Season’s End: Athletes Reflect on the Essence of Being a Golden Eagle

By Daeana Barkubein

As the Upper School Girls’ Volleyball and Soccer teams have reached the end of their seasons, and as the Upper School Football team is preparing to wrap up theirs, it came time for many athletes to re-evaluate their performance and reminisce many good memories they shared with their respective teams.

The Football team, whose season started on August 23 against Lookout Valley High School, has two games left to play. On October 25th, the team will be playing against King’s Academy, and they will be playing against Grace Christian Academy-Franklin on November 1. The team currently has two wins and six losses, but the players are optimistic about the games to come.

“Getting to play this year was the highlight of the season for me,” stated Sophomore Mason Long in an interview. He went on to add that, as a Golden Eagle, “You should be in it for the team and not yourself.”

For Sophomore Caroline Biddle, an athlete on the soccer team, “Being a Golden Eagle means playing for the Lord and not just your teammates or yourself.”

The Girls’ Soccer team finished their season playing against St. Andrews-Sewanee High School on October 8 with four wins, seven defeats, and three ties.

“The highlight of my season was bonding and laughing with my teammates, especially during ice baths,” Biddle added.

The Girls’ Volleyball team also had a good season, which came to a close in the first round of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Regional Playoffs with a record of seven wins and three losses.

Junior Lainey Barrow said that “The highlight of my season definitely was beating Silverdale twice. We all wanted that game so bad, and those were games where we really worked together as a team.” She went on to add that being a Golden Eagle, for her, “means always being a team. Being a Golden Eagle means that you are willing to put in the work to better your team and yourself.”

These three athletes have truly summed up what it means to be a Golden Eagle because athletics at Grace is always more than just winning. Here, sports is about sportsmanship and reaching out to others to show Christ on the field. And that is a true victory.