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Multiple Teams · 6am Practices Help Build Gladiator Lax Family


Practicing a sport at 6 o’clock in the morning is tough.

But that’s what members of the Johns Creek Junior Varsity Boys Lacrosse team have done for years.

And not only have dozens of players gone through the JV program before starting their varsity careers, all of them have learned as JV players about what it means to be a member of the Johns Creek lacrosse family.

Coaches Brian Stern and Larry Brown have led the JV program for years, and once again, they’ve produced a winning record.

The team made up of 15 returning sophomores and 11 freshmen has an overall record of 6-2-1.

This year’s team has key wins over Northview, West Forsyth, Mountain View, Chattahoochee, Mill Creek and Pope High Schools. 

The JV team’s mission statement is to expose the players to the same terminology, defensive and offensive schemes, and “family” culture in preparation of getting to the next level as a member of the Johns Creek varsity. 

For years, the JV players have practiced twice a week at the school’s main field at 6am.

According to Coach Brown, “Practicing at 6am has been a “tradition” for players coming through the JCHS lacrosse program as this builds bonding/team chemistry. While others are in bed, the JV lacrosse team is hard at it getting better in early morning practice sessions.”

But the early practices are not all work.

On Tuesday, March 21st, Coaches Stern and Brown hosted another JV tradition, Breakfast Club. 

The coaches and several moms brought in Chick-fil-A biscuits, fruit, yogurt and drinks to serve to the JV players walking off the field prior to going to class.  

As Coach Brown said, “Rest assured while most other student athletes are in bed, the JC Boys lacrosse team is hard at it getting better with their early morning “family”.”

Making up this year’s JV team are sophomores Quinn Miller, Chris Russo-Alesi, Monty Stephens, Cooper Eades, Patrick Marks, Colton Schnibbe, Mitchell Christensen, Patrick Hayde, Sean Park, Hunter Rutledge, Parker Borgschulte, Will Goldstein, Josh Kohler and Bryce Hogarth, and freshmen Andrew McCarty, Zack Yang, Matthew Colavito, Garrett Gauthreaux, Cole Monahan, Timmy Salit, Charlie Butler, Chase Jones, Max Citrano, Christopher Cassidy, and Ben Kleinert.

The JV Gladiators are back in action Friday, 3/24, at region rival Collins Hill at 5:55pm, followed by the varsity game at 7:30pm.


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Gladiators News · All Teams Schedule: Week of March 20 – March 26


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Johns Creek High School, March 20 – March 26

MONDAY

March 20, 2017

4:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Tennis
South Forsyth
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Tennis
@South Forsyth
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
vs. Chattahoochee High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Chattahoochee High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

March 21, 2017

5:55 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
vs. Alpharetta High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Girls Varsity Soccer
@ North Atlanta High School
SCHEDULE
8:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer
@ North Atlanta High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

March 22, 2017

4:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Tennis
@Alpharetta
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Tennis
Alpharetta
SCHEDULE
4:30 PM Coed Varsity Track
Newcomer Invitational #2 (w/ Cambridge, Dunwoody)
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Volleyball
@ @ River Ridge (A)
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys Varsity Volleyball
@ @ River Ridge (B)
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
@ North Gwinnett High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Centennial High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
vs. Centennial High School
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Boys Varsity Volleyball
@ Rockdale @ R.R. (A)
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

March 23, 2017

5:55 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse
vs. Woodstock High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse
vs. Woodstock High School
SCHEDULE
8:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
@ Northview High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

March 24, 2017

TBA Girls Varsity Tennis
Atlanta Athletic Club Tournament (@AAC)
SCHEDULE
TBA Boys Varsity Tennis
Atlanta Athletic Club Tournament (@AAC)
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Alpharetta High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
@ Alpharetta High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse
@ Collins Hill High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Girls Varsity Soccer
vs. Cambridge High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse
@ Collins Hill High School
SCHEDULE
8:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer
vs. Cambridge High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

March 25, 2017

TBA Girls Varsity Tennis
Atlanta Athletic Club Tournament (@AAC)
SCHEDULE
TBA Boys Varsity Volleyball
@ Rockdale Invitational
SCHEDULE
TBA Boys Varsity Tennis
Atlanta Athletic Club Tournament (@AAC)
SCHEDULE
9:00 AM Coed Varsity Track
Fulton County Championships
SCHEDULE
12:00 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
vs. The Lovett School
SCHEDULE
2:30 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
vs. The Lovett School
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

March 26, 2017

No events happening

Notes

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Multiple Teams · Gladiators come back to beat Pope in AJ04LAX Finale, 11-7


Despite playing one of Georgia’s top ranked teams in their stadium, despite a pre-game prediction of a big loss by an lacrosse internet site, despite facing a hostile environment from an over-the-top Pope student section and despite getting down 4 goals in the first half, the Johns Creek Boys Lax team once again showed that they will never, ever quit.

