Posted on 22 March 2012.
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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Posted on 26 January 2012.
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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Posted on 22 December 2011.
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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Posted on 21 July 2011.
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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Posted on 13 January 2011.
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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