Behind a pair of goals from Riley Intrator, the Smith Academy boys soccer team earned a 2-1 road win over Hopkins Saturday afternoon.

With both teams still scoreless halfway through the match, Ben Hudzik changed that by connecting with Intrator for his then first goal of the season.

As the Falcons continued to cling to their slim 1-0 lead nearing the 60-minute mark, Intrator struck again. However, this time, Griffin Goldman was awarded the assist to extend their team’s cushion to 2-0.

During the match’s final minutes, Andrew Ciaglo helped the Golden Hawks avoid being shutout behind his first goal of the year.

In the end, it wasn’t enough as Smith Academy claimed its season-opener while Hopkins has dropped two consecutive games since defeating Renaissance Tuesday.

The Falcons will now welcome Pioneer Valley to town on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m., while the Golden Hawks travel to face Greenfield scheduled for the same time on Monday, Sept. 13.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Sep. 11


Westfield 5, Amherst 5 – Box Score

Frontier 4, Mount Greylock 0 – Box Score

Ludlow 3, Pittsfield 0 – Box Score

Minnechaug 2, Pope Francis 1 – Box Score


West Springfield 8, Chicopee Comp 0 – Box Score


Frontier 4, Mount Greylock 0 – Box Score


Smith Academy 2, Hopkins 1 – Box Score

Springfield International Charter School 10, Athol 0 – Box Score


Westfield 5, Amherst 5 – Box Score

Ludlow 3, Pittsfield 0 – Box Score

Minnechaug 2, Pope Francis 1 – Box Score

West Springfield 8, Chicopee Comp 0 – Box Score

Girls Soccer

Saturday, Sep. 11


Mount Greylock 5, Ware 0 – Box Score


Amherst 9, Springfield International Charter School 0 – Box Score


Hopkins 5, Lee 1 – Box Score

Boys Cross Country

Saturday, Sep. 11


Easthampton 27, Springfield International Charter School 29 – Box Score

Girls Cross Country

Saturday, Sep. 11


Springfield International Charter School 24, Easthampton 33 – Box Score

Field Hockey

Saturday, Sep. 11


Longmeadow 2, Cicero-North Syracuse 1 – Box Score

Girls Volleyball

Saturday, Sep. 11


Ware 3, Springfield International Charter School 1 – Box Score

Inner-county matchups Dunnellon at Vanguard and North Marion at West Port will highlight a seven-game slate this week.

Included in the schedule is the first game of the season for St. John, as well as a battle of unbeatens at Lake Weir.

All games start at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise indicated

Dunnellon (0-1) at Vanguard (2-0)

FIRST DOWN: The Tigers were off last week, while the Knights defeated West Port, 21-0, last Friday.

SECOND DOWN: DHS has won three straight in this series, including two in 2020 (one on each home field) by a combined five points. Those were VHS’s only losses last year. The first game concluded with a memorable touchdown pass from Dunnellon’s Trent Townsend to LJ Fitzpatrick. The second one came in the FHSAA playoffs and ended the Knights’ season. Townsend played hurt and gave a gutty performance that night at Booster Stadium.

THIRD DOWN: Want an individual matchup to watch? Keep an eye on when Vanguard cornerback Emile Sancho is lined up on Fitzpatrick. Those are two of the county’s best at their positions.

FOURTH DOWN: Dunnellon will host Crystal River next Friday, while the Knights will host Miami Carol City.

North Marion (1-0) at West Port (0-2), 7 p.m.

FIRST DOWN: The Colts were unable to play last week due to COVID-19, while the Wolf Pack fell to Vanguard, 21-0.

SECOND DOWN: In their team’s opener against Forest, NMHS juniors Christopher Foster and Elija Walton combined to make seven receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

THIRD DOWN: West Port likely is on the short list of teams statewide who had the toughest opposition in its first two weeks. Prior to facing always-tough VHS, WPHS was beaten by Tampa Jesuit, which turned around and knocked off national powerhouse Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas a week later.

FOURTH DOWN: The Colts are scheduled to have next week off, but could be looking for a replacement game for Week Two. West Port will visit Forest next Friday.

Gainesville (1-1) at Trinity Catholic (0-1), 7 p.m.

FIRST DOWN: The Hurricanes defeated Orlando Bishop Moore, 14-6, last Friday, while the Celtics lost 38-19 at Clearwater Central Catholic.

