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GRAY’S CREEK XC ANCHORED BY YOUNGER FACES FOR 2020 – 2021
Published by Joel Mayo on November 22, 2020
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Tucker Davis running Cross Country

Freshman Tucker Davis expected to be among the PAC-9’s leaders this season

As if the COVID-19 and the re-arranging of all athletic seasons would not present enough challenges, the Bears XC team has lost some key runners to graduation and other reasons. Chief among those losses would include Garrett Harbison, who took 4th in the conference championship just last year with a time of 17:15:50. Harbison, a senior last year, has moved on to college. Another key loss is Aidan Shea, a senior now, who has chosen not to run this year due to personal reasons. On the girls side, Aryn Forsythe, graduated and took with her an 8th place finish in the conference championships last season. Another key loss on the girls’ side is Haylie Bragg, who also graduated and took 15th out of 65 in the conference championships last year.

Trent Glen running for Cross Country

Junior Trent Glenn has emerged as the team’s leader for the season

 

 

 

 

With all of that being said, a down-sized, much younger and inexperienced crew of runners will have to take the reigns. Of the 12 runners, only 2 are juniors and the team will not run any seniors this year. Trent Glenn, a junior will step up as a leader for the team, working to improve a PR of 20:18. Glenn will be pushed by 3 freshmen, Tucker Davis, Kaydan Harriott, and Jacob Knuth, all of which are poised to run sub-20 at the first meet on November 23rd, hosted by E.E. Smith at the Gray’s Creek XC course. Tucker Davis, who achieved 19:19 back in October 2020, is poised to run sub-19 in his first ever PAC-9 conference meet. Said Head Coach Rick Rhoda, “I have seen Tucker’s transformation into a promising runner”. “His running form has improved tremendously and his work-ethic is top shelf. He will help to shape the XC program at The Creek”, Rhoda added. Rhoda also commented that Harriott is expected to be Davis’s “pusher” and should achieve sub-19 at his first high school conference meet as well.

Georgia Ross running Cross Country

Freshman Georgia Ross expected to make waves for her first XC season.

For the girls’ team, freshman Georgia Ross and sophomore Makalyn Wilms are expected to step into the shoes of Aryn Forsythe and Haylie Bragg. That will be a tall order for the young runners. And while it is not clear exactly when they will achieve the numbers that Forsythe and Bragg have achieved, it is clear that Ross and Wilms will be impactful runners. Head Coach Erin Flynn has set aggressive targets for the pair and hopes that sub-24 for the pair will be enough to gather points to secure some wins but submits that constant improvement is most important right now.

With a shortened season, Rhoda and Flynn both believe that the XC season will be a challenge but in a good way. The pair believes that rebuilding the program with young runners will prove to be much more rewarding. This is because “younger runners are more impressionable and are easier to shape and mold”, according to Rhoda. And with a smaller squad, the coaching staff is afforded the opportunity to focus their lasers on their young runners. It will also allow the runners to form those important bonds that promote teamwork and support over a period of 3 or 4 years.

Makalyn Wilms running Cross Country

Sophomore Makalyn Wilms has emerged as a leader for the girls team

At BSN, we believe that the 2020-2021 XC team will have a successful season. However, watch with care as this is a young team and they will need to continue to grow over the next few years.

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Athletic Event Live-Streaming
Published by Joel Mayo on November 17, 2020
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Attention Sports Fans,

Home games at the Bear Den will be live-streamed on YouTube. Click on the link below to access our GCHS Athletics channel, where you can subscribe and set reminders for when our live-streams are scheduled. Watch and cheer on our Bears from the safety of your homes.

GCHS Athletics YouTube Channel

        
Digital Ticketing for Athletic Events
Published by Joel Mayo on November 17, 2020
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Attention Sports fans,

Below is the link for the new digital ticket box office for all athletic events both home and away. Click there to access and purchase tickets ahead of time.

