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.

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

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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.


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.


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.""



Boys Basketball: Eden Christian looking for more after topping No. 1 seed

Written by Brad Everett on .

Until last Tuesday, Eden Christian had never won a WPIAL playoff game.

Three nights later, the Warriors won their second of the week by pulling off one of the most stunning upsets of the postseason.

Eden Christian, which is located in Ohio Township, had a lot to celebrate Friday after knocking off No. 1 seed and previously undefeated Sewickley Academy, 38-35, in a Class A quarterfinal at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. The Warriors (19-5), who defeated Clairton earlier in the week, will play for a spot in Friday's championship when they take on Jeannette (15-7) tonight at Hampton.

The win against Sewickley Academy (22-1) was unexpected by most. The two had met twice during the regular season in Section 1 play, with Sewickley Academy claiming double-digit wins of 67-52 and 56-45. This time, however, the outcome was much different.