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Athletics Programs at Battle Ground Academy

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The BGA Wildcats athletic program brings together many strengths: excellent coaching, high levels of student participation, an emphasis on the development of each athlete, and a steadfast commitment to sportsmanship.

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BGA ATHLETICS NEWS

Bella Bugg '23 Playing in Tennessee Cup to Benefit St. Jude, Other Nonprofits

The first weekend of November, BGA senior Bella Bugg will hit the links in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Snedeker Foundation, and the American Junior Golf Association’s ACE Grant program. Joining other junior golfers from around the state, Bugg will play in the AJGA’s fourth annual Tennessee Cup, a two-day Ryder Cup-style event.

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BGA Girls Soccer Earns 4th Consecutive Final Four Berth

The Battle Ground Academy girls’ soccer team earned a fourth consecutive Division II-A State Final Four berth on Saturday with a 5-2 win over Evangelical Christian School on Saturday.

The Wildcats, the state champions in 2019 and 2020 and runners-up from last season, will face Boyd Buchanan on Thursday at Baylor in Chattanooga in the state semifinals.

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BGA Golfers Capture Individual State Championships, Teams Earn Runner-up Finishes

Battle Ground Academy produced two individual state champions at the 2022 Division II-A State Golf Tournament Tuesday. 

Senior Bella Bugg finished with an even par 140 through two days of play at the Sevierville Golf Club to win the overall girls’ title, while fellow senior Eliot Brashear clinched the boys’ championship by winning a playoff against Christian Academy of Knoxville’s Cooper Russell. 

Besides the pair of individual winners, both the boys’ and girls’ teams earned runner-up finishes.

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Varsity Volleyball Captures 4th Consecutive District Championship

BGA Volleyball beat PCA last night in three sets in the district final match to capture their fourth Division II-A Middle Region District 3 championship title in a row. BGA will face the No. 4 seed from District 4 at home in the regional quarterfinal match on Monday.

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Senior Addison Atkins Earns Herff Jones Heart of the Team Award

Addison Atkins isn’t as covered in sand as she normally is playing volleyball, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been competing as hard as ever.

The Battle Ground Academy senior re-joined the Wildcats indoors instead of her preferred beach volleyball, and has made an immediate impact on last year’s Division II-A state champions.

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Senior Bella Bugg Wins Women's Four-Ball Championship

In a field where they were at least 10 years everyone’s junior, Bella Bugg (Franklin) and Isabella Johnson (Murfreesboro) did not flinch and became the youngest team to ever win the Tennessee Golf Association’s Women’s Four-Ball.

They did it in historic fashion with the lowest 36-hole total in championship play with a 14-under-par 128 at Tennessee Golf Trail at Montgomery Bell. They beat the next best team by ten strokes and were the only team in the Championship division to record two under-par rounds.

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Senior Eva Schreiber Named Athlete of the Week

“Eva has certainly grown into a dominant threat on the offensive side of the ball,” BGA soccer coach Jan Morrissey said. “Her strength, speed and scoring ability will be a challenge for any team we’ll face this season.”

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FIVE BGA SENIORS SIGN NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT BRINGING TOTAL TO 14 FOR YEAR

With the addition of five signees, Battle Ground Academy now has 14 graduating seniors who are committed to playing athletics in college. The May 5 signings included:

Brett BrownFootballUniversity of Missouri
Ryan Casimier - Baseball University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Xavier Hylton FootballHarding University
Daniel MorraFootballOhio Wesleyan University
Zion MorrisFootballSewanee: University of the South

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Myles Thrash Named Coach of the Year

BGA Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Myles Thrash has been voted TSSAA District 3 Coach of the Year by his coaching peers for the third consecutive year and first as a coach at BGA.

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BGA Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

Two BGA seniors signed letters of intent on December 17 to continue playing sports in college next year.  Jessi Meghreblian will play beach volleyball at Eckerd College and Kennedy Price will play women's soccer at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  

Join us in congratulating Jessi and Kennedy!
 

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Middle School Faculty Member and Coach Inducted into Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

BGA Middle School math teacher and girls basketball coach Mandy Nowlin was recently inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Nowlin considers basketball a significant part of her life. Her father coached it, and she and her brother played it for as long as she can remember. She uses her love of the game to coach BGA middle schoolers, teaching them the game and the qualities she has learned through the game.

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Bella Bugg '23 Playing in Tennessee Cup to Benefit St. Jude

This weekend, Bella Bugg ‘23 will hit the links in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Snedeker Foundation, and the American Junior Golf Association’s ACE Grant program. Joining 23 junior golfers from around the state, Bugg will play in the AJGA’s third annual Tennessee Cup, a two-day Ryder Cup-style event.

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BGA Cross Country Team Makes History

BGA's Boy's Cross Country team completed their season with the highest team finish in program history at the TSSAA State Cross Country Championship securing State-Runner-Up honors in Division DII-A.

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Senior Sean Williams Named Mr. Football Semifinalist

Congratulations to senior Sean Williams for being named a a Mr. Football semifinalist. The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards will be presented on December 7 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville to the top football players in nine classifications of the TSSAA. This is the 37th year the Mr. Football Awards have been presented to the Tennessee's best high school football players. 

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Alumna Wrenne French Named Second Team All-SEC in Women's Soccer

Join us in congratulating Wrenne French '17 who has been named Second Team All-SEC in Women's Soccer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where she is an anchor for the Tennessee back line. While at BGA, Wrenne helped lead the Lady Wildcats to a state title in 2014, was a member of the National Honors Society, and Digamma. 

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BGA PRACTICES PLAYING WITH H.E.A.R.T.

BGA's athletic program supports the school's mission to ignite and nurture student curiosity, intellect, and character by:

Creating a high level of competition and participation on the part of students

Encouraging individual and team improvement

Positioning our H.E.A.R.T. core values as the centerpiece of the athletic experience:

Hard Work    
Enthusiasm
Accountability
Resilience
Teamwork

 

Contact the Athletics Department

Fred Eaves

Fred Eaves

Director of Administrative Operations and Athletics
Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell

MS Athletic Director, MS History, MS Boys Soccer
Hardie Buck

Hardie Buck

Asst. Athletic Director, Equipment & Transportation, US Football Offense Coach, MS Basketball
Jan Morrissey

Jan Morrissey

Assistant Athletic Director, MS Wellness, US Girls Soccer
Brian Sibenaller

Brian Sibenaller

Upper School Assistant Athletic Director, Upper School Wellness
Rosemary Evans

Rosemary Evans

Assistant to the Director of Administrative Operations and Athletics