Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) closed the book on its 2018 spring sports seasons this past week. For track and cross-country head coach Eric Miller, it was his last of which donning the coach’s whistle, with his team elevating its performance to send him off.
It was the Virginia Association of Christian Athletics (VACA) State Championship meet Tuesday, with every team in the conference displaying what it has been working on all spring.
But, the same culprit of so many planned events appeared again — stormy weather — that inhibited the Knights to see their meet to completion.
“It was really frustrating that the VACA meet got cancelled halfway through, because we were performing so well,” Miller said in a note to CHA.
The Knights haven’t raced much against conference opponents this season, so there was a bit of unknowingness for Miller in how his team would perform.
“What became clear to me through the first few events is that we stacked up quite well,” he said. “Our top kids were winning convincingly, and everyone was running at PR level in spite of a constant headwind coming down the full length of the last straightway.”
Miller went on to say he anticipated four to five more titles in the bank had the event finished out.
“But more than the titles,” he continued, “is that I could see every runner running their absolute hearts out. Nothing satisfies a coach more than that — getting his runners’ best.”
The baseball team closed out its season in the opening round of the VACA tournament with a 12-2 loss against Roanoke Valley Christian School (RVCS).
“I don’t think the score reflects how well we actually played and how close the game actually was,” head coach Brad Cassady said in an note to CHA.
Down 2-0 in the top of the second inning, Ian Anderson blasted what Cassady claims as being one of the “hardest hit balls all season” during a bases loaded situation with no outs. The Eagles’ shortstop snagged it for the out and proceeded to get two of the other runners on base for a triple play.
“It is just one of those things that rarely happens,” Cassady added. “If that ball is two feet over in either direction, we score two runs with our number three and four hitters coming up. I feel like this took some of the wind out of our sails and shifted momentum back in their direction.”
Austin Howell went 2-2 on the evening, with Adam Hedrick adding a hit and a run. Blake Johnson gave CHA (3-6) the other run in the game. After Ethan Riddle started as the pitcher, Ferguson Boone closed out the game.