Sports at a Glance

Cross Country

Fall sports were exciting at Valwood School! On October 31st the Valwood Cross Country team hosted region championship at Freedom Park in Valdosta. And for the first time in Valwood history, the varsity team came home as region champions! Senior Jordan Green finished in first place. Taking second and third place, respectively, were freshmen Emma and Ella Burnett. Mackenzie Collins, Jolie Green, Brenna Clark, and Annabelle Melendez placed in the Top Ten. On November 7th, they arrived at Middle State University in Macon to compete against 32 other GISA state-bound schools. Freshman Emma Burnett placed 3rd overall with a time of 22:12.5. Following her were Jordan Green (6th), Ella Burnett (11th), MacKenzie Collins (18th), Jolie Green (23rd), Brenna Clark (30th), and Sienna Persaud (44th). Valwood placed 2nd overall, only 8 points behind Westminster Schools of Augusta, the overall winning team. Great job and astounding season, Valiants!        - Julia Hayes

Softball

 

The year’s softball season has come to a close with the Lady Valiants placing second in region. When asked about team improvement this year Coach Carter said, “The team as a whole worked tremendously hard and despite losing four great players last year, we improved so much this year and accomplished a great deal.” Darcee Brown stepped up as this year’s pitcher, and she did a marvelous job. She struck out thirty batters in three games: seventeen in one, and thirteen in two others. At the end of each season, outstanding players receive awards. This year, all-region awards went to Darcee Brown, Graceigh Booth, Ranada Vinson, Jacoba Foster, and Gailey Shaw, with Mary Clare Martin as an honorable mention. As we all know, the current pandemic has changed the school system. When asked about how it has affected softball, Coach Carter said, “Players had their temperature taken prior to each practice, gear was sanitized daily, and team water coolers were not allowed. We had one instance where a player was quarantined, but never tested positive. I was very thankful that we were able to have a complete season despite this nasty virus.” This year’s softball team was outstanding with their performance on the field and at bat. Here’s to next year!  -Haley Taylor