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AISA AAA Softball State Runner-Up

The Lady Knights softball team finished the 2019 season with a record of  51-18 and were 3A Region Champs. As has become tradition, they headed into the state tournament at Lagoon Park as the team to beat, holding 6 state champion titles in the last 8 years.  A loss early in the final day of play to Glenwood, put the team in the losers bracket.  They battled back into the final game of the division AAA tournament, but fell again to Glenwood (4-3) to take home their second State Runner-Up trophy in those 8 years. Devyn Debardelaben, Kadence Ward, and Caroline Capps earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Madisyn Kennedy, Dawn Johnson, Kayle Bell, and TJ James will represent Macon East in the senior AISA All Star game on June 4 at Lagoon Park, and Emi Lott and Caroline Capps will play on the junior team.

By |2019-08-27T17:30:24+00:00May 7th, 2019|News and Events, Softball|0 Comments

Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award Banquet

Seniors, Connor Higbe and Madisyn Kennedy represented Macon East Academy at the 60th annual Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award ceremony at Frazer United Methodist Church on April 30.  Since 1959, the objective of the Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award program has been to recognize Christian leadership in athletics and to encourage and inspire others to emulate the man whose memory is perpetuated by this award. The current status of the Hitchcock Award is stronger than ever before and is held in high status in the Montgomery area. Each year coaches nominate senior athletes who have displayed the most outstanding qualities of Christian leadership in athletics and possesses the following qualities: strong character, dependability, 100% effort, team leadership, church leadership, school leadership, and scholastic leadership. Freshman students who exhibit these same qualities are also invited to attend the annual banquet and be recognized.  This year, Ali Churchwell and Luke Noffsinger represented Macon East Academy as freshman certificate recipients.  Connor and Madisyn were both honored to be part of a prestigious group of Hitchcock nominees as their full resume of athletic, academic and volunteer accomplishments were shared with the auditorium full of parents, coaches, Hitchcock committee members and special guests.

Seniors Sign to Play College Sports

Three Macon East senior athletes signed their letters of intent to play collegiate sports on November 14.  Madisyn Kennedy is the first  MEA student to sign with an SEC school.  She committed several years ago to Mississippi State and is looking forward to her future as part of the Bulldogs softball program.  A three-sport athlete at Macon East, Madisyn has racked up state championship rings in both softball and volleyball.  Playing varsity in both sports since 7th grade, Madisyn’s work ethic on the field and court is the same as in the classroom.  She currently serves as the President of the National Honor Society.  Named AISA All-Metro player of the year in all three sports, Madisyn remains humble in all of her accomplishments and is a positive leader in the Lady Knights sports program.

TJ James, who joined the Lady Knights program just last season, also signed to play softball at Coastal Alabama Community College in Monroeville.  Following a streak of 7 home runs in one tournament last season, TJ was recruited by Coastal Alabama and said it was a good fit for her.  TJ was a part of the 2018 team that reclaimed the state title for Macon East.

Tucker Neven, who returned to Macon East last year after several years away, signed to play baseball at Lawson State Community College.  Having just led the Knights football team to the semifinals as quarterback, Tucker is ready to hit the diamond and begin preparing for the 2019 season.  The Knights have won back-to-back AISA state titles in baseball and will be seeking a third this year.  Tucker was 10-1 on the mound for the Knights last year and plays outfield when he isn’t throwing.  Tucker also led the team at the plate.  All of these student athletes are representative of the strong work ethic and leadership that is fundamental in Macon East’s athletic and academic programs.

 

 

By |2018-12-12T18:33:03+00:00November 15th, 2018|Baseball, News and Events, Softball|0 Comments

Baseball & Softball Teams Receive State Rings

The 2018 Macon East Academy Varsity Baseball & Softball teams both ended the year as the AISA AA State Champions.  A ring ceremony was held for each team at the annual Night with the Knights kick-off event to the season.  For Coach Bob Picket and the baseball team, it was a back-to-back title win at Paterson Field.  The Knights capped their 39-8 season sweeping rival Autauga Academy in the state finals.  Coach Glynn Lott’s softball team reclaimed the AISA AA state title in dramatic fashion.  The Lady Knights were 4-1 in the state finals at Lagoon Park winning a tie breaker game over Pickens Academy.  Overall the team had an outstanding 57-12 season and graduated just 1 senior.  Macon East made the move back to 3A this year, but both teams have the talent and depth to vie for state again in 2019.  Macon East Academy athletes have won 16 state championships in the last 7 years (baseball 2, basketball 2, softball 6, volleyball 6).

By |2018-09-19T17:01:47+00:00September 19th, 2018|Baseball, News and Events, Softball|0 Comments

Softball Team Reclaims State Title

One year was long enough for the Lady Knights to let the AISA AA State Trophy slip through their hands.  Going 4-1 in the state tournament, with a tie breaker game just to keep things interesting, they reclaimed the state title in a 6-4 win over Pickens Academy.  A record of 57-12 for the season, proved once again for Coach Lott and his team that the more games you play, the better you play together as a team.  After losing a few players this season, the Lady Knights picked up a powerhouse in Taylor McKinney.  Taylor broke the school record with 16 home runs in one season, and had an ERA of 1.33 on the mound which helped her earn the MVP award in the state tournament.  Also named to the all-tournament team were Caroline Capps (pitcher), Dawn Johnson (catcher), and Madisyn Kennedy (shortstop and team MVP for the season).  Losing to Autauga Academy, who had stripped them of the state title in 2017, in the Region tournament gave the Lady Knights the fire they needed to finish what they had started at state.  The team will lose just one senior, Madison McKee, who has committed to play next year for the Faulkner Eagles.  Stepping up to take her place are Madisyn Kennedy (Mississippi State commit) and Dawn Johnson.  Both will represent Macon East in the AISA Junior All-Star game June 5 at Lagoon Park.

