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Holy Innocents' cross country teams both come up golden

Holy Innocents' cross country teams both come up golden

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- For the first time in Holy Innocents' Episcopal School history, the girls’ and boys’ varsity cross country squads brought home first-place trophies at the same event. The Golden Bears' success took place Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 24, in Macon at the 3rd Annual Run Wild Invitational, hosted by Warner Robbins High School.

The girls scored 42 points, easily outdistancing the second-place squad by 51 points, while the boys tallied 56 points, winning by 37 points. Both squads took the championships among 16 teams.

“I’m so glad this group of kids gets to be a part of Holy Innocents’ history,” Coach Dunn Neugebauer said. “They have battled the heat and the hard courses; today they got their rewards. Hopefully, we can ride this momentum right through the season.”

Holy Innocents' inducts 4 alumni athletes into Wall of Fame

Holy Innocents' inducts 4 alumni athletes into Wall of Fame

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Four outstanding Golden Bear alumni athletes from Holy Innocents' Episcopal School (HIES) were inducted into the Wall of Fame on Sept. 20.

Honorees were: Greg Hubbard, golf (2001); Sean Aiken, baseball (2008); Davis Lukens, lacrosse (2008); and Erin Johnson, tennis (2000).

Holy Innocents' established the Wall of Fame in 2008 to recognize and honor outstanding HIES varsity athletes, coaches, and/or contributors who have demonstrated excellence in their athletic pursuits.

This year's Wall of Fame Induction was during halftime of the home football game against Pace. At the ceremony, each inductee received a commemorative plaque—a replica of the one displayed on the Wall of Fame in the Main Gym—as well as a “free ticket for life” to any HIES sporting event.

Below are some brief bios on Holy Innocents' former stars:

Holy Innocents' scores with Directors Cup win

Holy Innocents' scores with Directors Cup win

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The best athletics year in Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School’s history did not go unnoticed when the Golden Bears won the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA) Directors Cup recently. With public and private schools all in one Class A pool, the Golden Bears were first in the girls’ and boys’ standings in accumulating 1127.5 points, easily out-distancing Gordon Lee (1041) and rival Pace Academy (1038).

Schools obtain points throughout the athletic year by advancing into postseason and their results thereafter. HI had 17 of its 18 varsity sports move on to state, with one—volleyball—earning a single A Georgia title.

“After taking second last year, which had been our best finish in school history, I’m very proud of our coaches and our kids for all their hard work,” Director of Athletics Ruth Donahoo said. “It was a fantastic year and this honor is a testament to all the effort everyone in our athletic program put in.”

Holy Innocents' players named Basketball All-Stars

Holy Innocents' players named Basketball All-Stars

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents' Episcopal School seniors Josh Ledbetter and Darryl Stewart have been selected to participate in the basketball XL212 All-Star Classic, slated for March 15 at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell.

Both were major reasons for Holy Innocents' 21-6 season and advancement into the Elite 8 in the Class A state playoffs.

Ledbetter was one of the leading scorers and the leading rebounder; Stewart was also one of the top scorers and led in assists.

Holy Innocents’ varsity wrestlers solid at 6th annual Prep Slam

Holy Innocents’ varsity wrestlers solid at 6th annual Prep Slam

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) Coach Stacey Davis had solid results from his wrestlers at the prestigious Prep Slam Friday and Saturday during top-notch competition with teams from 10 states. Thirty-eight wrestling teams converged on the HIES campus Jan. 17-18 for the 6th  annual tournament, which features state champs and nationally ranked wrestlers.

HIES Junior Rod Davis led the way by winning the 195-pound flight. His title marked only the second time in school history that a Golden Bear has won his division in the tournament—one the finest and most competitive high school wrestling competitions in of the nation.

Two other Bears stepped up: William Morton captured third in the 182- pound slate while Owen Penn took fifth at 152.

Holy Innocents' Coach Tapped for Swarthmore College Hall of Fame

Holy Innocents' Coach Tapped for Swarthmore College Hall of Fame

 

Holy Innocents’ player headed to outfield at East Tennessee State

Holy Innocents’ player headed to outfield at East Tennessee State

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Sam Jokerst, a 2013 graduate of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES), has accepted an offer to play baseball for the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers.

Jokerst, the son of John and Gail Jokerst, was a standout in both baseball and football at Holy Innocents’. He served as captain of the Golden Bears baseball team this year, starting every game and playing in all outfield positions. In the state playoffs, where the Bears made it to the “elite 8,” Jokerst knocked in five runs and had one home run."

"Sam had a goal and he knew what it would take," said HIES Coach D.C. Aiken. "He worked harder than anybody, and he deserves everything he's gotten."