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By Kevin Price GCS Athletics The Glynn Academy baseball team will open a new season Tuesday at McIntosh County Academy, and the Red Terrors will play their home opener on Thursday against Ware County at Adam Wainwright Field in Brunswick. Both of these games are non-region games for the Terrors who will take them seriously, but Glynn’s focus is on winning region games and playoff contests. The Terrors return a strong nucleus from their 2022 team which tied a school record for wins while finishing second in Region 2-AAAAAA and advancing to the Class AAAAAA second round where they saw their season end with a pair of losses to state power Buford which went on to reach the state semifinals. Last year’s team was coming off a strong season the previous spring when Glynn also finished second in the region before making a run to the state quarterfinals in what turned out to the be final season for head coach Trent Mongero who announced his retirement shortly after the season ended. John Welborn, previously an assistant with the team, took over for Mongero last season and Glynn put together a 24-10 season which included a 13-5 record in the region. That record left the Terrors tied with Richmond Hill for the top spot in the region standings at the end of league play, but the Wildcats were awarded the league championship and top seed for the playoffs as they won two of three games over the Terrors during their region series. With a bevy of players back in the lineup, the Terrors have made winning the region title a primary goal this spring. “I’m excited about this team. I think we can do a lot of great things,” Welborn said. “The past two seasons, we’ve ended up a game shy of being region champs. We got together and decided that our mantra this year would be ‘Do something different.’ So, that’s been every aspect from how we practice, how we lift (weights), our nutrition, our sleep - all those things to try and get over the hump and bring home a region championship.” Winning the region will be no easy task, however. Though Richmond Hill has moved to Class AAAAAAA while Statesboro and Bradwell Institute are in Class AAAAA, the league still includes South Effingham and Effingham which were playoff teams from the region a year ago. Also, Brunswick has an experienced pitching staff with two seniors and a junior likely to be their top three starters. And, there are three new teams in the region, all from the Augusta area, and all three were playoff teams in Region 3-AAAAAA last season. Evans actually won the region and advanced all the way to the state quarterfinals before losing to eventual state champion Pope. Lakeside-Evans was the region runner-up and lost the deciding third game in its second-round series by a run. Grovetown was the third-place team in the region and lost in the opening round. Grovetown came to Brunswick back in 2021 to face Glynn in the opening round of the state tournament. The Terrors will build around a good group of seniors which will be in the starting nine most games. Senior center fielder Ty Devlin is back to anchor the GA outfield while bringing a big bat to the lineup, too. Senior Hugh Edgy will be the starting catcher and he also has shined on the pitching mound for the Terrors in the preseason. He started on the hill for Glynn in its preseason scrimmage last week against Pierce County which the Terrors won 14-1. Other senior standouts for the Terrors include Hank Noonan who is one of the team’s most versatile players and has good pop in his bat, too. Noonan is slated to start at first base this season, but in past years, he has played the outfield as well as second and third base for the Terrors. Also set to start at second base for Glynn this season is senior Brandon Casper. The other two infielders for the Terrors are junior stalwarts Gus Gandy and Trent Tankersley. Gandy started at shortstop for the Terrors as a freshman and sophomore, and will be back in that spot this spring while Tankersley started at the third base for the team a year ago and will man the hot corner again this season. The projected starters in the outfield along with Devlin are junior right fielder Grayson Gegg and freshman left fielder Wessley Roberson. As the season gets started, Glynn will be looking to solidify its pitching staff. Also set to see time on the mound for the Terrors are junior Luke Barch who pitched well as a sophomore last spring and sophomore Carson Ritola, a left-hander with good upside. Tankersley, Gegg and Gandy also could pitch for Glynn. The Terrors like their chances to put up crooked numbers on the scoreboard with a strong batting lineup. “Our kids have bought in to what we have been preaching,” Welborn said of the team’s overall approach at the plate. “We were gritty at the plate in the scrimmage, and that’s who we’re gonna be all year.”...