SECOND DOWN: GHS will be spending two of its first three Friday nights in Marion County this year. The Hurricanes were defeated by Vanguard, 30-8, at Booster Stadium in the season opener.

THIRD DOWN: Trinity will look to get off to a better start this week. At CCC last Friday, the Celtics fell behind 31-7 at the half. They actually won the second half, 12-7, but climbing all the way back was a big ask.

FOURTH DOWN: Gainesville will visit Palm Coast Matanzas next Friday, while Trinity Catholic will host Tampa Carrollwood Day.

Belleview (2-0) at Crystal River (0-2), 7 p.m.

FIRST DOWN: The Rattlers won at Bronson, 64-8, last Friday, while the Pirates were beaten 49-7 at The Villages.

SECOND DOWN: Belleview is averaging 48.5 points through two games, but don’t let that overshadow the Rattlers’ defense. BHS already

A dozen years ago, when 125 students signed up for classes at Utah’s first public online school, DeLaina Tonks dreamed of the day when 10 times that number would enroll.

She just didn’t dream it would take an infectious plague to make it happen.

As disruptive as COVID-19 has been, some things have proven impervious to its chaos.

Mountain Heights Academy, for one.

Lockdown. Sheltering in place. Social distancing. Videoconferencing. They’d already been doing that for years.

* * *

As principal of Mountain Heights Academy since its inception in 2009 — it was first called Open High School until grades seven through nine were added in 2012 — Tonks has watched a slow and steady growth as students around the state have discovered, for various reasons, that virtual school is the best fit for them.

Some are athletes or actors or dancers who take their school-in-a-laptop along with them as they travel far and wide to pursue their dreams. Others require extra emotional or physical support or assistance. Still others are what Tonks refers to as “mainstream kids who do not want to deal with swirlies in the bathroom.”

“It’s not the right fit for everyone,” she says, “but it’s the best fit for

Calvary head football coach Mark Stroud believes his team has more to prove to itself and others.

A 3-0 record and a convincing 47-14 home victory over Frederica Academy in a non-league game certainly will help.

Quarterback Jake Merklinger threw two touchdown passes to help the Cavaliers to a commaning 34-0 halftime advantage in an outburst that showcased their overall depth.

“We wanted to put the ball in our best players’ hands,” said Stroud. “I think it will help us be a good offensive team. Once we can spread things out, we can expand the field vertically.”

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On the second series, Calvary Day took possession on the 50 after a shanked punt, and they scored nine plays later when Antonio Butts Jr. scooted into the end zone from 2 yards out with 4:23 left in the opening stanza.

It took the Cavaliers just two plays on the next possession to register their next points when flanker Jamari Brooks took a handful in the backfield and outraced the Frederica defense 40 yards for a score.

Merklinger gave the Cavaliers a 21-0 lead when he fired a 13-yard scoring strike to Caden Arnold over the middle with 6:39 left before halftime.

After Calvary Day’s defense clamped down on Frederica’s running game in their backfield for losses, Merklinger found Deandre Singleton Jr. in the flat, and the senior juked his way past two defenders on his way to a 27-yard touchdown.

The Cavaliers’ defense again rose to the occasion in the closing seconds of the first half when it forced a Frederica fumble on the CDS 3-yard line, and the Cavaliers’ Trevor Strowbridge scooped it up and sprinted 99 yards down the sidelines that gave his team a 34-0 halftime bulge.  

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Head football coach Mark Stroud directs practice last season at Calvary Day School.

Key play

Frederica Academy appeared to be ready to gain some momentum before halftime when it pieced together a productive drive to the Calvary 1 on a fourth down with 3 seconds remaining.

Jordan Triplett juggled the handoff and lost the ball. Strowbridge scooped it up, broke out a scrum and found an open path down the sideline.

A Frederica score would have put it within 3 scores and given new life for the second half.

Key stats

Merklinger threw for 145 yards and ran for 19, as he connected with six different receivers on the night. 

“We do have a lot of weapons, and our coach did a great job in helping me use them,” he said. “We had a great effort, and we were able to spread it around.”

Calvary’s defense limited Frederica to 86 yards in the first half, and the visiting Knights only crossed the 50 twice.

