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One Body: Wesleyan Softball

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    The softball team celebrates a win at homeplate. Brian L. Morgan.
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    Gracie Taylor, Reece Holbrook, Jennifer Nolan, Savannah Sommer and Madison Kerpics share a moment together on the softball field. Brian L. Morgan.
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    The softball team gathers outside of the dug out for Senior Night. Brian L. Morgan.
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    Senior Jennifer Nolan makes a play on first base. Brian L. Morgan.
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    The Wesleyan softball team after their big win. Brian L. Morgan.

Ending the last softball season with a State Championship set the bar high for the 2018 season; however, the Wesleyan Softball season has gone above and beyond with their season so far.

The team kicked off the road to state with a Region Championship win for the sixth year in a row, and they are entering into the state tournament in the first seed. The Wolves defeated Landmark Christian School 7-2 and junior Madison Kerpics pitched the entire games, “while striking out 18 people to earn the win in the circle” (Gwinnett Prep Sports). “Our team really worked together to win the region game. Everyone played well and our ability to work together is what really helped us throughout that game and the season,” said senior Savannah Sommer. The win for the team was impressive, but what came with the win was even better. “After the game, we got new golden cleats as a deal with our coaches, which was almost as great as winning the game,” said senior Jennifer Nolan.

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The State Football Championship Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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As the highly recognized State Championship football team returned for the celebration of their 10th year anniversary, many former players shared moments, lessons and feelings of the one game that made their hard work worthwhile.

On Oct. 19, at the Wesleyan homecoming football game, the State Championship team was acknowledged for their achievement 10 years ago. The nostalgia of the high school experience was more likely in full effect, as the Friday night lights shined down upon them one more time. They got to bask in the glory of, to some of them, the best days of their lives.

Former football player and Alumnus Scott Schroer (’10) said, “I think I miss the people the most. The coaches, players, cheerleaders and managers all made that year so unique and the fact that I got to play 15 games with all my best friends, and also win, was really special.”

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Wesleyan Football and Marching Wolves

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Last school year, Wesleyan School graduated 20 football players and for the Wesleyan Varsity Football team this year, it means a whole different set of players came to play the game. The team currently has played five games, two won and three loss. Having to coach new young players does not intimidate any of the coaches for what lies ahead of the season. Head football coach Franklin Pridgen said, “Each team is always different because kids graduate, and others rise up. That makes it very fun to coach at this level. A new senior class every year always puts their stamp on our season.”

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New Cross Country Season Brings New Goals

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    The High School Cross Country team poses for a picture. Brian L. Morgan.
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    The senior cross country girls build a human pyramid. Brian L. Morgan.
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    The senior cross country boys build a human pyramid. Brian L. Morgan.

The Wesleyan Cross-Country team started with the sound of a gun, running full force into their new season. As cool as that would be, their season took off on July 30th at eight in the morning with a three-hour bus ride to Wilderness at the Smokey’s in Pidgeon Forge, TN.

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The Water Polo Team Hopes to Rally Their Way to State

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The water polo team, consisting of various grades in the high school, has made a run for their money. According to Georgia High School Association, the Wesleyan water polo team holds a losing record this season, but junior Harrison Dearth said, “We are undefeated because every match we have lost counts as a scrimmage in hopes to improve the next time around.

Knowing the history of water polo motivates the players to take this sport seriously and view the importance of it. The first ever game took place in Scotland and from then on it was often played in Great Britain and soon expanded further. The difference between Americanized water polo and the more dated version is that the Americanized water polo allows for rougher play. The rules are more flexible with physical contact more so than the older version. It is important for the players to know the past of the sport they play so they know how to progress and work hard.

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