Tuesday, January 22, 2008

LCS Varsity Wins Big ON and OFF Court

If you know me then you know how much I love following sports, especially the sports program of the Lititz Christian School (LCS) Eagles which is a part of our ministry here at Grace Church in Lititz, PA.

LCS went into last Friday’s big match ups against the Warriors of Dayspring Christian Academy with a lot riding in regards to the standings. But Friday was more than just a basketball contest. LCS and Dayspring partnered together in an event called “Coaches vs. Cancer.” LCS Students collected money and each player sought out pledges for the amount of baskets their team made with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. LCS was able to present a check to the American Cancer Society for more than double their goal. Congratulations to Mrs Shenk and Mrs Elsner, who run our athletic department at LCS, on a job well done and a very special evening.

And I might as well take this time to update you on the games. The girl’s varsity team defeated Dayspring 59-32. Nina Gundrum led all scorers with 17 points. Three other Lady Eagles scored double digits including Erika Naticchia with 12 points and Kaddie Brandt and Karlee Carper each with 11 points. In her last regular season home game, Senior Jennifer Kupstas added 8 points. The Lady Eagles are now 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the CCAC conference putting them just one game out of first place.

The varsity boys completed the sweep of Dayspring Friday night with a very impressive 52-30 victory over the warriors. It was a slow first half with the Eagles scoring just 15 points and going into the locker room with a 1-point deficit. But the second half was a different story with LCS scoring 17 in the third period and 20 in the fourth while holding the Warriors to 14 points in the entire second half including just 4 points in the fourth period. Four Eagles scored in double digits including Dylan Kennedy with 16 points, Jonathan Distler with 13 points (including 4 baskets from beyond the 3-point arch) Tyler Hollinger with 12 points and Jeremiah Hershberger with 11 points. The boys are now 6-7 overall but hold a perfect 5-0 record in conference play thus far. The boy’s varsity team has six regular season games remaining, three of which are conference match-ups.

But perhaps the most important game of the day happened earlier when the LCS faculty/staff squared off against the class of 2008 as part of the afternoon pep rally. Secondary Principal, Eric Lewis (who is also the voice of the LCS Eagles at all home games) had this to say about the game…“Holding off a furious comeback in the final half, the LCS Faculty defeated the Class of 2008, 12-11 in the annual Faculty/Staff vs. seniors’ basketball game. Jacob Frantz was the big man on the boards and with the points for the faculty. Betsy Echternach, Eric Lewis, and Kathleen McAfee all had baskets for the winners. Beth Strepko brought the loudest cheers from the student body with a three-pointer to spark the seniors 9-0 run. But the older, wiser faculty slowly worked their way back into the lead and held on for dear life in the final 10 seconds when the seniors stormed the court, but were unsuccessful in stealing the ball for the winning basket.”

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