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MSGA Cheer Celebrates Big Win

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy cheerleaders were recently awarded first place at the Florida Police Athletic League Cheer Competition, December 1st, in Daytona Beach, FL.

The only non-Florida squad out of 16 teams, MSGA Cheer placed 1st in the 12U Cheer, Dance and Stunt division.  “We have a hardworking team and the girls represented their school and community very well,” said coach Demetria Walker. “I am so proud of them and thankful to our city for continued support of the team.”

Last school year the team placed first out of five teams in the same competition and has competed under the leadership of Coach Walker for more than five years. In 2017 they won their division and were crowned grand champions at the Inferno Cheer Championships in Tallahassee, Florida.

Congratulations MSGA!

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Bailey Chooses Tennessee

Today, Marietta High School four-star quarterback Harrison Bailey committed to continuing his football career at the University of Tennessee. Only a Junior, the Blue Devil signal-caller has received offers from dozens of schools, including Alabama and Miami. One of his teammates, four-star wide receiver Ramel Keyton, is committed to UT’s 2019 class. Bailey will be in UT’s 2020 class.

Bailey, who holds every Marietta High passing record, entered the MHS auditorium this afternoon to cheers from teammates, classmates, staff, and Marietta community members. With hats from both Michigan and Tennessee on the table in front of him, the crowd went wild as he picked up the Tennessee Orange hat and placed it on his head.

Bailey’s talent on the field led Marietta to the state playoffs in 2017 and 2018. He will play in the 2020 Adidas All-American game and carries a 3.6 gpa.

Why did Harrison choose Tennessee? His coach Richard Morgan gave us some insight. “Harrison was looking for a school that could not only provide an opportunity to use his athletic talents, but one where he could continue on a rigorous academic path like what we have here in Marietta. School atmosphere, the coaching staff, the school’s location and the opportunity to develop into a champion player all played into his choice today,” said Morgan.

And what about all of those school records Bailey has been busy shattering? Earlier this school year Coach Morgan told the Marietta Daily Journal this about the pro-style quarterback, “He breaks a record and it’s just, ‘OK’. That’s nice. On to the next challenge. None of it really affects him. None of it is anything he dwells on.”

Harrison Bailey’s 2018-2019 Stats:

212 completions / 335 attempts / 2809 yards and 29 Touchdown Passes in only 9 games played

In 3 years – Harrison holds every Marietta Passing Record:

TD Passes in a season – 29           Pass Completions in a Season – 212        Passing Yards in a Season – 2,812

TD Passes in a Game – 6               Pass Completions in a Game – 37            Passing Yards in a Game – 480

TD Passes in a Career – 71           Pass Completions in a Career – 546         Passing Yards in a career – 7,445

MCAA Sees Gymnasium Updates

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Students were introduced to their new athletic space this week, where Coach Rivers reinforced the rules and guidelines of using the new space with students during P.E. classes. The hardwood floors featuring a newly redesigned MCAA rocket logo replaced carpet that had served as a gym floor for many years at the school.

“We are excited to update this space at MCAA,” said Marietta’s Assistant Superintendent of Operations Erick Hofstetter. “We have a big vision for our Marietta facilities, and providing students with top notch spaces to learn and play are a priority.”

During the October 2018 Board of Education (BOE) meeting, the BOE approved new gym floors for three of the district’s elementary schools, including MCAA. The district expects to spend $114,900 on the improvements which are funded by E-SPLOST V.

 

Marietta Volleyball Focused on Developing a Culture of Success

IMG_6396In his first year as the Marietta High School volleyball coach, Coach Jeffrey Black and his team made leaps and bounds to set up the program for future success.

Finishing the season with a 13 – 21 record, Black says his team showed amazing progress throughout the season and established a strong culture for new MHS volleyball.

“Our varsity team is really young and we have high expectations for a bright future ahead,” said Black.

Their season-ending loss was a 5 set thriller against North Paulding, preventing them from advancing to the state playoffs. The Lady Devils lost the first 2 sets, won the next 2 sets and lost 13-15 in set 5. Coach Black said he learned a lot about his team during that match. “The girls will never stop fighting and supporting each other, he shared. “If we believe we can win, we can beat anyone.”

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The Lady Devils now have their eyes set on the future with plans to compete on a higher level with a much stronger schedule next year.

With freshman setter and natural leader, Schuyler Parker; Sophomore pin hitters and key offensive weapons, Kendall Gazaway, Lauren Walker, and Grace Thompson; increased roles from backcourt threats, Katie Bonner and Caroline Hankins; and juniors Sarah (SK) Krivsky and Morgan Darby as senior leaders, the Marietta Volleyball team will be one to watch.

The Marietta community can also expect a focus on youth with plans to expand the middle school program and to host elementary school clinics next year.

To ensure the future success of Marietta volleyball, MHS coaches launched their own youth club called Marietta Volleyball (MVB).  

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Over 50 girls participated in middle school volleyball tryouts last year, not including Marietta Sixth Grade Academy. “We only had enough coaches to form one team, so many young athletes were cut,” said Black. “Unfortunately, at that age, when kids get cut they may never try the sport again. “

With the MVB program, there will be more coaches to accommodate every athlete that tries out for volleyball in grades 6 – 8.  If there isn’t enough room on teams, athletes can participate in the developmental program to build their skills with the goal to make the team the following year.

MHS Senior Captain, Sarah Beth Poston and Senior Manager, Katharine Smart will serve as assistant coaches in the program   

As a volleyball club director, Coach Black is a huge advocate for club volleyball and credits a lot of player development to participation during club season.  

“Our athletes participating in club is really crucial to our success. High school season is 3 months long, club is 6-7 months long, nothing can replace the consistent practice and team atmosphere that club volleyball offers,” said Black.  

