Pope Holiday Hoops…

THURSDAY@4:15 – Holiday fun at Pope’s Invitational for our Varsity teams…come on out and cheer on your Raiders!  <Follow the bracket HERE>

 

Semester Countdown

Hello again Walton Raiders! Four days and counting until the buzzer sounds on this semester’s exams! While you were hitting the books on Saturday, your Raiders faced off against Forsyth Central in a much anticipated rematch.
This time, your girls came up short in a 54-66 loss. Junior Emily Lee scored 12 points, with another great outing from beyond the arc, sinking 4 three pointers. Senior Ashley McDonald gave Coach Kelterborn some valuable minutes, matching up against some of the best players on Forsyth Central and holding her own on the defensive end. Freshman Liz Williams also made a contribution on the offensive end, making Forsyth key in on her at all times, whether beyond the perimeter or in the paint. The girls look to get bak on track after a slight slump, with an away game at Osborne High School this Friday at 6 PM. The last time these two teams faced off, our girls won, with the final score 52-45 Raiders, but they’ll need all the help they can get on Friday in hostile Osborne territory, so show up and show out for your Lady Raiders!
Your boys dominated Forsyth Central again on Saturday, 57-37, Raiders. With the boys determined to make as much of an impact as Walton’s alumni, who made an appearance at halftime, they dominated from the start, with a 19-2 run in the first quarter, led by 4 straight three pointers by Dylan Pumpian. That makes 13, yes 13, shots from deep in the last 4 games. Junior Tony Adenupe came out focused this week, as he chipped in 6 points, but more importantly was a force on the defensive end, holding his matchup in check throughout. Your boys will follow the girls on Friday at 7:30 at Osborne. They came away with a big win vs. Osborne last time they met, winning 67-48 in the opener. Looking to extend the winning streak to three games, the boys need every last member of Raider Nation to come out and support! 
With two big games coming up for the program, YOU can be the difference. Your Raiders can only go so far without your support, so show up and show out on Friday!

This Week’s Forecast

Seasons greetings Raider Nation! Your Raiders wish you the best in this week before exams begin. Signs of winter were in the air on Tuesday, with a delayed school start, finals prep, and most importantly, Raider basketball! 
With a few more hours of sleep, the boys looked sharp on Tuesday against North Cobb, and the buzzer sounded with a scoreboard display of 49-41, Raiders on top. The team’s cohesion during the game was improved. Senior Franklin Muoka played his best game of the season, doing the dirty work down low in the paint, battling for rebounds and put backs and providing great hustle plays. Sophomores Dylan Pumpian and Landon Hong have seemingly found their stride, each starting for 3 straight games, and each hitting 2 three pointers in this contest. Looking to start another win streak, the Raiders are locked in heading towards Saturday’s contest vs. Forsyth Central in the Pit. Despite beating Forsyth Central 51-39 in their last meeting this year, the boys will need the all of Raider Nation on Saturday at 5:30 in the Pit.
The girls lost a tough game against North Cobb, 35-55. Looking for a fresh start, the girls play Forsyth Central in the Pit at 4 PM on Saturday. The girls are looking to put a 1 in the region win record this week. The last time these two teams met, your Raider girls won a thriller, 56-50. They need your support, however, as this Forsyth Central girls team is very talented. Come out and support your girls on Saturday!
Saturday, December 15 is also Alumni Day in the Pit. Come out to see not only your favorite Raiders of the present but also of the past!

Alumni Reunion – Dec. 15

The final Walton High School Alumni Basketball Reunion in the old gym will be Saturday evening, December 15, 2018. All former girls and boys players, cheerleaders and coaches are invited.

  • 4:00 ~ Hospitality Room in the Rotunda area of the new building…please join us!
  • 4:00 ~ Varsity Girls game
  • 5:30 (approx.) ~ All Alumni recognized between the games…please join us!
  • 5:30 ~ Varsity Boys game

For more information, contact: Tom Wideman, tom.wideman@nm.com678-200-4372 or Larry Pace, lengpac@yahoo.com770-977-2321. If you cannot attend…please contact us to update your information to stay informed of future alumni basketball events.

