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Chargers have strong showing at state meet


The Creative Technologies Academy Boys and Girls Cross Country teams headed into the Class D State Championship meet with a lot of confidence, and rightfully so. Many of their runners had recently completed either their season or career best run times in the previous two weeks. For the boys team, it also meant that Junior captain Ethan Lehman was going to be able to compete after having to sit out the previous few meets with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Charger boys finished with their best showing ever at the Class D meet, finishing in 13th out of over 30 teams. They were once again led by Sophomore Les Miner, who finished 2nd overall with a time of 16:50. Lehman finished with a season personal record in his first race back with a time of 18:51. James Hofstra (19:58), Dawson Ingersoll (21:07), and Dawson Armstrong (21:28) rounded out the top 5 for the Chargers. With no seniors on the roster but plenty of experience, expect to see even better things out of this team next year.

The CTA Lady Chargers also had an impressive race led by Freshman Brianne Calkins with a personal career best time of 24:35. Not far behind her was Junior Tatyanna Lawson (25:00). Rounding out the varsity runners was Senior Kaleigh Keech. Kaleigh was running on a sprained ankle, but still fought through her final race to finish with a time of 38:30.

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Lady Chargers Excited for new start in 2014-15


In a season full of new faces, the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers basketball team is prepared to take the court and get back to business.  Led by first year head coaches Gerry Verwey and Danielle Davies, the Chargers will look much different from a year ago. Gone are five seniors and one foreign exchange student, but a few familiar faces still remain.

The CTA Lady Chargers are led this year by their two senior co-captains Olivia Wortz and Hannah Hubbard. Both have been four year varsity players, and have improved both their basketball and their leadership skills in the offseason.

“This year, we expect to be great defensively,” said Hubbard. “We are very active with our hands and feet, and we are much better in terms of defensive communication this year.”

Joining Wortz and Hubbard as returning players are Juniors Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, and Annalise VanEnk, as well as Sophomores Holly Fahling and Vicky Hanes.

With only seven high school players on the team, Coach Verwey has had to look down to the middle school to fill out the rest of his roster. Eigth grader Brin Calkins, a returner from last year, is out for at least six weeks with a broken wrist. Fellow eigth grader Hayley Miller is in her first year of competitive basketball, and is joined by seventh graders Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Annie Rabideau, and Taylor Stong.

“We have a great team full of hard workers” said VanEnk. “Our biggest focus right now is our team chemistry. With so many new players, we have a lot of work to do, and I think we have been doing a great job so far.”

The Lady Chargers begin their season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan School of Environmental Science. Let another great season of Lady Charger basketball begin.

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Lady Chargers off to fast start

Sophomore captain Alicia Beck scores two on a layup following a steal.

Junior captain Grace VanEnk shows perfect form in boxing out a WMAES player.

The Lady Chargers’ season is off to a great 3-0 start this year following their most recent win over West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science on Tuesday by a score of 27-18.  Coach Mae Hill writes, “The team appreciates the support of our teammates, coaches, parents, teachers and fellow students.  Team captains, Grace VanEnk and Alicia Beck, have elevated their level of play this year and have done a great job of instilling team values within the organization.  We look forward to making the most of our time together, on and off the court.”

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Lady Chargers finish season on winning note

CTA girls basketballSeniors Ashley Witherspoon and Evie Ramirez led the CTA Lady Chargers in scoring in a 23-21 win over West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, in the championship game of the WMAES Invitational Tournament Friday night.

The Lady Chargers ended their season with three consecutive wins. For seniors Trisha Davies, Danielle Davies, Ashley Witherspoon, Evie Ramirez, and Heather Harris it was a thrilling way to close out their high school careers.  The win marked the first time the young CTA girls basketball program, in its second year, brought home a trophy.

The Lady Chargers had defeated Lakeshore Baptist Academy on Tuesday by the same score to earn a spot in Friday’s championship game.  Grace VanEnk led CTA in that game with 9 points. Dani George contributed 6 points and had a game high 15 rebounds.  The Lady Chargers were down by 8 at the half but had a strong second half to secure the win.

“This was a growing year for our young program,” said Coach Robin Greene.  “Our girls have worked hard to improve this year.  The three wins to close out the season topped with a tournament championship will give us encouragement to work harder between now and the start of next season.”

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