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Basketball

Lewis Signs with Emmanuel College

Macon East basketball player Christian Lewis signed to play next year at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia.  Lewis transferred to Macon East from Chelsea High School his junior year to play under Knights head coach and Lewis’s grandfather, Larry Chapman.  In his two years at Macon East Christian was a starter on the 2016 AISA AA State Runner-up team and the 2017 AISA AA State Championship team.  Christian also represented Macon East on the AISA All-Star team.  Christian received both academic and athletic scholarships at Emmanuel.

By | 2017-05-16T18:21:41+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

Garmany Signs to Play College Hoops

Macon East Academy basketball player Slate Garmany signed to play next season with Mississippi College in Clinton, MS.  Slate transferred to Macon East from Oak Mountain High School in 2015 to play under Coach Larry Chapman.  At point guard, Slate became the key to the Knights offense.  In his two years at Macon East, Slate has been part of last year’s AISA 2A State Runner-up team and this year’s State Championship team.  The Knights had a 33-0 perfect season ending with the state title they set out to win.  Garmany was named to the AISA State All-Tournament team, AISA All-Star team,  the All-Metro 1st team, and AISA State 2nd team.  We congratulate Slate on signing with the Choctaws and receiving both academic and athletic scholarships.

By | 2017-05-16T18:21:10+00:00 May 1st, 2017|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

Billups Named AISA Player of the Year

Artavious Billups was honored to be selected as the AISA Boys Basketball Player of the Year at a recent banquet.  He became the first Macon East player to win a major state basketball award, but he hopes he’s just started a trend.  Although Artavious was new to Macon East this year, the senior guard had a huge impact on the basketball program under the leadership of Coaches Larry Chapman and Lincoln Glass.  Receiving all tournament nods and MVP honors at every tournament this season, including the state finals, Artavious led the Knights in scoring and represented Macon East in the AISA All-Star game and was named AISA All-Metro player of the year.  The addition of Billups to the squad and his 18.5 points per game average definitely contributed to the Knights 33-0 perfect season.  Artavious plans to continue his basketball career at the collegiate level but has not yet announced his plans.  We congratulate Artavious on his selection as the AISA State Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

By | 2017-04-26T17:37:31+00:00 April 24th, 2017|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

AISA All-Star Basketball

Following an amazing basketball season for both varsity basketball teams, Macon East was honored to have four athletes selected to play in the AISA All-Star games.  MEA all-star, Sommer Sears and the Lady Knights took their season to the final four losing to Pickens Academy in the semi-finals game.  The class AA state champion Knights had three representatives on the East all-star team: Artavious Billups, Slate Garmany, and Christian Lewis.  The East squad defeated the West with ease in both games with scores of 91-69 for the girls and 120-92 for the boys.  It was exciting to see these seniors in action one last time and cheering them on from the sidelines were Macon East’s AISA all-star cheerleaders: Rebecca Chapman, Rai Pritchett, and Alex Wyrosdick.

 

By | 2017-04-26T17:21:25+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Basketball, Cheerleading, News and Events|0 Comments

Perfect Season Ends with a State Championship

The Macon East varsity boys’ basketball season was nothing short of a fairy tale. Their 33-0 perfect season was flawless as was their teamwork and devotion to the goal of a state title.  After joining the Knights basketball program in 2015, Coach Larry Chapman has made every effort to build a championship team, and players from area schools and Birmingham transferred to play under his leadership.  Coaches Chapman and (Lincoln) Glass set out this year to become a more defensive-minded program that no offense could penetrate, and they succeeded beating the majority of their opponents by an average 38.9 point margin.  After playing in several tournaments this season and taking home the trophy from them all, only one trophy was still up for grabs.  Heading into the Elite 8 as Region Champions, the Knights eliminated South Choctaw with ease with Artavious Billups leading the charge with 30 points followed by Slate Garmany (14), Christian Lewis (13), and Kyle Edwards (12).  The Final Four matchup with Pickens Academy was a 63-29 victory led by Garmany with 28 points and Billups with 18.  As predicted, Macon East would face Autauga Academy for a third time in the championship game.  It all came down to this game, would the Knights continue on their streak or end this season like the last with a disappointing repeat runner-up trophy?  At the end of the first quarter with the Knights up 27-2 over the Generals, it became apparent that Macon East, now called one of the most successful teams in AISA history, would take home the coveted state title.  By halftime with the score at 37-8, the excitement was building among the Knight fans and the bench.  This team would be the school’s first since 1973’s Macon Academy team to win a state championship in basketball.  As time ticked off the clock the coaches cleared the bench, and the starting line-up cheered for their teammates to finish what they started on the court.  Once again Artavious Billups and Kyle Edwards led the scoring with 19 each and 13 points from Slate Garmany.  These three would be named as members of the all-tournament team with Billups selected as tournament MVP.  The three senior starters (Artavious Billups, Slate Garmany, and Christian Lewis) will go on to represent Macon East in the AISA All-Star game on February 17 at Huntingdon College.  Seven seniors top the roster for this year’s team, but only one was given the honor of grabbing the trophy.  Channy Blackwell, sidelined since football season with an ACL injury fought back to play basketball this season and live out his team’s dream of a state title.  Making appearances in just a few games, it became apparent that the injury was not fully recovered, so instead he became a fourth coach to his teammates and chief encourager.  Like Channy, we all had tears in our eyes as he took the trophy back to his team.  These boys are now like brothers, and each of them will tell you that this season, this team with one dream, is one they will never forget.

