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Chargers Look to Flip the Script in 14-15

The Creative Technologies Academy boys basketball team had a few highlight moments during last year’s basketball campaign, but unfortunately were unable to come up with any victories. This year, the players and coaches are confident that a young Chargers team can turn it around.

Led by second year head coach Scott Bultman, the Chargers have gained a year of experience playing with each other, and are looking for quite a few victories on the scoreboard this season. Senior and team co-captain Preston Hawkins likes what he has seen in his team this preseason. “I believe our team is a lot better than last year” Said Hawkins. “We are much deeper than we were. I expect us to win at least half of our games this season.”

Joining Hawkins as the only other upperclassmen on the Charger roster is the other co-captain, senior Hunter George, senior Logan Ogden, and junior Nate Marble. Although young, the Chargers have many younger players who earned valuable experience from playing on the team last year. CTA has two very athletic wings who are poised for great things this year in sophomore Brandon Beck and freshman Dawson Armstrong. Armstrong sees a couple of keys for his team to have a successful season. “In practice we are doing a much better job of minimizing turnovers and we are being much more patient offensively, which will help us during the season.”

A couple of other returning players who are expected to see a lot of minutes this year are freshman James Hofstra, and sophomores Logan Colter and Bailey Hawkins. Hofstra will be stepping into the starting point guard role this season. “It is very important that we are unselfish as a team this season” said Hofstra. “We have been working a lot on our team chemistry, and are moving the ball very well.”

Sophomore Tim DeVries, who is in his first year at Creative Technologies Academy, likes what he has seen in the team so far. “There is a lot more talent here than where I had played before. We work very hard defensively, and coach Bultman makes sure we are very well conditioned.”

Rounding up the roster for the Chargers are sophomores Jackson Bowers and Jared Bouma, eighth grader Charles Wortz, and seventh graders Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop.

The Chargers have a 16 game schedule this season, and begin the season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. Best of luck this season to Coach Bultman and the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy.

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Charger Cross Country team goes to state 


*S-Cross Country CTA Les Miner State ChampionIt may have been a cold, damp Saturday morning, but it did not slow down the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy at their Cross Country Class D State Championship meet. Head Coach Gerry Verwey challenged every one of his runners to set a new lifetime personal record during the race, and many of them did just that.

The boys’ team finished in an overall place of 14th out of 34 teams, which was quite an accomplishment. They were once again led by freshman Les Miner (17:10), who received all state honors. Not far behind was Sophomore Ethan Lehman, who finished with a lifetime PR of 18:31. Freshman James Hofstra (19:40) finished third for the Chargers, while Sophomore Logan Colter (20:24) and Freshman Dawson Armstrong (lifetime PR 21:28) rounded out the top five.

While the girls team did not have enough participants required to be scored in the team results, two Charger ladies still had great meets. Senior Olivia Wortz finished with a lifetime PR of 27:56, and Junior Kaleigh Keech continued her impressive improvement by posting a time of 36:22.

The Chargers have one week left of practice, followed by the Michigan Independent High School Championships next Saturday in Allendale. It is the final race of the season, and the Chargers will look to close out the season strong.

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A Great Week for the Chargers


CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country team came in with a focused mindset this week, knowing that the state meet was coming up soon, and their results certainly showed it. Even without their number one runner who missed the race due to an illness, the Chargers performed well at the conference championship meet at Riverside Park. Captain Ethan Lehman, a sophomore, finished in 8th place overall with a time of 18:53, a new lifetime personal record. He and Freshman Les Miner were given all conference awards for finishing in the top ten on the season in total points. Freshman James Hofstra continued his hot streak by breaking the 20 minute mark (19:57), with Logan Colter (21:17) and Dawson Armstrong (22:36) not far behind. It was quite an impressive day for the boys, finishing fourth out of six teams, even with Miner, their number one runner.

The girls also had an impressive day, led by 7th grader Zoe Lehman, who set a lifetime pr with a time of 24:31. Fellow 7th grader Hannah Hofstra finished second for the Chargers (26:28), with senior Olivia Wortz (28:49), 8th grader Brin Calkins (lifetime pr 28:54), and Junior Kaleigh Keech (lifetime pr 35:05) right on her heels. Just like the boys, the girls finished fourth out of six teams in their conference.

Just when Coach Verwey thought his team had their best meet of the season, he saw even more progress at the Montabella Invite Friday evening. The Charger boys finished in 5th place, ahead of teams such as White Cloud and Kent City, a true achievement. They placed three runners in the top 25 overall, led by Les Miner in fourth place (17:32), Ethan Lehman in 13th place with his second lifetime pr in three days (18:50), and James Hofstra in 25th place (19:59). Logan Colter (20:58), Dawson Armstrong (lifetime pr of 21:46), and Johnathon LaTourneau (lifetime pr of 25:35) rounded out the top 6 for the Chargers.

The varsity girls competed hard as well, with Olivia Wortz missing her lifetime personal record by only four seconds with a time of 28:02, and Junior Kaleigh Keech setting her second straight lilfetime personal record with a time of 34:27.

