Saturday, September 26, 2020

MICMS Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer Win GCAC Titles

The MICMS girls basketball team celebrates winning the GCAC championship. Back row, from left: Maddy Burt, Dayna Dorestin, Lenka Okenka, Katie Miller, Courtney O’Dell, Elise Prodanov and Ryenn Hart. Front row: Coach Kyle Grucci, Savannah Weeks, Abbi Grensing, Bella Holan, Casey Erickson and Peighton Grucci. (Not pictured, Susan Linn.) PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

The MICMS girls basketball team celebrates winning the GCAC championship. Back row, from left: Maddy Burt, Dayna Dorestin, Lenka Okenka, Katie Miller, Courtney O’Dell, Elise Prodanov and Ryenn Hart. Front row: Coach Kyle Grucci, Savannah Weeks, Abbi Grensing, Bella Holan, Casey Erickson and Peighton Grucci. (Not pictured, Susan Linn.) PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger LaLonde

Sports fever is running rampant at Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS).

The girls soccer team went undefeated to win both the Gulf Coast and Collier County Public Schools middle school titles, for a school record.

The girls basketball and boys soccer teams won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) championships. The girls’ season mark was 17-2, while the boys went one better at 18-2.

Returning six players, three starters, and adding some new talent, Kyle Grucci’s girls basketball team was encouraged about this season.

The Lady Eagles were more than up to the task in the GCAC, going undefeated. Their effort resulted in the team earning a championship banner, the first since 2000.

“This team will have their names on a championship banner that will hang in the gym forever,” Grucci said.

In the Collier

Peighton Grucci gets off a tough shot against North Naples in the Collier CountyAthletic Conference competition.

Peighton Grucci gets off a tough shot against North Naples in the Collier CountyAthletic Conference competition.

County Athletic Conference Championship semifinals they played North Naples.

Two of the Charter Middle School starters played ill. “They had trouble breathing, but still played major minutes, coming up huge against a bigger front line,” Grucci said. “Bottom line is the entire team played their hearts out.”

The Lady Eagles erased a nine-point deficit with two minutes to go, rotating strong defensive efforts by Bella Holan, Peighton Grucci, Elise Prodanov, Katie Miller, Lenka Okenka, Abbi Grensing and Ryenn Hart.

“Unfortunately we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Grucci said.

Other key members include Maddy Burt, Dayna Dorestin, Casey Erickson, Susan Linn, Courtney O’Dell and Savannah Weeks.

The Eagles boys soccer team had another outstanding season, winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championship. They lost in the semifinals of the Collier County Athletic Conference Championship.

They downed Evangelical

Coach Kyle Grucci shares the GCAC championship trophy with his daughterPeighton.

Coach Kyle Grucci shares the GCAC championship trophy with his daughterPeighton.

Christian, 3-1, in the GCAC championship game and lost to Oak Ridge in the GCAC semifinals, 2-1.

Coach Joe Bartos said, “This team is one of the most balanced groups that I have ever seen over the last six years of participating in MICMS soccer. Yes, our team had some stars, but everyone contributed this year. Seventeen of 19 players on the roster scored. That just speaks to the balance we had. This is the first year that I was never concerned about putting any of our players on the field.”

Members of the team include Matt Vergo, Matt Bartos, Jorge Escobedo, John Rosas, Darren Alanis, Uriel Trejo, Armando Anaya, Nicholas Vergo, Gerardo Rojas, Jesus Trejo, Jose Aguilera, Argel Trejo, Kevin Labra, Michael Mertens, Charlie Olvera, Eric Trejo, Robert Petronzio, Michael LaCava and coaches Bartos and Gerol Ayasun.

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