February 10, 2020
Spotlight Teams of the Week

Girls 3/4 Wings: ' The GVBL Girls 3/4 Wings basketball team has shown significant growth from the start of the season til now. The team has continued to build their skill and good sportsmanship amongst a highly talented 3/4 GVBL Girls recreational league. Everyone has a positive outlook going into next weeks playoffs. Best of luck to all the teams and coaches.' - Coaches Cole and Stitzer

Girls 5/6 Desmond of Malvern Rockers: 'We closed out the regular season with a close, tough loss to the Fever. With no subs on the bench, the girls played hard, moved the ball around and Lauren Chain drilled a three-pointer. It was an up and down season for the Rockers, as they started off 4-0, but then lost their next 6, three of which were by two points or less. They battled the 1-seeded Sparks tough last weekend, and despite coming out on the short end felt good about how they played and the improvements they made. Coach Chain noted, "We have everyone right where we want them! The girls are playing well, and we are going to shock the world!' - Coaches Mattison and Chain

Boys 5/6 Synergy Sports& Orthopedic Physical Therapy Rebels: 'We have had a good season so far, with a lot of close games. The boys have really come together to work as a team and are really looking forward to the upcoming playoffs.' - Coach Garcia

Boys 5/6 Wolfpack: ' The Wolfpack had a tough battle with the Hoosiers and the score at halftime had the two teams almost even. In the second half though the Wolfpack picked each other up and blanketed the Hoosiers with some tough defense to grab their 9 th  consecutive win.' - Coach Callan

Boys 7/8 Revel Nail Hurricanes: 'We wound up the regular season with a win on Friday night, as they move into the playoffs as the second seed in the division. The 8th graders on the Hurricanes had their last GVBL rec practice last week and played some rousing pick up games and then finished with the always-enjoyable Knockout, which Jack Woodard managed to dominate, despite nearly scraping the rafters on every shot attempt. The Hurricanes playoff run will also finish out the coaching duo of Mike Woodard and Rick Mattison, as they were randomly paired together during the first season of boys' first and second grade and stuck with each other for 8 seasons, something rarely seen. While the duo hasn't put together a championship yet, they have had a lot of fun and enjoyed a lot of laughs on the sidelines. However, Coach Woodard made it clear at the last practice, "Let's go out and win a championship, boys!' - Coaches Mattison and Woodard
Ivy Experience GVBL HS Division

Great Valley Pool Service Light Blue is the league leader.

STANDINGS, SCHEDULES and SCORES are always available in the GVBL app!

Leading Scorer News:
Seth McKay (Overbrook Capital Heather) is the league Leading Scorer with 24 PPG.
Check out the top ten scorers.
GVBL Rec Playoff Schedules
All practices have concluded for the season and playoffs begin TODAY, 2/10 for 3rd grade & older

Remember to check the lost & found in the GVBL Center for any misplaced items before the end of the season!
Follow the link to view your division bracket:

Send us your pictures/ short blurbs from playoffs to be highlighted in the "Around the Rim"!
Presidents' Day Clinic
Great Valley Varsity Basketball Coach CJ Savage and Assistant Coach Paul Girone will be hosting a one day basketball clinic.

Camp Information:

Monday, February 17th (NO SCHOOL)
GVBL Center
$60 per player

This clinic is open to boys in grades 5th through 8th and registration will be limited to 40 players.  Campers will bring their lunch. 

Future Stars Summer Camp 2020
The GVBL Future Stars Summer Camp is for boys and girls entering grades 1st through 4th in the Fall of 2020.

Camp Information:

June 15-19 9AM - 12pm
GVBL Center, 19 N. Bacton Hill Rd., Malvern, PA 19355
$130 per player

Camp will be led by Shawn Werdt, Head Coach at Germantown Friends School. GVBL Alumni and current GVHS players will also act as counselors.

