The Spring sports season is underway at Grand River Academy! The athletes have been working hard at practice and preparing for their matches. The weather postponed many games and matches the first week of the season, and the teams are making up for lost time this week. Below are highlights from the past week and the lacrosse team begins their season tonight with a home game - Go Eagles!
This Week in Sports
The Grand River Academy Eagles (2-2) had a chance to avenge a loss to local rival St. John Heralds after losing earlier in the week by a score of 2-1. Unfortunately for the Eagles they weren't able to get the victory, losing 10-8. The team battled back from an early deficit in the game by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the first. After losing the lead in the fifth inning the offense responded again by scoring 2 more but were unable to come all the way back. Austin ‚Äė17 led the way with 2 hits. Andrew ‚Äô16 had a key RBI single in the game in only his fourth at bat of his career. The Eagles play three more games next week, two against Lawrence and one against Maplewood high school.
On April 19th, Grand River Academy faced the St. John Heralds. The Eagles lost their first game of the year as they were defeated in a 2-1 pitcher's duel. The Eagles were led by pitcher Brian ‚Äô16 (1-1) who was terrific on the mound in his second start of the season. He threw a complete game, giving up 2 runs, 0 earned runs, while striking out 8. Leading the way on offense with a hit a piece were Austin ‚Äô17, Dorje ‚Äė17, and Shuya ‚Äė16.
The Grand River Academy Eagles traveled to Cleveland to face Horizon Science Academy on April 18th. They improved their record to 2-0 with a 12-2 victory. After a slow start on offensive the bats came alive in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings. The team rallied to score all 12 runs those innings. Leading the way offensively was Brian Kennedy ‚Äė16 and Zack Burke ‚Äė18, both with 3 hits and 2 runs scored. Adding two hits apiece were Anthony Slot ‚Äė18 and Austin Shepard ‚Äė17. Shepard also led the way on the mound, shutting down the opponent. He pitched a complete game (5 innings) giving up only 2 hits and 1 earned run, while striking out 11 batters.
Grand River Academy tennis team traveled on April 18th to play Conneaut in their second match of the season. While the Eagles were not able to come away with a victory, accomplishments were many. Rob '17 had the winning solo match for GRA. Lucus '18 brought his opponent (a player who was a sectional finalist) to a tiebreaker in the first set, and then lost his second set for the loss of the match. The second doubles, James '16 and Allen ‚Äô16 beat their opponents in their first set and then lost the next two. Overall, every player played extremely hard, as evidenced by a four hour match, and we look forward to playing them again at our home court in May, and this time for a victory.
Grand River Academy tennis team traveled to Andrew Osborn Academy April 15th for their opening match. It was a sunny day and perfect for a first match. GRA won all varsity matches in straight sets and all exhibition matches were won with ease as well. Our number one singles, Lucus '18 won his first set 6-0 and only gave up 3 games in the second set. Following him Joey '16 and Rodrigo '16, beat their opponents as well. Our first doubles James '16 and Allen '16 had their first win of the season as did Mark '16 and Jack '17 at second doubles. Overall, everybody played great tennis and were glad to walk away with the first win of the season.