CANTON, MI (February 5, 2021) – The PCA “revenge tour” was rolling along nicely with bounce back wins against teams that had previously defeated the Eagles. Novi Christian Academy was first, then Auburn Hills Oakland Christian. Livonia Clarenceville was next. In late February, the Purple and Gold won a tough conference tilt at Allen Park Inter-City Baptist and were primed for a deep tournament run. A district semi-final win over Westland Huron Valley Lutheran set up a final’s showdown with Ann Arbor Central Academy. And then… it all stopped. Covid-19 put an end to the tournament and the season.
“Frustrating”, explained Senior Jacob Weertz as he described last season. “Our goal was to go as far as we could (in the tournament) but we didn’t get the chance. There was nothing we could do.”
If, and it is a big if, there was a bright side, it was that the Eagles had no seniors who felt the disappointment of losing their final season. Fast forward to 2021 – the juniors from last year are now seniors and they are focused on starting AND finishing the season strong.
“We talked about going far (in the tournament) – we have a chance this year”, said Weertz.
The senior laden team will be led by Mason Houk, Evan Schalte, Nathan Etnyre, Christian Southerland, Jacob Weertz and Nathan Sutrick.
Head Coach Matt Windle has been instilling the “team first” approach to this “Group of Six” for the last two years. The team is using the phrase “He over We over Me”, for inspiration.
Weertz explains, “We are all really close (the seniors), we do a lot of stuff outside of school and we trust each other. We all have to play for Jesus Christ and each other. We all have to work for the team.”
Rounding out the varsity roster will be Juniors, Chibi Anwunah, Mario Cassar, Spencer Mistele and Joey Lavigne.
This experienced group has been focusing on fine tuning their skills, especially on the offensive side. The sets do not have to be introduced this year – just perfected. These Eagles should be ready to start quickly and when the schedule comes out, the experience the Eagles possess will come in handy throughout the season.
“Our schedule has been changed three or four times”, lamented Weertz. “We lost some big games, but it still should be a tough schedule. The hope is to shock one of these bigger schools and prepare for the tournament. It’s always nice when we win one of these games, when you’re not supposed to.”
With the recent lifting of the winter contact sports ban, the boys’ basketball team is ready to battle for the MIAC title – and more.
2020 Season Highlights:
- 8-13 record
- Wins over Livonia Churchill, Ann Arbor Greenhills, Inter-city Baptist
- Tournament win over Westland Huron Valley Lutheran
2021 Schedule Highlights:
- 25 vs. Roeper
- 26 vs. Inter-City
- March 13 vs. Plymouth
- March 16 vs. Ypsilanti Arbor Prep
All games subject to change.