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The Grant County Braves and Lady Braves will host their annual Dry Ridge Toyota Classic this weekend.
The Braves are expecting visiting teams to come to Grant County with a desire to win and ready to show off their skills, but the Braves are ready to play with heart.
“We’re looking pretty strong this year and we have some good players who want to bring home a win at our own Dry Ridge Toyota Classic,” said Braves varsity coach Dave Schmitt.
Schmitt said he’s hoping that the team from Villa Madonna will receive some payback for their Aug. 23 win against Grant County.
“They might lose to Conner and if they do, we will play Conner and that’s fine,” Schmitt said.
The Grant County Lady Braves soccer team is also ready to show their skill during the tournament.
“My girls are ready, they can play and they have shown it,” said Girls Coach Garrett Griffith. “We’ve got girls playing on levels way above others.
Griffith pointed to his team’s ability to score, a tough goalie and multiple players having a good season as positives at this point in the season. “We do have some really good teams coming out and they will be a challenge because they are going to know who our leading scorers are. We are going to need for everyone to step up and continue to improve,” Griffith said.
Griffith said he feels like this may be the Lady Braves’ year.
“I am looking to take the classic and come out on top. We have girls that love big crowds and play hard for them,” Griffith said.
Schmitt said his boy’s team is also ready. “This is a great chance for all the boys to show off their skills,” he said.
A total of eight team will be competing beginning at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15 at Grant County Middle School.