GVBL Tournament Teams
4th Grade Boys - REBELS
The 4th grade Rebels are having a nice season in the Malvern League. Rebels won again yesterday to go 8-0 for the season. Rebels are looking forward to playing in our first tournament this weekend - the SpringFord President’s Day Tournament.
5th Grade Girls - STORM
The Storm had a productive and successful week. On Wednesday, they scrimmaged a 6th grade CYO team. Early on the Storm struggled with the zone defense, but they played better in the second half and competed well. On Sunday, they had a Malvern game, where the team lost 38-30 against an opponent that hit a lot of contested shots. It showed some resiliency, though, as they were down 18-6 at halftime and battled back to make it a game. On Sunday evening, the Storm traveled to Upper Dublin and won their ICBA game 37-19. Ava Hall paced the offense with 17 points, and the Storm's full court press gave the opposition fits early on. The Storm have a busy week coming up as they have an ICBA game on Friday and Sunday and will also be competing in the Spring Ford Tournament. 
6th Grade Boys - 2026ers
The 2026ers White Team played Strong in the 1/2 of the game on Sunday but wasn't able to bring home the win.
Last Wednesday night, the 2026ers Blue Team kept their playoff hopes alive by overcoming an early deficit with airtight defense in the second half and holing on it a one point victory. They kept their playoff push going on Sunday with another strong win, beating a highly ranked Towamencin team by 11 points.

6th Grade Girls - LIGHTNING
The weekend started on a low note for the Lightning, with tough fought loss to a good ICBA team Saturday morning. But the team rallied and had a great game on Sunday against a really scrappy Malvern League team. Everybody contributed with great defense and assists and the points were spread out among the team. The girls are playing like a unit! We have a quiet weekend coming up, with just one game scheduled for Friday night at the Middle School. 
7th Grade Boys - PATRIOTS 2025

The 7th Grade Blue Team lost a tough battle to Aston on Sunday in Malvern League play 50 - 39. They put on a full court press in the second half to go toe to toe with them but just couldn't pull out the W.

The 7th Grade White Team Lost to the Radnor Rockets in a hard fought battle. This Team continues to improve in offense, defense and Team Communication.
The 7th Grade ICBA Team defeated Whitpain away on Sunday 55 - 30. They struggled at the beginning of the game to get things going, but put on a full court press that put a lock down on Whitpain offensive efforts. The team continues to execute and improve their offensive sets and communication with each other. They are currently in 1st place in their ICBA Division with the least amount of points allowed. A goal they have been working very hard to achieve.  
7th Grade Girls - TITANS
Helped by a stifling defense, the Titans won a close battle over Upper Makefield, 27-23. The win puts the girls at 4-6 in ICBA Division 1. In 5 th place currently with two final regular season games next weekend, the Titans are fighting for a playoff spot.
GVBL Skills Academy
GVBL Skills Academy is expanding its programming with camps and is currently working on a new agility clinic that will be offered in February at Driven Strength and Fitness in Exton.

There is an open house scheduled for 2/8 .

More info coming soon!
GVMS Basketball
GVMS Boys Basketball
The 8th and 7th grade boys basketball teams finished a busy week with games against Lionville, North Brandywine and Downingtown. The 8th grade team is 4-4 and the 7th grade is 7-1.

This week the teams have two away games, Monday against Fugett and Thursday against Kennett.
GVHS Basketball
GVHS Girls Basketball
It was a hard fought victory against Academy Park last Tuesday night. Girls Varsity defeated the team 62-49. JV also had a huge win beating AP 52-20.

The Lady Patriots finished their regular season game with a big win over Oxford, 44-26. It was senior night for the lone senior, Tessa Liberatoscioli. GV Varsity finished 19-3 overall and went undefeated in the Ches-Mont American Divison. JV finished 17-1 with an incredible season. All of the girls celebrated their season with their banquet on Sunday.

The girls defeated WC East, 58-53 on Saturday to earn them a spot in Tuesday's league championship game against Downingtown East! Good luck girls!

