Battle tested Gryca ready to lead his team into playoffs

by Coach Elliott on February 21, 2012

Austin Gryca has been through it all as a Wildcat. From a freshman who played in 23 games battling for playing time to leading his team to the state finals and everything in between! He has been great and he has had his bad games. Those are the things that come with playing perhaps the hardest position in sports. Through it all Austin has weathered the storms and reaped the praise. As he heads into the final weeks of his senior season the Cats know they have a goalie that has been there and seen it before.

Austin Came to the Cats for his freshman season following in the footsteps of goalies Bobby McElheney (06?) and Craig Trego (08?). Those 2 were 1st and 2nd in all-time shutouts and 1st and 3rd in career wins for the program. Austin stepped in and has helped keep the program up with the best in the state. His freshman year the Cats fell in double OT in the district final and Austin nearly stole that game for Northview as a 14 year old. His Sophomore season he backed the Cats through the state playoffs pitching a shutout in the state Semi-final before losing in the state finals. This season he along with his teammates support the best goals against average in team history. This past weekend Austin was at it again in helping the Cats claim the League playoff championship for the 2nd year in a row. At 26-1-3 the Cats are having the best season record wise in team history. They have also won the league regular season crown, the Cold Turkey Tournament, the elite Padua Invitational and the Mid-winter classic in Chicago. There is however 1 more goal for Austin and his team. A goal no other team has accomplished and that is a state championship. With State playoffs beginning next week for the Cats it is going to take all 23 varsity member’s pulling on the same rope to make the dream come true. A battle tested Austin is sure to be pulling his weight!

Good Luck Austin in the quest for that state title and congratulations on an incredible 4 year career!!!

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