Unsung heroes shine in their sports

Photo courtesy Mike Monaghan
Freshman varsity runner Adria Pirozzi runs in the Barnhart invitational. The women's cross country record was 7-0 this season.

Clarke Grube – Men’s Varsity Soccer

Senior centerback Clark Grube is a player who, according to Coach James Fendryk, may not be the most recognized player on the team, but is still important due to his “relentless” defense and his reliability.

Grube has been playing soccer for about eight years. “I like how pretty much anybody can win and it’s hard to master,” Grube said.

As a centerback, Grube likes “seeing how excited other players get when they get a chance to score and I stop them.”

According to Fendryk, “he is a worker. He took last year off, but I’m happy he decided to come out again. He is absolutely relentless and super athletic. For the most part this year he has been in the back line 80 minutes of the game.”

“He is a great addition to the team. He is hard working, quick, big, and hard to get around. He does not get beat often. He is always positive. He can take the pressure off a lot of situations too,” senior goalkeeper Brendan Hutton said.

Junior goalkeeper Marc Griffin agreed, “He is a great guy. He is so funny and is definitely enthusiastic. He can bring us up if the team is having a bad day.”

Cole Alban is the Online Chief for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.

Briana Lockhart – Women’s Varsity Volleyball

Senior setter Briana Lockhart is a vital part of the varsity volleyball team, according to Coach Greg Cullison. “Briana is unquestionably the leader of our team. As our setter, she controls the pace of the match,” Cullison said.

“I started playing volleyball in fourth grade for my elementary school. I have played for school and for club teams. I have played every position, but I am the setter for the JC team,” Lockhart said.

Lockhart believes the team is doing great this year. “We are doing much better than we anticipated, and we are all having a good time winning,” Lockhart said. She has been on varsity for four years.

Senior teammate Sarah Pattisall said, “She is amazing. She’s a really great leader. She is great at unifying everyone, and I do not know what we would do without her.”

According to Coach Meghan McConville, “she is always positive. She is a very smart player and definitely a leader. She is always there to pick others up, and she has a great attitude. She is integral to the team and is a leader in her attitude and her playing.”

Cole Alban is the Online Chief for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.

Adria Pirozzi – Women’s Varsity Cross Country

Freshman runner Adria Pirozzi is “a huge contributor to the team” and could very well “be one of the best runners” in JC history according to Coach Robert Torres, though “it’s too early to tell.”

Senior runner Emma Imbierowicz agreed with Torres saying, “she’s very beneficial to our team. [Adria] is in our top seven and she helped us to make first in our conference.”

She has been running since fifth grade, though started serious training in eighth grade, and plans on continuing it.

“Cross country is a very rewarding sport. It may not feel like that at the time, but at the end, it’s worth it and you’ll realize it,” Pirozzi said.

According to JV runner junior Erin Cadden, Adria “is a very good team [member], very cooperative, and works very hard.”

According to varsity runner sophomore Eleanor Marindin, “she always works hard and is determined. Everyone underestimates her because of her size, being short, and she proves them wrong.”

Pirozzi said that “the team is really nice and welcoming to me” and her favorite part about the sport is “[running] in new places and [to] see all the cool stuff.”

Elizabeth Driver is a Sports Editor for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.