Grace School sports and academic teams post good results this fall
Grace School teams have done well in both academic and sports competitions this fall.
The school has joined the Northwest Suburban Lutheran Conference (NWSLC), in order to compete with more grade schools of similar enrollment, while continuing to play against teams in the smaller Lutheran School Athletic League (LSAL).
The girls volleyball team, coached by resource teacher Deirdre Byrne, completed their season with a record of 22-6, finishing third in the new league and first in the LSAL. The girls also took home first place in the Walther Tournament, competing against 13 other teams. The boys volleyball team ended their season with a record of 14-10 and finished second of nine schools at the Walther Tournament. The boys are coached by fourth grade teacher Kat Albrecht.
The NWSLC includes St. Paul School in Mount Prospect, St. Peter in Arlington Heights, St. Andrew’s in Park Ridge, Lutheran Unity West in Chicago, and Immanuel, Elmhurst. The traditional Lutheran School Athletic League is made up of Lutheran elementary schools closer to River Forest.
The Northwest Suburban League includes third and fourth graders in cross-country events, so Grace School has added third graders to a program that used to begin in fourth grade. Over 40 boys and girls competed this year on the Grace cross-country team. The boys team finished in eighth place at the Illinois Lutheran State Cross-Country Championships, with eighth grader David Garcia qualifying for the National Lutheran meet. The cross-country team’s future looks bright, as six of the ten boys and all five girls who competed at the state meet are in third, fourth, and fifth grade.
On October 7, nine Grace students competed in the first of four Science League events at Walther High School in Melrose Park. The team of Adelina Simpson-Gomez, Sophie Kerr, and Hailey Blair finished in first place. Adelina and Sophie are seventh graders; Hailey is in sixth grade.