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Welcome to the second edition of King’s Ridge Christian School’s annual Tiger Nation magazine!
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Daniel Tiller
a special Signing Day ceremony, hearing from KRCS founder John Smoltz, unveiling a plan to bring more athletic facilities on campus, and much more!
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Athletic Directors this year. As we eased back into a feeling of normalcy in athletics this year, our King’s Ridge students and community responded by getting involved and showing up for one another in ways we haven’t seen before. Every team had passionate cheering sections, enrollment and retention numbers have never been higher, and the support between the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools is evident when you step on campus. King’s Ridge is a special place.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Bradley Collier ACCOUNT MANAGER Scott Terrell STAFF WRITER Dennis Silva II CONTRIBUTING DESIGNER Carrie Follis
We couldn’t be more proud of our student athletes and coaches and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. During the media days used to create this magazine, it was incredible to see how much fun our athletes and coaches had. We heard their stories and goals and saw how much pride they take in being a King’s Ridge Tiger. We hope you enjoy this edition which serves as a year in review and a preview of the year to come.
Some highlights this year were: successful inaugural seasons for wrestling and gymnastics, competing for a state championship in men’s basketball, our varsity dance team securing another state championship, flourishing Jr. Tiger programs,
As always, thank you for your support. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Tiger Nation!
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2021-2022 KING’S RIDGE YEAR IN REVIEW: Welcome to the 2nd Annual VYPE King’s Ridge Christian School Year in Review Magazine. It has been a great year for the Tigers! Check out all their accomplishments within these pages!
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School is a Christian King’s Ridge Christian School is a Christian community providing a college preparatory community providing a college preparatory education equipping students to know, to serve, education equipping students to know, to serve, and to believe. and to believe.
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School will become the King’s Ridge Christian School will become the number one choice for a Christ-centered, number one choice for a Christ-centered, academically excellent college prep school and a academically excellent college prep school and a place for students to build character, discover place for students to build character, discover their unique purpose and calling and grow to their unique purpose and calling and grow to make an impact that extends far beyond the make an impact that extends far beyond the King’s Ridge Christian School campus. King’s Ridge Christian School campus.
P A S S II O N P A S S O N Our passion is to
bring every student into a Our passion is to bring every student into a personal growing relationship with Jesus Christ personal growing relationship with Jesus Christ while equipping them to do with excellence all while equipping them to do with excellence all that God has called them to do. that God has called them to do.
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2021-22 King’s Ridge Basketball Team
KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IS OFFICIALLY ON THE STATE OF GEORGIA’S BASKETBALL MAP. The Tigers had never won a playoff basketball game in school history yet found themselves in the GHSA State Tournament in Macon under the direction of coach Bob Martin this March. “What we learned from this experience is that common people can do uncommon things if you just work
together,” Martin said. “We may not look like a Georgia High School Final Four team, especially in the final, but it taught us that all of our hard work paid off.” The Tigers went 28-5 overall and 13-3 in league play and eventually fell to the Greenforest Eagles in the finals, but what a ride it was. “Everywhere we went, there was a sea of purple,” the Atlanta Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year said. “ The
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community really jumped on board. Our students, lower school families, boosters and board members all showed up for us with great support. They filled up an entire section and were electric all season.” King’s Ridge had a sensational regular season run, putting the Region on notice over the winter. The Tigers went 3-0 in the Region Tournament, before knocking off Athens
Christian, St. Anne-Pacelli, Calvary Day and First Presbyterian Day in overtime to reach the Finals. “We just took it one day at a time,” he said. “We had tunnel vision. They went to school and did basketball. Nothing else mattered and we had zero distractions. With each additional win in the postseason, we had an element of calmness. That sounds strange but we would just become more
focused and we didn’t worry about the nerves.” The memories made on their amazing run will be locked away forever. “We beat Calvary Day in Savannah,” he said. “We didn’t want to celebrate on their home court, so we took the team to the locker room. The student-section asked if they could come celebrate with us. Then the parents wanted to come in. We had the music up and we were all dancing. It was a party in there for like 10 minutes. Pure celebration.” The Tigers knocked off First Presbyterian Day in Macon in the next round in an instant classic in overtime. “Heck, you need some luck sometimes,” Martin laughed. “Isaac hit an offthe-backboard three to
tie it and we hit a pair of free-throws with less than a second to play. That was a wild one.” In the finals, King’s Ridge faced Greenforest, which had a significant height advantage. It was tied 50-50 with just over three minutes to go before the Eagles took control. “We kept grinding and grinding, but we just made some mistakes at the end that cost us,” he said. “Regardless of the outcome, I think everyone was just so happy that we accomplished what we did.” With success comes recognition. Juniors Isaac Martin and Micah Hoover were named to the all-state and all-region teams and were invited to play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches
Coach Bob Martin
Association All-Star Game. Zak Thomas was an honorable-mention, all-region selection, while coach Bob Martin was also named the Sandy’s Spiel Coach of the Year.