IMG_6367 (1).JPGDuring his time as a club director, he has helped numerous athletes gain exposure and get recruited to play at collegiate level schools across the country.  “The goal is always to find the perfect fit for the athlete’s academic and social needs, then compliment that with volleyball, shared Black.

Another addition to the MHS volleyball program will be a focus on academics to ensure athletes are performing in the classroom.  Volleyball players are expected to sit in the front of the class and positively represent MHS Volleyball.

Coach Black says the goal is for Marietta High School to become a dominant name in the local volleyball community. “We are not making any promises on winning championships, but are building a championship program where athletes are passionate about the game and love coming to practice.”


In 2019, high school athletes will participate in several summer camps in preparation for next season.  MVB will also offer a summer camp for elementary and middle school athletes in 2019.

To learn more about Marietta Volleyball and to stay updated on events visit mariettavolleyball.com.

 

Marietta Swimmers Advance to County and State Meets

MHS Swim & Dive Team with Trophy 2018Congratulations to the Marietta High School Swim and Dive Team, led by Coach Kristina Nesbitt, on their recent meet. MHS girls team placed 3rd and the MHS boys placed 2nd at the Central Lion First Chance Invitational.

The following swimmers earned 1st places and qualified for the State and County Meets:

  • Max Denney, Chris Castaldo, Alex Le, and Victor Osorio – 200 Medley Relay
  • Chris Castaldo – 500 Free, 100 Butterfly
  • Alex Le – 200 IM, 50 Freestyle
  • Eliza Reardon, Chloe Parker, KC Harper, Katharine Smart – 200 Medley Relay
  • Chloe Parker – 200 IM, 100 Breaststroke
  • Eliza Reardon – 100 Freestyle
  • KC Harper – 100 Butterfly, 100 Backstroke

This is the fifth season for the MHS Blue Devil swim teams. Last year the teams had a total of 14 state qualifiers with the boys placing 15th at state and girls placing 26th at state, earning their highest place at last year’s GHSA State Meet in the school’s history.

Marietta Middle School students had the opportunity to also compete and bring home their first trophy at the same meet. The MMS boys’ and girls’ teams earned 1st place at the Central Lion First Chance Invitational. The following swimmers won their events:

  • Jack Vega – 50 Freestyle
  • Jessica Harper – 100 Freestyle
  • Sofia Etheredge – 100 Breaststroke
  • Lindsay Lavelanet, Ella Chevalier, Mikayla Moore, Kindle Martin – 200 Freestyle Relay

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Marietta Band Scores Big During Final Competition of the Season

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The Marietta High School Marching Band competed in the final competition of the season at the Old South Marching Invitational at Newnan High School this weekend, receiving all superior ratings in Drum Major, Guard, Percussion and Band.

In class AA Marietta High won 1st place in Guard and Band and 3rd place in Percussion.

The MHS band won the silver division of the competition as the best band of all 12 class A and AA  bands.

The Colorguard was once again the best at the show, scoring the highest of all 19 groups with a score of 95.10

“MHS placed 5th of all 19 groups in class A-AAAA with a score of 89.10, remarked Director of Bands, J. Michael Cahal. “This has been one of the most successful seasons of the Marietta Marching Band.  Congratulations to our band students on an amazing season” Follow the MHS Band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MariettaBands.

And in case you missed it, Marietta’s new band leader was featured in the MDJ last year after taking the reigns at the high school. Read more here: https://www.mdjonline.com/news/lifestyle/marietta-high-school-s-new-band-director-hits-all-the/article_abe1f108-0111-11e7-be44-d340488b46da.html

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Marietta Girls Cross Country Secures State Championship

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Bringing home a back-to-back GHSA State Championship is the Marietta Girls Cross Country Team. The team and coaching staff proved their abilities at Carrollton High School this weekend.

The 7A State Champions were led by the runner-up finish of Ellie Hall who led the majority of the race securing Marietta the team win.

The squad also celebrated a 7A State Championship in 2017.

Congratulations Lady Blue Devils!

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Marietta Fastpitch Sets Record for All Region Selection

Marietta FastPitch set a new school record this year, sending four students to represent the school’s softball team on the 3-7A All-Region Team, the most the school has ever sent according to Head Coach Neal Sammons.

“Great things are on the horizon for Marietta Fastpitch,” said Sammons. “This is the first time we’ve had so many players represented on the All-Region team. If you see these young ladies in the Marietta High hallways, please say congratulations to them.”

The following students are representing Marietta Fastpitch in All-Region play.

1st Team All-Region Infielder – Zoe Adams (10th)

2nd Team All-Region Outfielder and Flex – McKenzie Walker (10th)

2nd Team All-Region Catcher – Talia Thomas (11th)

Honorable Mention Outfielder – MiKayla Duke (10th)

Check out a few photos from this fall’s Fast Pitch Season:

Girls X-Country Win Jekyll Invitational

MHSCrossCountryMarietta High School Girls Cross Country champions met up with teams from across the state last week at the Jekyll Island Invitational, bringing home top awards and winning the meet with 18 points. The reigning state champs, Marietta had the top three individual finishers, Ani Henderson, Ellie Hall, and June Mwaniki, with more MHS runners in the top seven.

Next up is this weekend’s Cobb County Championships at Allatoona Creek Park. If they snag a win, it will be the team’s third consecutive county championship.

Last season the Lady Blue Devils made school history under the leadership of Coach Jack Coleman and Assistant Coach Luke Godleski winning the Class AAAAAAA state championship, with 5 of its seven runners finishing in the top 20.

Read more about the upcoming meet here: https://www.mdjonline.com/sports/reigning-champs-look-to-defend-titles-at-county-meet/article_a695ae96-b241-11e8-9708-43476105dcd4.html

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