The ACADEMY Athletic Report – 10.2.20

Message from Coach MAC

October means ORANGE: leaves, pumpkins, and BASKETBALL!

The Griffin basketball teams will start to gear up this month with practices as they approach the start of the winter season beginning of November. It is a fun time to see who has grown and improved from each year as the teams always look different – even when the same players return! At The ACADEMY we have grown tremendously over the last 2 years and our basketball numbers continue to grow. We have over 20 players registered for both Dialectic Girls and Boys teams; and 8 Rhetoric girls, and 11 Rhetoric boys looking to don the Navy and Grey this season. Last year we had over 100 Grammar students playing at Destiny and we are excited about the future of our program as we transition to our new 3X3 Basketball League at Midtown for 3rd-6th grade players. But don’t forget that Volleyball and Cross Country are still coming down the home stretch of their seasons even as Basketball is starting to ramp up! It’s an exciting time for Athletics at The ACADEMY. Come be a part!

Weekly Sports Recap

The third Grammar Cross Country meet of the year saw over 150 runners PK-5th grade! The races began with our precious PK and 1st graders who burned up the course. Mack Sonntag and Elliot Rhea finished the mile course in under 8:00 and our top girl, Victoria Methvin, finished on their heels with a time of 8:01, and third place overall. The 2nd/3rd grade girls race was won again by Maggie Flint with Audrey Kammerer and Annie Burt rounding out the top 3. The boys’ 2nd/3rd grade had 7 that finished under 8 minutes led by Henry Corbin, Joseph Reed, and Sutton Dearmon all coming in sub 7 minutes. In the 4th/5th grade division there were 7 boys that finished under 7 minutes led by Jack Eckles and Judah Arter. The girls’ top finishers were Catherine Judd and Kenzi Ketron who both finished just under 7:40! Grammar XC will host their final race next week on Tuesday, October 6th as a make up for the rain out 2 weeks ago. D&R Cross Country runs their final scheduled meet before State this Saturday at Community Christian in Norman. The Volleyball teams made the trek up Turner Turnpike to take on HCAA-rival Wright Christian Academy on Monday evening. Both Dialectic teams came away with victories! The High School teams gave Wright a tough shot but ultimately returned home with losses. The last home matches of the year will be Monday, October 5th at 5:00 for JV and 6:00 for Varsity. Make a special effort to come out to Midtown next Monday to cheer on our great kids!

Athletes of the Month

August Athlete of the Month is sophomore Liza Keller. Liza has made a leap from her freshman year and is anchoring our growing Volleyball program. Liza has been a canny defender on the back row and at the net, as well as steadily improving her ability to get crowd-pleasing kills from multiple spots on the court.

September Athlete of the Month is freshman Anna Claire Orr. Anna Claire is in her first year running for The ACADEMY and has quickly shown a natural talent for cross country. Coach Rhea says that her times are rapidly coming down and she is learning better tactics and course management. At CCS a few weeks ago she finished Top 30 and, other than her teammate Esperanza Osuna, every finisher ahead of Anna Claire was a 5A or 6A runner.

GRIFFINS 3X3 Basketball League Registration is Open

The ACADEMY Athletic Department is excited to announce that for the 20-21 season we will be leaving the Destiny Christian league and hosting our own 3X3 Basketball League!

  • All 20-21 games will be played at The ACADEMY – Midtown Gym!
    • We control the environment, we get to have more community o No more packing 40-50 people into 2-3 rows of seats at Destiny! 
  • More space, more touches, more shots!
    • 3X3 gives players more space and more opportunities to try things o Half-court games allow 12 players to play at a time instead of 10!
  • No Zones! No Presses! No Traps or Double Teams!
    • USA Basketball recommends no zones, presses, or double-teams until Middle School
    • Preparing for these strategies takes away precious skill development and play time at the elementary level
    • More time spent dribbling, passing, and shooting instead of learning to break a press or trap!
  • Teams will be made up of 4-5 players.
    • Teams will still be split by grade level and practice together as in the past
    • 1 practice per week starting after Fall Break
  • 7 weeks of Saturday games (on every other week basis) to better balance sports participation and family time.

Registration open until Oct 5th. Click here to register: https://forms.gle/B4mLnPYskPHtLEY29

D&R Basketball Players must have Physicals to begin season

IF you have not made an appointment with your doctor to do a new physical, you must do that ASAP. Students must turn in their physical, health history, 2 waivers, and the player and parent expectations. Please turn in to the athletic office or your coach ASAP.

D&R Basketball Parent Meeting October 12th

Parents of D&R basketball players should mark their calendars for Monday, October 12th at 6pm at Midtown Gym. Coaches will meet with parents to discuss the season, practice schedules, transportation, and other logistics for the 20-21 season. Please make every opportunity to be there – players are welcome.

New Spirit Store and House Store Announced

After a year and a half with Triple Elite, we are pleased to announce a new partnership with Stillwater Screenprinting. Owner Aaron Reeves is a supporter of The ACADEMY Athletics and our mission and is excited to take on an even larger support role by hosting our online store. Check out the current lines and new Fall offerings at https://theacademyspiritstore.itemorder.com/

Upcoming Athletic Events

  • Sat 10/3: D&R XC at CCS
  • Mon 10/5: Rhetoric VB vs Millwood – Last Home Matches
  • Tue 10/6: Grammar XC Meet – Last Grammar Meet
  • Thu 10/8: D&R VB at Liberty
  • Fri 10/9: D&R VB at OKC Knights