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Chris Cain Football All American Plays in 2016 Blue-Grey Bowl

Clay Crushing Cougars-State Biggest Shooting Events

The Piedmont Academy Clay Crushing Cougars recently took part in one of the biggest shooting events of the year.  The GISA held the State Shooting Competition December 4th and 5th at Forest City Gun Club located in Savannah.  Over the two day event, competitors shot 100 rounds in each discipline of Skeet, Trap and Sporting Clays.  The entire 17 member team qualified for the State Shoot were Joseph Anderson, Browning Benton, Owen Brady, Blake Calhoun, Chris Coogler, Katherine Cunningham, Andrew Chapko, Kevin Davis, Wyatt Galloway, Anne Marie Hildebrant, Hagan Hinson, Mitch Marsh, Noah Quick (Noah wasn’t able to attend due to SAT testing), Zach Sanders, Preston Tyler, Eli Waits, and Hunter Whiting.  Although, the wind and frigid temperatures made for difficult shooting conditions, the team continued to step up to the challenges.  The Clay Crushing Cougars competed with 17 schools and 153 shooters in the Interscholastic category and finished in 8th place.    The highest overall (HOA) shooters for the Cougars were Mitch Marsh – 249, Zach Sanders – 243, Anne Marie Hildebrant and Eli Waits – 237.  The top shooters for skeet were Mitch Marsh – 88, Hunter Whiting – 86, Anne Marie Hildebrant and Eli Waits – 83.  For Sporting Clays, Mitch Marsh – 81, Zach Sanders – 79, Joseph Anderson, Browning Benton, & Eli Waits tied – 76.  Anne Marie Hildebrant was tied for 3rd in Ladies Skeet against a Gatewood shooter and entered into a shoot off winning the tiebreaker. She also took 3rd place in Ladies Trap and finished 4th in Sporting Clays.  It was a fun experience and a challenging two days of shooting.  We couldn’t be more proud of the progress and hard work each of the team members have contributed throughout the season.  We would like to wish our Seniors Chris Coogler, Noah Quick, and Hunter Whiting the best of luck in their future endeavors.  We will miss you!  We would also like to thank our supporters, especially our parents for such a successful shooting season; you have been a huge help to our shooting program and team.

 

 

 

Publications Club Annual Powder Puff Game

POWDER PUFF 2015

By Chris Cain, Piedmont Academy Senior

 

Female members of the high school at Piedmont Academy decided to try their hand at football during the eleventh annual publication’s class “powder puff” game.  The turnout was a surprising amount with 36 girls who participated.  The ladies were split into two teams and set to compete.  On the evening of the game, the team represented by the color blue proved to reign supreme. 

Amelia Dodson, Haley Tyler and Hailey Hooper represented the pink team well since the color pink symbolized the opposition.  Emily Hammonds, Matti Ruth Smith, and Maddie Mooneyham proved to be the key players for the blue team.  All the team players played well by exceeding the expectation from the members of the varsity football team.  The blue side did trump the pink side by a score of 8 to 6.

With an amazing coaching staff, Chris Cain, Ben Davis, Tanner “T-Dawg” Casey and Hunter Whiting, the blue team was able to outlast the pink team in a defense-heavy game.  The blue team came close to the goal line with a key interception by Madison Morton and Matti Ruth Smith scored on a quarterback sneak.  The blue team’s defense came up with a key stop at the goal line to prevent the pink team from scoring a two-point conversion. 

Game officials included Alvin Hawkes, Leland Ready, Colt Spivey, and Wes Tanner.  Coach Michael Wilson added lots of “color” as he announced the game.

Blue team members included Neely Bradford, Ryn Smith, Madison Morton, Gracie Hunt, Ivy English, Rylee Owens, Grayson Bradley, Taylor Patterson, Sydney Davis, Maddie Johnston, Alexis Dodson, Ashley Johnston, Matti Ruth Smith, Emily Hammonds, Deacon Robinson, Madison McCart, Madison Burnham, Kailyn Evans, Bridgette Phillips.  Their coaches were Clay Kirkpatrick and Noah Quick.

                Pink team members included Makennah Holifield, Emma Kate Edmonds, Haley Tyler, Bailyn Whitaker, Taylor Swart, Becca Hopper, Mikayla Rigsby, Hannah Nelson, Meg Collins, Cassidy Cook, Haley Hooper, Maddie Mooneyham, Lucy Tuggle, Madison Sanders, Anne Marie Hildebrant, Lauren Bernard, Amelia Dodson.  The pink team’s coaches were Chris Cain and Ben Davis.

                Yearbook staff members who helped with the activity included Cheyenne Miller, Morgan Spivey, Madison Suttles, Grace Roberts, Georgie Allen, Kayla Ellis, and Alicia Peek.  The publication’s class is taught by media specialist, Traci Brady.  As an added note, wear blue because blue is great and pink is not!