CCS Box Office

        
GRAY’S CREEK VOLLEYBALL POISED TO REPEAT THEIR DOMINATION OF THE PAC-9 CONFERENCE
Published by Joel Mayo on November 15, 2020
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Junior Kylie Aldridge at Volleyball match

Kyle Aldridge at the net with one her 42 blocks from the 2019 season.

In an era of COVID-conscious citizens, riddled by boredom and a sense of hopelessness, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for Gray’s Creek volleyball fans. That light IS the high-flying ladies of volleyball at The Creek. And the squad is finally back in the gym as of November 4th, and back at their old habits – getting wins.

While 3rd year head coach Jalesty Washington acknowledges that this may be a challenging season, it doesn’t seem that those challenges will affect wins and losses. Washington comes in with an impressive 42-6 record and a winning percentage of 87.5% over 2 seasons. Contributing to this impressive record is a host of talented players, including the season record holder for kills and junior standout Kylie Aldridge. And this host of talented players was able to finish the PAC-9 conference undefeated.  And perhaps more amazing than the undefeated conference record, the Bears only dropped 2 sets in the PAC-9 for all of conference play last season.

Senior Kelsie Rouse on the volleyball court

Kelsie Rouse serving up one of her 70 aces for the season

The depth of talent within the Gray’s Creek volleyball squad is evident in their statistics from the 2019 season. Gray’s Creek led the conference in most of the statistical categories maintained by MaxprepsTM. In kills, Kylie Aldridge led all players in the conference with 351. Senior standout, Morgan Brady took 4th in the conference with 184 and senior, Chassie Jacops was close behind with 179 taking 6th place.

Aldridge also led the conference in hitting percentage with .535 and Brady took 6th place with .259. Brady and Aldridge took 5th and 6th in blocks with 42 each. Aldridge and senior Kelsie Rouse took 1st and 2nd in the aces category with 77 and 70 respectively.

And finally Rouse owned the assists category with no other player in the conference even coming close to her impressive 792 assists, averaging a whopping 10.2 assists per set. Most of Rouse’s assists, obviously, led to the many kills recorded by Aldridge, Brady, and Jacops.

Now although the squad is very talented, Washington acknowledges that there was somewhat of a vacuum left by last year’s libero, Haylie Pait, who graduated in the spring. Senior libero Aliyah Brown is expected to pick up where Pait left off. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Aliyah Brown will be able to step up to fill those big shoes”, maintains Washington. Brown, a senior, showed her prowess by contributing big plays just last season.

Washington did bring up a few juniors from last year’s Junior Varsity team that will need to be developed to contribute this season and to continue the Bears’ winning ways for the next. It is believed that one of the new players, junior Mahala Carter will have a considerable impact on the team’s success, particularly around the net. Carter is a talented player who led the Gray’s Creek JV squad to a successful 2019 season.

Morgan Brady at the volleyball net

Morgan Brady, at the net, had a hitting percentage of .259

If you’re thinking that Washington is thinking about that 3rd round playoff loss, you may or may not be correct. Washington does admit that one of her goals is to go deeper into the playoffs. However, she cautiously maintains that “our main focus is to play one game at a time”.

With the high-powered returners, such as Aldridge, Brady, Rouse, and Jacops, and senior Jaide Holliday, it is hard to imagine that the Bears will drop many sets in the conference, if any. It is conceivable that the Bears could, in fact, go deeper in the playoffs this year. It is the belief of BSN that non-conference competition and tougher conference competition could help to prepare the Bears for post-season play. However, non-conference competition will be few and far between due to a shortened season limited to only 14 regular season games.  And with the playoff brackets being split in half to 32 teams, the Bears will meet tougher teams much earlier in bracket play.

All in all, we expect a huge showing for Washington’s high-flying Bears.

 

By Bears Sports Network, 2020

Photos provided by Gray’s Creek Yearbook Staff

 

 

        
Parent Canvas Observer
Published by Joel Mayo on October 28, 2020
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Attention Parents and Guardians,

If you would like to be an observer on Canvas to help monitor your student’s progress, click the following link for the instructions on how to register.

