Students show their skills as most elite athletes of the month

Grace Heilman

Senior Grace Heilman put on a show with a record-breaking performance in the girls soccer game against Wellington on Sept. 13.

Heilman broke the record for points in a game by recording a total of nine points. In soccer, when a player scores a goal, they are awarded two points, and for each assist, they are awarded an additional point. Heilman tallied four goals and an assist.

Heilman explained she was not concerned about the record during the game.

“I try my hardest to stay focused when I want to win a game. The record wasn’t even on my mind,” she said. “During the game. I didn’t know about the record or even that I had broken it. The junior varsity coach and assistant coach told me and the rest of the team after I came out.”

Heilman said that she is excited to be a record holder and hopes it motivates other players to work hard to try and beat her record.

Noah Lyons

Senior Noah Lyons rushed for 160 yards and one touchdown, and he also recorded an interception on the defense as the Lions won a vital home game against Lakewood on Sept. 13.

He said he did not allow the pressure of the big game affect him, as his performance and leadership led the team to a 27-13 win.

“During the game, I was confident in the team and that we could win,” Lyons said. “I’m always nervous on my first play in the game, but once that is over, it just feels like second nature.”

He looks to put his sights on the future and plans to focus on the Lions’ upcoming games against Bishop Ready and Columbus Academy, he added.

Solomon McDow

Sophomore Solomon McDow won the Canal Winchester Invitational Sept. 1 and the Whetstone Invitational Sept. 22 for the boys cross country team.

McDow recently achieved his quickest time this season, running 15:56 at the Dublin Celtic Clash meet on Sept. 25 over the course of 3.1 miles.

He credits these results to his high levels of focus during his runs.

“During races, I try to stay very focused on competing with every opponent around me,” he said. “I can only control how I run and this helps me run the best I can.”

Giulia Viglietta

Senior Giulia Viglietta led the volleyball team to a 3-1 win against Grandview’s volleyball team Sept. 17, killing 16 balls for a win against a team that has challenged the Lions in the past.

“Grandview is always a pretty big game for us,” Viglietta said. “They have always been a very good defensive team.”

The Grandview crowd proved to be a challenge for the Lions. After losing the first set, Viglietta’s focus went to helping the team adapt for the upcoming sets.

“It was their ‘Volley for the Cure’ night, so they played with a lot of energy,” she said. “They had a rowdy student section which I think helped them in a lot of ways.”

However, losing the first set proved no problem for the Lions, who stormed back, winning the following three sets.

“In the next three sets, we really improved our communication with one another which helped us to run plays and increase our trust overall,” Viglietta said. “At certain points during the match, I think our focus dwindled but we have a lot of grit and we’ve been good about regaining focus throughout the year.”

James McCann

The boys soccer team picked up a big win on the road against rival Columbus Academy on Sept. 1 after two goals from junior James McCann.

“Columbus Academy is always a tough game for us,” McCann said. “The rivalry really brings out the best in our team.”

McCann and the Lions kept their composure despite the relentless Academy student section as the Lions held on and won a big game against the Vikings 2-1.

“I think the reason we won that game was the student section,” McCann said. “The energy they bring gives me and the team motivation to play harder.”