This is the 44th and final season of games in Walton’s old gym, The Pit, as the new gym is currently under construction.  Come and be a part of one more exciting game in your home gym and fun and fellowship with your fellow Raider basketball alumni.

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A Look Ahead

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Greetings Raider Nation! Despite a tough week of games for our Raiders, our matchups against Roswell and Pope gave us a glimpse of what’s ahead for Raider Nation and, trust me, the future is bright.
Our Lady Raiders took tough losses in both of their games this week. Against Roswell, the girls finished their fight with a final score of 63-72, Hornets. Junior Neusha Green dominated the paint on both the offensive and defensive glass. Junior Emily Lee was on fire from deep the entire way, finishing with 13 points and 3 shots made from beyond the arc. In their rivalry matchup against the Pope Greyhounds, the girls lost a heartbreaker, 51-52. Despite the score, the girls came back from down 13 points at the half to make it an compelling game in the closing seconds. Sophomore Jacki Hecklinski saw a breakout game, as she had 8 points with two 3 pointers. Jacki also showed great hustle plays, laying out and giving it all up for the team. Although the girls lost this weekend, they continued to display perseverance and determination to succeed. The girls have a chance to end their losing streak, with a game against North Cobb on Tuesday at 6 PM, in North Cobb. The girls need everyone to come out and support them on their quest for their first region win! 
The boys also had tough match ups, but development seemed to be the name of the game this weekend. Shooting guard David Sickles was out  with an injury, but his absence left a spot open for a few young players to make their mark. Against Roswell, the boys battled hard, losing 48-57. In his starting debut, sophomore guard Dylan Pumpian lit up the scoreboard with 18 points and four 3 pointers! Fellow sophomore guard Carson Adler also played well, with 11 points and great hustle plays, battling the giants in the paint for rebounds. In a highly intense game against crosstown rival, Pope, the boys battled hard, playing full throttle until the buzzer. Despite their hard work, the score was 64-78, Greyhounds, at the end of play. The future looked bright in this game too, as sophomore Alex Packman made his varsity debut, finishing with 3 points. What that number doesn’t tell is that the young sophomore made fantastic hustle plays, diving on the floor and battling with bigger opponents for possession of the ball. Senior Jordan Krueger also played hard, challenging the opposition with 21 points and a relentless motor. The boys certainly had some bright spots this weekend and look to bounce back on Tuesday at 7:30 PM against North Cobb, at North Cobb. We will see if the team can rally to put an end to the losing streak on Tuesday!
These weekend games showed how our young Raiders are not only working for today but also tomorrow. Let’s stand with them, Raider Nation, and show up and show out on Tuesday, starting at 6!

Another Day at the Office

On a rainy Friday night that seemed determined to keep a guy down, Raider Nation rose up. It was just another day for our Boys and Girls teams, as they proved they can dismantle the opposition in hostile territory as well as in the Pit. Can anyone stop these Raiders?
The Girls team won another nail biter against Forsyth Central, down by as much as 12 points in the second quarter. The Lady Raiders came back strong with a finish of 56-50. Sophomore Tomisin Adenupe proved too much for the Bulldogs, finishing at the rim with ease with 19 points. Freshman Liz Williams also was a big contributor with hustle plays and her defensive abilities on full display. The ladies struggled early on until the end of the 1st half, when the elusive three point shots started to drop for the Raiders. The Girls also defeated Kennesaw Mountain on Saturday, 50-30, which takes them to 4-0 on the season before beginning region play. It seems as if the girls are in for a special season, so what are you waiting for? Come out and watch the girls as they charge toward a region championship.
The Boys team handled business on Friday once again; there never seemed a point that they would have to work overtime. In a game which saw them up for its entirety, the Raiders walked away with a resounding 57-48 win. Junior Cole Morris had a late Thanksgiving Friday, as he feasted in the paint, pouring in 14 points and strong play on the offensive boards. With the offense coming out stagnant for both sides to start the 2nd half, it was sophomore Carson Adler jumpstarting the offense for the Raiders, going on a 5-0 run by himself and ending with 8 points. In a game in which the opposing crowd was a large factor, the boys were able to brush them aside on their way to the win, now 4-1 entering region play. The Boys look strong to start the year, and this team has the chance to do some special things with the help of their supporting fans, Raider Nation!
A great week has the Raiders pushing towards the start of their region schedule, opening with Etowah in the Pit on Tuesday, girls starting at 6, followed by the boys at 7:30. This is a RED out, so wear that Raider Pride on Tuesday, and show up and show out for YOUR Walton Raiders.

