OKEMOS – Blake Grewal-Turner entered his final season with a to-do list. The Okemos High School senior wanted to be an All-American, the Lansing State Journal player of the year, and he wanted to play for a state championship.
He did them all.
On his way to being named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American and the LSJ player of the year, Grewal-Turner recorded 112 points and helped the Okemos boys lacrosse team reach its first ever state finals.
“I really wanted that state championship,” Grewal-Turner said. “I was in Devener, Massachusetts, everywhere out East with my club team. I found myself working out a lot just to prepare myself.”
In the Division 2 state championship, the Chiefs trailed Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, 6-4, at the end of the fourth quarter. And with his team’s back against the wall, Grewal-Turner contributed to a fourth-quarter push that nearly had Okemos hoisting the coveted trophy.
However, the Cranes won the game 10-9.
“It was definitely bitter sweet,” said Grewal-Turner, who netted the Chiefs’ eighth goal to bring the game within one. “Having people surround me and celebrate — I thought we were going to win.
“It was tough watching them score the (game-winner) with 10 seconds left, but we didn’t give up.”
Grewal-Turner played with an injury in the season finale. The attacker hurt his knee in Okemos’ regional championship win.
He was concerned he wouldn’t be able to finish out his senior year.
“Going down with that injury was a little scary,” said Grewal-Turner, who will play at the University of Detroit Mercy next season. “But I wasn’t going to let anything stop me. I told them I wasn’t going to sit down. I couldn’t imagine watching the final games from the sideline.”
Despite missing out on the title, Grewal-Turner views this past season as a success. The Chiefs won their first regional title and in the process captured another league crown.
“I really couldn’t have asked for more from my coaches and team,” he said. “It’s hard to say you could have changed this and that, but it was our first state championship ever. No one knew what to expect.”