Athletics

2022 Around the Cross Invitational Cross Country Event Largest Meet in School History

Sherwood Christian Academy hosted the largest cross country meet in school history and the day was a great success! The “Around the Cross Invitational” was held on August 20 with 25 teams participating from the Southwest Georgia area.

Sherwood Christian School cross country athletes did remarkably well in the competition.

SCA Cross Country Head Coach James Byrd said, “Not only did we have a smooth event, but our athletes and teams competed at the highest level and performed amazingly. Many of our athletes were recognized as top 10 finishers!”

Congratulations to all our cross country athletes. Special recognition goes to:

SCA’s Jr. Pro Boys team won 1st place!
SCA’s Jr. Pro Girls team placed 2nd!
SCA’s Varsity Boys team placed placed 4th!
SCA’s Middle School Boys team placed 4th!

Individuals:
Jr. Pro Girls 1st Place | Aaliyah Hawkins
Jr. Pro Girls 9th Place | Caroline Seward

Jr. Pro Boys 1st Place | Henry Wright
Jr. Pro Boys 4th Place | Brand Hemmings
Jr. Pro Boys 6th Place | Jordan Cleare
Jr. Pro Boys 7th Place | Tanner Mingo

Middle School Girls 5th Place | Jordyn Ban

Middle School Boys 3rd Place | Nati Russell

Varsity Boys 8th Place | Luke Bergrab

“We are very proud of where our students are right now for being the first meet of the season, and we are looking forward to an amazing rest of the season to come!” Coach Byrd said.

See more photos from the Invitational in the slideshow below! Photography by Dan Mingo.

Varsity Men’s Tennis Team Wins State Championship

The Sherwood Christian Academy Eagles won the GAPPS Team Tennis State Championship in Rome, Georgia, under the supervision of head coach, Wes Sadler and assistant coach, Amanda Moorhead on May 3!

The state team included Will Moorhead (#1 singles), Grant Fricks (#2 singles), Sam Moorhead (#3 singles), Josh Sancinito & Smith Langstaff (#1 doubles) and Jude Ham & Benjamin Brooks (#2 doubles). Senior, Grant Fricks, was on court at the end of the championship team event while it was tied 2-2 with Habersham School from Savannah.  Grant rallied in the second set cheered on by his teammates to pull out the victory for the Eagles winning the team match 3-2 with championship match victories by Will and Sam Moorhead. 

On May 2, Will Moorhead won the individual state championship title! Grant Fricks (for singles), Josh Sancinito & Smith Langstaff (for doubles) received all state recognition.

The team was also the Region Champion from its play on April 19 in Bainbridge, Georgia.  Will Moorhead won the individual region championship as well. Grant Fricks finished third and Sam Moorhead finished fifth in singles region play qualifying them for the state tournament. Josh Sancinito and Smith Langstaff were Region runner-ups (doubles) and Jude Ham & Benjamin Brooks (doubles) placed fifth earning both squads a place in the state tournament.

GO EAGLES! We are proud of this team!

Track and Field Varsity Girls Win GAPPS State Championship

Congratulations to the varsity girls track and field team for winning the GAPPS State Championship in April!

Ellie Jane Wright finished the meet as the highest scoring individual D1 girl and was awarded the “High Point Earner Award.”

In addition to the team winning State, the following girls and boys finished 1st place in their respective events:
Anna Kroll – 1st in Shot Put
Allie Hemmings – 1st in 100m Hurdles
E.J. Wright – 1st in 100m Dash; 1st in 200m Dash
Ahlias Pobre – 1st in Pole Vault

Go Eagles! We are proud of you!

Varsity Basketball Player Owen Henshaw Scores 1000 Career Points

SCA Junior Owen Henshaw scored his 1000th career point at home on January 22 in a win vs. Rock Springs Christian Academy. Owen averaged 18 points a game during his sophomore year. This year, as a junior, he is averaging 20.3 per game. If he maintains a similar average during his senior year, he will be pushing 2000 points in his career!

“Scoring 1000 points in a high school career is an impressive milestone,” said Head Basketball Coach Kenny Roberts. “It takes commitment to basketball and shooting. Owen shoots basketball year-round. He is a relentless competitor who is developing as a leader among his teammates and classmates.” Headmaster Dr. Dougherty added, “Owen has proven himself as a shot-maker and a leader since his junior pro days. I have enjoyed watching him develop as an elite player. I could not be more proud of his accomplishment.”

SCA has been blessed to have three 1000-point scorers in five years on varsity men’s basketball teams. The last SCA player to reach this milestone was Grant Raven, Class of 2020. Previously, it was Stan Smith in the Class of 2018. Most schools go years without one!

Congratulations, Owen!

UPDATE: Owen scored a total of 1,129 career points after his final game this season in February 2021!

Joel Wright Named Head of SCA Boys’ Soccer Program

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!

Patrick Burke Commits to Emmanuel College

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.

Curry Commits to ASU

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.

Wiley Signs With ASU

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!