By | 2017-03-07T20:52:56+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

Basketball Region Champions

The varsity girls and boys basketball teams capped off an awesome season winning the Region tournament.  Both teams are headed into the State Tournament this week vying for the AISA AA title.  All-tournament accolades were given to Sommer Sears, Bailey Williams, Artavius Billups, and Logan Goree.  Madisyn Kennedy and Kyle Edwards were selected as tournament MVP.  This is the second year both teams have competed in the state tournament.  Make plans to come out and support the Knights at the Montgomery Multiplex.

By | 2017-03-07T20:52:57+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

JV Boys Win State Basketball Tournament

The JV boys team brought home Macon’s first JV State Tournament win in basketball history.  Mike Murry, dubbed the freshman phenom by Coach Glass, led the team all season.  Finishing the season with a 14-7 record, the JV team continued to improve through adversity.  Averaging 24 points per game, Mike Murry,  earned himself MVP honors at the State Tournament.  Stone Yarnell and Lane Goree’s efforts on defense earned them both spots on the all-tournament team, while Jake Wyrosdick and Tanner Moore added points to the board.  From the energy of the bench to the passion of the fans, the team made this season and tournament a memorable experience.

By | 2017-03-07T20:52:57+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

Jingle Bell Run

The Macon East boys basketball teams  and cheerleading squads participated in the Montgomery area Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run at Huntingdon College.  Together their two teams raised over $2,300 to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.  Several Macon East parents also joined in running the 5K.  Macon East coach Lincoln Glass encouraged these students to participate in this great event as his wife, Lendria, serves as the local director for the Arthritis Foundation.  Overall the participants dressed in festive holiday attire raised over $107,000 in the annual event.

jingle-bell-run

By | 2017-03-07T20:52:57+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Basketball, Cheerleading, News and Events|0 Comments

MEA Basketball Receives All-Metro and All-State Honors

The 2015-2016 varsity basketball teams continue to receive local and state accolades following an outstanding season on the court. Jesi Garrett (pictured) was selected as the AISA All-Metro Player of the Year and was named to the 3rd team for All-State. Jesi averaged 21 points per game for the Lady Knights along with 14.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists. She led the team to the state semifinals along with teammates Lexi Brantley (2nd team all-metro) and Paxton Searle (honorable mention all-metro), and all three participated in the post season all-star game. Mason Blackwell joined the Knights for his senior season and was selected as 1st team AISA All-Metro and 3rd team All-State. Averaging 13.5 points per game, 8 rebounds, 2.7 steals along with 6 double-doubles for the season, Mason also represented MEA in the all-star game. All-Metro recognition was also earned by juniors Channy Blackwell (2nd team) and Slate Garmany (honorable mention).

Along with these athletes, Macon East’s outstanding coaches did not go unnoticed for turning around the basketball program and taking both teams to the state playoffs. Coach Glynn Lott returned to basketball this year as the head coach for the girls program and took them to the state semi-finals. He was named AISA All-Metro Coach of the Year with a record of 20-6. Retired AUM men’s coach, Larry Chapman proved he still had what it takes, leading the boys team all the way to the final game of the state tournament. His team finished with a 17-6 record as the state runner-up earning him Coach of the Year honors for All-Metro and All-State among AISA schools. Congratulations coaches and players!

By | 2016-04-21T04:41:41+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

Varsity Boys Basketball AISA 2A State Runner-up

The Macon East varsity boys basketball team ended their season as the 2A State Runner-Up after a tough loss to Edgewood in the final game of play at the Montgomery Multiplex. The 2015-2016 season was an exciting one for the Knights with both the varsity girls and boys teams advancing to the state playoffs. In Elite Eight play Coach Lott’s girls defeated Russell Christian 56-44 led by Madisyn Kennedy with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jesi Garrett with 14 points, 17 rebounds, and 4 steals. Coach Chapman and the boys team easily handled Marengo winning 60-30 with 24 points from Channy Blackwell and 9 from Slate Garmany. Advancing to the Final Four the Lady Knights fell to South Choctaw 40-50 as Garrett put up 11 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals followed by Paxton Searle with 10 points. The Final Four match-up between the Knights and the boys of Restoration was an exciting one ending in a 68-57 win. The Blackwell brothers led the scoring with 27 for Channy and 16 for Mason followed by 12 points for Slate Garmany.

On February 8, the varsity boys headed into the championship game with rival Edgewood. Down by two at halftime, the Knights had a hard fought (39-59) loss to the Wildcats. Mason Blackwell led the final game of his career with 18 points assisted by Logan Goree and Channy Blackwell with 7 each. Macon East’s Lexi Brantley was named to the girls all-tournament team, and Mason and Channy Blackwell received all-tournament honors for the boys.

Basketball State team

By | 2017-03-07T20:53:00+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments