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By MITCHELL STEPHENSON  In this spotlight we share insight from Grace Christian Academy’s athletic trainer, Jessica Hester. What made you want to become an athletic trainer? What does an athletic trainer do?  JH: I have always loved sports and was athlete from the time I was five years old until college, then I served in …

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By MITCHELL STEPHENSON  In this spotlight we are presenting Grace Christian Academy baseball coach Brad Meyers. Myers took his GCA Lions to the TSSAA state tournament for the very first time this past May. He also serves as the Director of Development for GCA. He was with Battle Ground Academy before arriving at Grace Christian …

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BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON  Our next spotlight is on Grace Christian Academy athletic director and boys basketball coach Len McKnatt. McKnatt is a state-winning basketball coach (BGA, 2014) who transitioned over to GCA to lead its athletic efforts. His Lions basketball team has won its district and made the region tournament in the past, and he’s …

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BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON In this WillCo Athletic Spotlight we feature insights from Grace Christian Academy girls basketball coach Tony McLeod. Coach McLeod just lead his team to an accomplished 2018-2019 season. The team finished 23-5 overall with a perfect 10-0 record in district 7-A competition and a seven-game win streak in the first half of …

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STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTO BY CARL EDMONDSON, JR.  The Grace Christian Academy Lions have a chance to be first-time state champions. They defeated Signal Mountain 2-1 Wednesday night in the semis round to advance to the Class A Soccer Championship game. GCA started very fast. They scored their first goal at the 38:33 …

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STORY BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON | PHOTO BY CARL EDMONDSON, JR.  The red-hot Grace Christian Academy Lions soccer team defeated Sweetwater in the Class A state quarterfinal round with a dominant 9-0 performance. GCA started off fast and furious with great individual play, as well as teammates working together. Alex Johnson got the scoring started at …

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BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON  Grace Christian Academy Lions defeated Monterey in the Class A state sectional round, 5-1. The win gave the Lions their first-ever trip to state in baseball. The first two innings was scoreless, as both teams had outstanding pitching and equally impressive defense. The efforts were so good that the first hit of …

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BY MITCHELL STEPHENSON  The Grace Christian Academy Lions once again showed why they are having an impressive 2019 soccer season. They won 9-2 over LEAD Academy in the Regional 5-A Championship game held at Trevecca’s soccer complex Thursday night. “We came out here and played really well tonight,” Lions head coach David DeFatta said of …

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Last-minute heroics from Carson Maloney got Grace Christian Academy baseball a 8-7 region title victory against Eagleville at Trevecca Wednesday night. The team will move on to face Monterey at home Friday night for a chance at the state tournament. Carson Maloney executes under pressure!!! The walk-off squeeze bunt with TWO STRIKES!! @GCAHARDball wins 2nd …

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Below are region soccer updates from the county’s Tuesday night of play. Brentwood continues march with win against Dickson Co.  The Brentwood Bruins seem unstoppable in this postseason run. They continued their winning ways in the Region 6-AAA semifinals at home Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory against Dickson Co. Naseem AbuSalim popped in two …

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STORY BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTOS BY CARL EDMONDSON, JR. It’s always nice when great things come in threes. Grace Christian Academy’s soccer team won its third-consecutive district title Wednesday evening, cementing its place as one of the school’s most accomplished sporting programs. A decisive 8-1 10-A district tournament victory against Columbia Academy gave the …

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STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTOS BY CARL EDMONDSON, JR. Brad Myers liked his hitters’ approaches at the beginning and the end, but not the middle. It added up to a 10-6 win for Grace Christian Academy over Franklin Road Academy in Leiper’s Fork on Wednesday night. “We’re getting better,” said Myers, whose team scored …

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PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JARRELD It’s been a historic year for the Grace Christian Academy Lady Lions basketball team, but all good things must come to an end. Anna Smith’s game-leading 30 points couldn’t alone will GCA to the 4-A region finals, as the team lost to Moore Co. 56-46 in overtime Monday night at Merrol …

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Grace Christian Academy only got one team through the difficult 4-A regional round in its opening stages. The Lady Lions once again looked to standout sophomore Anna Smith (23) as they edged Huntington at home Saturday afternoon, 52-46. The Lady Lions outscored the visitor 20-5 in the fourth quarter to clinch the advancement. Raychel Calvert …

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STORY BY CORY WOODROOF | PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JARRELD  Before the Grace Christian Academy girls basketball team tried to pull of a full sweep of its district in the finals against RePublic, the pre-game shoot-around stopped abruptly. Three or four basketballs had become caught in the netting, and it took a host of Lady Lions …

