Game Recognize Game: Forest Hills High School’s Brady Christ is our October Winner

Game Recognize Game: Forest Hills High School’s Brady Christ is our October Winner

Each month Eastbay is highlighting a top high school athlete by spotlighting their accomplishments both in and outside the game. This month’s winner is senior Brady Christ from Forest Hills High School in Pennsylvania.

An all-around athlete, Brady is a two-year letterman who also competes in powerlifting and track & field while remaining active in his school community. He’s a member of the ski and media clubs, holds down a 3.4 GPA, and is a four-year PA Bronze Academic Award winner.

For Brady, football is more than a game. It’s all about the family, friendships, and character building that come with working hard to reach your goals. Here’s what Brady had to say about being a role model for younger athletes, the joy of competing, and his future aspirations:

What is your definition of a successful student-athlete?

My definition would be a student who balances being a successful athlete while also succeeding in the classroom and makes a healthy impact in their school community.

What has been the highlight of your athletic career so far, and what makes that moment stand out for you?

My highlight has been my defensive playing this year. I have two interceptions and there are still games to play.

Who is your role model in athletics?

My role model is Jalen Ramsey.

How important is it to you to be a role model for younger athletes?

It’s very important. When I was younger, I was raised up by older athletes who guided me down the right paths. I wish to continue that tradition and be a positive influence.

What do you love most about competing?

I love expressing all the hard work and effort I’ve put in. Getting to show that I’ve worked harder and I’ve become a better athlete is easily the best part.

What are some of the goals you’d like to achieve after high school, and what are you most looking forward to?

I’d love to be able to coach a team or be an athletic trainer for a team. Later on, raise a family and so forth.

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Game Recognize Game: Richland High School’s Griffin LaRue is our September Winner

Game Recognize Game: Richland High School’s Griffin LaRue is our September Winner

Each month Eastbay is highlighting a top high school athlete by spotlighting their accomplishments both in and outside the game. This month’s winner is All State wide receiver Griffin LaRue from Richland High School in Johnstown, PA.

For Griffin, football is more than a game – it’s everything to him. And he backs that up with hard work and dedication. Now in his last year at Richland High, Griffin is getting ready to take his game to the next level, and he can’t wait to see what happens next. Here’s what he told us about being the thrill of competing, being a role model, and what he hopes for the future:

What is your definition of a successful student-athlete?

My definition of a successful student-athlete is a student who can excel in the classroom day in and day out, and still achieve all their goals and dreams on field.

What has been the highlight of your athletic career so far, and what makes that moment stand out for you?

I would say the highlight of my athletic career so far is definitely my first offer.  That moment gave me indescribable happiness!

Who is your role model in athletics?

My role model would definitely have to be LaRod Stephens-Howling.  Growing up and playing football in the same town in the same city as I am currently and still making it to the league and winning a Super Bowl is beyond crazy and inspiring to me.

How important is it to you to be a role model for younger athletes?

It’s extremely important to me, especially with me having two younger siblings that look up to everything I do and take after me.  Growing up with two older brothers, I always looked up to them and followed in their footsteps, and I want to guide my younger siblings and young student-athletes in the correct direction.

What do you love most about competing?

What I love most about competing is the intensity.  When I line up across from someone, I think in my head “It’s my family vs. their’s” and I’ll choose mine any day of the year.

What are some of the goals you’d like to achieve after high school, and what are you most looking forward to?

My biggest out-of-this-world goal is to someday have a gold jacket on, but that’s me shooting for the stars. But I truly just want to be different and make a name for myself and to prove everyone that doubted me wrong.  One thing I’m extremely excited for and looking forward to is just going to college in general.  I feel like college will be a whole new world for me, and especially with football on top of it I feel I will learn so much.

 

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The Bush School Partners Up with Eastbay

The Bush School Partners Up with Eastbay

Seattle, WA – Jo Ito, athletic director at The Bush School, announced the school has re-signed a three-year agreement with Eastbay to provide Nike footwear, uniforms, and gear to the school.

Eastbay has been a leader in athletic performance and lifestyle for over 40 years, including a vast selection of gear from top sportswear brands.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Eastbay,” Ito said. “Having a one-stop-shop solution for all of our athletic gear needs is invaluable, and the service Eastbay provides is second to none!”

Eastbay representative Ray Shine worked closely with The Bush School to organize the partnership.

Eastbay’s Game Recognize Game: St. Mary’s Academy’s Elizabeth Elliott is our January Winner

Eastbay’s Game Recognize Game: St. Mary’s Academy’s Elizabeth Elliott is our January Winner

Each month Eastbay is highlighting a top high school athlete by spotlighting their accomplishments both in and outside the game. This month’s winner is basketball player Elizabeth Elliott from St. Mary’s Academy in California. Elizabeth is a four-year team captain and starter who was named Camino Real League MVP in her freshman and sophomore seasons. She also displays an incredible work ethic in the classroom, posting a 4.33 weighted GPA, which is one of the best in her class. Elizabeth earned St. Mary’s Student-Athlete of the Year award three times and has accepted a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at the University of Pacific. Elizabeth was nominated by her basketball coach Tramon Steele for being a tremendous athlete on the court and even better student in the classroom. Here’s Elizabeth, in her own words, on her experience as a high school student-athlete.

 

What is your definition of a successful student-athlete?

My definition of a successful student-athlete is a person who competes on the court and in the classroom. If one can manage a hectic schedule while juggling demanding AP commitments along with being the best teammate and player they can be, then that person is definitely working towards success. I believe a successful student athlete also has a backup plan or can rely on their academics when the ball stops. Lastly, a successful student athlete knows their limits on and off the court and still manages to love the sport while merging it with school requirements.

What has been the highlight of your athletic career so far?

I have a few highlight moments that I will cherish forever. The biggest one is receiving a scholarship to play basketball at a Division 1 University. There are over 399,000 plus girls that play high school basketball and only 1.3% get to play at the Division 1 level. So, receiving a scholarship to play basketball is a huge highlight of its own. The other highlights in my athletic career are being recognized as a top 100 player by ESPN HoopGurlz, winning league MVP as a sophomore, and being recognized by my city as one of the best players.

Who is your role model in athletics?

I would have to say my father, Kevin Elliott, and my high school coach Tramon Steele. They’ve both been there for me throughout my high school and travel ball career. They both took the unconventional route to play college basketball, so their knowledge is real and raw. They work really well together to make sure I have everything I need to be successful. I can go to them for advice on different things and they always have my best interest in mind. They’ve really shown me that there’s more to the game than just getting buckets, like showing up for my team, making lifelong connections, and representing those who’ve come before me.

What do you love most about competing in athletics?

Being in a team atmosphere. It’s one of the best feelings in the world. From putting your jerseys on to picking the pregame music, having teammates that you can call family just makes competing ten times better. I also love playing in big games. I like to prove others wrong when we play teams that are “better” than us. It allows you to test your limits and shows your teammates that you have their back—win, lose, or draw. Breaking boundaries and expectations is one of the best parts of competing.

What are some goals you’d like to achieve after high school?

After high school I will be attending the University of Pacific on a full basketball scholarship. For a long time, my main focus has been to get to college. Now that I’ve achieved it, the work finally begins. One of my goals is to win the West Coast Conference championship and to compete for a starting position. I also have ambitions to play overseas for a while. Academically, I would like to pursue a master’s degree or even a doctorate degree in psychology.

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