Woodstock Season makes History

Staff Writer: Brenden J. Foo

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Noah Frith winning the tip in the loss to the Etowah Eagles Courtesy of: Marla Foo Gathered by: Carter Mazcko 

The Woodstock Wolverines were looking shaky going into the region playoffs, winning only of their last three games. They played the Walton Raiders Jan 30, and they were able to easily glide past the Raiders with a 71-57 score. They played them two days later Feb 1. Although the game was close the whole game, Walton was able to pull away from the Wolverines and beat them 68-57. The very next day Woodstock had their senior night game against the Roswell Hornets. The Wolverines were able to beat the Hornets in their first meeting, but this game the Hornets got the best of them beating them easily 71-51. I spoke with assistant coach Johnathan Hightower on what he thought happened and he said, “We came out sluggish in the first half as we always do, and we weren’t able to fight back into the game.” This sent the Wolverines into the region tournament 4th in the region, forcing them to play the very young Cherokee Warriors in the first round.  

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Noah Frith adding to his 49 point game against Cherokee Courtesy of: Marla Foo Gathered by: Carter Mazcko

The Wolverines were able to defeat the Warriors (2/6) with ease with a score of 75-61 behind an amazing game by Senior power forward Noah Frith. Noah was able to drop an incredible 49 points and 15 rebounds. I asked him how he felt after the game and he said, “I felt like I couldn’t miss, but I didn’t know I had 49. I honestly thought I only had like 30.” Senior forward William Allen was also able to drop a solid 12 points, with an extremely impressive poster considering it was his first dunk of the whole season. After this win they clinched a state playoff spot for the second time in school history.  After playing a great game against the Cherokee

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Dylin Hardeman making a difficult layup betwwen multiple Eagles in the Semi Finals Courtesy of: Marla Foo Gathered by: Carter Mazcko 

Warriors, Woodstock had to play the very talented first seed Etowah Eagles (2/8). The Wolverines came out very sluggish in the going down by 15 in the first half, and they just couldn’t fight back into the game losing to the Eagles 73-59. 

This loss sent them to the Consolation Game against the Walton Raiders. It was a very close game throughout, with many lead changes but late in the fourth quarter, the Wolverines were leading by two points. Then when Walton went to drive in the lane, senior forward Sid Mesumbe stepped in and took a very critical game winning charge which was able to clinch both the win and the third seed in the state playoffs for the Woodstock Wolverines. After the game Mesumbe said, “I knew he was out of control so, I just stepped up and took one for the team.” This caused the Wolverines to play Kennesaw Mountain and Walton to play McEachern. This was the second time in school history that the Woodstock Wolverines have gone to state. 

Kennesaw Mountain was favored in the matchup against Woodstock. The coach of Kennesaw Moutain Jesse Bonner stated, “We were watching film on the other two teams that we could have played before we even played Woodstock.”, which shows how confident they were that they were going to beat the Wolverines. The first half was mainly Kennesaw Mountain as they hopped out to an early eight-point lead, but Woodstock was able to fight back into the game and take a lead going into the fourth. They were able to keep the very slim lead and win the game, being the first ever Woodstock boys team to win a state playoff game in the history of the school. This was one of the largest upsets in the tournament by far.  

After winning against the Mustangs, the Wolverines set history again by being the first team in school history to host a state playoff game against Campbell. The game started off very close in the first half scoring back and forth throughout, with Campbell going into half with only a two-point lead. But the Wolverines gassed in the second half, allowing Campbell to easily defeat them in the end. Dylin Hardeman lead the Wolverines in scoring with 24 points and Noah Frith added in 20.  

The Woodstock Lady Wolverines also made it into the state playoffs as they easily beat the Walton Raiders on Feb 6. This sent them to the semifinals, which allowed them to play against the Roswell Hornets on Feb 8. It was a hard-fought battle, but the L

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Lady Wolverines warming up for game against the Raiders Courtesy of : Marla Foo Gathered by: Carter Mazcko

ady Wolverines were able to pull out the win 56-48. The very next day, (2/9) they played in the Region Championship against the very talented Cherokee Warriors. Woodstock was no match for the skill of the Lady Warriors and lost by an excruciating 50 points.  

Although they did lose region, they were still able to pick up the second seed in the state playoffs. This allowed them to play Marrietta on Feb 16 in the first round, which would be a very hard game for them to win. They were no match for the run-and-gun offense and high-pressure defensive sets of Marrietta and ended up losing the game

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Woodstock lining up to grab the rebound against Roswell Courtesy of: Marla Foo Gathered by: Carter Mazcko 

79-45. I spoke with junior Skyler Rosser, a forward on the Lady Wolverines and she said, “We weren’t prepared for the pressure that they brought so, the offense just completely collapsed.” Overall, both the Wolverines and the Lady Wolverines had excellent seasons, and the two teams are only going to get better in the years coming. 

 

 

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