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February 22, 2020

On Jan. 26, 2020, around 1 p.m. EST, a helicopter crashed near Calabasas, California, causing a brush fire around the area. Around 30 minutes later, Thirty Miles Zone (TMZ) reported that Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, including his daughter Gianna, had been killed in a helicopter crash,...

February 22, 2020

The Middle School boys basketball team after winning the area championship. Photo by Tawanna Rorey.

The Middle School boys basketball team recently claimed its third Athens area championship in the program’s history. The Spartans finished the 2020 season with a 10-2 record while being undefeated at h...

February 22, 2020

 Popi Marquez (left) and Jon Nelson (right) at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Photo by Mike Callinan.

“Lights, camera, action!” There I was behind the television journalist and host of Football Fridays podcast, Jon Nelson, and his co-host, Hannah Goodin. After weeks of exchanging emails, I had finally...

February 22, 2020

Brent Chandler in uniform at a football game in 2019. Photo by Amy Chandler.

On a Friday night, Brent Chandler’s heavy armor settles on his shoulders as he runs around hyping up the crowd. The little kids stare in awe while the older ones cheer for their friend and school mascot.

Chandler, 18, is a se...

December 10, 2019

Former ACAD basketball coach Ed Wilson stands in the background as Barrett McLanahan drives to the basket at the 2018 region championship. Photo by Matthew Caldwell for Online Athens.

On July 12, 2019, Athens Academy named Michael Salvia the new head boys’ basketball coach. Ever since that moment, th...

December 10, 2019

 Anannya Das wrestles at right. Photo by Daley Connolly.

Wrestling is a relatively new sport at Athens Academy. Although wrestling doesn’t yet enjoy the same popularity that football, basketball, and baseball enjoy, the program has grown significantly in the last few years. Until now, only boys chose...

November 8, 2019

Graham Blanks runs toward #1 at the GHSA Cross Country Championships. Photo by Enrique Thomas for the Atlanta Track Club.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Athens Academy cross country team traveled to Carrollton, GA to compete in the GHSA 1A Private State Cross Country Championships.

After their annual dinner...

November 8, 2019

Photo of Coach Josh Alexander by Matthew Caldwell for the Oconee Enterprise. 

After 50 wins, what’s next for Coach Josh Alexander?

Ever since Josh Alexander was hired to become head football coach in 2015, Athens Academy hasn’t been the same. Alexander gave newfound hope to the school, and his record,...

November 8, 2019

Athens Academy students cheer on the football team at Slaughter Field. Photo by Anna Rutledge.

Caroline Edwards met with 12th Man leader Georgia Parris to discuss this year’s school spirit initiatives.

Caroline: What do you think about the school spirit so far this football, volleyball, and cross coun...

October 12, 2019

Athens Academy vs. White County volleyball match on August 16. Photos by Matthew Caldwell for Online Athens.​

As of Sept. 30, The Athens Academy volleyball team is 28-5 for the season and 4-0 in region matches. They are doing well this season and plan to go far into the state tournament. The four fre...

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