IN THIS SECTION

Athletic Achievements

Baseball

Varsity
All-region players (2016, 2017)
First place in regular season, Dunwoody Senior League (2014)

Middle School
10-5 record facing a number of larger GHSA and varsity GISA squads (2015)

College Athletes
Vinny Antinori ('18), Emmanuel College
Nick Maddox ('18), Toccoa Falls College

Basketball

Varsity Boys
State champion (2017, 2018)
State tournament Final Four (2007)
State tournament Elite Eight (2016)
Region champion (2016, 2017, 2018)
Region runner-up (2007, 2011)
All-state players (2016, 2017)
All-region players (2009-2017)
State playoff appearances (2005, 2006, 2011, 2012)

Varsity Girls
State runner-up (2018)
State tournament Elite Eight (2013)
Region champion (2013, 2017, 2018)
Region runner-up (2012)
All-state players (2016)
All-region players (2009-2017)
GISA Scholar-Athletes (2015)
State playoff appearances (2009, 2011-2015)

College Athletes
Georgii Maslennikov ('18), DePaul University
Kamani Johnson ('18), University of Arkansas Little Rock
Jerique Walker ('17): Cardinal Stritch University
McKenzie Jones ('11): Sewanee: The University of the South

Cheerleading

HSP offers opportunities for varsity and middle school girls to participate in cheerleading for football and basketball.

HSP Cheerleaders in College
Lauren Bohling ('16): Georgia Tech

Cross Country

Varsity Girls
State runner-up (2011, 2014)
State tournament, 3rd place (2013)
Region champion (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
Region runner-up (2008, 2009, 2012)
State meet appearances (2005-2017)

Varsity Boys
Region champion (2010, 2011)
State meet appearances (2005-2011, 2015-2017)

College Athletes
Ryan Doyle ('12): Wofford College
Cole Watson ('12): Wofford College
Hannah Meadows ('12): U.S. Naval Academy

Football

Varsity (GISA)
State quarter-finalist (2008)
Region champion (2007)
Region runner-up (2006)
All-state players (2008, 2009)
All-region players (2008, 2009, 2014-2017)
State playoff appearances (2006-2009, 2015)

Varsity (GFC)
State champion (2011)
State playoff appearances (2012)

College Athletes
Andy Moots ('12): Sewanee: The University of the South
Curtis Johnson ('09): Sewanee: The University of the South
Constantine Giannopoulos ('09): Hargrave Military Academy, Florida Institute of Technology
Max Jones ('08): Sewanee: The University of the South

Golf

Region champion (2007, 2010)
Region runner-up (2006, 2008, 2012)
State playoff appearances (2005-2016)
Individual region low-medalists: Charles Genner (2007); Ben Verlander (2010)

Soccer

Varsity Boys
State runner-up (2012)
State semi-finalist (2006, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2017)
State quarter-finalist (2010, 2013)
Region champion (2006, 2011-2014)
Region runner-up (2009, 2010, 2015-2017)
All-state players (2008, 2010-2016)
All-region players (2008, 2010-2016)
U.S. Youth Soccer Goalie “Save of the Year” (Luke Whelan, 2012)
State playoff appearances (2004, 2005, 2015, 2016)

Middle school boys
GICCA state champions (2018)

Varsity Girls
State semi-finalist (2014-2016)
State quarter-finalist (2008, 2011-2013)
Region champion (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Region runner-up (2008, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2017)
All-state players (2007-2017)
All-region players (2007-2017)
State playoff appearances (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010)

College Athletes
Allie Bertany ('17): Berry College
Megan Radosta ('15): Berry College 
    Recipient of GISA Morris C. Johnson Academic Athlete Award
    Recipient of Georgia Soccer Phil Woosnam Soccer Scholarship

Selina Kelete ('14): Emory University at Oxford
Mia Voss ('14): Queens University
Luke Whelan ('14): Belmont Abbey College
Celso Torres ('12): Washington University, St. Louis
Brianna Ryce ('12): DePaul University
Louie Brann ('12), Harvey Mudd College
Kali Higgins ('10): Benedictine College
Megan Spitler ('09): University of North Georgia

Swimming

Varsity Boys
State champion (2018)

Varsity Girls
State meet appearances (2018)

Middle School Boys
State meet appearances (2018)

Middle School Girls
State meet appearances (2018)

Tennis

Varsity Boys
State champion (2006)
Region champion (2006, 2011)
Region runner-up (2007, 2008)

Varsity Girls
State singles champion (Sabina Grigorian, 2017)
State champion (2006)
Region champion (2006)
Region runner-up (2007, 2008)

