Coach Joel Wright was announced as the head coach of Sherwood’s boys’ soccer program in the 2021-2022 school year.
Coach Wright and his wife, Amy, have six children who have been enrolled at Sherwood Christian Academy since 2020, and the family attends Sherwood Baptist Church.
Coach Wright, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of nearly 13 years, is the Chief Legal Affairs Officer at Albany State University. He started his career in higher education at Georgia Southern University as the Associate Dean of Students for Military Affairs and then as the Director of Equal Opportunity & Title IX. He has also served the University System of Georgia as the Interim System Director for Conduct and Title IX. Prior to his career in higher education, Mr. Wright practiced law in the private sector.
Coach Wright played soccer from early childhood through high school before deciding to join the Marine Corps instead of pursuing soccer at the collegiate level. He has remained involved with soccer throughout his adult life including serving as a foundation board member of a professional soccer team (South Georgia Tormenta FC). He has coached soccer for 11 years (recreation, club, and high school levels) and is currently working on his USSF “D” license. He is already a familiar face as he assisted with the varsity boys’ soccer program this past spring.
Please help us welcome Coach Wright to the SCA coaching staff!
We are pleased to announce that senior baseball star Patrick Burke has signed a national letter of intent to continue his baseball career at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA. Patrick started his baseball career at SCA when he transferred in 9th grade.
Since the beginning, he has distinguished himself on the field. Patrick holds a career .545 batting average, a .934 on-base percentage, with only 3 strikeouts in his career! He has won the Best Offensive Player Award three years running and is a three-time state all-star in GAPPS (GA Assn. of Private & Parochial Schools). His bat will certainly be an asset to the Emmanuel Lions!
Defensively, Patrick will provide a strong arm on the mound and play the infield. He has been the number 1 pitcher in the rotation for the last two seasons for the Eagles, striking out 50 batters last year. He serves as a closer on his travel team (GameOn Baseball). Coach Jay Flynt is counting on Patrick’s arm this season to help the team make a deep playoff run!
Patrick will be majoring in Christian Ministry with a minor in History at Emmanuel. Eventually, he would like to go into youth ministry. Join us in congratulating another SCA Eagle headed to college on an athletic scholarship.
Congratulations to Ketavion Curry as he signed his letter of intent to play college football for Albany State University!
During the 2019 football season, Curry set SCA school records with 988 rushing yards for the most in a single season and 2583 career rushing yards. He also set the school record for the most career touchdowns with 29.
Curry told the Albany Herald he is excited to go to a school close to home so his family can watch him play and that has an excellent music program because his intentions are to become a music producer as his career.
Senior Caleb Wiley, an Albany Herald all-area first team selection, has signed a national letter of intent to continue his football career with Albany State University. Wiley is the first Eagle football player to sign a college football scholarship since 2015. He was surrounded by his family and trainer at a ceremony at SCA. Wiley will pursue a degree in sports management beginning this fall. Congratulations Caleb!
Senior striker, Joshua Thomas, signed a national letter of intent to continue his soccer career at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. A key member of last year’s state soccer championship team, Thomas believed that God was calling him to join former SCA head soccer coach Jeremy Davidson. Davidson currently serves as the head men’s soccer coach at Bryan. He had the privilege of coaching Josh not only at SCA last year but for several years during his club years. Current SCA head coach, Ashley Thomas, is excited not only for his son, but for the upcoming season when his team will defend their state title! Congratulations Josh!
Congratulations to senior Colin Dougherty who broke the record for career 3-point goals made at SCA! In the 3rd quarter of a tight game with Griffin Christian, Dougherty hit his fourth 3-pointer of the night to set the record of made threes at 148. The previous mark of 147 was set by 2010 graduate Wesley Pittman. The Eagles went on to win a tight game by the score of 63-58. The boys’ varsity team sits at an impressive 12-2 record for the season.
Dougherty, a two-time team captain and three-year starter, has been a prolific outside shooter during his career. He has already matched the most 3-pointers hit in a single game with Patrick Stanford (2013) hitting seven against Central Fellowship Christian Academy last season during the Region Tournament. Dougherty entered his senior year with 105 career threes but has been been hitting them at a steady rate with 43 already this season as the team heads to Christmas break. The coaching staff is confident he will be setting the bar high for 3-pointers made with half of the season yet to be played. Congratulations Colin!
The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams spent the beginning of their Thanksgiving break competing in the Northside Methodist Academy Thanksgiving Basketball tournament in Dothan, AL. Both teams showed up strong and took first place! Each team had to defeat the home team the Knights of Northside to move to the championship game on Tuesday evening.
The girls’ finished their tournament run taking down pesky Bethlehem High School (FL) 44-38. Eagles Ashanti Harrison, Kyla Raven, and Joy Kendrick were selected to the All-Tournament Team with Joy taking the tournament’s MVP award! The girls’ record is 5-2.
The boys faced a physical team from Escambia County (AL) in the nightcap. Though the Eagles led the entire game, the Cougars closed the gap to one point midway through the 3rd quarter, but a critical 3-pointer by Colin Dougherty pushed the lead back to four and the boys went on to win 57-47. Eagles KJ Brown, Caleb Wiley, and Grant Raven received All-Tournament Awards with Grant receiving the MVP award! The boys are sitting at 7-1 on the young season.
Congratulations to the SCA track team on performing well at State competition over the weekend! Here are the results:
Anna Kendrick – 3rd in the 800m
Victoria Vega – 8th in the 800m
Joy Kendrick – 3rd in the 1600m
Alexis Kelley – 7th in the 1600m
Addy Wilson – 3rd in the 100m Hurdles; 1st in Pole Vault; 5th in Long Jump; 4th in Triple Jump
Symone Rhyme – 6th in the 100m Hurdles; 7th in the 300m Hurdles
Elizabeth Montgomery – 2nd in Pole Vault
KeMia Starling – 1st in Shot Put
SCA Girls 4x100m Relay Team – 7th
Addy Wilson; Victoria Vega; Madison Vickers; Symone Rhyme
SCA Girls 4x400m Relay Team – 8th
Elizabeth Montgomery; Victoria Vega; Madison Vickers; Symone Rhyme
Thomas Waller – 2nd in Pole Vault
Ahlias Pobre – 3rd in Pole Vault
Andrew Sanders – 4th in Pole Vault
SCA Boys 4x400m Relay Team – 7th
Zach Pride; Ahlias Pobre; Andrew Sanders; KJ Daniels
Sherwood Christian Academy Girls Varsity basketball team lost in heart-breaking fashion in the GICAA Division 1-AA state championship in Macon on Saturday night to Covenant Academy 32-26 in overtime.
After a hard-fought game that went back and forth, freshman Joy Kendrick’s potential game winning shot went in and out for the Eagles at the buzzer in regulation that sent the game into overtime. Unfortunately, the Rams from Covenant Academy pulled away in the extra session.
The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by junior guard Ashanti Harrison who scored 14 points. Seniors Caroline Mathis and Anna Kendrick added 6 and 4 points respectively. Junior Alex McComas hit two critical free throws down the stretch that tied the game in regulation.
The Lady Eagles had an incredible run finishing with a record of 18-7. Congratulations to Coach Gary Oxendine, Asst. Coach Vincent Raven, and the entire team for a great season to remember!