What we learned

1. The Cavaliers can be swashbucklers: Calvary showed its versatility on offense using an effective cast to move the ball on offense via the air and the ground. Donovan Johnson led their seven rushers with

(UPDATED, Thursday, 1:00 PM )- COVID-19 has reared its ugly head again on the FACS football program.

The Crusaders initial week 3 contest against Harding Academy was cancelled because of COVID concerns on Harding’s side.

FACS then found a make up game as they agreed to host Dresden but now FACS has had to cancel the game with Dresden because of cases on the Crusaders side.

Dresden has now found another week 3 game as they will now travel over to play Fayette Academy.

The FACS-Dresden game was Tennessee’s 34th high school football cancellation with Week 3 kickoffs two days away.

The other 33 games that have been cancelled statewide this week are:

Tipton Rosemark-USJ

Stewarts Creek-Oakland


Perry County-Dresden



Trinity Christian-Fayette Academy

Whitwell-Copper Basin

Howard-The King’s Academy

Marion County-Tyner

Bluff City-Booker T. Washington



Trezevant-Raleigh Egypt


Harding Academy-FACS

Lookout Valley-South Pittsburg

Union County-Pigeon Forge

Tennessee High-Pulaski County (VA)

Madison (NC)-Unicoi County

Hillwood-Pearl Cohn

Bledsoe County-Meigs County

Lake County-Peabody


Warren County-Ridgeway

CAK-Boyd Buchanan

Sequatchie County-Cannon County

Lenoir City-Campbell County

Polk County-Tellico Plains

Goodpasture-Lipscomb Academy



Cherokee-Daniel Boone

Besides Dresden-Fayette Academy, two other games have been scheduled is Daniel Boone will travel over to Loudon to take on the Redskins while The King’s Academy will travel to Georgia to play Heritage (GA) high school.

Last week, 30 total games were canceled.

Ray Holtzclaw first heard from Roy Johnson when his son, Judah, was a sophomore at Westerville Central in 2018.

Johnson, at the time running a program called COF Academy, was interested in Judah becoming COF’s starting quarterback. But the Holtzclaws were happy with things at Westerville Central, so the conversations didn’t progress.

After COF Academy fell apart, Johnson turned his attention to a new program in the same mold — Bishop Sycamore. Alongside Andre Peterson, the duo continued working on their model for a football program. 

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That model was exposed on ESPN Sunday afternoon, as Bishop Sycamore lost 58-0 to IMG Academy in a game that prompted a national conversation about Bishop Sycamore’s legitimacy and raised questions about how the team came to be highlighted on ESPN. During the game, ESPN commentator Anish Shroff admitted that ESPN had been unable to verify Bishop Sycamore’s claims that they have multiple Division I prospects on the roster, and he and others on air said they worried for the safety of the overmatched players from Columbus.

Since the beginning of the 2020 season, Bishop Sycamore, which is not a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, hasn’t won a game and has been outscored 342-49. The team has largely been unnoticed until now, and the reaction has been swift. Already, a game against DeMatha (Hyattsville, Maryland) Catholic High School, previously scheduled for Oct. 1, has been canceled

ESPN also said it was unaware that Bishop Sycamore had played a game on Friday night, as it is unheard of for a team at any level to play two games in 48 hours.

Bishop Sycamore chaos doesn’t surprise Holtzclaws 

There are also questions about Bishop Sycamore as a school. It is not yet registered with the Ohio Department of Education for the 2021-22 school year, though it has until Sept. 30 to do so. And the address on record for last year is the address of Resolute Athletic Training near Easton Town Center. Records show Bishop Sycamore was registered as a non-chartered, non-tax supported school — not the charter school it says it is.

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Judah Holtzclaw, here playing for Westerville Central in 2019, spent some time with Bishop Sycamore and is now playing at Youngstown State.

None of this chaos surprises the Holtzclaws.

In Judah’s senior year, with hopes of him playing in college, the Holtzclaws decided he should take a gap year after graduation and play for a prep school to enhance his football opportunities.

“I remembered (COF Academy) and looked them up and they were Bishop Sycamore,” Ray Holtzclaw told The Dispatch. “I called and talked to them and they were like, ‘We’re a totally new program now and things are good’ and all this stuff. We were like, well, you’re local, so instead of us trying to find somewhere, Judah can live at home and

An Ohio high school football team misrepresented the number of top-tier college recruits on its roster in order to play a nationally televised game on ESPN, according to reports from The Athletic and Awful Announcing.

