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Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Eden Christian's David Ritchie

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Name: David Ritchie
High School: Eden Christian
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Ritchie, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard, is second in Class A in scoring with 21.7 points per game. He ranks fourth among all North area players in that category. Ritchie scored a team-high 16 points in leading Eden Christian to its biggest win of the season, a 56-50 triumph against Sewickley Academy on Jan. 19. Eden Christian, a WPIAL semifinalist a season ago, is 16-3 overall and can earn at least a split of the Section 1 title with wins against Cornell and Quigley Catholic this week. The Chargers are currently tied with Sewickley Academy for first place.

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Cross Country: Eden Christian runners to hold Ordinary Hero 5K

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

The act of being a hero seems like a large task. One normally associated with superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman.

Three Eden Christian Academy varsity cross country team seniors think differently.

Lauren Gronbeck, Madison Graner and Jenna Sanavely will host the Ordinary Hero 5K, Saturday, Nov. 21 at North Park. The race begins at 10:00 a.m. at the North Park Boathouse.

All proceeds from the race and donations benefit an advocacy program called Ordinary Hero that partners with impoverished communities and empowers ordinary people to change the life of a child. The Eden Christian Academy trio is supporting a branch of Ordinary Hero that provides medical care to Ethiopians. After Graner's mission trip in Ethiopia last year, Ordinary Hero was a no brainer for the girls.

Visit the registration page for more information: http://ordinaryhero5k.weebly.com/

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Track: North Feature Athlete - Eden Christian's Lauren Gronbeck

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Lauren Gronbeck
School: Eden Christian
Grade: 11
Sport: Track
Events: 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs

Background: Gronbeck has been in cross country and track while in high school. She has also been a valuable member of the school's mock trial team. Gronbeck took second in the 3,200 at the Mars Invitational. She finished fourth in the 3,200 at the state meet last year. She also finished third in the state cross country meet.

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Baseball: Eden Christian picks up pair of wins

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

Last season wasn't too kind to Eden Christian Academy's varsity baseball team. Competing in the WPIAL for the first time, the Warriors suffered through an 0-16 rookie campaign. Early on this spring, however, they already experienced some encouragement through a pair of non-section victories.

After opening its schedule with a 10-2 loss against Keystone Oaks, Eden Christian (2-1) followed up with a 16-10 win over Obama Academy before knocking off Perry Traditional Academy, 5-2. Sophomore pitcher Andrew Hachmeister tossed five innings against the Commodores and registered 13 strikeouts.

Hachmeister as well as juniors Noah Bailey and Andreas Bailey, who are twin brothers, return as three of the Warriors' top pitchers. Seniors Jonah Simons and Will Schmotzer as well as sophomores Evan DeMarco, Matt Knauer, Dave Williams also are back as returning starters.

Eden Christian is competing in Section 5-A this year and will try to challenge for a playoff spot against Avella, Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Cornell and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The Warriors open section play this week against Bishop Canevin on April 7 and Brentwood on April 9.

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Boys Basketball: Eden Christian surprising its foes

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Drew Karpen profiles the Eden Christian boys basketball team.

"It can be intimidating playing the No. 1 team in your team's classification.

It is even more intimidating when that team is undefeated and also a team you lost to by double digits twice previously in the regular season.

But intimidation is the last description Eden Christian would tag itself as, especially after conquering Sewickley Academy in the Class A WPIAL quarterfinals last Friday at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry.

"Of course everybody was excited," Eden coach Todd Aiken said. "The guys worked hard throughout the season. We emphasize 'team.' It was a team effort. Our team defense is what won the game for us. I was happy for our guys and especially for our seniors.""