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.

Friday Blog…

A new rivalry could be brewing in the Pit tonight when the Raiders suit up to take on the Osborne Cardinals. Girls start at 6:00, followed by the boys. Come out and support your Raiders!

Thursday Blog…

Tonight against the South Cobb Eagles at 7:00, sophomore forward Tomisin Adenupe looks to repeat last year’s season opener when she scored 25 points in her varsity debut. Hope to see you in the Pit!

Basketball Kicks Off

Walton Basketball is back! A week of fun events kicked off the 2018-19 season. The Tip-off Banquet  brought together players across the Walton community, middle and high school, to share food and fun as a basketball family. On Thursday the Varsity Boys and Girls scrimmaged the Cherokee Hooches. The girls ran away with it, 75-36, while the boys lost a tough game 50-65. Raider Nation has a lot to look forward to off of these scrimmages, as both boys and girls played well against a respectable Hooch team. Friday Night was Midnight Madness in the Pit, with giveaways to the fans, a three point contest, half court shots, and more things to get excited about for this season. The girls open their season on Thursday, November 15th, at home vs. the South Cobb Eagles at 7:00. The boys start play Friday, November 16th, vs. the Osborne Cardinals at 7:30. We hope to see you Thursday and Friday in the Pit to cheer on our Raiders!

2018-2019 Boys Rosters

Congratulations to the following for making the 2018-2019 Walton Boys Basketball team.

VARSITY

#

JUNIOR VARSITY

# tbd

Dylan

Pumpian

1

Jonathan

Awoleye

Jackson

Bolgla

2

Hunter

Bloom

Landon

Hong

3

Joseph

Covington

Toni

Adenupe

4

Landon

Hong

Cole

Leingang

5

Cole

Leingang

Peter

Gbenle

11

Alex

Packman

Luka

Avaliani

12

Emory

Paul

Jordan

Krueger

14

Dylan

Pumpian

David

Sickles

21

Sanjay

Reddy

Carson

Adler

23

Tripp

Smith

Cole

Morris

25

Franklin

Muoka

34

FRESHMEN

#

Justin

Clark

0

Ryan

Wideman

1

Jessy

Amirouche

2

Alex

Kerr

3

Andre

Miguel

5

Michael

Wyse

10

Charles

Ames

11

Matthew

Winokur

12

Tadiwa

Zinyango

14

Ryan

Harrington

15

Jacob

Monroe

20

Allen

Falayi

21

Ryan

Purves

23