Thursday, November 27, 2014

Count Your Blessings: HCA Athletics Edition

10 Things to be Thankful for in HCA Athletics

As we celebrate Thanksgiving let's take a look at things to be thankful for since the last Thanksgiving Season.

1) HCA Football: The Crusader football team finished the 2014 season with a 6-6 record. Despite the teams mediocre record the team found a lot of success on the field. HCA advanced to the semifinals of the NCISAA Division II State Playoffs where the Crusaders lost to their common opponent Davidson Day. The Crusaders were led by group of talented hard working seniors who led HCA to multiple successful years during their tenure at "The Store". The HCA football team has a lot to look forward too next year as they return many talented seniors who will look to lead the Crusaders to their 14th State Championship Title.

2) Varsity Men's Basketball: The 2013-14 Varsity Men's Basketball finished their unexpected, successful season with a 17-6 record. Much like the football team, the Crusaders advanced to the final four- semifinals- of the NCISAA Division II State Playoffs. The Crusaders were led by many talented players including at the time sophomore center Quate Mckinzie and senior Graham DiPinto. Looking forward to the 2014-15 season: The Crusaders look to make up for the loss of their second leading scorer in DiPinto who averaged just over 13 points per game (PPG) and 7 rebounds per game (RPG). HCA will look to their long, athletic power forward from last year, Quate Mckinzie, who averaged 14 PPG and 11 RPG. Along side the athletic Mckinzie the Crusaders will extend the lead against their opponents with the help of returning starting guard Marcus Scarborough and with transfers Tyshii Scarborough and CJ Kirchoff. Get ready for the 2014-15 season by checking out the season preview and this year's Varsity Men's Basketball intro video.

3) Varsity Women's Basketball: The 2013-14 Varsity Women's Basketball team finished their season with a 15-4 record. The Crusaders clinched a playoffs spot in the NCISAA Division II State playoffs where the Lady Crusaders fell short in the first round. HCA looks to build on their success this year under the leadership of four returning seniors, Jessi Kate Batts, Margaret Clark, Natalie Hardin, and Ashely Usher. The Lady Crusaders will be under the leadership of long time head Coach Wayne Cannady who will look to lead HCA back to the playoffs in contention for a state championship title.

4) Varsity Men's Baseball: Adding on the the success of the other sports teams the 2014 Varsity Men's Baseball team advanced to the state championship of the NCISAA Division II State Playoffs where the Crusaders came up short in the Title Game. The Crusaders dominated in conference play and easily claimed a conference title. HCA finished the season with a 13-6 record. The Crusaders will look to vie for a State Championship Title in the upcoming season with talent all over the diamond. The Crusaders lost multiple good seniors from last year's team but have many athletes in place to fill those positions.

5) Varsity Women's Softball: REPEAT! The Lady Crusader Softball team claimed yet another State Championship Title in the 2014 season. The Crusaders claimed their second title in two years with their 10-3 state championship win over their common opponent Parrott Academy. HCA finished the season with an 18-3 record. The softball team also claimed their title as conference champions to go along with their state title. The Lady Crusaders look to 3-PEAT this upcoming year with another State Championship Title. HCA returns many key players who will help their team play for some another championship ring.

6) College Athletes: The 2013-14 graduating class produced four athletes who performed or will perform at the college level in the upcoming seasons. The slate of talented athletes included Dakota Boggs, Anna DeVane, Anna Huff, and Haylee Parks. Dakota Boggs took his talents to Methodist University where he pursued his dream of playing college football. Boggs was named to the NCISAA All State team as a center for the Crusaders during his senior season. Anna DeVane, who led the Crusader softball team to back to back state titles, carried her athletic ability on the diamond to UNCW. DeVane hopes to carry on her success as a Seahawk during the upcoming 2014-15 season. Anna Huff pursued her volleyball dreams by making her mark as a Meredith Avenging Angel. The tall athletic volleyball star helped the Avenging Angels to a very successful season. Haylee Parks joined her partner in crime on the court as an Avenging Angel where she took her great setting statistics and skills to Meredith.

7) Coaches: The coaches at Harrells Christian Academy put in countless hours to better develop each student athlete into a better individual on the playing fields, in the classroom, and in the world.

8) Faculty and Staff: The faculty and staff of HCA care about each and every student at Harrells. They help support the needs of each student that walks through the doors of Harrells Christian Academy.

9) Dean Wells: Dean Wells puts in many countless hours into HCA athletics in order to prepare the athletics facilities for competition. HCA has outstanding athletic facilities that can be attributed to the hard work of Dean Wells.

10) God: God is the most important person to be thankful for. Without His grace and guidance nothing at Harrells Christian Academy would be possible.

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