Saint Francis Wrestlers Qualify for 2016 State Meet

wrestlinglogoSaint Francis Wrestling qualified 5 wrestlers for the State Finals on Friday, February 12th Saturday, February 13th at Infinite Energy Arena (formerly Gwinnett Arena).

The top 4 wrestlers in each  weight class advanced from the sectionals.

Jack Kirpatrick, Sr. —120lbs (4th at Sectionals)
Ethan Sparks, Sr.—132lbs (4th at Sectionals)
John Franke, Sr.—160lbs (4th at Sectionals)
Matthew Fezza, So.—182lbs (3rd at Sectionals)
Stephan Agan, Sr.—195lbs (3rd at Sectionals)

Alternates: Ryan Bost, Sr. ‐‐145lbs (5th at Sectionals) and Chris Rech, So.—138lbs (5th at Sectionals)

Region 6 Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament Brackets Posted

SF logoThe Saint Francis Knights kick off their 2016 tournament play this week.  The Lady Knights will play on Wednesday, February 10th at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of the Pinecrest/Mt. Zion game.  The Knights will play on Thursday, February 11th at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of the Christian Heritage/Whitefield Academy winner.  GOOD LUCK to our teams!!

2016 Region 6 Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament

2016 Region Girls Tournament Bracket

Lady Knights Win CresCom Bank Holiday Championship





Knights Battle in the Beach Ball Classic Tournament

Beach Ball Classic 2015What is the Beach Ball Classic?  It all started in 1981 as a dream of Socastee High School Coach Dan D’Antoni. The tournament consisted of 8 teams, 4 in state and 4 out of state, and it was the first event of this type ever held in the State of South Carolina. No one would have ever imagined the progression into a 16 team National tournament, lasting 30 years and becoming the Premier High School Holiday Tournament in the United States.

The Saint Francis Knights would end the tournament with one win and two losses.  A valiant effort by our Knights against very stiff competition.  In their first match up they defeated the Poca Dot’s of West Virginia. In the next round SF was up against the 3 time defending national champions in Montverde (Montverde, FL). Despite a great battle, Montverde’s size would prove to be too much for the Knights.  Monteverde went on to win the championship game.

On a quick turnaround the Knights had to face national power Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati, OH) the following morning, the Knights just didn’t have the firepower to keep up and dropped a second game by a score of 59- 42.  Moeller finished 5th in the tournament.

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For the first time in 32 games, Poca (WV) came out on the short end of the scoreboard with a 73-56 loss to St. Francis (GA) in the opening round of the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic.

St. Francis (8-3; Alpharetta, GA) found itself down 6-0 after a pair of quick 3-pount baskets by Poca’s Luke Frampton and Elijaf Cuffee.  St. Francis responded by scoring the game’s next 22 points and built the lead to 35-12 on a Drew Smith 3-pointer with 3:55 to play in the opening half.  Poca (4-1) went on a 16-1 run as Cuffee connected on three 3-point baskets during the stretch to close the gap to eight points at 36-28 with 44 seconds remaining in the half.  Chance Anderson’s two free throws capped the scoring in the first half to give St. Francis a 38-28 lead entering the break.

Poca (WV) could not close the gap into single digits in the second half as St. Francis led by as many as 20 points in the second 16-minute period.

St. Francis was paced by Kobi Simmons’ 28 points.  Cuffee led Poca with 23 points, while Luke Frampton added 17 points for The Dots.



In the Spirit of Giving through the Children’s Restoration Network

Each year Saint Francis Middle School collaborates with Children’s Restoration Network for a program called 12 Days of Caring.  During these 12 days we collect Holiday toys and gifts for homeless children in metro Atlanta.  Paper ornaments are displayed around the school.  Each ornament has a child’s name and wish list on it.  Students are able to take as many ornaments with children’s wishlists as their family chooses. We’ve collected items such as school supplies, clothing, toys, sports equipment, and evenToys for Children's Restoration Network 2016 bicycles.

Saint Francis helped provide Holiday gifts for over 300 homeless children for the 2015 Holiday Season, more than any other area school.   The generosity of our students and families this season is truly remarkable and greatly appreciated by all!  What a wonderful way to close out 2015.
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Yasmeen Ratliff, Senior Signs with the University of Arkansas

Yasmeen Ratliff, Saint Francis senior and daughter of former NBA player Theo Ratliff has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Arkansas.  Yasmeen helped lead the Lady Knights to a State Championship in 2015.
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Back row, left to right: St. Francis head coach Aisha Kennedy and St. Francis Principal Colette Staak. Front row, left to right: Alexis Ratliff (sister), Yasmeen Ratliff, Kristina Ratliff (mother) and Theo Ratliff (father)


Varsity Swimmers Set Records

2013-02-17 08.19.17On November 19th the Knights swim team beat Kings Ridge and it was a great race by all. Allie Vaccaro set a new personal best and school record on the 100 free, Tristan Spiers made state cuts in the 200 IM, Samuel Galan set a school record for the Boys 100 Fly, and a school record for the Girls 200 Medley Relay – Josephine Wheeler, Maddie Schaner, Allie Vaccaro and Sydney Bruton.

Congratulations to our awesome swimmers!


High School Honor Council – Back to School Project

Honor Council Backpacks from Balcony 2015Milton – Each year at the start of school, the Saint Francis High School Honor Council sponsors a community service project of collecting backpacks and school supplies. This year the Honor Council collected and sorted more than 100 new backpacks to support local families who come to North Fulton Community Charities (NFCC) seeking emergency assistance.

NFCC’s mission is to build self-sufficiency and prevent homelessness and hunger in our community by providing emergency assistance and enrichment programs. School supplies are distributed during NFCC’s annual Back to School event and in January during their Teacher’s Restocking Day.


