Meet the captains of the 2021 Varsity Soccer Program!
Henry Grybas '22
From Plymouth, MI
Attended West Middle School (Plymouth)
Member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish
Coach Pulice on Henry: “Henry is a strong, quiet, constant leader. His emotions are alway on point.”
Drew Pierson '23
From Plymouth, MI
Attended West Middle School (Plymouth)
Member of Our Lady of Victory Parish
Coach Pulice on Drew: “Drew’s leadership is second to none. He leads by example and carries the team on his shoulders.”
Simon Sawyer '24
From White Lake, MI
Attended White Lake Middle School
Coach Pulice on Simon: “Simon leads our team as center back. His strong work ethic and moral compass can take us through any storm.”
Vincent Stockton '22
From Milford, MI
Attended St. Patrick White Lake
Member of St. Mary's Milford Parish
Coach Pulice on Vincent: “Vinnie represents Catholic Central, our team, and his parents to the fullest.”
We asked the guys a number of questions about the team, their own experience at CC, and any advice they might have for potential Shamrocks...
What was your first reaction when you heard you had been named a captain?
Grybas: My first reaction was relief of getting what I had been working toward, but also I knew that I have a big job that I was ready to step into and lead for the team.
Pierson: I felt very proud to be one of the captains, especially after winning States last year.
Sawyer: I was filled with excitement and honor due to the fact that my coach considered me for such a high leadership role.
Stockton: I was extremely honored to be given the responsibility of leading my teammates both on and off the field.
As a captain, what additional responsibility do you feel toward the team?
Grybas: I feel the responsibility to always be a beacon of hope. I feel I can never be negative toward anything and have to keep my head as well as my teammates' heads up and positive at all times.
Pierson: I feel like I owe my team my best effort as always and put in the extra work outside of practice and make sure everyone is on task.
Sawyer: I feel that I always owe my teammates my 100% in training and games no matter the situation I'm put in. I need to prioritize my teammates and help lead them to victory.
Stockton: I feel the responsibility of motivating and getting the team ready to work hard, whether that be practice or games.
What goals have you set for this season, both as a team and individual?
Grybas: I have set the goal of winning a state championship. On the smaller side I have goals of building a team that works together at all times and has fluid communication and game play.
Pierson: Our main goal this year is to go all the way and win the State championship again. My goal as an individual is to motivate my team and stay positive, also to be a good leader and set an example.
Sawyer: As a team I would like to win the Catholic League Championship as well as making a run for states. Individually I would like to start talking to colleges and consider which would open up the most opportunities for me.
Stockton: I want to score 15+ goals this season and to hopefully go back to back with another State Championship.
What are your best memories of competing for Catholic Central?
Grybas: My best memories are meeting all the friends I have today. Every single day I make a new memory that I will cherish for years to come. Every memory that I have made I have had my friends and my brothers at my side with me.
Pierson: My first favorite memory is winning the State Championship last year and my second favorite memory is scoring the game winner against Brighton in the district semi-final last year.
Sawyer: One of my best memories is the locker room talk after our 3-2 win against De La Salle last year. We were down 2-0 a man down at half and came back and won in overtime. It was a very emotional win and everyone was glad to see us pull through with the win. I believe that win fueled us for the rest of playoffs and lead us to a state title.
Stockton: My best memories are from playoffs. Getting a chance to play in front of your own classmates gives you that extra adrenaline to keep pushing.
What are the most important lessons you've learned through competing at Catholic Central?
Grybas: The most important lesson I've learned is to never stay down. You will get knocked down, it's not that you did get knocked down, it's how you respond and retaliate to getting knocked down and only come back stronger.
Pierson: I've learned to play as a team and that my brothers will always have my back on and off the field.
Sawyer: One of the most important lessons I have learned while competing at Catholic Central was the importance of discipline. Even when you're exhausted and don’t want to practice, you need to stay disciplined in order to be successful. We had practices before school last year during the first week of playoffs which meant less sleep and a more tiring day, but everyone showed up and played their hardest.
Stockton: I’ve learned that sports is not all about the wins and losses, it’s about how you can grow as a person.
What advice would you give a student who is considering attending Catholic Central?
Grybas: Advice I would give is give it a chance. If you don't think CC is for you, give it a chance. Every single day I spend here I am laughing, having fun, and making lifelong memories that are one of a kind and I would never give them up for anything.
Pierson: I would say come out to a sports event and look how much fun students have in the student section.
Sawyer: My main advice to a younger student considering Catholic Central would be to get involved in extracurricular activities. At Catholic Central we are already a close community who acts as a family but when taking time out of your regular school schedule to play a sport or join a club you have so many more opportunities to make closer friends.
Stockton: There shouldn’t be a decision, if you have the opportunity to attend Catholic Central you should take the challenge head on and demand the best out of yourself.
We wish the soccer team the best of luck this season!
“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.