“ The standard is now set,” Martin said. “ The goal is the State Championship and our players have bought into it. The bar has been set, so we are here to stay.”
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KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL ENJOYED A TREMENDOUS 2 0 2 1 - 2 2 AT H L E T I C S E A S O N, H AV I N G S U C CE S S O N T H E F I E L D S O F P L AY W H I L E B U I L D I N G G E N U I N E R E L AT I O N S H I P S INSIDE THEIR RESPECTIVE LOCKER ROOMS. LIFE LESSONS WERE LEARNED AND LEADERS EMERGED THROUGHOUT THE H A L LWAY S O F T H E T I G E R D E N. H E R E A R E S O M E O F T H E G A M E CHANGERS OVER THE PA ST SCHOOL YE AR .
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LO V E H ARDE R!
KRCS JUNIOR TIGERS FOOTBALL 4/5 TE AMS FACE- OFF IN CHAMPIONSHIP \\ By Joshua Koch
CHARLIE MENTZER HAS COACHED OVER 30 TEAMS IN HIS LIFE. BUT THIS PAST FALL, COACHING THE KING’S RIDGE JUNIOR TIGERS 4/5 FOOTBALL TEAM WAS DIFFERENT. It was “easily one of my favorite” teams that Mentzer has coached. Not because of the undefeated season or winning the championship in the end. The impact of the Junior
Tigers program goes well beyond the victories on the field. “Being new to King’s Ridge, we wanted to get involved right away, and what we found were open arms welcoming us into the Junior Tigers program and both the lower and middle schools,” Mentzer said. “I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for my
new KR family. To be given the opportunity to coach the kids at this school was an incredible honor and experience. “ They were so fun, respectful and kind. They worked hard, bought into what we were teaching them and really played for one another. They lifted each other up and loved each other unconditionally,
regardless of their individual ability, what position they played, if they scored a touchdown or not. They simply and beautifully exemplified God’s love for one another and their opponents. And for that, I am most proud.” It was an ultra-special season for the Junior Tigers football team for multiple reasons.
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feature This past fall was the first time that fifth graders were allowed to play with the 4/5 team, which had in the past been just fourth graders. With enough players to field two teams, King’s Ridge had the potential to get not just one but both teams to the championship game, which ended up happening. “ This was like a Cinderella story,” Lower School Athletic Director Connie Sheets, who helps oversee the entire Junior Tigers program, said. Because the game was between two King’s Ridge programs, they held the game on campus, had cheerleaders, a public address announcer and they played on the same field where these Junior Tigers will one day call their home field as Tigers. “ The stands were full, I wasn’t ready for the stands to be full for a 4/5 game,” Sheets said. “ Terry Crowder, our football coach, came out. It was a great ending for the season. We all had pizza together afterwards. It was beyond expectations.” Even though there was a winner, by the Doyle family account, the season brought life lessons for all involved. “ This season was special. The coaches facilitated the kids not only learning football and being successful at it, but they fostered an environment that really developed strong bonds of friendship between the boys,” the Doyle family said. “ The final game for the Championship was a win we really wanted, obviously. Our son played his best game, with all his heart, so we don’t feel a sense of loss at all! “We think that tough losses are a chance to learn good sportsmanship and grace. We don’t want our kids to be anxious about losing, just work hard at practice and play your best game possible!”
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TEACHING THE NEXT
JUNIOR TIGERS PROGRAM OFFERS CONNECTION BETWEEN COACH AND FUTURE \\ By Joshua Koch
CONNIE SHEETS HAS WATCHED THE JUNIOR TIGERS PROGRAM AT KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GROWN EXPONENTIALLY OVER THE YEARS.
The KRCS Lower School Athletic Director and physical education and health teacher has seen the program go from flag
football in the North Atlanta Metro League playing in a park to hosting the 4/5 grade championship game at their home turfed football stadium on campus. In her time, they have also added cheerleading, girls and boys basketball, girls lacrosse and a skills and drills soccer academy. “Junior Tigers is about taking our students, working with the head coach of each sport and having them give their vision of what they want to see happen,” Sheets said. “It’s not your normal rec league where you play a game and you’re instructed by a parent. The coaches coach, with the help of the varsity players, to form a connection
so those little kids want to be a Tiger one day.” One of the coaches involved with the program is head men’s basketball coach and Atlanta Tip-Off Club Coach of the Year Bob Martin. The program allows him the chance to “connect” with players from kindergarten to the sixth grade and offers a “unique opportunity for our players to learn the King’s Ridge way to play basketball”. “Our Junior Tigers developmental basketball program has already proven to be effective and is one of my favorite aspects of coaching at KRCS,” Martin said. “Our middle school teams have benefited greatly from this program as they have become one of the top teams on our Metro-10 schedule. “I love that we have this wonderful opportunity and great support of our boys basketball program at KRCS.” For Sheets, leading a program like this and working with little kids wasn’t her first plan coming out of college. She initially went into the corporate world working in sales and marketing but then God had other plans. “I didn’t know this was what God had planned but it’s just worked out that way,” Sheets said. “I can’t think of anything more fulfilling than this particular job for me.”