The Gladiators rallied in the second half behind a tremendous defensive effort to defeat Pope, 11-7, in the finale of the AJO4LAX Festival at Pope High.

After trailing 2-0 just 2 minutes into the game, senior Tamir Oknin got the Gladiators on the scoreboard at the 8:08 mark.

The Gladiators pulled to within 1 goal at the 3:02 mark of the 1st quarter on a goal by senior Sean Monahan on an assist from senior Cash Callaway, making the score 4-3 Pope.

Pope scored the first three goals of the 2nd quarter to make the score 7-3, before the Gladiators started the comeback.

Goals by sophomore Scott Friant and Oknin made the halftime score 7-5 Pope.

After Pope scored at the 10:20 mark of the 3rd quarter, Monahan went on a tear with 3 goals to tie the game at 8-8 at the 5:05 mark.

When Pope re-took the lead with a goal at the 4:09 mark, sophomore Peter Salit tied the game again with a goal with: 19 left in the 3rd quarter, making the score 9-9.

Despite Pope having numerous 4th quarter possessions, the Gladiators put up the only scores of the final quarter, with Monahan giving Johns Creek their first lead at the 4:18 mark on an assist from Salit.

Salit scored at the 1:57 mark to put the Gladiators up by 2, a lead they would not give up.

Monahan who was the target of Pope student jeers throughout the day ended up with one of his most productive days as a Gladiator, totaling 5 goals and earning game MVP honors.

Salit and Oknin were other targets of the Pope student section but answered with 2-goal games as well as Friant.

Salit also earned 1 assist.

The story of the 2nd half was a tremendous zone defense, led by senior Adam Davault and joined by fellow long poles Harrison Ahn, Evan Black, Kyle Sendobry, Brian Kye, and Reed Weinberg.

Once again, senior Jack Somers’ defense and speed paid major dividends in flipping the field and moving the ball back into Pope territory.

Monahan and Somers led the team with 3 groundballs each, followed by fellow senior Cash Callaway with 2, and Trevor Gorst, Nathan Goggans, Harrison Ahn, Evan Black, Brian Kye and Alec Strout with 1 each.

Junior Nathan Goggans won 5 faceoffs, and senior Roman Boothe won 4.

Strout had another strong performance in his 2nd start in goal for the Gladiators with 6 saves on the day and only giving up 2 second half goals.

The Gladiators (7-1, 5-1 region) are back in action Friday night, on the road against region rival Collins Hill. The JV game starts at 555pm, and the varsity plays at 730pm.

 

 

 


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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Varsity Girls Soccer Team Defeats Dunwoody


This evening the varsity girls soccer team defeated Dunwoody High School 3-0 in their second region contest.

After a scoreless first half the Lady Gladiators came out strong in the second half and put 3 in the back of the net. The first goal came early in the second half when Gabbie Zemrani found Julia Lee, who placed the ball past the keeper. Not long after Chloe Kim found Toni Williams feet for the second goal of the match. The final goal happened in the last 2 minutes of the game when Williams found the net unassisted for the last goal of the evening.

The Varsity Girls Soccer Team is back in action for their next region match Tuesday at North Atlanta High School at 5:55pm


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Multiple Teams · Gladiators Beat Region Rivals North Gwinnett 11-7


On the coldest night of the season, the Johns Creek Boys Lacrosse team beat region rival North Gwinnett 11-7 to move to 5-1 in region play and 6-1 overall.

The win avenged a 2016 playoff loss to the Bulldogs.

After trailing 2-0, senior Tamir Oknin got the Gladiators on the scoreboard on an assist from sophomore Scott Friant at the 8:07 mark of the 1st quarter.

After taking the lead on Oknin’s second goal of the night on an assist from junior Trevor Gorst, the Gladiators never trailed, leading 4-2 at the end of the 1st quarter and 7-3 at halftime.

North Gwinnett tightened the game to make the score 7-6 Johns Creek at the end of the 3rd quarter, but the Gladiators scored 4 times in the 4th quarter to take the win.

