08/12/2015- Local squad ready for new season
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From left, Colonial Hills Christian School volleyball players Kayle Glore and Carlie Nunnally on campus before practice earlier this summer.
Led by head coach Chy Thompson, the Colonial Hills Christian School saw its volleyball team earn a spot in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association state playoffs last season.
The Rams returned to the court for an active summer of workouts and play dates this offseason seeking improvements.
“We had several of our players in college camps this summer in Florida and Tennessee,” Chy Thompson said.
“Our players have been doing well this offseason, working hard on conditioning,” assistant coach Arlene Rowe said.
“We’re continuing to focus on getting the girls in shape and getting ready for the season.”
Many of the players participated in club volleyball this summer in addition to Camp Blaze activities hosted by Push 1, a club team founded by Thompson seven years ago.
Colonial Hills hosted three separate week-long camps this summer which was attended by not only Rams’ players but campers from Paulding and Douglas Counties as well.
“The camps help us get prepared for our school seasons and provide us with a refresher of things over the summer,” Colonial Hills’ eighth-grader Ty Thompson said.
The postseason appearance last season provided positives for the Rams heading into this year. “We return a lot of players from last year and can build on that,” Rowe said.
Top returners for Colonial Hills include junior outside hitter Carlie Nunnally and senior setter Kayle Glore.
“We had a good offseason with many of us in camps to improve our skills,” Nunnally said.
“Its good to be back together as a team preparing for a new season. We’re planning to go back to the playoffs.”
Glore added that “we’re working on improving everything and trying to get better as a team.”
The coaching staff has also focused on specific aspects of the game for the Rams to improve on in its practices.
“Passing has been something we’ve focused on because it’s a basic skill you have to get down,” Rowe said. “We’ve also worked on serving because that’s how we’re going to get points.”
Colonial Hills opens the regular season Aug. 20 in a home contest against New Creation Christian Academy.
08/05/2015 – Colonial Hills Christian football prepares for new season
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From left, Colonial Hills Christian School seniors J.C. Shelton, Matthew Crowder and Colton Fain before practice on campus last week.
With its season opener less than three weeks away, the Colonial Hills Christian School football team has returned to the field for its training camp hoping to build on last season’s campaign, which saw the Rams win four contests and qualify for the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association playoffs.
“We had a great offseason workout program,” Colonial Hills’ head coach Sean Bruce said.
“We worked on improving our conditioning doing power cleans and squats in the weight room to increase our explosiveness. Some players were also on the track team this past spring which helped. I think the kids have done a good job and are much stronger this year. We’re now working on the finer points of the game.”
Last season, the Rams lost their first four games, before winning four of the next five contests to make the postseason.
Physically preparing for the start of this season was a main priority for the Rams’ coaching staff.
“Last year, we weren’t where we needed to be during the first few games,” Bruce said. “The dedication in the weight room has been good, especially our linemen on offense and defense.”
Colonial Hills, which plays eight-man football and are in the same region as fellow Douglas County program Harvester Christian Academy, will have around 20 players on its roster.
The maximum number of players on a roster in the GICAA is 24.
“We’ll only have around three guys playing both ways,” Bruce said. “We’re fortunate to have a large number of juniors and seniors on our roster. We’ll also have some sophomores who will play as well.”
Defensively, junior Colton Fain is one of the top returning players for the Rams at linebacker and fullback along with junior middle linebacker Jason Shelton. “Jason is a real student of the game,” Bruce said.
Senior Kevin Currence comes back for another season at starting quarterback. “Kevin is also a sprinter on the track team and shows a lot of leadership and skill at the quarterback position,” Bruce said.
Senior lineman Drake Bragg will be a major contributor for the Rams along with All-GICAA senior wide receiver David Lee who also excels on the basketball court and won the GICAA 300-meter hurdles track state championship as a junior this spring.
“We’ve had a good offseason,” Shelton said. Fain added that “everyone has been working hard.”
“It’s everything,” Bruce said about having a veteran roster.