Red Out & Blankets – Dec. 4th

RED OUT in the PIT

Tuesday, Dec. 4th
RED OUT for WALTON BASKETBALL…come wearing RED!
Game times: 4:30p JV girls, 6:00p Varsity girls, 7:30p Varsity boys

 

BLANKET DRIVE for MUST Ministries – Bring a NEW blanket…get a FREE popcorn at Concession Stand, 5:30-9:00p!
ALSO…enjoy performances by the Chorus and Jugglers from Timber Ridge Elem. School

A Thanksgiving Feast

Happy Thanksgiving Raider Nation! Hopefully all of you had a feast as grand as the boys varsity had at the Lovett School on Saturday, walking away stuffed in a 53-39 victory. Defense was the main course on Saturday, as the Raiders played a full court press that suffocated Lovett, rendering their offensive playmakers useless. Off of the press, the boys converted steals into easy fast break points and got off to a good start, with the 1st quarter finishing 18-2, Raiders. Junior Cole Morris protected the paint extremely well, stopping Lovett’s big men despite a size difference. Sophomore Landon Hong made the most of his minutes, having 2 points, but more importantly diving on loose balls and running the offense. After some time off, the varsity girls look to add to their 2-0 start at Forsyth Central on Friday at 6 PM, followed by the boys at 7:30 PM. The teams need everyone in Raider Nation out in Cumming Friday to cheer them on! 

Raiders Opening Statement

This week Walton gave a convincing opening statement for a competitive season! What a way to open the year for the Raiders, who couldn’t have done it without the support of you, Raider Nation. The varsity girls opened up their season on Thursday, with a win vs. South Cobb, 64-48. Despite the final score, our girls had to fight through adversity to pull this one out, as they trailed 25-32 at halftime. Our 3 point shot was the driving force in our comeback as several players hit from deep. Junior Emily Lee was fantastic; she poured in 17 points, but more importantly, was able to shred South Cobb’s press with her ball handling and court vision. Friday, the girls pulled out another close game vs. Osborne, with a victory of 52-45. Our 3 point shot was not working throughout the game, as our first make from beyond the arc was in the 3rd quarter. However, this team is adept at making changes on the fly and focused on driving to the basket and getting opportunities at the foul line. Senior Emma Landroche led the team, as she showed marks of a great leader on defense, diving on loose balls and taking several charges. With a hot 2-0 start, the Lady Raiders get a break, not playing until November 30 at Forsyth Central High School. 
Equally impressive, the varsity boys faced prestigious programs this week but did not back down from the challenge. On Friday the boys pulled out an exciting win to start vs. Osborne, 67-48. The boys played physical throughout, manhandling Osborne and taking them to the basket seemingly at will. Sophomore point guard Luka Avaliani had 15 points in his varsity debut and forced the defense to key in on him when he drove, leaving sharpshooters David Sickles and Jordan Krueger open, who were seemingly unconscious from deep. Junior Cole Morris was a dominant rim presence, pulling in rebound after rebound and two huge blocks. On Saturday, the Raiders faced a talented Harrison Hoyas team, who brought pressure from the tipoff. Despite a slow start, with the first quarter ended with Harrison up by 11, the Raiders fought back, with the finishing 74-62, Raiders. The team’s tenacity on defense and fantastic ball movement turned the game our way. In the 4th quarter, with the Raiders up 52-44, the Raiders ripped off a 17-4 run to put the game out of reach. Our press hounded Harrison, forcing a string of turnovers. Senior Tony Adenupe provided a spark off the bench with 12 points and great hustle plays. The boys need Raider Nation to show up and show out Monday at Johns Creek at 5 PM, where they open tournament play.
While a season full of evidence is ahead of us, it seems the verdict on the Walton Basketball program concludes that this will be an exciting season for Raider Nation.