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Basketball

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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00January 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.

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By |2017-03-07T20:52:57+00:00December 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+00:00April 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.

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

AISA All-Star Basketball

The AISA East vs. West senior all-star basketball game was held February 19 at Huntingdon College. Representing Macon East on the East girls team were Lexi Brantley, Jesi Garrett, and Paxton Searle, and Mason Blackwell was selected to the East boys team. Each of these outstanding athletes enjoyed a few days of practice with their opponents from other AISA schools and the opportunity to get to know the other athletes as members of the same team. It was a fun night of great basketball, and the East was victorious in the girls and boys games. Carly Boutreis, Hannah Davis, and Paxton Searle also represented MEA as members of the East cheerleading squad. Congratulations to all of our senior all-stars!

 

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

Knights Basketball

The Knights have had a fun and exciting season on the court this year. The JV Girls coached by Glynn Lott and Codi Moon finished the season with a record of 14-3 and were runners-up at the JV State Invitational Tournament. This year the JV Boys welcomed Coach Lincoln Glass to the program and ended a tough season at 3-11. The Varsity Girls finished the regular season first place in their Area. Also coached by Lott and Moon, the girls overall season record is 15-4 including a tournament win at the Pepsi Classic. Seniors Grace Allen, Lexi Brantley, Jesi Garrett, and Paxton Searle have led the team on and off the court. Former AUM Coach, Larry Chapman also joined the Knights basketball staff this year, and has had quite an impact on the program. The Varsity Boys also finished first place in the Area with a record of 14-5 and a tournament win at Autauga Academy’s Christmas Tournament. Although many members of this year’s team are new to Macon, they have truly embraced the Knight spirit and led the program with great enthusiasm. Seniors Mason Blackwell and Austin Reese are both first year athletes at Macon and have easily stepped into the leadership role with great sportsmanship.

The Knights headed to the AISA Region tournament January 29th at Edgewood Academy with a bye through the first round of play. Both teams advanced to the championship game following a 62-43 win over East Memorial Christian by the boys and a 58-21 victory for the girls over host team Edgewood. In Saturday’s games the Knights came up short with both teams taking 2nd place for the AA Region 1. Seniors Lexi Brantley and Jesi Garrett were named to the girls all-tournament team, and juniors Channy Blackwell and Slate Garmany received all-tournament acknowledgement for the boys. The Knights advance to the Elite Eight tournament Wednesday, February 3 at the Montgomery Multiplex. Games times are 6:00 and 7:30.

 

By |2016-04-05T21:49:04+00:00February 10th, 2016|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

Varsity Girls Win the Pepsi Classic

Macon East’s varsity girls team won the recent Pepsi Classic basketball tournament. Winning a close 52-50 game over Pike, the girls went on to face Edgewood in the championship game. Jesi Garrett was named MVP of the tournament, along with Lexi Brantley and Madisyn Kennedy receiving all-tournament recognition. The varsity boys lost to Pike in overtime of the first game 63-61, but went on to defeat Hooper in the consolation game. Junior, Channy Blackwell was named to the boys all-tournament team. Thanks to all the parents and coaches who helped host a successful tournament at MEA.

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By |2017-03-07T20:53:01+00:00December 15th, 2015|Basketball, News and Events|0 Comments

Lower School (Grades K3-6th)

Jessica Taylor
K3 Preschool Teacher

Years Teaching: 3

Years at School: 2

Additional Responsibilities:

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Continued Education – Auburn University Montgomery, Family Guidance Center of Alabama, and Texas A&M

Degree(s) Held:

Email: jessicataylor@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Jane Adams
K4 Preschool Teacher

Years Teaching: 4

Years at School: 4

Additional Responsibilities:

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Auburn University Montgomery, Troy University Montgomery

Continued Education – Family Guidance Center of Alabama, Alabama Independent School Association In-Service

Degree(s) Held:

Email: jadams@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Debbie Mills
K4 Preschool Teacher, DHR Director

Years Teaching: 41

Years at School: 25

Additional Responsibilities:
SACS, Environmental Fair, Sunshine Committee, Grandparents Day, After School Coordinator K3-K5

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Continued Education – Auburn University Montgomery, Family Guidance Center of Alabama, Alabama Independent School Association In-Service, and Texas A&M

Degree(s) Held:

Email: dmills@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Kim Glass
Kindergarten

Years Teaching: 28

Years at School: 1

Additional Responsibilities:

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Huntingdon College, Auburn University Montgomery

Degree(s) Held:
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology & Sociology, Masters of Education – Early Childhood

Email: kglass@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Ellen Lawrence
Kindergarten

Years Teaching: 38

Years at School: 17

Additional Responsibilities:
After School Director, Community Outreach Coordinator, Environmental Fair Committee

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Troy University

Degree(s) Held:
Bachelor of Science – Early Childhood Education

Email: elawrence@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Victoria Smith
1st Grade

Years Teaching: 5

Years at School: 1

Additional Responsibilities:

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Troy University

Degree(s) Held:
Bachelor of Science – Elementary Education

Email: vsmith@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Kathy Loomis
2nd Grade

Years Teaching: 37

Years at School: 16

Additional Responsibilities:
Elementary Cheer Coordinator, Lower School Field Day Committee, Elementary Community Service Committee

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Auburn University, Auburn University Montgomery

Degree(s) Held:
Bachelor of Science – Early Childhood Education, Master of Science – Early Childhood Education

Email: kathyloomis@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Melissa Gilmore
3rd Grade

Years Teaching: 23

Years at School: 23

Additional Responsibilities:
Science Fair Committee, SACS Committee, Outdoor Classroom Committee, Courtesy Club, AR Committee

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Auburn University Montgomery, Alabama State University

Degree(s) Held:
Bachelor of Science – Elementary Education, Master of Science – Media Specialist (1 year of work)

Email:
mmgilmore@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Marjory Johnson
4th Grade, Lower School Lead Teacher

Years Teaching: 51

Years at School: 51 (Taught at Macon Academy campus in Tuskegee)

Additional Responsibilities:
Spelling Bee Sponsor for Grades 4 – 8, Lower School Science Fair Sponsor, Outdoor Classroom Project, July Jammin’ Summer Program, Environmental Fair Coordinator, Green Team Sponsor

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Auburn University

Degree(s) Held:
Bachelor of Science – Elementary Education

Email:
mjohnson@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Ashley Cornwall
5th & 6th Grade Language Arts

Years Teaching: 11

Years at School: 1

Additional Responsibilities:

Colleges / Universities Attended:
Auburn University Montgomery

Degree(s) Held:
Bachelor of Science – Childhood Education

Email: acornwall@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566

Ann Takacs
5th & 6th History, Math, & Science

Years Teaching: 9

Years at School: 1

Additional Responsibilities:
Green Team (Outdoor Classroom), and Science Fair

Colleges / Universities Attended:
University of Montevallo, Auburn University Montgomery

Degree(s) Held:
Bachelor of Science – History, Masters of Science – Childhood Education

Email: atakacs@maconeast.net

Phone: (334) 277-6566