Nuggets’ Malik Beasley has St. Francis HS jersey retired in Alpharetta

Congratulations to Malik Beasley, Class of 2015!

Malik Beasley, Saint Francis Class of 2015 and Drew Catlett, Saint Francis Varsity Basketball Coach

Mitchell Northam
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
11:04 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017  Neighborhoods


Before he was a Florida State Seminole or a Denver Nugget, Malik Beasley was a boys basketball player at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta. Beasley scored 1,959 points for the Knights, grabbed 728 rebounds and led the high school hoops team from Alpharetta to two state titles in 2014 and 2015.  Now, anytime anyone steps in St. Francis’ gym, they’ll know Beasley played there.

Beasley, who just completed his rookie NBA season, had his No. 5 jersey retired by St. Francis on Tuesday. He was in Alpharetta that day and stopped by the school to talk with the Knights’ current players.

“He always had a smile on his face,” St. Francis coach Drew Catlett told “Always had a great attitude. He just has an unbelievable work ethic. I’ve been coaching 30 years on different levels, I’m not sure I’ve ever been around a kid that works as hard as he does. … From where he was a freshman, if you think about it, in six years he’s playing in the NBA, it’s kind of an incredible journey.”

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard had an inconsistent rookie season, splitting time between the Nuggets and a D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Beasley impressed there, averaging 18.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game through 16 contests, according to He shot nearly 46 percent from the floor there.

But the 20-year-old swingman was solid when he played in the big leagues too. Beasley played a combined 72 minutes in the Nuggets last two games of the season – a pair of wins over the Thunder and Mavericks – and tallied a total of 33 points, five assists, three steals and eight rebounds.

In 22 appearances for the Nuggets, Beasley averaged 3.8 points per game. Denver just missed the playoffs, finishing ninth in the west with a 40-42 record.  Beasley and Jamal Murray are the Nuggets youngest players at just 20 years old, and both seem to be a part of the team’s plans going forward.

“You would have never thought I would have been somebody four or five years ago,” Beasley told “I was just a scrawny little kid just looking to have some fun. I didn’t start working hard until my junior year. My freshman and sophomore year I was still looking to play baseball and football. Then the dream changed.”

2017 Knights of the Round Table

The Knights of the Round Table Award is given to the person that best exemplifies the spirit of our school and athletics. They exemplify the four ideals of our students:  Honor, Perseverance, Aspiration and Service. They are a positive influence on team mates; they honor the sport and the team.  

We are pleased to present our 2017 Knights of the Round Table recipients…

2017 Knights of the Round Table Award Recipients (Row 1, L-R) Clark Adams, Crosby Weaver, Wallace Tucker, Kori McDaniel, Sam Hines, Emily Falberg, Harrison Warner, Ryder Freider, Nick Kreitner, Gabby Burrell, and Nichel Tampa (Row 2, L-R)  Peyton Brooks, Mia Pittman, Maya Moss, Will Smith, and Mark Szilagyi


Lady Knights Selected for Georgia All-State Basketball Teams


GACA announces 2016-2017
Girls Basketball All-State Teams and
All State Coaches of the Year Awards

Honorees in All Divisions for All State Honors
Elberton, GA  
March 20, 2017

The Georgia Athletic Coaches Association announced the recipients of All State Girls Basketball honors today. All divisions are included.

Class 1A North
Player of the Year: Maya Dodson, St. Francis
and Mikayla Coombs, Wesleyan

Morgan Jones
Hannah Grogan
Khayla Pointer
Kasiyhana Kushkituah 
Tampa Nichel
Taja Cummings
Kaila Hubbard
Amaya Register
Kennedy Suttle
Natalie Armstrong
Shai Blanding
Our Lady of Mercy
Lakeview Academy
Holy Innocents
St. Francis
St. Francis
St. Francis
Holy Innocents
Holy Innocents
Holy Innocents

Saint Francis Alumni Face Off in NCAA Sweet 16

Kaiser Gates

Saint Francis Alumni Kaiser Gates and Kobi Simmons will face off against each other in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Thursday.  Gates’ #11 seeded Xavier Musketeers take on Simmons’ #2 seeded Arizona Wildcats in San Jose at 10:09pm on TBS.  The winner advances to the Western Regional Final.


