A win for Grimsley and the culture the Whirlies have created | Sports | #sports | #elderly | #seniors
The 2019 season was the breakthrough Grimsley fans had been hoping for, as the Whirlies finished 12-2, winning the conference championship and falling just short of an appearance in the 4-A title game.
While confident that the Whirlies could have another good season, athletics director Ethan Albright wondered whether a young team with new faces in key roles could continue the program’s growth. He needn’t have worried.
“I was a little concerned coming into this year, because they didn’t have a lot of opportunity for team building,” Albright said. “(Brown) spends a lot of time with team building, getting to know each other, breaking down stereotypes, breaking down barriers. It’s getting kids to know each other who don’t live in the same neighborhood. When they break that down and they get to know each other, it’s a great thing. They’re not all best friends, but they respect each other.”
Fans won’t have to wait long to see whether the Whirlies can continue their winning ways. A sizable chunk of key players from Friday’s win will be back on campus a few months from now to begin their title defense.
Quarterback Alonza Barnett, voted Most Outstanding Player of the title game, will be back as well as Offensive MVP Jeiel Melton and five-star defensive lineman Travis Shaw. Unlike years past, they will gather in a locker room where a championship culture has been validated.