The Chargers have a full week to rest up before their next race, which will be this weekend for the Michigan Class D State Championships. The race is being held in Shepard, MI this upcoming Saturday at Maple Creek Golf Course. Go Chargers!

 

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Young Chargers perform well at Portage Invitational


Casen Armstrong

Casen Armstrong

Les Miner

Les Miner

On a cold, wet Saturday morning (Red Flannel Day), the Creative Technologies Academy Chargers Cross Country team made their way to the Portage Invitational. The invite included both a varsity race, as well as an open 5K race. The entire coaching staff, which consists of Coach Gerry Verwey, Coach Tyler Buitenwerf, and Coach Danielle Davies, competed in the open race. All three posted impressive times, with Coach Verwey leading the way with a time of 19:49. Coach Buitenwerf was not far behind with a time of 21:56, and Coach Davies also had an impressive run, with a total time of 25:52. Casen Armstrong, a 6th grade student at CTA, posted a fantastic time of 24:40 in the open race as well.

The varsity race turned out to be one of the best showings the Chargers have had all season. Freshman Les Miner, the #1 runner for the Chargers, received a medal and finished 29th overall with a time of 17:47. Several other members finished with either season personal records or lifetime personal records. Sophomore Ethan Lehman  and Senior Olivia Wortz set lifetime personal records with superb times of 18:55 and 27:59, respectively. Sophomore Logan Colter set his own season personal record with a time of 20:40, missing his lifetime PR by a mere 6 seconds.

With the season coming near a close, the Chargers have three races this week. On Tuesday, they will be competing in the Kent City Invite, followed by the Conference Championship on Wednesday at Riverside Park, and then finishing the week at the Montabella Invite on Friday. Friday’s race will be the last race for the 6th grade runners. It should be a great week for all involved.

 

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CTA Boys battle, but fall to the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy


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In what has turned into a quite a rivalry over the years, the Chargers put forth their best effort of the year, but it wasn’t quite enough falling 52-46.  Some early misses coupled with some foul trouble to key players led to a slow start, but the Chargers fought through the adversity. “I thought the tempo change in the second quarter utilizing full court pressure and rotation of fresh bodies, coupled with depth, facilitated our comeback.  Our players are inexperienced but work hard in practice to learn their roles with our press and last night we saw some of the fruits from this labor,” explained Coach Bultman after the game.  Fighting is what they did, as they came all the way back and cut the lead to two points with a minute to go, but timely free throw shooting for the Grizzlies ultimately lead to the victory for Grattan.  “I feel we are on the brink of some really good basketball as we drastically reduced our unforced errors,” said Bultman. “With 7 players on the roster who have never played on a basketball team before, this season is a learning experience.  It is great to see the skills improve and see the players come together as a team.”

CTA received a strong game from Dylan Yarrington who led the way with 14 points, and only two turnovers.  Freshman Brandon Beck poured in a career high 15 points, and Derek Winters added 12 points while battling foul trouble. The Chargers have no games next week before they start a very busy stretch on January 28th when they battle the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 7:30.

 

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Girls basketball ends successful season


The Creative Technologies Academy girls’ basketball team wrapped up their season by winning the WMAES tournament for the second straight year, ending the season with a record of 11-6. The Chargers defeated Potters House in the semifinals and then took down Lakeshore Christian in the championship game, 33-25. It was the best record for the team in the program’s short three-year history and they have improved every year.

Junior Esther Hubbard led the team with 12 points and junior Grace VanEnk led the way in the post with 10. The Chargers held a lead at halftime 12-9 and a late third quarter charge was too much for Lakeshore Christian to overcome.

Coach Robin Greene credited the back-to-back championships to the hard work and dedication of her team. “Our girls worked hard to improve in the off season, responded to adversity, and came together as a team at the end,” explained Greene. “I speak for myself and my co-coach, Mae Hill, when I say that it is a pleasure leading a great group of girls and watching them mature into young women and basketball players.”

Captain and junior Grace VanEnk sums up the season with this, “Before every game, as a team, we would come together and pray that God would watch over our team and help us to do our best. This I believe was a key factor in helping us be a family and pull out the best season yet!”

The Lady Chargers will be strong in 2012-13 as they return the starting five and they do not lose anyone to graduation. CTA looks to build on this season’s successes and thanks the parents, fans and school for their support and dedication to the team.

 

 

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Chargers of Creative Tech Split Games in Traverse City


CTA’s boys varsity basketball team traveled up north to take on two Traverse City teams.