Kobe Simmons

High School Students Earn Art Awards

Congratulations to the following high school students for winning Honorable Mentions in the recent Cleveland Institute of Art 2D/3D Competition.  Student from across the county compete in this national art competition:

Photography – 

  • Sophomore – Kate o’Grady
  • Junior – Chloe Bohan
  • Seniors –  Sophia Boudoutis and Ashley Herman

 Ceramics – 

  • Junior –  Sarah Gibeaut
  • Seniors –  Payton Sutton, Allie Vaccaro, and Michael Windley


Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards & Symposium Exhibit –

Congratulations go to Hamzah Niazi and Allie Vaccaro for winning awards in the Georgia High School Ceramic Arts Awards and Symposium Exhibit at the University of West Georgia. Hamzah won 3rd place and Allie an Honorable Mention. Caleb Cover, Jack Gruskin and Paton Sutton also had pieces in the exhibit and all are on the Exhibit poster. The organizers of the show said this was the finest show of work by high school students in the 14 years of the competition.

Elementary Visits Tellus Museum

Our Saint Francis 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders went on a fabulous field trip March 2nd to the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, Georgia.  Students in grades 1 – 2 experimented with materials that attract and repel magnets.  Third graders investigated different soil samples to discover what soil holds the most water, and observed different kinds of rocks, geodes, and petrified wood, in addition to panning for gems in the sand.

Varsity Baseball to Play at Coolray Field

Saint Francis Knights Baseball has TWO EXTRA exciting Baseball games this season!


GAME 1 – COME WATCH our Varsity Saint Francis Knights vs. Bowden at Coolray Field on Friday, March 31st at 8:00 PM.  Tickets available at the gate.

GAME 2 – Join us for Saint Francis Night at Coolray Field on Saturday, May 13th at 6:05 PM.
Gwinnett Braves vs. Columbus Clippers  (Tickets includes a Gwinnett Braves hat.)

A NON-UNIFORM DAY is included with attendance to each game.
Tickets can be purchased for GAME 2 with this Saint Francis Baseball Ticket Order Form.

Ticket order must be returned to your Saint Francis school office with payment by May 13th.


2017 Middle School Science Fair

Our 6th-grade science classes were divided into groups to complete different experiments using the scientific method while collaborating with their team members.  Through their joints efforts, student researched, experimented, and provided data to support their hypothesis.  All information was displayed for others to preview.

Topics included:

  • Which material is the best insulator for heat?
  • How does pore space affect the movement of water through sand, soil, and gravel?
  • What affects the rate of Evaporation?

    Luke Johnson and Ella Shiver

These topics allowed the students to gather information that supports the reason for planting seeds in soil versus sand, and how the use of the styrofoam cup was better for hot chocolate than a plastic cup.  Students will continue throughout the year studying new topics to hone their skills.

Katie Dixon

All States Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to Catherine Croker (Senior) on winning Honorable Mention in the All States Art Competition.  Catherine’s teapot along with Sarah Gibeaut’s (Junior) and Jack Kinney’s (Junior) pieces are on display at the Ingless Gallery at Columbus State University through Friday.

Teapot by Senior, Catherine Croker

Teapot by Senior,
Catherine Croker


All students in the exhibit are state winners, this final round of awards are the top honors in this competition. The awards ceremony will be held at the end of the symposium Friday.

Front by Junior, Sarah Gibeaut

Front by Junior,
Sarah Gibeaut

Blue Ribbons by Junior, Jack Kinney

Blue Ribbons by Junior, Jack Kinney

Knights and Lady Knights Advance to State Basketball Quarterfinals




Congratulations to our varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams. Both have advanced to the Quarterfinals of the State Playoffs.

The girls will host Pinecrest on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30.  Tickets for this game will be $7.00

The boys will travel to Aquinas (Augusta, GA) on Wednesday, March 1st and tip-off at 7:30.