“We’ve struggled the past few years with a young roster making immature mistakes. The kids have grown and that will eventually pay off.”
Senior fullback/defensive end Matthew Crowder concluded that the season will be a success if “we continue to work together as a team.”
Colonial Hills opens its regular season Aug. 21 at Covington Academy
07/31/2015 – Colonial Hills excited about this season
Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Colonial Hill coach Sean Bruce, left, will be counting on senior quarterback Kevin Currence to help the team improve this season.
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 9:29 pm-
Colonial Hills is ready to put last season in the rearview mirror has practice has started for this season.
The Rams are entering their third-year in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association eight-man football division and has played eight-man football, with some seasons of 11-man football sprinkled in, over the last 10 years. The school, which was founded in 1959, but moved to Lithia Springs in the mid 1990’s, went 6-5 last season.
“We had a lot of injuries to my key players last year,” Bruce said. “It wasn’t easy, we played some good competition. We’ve lost [two or three] games last year we probably should have won. [Two or three] games that we got beat in we should have got beat in because we played much better competition and much better opponents.”
Rams junior linebacker/fullback J.C. Shelton agreed.
“We definitely had our fair share of injuries, but we worked really hard this offseason to get stronger, so we won’t have those this year,” Shelton said. “We are definitely are looking to get back at some of the teams we had a lot of injuries for and ended up losing those games.”
Bruce said his team is hopeful for a better season.
“That’s (2014) behind us,” he said. “We’re looking forward to this year. Expectations are high. I have a very big offensive line. My offensive line is 260, 250, and 240 [pounds]. They competed very well against Lithia Springs when they competed against them. Our defensive line is pretty big and strong. We’ve been in the weight room since March 28, so we’re physically strong.
“[Assistant coach] Greg Nix and our strength and conditioning coach Jonathan Lamar really made them into strong and fit offensive and defensive linemen. They were just average-sized kids when they came to us, now they’ve gotten in the weight room and [grown].”
The Rams had two seven-on-seven practices with Lithia Springs over the summer and Bruce likes how his players measured up, still he plans to emphasize speed in, and not size, in his team’s preparation for the upcoming season.
“We always like to play with speed,” Bruce said. “Speed is by far our emphasis on the field. We’re going to go out there and work on speed; we’re going to work on agility, and controlling our bodies while playing with speed. “
Colonial Hills began contact drills this week as Bruce installed the offense mid-week. His players have a couple of other points of emphasis in fall practices.
“Just overall working together, I guess you can say teamwork,” Shelton said. “We did good last year. We just had little mistakes here and there we’re trying to clean up those mistakes, like keeping the ball in our hands instead of our opponents. Keeping turnovers down, but also taking the ball from the other team.”
A few of Colonial Hills’ players are home-schooled or attend the very small nearby Atlanta West Christian Academy. In addition to the seven-on-seven contests against GHSA schools, Bruce has taken the Rams to practices at Georgia Tech, the Atlanta Falcons and Hoover High School in Alabama.
Also, some Rams like Shelton, quarterback Kevin Curence, receiver David Lee, and lineman Drake Bragg has garnered interest from colleges.
“I’m very aggressive with the schools,” Bruce said. “I send out their Hudl links and I send out information about these young men so that they [can] get looked at. Otherwise, they never would.”
CALLING ALL PARENTS, KIDS, STAFF, AND TEACHERS! IT IS TAILGATING TIME!!
The Colonial Hills Christian School Athletic Department will host its first annual Tailgate Cookout on Saturday, August 15 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. The cookout will take place in the cafeteria parking lot at Colonial Hills. All of the coaches will have tents set up and will be grilling; the cafeteria will be open so you will have a cool place to eat, and best of all…the food is FREE!! So, please come out and join us for an evening of food, fun and fellowship.
We do need volunteers for cafeteria setup and cleanup and donations are needed for 12oz paper cups (200), paper plates – regular and small (200 each), plastic cutlery (200), potato salad, coleslaw, and fruit. If you would like to set up and tailgate along with us please contact Coach Bruce at 770 941-2604 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you are late there’s a good chance the food will be gone, but you may be in time to participate in the silent auction.