By |2018-06-04T18:18:01+00:00May 7th, 2018|News and Events, Softball|0 Comments

2018 Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Banquet

The 2018 Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award banquet was held May 3 at Frazer United Methodist Church.  The objectives of the program are to recognize Christian leadership in athletics and to encourage and inspire others to emulate the man whose memory is perpetuated by this award. Since 1959, the Hitchcock Award has grown stronger each year in expressing the true Christian principles of the YMCA.  The qualities of a Hitchcock nominee are strong personal character, dependability, 100% effort, team leadership, church leadership, school activities leadership, and scholastic leadership.  Each Montgomery area school nominates senior athletes who possess these qualities.  From this group of outstanding athletes, one female and one male are chosen to receive the coveted Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award.

This year’s nominees representing Macon East Academy were Logan Goree and Madison McKee.  Logan is a three sport athlete who has lettered in football, basketball, and soccer.  He was a member of both Macon East AISA AA state basketball championship teams.  He also participated on the AISA All-Star team in both football and basketball.  Madison is a two sport athlete at Macon East lettering in volleyball and softball.  She helped lead this years team to recapture the AISA AA state title and will continue her softball career at Faulkner University.

Each year select freshmen are also recognized for their outstanding qualities in athletics, the classroom and community, as well as their potential to be future Hitchcock award nominees.  Georgia Blaze and Tanner Moore were selected as Macon East’s freshman certificate winners for 2018.  Georgia is a Knights cheerleader and plays volleyball, basketball, and softball.  Tanner participates in football, basketball, baseball, and the fishing team.

 

 

Senior Athletes Recognized

Macon East recently recognized the senior athletes participating in spring sports.  The golf team’s Bryson O’Malley is a 15 year student at Macon East and will attend Ole Miss in the fall.  He and his father Mike O’Malley have led the golf team for several years. The softball team’s only senior player, Madison McKee is a 2 year student at Macon East and will continue her athletic career next year for the Faulkner Eagles.  The Lady Knights have had another outstanding season and will vie to recapture the state title again this season.  The Knights varsity baseball team recognized nine seniors who have led the team to another winning season and a bye through the first round of playoffs.  The team is seeking a repeat as the AISA AA state title holder.  Seniors include Parker Agnew, Drew Baker, Dawson Bell, Nick Fitzgerald, KC House, Jalen Howard, Blake Padgett, Wesley Pugh, and Kellen Ward.  Baker will continue his baseball career at Chipola College in the 2019 season.  The soccer program honored six seniors from the girls and boys varsity teams.  Hannah Johnson, Colin Harris, Travis Moody, and Jackson Vinson have been integral in building the Knights program, while Bailey Dees and Taylor Watkins joined the Lady Knights team this year.  The Soccer teams both made it to the playoffs again this year and ended their season at Tuscaloosa Academy.  Macon East is proud to recognize the accomplishments of these seniors on and off the field.

By |2018-05-02T17:29:29+00:00April 18th, 2018|Baseball, Golf, News and Events, Soccer, Softball|0 Comments

Madisyn Kennedy – 3 Sport Player of the Year

When the AISA All-Metro Basketball honors were announced this year, Madisyn Kennedy’s selection as Player of the Year made her the reigning Player of the Year for 3 sports.  Receiving player of the year honors for Volleyball in the fall and Softball last spring, she holds the title in all three of her sports.  At guard/forward, Madisyn averaged 20 points and 10.7 rebounds per game and a 75% free throw percentage.  In December, she surpassed the 1,000 career point mark leading the Lady Knights to the quarterfinals for a 3rd year.  Overall Madisyn has 1,133 points and 693 rebounds in her career and has received two all-metro and all-state honors.
By |2018-05-02T17:27:07+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Basketball, News and Events, Softball, Volleyball|0 Comments

Madison McKee Signs to Play at Faulkner

Macon East senior, Madison McKee signed to play softball next year with the Faulkner University Eagles.  Madison transferred to MEA last year from Wetumpka High School and also plays with Bama Xtreme Fastpitch.  Madison is a dynamic player at 3rd base and behind the plate, and as the only senior on the 2018 team, she is a major part of the Lady Knights’ program this spring as they seek to reclaim the AISA AA state title.

By |2018-02-28T22:59:27+00:00January 16th, 2018|News and Events, Softball|0 Comments

Wendy’s High School Heisman

Macon East seniors, Madison McKee and Bryson O’Malley were selected as Macon East nominees in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship program.  Since 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman program has honored student-athletes who maintain a 3.0 or above GPA and are role models in their school and community.

By |2018-05-02T17:33:41+00:00December 6th, 2017|Golf, News and Events, Softball|0 Comments