Lady Knights are 2017 Region 6A Champions

2017 Region 6A Basketball Champions

2017 Region 6A Basketball Champions

Our Lady Knights reigned victorious on Friday, February 10 in their 91-40 win over Pinecrest becoming the 2017 Region 6A Tournament Champs. Six different Lady Knights finished in double figures scoring, led by Nichel Tampa’s 18 points.

State Playoff brackets are released on Wednesday.  The Lady Knights will have a first-round bye and host a second- round game on February 22nd.

Congratulations Lady Knights!!

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball in Region 6-A Tournament

SF logoCongratulations to our varsity boys and girls basketball teams as they move forward in the Region 6-A Tournament.

The girls were victorious over Excel on February 7th and will play Fellowship Christian on Friday, February 110th at 3:00 p.m. at Darlington School.

After winning their game with Mt. Zion our boys will play Mt. Paran on Friday, February 10th, at 6:00 p.m. at Darlington School.

Good Luck to our teams – GO KNIGHTS!

Four Lady Knights Recruited for College Basketball

Congratulations and Good Luck to our four, senior Lady Knights college recruits!


(LtoR) Kasiyahna Kushkituah – Tennessee, Taja Cummings – Georgia Tech, Aisha Kennedy – Saint Francis Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, Maya Dodson – Stanford, and Nichel Tampa – Western Kentucky

Junior, Cole Reynolds, Places 2nd in Area Photography Competition

2016-04-04-13-28-04-2Congratulations to our Saint Francis junior, Cole Reynolds, for taking second place in the high school division of the  My Atlanta Push Pin show which is part of the month-long Atlanta Celebrates Photography series of photography shows and competitions. This year 20 area public and private schools competed, and the show was judged by the staff of Creative Loafing. His photo will be on display at the Tula Art Center in Buckhead along with the other entries through mid-October.

Books for Kate to Benefit Foster Care

1377267065The Mix Book Club is sponsoring a drive for Books for Kate.

Books for Kate was started by retired Saint Francis teacher, A.G. Crockett, in memory of his daughter, Kate. To honor her love of reading and her big heart, Books for Kate donates new books and new warm pajamas to children of all ages in foster care.

Your student can bring in 1 pair of new pajamas and 1 new book for children ages newborn through 18 years old to earn 1 hour of community service.

Donations can be delivered to the library the week of October 17-21.

Contact Mrs. Butler ( with questions.


2016 Service Award Recipient – Jr., Abby Carbonara


Pictured are Abby Carbonara, Chip Madren and his service dog, Vera. Back row is Principal Colette Staak, Chip’s brothers Jack and Bret, mother Lea Madren and Community Service Sponsor, James Boyd.

2016 Service Award recipient,  Abby Carbonara, selects Chip’s Nation Foundation as the recipient of her 2016 Service Award donation.

The criteria for this award is the one senior who has been particularly active in the community throughout the course of the year, as well as in years past, that goes well beyond the required minimum service hours.  Recipient displays enthusiasm and unlimited dedication in their efforts in serving the community.  Each year the school makes a donation in their name to the chosen recipient’s favorite charity.

Congratulations to Abby and to Chip’s Nation Foundation!

Saint Francis Student Maya Dodson Plays for USA U17 Basketball Team

Maya Dodson selected to U17 USA Team

Maya Dodson

Reprinted from USA Basketball…

USA U17 Women Fight To A 56-45 Win Against France And Advance To Semifinals

  • Date:
    Jun 29, 2016

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Clinging to a three-point lead with 6:03 remaining in the game, the 2016 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Championship Team (5-0) held France (2-3) scoreless the rest of the way and rolled on to an 11-point, 56-45 win in the quarterfinals of the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship on Wednesday night in Zaragoza, Spain.

With the win, the USA advances to the medal semifinals, where it will face Australia (4-0) at 10 a.m. EDT on July 1.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” said USA head coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.). “I knew they were going to be prepared for us. I believe we beat them by 12 in exhibition, and I knew it was going to be tougher here.

“They are a great rebounding team, and we knew we had to beat them on the boards. We talked about blocking out and not trying to out-jump them. We beat them on the boards 53-37. So, I think we somewhat did our job.”

The USA previously had beaten France 58-46 in an exhibition game on June 18 in Anglet, France.

