Brookwood runs away with Great American championship

The Brookwood boys ran away with the team title in the Race of Championships at the Great American Cross Country Festival in Cary, N.C., last weekend. The Broncos scored 118 points, finishing ahead nationally-ranked teams from New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Brookwood's fastest runners were Tommy George at 15:42 for 12th place overall and Tyler Anyan at 15:51 for 16th.

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Westminster won the AAA Division of the Wendy's Invitational in Charlotte. Senior William Barber ran 16:28 to finish fifth overall. This was only Barber's third race since returning from an injury.

Centennial's Rayn Knobbe ran 16:31 to lead the boys to an individual and team sweep at the Fulton County Championships.

Lassiter freshman Morgan Ainslie ran 21:38 at the Jesse Owens Invitational, finishing No. 46 out of 255 competitors. However, the most impressive thing was Ainslie improvement by 1:30 over her previous best time.

North Cobb's Morgan Jackson had two impressive personal records in a row, posting 21:12 at Mill Run and then 20:15 at the Great American. Jackson broke 22 minutes only once last year.

Berkmar had 25 of its 27 boys and girls runners set PRs at the Asics Invitational at Douglasville's Clinton Farms last weekend. Miguel Velasquez finished eighth overall with a PR of 17:00, a vast improvement from 18:30 on the same course in late August.


Pope is on a 22-match winning streak since losing to Walton Sept. 3, and the Greyhounds have defeated each opponent in straight sets in the process.  At 42-1, Pope has moved from No. 22 to 11 in's national rankings. Last week on Senior Night, Pope honored its lone senior, Hannah Farmer, and defeated North Cobb Christian.

Westminster's Kealy Hartman was the team MVP at Blessed Trinity's Serve for the Cure Invitational. In eight matches, Hartman had 82 kills, 39 digs, and 11 service aces.

Hillgrove opened its doors four years ago and the school's volleyball team has advanced at least to the state sectionals all four years. Hillgrove is led by senior Paige Malandro at outside hitter.

With the loss of Collins Hill senior Abby Peabody to injury, Melissa Grima has been transformed into the team's main offensive weapon over the last two weeks. Grima has 157 kills and 35 aces this season. Collins Hill's Katherine Ahlswede is on track to break her own record of 583 assists in a season, while teammate Kiyomi Doscher is likely to shatter her own season mark of 405 digs.


Wesleyan's Logan Morris has turned down an opportunity to walk-on for UGA's softball team to commit to a basketball scholarship at Wofford. Morris plays second base and bats leadoff for Wesleyan. In two games last week, she collected a total of four hits in five plate appearances along with four RBIs and four runs scored. "She is the ultimate leader of our team on and off the field," Wesleyan assistant Mary Stephenson said. "She gives our team a spark in the batter's box ... and sets the tone for our entire team [with defense]." ...

Walton's Hannah Kate Downing hurled a pair of no hitters last week. The first came against McEachern, with Downing striking out 11. A few days later, Downing had a nagging back injury but still pitched against Pope in the region tournament. She tossed the second no-hitter in the 1-0 win, striking out seven.