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For four Deerfield-Windsor soccer standouts, Thursday seemed like it would never arrive.
In what Deerfield-Windsor headmaster Dave Davies hailed as a proud moment for the school, a trio of girls standouts — Parker Morgan, Rachel Sullivan and Kendall Freeman — as well as goal keeper Grant Wollam signed letters of intent in the school media center.
Morgan, who set Deerfield-Windsor's single-season scoring record last season, signed with Division II power Columbus State. Kendall Freeman signed with Division III Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga. Midfielder Rachel Sullivan signed with Division I Siena in New York.
Wollam signed with Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C.
Morgan was a scoring machine last season for the Lady Knights. Freeman, meanwhile, was a strong defender and a key reason for Deerfield's run to the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship game.
Davies spoke of how far the soccer programs have come in a short time.
"For a school our size, it's impressive," Deerfield-Windsor coach Alastair Joslin said. "We've got two players going to good Division I programs, we've got one going to a Division II program that's been in national championships recently, and we've got one going to a Division III program that competes year in and year out.
"Not only the fact that they're going off to play in college, but the fact that they're going off to play at competitive schools on a national level in college goes to show you how much commitment they and their parents have put in. And they got their rewards."
Wollam, the Knights' goal keeper, also was a weapon on the Deerfield-Windsor football team last fall. He was named the first-team all-area kicker by The Albany Herald.
But he said his days of kicking footballs are over.
"I enjoyed soccer more," he said. "I'm not going to kick in college. It was a lot of fun, though."
Sullivan will go the farthest away from Southwest Georgia, heading to Loudonville, N.Y. to play at Siena. She said signing a scholarship fulfilled a goal.
"I've been dreaming of signing this since I was a little girl," she said. "I've always wanted to play soccer in college, it was never an option not to. I love New York, have a lot of family up there. It just felt right when I went on campus."
The four players will be expected to help the boys and girls soccer teams at Deerfield-Windsor make a deep run this season.
Deerfield-Windsor School's high school academic quiz bowl team repeated as champions in the 1A Division at the Andrew College quiz bowl competition recently. The division included seven schools, public, charter and private.
The team included Devan Hammack (captain), Hannah Takash (vice-captain), Brynn Sammons, Rohit Doad, Emma Reed and Autumn Hart.
Individual first-place winners included Jasmin Lopez, overall — personal essay; Haley Broadaway, overall — art; Hannah Sims, overall — music; Devan Hammack, 12th grade — science; Brynn Sammons,11th grade — science; Rohit Doad, 12th grade — social studies; Hana Ghiathi, 11th grade — social studies; Emma Reed, 10th grade — social studies; Hannah Takash, 12th grade — math.
The team is coached by Irmgard Schopen-Davis, chair of the Upper School Humanities department.
The Knights had a strong start to the week with revenge over the visiting Valwood Valiants. After going down in Hahira the Knights came back in this game to win by nine points. Top scoring for the Knights were Daniel Ramsey 15pts with Howell Logan and Ethan Merritt both with 14 points.
On Friday the Knights travelled to Thomasville to play the Brookwood Warriors in their new arena. In an incredibly close and low scoring game the Knights came away with a 33-31 win. That win takes the Knights to an overall record of 10-6.
The Lady Knights also got the week of to a great start beating The Lady Valiants comfortably by 30 points, 63-32.
Fortunes turned against the Lady Knights with a surprising 16 point loss to the Lady Warriors in Thomasville. The Lady Knights currently stand with a record of 8-10.
The Lady Knights brought home Deerfield-Windsor's second state championship of the year with a dominant display in the Georgia Tech pool. The Lady Knights won by 50 points which is the 2nd largest margin in the last 20 years of GISA swimming.
The following teams had podium finishes:
Women's relays :
A relay 1st place in both relays - Perin Hancock, Dorian Usry, Anna Johnson, Deena Wilcox
B relay 3rd place in Medley relay and 4th place free relay - Kassidy Usry, Caroline Petruska, Haleigh Joslin, (medley) McCall Nicholson, (free) Davis Jones
The following had individual successes:
Haleigh Joslin - 7th 100 Backstroke
McCall Nicholson - 5th 100 breaststroke
Caroline Petruska - 4th 200 Individual Medley
Deena Wilcox - 7th 100 freestyle, 5th 500 freestyle
Kassidy Usry - 8th 100 freestyle, 5th 100 backstroke, 6th 200 freestyle
Perin Hancock - 1st 50 freestyle
Anna Johnson - 2nd 100 freestyle, 1st 100 breaststroke
Dorian Usry - 2nd 100 butterfly , 1st 200 freestyle, 1st 100 backstroke
The boys finished sixth with some excellent performances from the Men's Medley and free relayboth finished 4th. Swimmers are Jacob Johnson, Ethan May, Logan Clark, Rob Pilcher.Individually the Knights had Ethan May - 8th place 100 Breaststroke, Logan Clark - 8th place 200 freestyle, Jacob Johnson - 7th 100 butterfly , 2nd 100 backstroke.
Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Swim Team on their Back-to-Back State title!
Led by junior Dorian Usry with two individual state championships, two relay first-place finishes and an individual second-place finish, the Deerfield-Windsor Lady Knights swim team coasted to a second consecutive Georgia Independent Schools Association state championship over the weekend.
Deerfield outpointed runner-up Augusta Preparatory Day School 136-86.
Anna Johnson and Perin Hancock contributed first-place finishes in individual events, while Usry, Johnson, Hancock and Deena Willcox were on both the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relay state championship teams. Johnson also earned a runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle.
The Deerfield-Windsor boys team placed sixth at the event held at the Georgia Tech pool. The boys and girls teams combined for a runner-up finish.
Our Middle School wrestlers finished the season this past weekend at the state championship. We had some fantastic performances with six of our ten wrestlers winning individual medals. Eighth grader Clint Reventlow took home a state championship, while Jesse Phillips (5th Grade) and Harry Merritt (8th) took home state runners up medals. There were further high finishes for John Branch, John Phillips and Mac Smurda who all took home the bronze.
Both the Knights and Lady Knights had a busy week playing three games apiece. Both teams started off with region match-ups versus Southland on Tuesday. The Lady Knights won a very close game coming away with a 47-45 win with Lila Lanier top scoring with 13 points and Jamia Lofton right behind her on 12 points. The Knights on the other hand lost a difficult one 43-52. For the Knights, Ethan Merritt top scored with 17 followed by Daniel Ramsey with 11.
On Friday the Teams took the short trip to Chula to take on Tiftarea Academy. Unfortunately the Lady Knights could not continue the momentum that they built up from the win versus Southland. The Lady Knights went down 67-73 with Senior Hannah Mills (17), and Freshmen Lila Lanier (16) and Emilee Foy (15) leading the way in the scoring. The boys however were able to turn their fortunes around beating the Panthers by 35 points, 57-22. Top scoring for the Knights were Daniel Ramsey 17, and Ethan Merritt 15.
Leading into Saturday the Knights were able to keep that momentum going flying out to a good start against the visiting Westfield Hornets. The boys ended up winning comfortably 64-41 with three players able to hit double figures Daniel Ramsey 14, and Howell Logan and Ethan Merritt hitting 12 apiece. With this win the boys lifted their record on the season to 8-6. In another tight game for the Lady Knights on Saturday the girls went down by 2. Leading for the most of the game with help from Rachel Bonner (19) the Lady Knights unfortunately fell short in the last minute losing by a score of 50-48. This loss moved the Lady Knights to 7-9.
The B team Knights played two games this week versus Southland and Westfield. The Knights went 1-1 beating Westfield 38-26, Shamir Wingfield scoring 11, and losing their first game of the season to Southland 50-19 to move to 4-1. The Lady Knights B team lost both games. Southland won 37-24, and then losing to Westfield 25-22 moving the Lady Knights to 0-3.
High school students from Deerfield-Windsor spent the day cleaning up Tift Park. Around 250 students were scattered throughout Albany on Friday helping with disaster clean up. Half of them were at Tift Park picking up branches and fallen trees.
Allen Lowe Deerfield -Windsor Head Football Coach said Friday's cleanup was the first organized effort, but students, faculty, and parents have already been out helping in the community.
Sophomore Ford Bennett said he plans to continue helping his city. "I'm going to come out here as much as I can. I think my family is going to come and then I might go out with my youth group again," Bennett said.
Several 2016 graduates of Deerfield-Windsor School recently participated in the annual college panel program. This assembly features recent alumni who address the Upper School student body to reflect on the college admission process, their current college experience, and advice for the seniors who are just months from graduation. After speaking to the student body, the panel fields questions.