Christyn Williams (Central Arkansas Christian School/Little Rock, Ark.) led the USA with 17 points, six rebounds and three steals; Maya Dodson (St. Francis H.S./Alpharetta, Ga.) and Olivia Nelson-Ododa(Winder-Barrow H.S./Winder, Ga.) each had nine points; and Janelle Bailey (Providence Day School/Matthews, N.C.) finished with 10 rebounds.

“We really picked it up as a unit tonight,” Williams said. “I thought we kept our composure throughout the whole game.”

The USA jumped out to a 9-3 lead, including seven points from Williams, but France battled back to tie the game at 11-all with 2:44 remaining in the quarter. Abby Prohaska (Lakota West H.S./Liberty Township, Ohio) hit consecutive 3-pointers to help the USA go up 17-12 at 1:33. France made two free throws, however, to end the first quarter with the USA leading 17-14.

After a free throw from Bailey and score from Charli Collier (Barbers Hill H.S./Mont Belvieu, Texas), the USA led 20-17, but France hit a 3 to tie the game at 20-20 with 4:51 on the clock in the second period. Williams sank back-to-back 3s of her own to put the USA ahead 26-21 with 1:55 to go before halftime. But, France responded with a 6-0 run and lead 27-26 before Jenna Brown (The Lovett School/Marietta, Ga.) was fouled with one second left and made both of her free throws to give the USA the 28-27 edge at halftime.

The USA went up by as many as six points in the third quarter, 35-29, with 5:47 on the clock, before France strung together a 7-0 run to take a 36-35 lead with 3:27 on the clock. Two free throws from Destanni Henderson (Fort Myers H.S./Fort Myers, Fla.) ended France’s run.

France scored once more in the period before the USA put together a 7-0 run to end the quarter with a 44-38 lead. The seven-point stretch kicked off with a 3 from Samantha Brunelle (William Monroe H.S./Ruckersville, Va.) and finished with a steal and fast break layup from Aquira DeCosta (St. Mary’s H.S./Stockton, Calif.).

“We started off kind of sluggish in the first half, but in the second half we started actually getting runs, picking it up more,” said Henderson, who had four assists.

DeCosta and Nelson-Ododa scored for the USA in the first few minutes of the fourth quarter, while France cut it to within three points, 48-45, with a 3-pointer with 6:03 on the clock.

That was the last time they would score, however, as the USA defense buckled down to force two turnovers and two missed shots, while its offense got scores from Dodson, DeCosta, Nelson-Ododa and Williams to earn the 56-45 win.

“We had more energy in the fourth quarter, and we just started to play together and make shots,” Dodson said.

Earlier today Australia (4-0) cruised past Czech Republic (2-3) 83-53 to earn its semifinal berth. The other medal semifinal will feature China (4-1), which defeated Spain (4-1) 55-51, and Italy (4-1), which edged out Canada (4-1) 58-56.

The semifinal winners will meet in the finals and the losers will play in the bronze medal game on July 2.

Canada, Czech Republic, France and Spain will play out for fifth through eighth place. The complete schedule can be found online at:

The USA’s assistant coaches are Dianne Lewis (Thomas Edison H.S., Va.) and Samantha Quigley(University of St. Francis, Ill.).

Lady Knights Tennis Advance to State Playoffs

download4Congratulations to the Lady Knights Tennis Team on their 2nd place Region finish! 
The Lady Knights have advanced to the State Tournament and will host the Sweet 16. Round on Monday, April 25th. The Lady Knights ask the entire Knight Nation for their support on Monday at 4:00 PM as they take on the First Presbyterian Day School Lady Vikings from Macon, GA.

Last season, the Lady Knights advanced all the way to the Final Four in the State Tournament.  This year, we plan on bringing home a State Championship!

Let’s go Knights!

Knights and Lady Knights Basketball Teams are Heading to State Finals in Macon

Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams for their victories Saturday, February 27th and their return to State Finals this coming Saturday, March 5th in Macon.  Complete details for both boys and girls semi-final games are below.


St. Francis 2016 Semi Final

Knights #22 Kobi Simmons


Class A Private: St. Francis 81, Whitefield


Three of their players scored 20 points as St. Francis vanquished an old rival on Saturday and earned a chance to win its third straight state championship.

The Knights (23-7) slammed Whitefield Academy 81-58 on Saturday in the Class A Private boys semifinal at Kennesaw State and earned a trip to the title game for the fourth straight season.

St. Francis will play Greenforest for the championship on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. at the Macon Coliseum in a rematch of last year’s game won by the Knights.

“We lost four starters from last year’s team,” coach Andrew Catlett said. “There were times when it wasn’t smoot for them. But the guys stayed together and we’ve gotten some contributions from guys who didn’t play a lot last year.”

