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Boys volleyball team makes history

Boys volleyball team makes history

Dana Richie

January 16, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

By Dana Richie The sound of a volleyball slamming into the linoleum floor echoes through the old gym. A serve arcs over the net, the receiving team scrambles to get to the ball.  Each player works hard, diving onto the ground and extending themselves past what is humanly possible to keep the ball in pl...

Clark named Knights’ new football coach

Clark named Knights’ new football coach

Sean Sweeney

January 6, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Football, Front Slideshow, School News, SPORTS

Mays defensive backs coach Kevin Clark has been named Grady's new head football coach.  Clark spent his college football career as a defensive back at South Carolina State, and from then on was a defensive backs coach at eight different schools, including Banneker and Mays high schools over 18 se...

Running back Craig Philpot shines despite team’s tough season

Running back Craig Philpot shines despite team’s tough season

Zoe Madlem, Managing Editor for Sports

December 18, 2017


Filed under Knights to Remember

For many Grady football fans, the name Craig Philpot is known and can be heard every Friday night as the announcer informs fans as the senior running back entered the end zone yet again. On the field and off the field, Philpot constantly proves himself as a student athlete. “Grady football has t...

Swim team reloads under new coach

Swim team reloads under new coach

Zoe Madlem

December 13, 2017


Filed under Front Slideshow, SPORTS

By Zoe Madlem New coaches, new mindset and new strategies help define this season’s swim team. The departure of  former head coach, John Rives, has left a vacant spot on the staff where coach Adrienne Wesley stepped in. Wesley works in the Special Education department and has had previous coaching e...

Athletes frustrated with lack of field space

Athletes frustrated with lack of field space

Tyler Jones

December 13, 2017


Filed under Front Slideshow, SPORTS

By Tyler Jones Overcrowded practice space is one of the biggest obstacles to spring sports teams at Grady and often interferes with much of the training for their seasons. “It’s frustrating because we don’t have enough space for the teams, and we are not able to practice as long as we would like,...

Young basketball team surprising with success

Young basketball team surprising with success

Henry Smalley

December 6, 2017


Filed under SPORTS

After a 7-17 season, the Grady boys basketball team is hoping for a better year despite having a relatively young team. The team will play a 25-game season with hopes of gaining a spot in the state tournament. “This season, our goal is to grind and make it to the state championship,” senior ...

NFL fails to address looming issues

NFL fails to address looming issues

Jack Rafferty

November 22, 2017


Filed under SPORTS, Sports Commentary

Comment The NFL has long been a behemoth in American culture. On Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, millions of Americans tune in to games, and thousands pony up hundreds of dollars to see the games up close. With all of this considered, it’s no surprise that the NFL has grown into both a cultura...

Moreland, Grady part ways

Moreland, Grady part ways

Alex Langan, AME Sports

November 16, 2017


Filed under NEWS, School News, SPORTS

After a 2-7 season, Grady is seeking a new head football coach to replace Earthwind Moreland. His tenure lasted four years with an overall record of 24-19. Moreland declined comment. Last year was the most successful for Moreland’s staff at the helm of the Knights, with Grady winning a region title af...

Coaches plan to invest in future seasons

Coaches plan to invest in future seasons

Kaitlin Palaian, Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under SPORTS

After a difficult season last year, the girl’s basketball team has a new coach. Roderick Hill, former Inman Middle School head coach, replaced Carla Smith. Over the past five years, four different coaches have led the program. “I think it’s the inconsistency in coaching [that] has had a real ...

Captains’ practices improve play, camaraderie

Reid Barry, Staff member

November 13, 2017


Filed under SPORTS

Winter is coming and most fall sports are winding down. However, spring sports are warming up.  The work for many spring sports team doesn’t start in January, but rather in the fall with captains’ practices. To protect athletes from burnout, each sport has a specific season for practices and games. Ou...

Grady celebrates ‘Senior Knight’ as Banneker wins 21-18

Grady celebrates ‘Senior Knight’ as Banneker wins 21-18

Alex Langan and Sean Sweeney

November 8, 2017


Filed under Football, Front Slideshow, Photo Essay, SPORTS

Grady finished the season 2-7 after a 21-18 loss at home to Banneker (8-2) on Fri. Nov. 3 to seal its first losing season since 2001. The Trojans went up 21-0 in the third quarter, but the Knights came storming back after late touchdown catches by senior wide receiver Quillan Felton and senior ta...

Knights lose players to transfer rules, focus on feeder schools

Knights lose players to transfer rules, focus on feeder schools

Alex Langan and Henry Smalley

November 6, 2017


Filed under Front Slideshow, SPORTS

By Alex Langan and Henry Smalley Atlanta Public Schools ruled three would-be Knights transfer football players ineligible hours before the first game in August against rival North Atlanta, forcing them to withdraw  because they lived outside the school’s attendance zone. The transfer issue in Georg...

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