Graduates attending and their colleges were Hadden Kelley, Georgia Tech; Micah Williamson, Georgia College and State University; Trey Young, University of North Georgia, Gainesville; Emily Pursel, Bucknell University (PA); Taylor Richter, Johns Hopkins University (MD).)
The swim team was at Darton this past Saturday as they took part in the Tift County Blue Devil meet. This meet includes the fastest GHSA schools from the south of Georgia. Over 500 swimmers from 30 different schools competed at the Varsity and Junior Varsity Level.
The Varsity boys finished 7th overall. Jacob Johnson had an outstanding performance (1st in the 100m backstroke and 2nd in the 100m butterfly). Ethan May also finished in the top 10 in the 100m breaststroke.
The Varsity girls had a fantastic showing finishing a very creditable 2nd overall. Exceptional performances included Anna Johnson 8th place 50 freestyle (100 swimmers entered) and 4th place
The Junior Varsity girls had a good meet. Their freestyle relay team finished 4th. Notable individual performances came from McCall Nicholson 2nd in the 100m breaststroke, and Haleigh Joslin 4th in the 100m Backstroke and 5th / 72 in the 50m freestyle.
The Knights and Lady Knights will next be back in the pool In January.
The Knights and Junior Knights visited Westfield this past weekend to wrestle in the Odoban Wrestling Tournament. The Varsity Knights had some standout performances with State Champion Jones Strom in fine early season form bringing home 1st place. Cole Hunt and Graham Edwards had excellent performances both bringing home 2nd place in the 106lbs and 138lbs weight classes. Holman Deriso rounded off a good day for the Knights with a 3rd place finish in the 113lbs weight class.
The JV Knights had five top three finishes. Leading the way was Anthony Lacovara, who finished first and went an undefeated 4-0 on his way to the top. John Branch and John Phillips both finished an excellent second in their respective weight classes. Harry Merritt and 5th grader Jesse Phillips rounded out the list of medalists for the Knights both finishing in third place.
The Lady Knights opened up the week playing Georgia Christian. Although close at the beginning, the Lady Knights pulled away in the second half to finish a commanding victory. They ended up beating the Lady Generals 57-27. Emilee Foy and Patsy Cartee both got in to double figures for the Lady Knights scoring 14 and 21 respectively. The Lady Knights dominated the boards with four players recording 6 rebounds and two players with 5 rebounds.
On Friday the Lady Knights travelled to St. Simons Island where they faced Frederica Academy. The Lady Knights started well scoring 18 points in the first quarter but Frederica Academy took over. With a 20 point second quarter, Frederica led at the half by 10. Unfortunately the Lady Knights were not able to get back in the game and ended up losing 39-66. Stand out performances for the Lady Knights were Destiny Reed with seven rebounds, while no Lady Knights were able to get in to double figures, Patsy Cartee and Rachel Bonner led with 9 points each. On Saturday The Lady Knights were back on top beating Bulloch Academy 41-37; however, no stats are available for this game. The Lady Knights ended the week with a record of 5-3.
The Knights got off to a flying start against the Georgia Christian Generals on Tuesday leading by 17 at the half. In the 3rd quarter the Knights put up 20 to put the game to bed. The Knights won by 30 points 68-38. Four players got into double figures for the Knights. Daniel Ramsey led the way with 17points followed by Ethan Merritt (12) and Corey Toole and Harrison Cannon both chipping in with ten each.
The boys also travelled to St. Simons Island to face Frederica Academy. The boys came out on top by 12 points. Both Daniel Ramsey and Ethan Merritt scored 15 points. Daniel also recorded nine rebounds followed by Howell Logan with six. On Saturday, the Boys faced Bulloch Academy in a closer game this time finishing off with a seven point advantage. Once again Daniel Ramsey was top scorer with 14 points joined by Harrison Cannon who also scored 14. Ramsey led the boards again with six, closely followed by Corey Toole who recorded 5. The boys finished the week moving to 4-2.
The B team Boys played Georgia Christian on Tuesday winning 47-20. The B team boys move to 3-0.
Week Ending December 5, 2016
Girls Basketball opened their season during Thanksgiving break at theTerrell Tip-Off. The girls won their season opener against Crisp Academy 55-51. Stand out performances for the Lady Knights came from Lila Lanier leading with 15 points, followed by Patsy Cartee (13) and Rachel Bonner (10). Destiny Reed led the girls with 8 rebounds followed by Emilee Foy with 6 rebounds.
