GROVE CITY, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Last season, Grove City finished first in their region and earned the #2 seed in the District playoffs. This year, the expectations are higher with four starters returning in juniors Gavin Lutz, Brett Loughry and Kam Martin along with sophomore guard Nathan Greer.

Lutz put together a stat line of 5.5 points, 2.8 steals, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game as a sophomore. Loughry scored 4.7 points while shooting 82.4% from the foul line. Martin averaged 3.5 points and 3.4 boards while shooting 57.7% from the floor. As a freshman, Greer averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 caroms per outing.

“We’re setting the bar high,” indicates coach Chris Kwolek. “We expect to go a step [further] in reaching for a region title and a district championship this year. The fact that each of our players are interchangeable in the positions they play; a different guy could step up every night for us on the floor.”

The Eagles will also look to a quartet of juniors in Jimmy Irani, Langdon Ferguson, Joey Hathaway and Vince LaMarca to contribute this season along with sophomores Jack Ketler and Paul Gubba and freshman center Ben Fischer.

“We don’t have a senior on the roster,” points out Kwolek. “There’s a lot of youth but the experience that most of them saw on the floor as sophomores [will be helpful]. We’ll have to grow up quick and lead as 16 or 17-year olds instead of 17 or 18-year olds.”

A year ago, the young-Eagles finished 6-2 in games decided by 9-points or less.

Grove City tips off their season in the Armstrong Tournament set to begin on December 2.

Grove City Eagles
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Chris Kwolek
2021-22 Record: 14-10 (11-3), 2nd place in Region 4
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost to Oil City, 57-48, in the District 10 4A Semifinals; Lost to Hickory in Consolation

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 52.7
Scoring Defense: 49.2
Rebounding: 23.8
Free Throw Percentage: 63.1%
Three-Point Percentage: 35.3%

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Landon Haggart, 13.2
Rebounding: Landon Haggart, 4.8
Assists: Dylan Stull, 2.8
Steals: Gavin Lutz, 2.8
Free Throw Percentage: Brett Loughry, 82.4%
Three-Point Percentage: Dylan Stull, 41.3%

2022-23 Schedule
Dec. 2 – at Armstrong Tip-Off Classic
Dec. 3 – at Armstrong Tip-Off Classic
Dec. 6 – Reynolds
Dec. 9 – Franklin
Dec. 13 – at Oil City
Dec. 16 – Mercyhurst Prep
Dec. 17 – at Shaler
Dec. 20 – at North Allegheny
Dec. 27 – at Hampton Christmas Classic
Dec. 28 – at Hampton Christmas Classic
Jan. 6 – DuBois
Jan. 10 – at Meadville
Jan. 17 – Hickory
Jan. 20 – at Sharon
Jan. 24 – at Greenville
Jan. 27 – at Wilmington
Jan. 31 – Slippery Rock
Feb. 3 – at Hickory
Feb. 7 – Sharon
Feb. 10 – Greenville
Feb. 14 – Wilmington
Feb. 17 – at Slippery Rock