Athletics

2019-2020 Athletic Update

We are excited to begin another GRACE EAGLES Athletic season for the 2019-2020 school year! We continue to have over 70% of our students in middle and high school participating on GRACE Athletic teams and we look forward to another year of striving for excellence in all endeavors. For specific information on the fall sports season, please read 2019 Fall Sport Information. 

This year, we are working to provide more practice space at our current GRACE Athletic Field location for various of our outdoor athletic teams. With the help of annual fund dollars as well as Eagles Club dollars, we have been able to partner with Evans Contracting to provide over an acre of new practice field space with irrigation and fresh sod! We are hopeful to make this space available to our teams during the early portion of the fall season. There will more than likely be construction going on during the month of August for this project.  This will allow more space for our outdoor athletic teams to practice as well as more teams being able to finish practices at an earlier time!

Our Eagles Club Memberships are a huge way to promote and enhance the athletic programs here at GRACE. An Eagles Club Membership allows you to enjoy FREE ADMISSION for the whole year at our JV and Varsity Athletic events with some exclusions for NCISAA playoffs and special events. Please consider purchasing an Eagles Club Membership today for a special $125.00 price through Aug. 26th!

As always, please use our athletics website GRACEAthletics.net for team schedules, dismissal times, results, as well as other important information such as physical forms and athletic paperwork. Please be sure to SIGN UP as a FAN to receive alerts such as game or practice cancellations, score updates, or other game changes via text or email.

Our GRACE Coaching staff is ready for the new athletic season! We have added some new faces and we are still praying for the filling of some open positions.  Here are a few coaches who are new or have switched to new roles:

  • Steve MacDermut – Head Varsity Girls Tennis
  • Ashley Brantley – Head Varsity Fall Cheerleading (previous Asst. Var. Cheer)
  • Chad Poprocki – Head MS Boys Soccer (previous MS Girls Soccer HC)

There are a few more coaching positions we are still praying to fill: MS Girls Tennis (fall), MS Cross Country (fall), Varsity Cheer (winter), MS Girls Soccer (spring). If you know of any candidates, please email their contact information or ask them to contact Athletic Director Devin Terris at dterris@gracechristian.net.

We pray we continue to display servant leadership and provide an atmosphere where our student athletes, coaches, parents, and volunteers reflect humility, sportsmanship, and integrity through the avenue of interscholastic competition for the glory of God!

Please make sure to come out and support your GRACE Eagles and show off some of your #EaglePride at our home events! GO EAGLES!

Spring Sports Pictures

Spring athletic pictures have been added to the Warlick Photography website and are available to order through May 17, 2019.  Please email wendy@warlickphotography.com if you have any questions. To view the pictures:

  • go to warlickphotography.com
  • click on GRACE Eagles
  • the password is TalonSports (note: the password is case sensitive)
  • click on the sport you would like to view

Winter Sports Wrap-up

Congratulations to all the GRACE winter athletes on a great season. Some notable accomplishments for each team are listed below:

Varsity Boys Basketball

Team Results

  • 2019 EPIC Regular Season Champions
  • 2019 EPIC Tournament Champions
  • Cary Academy Holiday Tournament Runners-Up

EPIC Player of the Year

  • Jaylon Gibson

EPIC Coach of the Year

  • DeShannon Morris

EPIC All-Conference

  • Jaylon Gibson 
  • Matthew O’Conner
  • Jacob Hukins
  • Honorable Mention – Britton Kilby

Varsity Girls Basketball

EPIC All-Conference

  • Hannah Morris
  • Honorable Mention – Ally Tharrington

Varsity Boys Swimming

EPIC All-State

  • Ryan Wahlers –  200 Individual Medley

EPIC All-Conference

  • Ryan Wahlers – 200 Individual Medley
  • Ryan Wahlers – 200 Medley Relay 
  • Ben Murray – 200 Medley Relay
  • Carson Blackmore – 200 Medley Relay
  • Landon Lauffer – 200 Medley Relay

Varsity Girls Swimming

NCISAA State Record

  • Ana Johnson – 100 Butterfly (Tie)

NCISAA All-State

  • Ana Johnson – 100 Butterfly 

EPIC All-Conference

  • Ana Johnson – 100 Butterfly
  • Ana Johnson – 200 Individual Medley

EPIC Individual Meet Champion

  • Ana Johnson

Middle School Girls Basketball

  • Finished 3rd Overall in the CAMSC
  • Made it to Semi-Final round in the CAMSC Tournament

2019 Play4Kay

What Is Play4Kay?

Uniting players, coaches, and fans to do something for the greater good that far exceeds wins and losses on the court, the Play4Kay initiative is the largest fundraiser of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and plays a major role in their success.

The “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball began during the 2004-2005 basketball season, when Coach Yow’s cancer recurred after being in remission for 17 years. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was originally called Think Pink, later Pink Zone, and most recently and finally, Play4Kay.Women’s basketball teams wore pink in honor of Coach Yow and those battling cancer. In 2007, this movement resulted in the establishment of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its Play4Kay initiative.

For the past nine years, numerous sports, groups, and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play4Kay events allow members of the basketball community to play a part in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund simply by doing something they love, playing ball. Coach Yow wouldn’t have it any other way.

GRACE Christian School and Play4Kay

GRACE Christian School has been part of the Play4Kay program since it’s inception, using the name “Hoops 4 Hope” for many years and it has become a tradition at our school. Representatives of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund use GRACE as a model for how high schools can become a part of this initiative. If you have never been to a Play4Kay event at GRACE, plan to attend on January 25th and see the GRACE community doing what it does best: loving others well and serving those around us.

Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cancer. One mother. One daughter. One wife. Help us raise money in support of scientific research and programs that serve the under-served by support this year’s Play4Kay event. Tickets for all attendees are $10. Note: Eagles Club Passes are not accepted for this game.

Purchase Tickets or Make a Donation

Purchase tickets and/or make a donation in honor of a loved one at: www.GRACEChristian.net/play4kay/

Extra Special Concessions

For concessions on Play4kay night, you will be able to purchase CookOut cheeseburgers and hamburgers, Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and pizza along with a variety of drinks, candy, and popcorn.