Sophomore Peter Salit led the team in scoring with 3 goals, followed by Oknin, Gorst and senior Sean Monahan with 2 each, and Friant and senior Jack Nowlin with 1 each.

Monahan and Friant led the team with 2 assists each, followed by Gorst, Salit and sophomore Ryan Harkin with 1 each.

Oknin led the team with 7 groundballs, followed by Salit, senior Jack Somers and senior Cash Callaway with 4 each; junior Reed Weinberg with 3, Monahan, sophomore Harrison Ahn and junior Brian Kye with 2 each; and Friant, junior Hunter Schrader, senior Roman Boothe, junior Evan Black and junior Alec Strout with 1 each.

Boothe won 9 of 15 face-offs, and junior Nathan Goggans won 3 of 4.

Strout won his debut as goalie, making 17 saves on 24 shots.

The Gladiators’ next game is Saturday night, March 18th, when they play host school Pope in the marque game of the annual AJO4LAX Festival at 530pm.


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Multiple Teams · JV Lax Gladiators tie 1, win 1 in weekend action


The Johns Creek Junior Varsity Boys Lacrosse team picked up a tie and a win in weekend action.

On Friday night, the JV Gladiators tied region rival Peachtree Ridge, 11-11.

Johns Creek tied the score with: 23 left in the game on an unassisted goal by Andrew McCarty.

The Gladiators (6-1-1) were led in scoring by sophomore Chris Russo-Alesi with 4 goals, followed by Patrick Hayde with 3, and McCarty, Colton Schnibbe, Hunter Rutledge and Timmy Salit with 1 each.

Salit led the team with 5 assists, following Andrew McCarty with 2, and Russo-Alesi and Hayde with 1 each.

Josh Kohler led the team with 3 groundballs, Russo-Alesi, Hayde, and Max Citrano with 2 each, and Matthew Colavito, Colton Schnibbe, Sean Park, Rutledge and Garrett Gauthreaux with 1 each.

Goalie Cole Monahan had 4 saves on the night.

On Saturday, the JV Gladiators had a balanced attack in earning a 7-4 win over Pope.

Rutledge, Salit and Charlie Butler each scored 2 goals, with Schnibbe scoring 1.

Rutledge and Salit each had an assist.

McCarty, Hayde, Salit, Butler and Alec Strout each picked up 3 groundballs, joined by Colavito, Kyle Neely, Rutledge, Chase Jones, Will Goldstein, and Ben Kleinert with 1 each.

Goalie Strout had a strong performance, with 19 saves including 9 in the 4th quarter.

The JV Gladiators will be back in action Tuesday night when they host region rival North Gwinnett at 555pm.


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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Girls Varsity Soccer Dominate in Jekyll Island


This past weekend the Girls and Boys Varsity Soccer teams traveled to Jekyll Island to participate in The Tournament of Champions. The Varsity Girls Soccer team played 3 games and came out 3-0 for the weekend.

The first game took place on Thursday, March 9th against Oconee County. The Varsity Girls defeated Oconee 4-1. After a scoreless first half the Lady Gladiators came out strong in the second half scoring in the first five minutes. The first goal was a beautiful cross from Sophomore Julia Lee into Senior Toni Williams’ head. Senior Mady Litterer scored the second goal off a rebound of Senior Gabbie Zemrani’s shot. Zemrani and Williams combined for Williams’ second goal of the game, and the team’s third. The final goal of the game came as a result of a laid off ball from Sophmore Julia Nicholas to Senior Kate Batchler, who placed the ball beautifully in the back of the net!

On Friday the Varsity Girls faced up with Frederica Academy. The girls play fantastic possession and finished the game 11-1. Goals came from Senior Toni Williams, Senior Gabbie Zemrani, Sophmore Julia Nicholas, Freshman Clair Murray, Sophmore Malena Merina, Sophmore Lauren Gannaway, and Senior Mady Litterer. We had assists from Sophmore Julia Lee, Sophmore Darby Brunner, Murray, Merina, and Zemrani.

The final game Saturday was against Creekview High School. The Lady Gladiators took the 1-0 lead in the first half with a goal from Williams off the assist of Nicholas. Then in the second half the girls put in 3 more with a goal from Sophomore Kristen Halstenberg, Nicholas off an assist from Sophomore Jillian Davis, and Williams from Sophomore Chloe Kim, making the final 4-0.