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T I G E R S I G N E E S TA L K A B O U T U P P E R S C H O O L E X P E R I E N C E
\\ By Matt Malatesta
IIT WAS A SPECIAL GROUP OF STUDENT-ATHLETES IN THE CLASS OF 2022 AT KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. Seven athletes signed to play at the collegiate level. They take away fond memories and life-lessons they learned as a Tiger, which has them prepared for the next level. Running back Ethan Joseph has been the Tigers’ No. 1 option on offense for a few year while being a tremendous leader in the locker room. He is off to the University of Arkansas to play for the Hogs. “My teachers were amazing and if they weren’t pushing me in the classroom, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities to play at the next level,” Joseph said. “Definitely, the education was special.” Multi-sport star Charlie Jones starred on the football field, but baseball is his future. Jones signed with Air Force in the fall to play a corner infield position and wields a powerful bat. “King’s Ridge was a gamechanger for me spiritually,” Jones said. “Growing up in the school helped me find God and to play through him.” Noah Smith, who anchored the offensive line for several seasons at King’s Ridge, is also a star in the classroom. He is headed to John’s Hopkins University to play football. “Our college counselors have helped me walk through the process every step of the way,” Smith said. “I know what to be prepared for when I step on campus.” Track and field star John
Robinson heads west in the fall to run for the UCLA Bruins. Robinson has been stellar on the oval, in the classroom and behind the camera for the Tigers. He’s a talented photographer. “It’s all about time management,” Robinson said. “King’s Ridge has been very supportive helping me reach my goals. Balancing academics and track can be challenging but I’ve had great support along the way.” Travelling and practicing as an elite prep golfer can be taxing. Jack Schoenberger ran the gauntlet and will be playing next year at Belmont College in Nashville. He also credits King’s Ridge’s flexibility and his teachers working with him during his high school career. “Balancing both is really tough especially for a highlevel golfer,” Schoenberger said. “King’s Ridge has an incredible culture in the classroom. They want you to succeed and will go the extra mile to help you.” Dean Giacobbe has a nose for the ball. He’s as tough as they come as a linebacker for the football team and a defenseman in lacrosse. He will be heading to Rollins College in Florida to play for the Tars lacrosse team. “King’s Ridge prepares you for college, whether it be academically, athletically or spiritually,” Giacobbe said. “It’s a special place and I wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else.” Kate Ares, who played volleyball and soccer, was the seventh athlete to sign and she is headed to play volleyball at Bates.
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Ares credits King’s Ridge with preparing her to be a student-athlete at the next level. The senior chose Bates for the academics as well as the volleyball program and she’s confident she can manage her time well to be successful at both. Coaches look forward to following Ares’ career
at Bates, Coach Corsillo says “Kate is a tremendous athlete, she’s motivated to succeed, and I wish her the best in this next chapter.” All seven left their legacies, but it’s been the culture within the walls of King’s Ridge that have helped them reach their goals.
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CROWDER SEES GROWTH IN YEAR TWO
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IN TERRY CROWDER’S FIRST SEASON AT THE HELM OF KING’S RIDGE, HE LED THE TIGERS TO THREE WINS AND INTO THE PLAYOFF PICTURE. In year two, Crowder saw the win column go up another tick as the Tigers finished 4-7 overall and made the playoffs once again. King’s Ridge went 2-3 in Region 6 play and garnered their two wins over Lakeview Academy (42-6) and East Forsyth (44-0). “Year two, our culture is
changing in the fact that we are starting to believe in the weight room a little more,” Crowder said. “ The student body is becoming more involved with what we are doing. I think the future is bright here at King’s Ridge.” Air Force baseballsignee and first-team, all-region pick Charlie Jones operated the offense well at quarterback passing for 621 yards and six scores and rushed for another 599 yards and 11 touchdowns.
2021 KRCS Football Team Members
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Arkansas-signee Ethan Joseph busted loose for 1,278 yards and 10 scores out of the backfield. He also had 17 receptions for 183 yards and two scores. Joseph was named the Region Offensive Player of the Year. Other first-team, all-region selections included Noah Smith, Josh Flynn, Logan Hewlett, Dean Giacobbe, Yale Jacobi and Will Strain. Second-team selections included Nate Leffler, Asher
Deady, Quinton Grimes, Ryan Payne and Fisher Edwards. As Crowder and company push into year three at King’s Ridge, the focus will be on the weight room which will be the “baseline for our success” and he is seeing the culture change. “Putting on that purple is a big deal for our kids,” Crowder said. “ They are taking pride in being here at King’s Ridge and playing for this school.”
