News From the Ridge
This weekend, McCallie hosted a family weekend. Two days filled with activities such as a fun run, a pickleball tournament, and a Big Blue World Fair.
On Friday night, the McCallie football team scored 35 points against Montgomery Bell Academy and won by 35. On Saturday morning, the Blue Tornado cross country team scored 35 points against MBA in the McCallie Invitational and won by a single point (35-36) over the Big Red. Baylor was a distant third with 109 points.
McCallie defeats Montgomery Bell Academy to continue their undefeated winning streak.
On Thursday night, it will just be Verdery, his guitars, and his stories of the guitar legends he’d interacted with. It may not match venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, places he’s played his classical guitar in the past, but the setting is far less important to Verdery than the music he plays there.
The Big Blue World Fair returns to the Ridge and is set to be a highlight for family weekend.
As Royer would certainly have approved, a lot of McCallie alums and their spouses, as well as current and former faculty and staff, traveled to the Chattanooga Westin on Saturday evening, September 16, to celebrate the life of the beloved French teacher, dorm head, and theater program director who passed away on June 26 at the age of 74. Some reportedly came from as far away as Denver, Los Angeles, Northern Virginia, and Seattle.
BRENTWOOD, TN _ When it comes to top-ranked McCallie playing road games in TSSAA Division II Class AAA, they’re all starting to look alike. Both the sizzling starts and the fragile finishes.
But one thing they all have in common is the Ja’Von Jolt, and it’s electrifying to behold.
Five McCallie School seniors have been chosen as National Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Program, and the College Board has also recognized 5 additional students here at McCallie.
With a game in Memphis scheduled for this past Friday at Memphis University School, communications department employee Mark Wiedmer ‘76 decided to tag along, or as Head Football Coach Ralph Potter referred to him, “our embedded reporter.”
If you drive past the front of the McCallie Chapel today, you’ll see a sea of small American flags in the front yard. All told, there will be 2,977 of them stuck in the grass _ one for every person killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack 22 years ago.
MEMPHIS _ With three quarters to play in Friday night’s McCallie-MUS football game, it looked like another certain win for the top-ranked Blue Tornado, which led 7-0 and owned the line of scrimmage against their hosts.
Paced by Thad Whitfield’s 6-under-par 66, McCallie won the Best of Preps Golf Tournament at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay on Wednesday afternoon.
Some things are just meant to be. Like Bill Weigel ‘56, becoming a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“We wanted to win best dressed,” said Sutherland. “We wanted to dress for success.”
McCallie, ranked No. 1 in Tennessee, looked almost like they were playing themselves at kickoff on the perfect early autumn night. But once the game began, it was McCallie authoring one of the most impressive non-TSSAA Division II wins in school history, more than doubling St. X in total yardage _ 392 to 184 _ and first downs (18-7).
McCallie junior swimmer Marvin Johnson’s success in the Jr. Commonwealth Games, where he finished second in the 50 free, has him skyrocketing up the college recruiting lists for 2025. He has now been ranked no.6 top recruit by SwimSwam Magazine.
Last Sunday, the first McCallie varsity mountain bike event showed promise for the Blue Tornado squad at Chickasaw Trace Park in Columbia, Tennessee. All five members scored points for the team in a crowded field with temperatures over 95 degrees and only a week to practice.
All Saturday afternoon, the McCallie campus was buzzing with activity. The day's events were capped off with a coed volleyball tournament.