This tournament a huge defensive effort was displayed from Kate Batchler, Kristen Halsenberg, Clarie Murray, Darby Brunner, Rayah Swartz, Jillian Davis, and keepers Suzy Steel and Annabelle Legg.

The Varsity Girls soccer team is back in action this Friday against region opponent Dunwoody High School at Adams Stadium in Atlanta.

jekyll-last game

 


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Gladiators News · All Teams Schedule: Week of March 13 – March 19


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Johns Creek High School, March 13 – March 19

MONDAY

March 13, 2017

5:55 PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
@ Cambridge High School
SCHEDULE
6:00 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse
vs. Gainesville High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer
@ Cambridge High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

March 14, 2017

4:00 PM Boys Varsity Tennis
vs.
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls Varsity Tennis
@Northview
SCHEDULE
5:45 PM Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse
vs. North Gwinnett High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
vs. Alpharetta High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse
vs. North Gwinnett High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

March 15, 2017

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Tennis
Mill Creek (@Hamilton Mill Subdivision)
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Tennis
Dunwoody
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Tennis
@
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Girls Junior Varsity Tennis
@Dunwoody
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Pope High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
vs. Pope High School
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

March 16, 2017

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Tennis
Alpharetta
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Tennis
@Alpharetta
SCHEDULE
5:00 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
vs. Buford High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Girls Junior Varsity Soccer
vs. Chattahoochee High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Boys Junior Varsity Soccer
vs. Chattahoochee High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

March 17, 2017

5:55 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Dunwoody High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Girls Varsity Lacrosse
vs. Mountain View High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
@ Dunwoody High School
SCHEDULE
5:55 PM Girls Varsity Soccer
@ Dunwoody High School
SCHEDULE
7:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse
vs. Mountain View High School
SCHEDULE
8:00 PM Boys Varsity Soccer
@ Dunwoody High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

March 18, 2017

9:00 AM Coed Varsity Track
IMG Academy Invitational (invite only)
SCHEDULE
12:00 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
@ Grayson High School
SCHEDULE
2:00 PM Boys Junior Varsity Baseball
@ Winder-Barrow High School
SCHEDULE
2:30 PM Boys Freshman Baseball
@ Grayson High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Boys Varsity Lacrosse
@ Pope High School
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

March 19, 2017

No events happening

Notes

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Multiple Teams · Gladiators Earn 17-8 Region Win over Peachtree Ridge


The Johns Creek Boys Lacrosse team earned another region win Friday night with a 17-8 victory over Peachtree Ridge.

A week after a tough one-goal defeat, the Gladiators (5-1, 4-1 conference) started strong with 6 1st quarters goal for a 6-1 lead.

The Gladiators never trailed in the game, leading 12-5 at half time before scoring 5 more times in the 2nd half to close out the victory.

Sophomore Peter Salit led the scoring with 5 goals, followed by senior Sean Monahan with 4 goals, sophomore Scott Friant with 2, and senior Tamir Oknin with2.

Also scoring goals were junior Trevor Gorst, sophomore Ryan Harkin and senior Cash Callaway.

Harkin led the team with 4 assists, followed by Monahan with 2, and Friant, Callaway and Oknin with 1 each.

Senior Jack Somers led the team in ground balls with 6, followed by Oknin with 5, Salit, senior Roman
Boothe, and junior Reed Weinberg with 3, Friant, senior Jack Nowlin, junior Brian Kye and Monahan with 2, and Harkin, junior Kyle Sendobry, Callaway, and sophomore Kyle Neely with 1 each.

The Gladiators dominated faceoffs with Boothe winning 15 of 21, and junior Nathan Goggans winning 6 of 8.

Junior goalie Ryan Babcock made 13 saves on the night.

Earlier in the evening, the JV Gladiators tied Peachtree Ridge 11-11.

On Saturday, the JV Gladiators beat Pope 7-4.

The Gladiators return to action Tuesday with a doubleheader against region foe North Gwinnett. The JV game starts at 545pm, and the varsity game starts at 730pm.

 


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Multiple Teams · Top Row Dads A Johns Creek Lacrosse Tradition


You’ll find them at every Johns Creek home lacrosse game, and at many road games, they’re in the same place.

Take a look at the top row of the Colosseum, just in front of the Press Box.

There, you’ll find a group of dads who never sit but instead, pace back and forth all during the game.