07/22/2015 – Douglas County Neighbor Newspaper
by E. Marcel Pourtout – email@example.com
Coach Chy Thompson – Head Volleyball Coach
Camp Blaze continues for area youth
Last week, club volleyball program Push 1 Volleyball continued its summer activities with another edition of Camp Blaze, this session as a week-long camp at King’s Way Christian School in Douglasville. It was the third location Camp Blaze has taken place this summer including South Paulding High School in Douglasville and Colonial Hills Christian School in Lithia Springs. “We had a good camp at King’s Way with around 20 players from the school,” Push 1 founder and coach Chy Thompson (Head Volleyball Coach @ Colonial Hills Christian School) said. “It was a camp for players new to the sport with our youngest
girl at 11 years old through high school students.” Founded seven years ago by Chy Thompson (Head Volleyball Coach @ Colonial Hills Christian School), Push 1 has served as a training ground for young men and women in Douglas County and surrounding
areas to improve their skills while preparing for their high school and college teams. “This has been our best summer because we continued to add campers throughout,” Thompson said. “We were productive and allowed kids options to attend different camps.”
The camps, which typically have around 45 athletes ages nine through 17, have had three boys participating for the first time this summer. “It’s [a] different approach coaching the boys but they’re very athletic and eager to learn,” Thompson said. “We’re hoping to have an all-boys Push 1 team after this summer.” Push 1 has since become sanctioned by USA Volleyball and the Southern Region Volleyball Association and has five teams. The Girls-15 team placed second in the bronze competition at the SRVA Club Junior Regional Championships in Atlanta on April 26. Douglas County has seen its prep high school volleyball teams improve as well with programs such as Alexander, Douglas County High School, Chapel Hill and Colonial Hills Christian School making the state playoffs last season in their respective classifications. “The camps help us get prepared for our school seasons and provide us with a refresher of things over the summer,” Push 1 club team member and Colonial Hills Christian School eighth-grader Ty Thompson said. “We work hard in our camps and learning more about the game,” Push 1 club team member and East Paulding High School freshman Nadya Williams said.
07/22/2015 – Colonial Hills ready to get preseason practice started
Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Kevin Currence, left, is expected to lead the Colonial Hills offense according to head coach Sean Bruce.
Colonial Hills coach Sean Bruce liked what he saw in his squad on last week.
The Rams hosted the six-team Georgia Shootout Five-on-Five Tournament, and came away with the championship.
It was the Rams second time winning the third annual tournament.
Now, Bruce is hoping that success in the tournament will translate into success on the field this season. The Rams are coming off a 5-6 campaign which saw them lose in the first round of the state playoffs.
Colonial Hills, alone with Harvester Christian, which finished runner-up in the tournament play eight-man football in the Georgia Independent Christian Athletic Association.
Teams in the are permitted to start preseason practice today. The majority of the teams open the season on Aug. 21 with the playoffs slated to start in early November.
“We are excited about the season,” Colonial Hills rising senior quarterback Kevin Currance said. “We feel we have a good team. We played against some top competition to get us ready.”
In addition to the playing in its owe tournament, the Rams teamed with Harvester and nearby Praise Academy in Paulding County to play in the Douglas County High tournament two weeks ago.
The Douglas County tournament featured nine other teams that play in the Georgia High School Association, which is the state’s largest high school athletics governing body.
Colonial Hills has also conducted seven-on-seven drills with Lithia Springs High, a Class AAAAA school.
“All this has been helpful in getting us ready for our season,” Bruce said. “We got to see a different brand of football.”
Part of Colonial Hills’ optimism for the season in fluid by the return of several talented upperclassmen. Last season, Currance missed six games with an injury.
He is healthy and says he is ready to lead the squad. Senior wide receiver/defensive back David Lee is one of the top athletes in the league.
He is also a standout basketball player and state champion hurdler.
