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Gladiators News · Sponsorship Spotlight: Bob Woodard – Keller Williams – Presented by VNN


The Johns Creek Athletic Department is excited to welcome Bob Woodard – Keller Williams as an official partner of the Gladiator athletic website!

Show your support of Bob Woodard – Keller Williams by visiting him at 5780 Windward Parkway, suite 100, Alpharetta, GA. You can also access Bob’s website by clicking on his ad below “Like us on Facebook”.

The support of our local businesses allows us to send our community the most up-to-date news, scores and photos using our athletic website. Thanks to Bob Woodard – Keller Williams for his support of our athletes and athletic program. Go Gladiators!

If you would like to support the Johns Creek Athletic Department by placing an advertisement on the website, and be the exclusive sponsor in your business segment on the site, please contact our website partner VNN’s local marketing Brandon Rogers at 404-660-0672 or brogers@varsitynewsnetwork.com.


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Gladiators News · All Teams Schedule: Week of August 14 – August 20


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Johns Creek High School, August 14 – August 20

MONDAY

August 14, 2017

TBA Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Peachtree Ridge High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Dunwoody High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

August 15, 2017

TBA Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Roswell High School
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Wheeler High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Centennial High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

August 16, 2017

6:00 PM Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Centennial High School
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Centennial High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Woodstock High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Woodstock High School
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

August 17, 2017

5:55 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. North Atlanta High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. North Atlanta High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

August 18, 2017

5:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Girls Varsity Softball (No School)
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Boys Varsity Football
vs. Lassiter High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

August 19, 2017

TBA Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Teams N/A
SCHEDULE
8:30 AM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Lambert High School
SCHEDULE
10:30 AM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Ware County High School
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

August 20, 2017

No events happening

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Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Gladiators News · Eight Great Fundraising Ideas for Booster Clubs – Presented by VNN


New jerseys, gear, entry fees, retreats – the wish list of opportunities to improve your teams is long, and often, the ways to finance them are short. While there’s no perfect one-size-fits-all fundraiser for every community, good inspiration is the first step.

Whether its your booster club, team, or program looking to raise funds and increase school spirit, here’s a few of our favorite ideas that we’ve seen across the network:

Jail-N-Bail – DeSoto High School (KS)

$10 files a warrant to arrest members of the community with phony allegations like “impersonating a golfer,” “failure to yield at the end of a sentence,” and “wearing pants way too high.” Once served with the warrant for their ‘arrest,’ the jailbirds are placed in a jail cell, a mug shot is taken, and they must call family/friends to raise bail.

Cheerleading Day – Pickens High School (SC)

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Blue Flame cheerleaders dedicated their time to teach younger members of the community motion drills, jump technique, stunting fundamentals and sideline spirit in a day camp for a donation to the program. The campers, led by the PHS cheerleaders, performed a showcase at the conclusion of camp.

Lap-a-Thon – Gilmer High School (GA)

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Anyone who has ever ran distance before knows that the hardest part isn’t necessarily the physical aspect, but the mental component of the sport, and in true Cross Country fashion, the Bobcats’ ‘hardest fundraiser,’ forces participants to run for an hour and a half around the track without stopping, with the main goal of seeing who can run the most laps consecutively in that time. Each lap ran accumulates money from sponsors, and all proceeds go towards funding the team.

Lift-A-Thon – Avon Lake (OH)

Earlier this Summer, the Shoremen football team held their 26th annual lift-a-thon, where players perform their max in 4 lifts, including the squat, hang clean, bench press, and deadlift in front of a crowd. Donations could be made in a player’s name, or to the team generally. Whittier Christian (CA) has a similar event coming up, the Push-Up-a-Thon, and Gilmer.

3 v. 3 Soccer Tournament – Roy High School (UT)

In the warm up to the Utah Spring Season, the Roy Royals Boys Soccer team held a 3v3 soccer tournament. At $20 per player, it was billed as a tune up for the year’s games across all levels, with teams starting at age 6 through adult.

