Girls SoccerBGA vs Grace ChristianTuesday, September 29
BGA Girls' Soccer left a nice mark on their first visit to the GCA's campus last night. Before a sold out crowd, BGA put on a strong display of high school soccer. The level of intensity BGA experienced in their last regular season match up with AAA Ravenwood left a strong impression on the Wildcats. Competing against the powerhouse of Ravenwood just a week ago prepared the Wildcats for their game with GCA, a team that has seen quite a bit of success this season. BGA started the game with the gas pedal jammed to the floor, by applying tremendous pressure to the GCA defense for a solid 70 minutes and earning 2 goals in the 1st half in the 10th and 25th minutes. Scoring BGA's first goal was Kennedy Price '22, who earned a PK and eventually tucked away the shot to give BGA a 1-0 lead. The second goal resulted in a scramble in GCA's box. BGA's Kennedy Price served up a nice corner that GCA had a difficult time clearing, so Wildcat Keaton Mitchell '23 buried the loose ball to give BGA a 2-0 lead. In the second half, BGA continued to pour on the pressure, but there was about a 10 minute lapse of time where BGA seemed to play a bit complacent with their 2-0 lead. GCA took advantage of that lack of focus from the Wildcats and found the back of the net in the 73rd minute from a restart. BGA would eventually take back control of the game and be the victor in this match with a score of 2-1. BGA vs Father RyanThursday, October 1
As they continued the trend of preparing for their postseason, the BGA Wildcats hosted another big-time Div II-AA contender and well respected program, this time from Father Ryan. With somewhat heavy legs from Tuesday’s match with GCA, the Wildcats fell behind early in this match as they conceded a goal in the 13th minute by the Irish’s #7 Bradie West. BGA would go into half just 1 goal behind. It seemed just as quickly as the whistle was blown to start the 2nd half, another whistle quickly followed to signify another Irish goal in the 41st minute, as Ryan's Kelly Tuerff converted on a free kick outside the Wildcat’s penalty box. Tuerff struck again in less than 60 seconds during the run on play to give Father Ryan a 3 goal lead. Father Ryan would score their final goal in the 60th minute to lead the game 4 goals to zero. BGA continued to compete, no matter the difference in the score and finally deleted the zero from the scoreboard when Kennedy Price ‘22 connected with teammate Sarah May ‘21 on a freek kick outside of Ryan’s penalty box. The final score was Father Ryan 4, BGA 1. VolleyballBGA vs. Zion Christian District Tournament QuarterfinalsMonday, September 28
BGA defeated Zion Christian Academy 3 sets to 0, earning their way to the district semifinal. Junior defensive specialist Jessi Meghreblian earned 14 aces, 13 digs and passed a 2.4 average on the evening. Senior outside hitter, Christine Jewell chipped in 11 kills and 6 digs for the Wildcats. Sophomore middle blocker, Gillian Baisden added 8 kills.
"I was proud of how our players maintained their intention to score and to come out strong against Zion. They put pressure with their serving and did a great job of mixing up their shots on offense," Coach Alvarez said of the match.
The BGA Wildcats will face Grace Christian for the District Semifinal match at home tomorrow, Tuesday September 29th at 6:30 PM.
Four players were given the honor of being named to the All-District team. Ally Newkirk was named to All-District second team while Gillian Baisden ‘23, Izzy Northam ‘23 and Christine Jewell were named to the first team. Christine Jewell ‘21 was also named the All-District MVP.
BGA vs. Grace Christian District Tournament Semifinals
Tuesday, September 29
Battle Ground Academy came out on top for the District Semifinal match versus Grace Christian, 3 sets to 0. Setters, Ally Newkirk (Senior) and Campbell Dobbs (Sophomore) each had 17 assists. Middle blocker, Kearstyn Seay (Senior) had 13 kills, hitting a .500 for the Wildcats. Middle blocker, Gillian Baisden (Sophomore) added another 8 kills. Defensive Specialist Jessi Meghreblian ‘22 had 3 aces and 17 digs and passed a 2.25 for the evening. Opposite Hitter, Kyra Hampton (Sophomore) earned 4 blocks.
"Our team won the sideout game, executing well and keeping Grace from getting many runs. Our setters ran an amazing offense, putting up consistent sets to ensure potential to score. Our middles dominated and made a great difference for us tonight. We are excited and ready to compete for the District title on Thursday," Coach Alvarez said of the match.
The Wildcats will face Franklin Road Academy for the first time this season in the district final match at home at 6:30 PM.
BGA vs. TBD District Tournament Finals
Thursday, October 1
Both teams battled for the district title, but BGA came out on top with a 3 sets to 1 win over FRA to claim the district title for the 2nd consecutive season. Middle blocker, Gillian Baisden (sophomore) earned 17 kills, a career high for the Wildcats. Middle blocker, Kearstyn Seay (Senior) followed with 11 kills and 5 aces. Sophomore libero Isabelle Northam got 22 digs and 3 aces. Sophomore Setter Cambell Dobbs had 17 assists and Senior setter Ally Newkirk chipped in another 14. "Our players came out with intention and drive tonight. We executed our game plan beautifully, targeting certain areas of the court where we knew FRA would struggle. Once again, our middle offense dominated with the help of our setters. It was a great show of dedication and fight," Coach Alvarez said of the match.
The Wildcats will host the region quarterfinal on Monday at 5:30 PM.
25-22, 29-27, 23-25, 25-22XCDual Meet USN River CampusSaturday, October 3
The Battle Ground Academy Cross Country teams travelled to the USN River Campus to face a small but competitive field. The boys race was between BGA and the defending State Champion USN boys, and the girls took on USN and Harpeth Hall. In the boys' race, BGA was defeated 19-38 as USN had a strong 1-2-3 finish. Top finishers for the BGA Varsity were Trace Alexander '22, who finished 4th at 17:40, and Lindsay Phelps '22, who finished 5th in the girls race with a time of 23:00. Along with Alexander, scoring runners for the Wildcats were the tightly packed group of Cole Beck Williams '21 (6th, 18:10-PR), Jack Evans '23 (7th, 18:23-PR), and Oliver Baker '23 (9th, 18:35), with Jack Revere ‘21 (12th, 20:51) rounding out the team scoring. In the girls' race, Laurel Phelps '24 made her Varsity debut to finish 6th at 23:26 (PR). BGA will return to action next Friday at the Crockett Corral in Brentwood, TN.Football Bye Week GolfBGA @ District TournamentMonday, September 28
The boys golf team finished 2nd in the Division II, Class A, Middle Region, District 3 Golf Tournament. They were led by Jake Fleser ‘22 shooting a 78. Eliot Brasher ‘23 shot an 80, while Price Crabtree ‘22 and Jack Joseph ‘21 shot an 83 each. This runner-up finish qualifies them to advance to the Division II-A, Middle Region Golf Tournament next Monday.
The girls golf team finished 2nd in the Division II-A, Middle Region, District 3 Golf Tournament. They were one stroke off the first place team in a very close tournament. The Lady Wildcats were led by Jackie Henderson ‘25 shooting a 76 and finishing runner-up individually. Bella Bugg ‘23 shot an 80 to finish 5th individually. The Lady Wildcats will advance to the Division II-A Middle Region Golf Tournament next Monday.