It was an interesting week for Valor Girl’s Basketball as weather hampered a trip to Dakota Ridge on Wednesday, giving the Eagles a one game week against visiting Arvada West. The team picked up the program sweep and kept pace at the top of the Jeffco League.
The Varsity team had a great start to the game, and it was a well balanced effort from across the board. Raegan Beers led the way with 24 points and 10 boards while senior Sara Nealy added 11 points. There was great contributions from all across the floor with Karissa Lukasiewicz adding seven boards and six assists, and Jenna Siebert adding five assists on the night.
It was a great game, but it was a wonderful evening to honor our wonderful seniors, Liz Nolan, Nicholas Eto and Sara Nealy.
Our first senior honored was team chaplain, Liz Nolan. Liz came to Valor to explore her faith and pursue academic excellence. Her favorite class has been science and her favorite teacher is Mr. Ziegler. Liz played basketball for three seasons prior to becoming the team’s chaplain for her final season. She selflessly loves and cares for each member on the team. Her favorite basketball memory was going to State her freshman year. She has journeyed with Discovery to Alaska and this summer will go to Peru. She is a valuable member of the Valor soccer program and was 1st team Academic All State in 2018 for basketball and soccer. Liz will miss all the mentors that she has gained and the ability to meet with them and talk about life. She hopes to attend Wheaton College where she will study biochemistry. We are so thankful for how Liz serves our team!
Our next senior is team manager, Nicholas Eto. Nicholas came to Valor because of the amazing atmosphere and that it is Valor Christian. His favorite class has been history and the teacher he most admires is Mrs. Hutchinson. Nick the Quick has served as the team manager this season and truly gives all he has in whatever he is asked to do. Nick’s favorite basketball memory is the doing the dope team handshakes as the starters are announced . He will miss the fantastic people, the amazing lunch and the girls basketball team when he graduates to attend Colorado State University to major in Engineering. Nick has been such a valuable part of our team and we are so thankful for how he has poured out so much heart and soul throughout the course of this season.
Our final senior that was honored was our sole senior hooper, Sara Nealy. Sara came to Valor four years ago because both of her sisters had gone here and she knew that this is where she wanted to go. She was excited about the basketball program begin good and that she was able to come to a great school and still get a faith based education. Her favorite class has been history and her favorite teacher has been Mr. Dixon. She has been a member of the girls’ varsity team for three years and has been an incredible leader and captain this season. Her favorite basketball memory was from the State Championship her freshman year. Sara has participated in several Discovery trips including Czech Republic, Dominican Republic and will journey to Israel this summer. Sara will miss the culture, and just how invested everyone is in your life. The teachers genuinely care about you and want to get to know you. She will also miss this basketball program as a whole a lot next year. Sara is excited about attending Calvin College while participating in the Women’s Basketball basketball program. Sara has truly led with grace and grit and we are so excited to see the Lord continue to work in her life at Calvin.
This week we continued to focus on what it means to honor the Lord through suffering. “Hurtin’ for Certain” has proven to be a tough principle as the refining process is hard. We’re reminded that reality includes suffering. Our response to suffering includes trusting God’s sovereignty and knowing God will redeem our sufferings for our good and His glory. Amen!