VOLLE YBALL TIGER S HAVE HISTORIC YE AR
\\ By Joshua Koch
KING’S RIDGE HAD ONE OF ITS BEST SEASONS YET IN 2021. The Tigers turned in the winningest season in program history going 14-19 overall. The 14 wins surpassed the previous high win total of nine. The key victory this season was defeating “friendlyrival” Cambridge, which is a public school. In District 6-A Private, King’s Ridge finished sixth overall in district play going 2-5. After the season, Lily Kuck, Rafa Wenceslau and Laney Burke all earned all-region honors for their play. Senior Kate Ares signed to play collegiate volleyball at Bates University.
2021 KRCS Volleyball Team
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personal-best 16:59.14. Martin, who also starred on the State runner-up basketball team, finished 12th overall at the State meet with a time of 17:38.7 7. Throughout the winter and spring, Coleman said they are “building on the enthusiasm”. The returning senior boys for the fall are
“very talented”. “I believe it is going to be our best opportunity to do well at State,” Coleman said. “We have two ninth-graders coming in who are going to be incredible. We could not be more excited. “ The team gets bigger every year and they are a neat group of kids.”
2021 KRCS Boys Cross Country Team
A DAY AFTER THE 2021 GHSA STATE CROSS COUNTRY MEET, KAREN COLEMAN OPENED HER PHONE AND TYPED OUT A TEXT TO HER CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM AT KING’S RIDGE. “I said 364 days until the State Championship,” Coleman said. “Who’s in?” The response to the text was that of excitement
following a season that the Tigers’ runners felt like they didn’t reach their full potential. In 2021, King’s Ridge did not send their whole team to the State Cross Country meet. Instead, Isaac Martin represented the school after taking second at the Class 1A Private-Region 6 Championships with a
2021 KRCS Girls Cross Country Team
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2021 KRCS Softball Team
THE KING’S RIDGE SOFTBALL TEAM FINISHED SIXTH IN REGION PLAY IN 2021, GOING 2-5, WHILE POSTING A 4-9-1 OVERALL RECORD. The Tigers’ two Region victories came over Providence Christian Academy (16-12) and Loganville Christian Academy (15-9). At season’s end, Emerson Jackson and Amy Stefanowicz were both named second-team, all-area. Coach Tim Todd got his first season as a
King’s Ridge coach under his belt and he’s ready to turn some heads on the softball scene. There was not a lot of depth on this years’ roster but there was also no shortage of talent. The team was made up of all underclassmen with the exception of junior Abbey Walker so the whole team is slated to return. Coupled with a strong Middle School program in place, the Tigers expect to make a playoff appearance in the very near future.
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KRCS E XCELS IN DANCE, CHEER COMPETITIONS \\ By Joshua Koch
2021-22 KRCS Hip Hop Dance Team
IT WAS ANOTHER BANNER YEAR FOR KING’S RIDGE ON THE DANCE FLOOR. The King’s Ridge Hip Hop Team brought home the crown once again at the 2022 GHSA Dance Invitational in the A-2A Classification. This marks
back-to-back Hip Hop State Championships for the squad. The comprehensive dance team and KRCS cheerleaders also performed at school events throughout the year and bring the spirit to Tiger Nation! 2021-22 KRCS Tigerettes Dance Team
2021-22 KRCS Cheerleaders
TIGER SWIM COMPETITIVE IN THE POOL
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THE KING’S RIDGE TIGERS HAD SOME HEADLINERS IN THE POOL THIS YEAR. Most notably, Mason Tucker set a few personal bests. The free-style sprinter will lead the team next season as a senior. The Tigers say goodbye to the likes of Aaron Dameron, Lukas Hollinger and Andrew Kiser. The girls team was young in 2021-22 with Elizabeth Julve-Hejazi and Amy Stefanowicz , a freshman and sophomore, respectively.
[Back Row]: Griffin Johnson, Aaron Dameron, Jack Strickland, Amy Stefanowicz, Lukas Holliger and Elizabeth Julve-Hejazi; [Front Row]: XXXXX, Andrew Kiser and Mason Tucker
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WITH THE TIGERS
K I N G ’ S R I D G E G I R L S H O O P S A R E YO U N G ; TA L E N T E D \\ By Matt Malatesta
Rylie Smith, Jordan Smith, Bella Martin, Brooklyn Thomas and Avery Adkin
THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR THE KING’S RIDGE GIRLS BASKETBALL PROGRAM. Coach Nick Isaac’s squad went 7-12 in 2021-22 taking their lumps along the way, but the experience the young Tigers earned was priceless. Why the optimism? Well, the play of their freshmen has a lot to do with it. Their roster is virtually all
freshmen. Point guard Bella Martin and forward Avery Adkin earned all-region honors in their first year of varsity play. Twins Jordan and Riley Smith are talents on the wings and Brooklyn Thomas added scoring in the backcourt. Other key contributors included freshmen Grace Erckenbrack and Sadie Feddersen.
