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Sports Awards Honor Grier Athletes

In years past, Grier varsity athletes have been honored at a Sports Awards Banquet, but because we could not hold the banquet this year, Grier’s Athletic Director Cherie Gates hosts the event online. Thanks to the contributions of Ms. Cherie, all the varsity coaches, and the video-editing of Grier’s own Mr. Bryan Beckle, Grier proudly presents The Grier Varsity Sports Awards 2020! 


The Grier Varsity Sports Awards 2020





Riding

Following an introduction by Ms. Cherie, Grier’s Riding Director Chrystal Wood shares the Riding awards and announces the 2020-21 Captains. 

Hunt Seat
  • MVP Fences: Sydney Richmond
  • MVP Flat: Sophia Olivero
  • Most Improved: Leaila Thomas
  • Rookie of the Year: Nichole Hobert
 
Dressage
  • MVP Test: Grace Walker
  • MVP Dressage Seat Equitation: Lindsay Shaw
  • Most Improved: Yazmin Wilson
  • Rookie of the Year: Royce Ma
 
Western
  • MVP: Catie Reachard
  • Rookie of the Year: Olivia Mack
  • Most Improved: Marcella Bee

  •  Sportsmanship: Lilly Fraley
  • Crossover Rider: Grace Walker
Crossover Rider honors the rider who accumulated the most points in 2019-2020 for all three disciplines of Hunt Seat, Western, and Dressage. Grace was one of only two riders out of 14,500+ riders in all of IEA  to qualify for regionals in all three disciplines in both classes for each discipline!
 
 
Tennis
 
Next, Coach Kelly Forest gives the awards for Tennis, featuring photos of the whole team. The Tennis team ended their season 6:2:1. Mrs. Forest also thanked Co-Coach Kitty Moyer. 
 
  • Most Improved: Arin Afolayan
  • Outstanding Teammate: co-captains Maggie Ackley and Chaewon Lee
  • MVP: Maggie Ackley
 

Archery

Coach Katt Barr presented awards for Archery.

  • High Point Archer: Payton McCalla
  • Diana Award: Payton McCalla and April Han
 
 
Basketball

Next up, Coach Kaitlyn Wyland shared some of the most memorable moments from the eventful Basketball season before announcing the names of the award winners. 

  • Most Valuable Player: Payton McCalla
  • Most Improved Player(s): Sissi Wu and Maria Canovas
  • Defensive Player: Elizabeth Crowey
  • Offensive Player: Sophie Guinn
  • Most Positive/Most Supportive: Abby Seltzer


Cross-Country

Sprinting toward the finish line, Coach Danielle Kelley gives a shout out to all the Grier varsity athletes, especially the Grier Cross Country team. 

  • Dedication Award: Emily Gao Wang
  • Leadership Award:  Lily Li
  • MVP: Edith Manfred


Soccer

Coach Steven Packnick thanks the Soccer team for their hard work this year before naming the Varsity Soccer award recipients, including the award for Outstanding Teammate, an award determined by the players. 

  • Outstanding Rookie Season: Annie Qadri
  • Outstanding Defending: Chantelle Harris
  • Most Versatile Player: Gia Sprouse
  • Outstanding Teammate: Chantelle Harris  
  • Coaches’ Award: Sophie Guinn


Dance 

Director of Dance Joci Hrzic addresses all the Grier dancers and thanks those who have been able to attend her online classes. While Dance does not present awards in the same way as other Varsity sports, Joci wished to recognize her pre-professional dancers.

  • Estella Persio
  • Nova Persio
  • Sydney Lewis
  • Lily Chan 
  • Laila White
  • Rihanna Evelyn
  • Kirsten Rossi
  • Abigail Cowan
  • Natalia Rodal
  • Veronica Paulo
  • Grace Matherne 
  • Makenzie Hearn 
  • Jillian Hrzic 
  • T’ Aja Williams
  • X’ achela Robinson 
  • Callie Cramer
  • Solana Rios
  • Otiwaa Ofosuhene
  • Natalia Tron 
  • Camilla Ramirez
  • Anna Lovrich* 
  • Shawna Lovrich* 
  • Izzy Holes*
  • Layla Kurt*


Fencing

Grier’s Varsity Fencing Coach Stuart Crocker honors the team captains and fencers.

  • “Cheerleader” Captain: Saffie Payne
  • “Rock” Captain: Mingjin Zhang
  • Best Fencer: Jiayu (Jasmine) Liu
  • Best Noob: Riuxuan (Jammy) Jin
  • Most Improved: Shihan (Judy) Li


Volleyball

Finally, Varsity Volleyball Coach Arron Ort speaks of the incredibly successful season the team experienced. He attributes the success of the team to three main reasons: an abundance of veteran players who were able to lead and teach the new players, the enthusiasm of the rookie players, and the addition of Assistant Coach Bryan Beckle. 

  • Offense Award: Abby Seltzer and Jammy Jin
  • Defense Award: Maiia Makarova
  • Heart Award:  Payton McCalla
  • Most Improved: Judy Li
  • Coaches’ Award: Carina Shalkivski
  • MVP:  Mary Tripp


Wow, thank you, coaches, for that wonderful awards presentation! Sincerest thanks from everyone at Grier to all the athletes, the coaches, and everyone that helped make the 2020 sports season possible. The Grier community loves you, hopes you will stay safe, and looks forward to seeing you again soon!

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