The Lady Knights went 2-0 with a 40-28 win over Monsignor Donovan. Lila Lanier again leading the way with 13 of the Lady Knights 40 points.
The Lady Knights dropped their first game of the season at Terrell Academy by a mere 4 points, 42-46. Rachel Bonner was the lone Knight to get into double figures with 12 points. Patsy Cartee led the way on the boards with 8 rebounds.
The Lady Knights got back into winning ways beating Westfield Hornets 59-54. Bonner again leading the ladies with 19 points and Cartee the only other player in double figures with 10 points.
Next on the schedule was Westwood where the ladies fell to 3-2 with the Lady Wildcats winning 52-40. Destiny Reed led the Lady Knights with 12 points.
The Boys Basketball team got off to a rough start with a 53-62 loss to Terrell Academy. Daniel Ramsey scoring over half of the Knights points with 27 followed up by 6 rebounds. Howell Logan led the team with 9 rebounds.
A second loss in the week to Westfield 61-67 for the Knights put them at 0-2, despite Daniel Ramsey's Double-Double. Ramsey sunk 26 points and had 12 rebounds. Corey Toole (14) and Ethan Merritt (11) also got into double figures for the Knights.
The Knights finally got to winning ways against the Westwood Wildcats winning 68-59. Ethan Merritt leading the way for the Knights with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Corey Toole (13) and Daniel Ramsey (11) also in double figures. The Knights current record is 1-2.
The B team Boys are currently 2-0. Coach McSwain has the boys off to a great start beating Terrell 31-29 with Shamir Wingfield leading the way with 10 points. In their second game, the Knights beat Westfield 46-26. Jordan Moser led the way with 15 points and Smith Flynn following with 13.
The C team Boys are currently 1-1 after a victory against Westwood, 45-26 with Parker Jones scoring 12 and Drew Dixon scoring 10. The loss came against Southland, 34-37. Drew Reich and Jack Davis led the way with 10 points each.
A very young C team Girls are improving every game despite being 0-2. The girls lost their first game to Westwood 30-17 with Emily Sosby top scorer with six points. In the second game the girls lost to Southland 27-7.
Swimming kicked off their season with a home meet at Darton in November. The Varsity girls won comfortably by over 100 points. There were standout performances by Dorian Usry and Anna Johnson, as well as the girls relay teams.
The JV girls finished second by a mere 6 points, Haleigh Joslin going 3 for 3 in her individual events, as well as outstanding performances from McCall Nicholson (1st and 2nd) , and Hannah Davis (2nd and 2nd).
The Varsity boys finished second to Southland. Jacob Johnson had an outstanding performance winning first place in his three individual events.
The JV Boys tied for second. Campbell Williamson scored points for the Knights with a first place in the backstroke and a third place in 100 yard free style.
The Jr. Spanish Club travelled to the new Hispanic Church, "El Faro" and helped to make the children's Christmas brighter. They sang Christmas carols in Spanish and English. The helped with games, cookie decorating, and various work stations. Each child received two ornaments for their tree at home. The day was a huge success with a little language practice on the side.
Works by Katherine Ace based on fantasy stories were the subjects of the top three essays in the high school division of the Albany Museum of Art's second annual A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words contest.
The awards were announced Nov. 17 at the museum in conjunction with the opening reception for the museum's latest exhibit, "Man of Visions: The Inspired Works of the Reverend Howard Finster."
Students in two categories — college and high school — visited the museum to look at six designated pieces of art. Each student was to choose one of the pieces for inspiration for an essay of no more than 1,000 words. The essays were judged without the students' names or information being revealed to the judges.
In the high school division, Larkin Carden, a student at Deerfield-Windsor School, won first place, and Allison Dunn, who is homeschooled, won second. Both wrote on "The Frog King." Aaroh Patel, also a Deerfield-Windsor student, won third for an essay on "The Fisherman's Wife."
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Students in the Deerfield-Windsor School Gardening class are growing vegetables without soil and using 90% less water and energy thanks to a grant from Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District. Money received from the grant was used to purchase a Hydroponic Tower Garden.
The Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District provides money to schools to fund programs and initiatives that will provide students with a new approach to education and experimental learning while learning about agriculture and/or natural resources.
District Chairman, Marty McLendon said, "The Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District is proud to support agricultural and conservation education opportunities in local schools. The opportunity for students to learn about growing food will give them valuable insight into the importance of agriculture for our local communities in southwest Georgia. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Deerfield-Windsor School for this important educational experience."