The first week of competition for the sports teams at Christian Heritage Academy (CHA) was jam packed of action both locally and in the surrounding counties.
On Aug. 26, the Knights cross-country team skipped over to local Waid Park to run in the yearly Flying with the Eagles Invitational, as they always do to begin the season.
With that, and the fact the rest of the competition were the larger public schools in the extended area, the Knights solidly produced.
“We were down at this meet with a couple of kids on a weekend missions trip,” head coach Eric Miller said, “but our middle school boys got a preview of VACA competition.”
The lady Knights’ volleyball teams also participated in two games — Aug. 29 and Aug. 31 — against Timberlake and Faith Christian, respectively. At home against Timberlake, both middle school (12-25, 14-25) and the varsity (12-25, 11-25, 8-25) fell to begin the season.
“These girls did an amazing job tonight,” head coach Christy Williams wrote after the team’s effort. “Despite the score, they played a great game. They were up against a tough well seasoned team, and being a new team, they played really well.”
After seventh-grader Kali Arrington led the middle school charge with eight serves in the match, freshman Savannah Novak and sophomore Sallie Rutrough commanded with seven serves and an ace apiece in the varsity games. Novak also led the team with seven blocks and three hits, including a kill. Rutrough also had two digs in the game.
“I am so proud of their hard work and giving 100% the entire time regardless of the score,” Williams added.
On the road against Faith Christian Aug. 31 to face solid Warrior teams on their home floor, both the middle school (18-25, 13-25) and the varsity (8-25, 21-25, 20-25) fared better in the second games of the season, but neither team produced a victory. Rutrough and Novak reappeared with solid games, while freshman Emily Ann Jones rattled off a six and four serve streak during the second and third games, respectively.
Miller and his XC team traveled to North Cross School (Roanoke) the same day to face off in a meet featuring two non Virginia Association of Christian Athletic (VACA) teams: NCS and the Southwest Virginia Homeschoolers. The standout performance was seventh grade runner Piper Doughton winning the middle school girls’ race by a whopping 2:46. Highlighting the performances of the middle school boys was seventh-grader Hayden Hodges, who finished in third overall in the middle school boys’ race, and junior Ferguson Boone crossing the line in sixth place in the varsity boys race.
As the early stages of this season progress, meets like these will all be assessment tools before the heat of the VACA come to play.
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Flying with the Eagles Invitational (8.26)
Place | Name | Time
Varsity boys (5K):
36 Matthew Bowden 22:10.38
40 Ferguson Boone 22:36.06 (PR)
58 Jackson DeBoer 30:21.76
Varsity Girls (5K):
38 Tatti Cooper 28:48.11
Middle School boys (3K):
9 Hayden Hodges 12:18.83
22 Rafael Torres 14:07.13
23 Brock Zorn 14:13.14
41 Nate Mullins 17:08.21
45 Matthew Mullins 17:33.05
Middle School girls (3K):
3 Piper Doughton 13:26.57
North Cross Meet (8.31)
Varsity Boys (5K):
6 Ferguson Boone 23:26
7 Matthew Bowden 24:04
Varsity Girls (5k):
7 Tatti Cooper 31:51
Middle School Boys (1.7 mi):
3 Hayden Hodges 13:45
7 William Johnson 16:09
8 Rafael Torres 16:16
11 Nate Mullins 16:36
13 Matthew Mullins 23:56
Middle School Girls (1.7 mi):
1 Piper Doughton 15:32