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:e=yرردرܪۓشذ܈ذذܪ :Xܪےb/% X bb [ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪدش݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ ܪ܈ܪǓǓƽƧ ܪƽƧǳ [H$b ==ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴذܪǬǳطܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧܪܪ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪbƽǒܪbǙƣƣ :XܪےBe[/ =ܪb, bX ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴذܪ܈ܪ<ܪǬǳܪ%ǩƎƣƧܪߋܪXƽǬƽǓƴرܪǓƣسܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدز۔رذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدز۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪدش݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ ܪ܈ܪǓǓƽƧ ܪƽƧǳ qH== y ==ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴذܪǬǳسܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧܪ ܪدز۔رذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدز۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩǬ=ܪ܈ܪƎǓƣʹǓܪ$ǙͳͮǙǩǳƺʹ=ܪߋܪƧƽƴƺ ܪƧǓƎǩƣ
< X b ܪ۳=ƽǳǳǍƧܪbǶǒƜǍƽǓƴ<ܪߋܪƽƝǋǬ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴܪUǩƧ<ܪ܈ܪ<܈ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەددر݅ܪەXƧƴƽǬǳƧǩܪǳƺǩǙǶƴƺܪXǙǒƎǓܘǬ<ܪƽƝǋǬܪߋܪbǩƽƝǋǬ [H Xܪ۳ ǙʹǬܪߋܪ%ƽǩǍǬ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴطܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩǬܪ܈ܪ:ƧǬǬƽƝƎͭ<ܪƎǒܪߋܪXƧͳ ܪǙͮǒƎǓܪ [U C/[,ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪشض݅ܪݝܪددر݅ܪەƎƝǳƽͭƽǳʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ=ܪ܈ܪƽǬƎ ܪǩǙͮǓ X B ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴرܪǓƣشܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪBƎǩƝ ܪƎǩǩƧǳǳ [s bܪbX b[ ܪ܈ܪƴƧǬرذܪ܈ܪطܪ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪدز݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ<ܪ܈ܪƽǒƜƧǩǍʹܪBƎǩƝǶǬ < X b ܪ۳:Ƨƣƽ ܪƎǒǦ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪەددس݅ܪەXƧƴƽǬǳƧǩܪǳƺǩǙǶƴƺܪXǙǒƎǓܘǬ<ܪƽƝǋǬܪߋܪbǩƽƝǋǬ Be[/ =ܪb, b Xܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴشܪǳƺطܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪݝܪددش݅ܪەǳƽƝǋƧǳܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪBƎǩʹܪ,ƎǓǓƎƺ[ܪǋƧǍǳǙǓ :eC/HX ܪ, $[ܪ۔$HH [ܪ/ C ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴرܪǓƣسܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدز۔رذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدز۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪشز݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪ,ƎǍƧʹܪ,ƎǍǍ Xbܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدد۔سܪ܈ܪUBܪدز݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪ:ƧǓǓƽƳƧǩ ܪƎǩǩƧǳǳ
< X b ܪ۳=ƽǳǳǍƧܪCƽǓǈƎ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴܪUǩƧ<ܪ܈ܪ<܈ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەددر݅ܪەXƧƴƽǬǳƧǩܪǳƺǩǙǶƴƺ XǙǒƎǓܘǬ<ܪƽƝǋǬܪߋܪbǩƽƝǋǬ :Xܪےb/% Xܪ$= %ܪ$HHb ==ܪ۳ ǙʹǬܪߋܪ%ƽǩǍǬ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴذܪ܈ܪ<ܪǬǳܪ%ǩƎƣƧܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪB ܪدد۔ذذܪ܈ܪBܪەدضذ݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪCƽƝǋܪ/ǬƎƎƝ X y [ܪۓbܪۓ%Hܪ۳ ƝƎƣƧǒƽƝ ܪƎǒǦ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪb X B ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴرܪǓƣسܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدز۔رذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدز۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪBƎǩƝ ܪƎǩǩƧǳǳ B/ = [ܪ,HH= ܪXbܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴشܪǳƺطܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدز۔رذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدز۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪدش݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪ:ƧǓǓƽƳƧǩ ܪƎǩǩƧǳǳ HH</C%ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدز۔رذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدز۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪدش݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ<ܪ܈ܪǩƽǬǳƧǓ=ܪƽǍƴƧ < X b ܪ۳XƧƜƧǍܪ:Ƨƣƽ ܪƎǒǦ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪەددس݅ܪەXƧƴƽǬǳƧǩܪǳƺǩǙǶƴƺܪXǙǒƎǓܘǬ<ܪƽƝǋǬܪߋܪbǩƽƝǋǬ :Xܪےb/% Xܪ$= %ܪ$HHb ==ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴشܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪ ܪدد۔شܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدد۔طܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪCƽƝǋܪ/ǬƎƎƝ