2/6/2023

Brunswick High School News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics The Brunswick High baseball team will open its new season today against Brantley County in Nahunta before hosting the Herons on Tuesday for their home debut in 2023. The Pirates are beginning their third season under head coach Greg Roberts who enjoyed success at both Frederica Academy and Glynn Academy before accepting the BHS job prior to the 2021 season. Brunswick will be looking to improve on a 14-16 record last spring when they also finished 7-11 in Region 2-AAAAAA which proved to be a strong league once again last season. “Another year, another group, it’s exciting. It’s here,” Roberts said. BHS will field a young team overall as the Pirates have only four seniors on their roster. Three of those seniors are pitchers, and a deep pitching staff could very well be the strength of this Brunswick team which hopes to qualify for the playoffs. Riley Morgan, a left-hander, returns as a starting pitcher for the Pirates. Roberts also likes the upside of fellow senior left-hander Caden Purvis, a 6-foot-5 standout who is attracting attention from college scouts. Morgan will start in center field for the Pirates when he’s not on the mound. The Pirates also return senior right-hander Hunter Bratcher who was the team’s go-to relief pitcher last spring. Also set to pitch for the Pirates is junior standout Elijah Wellman who figures to be one of Brunswick’s starters in its three-game region series. Wellman is currently playing basketball for the Pirates who finished second in the region in the regular season and are assured of making the state tournament which doesn’t open until Feb. 21 which means Wellman will join the baseball team in late February at the earliest. BHS opens region play against Glynn Academy on Feb. 27, two days after completing play in the annual Baseball at the Beach tournament here in Glynn County. All of the BHS pitchers will throw to a familiar player behind the plate in senior Isaiah Brauda who was Brunswick’s starting catcher most of last season. “All four of our seniors are going to contribute a lot. They all have a lot of time under their belts,” Roberts said. “I really feel as they go, we’re gonna go,” the coach added of his pitchers. “I’m expecting them to give us a shot every time we go out there.” In addition to Wellman, the Brunswick junior class includes Ryan Thomas who can play all three outfield spots. Roland Chance, another junior, is back after playing third base last season. Another returning starter for the Pirates is infielder Jordan Lodise, a sophomore who started at second base last season as a freshman. Speaking of freshmen, the Pirates have a large group of ninth-graders. The team’s roster includes 12 freshmen coming into the season. Roberts hinted that some freshmen could be starters. “Our freshman class is really talented, four or five ninth-graders are probably going to play significant time. This may be the youngest infield I’ve ever started as a head coach. It’s not that they can’t play it. They’re just younger,” the coach noted. Roberts knows the Pirates have to improve offensively, no matter how good the pitching is along with the defense behind it. “We have not hit it well,” he said matter-of-factly. “We’ve spent a tremendous amount of time this offseason just pounding baseballs and trying to get better offensively. “We’re hoping to be able to move runners. We struck out a lot last year with runners in scoring position. We haven’t bunted well and we haven’t hit behind runners. We’ve done a lot of things poorly offensively. I feel like if we just clean up half of that, with what I think we can do on the mound, we should be able to compete.” The region will have a new look this season. Glynn Academy, Effingham and South Effingham are all back. Glynn finished second in the league last year and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs last spring after going to the quarterfinals the previous season. Effingham finished third and South Effingham finished fourth. Richmond Hill, which won the region last year, is now up in Class AAAAAAA, while Statesboro and Bradwell are now in Class AAAAA. Joining the region are Grovetown, a team Glynn beat in the opening round of state two years ago, Lakeside-Evans and Evans, a well-known state power in baseball. All three come out of the Augusta area. Last year, Evans won Region 3-AAAAAA while going 29-8 overall. The Knights reached the Elite 8 in state before falling to eventual state champion Pope. Lakeside finished second in that same region and fell in the second round of state, dropping a deciding third game to South Paulding by a run. Grovetown was third in the region last year and lost in the opening round of state to finish 14-13 for the season. “I don’t expect any slouches,” Roberts said when asked about the region. “Obviously, we know what Effingham and South Effingham will be like. They have good baseball programs every year, and Glynn is the same way. And Augusta always has pretty good baseball. It’s gonna be tough. “We’re fighting that battle of getting there, and I feel like we’re starting to get where I wanted this thing to be after two, three years. It takes time. I’m comfortable with what we do at practice, with what we’re teaching these kids and where we’re going.”...

2/5/2023

Brunswick High School News

Brunswick High will be hosting the first Port City/Nigel Hamilton Memorial Wrestling Tournament this Saturday. The tournament will be held in the BHS gym and competition starts at 9 a.m. It will offer a varsity, junior varsity, and girls division. The participating teams are as follows: 1. Brunswick 2. Glynn Academy 3. Camden 4. Statesboro 5. Mcintosh Academy 6. Tift 7. Colquitt 8. Effingham 9. Lake City (Fl) 10. Wayne 11. Lee County 12. Ware County 13. Cherokee Bluff 14. Gainesville High School 15. Richmond Hill...

