Athletic Achievements

For a fifth consecutive year, Benedictine Military School has the No. 1 boys' athletic program in southeast Georgia!

The Cadets are the top boys' athletic program in southeast Georgia, according to the Georgia Athletic Directors Association. Under the leadership of BC Athletics Director Danny Britt, the Cadets amassed a total of 426 points, which is best among all boys' sports in the area for all classifications A-AAAAAA. Click here for a complete listing of teams.

In 2016-17, BC won the GHSA Class AA state championship in soccer (the school's first) and football (the school's second). Nine Cadets were selected to the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams in soccer, and Chris Kochanik won the Mitsubishi Hitachi/First Stop Academic/Athletic Scholarship. In football, BC won the Region 2-AA championship and finished 15-0 - the best record in BC football history. BC was No. 4 in the nation for small schools (under 1,000 students) by MaxPreps. BC had 20 Cadets on the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams. BC was the Savannah Quarterback Club's Team of the Year for a fifth consecutive year, and four Cadets were on the Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Teams. Danny Britt was named Class AA Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he was the Savannah Morning News' All-Greater Savannah Football Coach of the Year, the Region 2-AA Coach of the Year, the Enmarket All-ESPN Radio Savannah Football Coach of the Year, and Recruit Georgia's Class AA Coach of the Year. Five Cadets were on the All-ESPN Radio Team, including John Wesley Kennedy (Offensive Player of the Year). BC had 19 Cadets named All-Region 2-AA, including Kennedy (Player of the Year) and Nick Iannone (Offensive Player of the Year). Kennedy was the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame's Football Player of the Year. Five Cadets were on the AJC's Class AA All-State Team, including Kennedy (Offensive Player of the Year) and Chris Harris (Defensive Player of the Year). Harris was selected to the CBS/MaxPreps Small Schools All-American First Team. Kennedy was named Savannah Morning News Male Athlete of the Year. The seniors produced the best four-year record (53-4) of any Chatham County school in the history of the GHSA. BC became the first Savannah school to win two football state championships in the GHSA. On Feb. 1, 2017, BC had a school-record six Cadets who signed national letter of intent: Kennedy (Georgia Southern), Harris (Georgia Southern), Gage Blackston (Appalachian State), Bailey Clark (Mercer University), Noah Johnson (College of the Holy Cross) and Nick Whitfield (University of the Cumberlands). Baseball was the Region 2-AA runner-up and advanced to the second round of the GHSA Class AA playoffs. Nine Cadets were selected to the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams. Basketball had three Cadets on the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams. Cross country placed 10th at the GHSA Class AA state championships and second in the Region 2-AA championships. Three Cadets were selected to the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams. Golf won the Region 2-AA championship and advanced to the state tournament. Four Cadets were named to the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams. Lacrosse advanced to the first round of the GHSA playoffs. Rifle advanced to the GHSA state championships. Swimming competed in the GHSA state championships in the 200 medley relay (Justin Williams, Brenton Aliotta, Aidan Gaskill, Chris Pitts) and the 200 freestyle relay (Aliotta, Garrett Cetti, Gavin Lambert, Gaskill), which placed 17th overall. Gaskill was seventh in the 200 individual medley. Tennis won the Region 2-AA championship for a third consecutive year and advanced to the third round of the GHSA Class AA playoffs. Five Cadets were named to the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams, including All-Greater Savannah Boys Tennis Player of the Year Thomas Karle. Ken Cooper was named All-Greater Savannah Boys Tennis Coach of the Year, his third time winning the award. Track and field was the Region 2-AA runner-up for a second consecutive year. BC finished 15th at the state championships and Dennis Bailey placed third in the 100-meter dash (10.91 seconds). Two Cadets were chosen to the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams. Wrestling's Camron Kernodle and Mallie Seckinger qualified for the GHSA Class AA state championships. Three Cadets were selected to the Savannah Morning News' all-city teams.

In 2015-16, BC won the Region 2-AA championship in baseball (fourth consecutive year), cross country (fourth consecutive year), football, soccer and tennis (second consecutive year). BC was the region runner-up in golf and track & field. Wrestling's Jack Carbery placed fourth in the GHSA Class AA state championships (160-pound division) and won the Region 2-AA title. Thomas Karle was the Savannah Morning News' All-Greater Savannah Boys Tennis Player of the Year. Ken Cooper was named Boys Tennis Coach of the Year by the Savannah Morning News. Track & field's 4x100 relay team (Terrick Smalls, Travis Blackshear, Jacob Collins, John Wesley Kennedy) placed third (42.47 seconds) in the state. Kennedy was seventh in the 100-meter (11.36). Golf finished seventh in the state. Swimming competed in the GHSA state championships in the 200 medley relay (Michael Carter, Brenton Aliotta, David Macchi, Gavin Lambert) and the 200-yard free relay (Carter, Garrett Cetti, Austin Karesh, Aliotta). Football finished with a 12-1 record, advancing to the GHSA Class AA quarterfinals, and was the Savannah Quarterback Club's Team of the Year for a fourth consecutive year. John Wesley Kennedy was named Offensive Player of the Year by ESPN Radio Savannah. Kennedy also was named Region 2-AA Player of the Year. Two Cadets (Kennedy and Sanders Creech) were chosen to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Class AA All-State Team. Creech was named to the Georgia High School Football Daily/scoutSMART All-Academic Team and he was one of 20 finalists for the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. Danny Britt was named Class AA Football Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Falcons. Chipper Wiley (baseball) and Creech (football) were selected Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame Players of the Year in their respective sports. Chase Marini won the Mitsubishi/First Stop Scholarship Award.