Home Run Derby – Desert Ridge High School (AZ)

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To help assist a teammate with unforeseen medical costs, the Jaguars held a home run derby. Split into two age groups, “19 and over” and “18 and under,” participants paid $20 to hit baseballs out of the park. The total raised, including raffles, auctions, and concessions, was $2,671!

Top Golf – Lakota West High School (OH)

Instead of practicing their own sport, the Firebirds of Lakota West held a fundraiser at the local West Chester Top Golf branch. At $100 per golfer, the cost included heavy appetizers, soft drinks, and visits from Lakota West NFL alumns Jordan Hicks (Philadelphia Eagles) and Ryan Kelly (Indianapolis Colts).

Local Restaurant EventsErie (CO), Lowell (MI), Westonka (MN)

If there’s one thing everyone loves, it’s food. Several schools connected with local restaurants and held fundraisers there. Whether the deal was for a portion of the day’s earnings donated back to the school (Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings are good national candidates for this), an ‘all-you-can-eat’ Belgian Waffles special, or selling coupons, this idea is a simple turn-key way to start earning.

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Gladiators News · All Teams Schedule: Week of August 7 – August 13


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Johns Creek High School, August 7 – August 13

MONDAY

August 07, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

August 08, 2017

5:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Dunwoody High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
vs. Harrison High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

August 09, 2017

No events happening

THURSDAY

August 10, 2017

TBA Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ North Cobb High School
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ North Forsyth High School
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ North Cobb High School
SCHEDULE
TBA Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ North Forsyth High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Pope High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

August 11, 2017

TBA Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Teams N/A
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Football
@ Tri-Cities High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

August 12, 2017

TBA Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Teams N/A
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

August 13, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Gladiators News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

 

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Gladiators News · Vote for Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Presented by VNN


Who had the best record-breaking performance in Georgia? We took your nominations over the past week and here are the finalists:

Chance Seabolt – North Murray High School

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Archery- On Saturday, May 13th, 2017, Chance Seabolt was awarded the highest achievement at the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament for his shooting performance during the tournament this weekend in Louisville, KY. He shot a score of 298 out of 300 points, hitting the bulls-eye 29 times, outshooting 14,491 other archers. This was the first time anyone from a Georgia high school has been in the top five places.

Jamie Boatright – Hillgrove High School 

Baseball – Not only a starting pitcher for Region championship team, Jamie also finished the regular season as the starting 1B with highest batting avg. and RBI on Varsity. He is the current record Hillgrove record-holder for career varsity game starts.

Brook Goodrow – Forsyth Central High School

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Football – First female player in the school’s 61 year history to score points during a varsity football game. A soccer player for 14 years, Brook decided to not play her senior year and try-out for the football team instead, kicking an extra point during the regular season vs. Meadowcreek.

Tylan Morton – Griffin High School

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Football- Breaks the state record for passing yards in a season with 4,741. The record was last broken by former Georgia Bulldogs QB Hutson Mason.

Hope Glenn – Pope High School

Track & Field – 100, 200, 4×100 Champion

Ansley Jenkins – Creekview High School

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Track & Field – Long Jump, 17’6 1/2″ – The last record was 16’7″, which happened last year. Ansley broke the record the beginning of this track season with a jump of 16’9″ and then broke her own record at sectionals with a jump of 17’6 1/2″.

Ahmad M. Perryman – Centennial High School

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Track and Field –  400M record broken 2- 3x in one season – Ahmad broke the record at the 6A State Track and Field Meet May 13 and is both team MVP and received the Excalibur award. He also received one of 5 principal awards this year and is known in the community to be dedicated to the sport, being a servant, and encouraging even to his competition.

Julian McDuffie – Shiloh High School

Track and Field – 300M – 36.84 – All-Time Gwinnett County Record

George Lira – West Hall High School

Track and Field – 100M – 10.90 – Even with a injured knee he overcame the injury and made magic happen.

Nicole Fegans – Landmark Christian Academy

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Track and Field – 1600M – 4:58.09 – Broke the 5-minute mile. The Landmark Christian senior and Georgia Tech signee went 4:58.09 in the 1,600 to win the Region 5-A title and advance to state.