It was the third time St. Francis has beaten Whitefield Academy this season, but both previous meetings were quite different. St. Francis won those games by five and two points. The semifinal game appeared to be headed in the same direction for much of the first quarter.

The game was tied 20-20 after Whitefield’s Jimmy McCarthy made a basket early in the second period.

But the closeness didn’t last for long. St. Francis went on a 10-0 run that gave the Knights the separation they needed. And alley-oop slam and another basket by Simmons started the stretch, with Anthony Showell adding a 3-pointer and Avery Showell scoring on a rebound that gave St. Francis a 33-23 lead.

“I challenged our guys, you’ve got start locking up,” Catlett said. “Starting the second quarter we didn’t play particularly well the first two or three minutes, but we responded and that goes back to all the adversity we went through during the year. We didn’t panic, we kept our composure and started making some plays to get the lead to 10 at halftime.”

Simmons didn’t come close to the 45 he posted on Friday, but his 24 points included three dunks and some stylish passes.  Showell finished the game with 22 points and Chance Anderson added 23 points.

Whitefield Academy (20-11) was led by Florida A&M signee Brendon Myles with 23 points and Isaiah Hart with 21.

St. Francis beat Whitefield four times last season and defeated the Wolfpack in the 2013-14 championship game.

“It came down to our defending, rebound, getting 50-50 balls,” Catlett said “It’s a simple gameplan – defense, rebound and on offense share the ball, make the extra pass, finish the layup when you get a chance. But your mindset has to be defend and rebound. We’ve gotten better the last couple of weeks.”




Lady Knight #1, Michel Tampa


Stan Awtrey

A Private girls: St. Francis 62, SACA 38


St. Francis will get a chance to defend its state title.

The girls won their 17th straight game and secured a spot in the Class A Private championship game with a 62-38 win over Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy on Saturday at Kennesaw State.

St. Francis will meet the winner of the Greenforest vs. Eagle’s Landing Christian game for the title. The championship game will be at 11 a.m. on March 5 at the Macon Coliseum.

“It’s a big deal … it’s very hard to go back-to-back,” St. Francis coach Aisha Kennedy said. “Now we’ve got to take it one quarter at a time and play our game.”

St. Francis (30-1) was led by junior point guard Taja Cummings, who attacked the basket all game and came away with 25 points.

“Our point guard really stepped up and played well,” coach Aisha Kennedy said. “We’ve having a lot of conversations about she can do and I think she’s buying in.”

The Knights also got 14 points each from forward Jala Jordan and 10 points from guard Maya Dodson.

Southwest Atlanta Christian (17-12) was led by Chyna Cotton with 15 points and point guard Tiamya Butler with 13. The Warriors, who only have six players on the roster, were forced to play with four players after Butler and center Dominique Banks fouled out.

St. Francis led 12-9 after one quarter and began to run away in the second, starting with a 3-pointer from Kori McDaniels on the first possession. Taja Cummings had 11 points at halftime, including a 3-pointer, and the Knights outscored SACA 13-3 to take a 25-12 halftime lead.

The Knights stretched the lead to 41-22 after three periods and Southwest was unable to substantially close the margin.


Chase Ellis, 8th Gr. Hits 1,000 Points in Middle School Basketball Career

Chase Ellis

Chase Ellis, 8th Gr. and his mother, Alice Ellis 1,000 Basketball Points for Middle School Career

Saturday, January 30th marked the end of an outstanding and unprecedented  basketball career for Chase Ellis at Saint Francis Middle School.  Chase has achieved so much as a Saint Francis Middle School basketball player. As a sixth grader, Chase led his team to an undefeated season and a NAML Championship for the 7th grade team.  As a seventh grader, Chase led the 8th grade team to the NAML Championships, falling short to a talented Mt. Bethel team. This season, Chase wowed crowds with impressive dunks and unselfish play. He eclipsed the 1,000 point mark against Perimeter on January 12, 2016. He once again led the 8th grade team to the NAML Championships. Although they fell short, it was another impressive run for Ellis and the 8th grade team.

Chase’s basketball abilities are equally matched by his achievements in the classroom. As an honor roll student, Chase has shown exemplary citizenship, leadership and integrity. Coaches, teachers and administrators are amazed at Chase’s compassion for others and willingness to do whatever is asked of him.

Chase will be sorely missed at Saint Francis Middle School. We all look forward to seeing what Chase does on and off the court at our High school.