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Jackson Christian Soccer Devastates Hillsdale 9-3

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Jackson Christian Junior Audrey McCollum moves the ball upfield against Hillsdale

On the last night of the season, the Jackson Christian Royals went out in style as they scored early and often guiding themselves to a big 9-3 victory over Hillsdale to end the season on a winning note. It was a great way to send the 6 senior players on the team out.

Senior Mary Hawthorne got the scoring started 12 minutes into the first half. Senior Sierra Chevalier put the ball into the back of the net and then Junior Audrey McCollum to give the Royals a big 3-1 lead going into halftime.

At the halftime, the Royals honored those seniors playing in their last High School soccer game ever. Also honored were two boys for their dedication in their spring sports.

After the brief, but beautiful ceremony, the girls got back to the scoring again as only 2 minutes into the second half Hawthorne scored her second on the night. 20 seconds later Hillsdale cut the Royals lead in half as Emily Wright got one by the Royals goalkeeper. Chevalier took over after that scoring 2 more goals in just 16 seconds for the hat trick and a Jackson Christian record for fastest 2 goals ever scored in a game!

Haley Hands then scored for the Royals and McCollum netted her second of the evening to build a huge 8-2 lead. Hillsdale never gave up and kept on battling as Kathy Tempa was able to score. Sam Hershberger put the icing on the cake to give the Royals a 9-3 lead with 4 minutes left with her first goal of the season.

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Jackson Christian’s Drew Blackgrove Breaks Points Per Game Record

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JCS Royals Senior Drew Blacgroves drives for 2 against his former school, Grass Lake

It’s been a week of records this past week for the small school of Jackson Christian. First, senior Thomas Miller broke the school rebounding record in a single game with 27. Then, just a few day later, his teammate and close friend Drew Blackgrove broke the school record for most points in a game with 40!

The all around athletic forward achieved his feat on the road in Litchfield. It was something he had wanted to do to leave his lasting legacy behind to the Royals, but Drew has a team first mentality.

“It felt great to finally break the record,” an excited Blackgrove exclaimed. “It’s something I’ve had my goal set on throughout my High School career. I’ve had about 6 or 7 opportunities to do it before, but it just never worked out. I knew I was close, I had 19 at the half and I was going to go for it and my teammates really helped me out.”

The record of 37 in a game stood for many years, scored by Joel Maybee and Darren Hooley. Jackson Christian may be a small school but it not only produces great scholars, it has a great athletic program also.

“I had 37 points and then I got fouled shooting a 3,” Blackgrove stated. “I went to the line for 3 free throws and I was really nervous. But I sank all 3 free throws and set the record. I can’t explain how great it feels!”

Drew gives credit to God and the number 1 influence in his life that drives him and encourages him most, his dad Mark Blackgrove. Mark played basketball at Jackson Christian and was a great player also.

“My dad always pushes me, helps me and encourages me to try harder and do better,” Drew explained. “He’s always pushed me in a positive way and I’ve always looked up to him. I also think it’s cool that I scored 40 and that was his number when he played here.”

Drew is the son of Mark and Amy Blackgrove. His older brother Drayton is the entertaining announcer of the Royals basketball games and he has a younger brother Reece who is on the Royals junior varsity team. He also has a  student from Seoul, South Korea that lives with the family throughout the school year attending Jackson Christian, Jae Hoon Pyon, who Drew considers his brother. Rounding out the family is the family dog Wrigley.

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Jackson High’s Taylor Johnson Commits To College

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Taylor Johnson goes up for a shot against Chelsea

The first thing you notice when you see Taylor Johnson on the basketball court is her height, as she towers over most of the other competitors. The other thing you notice right away about  Johnson, who stands 6 feet tall, is her positive energy and constant hustle on the court. And she’s bringing that energy to Jackson College as she has committed to play basketball there for Head Coach Heather Brown.

“I’m really excited to play at Jackson college,” said Johnson. “I had several other offers but I love the coach and I feel she will be able to prepare me for my last two years of college.”

And after talking to Johnson, who graduated from Jackson High School after attending Jackson Christian for her first two years of High School, you will see that her faith is very important to her. She credits God for putting her on the path she is on.

“I feel God is leading me to Jackson College and that is part of his grand plan,” Johnson proudly proclaimed. “God is a big part of my life and if it weren’t for him I’m not sure where I’d be.”

Johnson, who has been playing basketball since as long as she remembers, can’t wait to play center for her new coach.She has met and got to play with a few of her new teammates  and is looking forward to entering this season with some new good friends.

Johnson, who enjoys cleaning, watching netflix, singing, and obviously playing hoops, plans to study something along the lines of psychology and social work. “I want to work with at-risk kids in a type of mentoring program,” Johnson said.”I really want to be able to make a difference in kids lives, showing them that they are special and loved, not only by me but by God as well.”

Johnson will miss playing travel ball and for Jackson High and will miss the people she met and friendships she made there but she now enters a new chapter in her life as she will be enrolled for Fall classes.

“I’m really optimistic about my new team and school,” said Johnson. ” I know it’s going to be a big change from what I am used to but I have the grace of God leading me as well as a strong support system of my family and friends.”

Johnson is the daughter of Brent and Kim Johnson. She has an older sister Brittany and a younger brother Ben who plays basketball for Jackson Christian School.

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