 

 

Cain Selected All American Bowl

CAIN SELECTED TO ALL-AMERICAN BOWL

 

     Piedmont Academy senior, Chris Cain, has been selected to the Grey (South) squad for this year’s Blue-Grey All American Bowl to be held at EverBank Field, in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, January 16 at 1:00PM.  This stadium is used by the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars professional team. The game will be streamed live by the Impact Football Network to the entire country.  The two teams will represent 22 eastern states and 17 western states.       

Cain was selected from over 6,750 high school senior football players who competed in regional combines this past summer.  These top senior recruits attended training sites across the country.  Many attendees are highly rated prospects for the next level.   Chris was nominated by the Bowl coaching staff to be a member of the Grey squad.

            Chris has been a student at Piedmont Academy since 2009 when he joined the sixth grade.  He played middle school football and has been a starter during his four years of high school football.  For the Cougars, Chris plays offensive tackle and defensive end. He is the son of Chris and Gretchen Cain of Newborn.

New Beginnings

NEW BEGINNINGS

By Judy Nelson

 

Piedmont Academy sophomore, Caitlyn Young, will undertake a new challenge in her life this fall by place kicking for the gridiron Cougars.  Young, who turns “sweet sixteen” in September has been an avid soccer player since the age of three and has always made sports an intricate part of her life.  But first and foremost, she is a honor-roll student.  Caitlyn is the daughter of Jeremy and Erica Young of Covington.

In addition to soccer, Caitlyn cheers on the school’s competition cheer squad and will continue cheering, but must give up the sideline cheer squad to be the football team’s field goal kicker. 

        This all came about after the first game of the 2015 season when she approached Coach Wes Tanner and asked if she could try place kicking.  Caitlyn did just that and scored two points with each attempt.  Coach Tanner asked her if she would consider the challenge and she replied, “Yes!”

        Kicking field goals is nothing new to Caitlyn.  She helped her older brother, Chase, a 2015 Piedmont graduate, as he practiced kicking for the Cougars.  Also, a passionate soccer player, Chase was asked by Piedmont’s coaches if he would kick for the team during his senior year.  Chase attempted extra points 72 times and made 71 giving him a 98.6% success rate.  He attempted three field goals during the season and made all three.   Chase accepted a scholarship to Huntington College in Montgomery, Alabama, where he will be kicking for the Hawks. 

        Caitlyn is very excited about this opportunity and the football season, but she is also a bit nervous.  Her daily routine will include both practices for kicking and competition cheer practice each afternoon.  For now, she will concentrate on field goals, but eventually she hopes to add kickoffs and punt returns.  Caitlyn admits wearing a helmet improved her kicking accuracy because it helps her with concentration.  Best wishes to a young lady who is brave, adventurous, and as pretty inside as outside.  Look for Caitlyn who will be wearing jersey #17.

 

 

 

 

Cougars win 4-AA Region


Cougars win baseball region title
Written by: Chris Bridges Thursday,April 30,2015


Piedmont Academy’s varsity baseball team will enter the upcoming state tournament as a No. 1 seed following Tuesday 10-0 win against Briarwood Academy. That region win secured the Cougars the 4-AA championship as they close out the regular season this week. It will also guarantee the team at least two home state playoff series. “We needed to win at least one of our last two region games,” coach Daniel Funt said. “The win against Briarwood makes us region champs.” Tuesday was also Senior Night as the school recognized Hunter Burson, Luke Andrews, Zach Beggs, Michael Davis, Hunter Knox and Josh Williams.

The Cougars jumped out to a 5-0 lead Tuesday after the third inning and added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to close the door on Briarwood. Brock Carter earned the win going all five innings and striking out eight batters. He allowed just one hit and no runs. Noah Quick was 3-for-3 at the plate with a run and three RBI while Carter was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Michael Edwards scored two runs and was 1-for-3 while Hunter Knox was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Andrews also had a 1-for-3 day with a run and two RBI.

Prior to Tuesday, Piedmont rebounded from its first region loss of 2015 to defeat Windsor Academy 10-5 at home.

The Cougars benefited from another strong pitching performance from Beggs, who went five innings and recorded two strikeouts. Davis closed the door in the sixth and seventh innings to record the save in the GISA Region 4-AA contest. Piedmont had a 3-for-3 effort from Williams at the plate as he also drove in three runs. Mack Brady added a 2-for-4 day with a run and two RBI. Quick, Andrews, Beggs, Carter, Burson and Edwards also contributed offensively. Edwards also had two RBI. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Cougars scored four runs in the bottom of the second, one more in the third and three more in the fifth to take control of the game. Piedmont added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Knox had two stolen bases and also scored two runs.

Monday’s win was needed as Piedmont dropped a 6-4 region game at Brentwood on April 24. The host Eagles scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to overcome a 4-1 deficit. I knew getting on the bus that day, it was going to be a battle,” Funt said. “The kid from Brentwood (Samuel Joiner) is good, and if they can keep a game close, they are in it with him.” Quick, Brady, Beggs, Andrews, Knox, Carter and Burson helped lead the offense. Andrews worked five innings on the pitcher’s mound before Davis pitched the sixth inning.

