Jensen Sminchak and Danil Petrov are your Student Athletes of the Week! Jensen advanced to the 3rd round of the OHSAA Girls Tennis district singles tournament last week after defeating 2 quality opponents, while Danil has led the MS Soccer team in scoring this fall on their way to a 2nd place finish in the league!
Alaiyah Fields and Jackson Sharpless are your Co-Athletes of the Week for the week of September 23-28. Alaiyah is being recognized for being the team leader in multiple categories for Varsity Volleyball as the team gears up for sectionals! Jackson is a force on the Flag Football team who specializes in pressuring the quarterback!
Tai Roberts is your Athlete of the Week for the the week of August 26. Tai was nominated by Coach Hall, after dropping her personal best by over two minutes from last season. She's off to a great start this fall!
Girls Varsity Basketball opened the season with the Melanie Williams Tournament and finished with a 2-1 record, advancing to the championship game before falling to Eastlake North. In the first game they won impressively, beating Cleveland Central Catholic 43-30. In the semi-finals they defeated a tough John Hay team 51-47. In the championship game they came up short to a very good Eastlake North team by the score of 62-44. Overall it was a great start to the season for the girls and something they can build on. Nika Humeniuk was named to the all-tournament team.
The national signing period has opened for student-athletes all around the nation to commit themselves to the colleges who have offered them scholarship opportunities for 2019-20. We are so proud of AOA's very own Lauren Carnahan '19 and Nika Humeniuk '19 for signing their letters of intent this week. Lauren has accepted an equestrian scholarship offer at Baylor University and Nika has accepted a basketball scholarship at Ursuline College. Both have worked tirelessly as student-athletes during their tenure at AOA. We are so very proud of them and can't wait to see what they accomplish during their college careers!
Congratulations to Alaiyah Fields '20, our AOA athlete of the week for September 21st, 2018. As varsity volleyball captain, Alaiyah leads the team in serving %, missing only 1 of 150 attempts, leads the team in assists, and is also one of the team's leading attackers.
It's almost October and that means OHSAA playoffs are right around the corner. As first year full-members of the state athletic association, AOA will compete in all state playoff events. We are excited for the opportunity this provides our student-athletes and will be there to support them all the way. OHSAA Girl's Div. II Sectional Golf Tournament Date: Monday Sept. 24th Location: Punderson State Golf Course AOA Participants: Jelena Lainovic '19 OHSAA Boy's Div. III Sectional Golf Tournament Date: Wednesday Sept. 26th Location: Pine Hills Golf Course AOA Participants: James Hu '19 & Nikola Petrovic '20 OHSAA Girl's Div. II Tennis Tournament Date: October 3-4 Location: Hawken School AOA Participants: Varsity Tennis Team OHSAA Boy's Div. III Soccer Sectional 1st Round Game Date: TBA Location: TBA AOA Participants: Varsity Soccer Team OHSAA Girl's Div. IV Volleyball Sectional 1st Round Game Date: TBA Location: TBA AOA Participants: Varsity Volleyball Team OHSAA Boy's/Girl's XC Sectional Race Date: Saturday October 20th Location: Medina, Ohio AOA Participants: Varsity XC Teams
Congratulations to Danilo Vlaisavljevic '20, our AOA athlete of the week for September 14th, 2018. Last week Danilo scored six goals in two seperate AOA wins for the varsity soccer team. He has been the offensive catalyst for the team during their sizzling 6-0 start to the season!
The varsity soccer team is off to a tremendous start to the season. Undefeated at 5-0 through the early part of the schedule, the team has completely dominated its opponents. Despite observing the rules of good sportsmanship and often limiting scoring during the second half, the Phoenix have a goal differential of +23, with 24 goals for and only 1 against.
Coach Ahrens will continue to keep the squad sharp as it enters a more competitive portion of the schedule.
Congrats to AOA athlete of the week Sara Kralj '19. On Thursday afternoon Sara won her 1st singles match in three sets to secure the girl's tennis team's 3-2 victory over Lake Catholic. Entering the third set, Sara knew the team result rested in her hands as the two schools were deadlocked 2-2. She won the third set decisively, playing extremely well under pressure. The girls team is now 1-0 heading into their match vs. Harvey High School this afternoon.
At AOA teaching our students about community is very important. On Thursday, Sept. 6th our varsity and middle school cross country teams, led by Coach Lariccia and Hall, spent some time immersed in a community service project that they won't soon forget. The team made 'Blessing Bags' for 'Little Annie's Hope Train', a non-proft that focuses on helping the hungry and homeless. Blessing bags are gallon-sized Ziploc bags that contain a variety of items, such as toiletries, food items, and other essentials. By working together, the team made over 100 bags to help the cause. The bags will be distributed to homeless camps, hunger centers, and soup kitchens at local churches.
For anyone interested in finding out more information about this great cause, please search on Facebook or Instgram for Little Annie's Hope Train.
The boys varsity basketball team won the Division 2 championship with a 52-46 win over New Faith Christian Academy from Georgia. The girls varsity basketball team was runner-up in the Division 1 bracket, falling just short, 40-35 in the final against Fairfax Home School. Darina Dyazhuk and Jake Ohana won the 3 point contest in their respecive genders while Andrea Miguel won the girls Point Guard Challenge. Both teams finish the season as LEC Champions (1st ever for the girls, 6 straight for the boys). The girls finish with an 18-4 overall record and the boys 15-7. Congratulations to all players and coaches on excellent seasons!
AOA girls and boys basketball earned the 2018 Lake Effect Conference championships by defeating St. Martin de Porres in both games. Gabby Culotta, Natalie Thoss, Andrea Miguel and Veronika Humenuik led the girls to their big win, their first conference title in school history. Richie Thompson's 5 points in the final 3 minutes of the game pushed the boys to their 6th straight championship. Congratulations to both teams!
The MS Girls Basketball team secured a big conference win over rival Gilmour Academy, 40-30. After falling short against Gilmour in last year's conference championship game, the Lady Phoenix are looking to bring home the 2018 title!
Varsity golf defeated Grand River Academy 203-248 to earn the team's first ever win! Jelena Lainovic led the team with a score of 37. James Hu and Quinn Gorman have been major contributors this season as well. JV volleyball picked up a win against NEO, Varsity volleyball defeated Elyria First Baptist and MS soccer went on the road to pick up a non-conference win against Beachwood. MS girls tennis also capped off an undefeated 4-0 season with a home win against Lakeside. Next week is an exciting athletic week, concluding with our Homecoming soccer game on October 6 and the annual XC Invitational on October 7. Go Phoenix!
Located In Willoughby, OH, Andrews Osborne Academy is a Private Co-ed Day & Boarding College Preparatory School For Grades PK - 12, PG. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.