In a game that aired Sunday on ESPN, IMG Academy from Bradenton, Florida, travels to Canton, Ohio to take on Bishop Sycamore High School from Columbus. The game was billed as a matchup between two premium prep schools featuring plenty of young players that will soon play at major college programs.

That turned out to be true of only one of those teams. IMG Academy routed Bishop Sycamore with a 58-0 victory.

IMG Academy boasts one of the best football teams in the country, with 19 of ESPN’s top-ranked 300 players nationwide in the class of 2022 and the class of 2023. And while Bishop Sycamore told the network they had several top recruits of their own, ESPN announcers admitted during the game broadcast that they “could not verify” that many of the school’s claims about their players’ NCAA Division I offers.

ESPN announcers also seemed concerned for the safety of the players on the field. But what they didn’t know is that Bishop Sycamore had also played in a game just two days earlier, losing to Sto-Rox High School in the Pittsburgh area on Friday.

Awful Announcing reports that Bishop Sycamore started the same quarterback on both Friday and Sunday and that in both games, the team “frequently had players with the same numbers in the same alignments.” Bishop Sycamore also only fielded about 35 players, meaning that many of those players played on both offense and defense with few breaks.

A reporter who was at the game told Awful Announcing that several players suffered injuries during Sunday’s game.

It’s also unclear what kind of education Bishop Sycamore provides. The Ohio High School Athletic Association does not recognize the school. The Athletic reports that the address listed with the Ohio Department of Education is an indoor athletic complex and that the address listed on the school’s MaxPreps page is the library for Franklin University. The school’s website also currently appears inoperable.

The Athletic also spoke to the parent of a player who was recruited to play for Bishop Sycamore earlier this year. That player, Judah Holtzclaw, nearly joined the team as part of a “gap year” after his senior season in the hopes of attracting a better scholarship offer.

Holtzclaw’s father claimed he was forced to foot the bill for equipment and hotel rooms for his son and teammates, for which he was never supposed to pay. He also told The Athletic that he had tried to contact the team’s future opponents to warn them that they may be playing a team “that has players who are 19 or 20 and may not even go to class at all.”

The Athletic also reports that the team’s coach, Roy Johnson, tried to form a similar team for a school called Christians of Faith Academy

Brothers can work together. A pair at St. Andrew’s certainly did.

Zayden and Zyere Edwards proved to be the difference in host St. Andrew’s School’s opening night, a 27-20 victory over Bethesda Academy in a tight battle between rivals Friday night.

Quarterback Zayden Edwards transferred this school year from Bethesda to St. Andrew’s, where Zyere already was a basketball standout. Their father, Harold “Zion” Edwards, is an SAS assistant coach formerly at Bethesda.

The victory was the first for the Lions’ new head coach Blake Henry. Former head coach Doug Dixon stepped down in March and joined Bethesda as the Blazers’ defensive coordinator.

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Zayden Edwards, a freshman, helped engineer a comeback in which the Lions scored 27 unanswered points after a sluggish start had them down 14-0.

Bethesda quarterback Triston Randall scooped up his own fumble and rambled 28 yards for a score on the opening drive of the game. After St. Andrew’s fumbled on its possession, Bethesda’s Adrian Okee — who ran for a game-high 173 yards — broke free on a 36-yard scamper two plays later for a 14-0 advantage. 

Zayden Edwards answered back for the Lions when he connected on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Alec Waters on a fourth-and-goal, and later hit a wide-open Ethan Wilkins for a 21-yard scoring strike that knotted the game at 14 at halftime.

The freshman quarterback struck again when he scored on a 2-yard run on the opening  possession of the third quarter that capped an 11-play, 56-yard drive.

Zyere Edwards delivered the final blow when he took a handoff deep in the backfield and sprinted 35 yards for the Lions’ final score with 10:53 left in the game.

After St. Andrew’s failed to run out the clock in the closing moments, Randall connected with Justin Washington down the sideline for a 34-yard score in the final 30 seconds. The Blazers, however, failed to recover their onside kick, securing the win for the host Lions.   

