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Senior captain Kaitlin Palaian (right) dribbles down the sideline in the 3-1 victory over Maynard Jackson on March 9 where she scored two of the three goals. Palaian committed to the U.S. Military Academy in February 2019.

Senior Palaian commits to West Point for soccer

March 12, 2020

When senior Kaitlin Palaian was first contacted by the assistant coach of the women’s soccer team at the U.S. Military Academy, she was excited but sk...

Left to Right: Jacob Riley, Galen Rupp, and Abdi Abdirahman stand with the American flag in celebration of making the U.S. Olympic Marathon team for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Rupp finised first followed by Riley in second and Abdirahman in third.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon conclude with unlikely qualifiers

March 2, 2020

Atlanta is known as “Running City USA,” and for having a large, dedicated running community that takes to the Peachtree Street, Piedmont Avenue and sur...

Left to right: Top seeded runners Kellyn Taylor, Emily Sisson, Sara Hall and Des Linden sit onstage as Linden answers a question from a high school runner in the crowd. Linden finished second at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon in Los Angeles, qualifying her for the Rio Olympic Games.

Q&A with top qualifiers, U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon

February 28, 2020

Southerner sports editors Kaitlin Palaian and Elias Podber attended a Feb. 27 press conference and conducted a Q&A during a media round table with...

On Feb. 5, APS Signing Day took place at Therrell High School. The four football players who signed smile after they make it official.

Signing Day Photo Essay

February 26, 2020

On Feb. 5 at Therrell High School, APS held its Signing Day. Seven athletes from Grady signed with colleges to continue their athletic and academic careers.

Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash on Jan 26. His life and impact on basketball will be remembered forever.

Remembering the life of a basketball legend

February 26, 2020

Jan. 26, 2020 will forever be a day that lives in infamy. I was playing golf with my friends on what I thought was a normal Sunday when three guys walked b...

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Nike pushes sport technology to its brink

February 24, 2020

Wearing them is essentially cheating. When the Nike Zoom Vaporfly was created, many assumed it was another big-money advertising campaign for a shoe that made p...

Sophomore Jade Lewis drives to the basket in the Region 6AAAAA semifinal game against Riverwood at Maynard Jackson on Feb. 6. The Knights lost 62-59. Lewis is the only member of the team to be named first team All-Region. Her sister, junior Trinity Lewis, was named second team All-Region and senior captains Jaliyah Lett and Kaitlin Palaian each received Honorable Mention.

Girls basketball makes state 5A playoffs after six-year drought, loses to Buford first round

February 20, 2020

The girls basketball team headed to the state playoffs for the first time in six years after finishing 16-11 overall and 9-5 in Region 6AAAAA during the...

Junior Sophia Little wrestles against an opponent at North Atlanta Warrior Classic tournament during the 2019-20 season. Little is Grady's first female wrestler and is the only one of the Knights to qualify for the state meet.

Junior Sophia Little, Grady’s first girl wrestler, qualifies for state

February 13, 2020

Junior Sophia Little is the only girl on the Knights’ wrestling team this year, and the only athlete to make it to the state tournament, which starts...

First-year head coach and athletic director Patrick Johnson talks to his team during a timeout in the first half of the boys basketball game against Lithia Springs on Dec. 3. The Knights won 66-61, and are 10-12 overall as of Jan. 30.

Basketball program transforms with new coaching

January 30, 2020

The bench cheers and senior Michael Stevens flies down the court. He stands at the top of the arc, weighing his options, just as he remembers what his c...

Mia Wood, who is now playing college soccer, takes a free kick in a game against North Atlanta last season. Soccer tryouts started Jan. 13 for this season.

Concussions common in girls soccer

January 15, 2020

You blank out. You are on the ground. Then up again. A few moments later a corner kick is being taken, but you have no idea how the game played out to...

Juniors Daniel Poss and Drew Bradshaw tee-up with friends to play a casual game of golf.

Golf team plays out of spotlight

January 8, 2020

At many high schools, students flock to cheer on the football or basketball team. The crowds of students bring spirit to boost the teams' morale and encourage...

Jordan Tucker's IAFC soccer team stretches at the ESPN Disney tournament two years before her hip injury. Tucker says she that during her 13 year soccer career, her coaches didn't stress the importance of stretching.

Female athletes faced with greater risk of injury

December 20, 2019

Senior Jordan Tucker played club soccer for 13 years before she broke her hip in a game during her freshman year of high school. Doctors told Tucker...

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