“I know I have to step up and be a leader on this team,” Lee said.
07/19/2015 – Colonial Hills wins passing tournament
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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Colonial Hills rising senior wide receiver/defensive back David Lee had a touchdown and key interceptions in the Rams 8-0 win over Harvester Christian on Saturday for the Georgia Shootout 5-on-5 Tournament title.
As David Lee wrapped up a post game interview following Colonial Hills Christian win in the Georgia Shootout 5-on-5 Tournament Saturday afternoon, Dutch Nelson had nothing but praised for the talented senior as the two greeted each other at midfield.
Nelson, coach of Harvester Christian Academy, witnessed first-hand the explosive talent of the senior defensive back/wide receiver as his team lost 8-0 to the Rams in the championship game.
Lee had the game’s only touchdown followed by a two-point conversion. He made another spectacular play on defense as he intercepted Harvester quarterback Dylan Allred in the end zone to stop a potential game-tying drive with 1:06 left in the contest.
The Rams killed the clock on the ensuing drive to win the championship for the second time in three years.
“David shows up every game ready to play,” Colonial Hills quarterback Kevin Currance said. “He is my guy. He does a lot for this team.”
The Rams finished the day with a 6-0 record and only surrendered one touchdown during the one-day tournament.
In the Rams 15-6 win over Ballard Christian of Auburn, Ala., Lee was unstoppable. He had a touchdown reception, a two-point conversion and returned an interception for a score in the 15-6 victory in the semifinal round.
Colonial Hills coach Sean Bruce said Kentucky Christian University has been recruiting his star player.
“He will play in college,” Bruce said. “He did a great job for us throughout the tournament.”
Lee is one of the school’s best athletes as he is also a standout on the basketball team and won the state championship in the 300-meters hurdles.
“I have to be a key guy on the team, so I have to step it up,” Lee said. “I’m looking forward to the season.”
The Rams open preseason drills on Wednesday as they prepare for their season-opener next month.
Bruce said the championship in their tournament should give them momentum going into preseason practice.
Last season, Colonial Hills went 5-6 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
“There is a lot of anticipation around here this season,” Bruce said. “I think this will motivate our guys as we get ready for the season. I know everybody is anxious to get started.”
Colonial Hills and Harvester meet on Nov. 6 in the regular season final for both teams. It will be Senior Night for Harvester.
The Hawks are under first-year coach Dutch Nelson, who is also the leader of the Douglasville FCA huddle.
Nelson said he was pleased with his team’s effort on Saturday.
“Yes, I would have liked to have won the tournament,” Nelson said. “I’m very happy at how we played. We only give up three touchdowns and scored 80 points. We won the stat contest. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
07/17/2015 – Colonial Hills hosting passing tournament
Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel
Senior Kevin Currence looks to lead the Colonial Hills
With a team of experienced players, Colonial Hills feel a sense of urgency this season.
Rams coach Sean Bruce says the team should field on of its most experienced groups after taking its lumps the couple of seasons.
Colonial Hills upgraded its offseason workouts by competing against some teams in the Georgia High School Association. Two weeks ago, the Rams played in the one-day seven-on-seven tournament hosted by Douglas County High.
That tournament also featured powerhouse Glade Central of Florida and Creekside High in Fairburn.
“Ten years ago, our school would have never dreamed of competing as those types of schools,” Bruce said. “We can’t limited ourselves in the offseason. We have some players that could play (NCAA) Div. I football and on the other college levels. We have a pretty good group. The expectations are high.”
Colonial Hills play 8-man football so the seven-on-seven format is a bit our of the norm for them. The Rams usually play five-on-five in the offseason.
On Saturday, the Rams will be back in their element as they host the Georgia Shootout Tournament on its Lithia Springs campus.
Also expected to compete in the one-day tournament will be Harvester Christian, which is in the first year of head coach Dutch Nelson.
Included in the six-team field will be Praise Academy, Hearts Academy, Grace Christian, and Ballard Christian.