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BY CORY WOODROOF  The hoops at Grace Christian Academy got a good workout in Tuesday night, and the one who usually keeps them on their toes got honored for his firecracker offensive skills. The Lions blew past STEM 80-31 at home to advance to the next round of the 7-A district tournament on the same …

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With mid-holiday storms popping up all across the Southeast, some basketball in Franklin will have to wait. Grace Christian Academy’s Thursday night double-header with Santa Fe is cancelled for the night, per boys head coach Len McKnatt. Santa Fe opted not to make the trip from Maury County to Williamson County with the inclement weather …

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The Grace Christian Academy boys basketball team came home from Kentucky Saturday with some holiday hardware. The Lions swept the Highlands Latin School Tournament in Louisville, Ky., over the weekend, getting three wins in total. In the finals game, the team topped Heart for Christ 68-38, with Mason McKnatt posting up 36 and Cole Scott …

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Grace Christian Academy wrestling coach Stephen Peden recently was inducted into the Metro Nashville Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Peden is a local veteran of grade school education and coaching, having spent nearly 50 years in the coaching profession in football and wrestling, according to GCA’s faculty bio. He graduated from Lipscomb in 1970 …

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BY KEVIN WARNER Brentwood Academy blasts West Toronto Prep Brentwood Academy (5-0) welcomed West Toronto Prep Spartans, all the way from Ontario, Canada, to town Friday night and came away with a 48-7 victory. The Eagles got to an early 24-0 lead through the first quarter, and the Eagles coasted from there. The Eagles racked …

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FOOTBALL Knoxville Webb 7 at Christ Presbyterian Academy 22 CPA (10-2) advanced to the Division II-AA semifinals with a 22-7 win against Knoxville Webb Friday. The Lions will travel to take on Notre Dame (10-1) for a DII-AA championship berth on Friday, Nov. 17. Grace Christian Academy 15 at Cornersville 52 GCA’s season concluded Friday …

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Behind quarterback Austin Amor’s eight touchdowns, Grace Christian Academy captured its first playoff win in the TSSAA with a 64-24 beatdown of Wayne County. Amor rushed for 168 yards and five scores and passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a fumble 35 yards for a score. His touchdown runs of 25, …

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Grace Christian Academy (5-4) made history Friday. With its 28-14 win at home against Fayetteville, GCA earned its first playoff berth as a TSSAA program. Quarterback Austin Amor led the charge for the Lions, rushing for 244 yards and four touchdowns. His first touchdown came on a 23-yardrun for a 7-0 lead with 4:57 left …

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Grace Christian Academy quarterback Austin Amor passed for four touchdowns and rushed for three more to send the Lions past Mt. Pleasant with a 48-46 win. Amor finished with 282 passing yards and 135 rushing yards. His top weapon was Kolby Alonzo, who caught six passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Mt. Pleasant quarterback …

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WEEK 6 FOOTBALL RESULTS Hillsboro 30 at Christ Presbyterian Academy 28 A steep comeback by the CPA Lions against Hillsboro fell short Friday, as they suffered a 30-28 defeat. The Lions trailed 30-7 in the second quarter before rattling off 21 unanswered points in the second and third frames. CPA (4-2) battles Lipscomb Academy on …

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WEEK 5 FOOTBALL RESULTS Centennial 46 at Dickson County 14 Centennial ended its three-game losing streak with a 46-14 win at Dickson County Friday. The victory pushes CHS to 2-1 in Region 6-6A. Running backs Jariel Wilson and Tre Carlton rushed for over 100 yards apiece in the win. Grace Christian Academy 22 at Richland …

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WEEK 2 ROUNDUP Grace Christian Academy 26 at Middle Tennessee Christian School 22 Quarterback Austin Amor’s 1-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left lifted GCA to a 26-22 win against Middle Tennessee Christian School. Amor finished with 139 passing yards, 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns (2 run) on offense. He also had a 62-yard …

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Pictured: GCA quarterback Austin Amor By SAM McGAW Grace Christian Academy enters its third season in TSSAA with a senior-heavy group that has its eyes set on playing in November. GCA went 2-7 last season, but its record doesn’t tell the complete story. Five of its losses were by eight points or less. Three of …

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Grace Christian Academy completed its second season as a TSSAA-sanctioned football program Friday. The Lions (2-7, 2-6) lost on senior night 35-20 to Region 4-1A foe Fayetteville (8-2, 7-1) to end their season. GCA’s record could have been very different if they could have scored just two more touchdowns. Five of the Lions’ losses came …