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Key play

Bethesda had a legitimate chance to tie the game when Romond Robinson recovered Ethan Bland’s fumble on his 12-yard line. But Okee lost the ball on the 13 and Bland redeemed himself with a recovery on the 22.

Robinson recorded a sack of Edwards for a 13-yard loss, but the elder Edwards sealed the victory with his 35-yard run on the next play.

Key stats

The Edwards brothers combined for 290 yards of total offense. Zayden Edwards threw for a pair of scores with 115 yards passing and 18 rushing yards, while Zyere had 75 yards receiving and 84 yards rushing.

Bethesda was plagued with 10 penalties  — several  for delay of game — for 65 yards.

 “We had some good things happening, but penalties and turnovers helped stall our offense,” said Bethesda Academy head coach Antwain Turner. “We can build

COLUMBIA — The Albemarle School boys soccer team defeated Columbia 4-2 in a non-conference match Tuesday at Columbia High School.

Albemarle School senior Donovan Sherlock, junior Ethan Mercer, freshman Ethan Hassell and 8th grader Carter Cauley each scored a goal in the contest.

Senior goalkeeper Cole Langley had 12 stops for the Colts.

The Colts will next play at home on Friday Sept. 3 versus Bethel Assembly Christian Academy.

John A. Holmes at Bear Grass Charter: Holmes High School announced the non-conference match scheduled for Wednesday was canceled by Bear Grass Charter.

Albemarle School def. New Life Academy 25-15, 25-8, 25-8: Albemarle School won Tuesday’s home non-conference match versus New Life Academy.

The Lady Colts were led by sophomore Sydney Abeyounis with 10 kills and three aces.

Sophomore Madelyn Delosreyes had 11 assists, two aces, a kill, a dig and a block.

Junior Miranda Parker added five kills, two aces, two digs and an assist.

The Lady Colts were also helped by sophomore Emiley Harris’ performance.

She added nine aces, 14 service points, two assists, two kills and a dig.

The Lady Colts travel to Bethel Assembly Christian Academy on Thursday for a non- conference game.

Pasquotank def. Bertie 25-17, 25-12, 25-12: The Panthers (1-0) began their season with a non-conference victory against the Falcons Tuesday at Bertie County High School.

Pasquotank was led by Ashlynn Wiatt who had 12 service aces, Reign Powell had nine, Ellie Bojo had five, Emma Bailey with four and Leah Sawyer with four.

Williamston-Riverside def. John A. Holmes 25-18, 28-26, 25-22: The Aces lost to the host Knights (2-0) in a non-conference match Tuesday at Riverside High School.

Cape Hatteras def. Northeastern 25-16, 25-19, 25-9: The Hurricanes (3-1) defeated the visiting Eagles (0-1) in a non-conference match Tuesday at Cape Hatteras High School in Buxton.

John A. Holmes High School announced Wednesday that it was unable to secure an opponent to play Friday, Aug. 27.

The Aces were scheduled to play host to Bertie County on Aug. 27, but the Bertie County football program is in COVID-19 protocol, which led to the game not being played this Friday.

The Aces are scheduled to play their first game of the fall 2021 season Thursday, Sept. 2 at Rocky Mount High School.

CALDWELL, Idaho — A local high school is planning an event to honor the lives lost on 9/11, but first, they’re raising money for a trip to New York City to learn about 9/11.

Elevate Academy is a career technical education charter school that won a grant to organize a 9/11 remembrance event. CJ Watson, the charter administrator at Elevate says one school from each state wins a couple thousand dollars through the grant.

“The students—our first responder students that are firefighting, EMT and criminal justice, will read the names of 55 victims and before that, they’re actually going to research each of their victims to really understand who they were,” Watson said.

Watson says they realized the students weren’t alive yet when 9/11 happened which is why they’re planning a trip for six seniors to visit New York City, hoping they’ll gain a sense of empathy they can share with the other students at Elevate.

“They’re going to spend one full day over by the freedom towers and they’re going to get some personalized tours and stories and really just kind of understand what happened in that moment, what led up to it and what’s happened since,” Watson said.

Victor Chabolla is one of the students going on the trip. He’s in the construction program at Elevate and said he felt like this trip was a calling.

“I think just being there where everything happened will help me understand better and feel what people feel,” Chabolla said.

Elevate Academy has a gofundme to raise money for food travel and lodging for the trip.

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