You can guarantee that as last week closed out for Christian Heritage Academy (CHA), the weekend grew more attractive by the minute. Deservedly so when the school hosts two cross-country meets — one with over 200 registered runners — in a four day period.
What really helps the busyness are solid performances from the Knights, which they obtained in the first event (Sept. 26) with all available runners present and the middle school boys finishing third on the podium.
“…everyone ran hard efforts in our first home meet,” coach Eric Miller said.
But the second one (Sept. 30) — the grand daddy of the two — didn’t exactly turn out the kind of production Miller would like. It’s especially hard when you only have a few competitors.
“…with several kids out for traveling or sickness, such that we had no complete squads at any level, but there were some good PR’s (personal records),” Miller said.
There were two shining lights in the event for Miller — freshman Jackson DeBoer, who uncorked a 26:43 5K time that was his PR by two-and-a-half minutes, and junior Ferguson Boone crossing with a PR of his own by 30 seconds.
In its second to last game of the season, the lady Knights’ volleyball teams traveled to Parkway to square off against an intense conference foe in hostile territory. Both teams lost, which is not indicative of the kind of growth they are seeing as the final game of the season looms.
“Every game this year has provided us with great learning opportunities for our young squads,” head coach Christy Williams wrote in about the game. “Parkway was no different, and although the final outcomes in the win/loss columns didn’t go our way, the improvement and teamwork we have seen throughout the year is apparent to anyone who has watched them play this season.”
The middle school (0-9) bettered from a 8-25 loss in the first game to an 18-25 loss in the second. Varsity (1-9), too, bettered significantly after its first 13-25 loss, losing the next two by a slim 22-25 and 21-25 tally.
Freshman Savannah Novak has come into her own this season, stroking another big match of eight hits, four tips, and a kill over the games. Similarly, freshman Mary Atkins has found her role on the team as its ace, racking up three over three matches, with a hit as well.
Volleyball plays its last game of the season Tues., Oct. 3 against Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy at home, which the varsity team took down last time out.
“If we come prepared and have our mindset on the goals we set forth at the beginning of the year for each match, we win no matter what happens,” Williams added.
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