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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 …