Athlete of the Week: Grace Dimkopoulos

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JAMESVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — “We’ve won 10 straight sectional titles so it’s a big push to get that 11th right there,” Grace Dimkopoulos, J-D senior midfielder, said.

You heard that right: 10 since 2008 Class A in Section III has belonged to Jamesville-DeWitt. And six times during the last decade, the Red Rams have made the state final four and Dimkopoulos has been there for the last three trips.

“I’m very excited. I’m very fortunate to be on a team with all these girls. We’ve always had a good team. New girls come, some girls go, so I’m very fortunate,” Dimkopoulos said.  

She certainly knows about success through the J-D program, but it also runs through her family. Her brother, Niko, played for the boys’ team last year and her sister, Sophia,  graduated in 2017.

“I actually saw them playing and I was like I have to play soccer and that’s when I originally started. It was awesome to play with my sister for one year and I can’t wait to do it next year and my brother will be there too, so it’s always been big in my family,” Dimkopoulos said.

Like her siblings, she will be a Division 1 soccer player for the Saints, but that’s her future. This fall, there is still something left she hopes to accomplish: Returning from Cortland with a state championship.

“We’ve been there, I’ve been there my freshman, sophomore and junior year. There’s seven seniors, so we’ve all had quite a bit of experience there. So we’re hoping to pull one through this year,” says Dimkopoulos.

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The Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Athlete of the Week is designed to honor Section III varsity members who embody the true meaning of student-athlete.

The award recognizes more than just athletic ability, it recognizes a student-athlete who thrives in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the community.

Athletes can be nominated by a coach, athletic director or teacher. Please send your nominations to Sports@LocalSYR.com.