< X b ܪ۳=ƽǳǳǍƧ[ܪǶǦƧǩƺƧǩǙܪUƎǩǋǙǶǩۢbǶǒƜǍƽǓƴ۴ܪ܈XƽǬƽǓƴܪUǩƧ<ܪ܈ܪ<܈ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەددر݅ܪەXƧƴƽǬǳƧǩܪǳƺǩǙǶƴƺܪXǙǒƎǓܘǬ<ܪƽƝǋǬܪߋܪbǩƽƝǋǬ HH</C%ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪدش݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ<ܪ܈ܪǩƽǬǳƧǓ=ܪƽǍƴƧ [U C/[,ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪشض݅ܪݝܪددر݅ܪەƎƝǳƽͭƽǳʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ=ܪ܈ܪƽǬƎ ܪǩǙͮǓ ==[ܪUHXb[ ܪBUܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴذܪǬǳشܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩǬܪ܈ܪ,ƎǍƧʹܪ,ƎǍǍ ܪߋܪǙǓǓƽƧ[ܪƺƧƧǳǬ XeB=/C ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴصܪǳƺرذܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪدش݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩܪ܈ܪ:ǙƧǍܪbƧǩǓƽǓƴ qH== y ==ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴشܪǳƺطܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔رذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدد۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩǬ=ܪ܈ܪƎǓƣʹǓܪ$ǙͳͮǙǩǳƺʹ=ܪߋܪƧƽƴƺ ܪƧǓƎǩƣ b/C%ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴظܪǳƺرذܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪܪ ܪدز۔رذܪܪܪܪܪUBܪدز۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪدش݅ܪݝܪدشر݅ܪەǬǶǦǦǍʹܪƳƧƧܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ<ܪ܈ܪƎǳƺʹܪsƽǓƝƺƧǍǍ < X b ܪ۳[ǶǦƧǩƺƧǩǙܪUƎǩǋǙǶǩۢbǶǒƜǍƽǓƴ۴ܪ܈XƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔زܪ܈ܪUBܪەددس݅ܪەXƧƴƽǬǳƧǩܪǳƺǩǙǶƴƺܪXǙǒƎǓܘǬ<ܪƽƝǋǬܪߋܪbǩƽƝǋǬ
, X= /C%ܪ۳BƽƣƣǍƧ[ܪƝƺǙǙǍ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴشܪǳƺطܪ܈ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ظܪܪܪܪBܪدد۔رذܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ<ܪ܈ܪƎƽǍƧ ܪƎǩǩǙǍǍ , X= /C%ܪ۳=ǙͮƧǩ[ܪƝƺǙǙǍ۴ܪ܈ܪXƽǬƽǓƴسܪ܈ܪ<ܪǳƺܪ%ǩƎƣƧ ܪدد۔ذܪܪܪܪUBܪدد۔سܪ܈ܪUBܪەدشر݅ܪە/ǓǬǳǩǶƝǳǙǩ<ܪ܈ܪƎƽǍƧ ܪƎǩǩǙǍǍ
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:eC رردرܪۓدذ صܪ :eC رردرܪۓدذ܈صܪ $ǙǩܪƎƣƣƽǳƽǙǓƎǍܪƣƧǳƎƽǍǬܪƎǓƣܪǩƧƴƽǬǳǩƎǳƽǙǓͭܪۓƽǬƽǳ ͮͮͮ<ےƽǓƴǬXƽƣƴƧ [ےǙǩƴۢ<X [[܈ǶǒǒƧǩ ܈ƎǒǦǬܪ ٌ/Ư̎ښǕǲښƣǏǥǕǉǉ̎ښǕǲǥښƙƶƹǉƟښƹǏښƊ ښֲֲكֻښBښֲֲكֳִٹUBښƙƊǎǢښǯƶƣ̈ښƣƣǇښǕƯښ:ǲǏƣښֳֹٹֳֵښ ƊǏƟښƊښֲֵكֳִښUBښֲֵكֵٹUBښƙƊǎǢښǯƶƣ̈ښƣƣǇښǕƯښ:ǲǉ̎ښقֳַٹֳֳښǯƶƣ̎ښƙƊǏښǨǯƊ̎ښǕǏښƙƊǎǢǲǨق ƣƊǯ ښǯƶƣƹǥ ښǉǲǏƙƶ ښقƊǏƟ ښǯƶƣǏ ښƘƣ ښǯǥƊǏǨǢǕǥǯƣƟ ښǯǕ ښǯƶƣƹǥ ښƊƯǯƣǥǏǕǕǏ ښǨƣǨǨƹǕǏ ښƯǕǥ ښƊǏښ ƊƟƟƹǯƹǕǏƊǉ ښֵַڵ ښ٢٢ǨǯǲƟƣǏǯ ښǎǲǨǯ ښǢǢǥǕ̇ƹƟƣ ښǯƶƣƹǥ ښǕ̈Ǐ ښǉǲǏƙƶ٣ ښفUǉƣƊǨƣ ښƙǕǏǯƊƙǯ ښǉƊǏښ Hǉƹ̇ƣǥښ٢٢ƊǕǉƹ̇ƣǥܻǇƹǏưǨǥƹƟưƣƙǨفǕǥư٣ښƯǕǥښƯǲǥǯƶƣǥښƹǏƯǕǥǎƊǯƹǕǏف
K I N G ’ S R I D G E L ACR O S S E T E A MS H AV E S O L I D YE A R
\\ By Joshua Koch
KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TOOK TO THE LACROSSE FIELD IN THE SPRING AND FOUND THE BACK OF THE NET OFTEN. The boys lacrosse team went on to win the Area 5 Championship and set itself up to host a playoff match to
2022 KRCS Boys Lacrosse Team
2022 KRCS Girls Lacrosse Team
open the 2022 GHSA Class A-5A Boys Lacrosse State playoffs. The Tigers went on to win their first playoff game and advance to the Sweet 16. Jack Deady and Robbie Walker earned first-team,
all-state honors. Walker was also a US Lacrosse AllAmerican. Dean Giacobbe was second-team, all-state. On the girls’ side, the Tigers garnered area wins over East Forsyth (13-4) and Pinecrest Academy (21-9),
but just finished on the outside of the playoff picture. Tigers’ junior Abbey Walker was the leader of the squad and netted her 100th career goal this season.