Jonathan Ross – Shorter High School

Track and Field – 110M hurdles – 13.86

West Forsyth Gymnastics Team – West Forsyth High School

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Won the State Championships with the highest ever recorded point total in state history at 114.167 and breaking the old state record by over 2 points. It was the first state title in school history.

So, who had the best record-breaking performance? Vote below. Voting closes at Midnight EST on June 5th.

Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance

Chance Seabolt – North Murray High School
Jamie Boatright – Hillgrove High School
Brook Goodrow – Forsyth Central High School
Tylan Morton – Griffin High School
Hope Glenn – Pope High School
Ansley Jenkins – Creekview High School
Ahmad M. Perryman – Centennial High School
Julian McDuffie – Shiloh High School
George Lira – West Hall High School
Nicole Fegans – Landmark Christian Academy
Jonathan Ross – Shorter High School
West Forsyth Gymnastics Team – West Forsyth High School

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Multiple Teams · Boys Lacrosse players honored at Season-Ending Banquet


Players thanked coaches for their work this season at May 21st banquet
Players thanked coaches for their work this season at May 21st banquet
Senior players and coaches celebrate 2017 at End-of-Season Banquet.
Senior players and coaches celebrate 2017 at End-of-Season Banquet.
Varsity Manager and Letter Winner Senator Greene and Top Fan Recipient Liliana Coco
Varsity Manager and Letter Winner Senator Greene and Top Fan Recipient Liliana Coco

Johns Creek Boys Lacrosse players, coaches and families joined together Sunday night, May 22nd, to celebrate an excellent 2017 season.

Several players received special recognition for their play this season.

Receiving varsity recognition were senior Roman Boothe with the Gladiator Award, junior Reed Weinberg with the Coaches Award, and junior Lincoln Loeffler with the Service Before Self Award.

The varsity coaches also honored seniors Sean Monahan and Adam Davault for earning All-State honors.

Receiving junior varsity recognition were freshman Andrew McCarty with the Gladiator Award, sophomore Sean Park and freshman Timmy Salit with Coaches Awards, and freshman Garrett Gauthreaux with the Service Before Self Award.

The varsity team ended the season with a 15-4 record, tying a school-record for most wins, advanced to the 6A/7A Sweet 16, once again won the Johns Creek City Championship, and helped Johns Creek High win the Region All-Sports Championship.

The banquet also marked the farewell for 11 seniors who will graduate Thursday night.

On behalf of the seniors, Roman and Sean who were the team’s co-captains presented two special awards, one to Liliana Coco for her constant support as a fan during the season and the other to Head Community Coach Mike Ryan in recognition of his induction into the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

 


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Multiple Teams · Volleyball Try-Out Results


Varsity Roster
Crystal Childs
Lexi Dean
Abigail Eitler
Caroline Mohler
Wesli Anne Wernick
Erin Williamson
Abby DeWulf
Zoey Joice
Mindy Ou
Shea Rathburn
Whitney Tang
Allison Yen
Morgan Jones
Manager: Shosanna Zemel

JV Roster
Zarae Allen
Calli Apgar
Kate Ash
Jaden Fortmann
McCall Gaddis
Kaitlyn Ianni
Avery McIlwaine
Maryana Sems
Jasmine Usher
Nicole Williams
Rachel Williams
Josie Wittling

9th Grade Roster
Dube Anyanwutaku
Ashley Byrd
London Edmonson
Keiya Funk
Cindy Lee
Dalia Mansaray
Amaya Moore
Megan Sun
Elizabeth Sweeney
Zurena Tang


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Gladiators News · Georgia’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Nominations are open now! – Presented by VNN


This Spring, we’ve seen several state and school records fall across the network. Who was the best in Georgia? Nominate your favorite with the form below.
Nominations close on May 22 at 12pm EST, and voting begins on Tuesday, May 23.

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Gladiators News · All Teams Schedule: Week of May 15 – May 21


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Johns Creek High School, May 15 – May 21

MONDAY

May 15, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

May 16, 2017

6:00 PM Coed Varsity Track
Banquet
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

May 17, 2017

4:30 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Lee County High School
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

May 18, 2017

No events happening

FRIDAY

May 19, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

May 20, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

May 21, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!