College Athletes
Sabina Grigorian ('18), Villanova University
Nelson Tyer Jones ('18), Sewanee: University of the South
Jessica Cocks ('11): Ave Maria University
Ben Dashiell ('09): Monmouth University

Track and Field

Varsity Boys
Region champion (2006, 2008, 2011)
Region runner-up (2007)
State meet appearances (2004-2012, 2016)

Varsity Girls
Region champion (2008)
Region runner-up (2007)
State meet appearances (2004-2012, 2015-2017)

College Athletes
Ryan Doyle ('12): Wofford College
Cole Watson ('12): Wofford College
Chris Sickafoose ('12): Shorter University
Hannah Meadows ('12): U.S. Naval Academy

Volleyball

Volleyball Achievements
Region champion (2017)
All-state players (2013, 2017)
All-region players (2008-2017)
State playoff appearances (2009, 2012-2017)

HSP Athletic Program FAQs

What sports opportunities may be available for my child that may not be available at some other schools?

At HSP, there are great opportunities for students to make each team and play.  Athletes also can play more than one sport at HSP, unlike at many other schools, where a year-round commitment to one sport is required.  At these larger schools, the athletes are often hand-picked or otherwise recruited, making it very difficult for even very good athletes to make the team or get meaningful playing time.

If my child is interested in playing sports in college, will being at HSP hinder his or her prospects?

Not at all.   In most team sports, such as soccer and basketball, college coaches pay attention to the club system (AAU, Club or Travel Soccer) when recruiting.  Individual sports, such as cross country and track & field, have objective measures of success (e.g., running times), so where a student attends high school does not matter.  HSP has sent students to college on athletic scholarships in a variety of such sports.  While high school success may have some greater significance in football, players interested in a college career create tryout tapes, play in all-star games, etc.  As noted, HSP has sent football players to Sewanee: The University of the South and others.

What level of parental support is there for HSP sports programs?

Parental support of the HSP sports programs is strong, and growing.  Through Cougars Corner, Poker Night and the annual Golf Outing, parents support the teams financially.  Parents also volunteer for a variety of jobs at, before and after the games (e.g., clock, scorebook, announcer, ticket sales, football chain-gang, pregame meals, and clean-up).  The bottom line is that, for a school of HSP’s size, the success of and support for the sports teams are solid, and increasing every year.  In addition, it takes time to build sports traditions, and for a young school, HSP is well on its way to establishing such traditions – which enables success to continue and sustains the programs in the future.

What prospects are there for the addition of teams in sports not currently offered?

The challenge HSP faces in this regard is that, due to its size, at times it has difficulty fielding several multi-player teams in a given season.  That said, HSP is always willing to support any team for which there is sufficient interest, or even an individual student who wishes to participate in a given sport.  For example, this past Winter, Ben Verlander participated in the GISA State Swimming Championship on behalf of HSP, where he won first place in two events and second in a third.  Likewise, as noted, HSP has fielded softball and baseball teams in the past, and hopes to do so again if the numbers justify it. 

What is the status of upgrades to the sports facilities, including Cougar Field?

First, HSP has built or upgraded some of its facilities already in recent years, at substantial expense.  For example, the Upper School gymnasium was newly constructed in 2005, and the Lower School gym and fields were recently renovated. 
Second, HSP spent a substantial amount of money acquiring the land on Lake Forrest Drive for Cougar Field and related facilities, and additional money in defending the neighborhood zoning challenges.  HSP now owns the land outright and has the legal right to develop it into the planned-for facilities.  The last hurdle before proceeding with the construction is raising the approximately $8 million dollars necessary to fund the development costs.   HSP plans to begin a capital campaign with that goal in mind.  Once built, Cougar Field will have a football/soccer field.  Future facility upgrades elsewhere on campus may include baseball/softball field and track.

How are coaches selected and hired, and what does the future look like in that regard?

Several of our teams are or have been coached by members of our faculty and administration: for example, Pete Radosta coaches girls Varsity soccer, Mike Sickafoose coaches boys Varsity and JV basketball, Maggie Horne Tereshinski has coached the Junior High girls soccer team and now assists Coach Radosta at the Varsity level, and Mike Verlander coaches the golf team.  In those instances in which HSP does not have a faculty member with the requisite experience to coach a given team, HSP hires coaches from the community, after a careful search and vetting process.  If a coach does not work out, for one reason or another, HSP listens to input from students and parents and acts decisively in changing coaches for the following school year.

Why are students not allowed to participate in after-school athletics on Wednesdays?

HSP has always reserved Wednesday afternoons as non-sports days at the Upper School.  With its focus on strong academic achievement, HSP believes that giving students a mid-week break from after-school sports is essential to help them meet the oft-times extraordinary demands they face in keeping up with their schoolwork.