Decorated and filled to the brim with school spirit, the gymnasium at Genoa Community Christian Academy bustled with people to cheer on the Cougars for the last game of the school’s third basketball season.
After an intense and exciting game between the GCCA Cougars and Bible Believers Christian School of Lima, the Cougars brought in their third consecutive win of the season, 72-62.
Coaches Arnold Sutter and Ben Church say the Cougars really gave it their all this season.
Junior Ben Davies walked away with a personal high 20-point game in his pocket.
Seniors Lukas Mabry and Austin Seely lent a big hand to the GCCA boys’ team this season. Seely, with an average of 15 points per game, was an unstoppable force under the basket. With a 25-point game average, Mabry not only shared with the Cougars his skill and quick feet, but coaches say he also brought the team together in a new way.
The last two starters, Tyler Sweeny and Damon Garza, each averaging 4-8 points per game, played their best basketball season yet. Six-foot sophomore Brady Cooper who holds a four-point game average, rounds off the CCA Cougars High School team.
This being the first year that CCA has had a junior high team, the younger boys didn’t get too much court time with the high school team, as in the previous two seasons.
But, practicing hard with their older teammates and jumping in a game every now and then, Coach Church says they’ve really showed him promise. Consisting of Benjamin Church, Isaac Laurer, Noah Garza, Seth Kebker, Tyler Pierce, and the ever-entertaining 4-foot-9 Samuel Church, “these little guys have really pulled through and done their best,” Coach Church says.
Finishing the season 3-3, coaches say the Cougars are already looking forward to playing their fourth year together in the 2009-10 school year. There is another twist that will come with next season.
Monday night, athletic director Monica Church attended a meeting with four other Northwest Ohio Christian K-12 schools, and formed a league that will begin play in basketball and volleyball next season.
The Independent Christian Schools of Ohio/Michigan (ICSOM) currently consists of GCCA, Monclova Christian Academy, Bowling Green Christian Academy, Lima Bible Believers Christian School, and Fountain City Christian School (Bryan, Ohio, formerly Living Word). BG Christian is now a K-9 school that currently has under construction a K-12 building.
League schedules and tournaments are being arranged for high school and junior high teams, plus the league is seeking additional members to fill out an 8-team (or more) roster. Other entries that have been under consideration are (Clyde) Harvest Temple Christian Academy, (Napoleon) Northwest Ohio Christian Home Educators (NOCHE), and (Sylvania) Apostolic Christian Academy.
GCCA has already begun scheduling for its first full season of varsity basketball next winter. The league also plans to look into individual tournaments for golf, cross country, track and field, and boys’ volleyball for 2009-10.