In 2014-15, BC won the GHSA Class AA state championship in football, the school's first. BC on Region 2-AA championships in baseball, cross country, golf (sixth consecutive year), soccer and tennis. Wrestling's Bridges Brantley and Kado Dang advanced to the GHSA Class AA state championships. BC Valedictorian Al Pesto III (Duke University baseball) was the Savannah Morning News' Academic Player of the Year. BC's JROTC Color Guard and Drill Team finished among the top one-third of teams throughout the state at the GHSA state championships. Brad Stewart (Georgia Tech football) won the Ashley Dearing Award for a second straight year and he was the Savannah Morning News' Male Athlete of the Year. Stewart was the Savannah Morning News' Defensive Player of the Year in football and he was the Georgia Sports Writers Association's Offensive Player of the Year in football. Stevie Powers (University of Southern Mississippi baseball) was the Savannah Morning News' Offensive Player of the Year in football. Stewart and Powers were Co-Offensive Players of the Year by ESPN Radio Savannah. Stewart was the Region 2-AA Offensive Player of the Year and he was a MaxPreps Small Schools All-American (Defense), as well as WTOC's Defensive Player of the Year. Powers was honored by the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame with the Lawton M. Calhoun Award, presented annually to the most outstanding athlete in Chatham County. Danny Britt was the Football Coach of the Year by both the Savannah Morning News and Georgia Sports Writers Association. Golf finished third in the GHSA Class AA state championship, led by Kolbe Kennedy (third in the state) and Devin Murphy (fifth in the state). Kennedy was the Savannah Morning News' Boys Golf Player of the Year. Murphy won the Region 2-AA title for a second straight year. Doug Willett was named Boys Golf Coach of the Year by the Savannah Morning News.

In 2013-14, BC won the GHSA Class AA state championship in baseball, the school's second (1961 in Class AAA). BC won Region 2-AA championships in baseball, cross country football and golf. BC was the region runner-up in soccer and tennis. BC also had the most male athletes recognized at the Savannah Morning News "Best of Preps" Banquet in May. Chipper Wiley was named Baseball Player of the Year by the Savannah Morning News. Brad Stewart was honored by the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame with the Lawton M. Calhoun Award, presented annually to the most outstanding athlete in Chatham County. Stewart also won the Ashley Dearing Award, which recognizes Savannah's most versatile male high school athlete. Stewart was the Savannah Morning News' Most Versatile Male Athlete. Cross country finished eighth in the GHSA Class AA state championship and Sam Geha finished fourth. Football advanced to the GHSA Class AA semifinals and finished 13-1 (the most victories in the program's history) after going 10-0 in Region 2-AA. It was BC's first perfect regular-season record since 1982, and the program's first region title since 2000. BC Valedictorian John Solitario (Stanford University) was named the Academic Player of the Year by the Savannah Morning News. Lacrosse became the first first-year GHSA lacrosse team to reach the state playoffs.Track & field's Geha was the GHSA Class AA State Runner-up in the 1600m (4:23.48) and he finished fifth in the 800m (1:59.84). Westling's David Wells finished sixth in the GHSA Class AA state championship.

In 2012-13, BC won Region 2-AA championships in baseball, cross country, golf and soccer. BC was the region runner-up in tennis. Kevin Farmer was named Baseball Coach of the Year by the Savannah Morning News after guiding the Cadets to the GHSA Class AA state semifinals. Baseball's Mike Huggins was named Baseball Player of the Year by the Savannah Morning News. Danny Britt was named Football Coach of the Year by the Savannah Morning News. Golf placed fifth in the GHSA Class AA state championship. Lacrosse won its second consecutive South Carolina Independent Lacrosse League state championship. Sailing completed its second year of regattas. Soccer advanced to the Elite Eight of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs. Thomas McCarthy was named Boys Soccer Player of the Year by the Savannah Morning News. Swimming's 200-meter freestyle relay team qualified for the state tournament. Track & field had two runners advance to the state tournament. Wrestling had one wrestler advance to the state tournament.

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes, coaches, parents and boosters!

- Compiled by BC Communications Director Noell Barnidge

Founded in 1902, Benedictine Military School is an all-male, Catholic, college preparatory day school educating young men in grades 9-12.

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