KRCS SOCCER TE AMS HAVE SOLID YE AR S
\\ By Joshua Koch
IT WAS A SOLID YEAR ON THE PITCH FOR THE TIGERS AT KRCS. The King’s Ridge boys soccer team advanced to the 2022 GHSA Class A Private Boys State Soccer playoffs. The Tigers played Price Avenue Christian in the opening round after a third-place finish in Region play. King’s Ridge defeated Price Avenue Christian 2-1 to advance to the second round, where they fell short to Paideia, 2022 KRCS Girls Soccer Team ending their season. The Tigers were assists and Jack Strickland led by captain Davis Bryan, had five goals and seven who netted 22 goals and had assists. Langston Jackson six assists. Grady Johnson was key back in goal for the chipped in six goals and nine
Tigers with 65 saves in over 1,100 minutes played. On the girls side, the Tigers did not make the 2022
playoff picture. They netted a pair of wins in Region play defeating St. Francis 4-0 and The Weber School 4-1.
2022 KRCS Boys Soccer Team
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SENIOR S SCHOENBERGER , THOMA S LED YO UNG TE AM
\\ By Matt Malatesta
THE KING’S RIDGE GOLF TEAM WAS LED BY SENIORS JACK SCHOENBERGER AND LIAM THOMAS, WHO WERE MENTORS TO AN INEXPERIENCED GROUP. Schoenberger is headed to Belmont University to play golf and holds the school low score of a 33 over nine holes. Thomas is a dual-
sport athlete (basketball) and was a solid compliment to Schoenberger, who should likely qualify for State as an individual. Schoenberger, who was the Area Champion for a second-straight season and advanced to the State Tournament.
Jack Schoenberger 2022 KRCS Boys Golf Team
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\\ By Matt Malatesta
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF COACHES BRENDA CLINTON AND DAVID BOAZ, THE KING’S RIDGE TENNIS TEAMS ARE IN GOOD HANDS. The girls team enjoyed a tremendous season, finishing as the second seed in the Region after graduating four seniors from 2021. This spring, KRCS advanced to the Sweet 16 after defeating Prince Avenue 4-1 in the 2021-2022 GHSA Class A Private Girls State Tennis playoffs. Leading the way was Cali Bryan, who went 7-0 prior to the State playoffs as the No. 1 singles player for the Tigers. Ansley D’Meza emerged as a solid No. 2. Adding to the team’s depth were Reese Polkinghorne, Lexi Kittredge, Ivey Bowling and sisters
Marsha and Sasha Hackel. Bryan was named first-team, all-region and D’Meza was a second-team, all-region pick for their singles play. In doubles play,
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Kittredge and Bowling were first-team, all-region. The boys were led by Ryan Sammons, who was the beacon of light during a rebuilding year. The team
reached the State playoffs, which gave them experience looking towards next season. Sammons was named second-team, all-region at season’s end.
2022 KRCS Tennis Team
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TIGER BA SEBALL CONTINUE S TO BUILD UNDER POWER \\ By Matt Malatesta
2022 KRCS Baseball Team
THE KING’S RIDGE BASEBALL PROGRAM CONTINUES TO BUILD UNDER THE DIRECTION OF COACH MIKE POWER. On the field, the Tigers finished third in the Region, going 16-8 overall and 8-6 in Region play, and advancing to the playoffs. “We got hit really hard by the injury bug early in the year,” Power said. “It’s rewarding that we made the playoffs dealing with that. It was a great experience for our younger guys and we are really looking forward to the future.” Leading the way for the Tigers were Charlie Jones at first base, brothers Owen Adkin and Mason Adkin, shortstop Nate Kittredge and catcher Mason Battersby. Jones signed with Air Force to play baseball. The long-time legend also reached a milestone of 550 wins on his career in early March.