NEXT GAME : Tuesday, February 11th at 6:00
Great Valley
Downingtown East (played at West Chester U)
GVHS Boys Basketball
GVHS boys varsity won their final game of the season last Thursday beating Oxford 46-35.

The Varsity boys missed the playoffs by less than a 10th of a percentage this year, with a final ranking of #17 in PIAA District 1, 5A. Despite not making playoffs, the boys still had an awesome season!

GVBL Upcoming Events
  • February 10th- GVBL Rec League Playoffs Start
  • February 15th - 1/2 Round Robin
  • March 6th - GVBL Fundraiser - Toss & Tailgate 2020
  • March 14-15th - Great Valley James McKay Basketball Tournament 2020
  • June 15th-19th - Future Stars Basketball Camp
GVCO Sponsors
The Chuck Barbera Team of REALTORS/ RE/MAX Partners with GVCO in “REALTORS Giving Back” Program
Over the next year, for anyone who contacts the Chuck Barbera Team at RE/MAX Fine Homes and signs them to serve in the purchase or sale of their next home, GVCO will receive 10% of the real estate commission received!

Just mention the "REALTORS Giving Back" Program and GVCO in order to qualify for this generous donation to GVCO. Refer friends and family to the Chuck Barbera Team at RE/MAX Fine Homes as well!

Great Valley Community Organization
Toss & Tailgate Auction Item: Hard Rock Punta Cana
Wouldn’t it be nice to get away to a sunny beach for a few days?

Toss & Tailgate 2020 is very excited to announce our first auction item for this year!

A 3 Night All-Inclusive Vacation for a family of 4 to Hard Rock Punta Cana!

*Sponsored by The Tropical Travelers

Open House Dates are Approaching
All rowers should plan to attend with a parent.

Reach out to John Brewer at  gvcrewpd@gmail.com  if you are unable to attend so that you can be informed of team expectations and important dates.

Regattas will take place in Philadelphia, Upper Merion, New Jersey and Delaware and against other high schools from all over the state, region and beyond!

Important dates to start the SPRING 2020 season:

February 19 - First Practice

Open House Dates Feb 24, 26, 28, & 29
Come and give rowing a try for free! No prior experience necessary!

Spring Volleyball Clinic Sign Ups
The GVVL Clinics are designed to offer instruction at both the beginner and advanced levels. 

Clinics are open to boys and girls in grades 1-12.

$130 per session until March 9th; $135 after
$230 for both sessions until March 9th; $240 after

Two eight week sessions are available:
Mondays: Mar 16, 23,30. April 13,20,27 May 4 & 11 (No class April 6th - Spring Break for Great Valley schools) 
Thursdays: Mar 19, 26. April 2,16,23,30 May 7 & 14 (No class April 9th - Spring Break) 

Challenger Gym open for registration
Challenger Gym is an after-school program for school-age students of all grade levels with extra needs who might need a fun, non-competitive alternative to traditional community sports.

Dates:   Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no April 8), 15, 22
Time:  4:15-5:15
Location  GVCO  19 N. Bacton Hill Road, Malvern, PA

If you are interested in signing your child up as a participant   or   if you would like to become a high school volunteer, please email Wendy Morris  challenger@gvco.org

GVBC Project Updates
Feb 4 2020: Entrance for the new GVCO Community Center is taking shape. Crew starts initial "cut in" for the driveway.

We are still several hundred thousand dollars from our campaign goal (see "real time"  thermometer  ); but thanks to all of you, we are beginning to make the new GVCO Community Center a reality!
New GVCO Community Center
Want a brand new GVCO Community Center with multiple courts, an outdoor field, a cafe, an elevated track and work out area, as well as multi-purpose rooms for other community programming, activities and events?

We have purchased the land, the property is fully engineered and the approval process is complete. The time is NOW.... Help us make it happen!

Give a little...GET A LOT!
GVCO has reached a major milestone & surpassed $2M raised for the new community center! The current total for the capital campaign is now $2,293,121 !!