Click Here for Instructions

        
Book Fair is Coming to GCHS Virtually
Published by Joel Mayo on October 23, 2020
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Come to our Book Fair Our Online Book Fair runs October 26-November 8. You can experience a Virtual Fair walk-through of the school shopping experience: Browse titles by grade, meet authors, and much more! All books ship straight to your home and shipping is FREE for any book order of $25 or more! All purchases benefit our school! Discover, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Online Book Fair runs October 26-November 8: Click Here to Access

You can experience a Virtual Fair walk-through of the school shopping experience: Browse titles by grade, meet authors, and much more!

All books ship straight to your home and shipping is FREE for any book order of $25 or more!

All purchases benefit our school!

Discover, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted.

        
Attention AIG Parents
Published by Joel Mayo on October 22, 2020
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AIG Academically or Intellectually Gifted Information
View the AIG Differentiated Education Plan meeting HERE.
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Please complete the Google Form acknowledging your
review of the  2020-2021 DEP.
        
Directory Issue
Published by Joel Mayo on October 19, 2020
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Attention parents, guardians, and students,

The school email links in the Directory section are not working correctly. When you click on the link to a faculty/staff member’s email, it gives you a box to send an email and for some, it’s going to the spam folder. Please copy and paste the email into your own personal email account when sending it to ensure delivery. This is a known problem that will hopefully be fixed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

        
Attention Seniors
Published by Joel Mayo on October 16, 2020
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Senior Dues are $70.  You can pay as soon as possible by School Cash Online App. on the GCHS website or at the school by cash or check or money order.

These dues go toward the cost of graduation expenses, tickets, programs, Sr. hoodie and activity and or senior gift.

        
GCHS Virtual Spirit Week October 19-23
Published by Joel Mayo on October 14, 2020
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Gray's Creek High School is having its first-ever Virtual Spirit Week. Students can dress up each day based on the theme, and the outfit voted the best each day wins a prize.  Monday: Motivational & Morning- Post your favorite motivational quote or a picture in your PJs and send it in.  Tuesday: Travel and Tacky Tourist- Post a picture from a trip you took this summer and send a picture dressed in your tackiest outfit.  Wednesday: Western and Wellness- Post a picture in your best western gear or post what you've been reading or doing to self-care during the quarantine.  Thursday: Team & Too Cute- Dress up in your favorite college/national league team or take a picture of your cute pet or pets and post it.  Friday: Bears Fan & Former FNL- Dress in black and gold to show school spirit or post and former Friday Night Lights pic from previous years.  Follow the @grayscreek_sga Instagram account to submit any spirit week pics and use hashtag #GCHSVSW2020. The cutoff to be in the SGA selected top 5 is 6 pm every night. The top 5 will be voted on our Instagram page.

Gray’s Creek High School is having its first-ever Virtual Spirit Week. Students can dress up each day based on the theme, and the outfit voted the best each day wins a prize.

Monday: Motivational & Morning- Post your favorite motivational quote or a picture in your PJs and send it in.

Tuesday: Travel and Tacky Tourist- Post a picture from a trip you took this summer and send a picture dressed in your tackiest outfit.

Wednesday: Western and Wellness- Post a picture in your best western gear or post what you’ve been reading or doing to self-care during the quarantine.

Thursday: Team & Too Cute- Dress up in your favorite college/national league team or take a picture of your cute pet or pets and post it.

Friday: Bears Fan & Former FNL- Dress in black and gold to show school spirit or post and former Friday Night Lights pic from previous years.

Follow the @grayscreek_sga Instagram account to submit any spirit week pics and use hashtag #GCHSVSW2020. The cutoff to be in the SGA selected top 5 is 6 pm every night. The top 5 will be voted on our Instagram page.

Also, submit pictures here for the yearbook: https://forms.gle/kJfeujiBwmbyfWfj8