Pictured are (front row, L-R) Lauren Shur, Sami Holt, Natalie Inglett, and Sydney Thode; (middle row, L-R) Muhammad Siddiq, Ryan Bivings, Jasmine Feraro, Hailey Kessler, and Hamzah Niazi; and (back row, L-R) Megan Brosnan, Nate Schneider, Justin Bivings, Jack Kirkpatrick, Maya Dodson, and Frankie Chapman.




19th Annual Saint Francis Golf Tournament and Tennis Round Robin Recap

golf logo final_correctedROur 19th Annual Saint Francis Golf and Tennis Tournament was held Monday, September 28th at the Polo Golf and Country Club and a faint strain of  “Soggy Bottom Blues” could be heard in the distance.  Unfortunately the weather just didn’t hold and although it put a damper on the tennis portion of the day, our golfers braved the rain and forged ahead.  We were able to have a full field of golfers participate and complete their 18 holes.

In spite of the weather a good time was had by all and our heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, and sponsored this event. With everyone’s support we were able to raise funds benefiting out athletic programs.
To our sponsors who gave generously –
Bank of North Georgia, Konda Pollard
The Minihan Family
The Smart Family
Mr. Tim Sims and SIMOS Insourcing Solutions
Acension Benefits and Insurance
Atlanta Oral and Facial Surgery
Collegiate Prep Basketball Academy
Managed Healthcare Solutions
The Schoppman Company
The Bardi Family
TEBARCO Door and Metal Services, Inc. 
Contributors for our Auction and Raffle:
The Shapiro Family, Mr. Steve White, Saint Francis High School Booster Club, Ms. Angela McBride, The Denney Family, Mark and Debra Brown, Mr. Michael Burrell, Mr. John Snyder, Mr. Rob Adams, Deanna and Wesley Hamilton, Varsity Girls Volleyball, Girls Softball, Varsity Football, Varsity Cross Country, Paul Dailey, The Cole Family, The Larkworthy Family, The Linginfelter Family, Pediatric Dental Specialists of Atlanta, Varsity Cheerleading, Varsity Boys and Girls Banketball, Mrs. Melanie Boltax, Hammond Reynolds, Jim Stehle, Marietta Trolley, Dana Montlack, Loyalty Marketing, Health & Beauty Boutique – Leslie Brothers, Mrs. Karrie Fuerst, Ms. Lisa Smith and Matt Adams, Louis and Lisa Herrera, Mrs. Julie Turner and Ivy Lane, Mr. John Mills, Karen Salmon, and The Madren Family.
…and to the Sponsler Family for their donation of water to our participants!
Thank you so much for your amazing contributions!
Let’s get to the good stuff…we have winners!!
For the Student Putting Contest
1st Place – Conner Haines
2nd Place – Noah Fox
3rd Place – Lewis Jackson
Congratulations for a job well done!
Golf Winners
Flight A –
1st Place –   Amber McConnell, Megan Jamieson, Chris Rice, and Drew Catlett
2nd Place – Bob Kwatnez, Jake Kwatnez, Paul Kinderman, and Steven Kinderman
3rd Place – Robert Jackson, Will Jackson, and Michael Lynch
Flight B
1st Place – Brian Quirk, Barbara Quirk, David Floyd, and Jeff Turner
2nd Place – Brian Dailey, Patrick Dailey, Paul Dailey, and Stephen Hartsfield
3rd Place – Bill Caiaccio, Brad Etter, John Buccellato and Tony Chiri
Closest to the Pin – Muhammed Siddiq
Longest Drive – Andrew Buccellato
Of course our Volunteers are the heart of this tournament.  Special thanks to Pete Galan, President of the High School Booster Club and Golf Chair and Renee Minahan, President of the Middle School Booster Club.  Also, Christina Corley for her pre-tournament assistance, Kim Galan, our fearless Volunteer Coordinator for making it all look effortless and to Karen Salmon, her daughter Courtney, and Mum for stuffing all of the players bags and designing the Saint Francis Quilt for the Auction, Angela Barden for coordinating the Tennis Round Robin…even though it was cancelled last minute.
And a HUGE thank you to the following volunteers who braved the crazy weather to make sure everyone had a great time:
Andrea Andrews, Christine Siegenthaler, Renee Minahan, Robin Kreitner, Portia Codjo, Anne Holt, Joni Snyder, Dana Wieskopf, Karrie Fuerst, Kristi Bruton, Carrie Hadley, Florence Luranc, Thomas and Kristine Heick, Lea Madren, Lisa Bork, Donna Choate, Courtney Thomas, Lisa Haynes, Cathy Iachino, Margi Scott, Dana Montlack, Susie Uhlich, Page Edenfield, Julie Schaner,
I hope I didn’t miss anyone – you were all terrific and we definitely appreciate everything you did to make this tournament a success.
Please plan to join us next year as we plan our
20th Annual Saint Francis Golf Tournament and Tennis Round Robin.
This is a very special milestone for this tournament and our school.

Annual Denim and Diamonds Casino Knight


Annual “Back to School” Casino Night 
Bringing together our new and returning parents and school administration for an evening of fun, food, and community.
RSVP TODAY!    RSVP Required by August 14, 2015

Volunteers!  We need your help.  Let us know you can help

Saturday, August 22, 2015
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Country Club of Roswell, Roswell, GA

Casino Games and Prizes – Help us out with your donation for our Raffle Table
DJ:  Marquee Events
Ticket Cost:  $75/per person
Attire:  Denim and/or Snazzy Cocktail Attire

Event Contact:  Mary Schoppman,  (770) 641-8257 x19