Friday night, CTA tipped-off against St. Mary’s of Lake Leelanau. The Eagles of St. Mary’s bested the Chargers with a final score of 42-24. 14 of the Charger’s 24 points came from Senior guard, Cole Chilcote. Early in the 3rd quarter, Chilcote hit a 14-14 game tying 3-point basket. However, St. Mary’s found a way to convert turnovers into baskets, and make it difficult for the Chargers to score for the remainder of the game. Guards, Travis Johnson and Austin Armstrong each added 4 points.
The good news was the Chargers did not have to hang their heads long over Friday night’s loss. They played the Bulldogs of Traverse City Homeschool early Saturday. The first half looked shaky for Creative Tech, as the Bulldogs used their 6’3” center to have their way around the basket on both ends of the court. The Chargers made a few adjustments on the defensive end, and held the center to just a few touches for the remainder of the game. The Chargers were also more determined to attack the basket and get their forwards involved. Creative Tech took the momentum of a buzzer-beater 3-point shot from the hand of junior Austin Armstrong into halftime to trail the Bulldogs by just 2 points. However, the biggest points may have come from senior Zach White from the charity line. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, White’s made free-throws put the Chargers up by 4 points, making it a two-possession game. The Bulldog’s settled for a desperate 3 point attempt as time ticked away. The shot came up short bouncing out of bounds, possession to the Chargers. The Chargers were able to play keep away for the remaining 10 seconds and win with a final score of 26-22.
Creative Tech improves to 5-4 as they reach the halfway point in the season. Tuesday, they take on Waypoint, of Muskegon, and end the week with a trip to Grattan Academy.

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Chargers standout defense helps with early season victory


Tuesday’s win over West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) evened the Chargers record on the season to 2-2.
The boy’s varsity team from Creative Technologies Academy executed a near-perfect defensive game as they held a competitive WMEAS team scoreless in the first, third, and fourth quarters. After jumping out to a 16-0 lead after the first quarter, the Chargers were challenged by WMAES as they played even with the Chargers, matching score for score to end the first half with a 27-10 Charger lead. Unfortunately for WMEAS, their scoring run would end there, as CTA charged on to a 52-10 victory.
A big reason for the successful night was the 33 combined offensive and defensive rebounds, as well as getting a team total of 18 steals.  Junior, Austin Armstrong lead statistically for the Chargers with 6 steals, 6 rebounds, and 13 points.  It was a great performance from the junior, but the Chargers victory was a team effort. Twelve of the fourteen Chargers scored at least two points to lead to balanced scoring.
The CTA boys hope to improve their record as they head to Fremont to face the Fremont Home School Mustangs for one last game before taking a break for the holidays. For a complete CTA Charger’s schedule, please visit the athletics page at www.ctaschool.com.

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Four CTA Chargers sign with Grace Bible


Danielle Davies (center)

Since the hallways and classrooms have been vacated by the students and staff at Creative Technologies Academy for summer break, four graduating student-athletes from CTA have decided to take their talents to Grace Bible College, located in Wyoming, Michigan.

Seniors Danielle Davies, Timothy Hubbard, Trisha Davies, and Ashley Witherspoon have each signed letters of intent to participate at the college level.  Danielle plans on attending Grace and running on the cross country team in the fall, and Tim, Trisha, and Ashley will be hitting the hardwood for the Tiger’s basketball teams this winter.

Trisha Davies (center)

When asked what this meant for CTA’s athletic programs, Athletic Director Kyle Bohl stated, “This is a tribute to not only the athletes, but also the commitment made throughout the years from both their parents and their coaches. Not only do the coaches care about player development within the confines of competition, but they also care about their student athletes as positive contributors to our society, and that’s what matters most.”

Ashley Witherspoon (right)

Although CTA will be losing these excellent student athletes to college, some fierce competitors are coming up through the ranks to take over the roles that these players are leaving behind. “Although we will miss these students on campus and on the field, every year graduation happens. The mark of a solid program is when a team doesn’t skip a beat from year to year due to player development, a lot of support from parents, and a ton of hard work,” Bohl said. The Chargers’ programs will look to continue a tradition of excellence on and off the court again for the 2011-2012 season.

Timothy Hubbard (right)

The signings of the new Tigers are located on the Grace Bible College Athletics website. If you are interested in learning more about the signing of Tim Hubbard, please go to http://gbcol.edu/bbmens/. For more information pertaining to the signings of Trisha Davies and Ashley Witherspoon, please go to http://gbcol.edu/bbwomens/. Danielle Davies’ signing is documented at   http://gbcol.edu/crosswomens/. Congratulations to all four of you!

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CTA basketball downs Grand River Prep


Chargers start New Year with a defensive statement

The boy’s varsity team from Creative Technologies Academy executed a near-perfect defensive game as they held the Grand River Prep team to just 6 points in last Thursday’s competition. CTA Chargers went on to post a 39-6 victory over the Titans.
A big reason for the successful night was the 43 combined offensive and defensive rebounds, as well as getting a total of 30 steals. Freshman Bailey Witherspoon was responsible for pulling down six of those rebounds, as well as getting three steals—the majority of which came all in the 4th quarter. Junior Cole Chilcote also helped the Chargers by getting his hands on a remarkable 11 steals.
When asked about Thursday’s performance, head coach Aaron Kenemer responded, “I was most impressed by the poise that came from our bench play. This has been a group that has been working on developing confidence, and they showed that [Thursday].” The Chargers were not only confident but unselfish, often making the extra pass to an open cutting teammate. This helped allow nearly every Charger make it into the scoring book, as 12 of the 13 players helped contribute to the total 39 points.
The CTA boys face a newly developing rival Grattan Academy next week Tuesday for the first time this season. They finish the week with a game at Lakeshore Baptist for a second meeting this year, and hope for another victory for the sweep.

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