Grace Prep’s fall athletics season wrapped up the Friday after Thanksgiving with the football team’s appearance in the TAPPS Division III Regional Playoff game versus Coram Deo. While the Lions came up short in their bid to advance to the state semifinals, the team made great strides this season under new head coach David Reese. The squad finished the season with an 8-4 overall mark and went 4-0 in district play, bringing home its first district title since 2004. Grace Prep was well-represented in Division III All-District 2 selections. Senior Matthew Tucker was named District 2 MVP, junior Tahj Chambers earned Offensive Player of the Year, and Reese was named Coach of the Year. Lions captured 11 spots on the all-district first team – seniors Quinton Browder, Jose Rodriguez, Kameron Stokes, Matthew Tucker (twice), Nolan Parker, and DJ Oats; juniors Kendon Johnson, Brice Butler, and Tahj Chambers; and sophomore Kyle Lehew. Eight second-team honors were taken by GPA players including seniors Rodriguez, Stokes, and Matthew Chester; juniors Butler, Chambers, and Mason Brewer; sophomore Daryn Carruthers; and freshman Reid Turner. The Lions also garnered seven honorable mention accolades – senior Chester (twice); sophomores Carruthers, Lehew, Jackson Shirer, Samuel Ballesteros, and Ethan Childress. Congratulations to the Lions for keeping the excitement of fall GPA athletics going!
Grace Prep’s varsity football team will begin its playoff journey on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at South Grand Prairie High School. The Lions, with their record of 7-3 (4-0 District 2), will host Lubbock Trinity Christian (4-5-1) who finished fourth in District 1. Friday’s ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students/senior citizens. As it is a playoff game, school IDs cannot be used for admission.
Congratulations to the Lion Volleyball team for bringing home the title from last weekend’s TAPPS 4A State Tournament held in Waco! The squad finished the season with a 43-6-1 record, which included an undefeated district title in which they didn’t allow an opponent to win a set in any match. They were also victorious over TAPPS 6A state champion Prestonwood Christian on the road late in the season. The semifinal match, held at Waco University High School, paired the Lions with 4-time defending state champion, Lubbock Trinity Christian. After allowing Trinity Christian to build a 10-1 lead, Grace Prep fought back but fell short, 23-25, in the first set. It was all GPA after that, though, as the Lions took the next three sets, 25-9, 25-18, 25-15, on their way to a date with Houston Northland Christian in Saturday’s championship. The Lions couldn’t be stopped in the title match, played at Waco Midway High School, taking three straight from the Lady Cougars (25-13, 25-17, 25-10). Claire Bullington, Bonnie Davis, Hannah Kinney and Sage Post were named to the all-tournament team. The champions will be honored Friday, November 16 during halftime of the first round football playoff game between Grace Prep and Lubbock Trinity Christian. Congratulations, GPA Volleyball!
Grace Prep’s Fall one-act play production of Lafayette No. 1 captured the state runner-up title at the TAPPS Division 2 State competition held November 7-8 at Callioux Theater in Kerrville. Additionally, several Lions earned individual honors for their work at the contest, both on stage and behind the scenes. Ryleigh deMontalvo was one of five named to All-Star Tech for her work as Stage Manager. Isaiah Cavanaugh and Carson Pinon were chosen for the Honorable Mention Cast, while Dawson Foster was named to the All-Star Cast. Emily Watson brought home a top individual honor as the Best Actress for the entire contest! Congratulations to the cast and crew of Lafayette No. 1!
Come cheer on the Lady Lion Volleyball team as they play Lubbock Trinity Christian on Friday, November 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Waco University High School. University High School is located at 3201 South New Road, Waco, 76706. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. On the other side of the 4A bracket are Northland Christian and Woodlands Christian, squaring off at noon. The winners of Friday’s Final Four matches will meet in Saturday’s high noon championship at Waco Midway High School (8200 Mars Dr, Waco, 76712). If you cannot join Lion Nation in person, you can follow along by purchasing the game on TAPPS.TV live stream for $9.99. A downloadable version will also be available after the game. Go Lions!
The Tillie Burgin Servant Leadership Award recipient for November is Jessica Friberg. Jessica is a long-time Grace Prep student, where she has been a vital member of the Theater Department. Jessica has served on numerous mission trips to Kenya, the DR Congo, four times to Costa Rica, and seven times to Rwanda. Jessica lives out Titus 3:2, which says “be peaceable and considerate, and always be gentle towards everyone.” Jessica’s parents are Joe and Tammie Friberg. The Grace Prep department of Student and Family Ministries regularly presents the Tillie Burgin Servant Leadership Award to a worthy Grace Prep senior. Derrick Kinney and Associates has generously provided a monetary award as well.
The Grace Prep Department of Student and Family Ministries regularly presents the Tillie Burgin Servant Leadership Award to a worthy Grace Prep senior. Tillie Burgin is one of the most respected leaders in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and throughout her lifetime she has demonstrated Christ-like compassion, vision, leadership, and humility. The Tillie Burgin Servant Leadership Award recipient for September was Isaiah Cavanaugh. During his sophomore year, Isaiah and two upperclassmen founded REVIVE, which is a student-led and student-run ministry. REVIVE promotes a bold and passionate relationship with Jesus Christ. As a senior, Isaiah continues to provide visionary leadership for REVIVE and is also helping to develop future ministry leaders. Additionally, he is a National Honor Society officer. Isaiah consistently leads with both confidence and humility. Derrick Kinney and Associates generously provides each monthly winner with a monetary award as well.