1/26/2023

Glynn Academy News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics The Glynn Academy Red Terrors finished fourth on Saturday in the Class AAAAAA Team Dual Wrestling Championship held in Gainesville. The Terrors lost their opening-round match to Woodward Academy, but fought back through the elimination bracket to make the third-place match where they again faced off against Woodward. In the elimination bracket, Glynn defeated Lee County 46-28 and also Creekview 39-27 before settling for fourth after falling to Woodward a second time on the day. Saturday’s state duals featured the final eight teams. Glynn was making its first appearance in the state tournament since 2009. The Terrors fell a match short last year when they lost in the finals at sectionals. This year, Glynn won both of its sectional matches to advance to the final eight which was hosted by Gainesville High. Liam Bee, Phil Cuttino, Cade Morgan, Lucas Ketcham. Glynn’s team includes Carson Lutz (106 pounds), Liam Bee (113), Jack Lombardo (113), Hunter Kegley (120), Harbin Bruc (120), Phil Cuttino (126), AJ Waters (132), Max Wakeland (132), Zion Gervais (132), Cade Morgan (144), aleb Cross (150), Jacok Brooks (157), Daniel Smiley (165), DJ Blackman (165), Bennett Sams (175), Mitch Weaver (190), Lucas Ketcham (215) and Quay Walker (285). Glynn’s head coach is Ryan Alfau. The Terrors finished third in Area 2 behind South Effingham and Brunswick. South Effingham went on to win its sectional and also defeated North Forsyth on Saturday for the duals state title. North Forsyth defeated Brunswick last week in a sectional final. Next for all teams in the state is traditional wrestling which also will feature area and state tournaments. ...

1/22/2023

Glynn Academy News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics The Glynn Academy wrestling team will compete Saturday in the Class AAAAAA Team Dual State Wrestling Championship. With each of the Georgia High School’s seven classifications holding the state duals at different sites, the Class AAAAAA championship will be decided in Gainesville. Glynn, which finished third in the Area 2 Duals two weeks ago, won its state sectional last Saturday to advance to the final eight. The Red Terrors rolled past Alexander and host Dunwoody in the sectional to make the final bracket. Also set to compete on Saturday is Area 2 champion South Effingham. Brunswick High, which was the area runner-up, did not make it out of its sectional last week. The Pirates lost to North Forsyth in the championship match. The Terrors are matched against Woodward Academy in their opening contest on Saturday. The Glynn-Woodward winner will advance to face off against the Lee County-North Forsyth winner in the semifinal round. The other two first-round matches are Newnan-Creekview and Lassiter-South Effingham. It takes three victories to win the team duals state crown. The teams that lose their opening match and also the semifinal losers will fall into the elimination bracket and can finish no better than third at that point. Following this weekend’s team duals tournaments, teams across the state will zero in on the upcoming traditional tournaments, where individuals qualify for the state tournaments in their respective weight classes and teams earn points based on their individual wrestlers’ finishes in their weight divisions with the teams accumulating the most being award the team championships. Area traditional tournaments are set for Feb. 3-4, state sectionals are Feb. 11 and the state tournaments are Feb. 16-18 in the Macon Centreplex....

1/18/2023

Brunswick High School News

By Kevin Price For GCS Athletics The Brunswick High football team held a ceremony to honor its early signees Wednesday afternoon in the school auditorium. Those players set to sign during college football’s early signing period which starts next Wednesday are Ka’Shawn Thomas, Jayden Drayton and Jamal Meriweather. Since school will not be in session next week with Christmas break starting on Monday, the Pirates wanted to honor their signees publicly this week. The three Brunswick players sat on stage with their families and were introduced by BHS head coach Garrett Grady before speaking themselves and announcing their college intentions. The players can’t sign their letters of intent until next Wednesday at the earliest to make their commitments official. Thomas has long been committed to Wake Forest. A defensive lineman for the Pirates, he was the Region 2-AAAAAA Player of the Year last season and an All-Region selection by the league coaches again this season. Meriweather, also an All-region offensive lineman, had been committed to the University of Centeral Florida. But recently, he decommitted when he was offered a scholarship by the Georgia Bulldogs and announced he would be signing with Georgia next week. Of course, former BHS standout Warren McClendon is currently a starting offensive lineman for the Bulldogs and served as a team captain in this year’s SEC Championship Game when Georgia defeated LSU earlier this month in Atlanta. Drayton, another All-Region pick for the Pirates as a receiver, verbally committed to Harvard back in the summer. But, he also has had a change of plans since Brunswick’s season ended last month. He will be attending the University of Pennsylvania and playing football for the Quakers after being accepted into the university’s prestigious business school. Penn also competes in the Ivy League along with Harvard. All three seniors played large roles in helping the Pirates to their second straight region championship this season. Brunswick went 10-0 in the regular season as it completed its second consecutive perfect season before falling tough in the first round of the state playoffs to Houston County which won with a two-point conversion on the final play in overtime. ...

12/14/2022

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