A team from South Carolina won the tournament a year ago by defeating the host Rams. In the augural tournament, Colonial Hills defeated Harvester Christian on a last-second play.
“Our summer has been great,” Bruce said. “Our quarterback is getting a lot of experience. It has definitely helped playing against the public schools. We are getting plenty of reps.”
Colonial Hills and Harvester play in the eight-man football division of the GICAA and are only allowed to have 24 players on their teams. In the inaugural season of play, Praise Academy in Paulding County won the state championship with a 13-0 record, Harvester finished 8-3, and Colonial Hills finished 6-5.
At the Douglas County camp last week, players from those three schools teammates up to face the larger GHSA schools.
Currently there only 16 teams in the GICAA playing eight-man football, which aids in the programs working together as they did for the Douglas County tournament.
“All the coaches, we have such a close relationship with each other because we are so small,” Colonial Hills assistant coach Greg Nix said.
While eight-man football will seem very foreign to most football fans at first glance, Nix has a simplistic and easy-to-understand way of explaining the eight-man game.
“Eleven-man you have your five linemen and then you have your outsides,” he said. “Typically in eight-man football you take away one of your receivers and you take away two linemen. On defense you take away two of your tackles on the line and you take away one of your defensive backs.”
Of course with less players on the field and less players on a team than most 11-man high school teams, it is more important for eight-man players to be multifaceted than being outstanding in one specific trait.
“It’s a lot faster game, and compared to 11-man where they can specialize guys in a certain position, we can’t,” Nix said. “Our guys have to be multi-positioned. Our starting quarterback is also our starting cornerback. A lot of our guys go both sides of the ball and they play a full game.”
Playing 7-on-7 was a new experience for the eight-man players as they normally play 5-on-5 in the summer. In fact Colonial Hills will host its third-annual 5-on-5 camp on Saturday.
Still, everyone involved from the GICAA side benefited and learned something from the Douglas County camp.
Just like GHSA teams, teams from the GICAA use the summer to get better for the fall. It doesn’t matter if they’re working out with or against one another; they’re just looking to get better.
07/10/2015 – Great job Rams at the Douglas County HS 7on7 – thanks to Praise Academy and Harvester Christian for joining us and showing our community what true fellowship is
06/25/2015 – Volleyball (Varsity, JV, & MS), Football (Varsity & MS), Cross Country (Varsity & MS), and Cheerleading start practice June 22, 2015. Please have your sports fee’s and forms turned in before we start. We will have a day where you can come in and fill out the form just have your physical ( physical-form ) done prior to July 21 @ 6:30pm in the gym. Forms to be completed 1. physical-form 2. Medical-release-form 3. CHCS Athletic Handbook 15-16 4. Concussion-Acknowledgement-Form
06/22/2015 – Coach Williams and the Varsity Basketball have been in action the last couple of weeks – at Brandon Hall HS, McEachern HS, and Georgia Tech – the team played 10 games in 8 days – Go Rams
Coach Williams and the Varsity Basketball team
06/17/2015 – Coach Chy Thompson in the Douglas County Neighbor Click here
Coach Chy Thompson – Camp Blaze
06/01/2015 – Natalie Wagner was named to the GICAA div2 All State Soccer Team – Congrats Natalie
05/16/2015 – Spring Varsity football scrimmage against Hearts Academy
05/04/2015 – Spring Football starts today – scrimmage game against Hearts Academy –Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 12 Noon
05/01/2015 – Both Soccer Teams have wrapped things up for the year – Congrats to the Girls team for taking 2nd place in region and making the playoffs. The boys team had a lot of under classmen and should come back next and be a force to recken with. Thanks Coach Litlle for all your hard work.
04/28/2015 – Boys’ Varsity Track & Field
Rams Finish 4th at GICAA State Championship
Jr. Donald Reynolds – finished 2nd in the 800m & 3rd in the 1,600m & 3,200m
Jr. David Lee – finished 2nd in the 110m hurdles & GICAA State Champion in the 300m hurdles (43.8)
Sr. Jasiri Addae – finished 5th in the 110m hurdles & 4th in the high jump
Sr. Jamal Hendrix – finished 8th in the triple jump.
