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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Canaan Christian Cagers Soar to Senior Night Sweep

  • The Eagles and Lady Eagles dominated Central Baptist en route to a pair of wins
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  • Canaan Christian Academy's varsity basketball teams closed out the 2012-13 regular season slate by rolling to a Senior Night sweep.
    With veteran coach John Ashley calling the shots, the Eagles dominated Central Baptist en route to a 57-30 victory.
    "We started all five of our seniors for the first time this year and they made the most of the opportunity," said Coach Ashley.
    "They did a great job playing unselfish, team basketball. In fact, we had assists on 20 of our 24 baskets in the game."
    The boys improved their overall record to 18-4 and wound up second in the NY/ Penn standings at 9-1.
    Meanwhile, Coach Jerry Birmelin's Lady Eagles were just as impressive in their end of the Senior Night twinbill.
    Canaan's girls held Central to just nine points in the entire first half, eventually coming away with a 45-20 decision.
    With this win, the Lady Eagles put the finishing touches on their second straight undefeated season. The local lasses went 14-0 overall and 10-0 in the NY/ Penn League.
    "Coach Birmelin had his girls playing very tough, aggressive defense," Ashley said. "They only allowed one free throw in the fourth quarter."
    Canaan's varsity squads will be back on the court this coming weekend at the NY/Penn Tournament.
    Stay tuned to TWI Sports for updates as the bracket unfolds.
    Senior Quintet
    Joe Chupick, Seth Kilian, Joe Schweinsburg, Matthew Swartley and Travis Hoffman took the court as Canaan's starting five.
    This senior quintet gave the hometown fans plenty to cheer about as the Eagles built a double-digit lead.
    Page 2 of 3 - Joe Chupick, the newest member of CCA's 1,000-Point Club and the team's top scorer, paced a well-balanced attack. Chupick tallied nine points, hauled in six rebounds and handed out three assists.
    Schweinsburg, Swartley and Hoffman contributed key plays as well, tallying six points each.
    Kilian, the fifth senior on the floor, chipped in with one basket.
    Junior Brogan Scotch came off the bench to score eight points for CCA, six of which came in the final period.
    Zach Eason also made his presence felt with seven, while Nick LaRosa added six. Spencer Beals posted four points and four assists, while David Vitelli closed things out with three.
    Score by Quarters...
    CCA 18 17 6 16 - 57
    CBS 4 5 8 13 - 30
    Twin Towers
    In the girls game, Canaan dominated Central from opening tip to final buzzer en route to a lopsided win.
    Senior Night honorees Ashlea Swingle and Katie Krug dazzled in this one.
    Swingle powered her way to yet another outstanding performance. Ashlea, who joined Chupick in the elite 1,000-Point Club this year, recorded a double-double with a game-high 19 points and 15 rebounds.
    Krug rattled the rims for 14 points and also cleaned the glass for 12 boards. She tallied nine of her markers in the second, the highlight of which was a deep trey.
    Canaan opened up a 12-6 lead after one quarter, but put things away with a 15-3 second period run.
    The Lady Eagles and Cougars fought to a 10-10 stalemate in the third, but Coach Birmelin's girls played relentless defense in the final stanza for an 8-1 advantage.
    Page 3 of 3 - Veronica Oakley played her usual solid game, finishing up with four points and nine rebounds.
    Sami Beals dialed up a pair of deep treys, but also added six steals and four assists. Allyson Wittenbrader rounded out the offensive assault with two points.
    Score by Quarters...
    CCA 12 15 10 8 - 45
    CBS 6 3 10 1 - 20
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