They watch every play by their sons and teammates, agonize over opponents’ success, complain about bad calls from referees, occasionally offer some coaching advice but mostly cheer great moments for the Gladiators.

Jeff Monahan has watched 3 sons plays from the Top Row, first Jack who graduated in 2015, next Sean who is a senior and co-captain of this year’s team, and now Cole who is a freshman and member of this year’s 9th grade and Junior Varsity teams.

Monahan said, “We as Dads started watching the Johns Creek JV games together six years ago, when my oldest was a freshman. We gravitated to each other and had a lot of great times watching the boys.”

Dave Boothe has watched his son Roman play here for years, first as a member of the Junior Gladiators, next as a player on the Junior Varsity and 9th grade teams, and now as a member of the varsity team and one of this year’s captains.

For the past 3 seasons, Dave has been a Top Row Dad.

Boothe said, “It was a perfect match for me because during Roman’s sophomore year, I saw all these dads standing at the top of the stadium and pacing around. Since I can’t sit still at games either, it is a perfect place for me to stand, pace back and forth and watch the game.”

But the tradition doesn’t end after a player graduates.

At most home games, you will find a number of fathers of former players on the Top Row.

Joe Holihan, Joe Sheahan, Bob King and Jeff Wilks have been to a number of games in the years since their sons left the program.

They also served as coaches for the Junior Gladiators as their sons started their careers and board members while their sons played for the HS Gladiators.

Monahan said, “The JC lacrosse program plays a big part in shaping these kids into adults and I have seen all the young players grow as men during this time and it has been a pleasure to see them develop.

According to Wilks, watching from the top row is much more stressful that being on the sideline as a coach.

Wilks said, “Being on the top row, you have no control just the stress of the game. My son Tyler played just his freshman year at Johns Creek. He moved onto The McCallie School in Chattanooga, so not having my son on the field but feeling like all the kids are mine brings a lot of pride to me as a coach.”

Tom Meyer returned for the Mill Creek game with his youngest son for the first time since his son Trip graduated as one of the leading scorers on the 2016 team.

Even though Grant plays hockey instead of lacrosse, Meyer still feels a connection to the lacrosse program.

“Someone once told me the most impactful statement a parent can make to their child is that we love watching them play. To me it’s great to come back and watch JC play because of their commitment to excellence and it’s where Trip grew so much as a person learning the importance of sportsmanship, and trying your hardest. Even as a parent there is something special about feeling like your part of something special and supporting a program that was so instrumental in not only developing Trip as a lacrosse player but also teaching him valuable life lessons and I love carrying that forward. I know how much it meant to me growing up to not only have my parents support at games, but also support from others.”

King whose son Mason graduated in 2015 uses the word “joy” to describe his Johns Creek lacrosse memories.

King said he loves “the entire Johns Creek Lax family past and present for all the joy that has been given to me and my family and especially for all the special father & son moments that were created!”

Even though Mason hasn’t played at the school for 2 years, King is a regular at the home games.

King said, “I love the sport and attending current JC games gives me a chance to reflect and relive a bit of that joy that I will always cherish…especially reflecting on all the wonderful boys (now men) and families that we are privileged to know because of JC lax.”

All of the Top Row Dads talk about the love they have for the boys and the Johns Creek program.

Wilks said, “Probably the most rewarding thing for me is seeing the kids work real hard and seeing them after the game win or lose and all of them smiling and saying “Hi Coach”. They don’t realize the sense of pride that gives me. So as with any great working relationship, there are rewards that go both ways and I have a lot to be thankful for as result of how the kids treat me. The wall I built the year after my son went away to school up on the practice field was my way of saying I will always be a JC lax fan.”

Monahan expects the Top Row Dads will be around for a few more seasons.

Monahan said, “For me, it is great when Bob, Joe, Joe, Jeff and some of the other Dads come to the games to support the kids these last two years even though their boys had graduated and went off to college. They come back to support the new team, and share in new memories with us.  I have a few years left watching my son play and I have a feeling that they will be there with me.”

Wilks said, “Having coached a lot of the kids from 6th grade all the way thru high school, I couldn’t imagine a way to spend a winter/spring night then up in the top row.”

Boothe said, “I think it’s really cool that the dads from graduated players still come to the games and support the team – and of course still stand in their old location!”

The Top Row Dads will next be at the Colosseum on Friday, March 10th, when the Gladiators host Peachtree Ridge. The Junior Varsity game is at 5:55pm, and the Varsity Game is at 7:30pm.