Quite the debut

Quite the debut

No matter the outcome, Greenwood Christian Academy was destined to make history Wednesday night.

Playing what was the school’s first Johnson County Tournament in any sport, the volleyball team scored an opening-round 25-13, 25-18, 25-21 victory against Greenwood to move into today’s semifinals at Edinburgh.

Greenwood Christian (19-3) faces Franklin in the Lancers’ main gymnasium at 5:30 p.m. The other semifinal, between Center Grove and Indian Creek, will be played in Edinburgh’s auxiliary gym at the same time. The championship match is tonight at 7 in the main gym.

For The Love of Running

Running alone isn’t a novel concept for Edinburgh sophomore Isaiah Estes.

Since the start of the 2016 cross-country season, Estes has been the lone student-athlete representing the Lancers’ boys program.

Edinburgh puts as many as five runners on the course for a girls meet, which is still short of the seven athletes required to contend for a team triumph. Greenwood Christian Academy is experiencing a similar numbers shortage this season, with three girls runners and three boys runners.

Brothers play on father’s soccer team

Brothers play on father’s soccer team

Greenwood Christian Academy soccer players Gerrit and Griffin Huizinga are contrasts in personality and playing style.

Differences aside, the oldest and most experienced of the three sets of brothers in the Cougars’ program make it work for a Greenwood Christian team starting the season with a 6-0-1 record.

Gerrit, a senior defender/midfielder, has scored one goal and produced a team-high six assists this season. Griffin Huizinga, a junior forward/midfielder, is responsible for three goals and three assists.

Junior’s scores help Cougars top Warriors

Junior’s scores help Cougars top Warriors

Midfielder George Apgar picked a good time to score his first two goals of the season.

More impressive is that they were only 3 minutes, 15 seconds apart.

The junior’s performance Thursday night helped Greenwood Christian Academy defeat host Whiteland 3-1 in an extremely physical boys soccer match.

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Sophomore last line of defense for Cougars

Fourteen saves in one soccer match requires a great deal of leaping and lateral movement for a goalkeeper.

Gabe Vessely accomplished this twice last season — as a freshman.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound sophomore is the last line of defense for Greenwood Christian Academy. He is one of the main returning players for a program that has posted a record of 26-8-1 since the start of the 2015 season.

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Hoping to be a big hit: Isabella Reed

Hoping to be a big hit: Isabella Reed

Hoping to be a big hit: Isabella Reed

The newest addition to an otherwise veteran Greenwood Christian Academy volleyball squad is a freshman hitter.

Isabella Reed, who goes by Izzy, is joining senior twins Lexi and Aubrey Odgers, who start as the Cougars’ setter and libero, respectively. Seniors Sierra Gilson, Grace Peters and Sarah Mangan, the team’s leaders in kills in 2016, are the other top returnees.

 

Cougars’ run ends at Hauser

With Hauser breezing by the first set, it looked like it was going to be an easy rout in Tuesday night’s regional volleyball contest.

Greenwood Christian Academy didn’t go down without a fight, though.

The Class A No. 4 Jets faced their toughest test this season and withstood the pressure that the Cougars gave them to win in four sets, 25-14, 24-26, 25-19, 25-18.

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GCA Volleyball Team Is Headed To Regionals

On Saturday night the GCA girls defeated Lutheran in a 5 set game 3-2 and won the sectional championship. This is the first sectional championship win for any girls teamsport in the history of GCA. A special pep rally will take place today at 3:00pm so the student body can show their appreciation and cheer them on to victory in the regional game tonight. GCA plays at Hauser Jr. Sr. High tonight at 7:00pm  for the regional title. Come out and support our girls. 

Player Highlight: Allie Dalton

Like the cross-country courses she runs, Allie Dalton’s athletics career contains some highs, a few low points and the occasional unexpected turn. Dalton, whose first two years of high school were at Greenwood Community High School, transferred to nearby Greenwood Christian Academy between her sophomore and junior school years. On Saturday, the senior finished seventh at the Shelbyville girls cross-country regional in a time of 19:28.

This placing offers no more of an accurate portrayal of Dalton than either of the regional first-place efforts or faster times achieved earlier in her running career. Diagnosed with an iron deficiency earlier in her running career, Dalton is and has always been a work in progress. Dalton in her first year at Greenwood Christian managed to win individual honors at the Franklin Community cross-country sectional. She repeated this a week later at the South Dearborn Regional. Dalton would go on to place 21st at the state finals.

Cougar golfers begin maiden voyage

It’s somewhat rare in Indiana to find places with hills as steep as the ones surrounding the clubhouse at Bluff Creek Golf Course.

Certain spots on the course can leave golfers, and even the carts they’re riding in, wheezing and gasping for breath.

Those ups and downs might serve as a metaphor for the ups and downs that the Greenwood Christian Academy girls golf team is likely to experience this fall.

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Chipping Away

STATELINE, Nev. — Celebrity worlds collided on the shores of Lake Tahoe on Saturday, when Warriors superstar Stephen Curry played golf in front of huge crowds with everyone’s favorite entertainer, Justin Timberlake.

To say the stars aligned at the American Century Championship would be an understatement. The weather was spectactular. An ever-growing gallery followed the two celebrity golfers. And they even had actor Alfonso Ribeiro along for the ride, busting out his trademark “Carlton” dance of Fresh Prince fame.