NOTES:Through Monday’s game, Beggs led the team with a .532 batting average with 10 doubles, one homer and 21 RBI. Quick had compiled a .417 average with 21 runs scored and 10 RBI. Knox was batting .350 with 14 runs. Brady had compiled a .333 average with a homer.Beggs was 5-0 on the pitcher’s mound while Davis was 4-1 with two saves.

Morgan Tillman Signs with Georgia Military College

Piedmont Academy senior Morgan Tillman accepted a softball scholarship from Georgia Military College in Milledgeville on Monday, February 2, 2015. Family members, friends, faculty and staff as well as the 2014 softball team were in attendance. Coach Wes Tanner opened the signing ceremony with prayer and Coach Daniel Funt gave to the crowd background information on Morgan’s softball career at Piedmont Academy. In 2014, Morgan earned GISA All-State, GISA All-Region, and Macon Telegraph’s All Middle Georgia. As a four-year letterman, she played in 82 high school team wins, three final four appearances, and numerous championships on her travel softball teams. As Coach Funt mentioned, “she was a tremendous leader in the outfield.”

Besides sports, she is a member of the school’s FFA, FCA, National Honor Society, and Beta Club chapters. She is also an active member of her church group and enjoys helping with various community projects. Funt added, “Morgan has earned this scholarship through hard work and dedication in everything she does. She is a prime example of the benefits of strength and conditioning and has improved her skills every year. I have had the opportunity to coach Morgan since the 6th grade. GMC is lucky to have her and her Piedmont Academy family is extremely proud of her many accomplishments.”

After signing her contract, Morgan spoke to the crowd. “First and foremost, I want to thank my parents for all they have done for me, for sending me to such a wonderful school, and sacrificing so many things just so I would be able to play the sport I love. I also would like to express my sincere gratitude to my coaches who have helped me accomplish this honor. I have learned many things about softball and everyday life in general. They taught me how to give 110% and always be the best that I can be. They believed great things would come from my hard work even when I doubted myself at times. I am truly blessed to have coaches that care so much about me and my future.

I would also like to thank GMC’s Coaches Wise and Mayhue for taking the time to recognize me and giving me this chance. Finally, I want to thank my teammates. Without ‘my girls’ there to encourage me, pick me up, and push me to play as hard as I could, I would not be the player that I am today. My teammates have impacted my life in a way words cannot describe. I will be forever grateful to them and all the people at Piedmont Academy who have supported me along the way. I cannot wait to begin the next chapter of my life from a Cougar to a Bulldog and I thank God every day for this wonderful opportunity.”

Afterwards, the group enjoyed refreshments provided by the school. GMC is Division 1, Region 17 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Teams they compete against are other junior colleges such as ABAC, Gordon, Georgia Highlands, Darton, Andrew, South Georgia State, East Georgia and West Georgia. Morgan is the daughter of Tom and Nita Tillman of Monticello.


Will Tillman (brother), Tom Tillman, Morgan Tillman, Nita Tillman, GMC Coach Ashley Mayhue,
Coach Daniel Funt, Coach Kirstie Lewis, Headmaster Tony Tanner, Athletic Director Jeff Beggs, GMC Coach Eddie Wise

Piedmont basketball teams fall at home

Piedmont Academy’s varsity basketball teams fell to Monsignor Donovan Tuesday at home. The Lady Cougars dropped a 51-31 matchup while the boys were defeated 77-52. Amelia Dodson finished with a team-high eight points for the Lady Cougars while Haley Tyler added seven. Remington Marsh added six points while MaKennah Holifield scored four. A 20-point effort by Zach Beggs and 13-points from teammate Chandler Burrell were not enough for the boys. Beggs made three 3-pointers in the game, including one each in the second, third and fourth quarters. Zach Wilson and Mack Brady both finished with six points. Michael Edwards added five points. Prior to Tuesday, the Piedmont Academy varsity teams were swept in a non-region matchup with Loganville Christian Academy.

The Lady Cougars, despite 16 points from Dodson, fell 53-49 in a home game. Marsh also finished in double figures with 13 points. Tyler scored six and Madison Burnham added two. The visiting Lady Lions held a two-point lead at halftime but had moved in front by 10 points (40-30) after the third quarter. Piedmont’s boys were unable to keep track with the Class AAA LCA Lions falling 83-31. Burrell once again led the team with 14 points with Chris McClain scoring six and Beggs and Wilson both scoring four. LCA seized control early, outscoring the Cougars 27-6 in the first quarter.

Piedmont’s varsity teams will return to the court Friday against region foe Briarwood Academy at home followed by road region games at Brentwood Tuesday. The regular season will conclude Friday, Feb. 13, against Windsor at home.
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