Charlie Jones, Owen Adkin and Mason Battersby
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TRACK & FIELD THE TIGER S ON PROWL ON THE OVAL
\\ By Matt Malatesta
KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL HAS ENJOYED A SUCCESSFUL TRACK AND FIELD SEASON THIS SPRING. What name continues to show on the leader boards? John Robinson – the UCLAsignee – who had the State of Georgia’s Top 15 times in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes at the end of April. In the sprints, Sophie Moccia (100 and 400 meters) and Matthew Ackerman torched the oval. Long distance was led by Tommy Smith (1600 meters), Lia
Thomas (1600 meters) and Bryce Floyd (800 meters). In the field events, pole vaulters Oliva Clark, Nathan Walker, Bryden Miller and Luke Yarbrough set personal bests in 2022. Josh Flynn and Matthew Ackerman thrived in the long jump and Ryan Schutt was the school’s top thrower.
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2022 KRCS Boys Track Team
2022 KRCS Girls Track Team
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2021-22 KRCS Wrestling Team
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KRCS E XCELS IN FIRST YEAR OF WRESTLING PROGRAM \\ By Joshua Koch
THROUGHOUT THE 2021-22 SEASON, THE KING’S RIDGE WRESTLING TEAM LIVED BY A BIBLE PASSAGE – PROVERBS 27:17. “Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” That approach is what the first year King’s Ridge wrestling program lived by. When the program started, the expectation was around four to six wrestlers in year one. There were 15. “Wrestling was at the top of my list in terms of new programs to start at KR,” Athletic Director Crissy Watkins said. “We secured a facility to train off campus, announced the program, and it took off. The Tigers went on to compete in the 2022 GAPPS State Tournament and finished as the team State Runner-Up. Walker Harris, Andrew Kiser and Ren Gilmer finished as State runner-ups in their respective weight classes. Harris competed in the 130-pound division, Kiser in the 155-pound class and Gilmer in the 285-pound class. All were selected as allstate. In the 142-pound class, Carson Salvatierra took third and Max Moore placed fifth; in 155 Ethan Dorsett placed fourth; in 170 Perry Kolton and Hank Holt took sixth and seventh, respectively. In the 184-pound division, it was Branch Shaw and Mack Halsima taking fourth and fifth. “Coach Thierry Chau did an incredible job leading our kids and building their confidence,” Watkins said. “Some might not know
that Thierry was a two-time champion in high school, an All-American, and he wrestled on scholarship at Northwestern. He’s coached at some of the best programs in the area as well so we’re fortunate to have him
heading up the program.” Having a banner year in just the first season has brought a sense of excitement about the new Tigers’ sport around the halls of KRCS. “ This first season will always be a memorable
one for the school and we expect the program to keep growing,” Watkins said. “We’re looking at fielding a middle school team and finding opportunities to get our Lower School kids involved as well.”
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KRCS OPENS GYMNASTICS PROGRAM IN 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR
\\ By Joshua Koch
WHEN ELLA DANYO AND JOY MONTAGUE STEPPED ONTO THE MAT TO PERFORM THEIR INDIVIDUAL FLOOR ROUTINES IN THE 2021-2022 SEASON, IT MARKED A HISTORIC MOMENT FOR KING’S RIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. The first-ever gymnastics team to compete in school history. “ The girls were really adaptable,” KRCS gymnastics coach Kaile Carroll said. “So, watching them compete on the floor and adjust in a split second was really cool. It’s been really rewarding to see them be so flexible literally and figuratively, in their different areas.” Carroll, who is the program coordinator for cheer at KRCS along with track, has a strong background in cheerleading. The former University of Georgia cheerleader did it for three years in college and there are some aspects of the sport that translates. “When I was in college my first two years, I was taught by a gymnast how to do certain flips and tricks, which we call baskets in the cheerleading world,” Carroll said. “And those movements translate really well into some floor routines for gymnastics.” Heading into this year at KRCS, Carroll wanted to “provide a space” for students like Danyo and Montague to compete in their sport while representing the high school. The duo competed in three meets against public and private schools, and both participated in the floor routing, while Montague also did the beam.
Joy Montague and Ella Danyo
“I’m really proud of them for overcoming some fears as well,” Carroll said. “Being a junior, Ella hadn’t competed in a few years. Then Joy, taking on a varsity sport her freshman year and being competitive, was fun to see. Just seeing the girls light up has been such a joy.” Amelia Erbrick was the team manager this season, helping coach while she
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recovered from an injury in hopes of competing in the 2022-23 season. With their first season in program history officially in the books, Carroll hopes that seeing KRCS compete on the mat and beam will inspire the younger students at King’s Ridge to join and become the next wave of Tigers gymnasts. “I really hope this opens
the door for some of our younger kids,” she said. “We have a lot of lower school kids who may be interested in gymnastics as they get older. Seeing the little kids look up to these high school girls and seeing them help build the program out is what I’m excited for in year two. They are just paving a way for more kids to come participate.”