Bunche Middle Sweeps Track and Field Titles, Sutton Middle Takes Both Soccer Championships

The boys and girls soccer teams at Sutton Middle School won the Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Soccer Championships. The boys defeated Inman Middle School while the girls beat Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School.

Sutton Middle School swept the girls and boys titles in the Atlanta Public Schools Middle School Soccer Championships.

The girls blanked Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School, 2-0. Kate Jackson and Josie Bird scored for Sutton. Katie was named Player of the Year.

The boys’ team defeated Inman on penalty kicks (5-3) after the teams finished the game in a scoreless tie. In the penalty kick session, Sutton converted on all five of its attempts with goals scored by Alexi Cesbello, Jesus Moreno, Emi Mendoza, Fernando Nina and Ceasar Montez. Sutton’s goalkeeper, Aidan Moore, was named Player of the Year.

In track and field, Bunche Middle School swept the girls and boys titles in the APS Track and Field Championships. The Bunche girls (68 points) edged Inman Middle (65) for the team championship, while the Charger boys (95) won by a comfortable margin over second place Martin Luther King Middle (75 ½).

Among several outstanding performances in the meet were:

KIPP Metro’s girls 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams took first in both events, posting times of 52.84 seconds and 4:24.58, respectively.

Dequan Tate of KIPP Metro won the 400 meters in a time of 52.95.

Bunche’s 400-meter relay team took first in a time of 45.36.

KIPP Metro’s 1,600-meter relay team edged Bunche’s squad – 3:46.16 to 3:46.30 – for first place in the event

Mary Lin Elementary Steppers to Compete for National Title After Winning State Championship

Mary Lin Steppers 2017 (State Champs)
The Mary Lin Elementary School step team, Psi Phi Beta, won the Georgia Steppers League Elementary Division State Championship last weekend. This weekend, the squad will compete for a national title in Memphis.

It continues to rain state championships in Atlanta Public Schools!

Earlier this month, the Mays girls, South Atlanta boys and Atlanta Wolfpack (wheelchair team) won state titles in basketball. Now you can add Mary Lin Elementary School to the list.

Last weekend at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, the school’s step team – Psi Phi Beta – won APS’ fourth state title this year when it took first place in the Georgia Steppers League Elementary Division State Championship competition. The win qualifies the team to compete in the National Stepping Alliance 2017 National Championships, which will take place this weekend in Memphis.2017 Steppers National Championship flyer - Mary Lin ES (Memphis)

At the state competition, Mary Lin’s team outperformed 14 other schools. Additionally, Psi Phi Beta coach Victor Hicks, a technology instructor at the school, was named the league’s Elementary Coach of the Year, while the team’s parents and supporters won the league’s “Fandemonium” Award, given to the fans who show the most sportsmanship during the season.

This weekend’s national competition will feature teams from New York, Illinois and Texas, as well as other states. While Psi Phi Beta is in Memphis, the members and their families will tour Lemoyne-Owens College and visit the Lorraine Motel National Civil Rights Museum.

Mary Lin Steppers 2017 - 2 (State Champs)

Members of Psi Phi Beta include (front to back) Kush Karki, Louis Daugherty, Franki Palmer, Kate Wolfe,  Ryan Milko, Lailah Stoudenmire, Gabby Witmer, Rohan Morel, Anika Karki, head coach Victor Hicks.

(Also pictured is Gavin Brown, coach of the Ultimate Stepping Machines.)


APS launches “United We Play” campaign to ensure a better game day experience for district sporting events

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APS team gear. Check.

Cash for refreshments. Check.

Game management plan. We got this!

To ensure that APS families, student athletes, employees and communities surrounding Grady and Lakewood stadiums are safe and fans are able to enjoy a better game day experience, Atlanta Public Schools has launched the “United We Play” campaign – a game management plan for district sporting events at both venues.

The campaign focuses on enhanced standards of behavior in and around APS sporting venues, including crowd management, ticketing, traffic and parking, and emergency planning. For the remainder of the season, the district wants all APS football fans to “huddle up and have a ball,” and wear their favorite school team gear (t-shirt, hat, button, etc.), all while enjoying games in a safe and secure atmosphere.

“I want all of our communities and school clusters to have the confidence that we are very serious about our security measures so everyone can enjoy themselves,” said APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen.

In advance of games this weekend, the district has updated safety and security planning with the Atlanta Police Department to improve the fan experience at both stadiums. These include:

  • Creating a more visible police presence both inside and outside Grady and Lakewood stadiums, including assigning more marked vehicles outside the stadiums
  • Managing ticketing procedures to ensure quicker service and shorter lines
  • Assigning perimeter security officers around the stadiums to focus on pedestrians walking to and from the games through neighborhoods
  • Improving security mobility with use of additional vehicles for quicker responses

For the long-term, the district is allowing more staffing flexibility on game nights and providing training for stadium employees in the form of drills and exercises. APS will also reach out to partners who have expertise in safety and security planning to review existing plans and communications for all major sporting events. “We need a district-wide conversation about how we establish norms in and around our extra-curricular activities, including a fan-civility policy and expanding our Social-Emotional Learning programming beyond the classroom and into our play spaces,” said Carstarphen.

At the end of the day, the “United We Play” campaign embodies the spirit of the game where athletes, fans and families in every school community are bonded together in an environment where safety and security are a top priority. To see a list of upcoming APS football games, visit www.atlantapublicschools.us/athletics

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