine Van Hessewijk, Lisa Gill, Julie Hewitt, Veverly Gibbs, Sandra Girona, Lori North, Christina Corley, Angie Kaliban,  and to our terrific student volunteers, Hallie Andrews, Katherine  Coyne, Haley Barden and Max Andrews.  We simply could not pull off this event without your commitment and time.

Here is a quick recap of our awards for the day…

GOLF AWARDS:

Flight 1 – 1st Place
Eric Opitz, Hammond Reynolds, Michael Arasin & Kevin Rabinowitz (Alum)

Flight 1 – 2nd Place
Tom Davis, Randy Rodden, Edward Speed, Jim Davis

Flight 2 – 1st. Place
Jojo Herlitz, Andrew Herlitz, Connor Powell and Wheeler Power

Flight 2 – 2nd Place
Michael Blanchar, Robert Kwantez, Jake Kwantez,

Closest to the Pin
Mike Blanchar – 3’ 1”

Longest Drive
Kevin Rabinowitz (Alum), 330 yds.

Student Putting Contest
1st Place – P.J. Coyne – 38”
2nd Place – Sean Mayville – 42 “
3rd Place – Jillian Minahan – 52”

TENNIS AWARDS
1st Place – Licet Alleva
2nd Place – Lisa Gill
3rd Place – Lynn Redd

Again many thanks to all who participated, volunteered, sponsored and contributed to make this annual event such a success.