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Marietta’s Ellie Hall Selected as 2018-19 Gatorade Runner of the Year

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“Ellie Hall is by far the best female athlete I have had the privilege of coaching,” said Jack Coleman, Head Cross Country Coach at Marietta High School.

Marietta High School’s Ellie Hall has been selected as the 2018-19 Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. The most prestigious award in high school sports. This is the Gatorade Company’s 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, and the award distinguishes Hall as Georgia’s best high school girls cross country runner. The award recognizes Hall, not only for athletic excellence, but her commitment to academic success, and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse.  

Candidate selections are determined by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee which consists of an elite group of high school sports evaluators with strong experience in assessing thousands of student-athletes in the country based on their statistics, GPAs and community service.

Hall is the state’s only girl to qualify for a national championship meet, placing 3rd at the Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional championships this past season, crossing the line in a personal-best time of 17:48.40—one of three times she clocked a sub-17:53 over 5K last fall.

She also led her team to a state class title rounding off her campaign with a top-100 finish at the national NXN Final (89th in 18:36.40).

“Ellie Hall is by far the best female athlete I have had the privilege of coaching,” said Jack Coleman, Head Cross Country Coach at Marietta High School. “Ellie trained herself into the runner she is through consistent work in-season and offseason. She paid particular attention to doing the little things to make progress, and she never had a year in which she did not show significant improvement. She’s a role model for the team on and off the racecourse.”

Hall has maintained a 4.46 GPA in the classroom and has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in cross country and track and field on scholarship at the University of Georgia this fall.

BOE_December_2018_00048 (1)Active in a number of school and community organizations, Hall is a member of the Beta Club and the Marietta High Athletic Council. She’s also a member of Marietta’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team and was selected for a scholarship-supported summer leadership camp through her church community.

Hall make’s history as Marietta High School’s first Gatorade Georgia Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year and is now in the running for the national award to be announced in February. Past winners in include top nationally celebrated athletes such as Peyton Manning, Abby Wambach, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Derek Jeter.

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 Launches New ‘Uber-Like’ Bus App

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Marietta City Schools introduces “Marietta Ride 360,” a mobile application from Traversa which gives an MCS family the ability to access bus routes, stops, pick-ups and drop-offs in real time using GPS technology. Parents can find the app in iTunes or Google Play Store by searching for TRAVERSA RIDE 360.        

“We have a responsibility to over-communicate with our MCS families when their child is on a school bus,” said Superintendent Grant Rivera. “Marietta Ride 360 is a smartphone app, much like Uber, that will detail both the location of a bus and the exact arrival time. No more guessing and no more waiting.”

Parents and guardians will also be able to share the information with others if they so choose. “Marietta City Schools is the second school district in Georgia to offer this service from Traversa, one of the nation’s leaders in routing software,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Erick Hofstetter. “Our transportation team has worked tirelessly over the last year to bring this GPS technology to Marietta City Schools.  Our goal has always been to make the life of an MCS family just a bit easier – we are excited about doing just that with this new app.”

Parents with questions about the new service can call the MCS transportation office at 770-429-3110. Visit www.marietta-city.org/ride360 for more details.

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