Great Hearts Anthem Prep

The girls varsity volleyball team at Great Hearts Anthem Prep took second during the 1A state championships.

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he Great Hearts Anthem Prep high school girls’ 10-person varsity volleyball team was recently awarded second in state during the 1A state championships. 

The first morning, the girls had no trouble defeating Joseph City in straight sets. The following evening, Anthem Prep continued its dominance over Leading Edge Gilbert with a 3-0 win in straight sets. 

At noon the next day, the game was a showdown with Anthem Prep’s nemesis, Mogollon. The team defeated Mogollon 3-1 and moved on to the championship game against No. 1-ranked St. David. Anthem Prep won the first set by a narrow margin and made a huge comeback. The next three sets went St. David’s way when they defeated Anthem Prep 3-1. 

“I personally have never seen these girls play this well,” said Great Hearts Anthem Prep girls’ volleyball coach Ray Wrublik. “They were a well-oiled machine that weekend. These girls have worked incredibly hard during a season where they had to be very flexible during the pandemic.”

Wrublik was also recently awarded the honor of Coach of the Year in the 1A West Region.

“It’s been an exciting year for Anthem Prep athletics,” said Wrublik. “We are proud of all the hard work and dedication our athletes have put in this year. The volleyball team bringing home some hardware from the tournament was a great end to the season.”

Several team members were recognized as well, including Dayton Busch for Offensive Player of the Year and Sitara Srinivas for Defensive Player of the Year in the 1A West Region.

In addition to the varsity girls’ volleyball team, Anthem Prep’s football team recorded a 5-1 regular season for its first winning record. Coach Leroy McGrue was also named the 1A State Region Coach of the Year, and football player Ryan Osha was awarded the Defensive Player of the Region. The Anthem Prep football team was defeated in the playoffs by Superior High School.