Mike Hudson, a 16-year-old Milton resident and amateur boxer, has had an active summer in the ring, including placing third in the Heavyweight division at the USA Boxing National Junior Olympics which were held in Charleston, West Virginia from June 24 through 30. Hudson, a junior at Cambridge High School, competed in the weight division with a maximum weight of 201 pounds and reached the semifinals before falling to eventual champion Jaime Martinez of Irving, Texas.
Hudson began boxing at the age of four and has received numerous honors including 22 Georgia state titles, four Southeast Regional titles, three national titles and one World Ringside title. He also trained at the Alpharetta Police Athletic League (PAL) under the guidance of former police officer Joey Meadows.
Hudson currently trains at Chandler Academy which has a boxing program. He competes in football, wrestling, basketball, baseball and track for Cambridge during the school year.
Pace Academy alumnus Wendell Carter Jr. has also had a whirlwind summer starting with his selection as the seventh overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21 following his freshman campaign at Duke University this past year.
Carter had a stellar career at Pace by leading the Knights to two state championships in his junior and senior seasons in addition to receiving national honors such as the Morgan Wooten National Player of the Year and becoming a McDonald’s All American selection. He also led the United States U17 team to the FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup championship in Spain in 2016. Off the court, Off the court, Carter participated in Pace’s award-winning theatre program and received the school’s Lance and Shield Award for leadership, fine moral character and a high level of athletic success.
In his lone season at Duke, Carter was named to the All-ACC second team and the All-Freshman team.
Carter returned to his alma mater on June 29 to speak with students at Keeping Pace which is an academic summer program hosted by Pace in partnership with the United Way. In its 12th year, Keeping Pace works with the youth from underserved communities in Atlanta. Carter discussed his educational experience at the school, the importance of hard work and his parents’ influence on his career.
“I liked when (Carter) said that he didn’t know who the basketball coach was a Pace Academy, he came for the education first,” one Keeping Pace scholar said.
“We strive to expose Keeping Pace Scholars to a variety of perspectives and experiences, while developing relationships between Scholars and the Pace community, including teachers, student-counselors and alumni,” said Keeping Pace Director Martha Downer-Assaf. “Wendell’s message touched on many of the points we hope our Scholars come to understand: the value of a well-rounded education, the power of perseverance and the importance of community.”
Finally, the BB&T Atlanta Open started on July 21 and was held at Atlantic Station in Atlanta. Its an ATP World Tour 250 and US Open Series Event.
The singles’ competition saw the second round completed on July 25 led by defending champion and University of Georgia alumnus John Isner winning his match over Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-2. Isner has won the tournament three times in his career and reached the semifinals of Wimbledon earlier this year. Other second-round results included American Ryan Harrison defeating Lukas Lacko 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 and Mischa Zverev beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-2. American Taylor Fritz dropped his match to Hyeon Chung 4-6, 6-7.
The doubles’ first round began on July 24 led by the American duo of Donald Young and Christopher Eubanks defeating Matthew Ebden and Jackson Withrow 4-6, 7-6, 10-8. Another American doubles’ team in Mike Bryan and Frances Tiafoe won its first-round match over Jamie Cerretani and Leander Paes 7-5, 6-1. Other first-round results included Romain Arneodo/Jeremy Chardy over Divij Sharan/Artem Sitak 6-4, 7-5, Cameron Norrie/Fritz over Jonathan Erlich/Joe Salisbury 6-3, 6-4 and the American team of Rajeev Ram/Harrison over Marcelo Arevalo/Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 7-5, 6-1.
The finals of the singles competition on July 29 saw Isner defeats Harrison 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. The doubles final the same day produced a result of Nicholas Monroe/ John-Patrick Smith defeating Ram/Harrison 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8.