Harding Athletic Highlights - September 23, 2022

Jason Embry
2022 Late Fall Athletic Information

Parents and Athletes:

Please find information below for the Late Fall Athletic Season at Harding Academy. Questions on any aspects of the programs should be directed to the Head Coach of each sport. Also, please make every effort to be in attendance at the parent meetings as important information along with season expectations will be addressed by the coaches. 

Girls Soccer
Soccer season is just around the corner!  Practice will alternate weekly between Kever Park and Sohr Family Track and Field and will begin on Monday, October 3 for those not involved in the school play. Those involved in the play production will begin practice on Monday, Oct. 10. Monday, Oct. 10 and Tuesday, Oct. 11 will be our tryout days. Harding will field both a varsity and JV soccer team. Wherever practice occurs, students will be back at school between 5:05 - 5:10 PM to be picked up at the depot. Practice attire includes: shirt and shorts per HA standards, full socks, shin guards, soccer cleats, and sweats and/or rain gear as weather dictates.
 
Parents’ Meeting: Will be communicated via email. 
 
Many thanks and please contact Coach Lilly Hall (halll@hardingacademy.us) with any questions regarding the season. 

Boys Soccer
Welcome to the 2022 Harding Academy Boys Soccer season! Practice will alternate between Kever Park and Sohr Family Track and Field and will begin on Monday, October 3 for those not involved in the school play.  Wherever practice occurs, students will be back at school between 5:05 - 5:10 PM to be picked up at the depot. Practice attire includes: shirt and shorts per HA standards, full socks, shin guards, soccer cleats, and sweats and/or rain gear as weather dictates. Harding Academy will field both a varsity and JV boys soccer team and there is no prior soccer experience required to play. 
 
Parents’ Meeting: Will be communicated via email. 
 
Please contact Coach Caleb Tolbert (cgt12@duke.edu) with any questions about the season. 

Developmental Swimming (Late Fall)
The late fall swim team is open to middle school students, with fewer than 2 years of competitive swimming experience. The late fall season is designed to be focused on exposure to the competitive sport and instruction of stroke technique.  The winter season is wholly focused on competition.  Workouts will begin the week of October 3.  Our daily practices will consist of some dryland workouts and in-water work.  Practices will take place Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, from 3:15pm to 4:00pm.  Students will take the bus to the Ensworth Natatorium, and will be back at Harding by approximately 4:15pm.

Please e-mail Head Coach Victoria Bahr (bahrv@hardingacademy.us) with any questions. 

Wrestling
The wrestling season will get underway officially on Monday, October 3. Practice will be from 3:30-5:00 PM daily. Wrestlers are responsible for providing their own wrestling shoes, headgear, knee pads, etc. Practice attire will include shorts and t-shirts and headgear will be worn at all times during practice. No experience required. 

Parent Meeting: Will be communicated via email. 

Please contact Coach Lucas with any questions at lucasc@hardingacademy.org or by phone 615-339-7064.

Varsity Cross-Country Competes at the USN River Campus in Week 5
The varsity cross-country teams traveled to the USN River Campus on Thursday, September 22. Hilary Fremont ran an awesome race to finish in 6th place overall with a time of 13:47. In the boy's race, Sebastian Muller ran an excellent race as well as Judge Murphy. Sebastian finished in 7th place overall with a time of 12:38. Judge was able to set a new PR with a time of 13:28 and a 21st place finish overall. The HVAC finals will be held next Wednesday, September 28 at the USN River Campus. The girls race will start at 4:30 with the boys race to follow at 5:00. Go Hawks!

6th Grade Football (September 12-23)
The Harding 6th grade football team squared off against St. Henry on Tuesday, September 13th in their last home game of their season. Both teams’ defenses came to play from the start, as each offense struggled to sustain a possession and move the ball. The Hawks started to find some offensive success in the second quarter, as they converted a crucial third down with a 10 yard completion to wide receiver Avin Burditt ‘25 to get inside the opponent’s 10 yard line. However, St. Henry’s defense stepped up with a goal line stand to stop the Hawks on consecutive plays from the one-yard line and force the turnover on downs. Both teams went into halftime with a scoreless tie. The second half had more of the same; Crawford Huber ‘25, Mattia Zanetti ‘25, Ellis Masic (USN) and Ayden Love (Valor) controlled the line of scrimmage from their defensive line positions, allowing Ben Lucas ‘25, Elijah Westbrook ‘25, Holden Thomas ‘25, and Briggs Waddey ‘25 to fly around freely and make tackles. This team effort made it very difficult for St. Henry to move the chains throughout the game. Early in the fourth quarter still tied at 0, Jack Moran (Holy Trinity Montessori) made a big reception on an out route, and made a few defenders miss on the way to a 58 yard gain. Moran ran for 53 yards after the catch, giving the Hawks some much needed momentum. Later in the fourth quarter the Hawks had possession from the opponent’s 36 yard line with under a minute left in the game. On third down and long, quarterback Briggs Waddey ‘25 rolled out to the right and launched a deep pass that tipped off a defender and into the hands of wide receiver Thomas Freeman ‘25. Freeman took the ball in stride all the way to the house for a touchdown to break the scoreless tie in the final minute. After a successful two point conversion on the next play, the Hawks took the lead 8-0. St. Henry did not have enough time to respond offensively, and the Hawks came out on top by a final score of 8-0 after a wild finish. Their team is on a bye this week and are preparing for their final game of the season next Tuesday afternoon, September 27th at BGA. The game is set to kickoff at 4:30pm. Go Hawks!
 
 

 
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