Kennesaw Mountain High School, in conjunction with the Cobb County School District, have developed a new online Athletic Registration for participation in athletics at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
Parents will use the Athletic Registration to submit the required consent, insurance, and medical information for your student’s athletic registration. Students must be in grades eight through twelve to register for athletics.
Accessing the Student Athletic Registration To access the Athletic Registration Application,
log into your ParentVUE account. Two
links to the ParentVUE login are available from the Parents’ menu on the Cobb
County School District’s home page (www.cobbk12.org).
When Jonathan Keppler won a state championship as a freshman in 2012, Kennesaw Mountain knew there would be opportunities for success as long as the young golfer continued to play well, and the Mustangs’ other golfers were able to hold their own.
Led by Keppler, Kennesaw Mountain finished as the region runner-up twice and made two trips to the state tournament.
With Keppler having graduated last spring and now playing at Florida State, coach Chris Walker did not know what to expect from the Mustangs this season.
Fortunately, he discovered early on that the team — consisting of Brendan Hughes, Marshall Cua, Michael Colcombe, Sam Rapp, Jackson Collier, Austin Schendl, William Dawson, Jay Kim, Cole Schendl, Baylor Cantrell and William Turrentine — would be OK.
Kennesaw Mountain won the Cobb County Invitational and Region 4AAAAAA tournament, and Walker is the 2016 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Boys Golf Coach of the Year.
“I was excited to find out I was coach of the year,” Walker said. “I tried to be humble and not smile, but I couldn’t help but enjoy the moment. I was honored.”
Walker had every reason to enjoy the season after his golfers played beyond any of his expectations.
“I wasn’t sure what this team was capable of at the beginning of the season,” Walker said. “I thought we would take a step back after losing Jonathan, but it turned out we became a better team overall, and the best team we could be this year.”
Kennesaw Mountain started the season with its first victory at the Cobb County Invitational, shooting 300 as a team to beat Mount Paran Christian by three strokes.
“Winning Cobb gave us the confidence to know we were a good team,” Walker said. “We only had one or two practices before the tournament, and then we went out and won it. That set the tone, and we continued to do well.
“We were consistent from the start, and with Brendan, Marshall, Michael and Sam in the lineup, we felt like we didn’t lose because those guys were always so consistent.”
The highlight of Kennesaw Mountain’s season came when it won the Region 4AAAAAA tournament, snapping Harrison’s 18-year region championship streak. The Mustangs shot 311 as a team with Hughes, Colcombe and Cua each beating 80.
“Winning region was the pinnacle of our season,” Walker said. “We were runners-up four straight times before, so winning was really important, because we always felt like we had a chance to win it in the past, and then we finally did.”
Walker believes Kennesaw Mountain’s two 18-hole matches before the region tournament helped the team prepare for the showdown with its Due West rival. He did not take a similar approach entering the Class AAAAAA state tournament, where the Mustangs shot 327 and placed 12th overall.
“I think the four weeks off between region and state hurt us,” Walker said. “We wanted to do better and get in the top 10, or even the top five, and I think we would have if we shot the same score that we did at region, but a couple of guys had an off day.
“Overall, Brendan and Sam played a lot better this year than last, and Marshall and Michael still played well, like they did last year. Those factors aided our success.”
In what was a banner season, Walker credited his golfers’ effort for their success.
“They practice all day, and that’s why they were as good as they were,” he said. “Consistently playing, working hard and doing what it takes to be a good team made us better.”
Kennesaw Mountain captured the
team title, and Mount Paran Christian’s Conner Rostowsky won medalist
honors Tuesday in the seventh-annual Cobb County Championship at City Club Marietta
Kennesaw Mountain led from start-to-finish on the par-71, 5,721-yard course, shooting 300 as a team and holding off Mount Paran by three strokes. Walton’s “A” team placed third at 308, followed by Pope (309), North Cobb Christian (313). Allatoona (318) and North Cobb (325).
Defending champion Walker (328) was eighth, followed by Marietta (336), Hillgrove (345), Lassiter “A” (352), Whiteeld Academy (358), Walton “B” (377), Lassiter “B” (384), Sprayberry (390) and Kell (402).
Kennesaw Mountain, which led after a team score of 147 in Monday’s rst ninehole round, had to fend off Mount Paran, which started the day nine strokes back.
The Mustangs, who were the runner-up last year after holding the first-round lead, shot the sixth-lowest team score in the history of the event in capturing their first county title.
“It feels good to finally get this,” said Kennesaw Mountain coach Chris Walker, who is in his ninth season. “When we had (former county and state champion Jonathan Keppler), we always felt like we had a chance. This is our first tournament championship since I’ve been coaching here, so it’s exciting to finally get one. They’re a cohesive unit that gets along and plays well together, and there’s a maturity about this team that hasn’t been there in the past.”
Sam Rapp paced Kennesaw Mountain after shooting 71 (35-36). Brendan Hughes (73), Marshall Cua (78) and Michael Colcombe (78) rounded out the Mustangs’ scoring.
“I think consistency across the board, and the experience of our top four golfers played a big part in getting this win,” Walker said. “They’ve all seen this course the last four years, and all four guys stepped up as a whole unit to get us through.
“Sam’s improved tremendously, and I’m so proud of him and the whole team. He made a 40-foot birdie putt on his last hole (Monday) that really set the tone.”