Junior High Winter Sports Wrap-Up
It was a busy winter season for Grace Brethren Junior High sports with girls soccer and two boys basketball teams. While the purpose of junior high sports is to introduce our students to different sports, the Lancers had a great season. All three teams finished the season in second place of their respective divisions.
Girls soccer finished the season 4-2, with two of those wins accounting for shutouts for first year goalie Cameron Kenny. The Lancer offense was strong this season, scoring fifteen goals during their six games. Captain Jaidyn Wilson led the dominant offense, with her counterpart captain Morgan Bakker being the leader of the back line. The team as a whole played strong and united, having fun every step of the way.
The Lancers boys basketball teams, black and red, were led by coaches Jake Mittel and John Durso respectively. For the black team, 6 foot 2 seventh grader Tae Simmons hit two clutch free throws to ice the game versus Pilibos in our first game against them. Dante Sweis had a game sealing basket off of a great pass from Eddie Santiago as we broke West Valley Christian’s full court press. We had a fantastic team win in our semi final game at Pilibos where Eddie Santiago and Alex Van provided stout defense at the top of our 2-3 zone and Nico Santiago, Tae Simmons, and Noah Cooper protected the rim and provided timely rebounds. Tae Simmons had a huge momentum shifting block off of the backboard and hit the game winning 3 with under 30 seconds left in the game.
For the red team, they had a hot start to the season with a six game winning streak, only to be broken by a tough loss to Pilibos. In the championship game against Pilibos where they were down by 17 at one point, they kept their heads in the game and fought their way back, ending up losing by only four points in the final seconds. It was a very close game at the end.
Some standouts of the season were Luke Arnold’s rebounding, keeping us in a lot of games with his aggressive play on the boards. Ethan LaSecla had excellent three-point shooting. Justice Mramor's steady and consistent offensive play kept us competitive when things were tight. Ian Nelson’s persistent defense, Boaz Biglin coming strong off the bench as our sixth man, and Jonas’ solid offense and defensive play all came together for an overall successful season.
Congratulations junior high boys basketball and junior high girls soccer on your successful seasons! Next up for junior high athletics is girls volleyball and boys soccer. Practices have already begun to hone in on their skill before we depart for HST and spring break.
Grueling non-league schedule provides opportunity to fine tune skills before league.
Both junior high boys basketball teams and junior high girls soccer place second in the Valley Christian Athletic League.
Freshman pitcher Lili Arana is lights out!