Jr. Kevin Currence finished 2nd in the 200m
4×100 team composed of Kevin Currence, David Lee, Olamide Fagbiyme, and Jamal Hendrix finished 6th
4×400 team composed of Jamal Hendrix, Nikalas Bankhead, Kevin Currence, and Donald Reynolds finishing 3rd
04/24/2015 – The Varsity Track Team finished 4th in the state of GA – GICAA – Jr David Lee finished 1st in the 300m Hurdles with a state record time of 43.8 – Way to go Coach Widener and Rams
04/22/2015 – The Girls Varsity Soccer team defeated Lafayette Christian 2 – 1 last night – the win put the Rams in the playoff (April 30 – May 1) – STAY TUNED
04/20/2015 – MS Track put up big number at the GICAA MS Championship on Saturday 04/18/20
The Middle School Teams also competed in their championship the following Saturday. The boys team finished sixth out of twelve teams on Saturday with outstanding performances by Garrett Moss finish second in the 800 and with a third place finish in the 1600. The boys 4×100 meter team also claimed Middles School Champion led by Jared Jones(6th), Jalen Hendris(6th), William Little(8th), and Tre Stanley(8th). The girls’ team finished second out of eleven teams with outstanding performances by Kayla Mitchell(8th) finishing second in the 200, Candice Ehimen(8th) finishing first in the 400, a second and third place finish by the A-Team and B-Team for the 4×100 composed of Tye Thomson(7th), Kayla Mitchell(8th), Amani Riggs(7th), Aleigh Phillips(7th), Tori Hill(8th), Imani Armstrong(8th), Moni Fagbamiye(6th), Candice Ehimen(8th), and a 4×400 meter fist place finish with Kayla Mitchell((8th), Tye Thomson(7th), Aleigha Phillips(7th), and Amani Riggs(7th).
Way to go Varsity Track Team – GICAA Regional Meet April 16, 2015
2015 State Qualifiers
Coach Brenton Widener
Jasiri Addae, Sr – High Jump & 110 Hurdles
David Lee, Jr – 300 Hurdles, & 110 Hurdles, & 4×100 Relay
Kevin Currence, Jr – 4×100 Relay, & 4×400 Relay & 100, & 200
Jamal Hendrix, Sr – 4×100 Relay, & 300 Hurdles, & 4×400 Relay, & Triple Jump, & 400
Donald Reynolds, Jr – 3200, & 1600, & 4×400 Relay, & 800
Kenneth Froelke, So – 3200
Garett Moss, 8th – 3200 & 1600
Drake Bragg, Jr – Shot Put
Olamide Fagbamiye, Fr – 4×100 Relay
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Congratulations to Varsity Football Players
GICAA All State 2014
#2 So. Christopher Jallah
#81 Jr. David Lee
GICAA All Region 2014
#81 Jr. David Lee
#7 Jr. Kevin Currence
#44 So. JC Shelton
#55 So. Colton Fain
Congratulations to Soccer Players
Girls-Morgan Hoel (home schooler)-All Region
Girls-Aloni Daniely—All Region
Boys–Hamish Lamb-All Region
Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Basketball team for making it to the GICAA Final four!
Congratulations to the JV Boys Basketball team for winning the GICAA WEST AA Championship!
Congratulations to the 5th/6th Boys Basketball team for winning the WGCMS conference Championship!
Congratulations to the MS Boys Basketball team for getting 2nd place in the WGCMS conference Championship!
Congratulations to the MS Girls Basketball team for getting 2nd place in the WGCMS conference Championship!
Congratulations to the Middle School Football Team!! The Middle School RAMS went undefeated this football season!!!_____________________________________________________________
CONGRATULATIONS to the middle school volleyball team on winning the WGCMS conference Championship! GREAT JOB GIRLS!!!GO RAMS !!!
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