The Eagles & Lady Eagles celebrated Senior Night with a clean sweep of the Binghamton Blaze this week in Varden. Five boys and five girls players were honored in pre-game ceremonies before Canaan hit the hardwood running and claimed a pair of convincing victories.
Canaan Christian Academy is enjoying another stellar season on the local varsity basketball scene.
Both boys and girls teams have closed out their regular season schedules and received high seeds at this year’s KCEA State Tournament.
Under the direction of longtime Coach John Ashley, the Eagles boast a sterling 17-1 record and the #1 seed in Class AAA.
“We’ve never been the top seed in the big school division before,” he told TWI Sports. “It’s absolutely an honor, but it’s a challenge, too. We know we’ll have a target on our backs.”
The Lady Eagles are mentored by Kristi Magi, who led her girls to a 12-2 record and a second seed in the Class AAA bracket.
This year’s edition of the KCEA tournament begins Friday in Collegeville.
Canaan’s boys squad earns an opening round bye, while the girls begin their title quest against Valley Forge Baptist.
Semifinal and championship games in both brackets will be held on Saturday evening.
Stay tuned to TWI Sports for continuing coverage of CCA’s quest for a pair of state titles.
Coaches Ashley & Magi are blessed with an abundance of veteran leaders this winter.
CCA’s boys team boasts five seniors (Brendan Lup-yak, Eric Hazen, Josiah Misiura, Ricky Grant and Matthew Thompson.
The girls’ squad also sports a quintet of seniors (Theresa Black, Courtney Swingle, Alisha Howell, Amanda Chupick and Shanequa Knecht).
“This is a very nice group of seniors,” Coach Ashley said. “All of these kids have a great attitude and a great work ethic. They push each other really hard in practice, but they know how to have fun, too.”
This past week, Canaan celebrated its annual Senior Night in fine fashion with a clean sweep of the Binghamton Blaze.
The Eagles faced a daunting task on this particular night: trying to slow down Rob Cross, Binghamton’s 6’6” center.
Cross had his moments against Canaan, rattling the rims for a game-high 16 points. However, the Eagles’ relentless 1-2-2 zone trap wreaked havoc and forced myriad Blaze turnovers.
The end result was a satisfying 51-39 decision.
Misiura showed the way offensively for the home team. Josiah, who recently became the school’s all-time leading scorer, tallied a team-best 15 points.
The Lady Eagles were even more impressive in their battle with the Blaze.
One of Canaan’s two losses this season came at Binghamton. So, the local lasses were looking for a bit of revenge.
And they got it.
Behind another monster performance from Courtney Swingle, the Lady Eagles soared to a convincing 47-32 victory.
Swingle dominated play in the low post. Courtney powered her way to a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Ashlea Swingle also flexed her muscles in the pain, adding eight points and 14 boards. Becky Misiura chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
“Senior Night was definitely a great success,” said Coach Ashley. “Getting a clean sweep over a team like the Blaze is a big deal. I’m very proud of our kids.”