Maranatha’s Perry qualifies for state
Maranatha Christian Academy senior Brett Perry was able to breath a little bit easier at the end of the 5-1A regional meet after finding out that his high school career wasn’t over yet.Perry finished one spot ahead of Hirner with an eighth-place series of 595 to qualify for state for a third straight year.”Honestly, a relief. I’ve been nervous all year,” Perry said. “I’ve had expectations for the past two years and I’m just glad to be back. I’m just happy.”The Maranatha senior led the Eagles to ninth place. Perry couldn’t quite find his spot in Game 1, but was dialed in during Games 2 and 3 with scores of 212 and 216.
Maranatha Christian Academy’s boys basketball players had long-awaited Friday’s showdown against Crossroads Conference powerhouse Barstow, and they proved in the seconds after the opening tip that they were ready for arguably their biggest game of the season to this point. The Eagles upended the Knights, 57-42, after beginning the game on a 15-0 run. Barstow cut the deficit to three in the third quarter, but Maranatha kept the Knights at arm’s length after that to push its winning streak to 12 games.
Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball player Maggie Friesen knows that basketball is her passion and, when she gets on the floor, that is certainly easy to see.
“Having something that I just put all of my work into, it’s meant a lot to me,” Friesen said. “It’s changed my life.”
But, the game of basketball was something that she almost gave up last year. That’s until Maggie decided to finish her high school career and her senior year playing the sport that she loves.
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After winning four consecutive matches in straight sets, the Maranatha Christian Academy volleyball team hadn’t faced much adversity going into Thursday’s showdown against Oskaloosa. That changed in a hurry for the Eagles when they were faced with a 20-8 deficit in the first set against the Bears, but the home team didn’t panic. While the Eagles’ furious first-set rally fell just short, it gave them the confidence they needed to upend the Bears in four sets, 23-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-10. Addi Pelham paced the Eagles with 23 kills.
After watching a few games of the Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball team’s winless season last year, Reggie Hines felt that he could offer something special to the program.
Hines will get a chance to do just that as he takes over for Ben Keech for his first ever season of coaching a high school basketball team.
“It’s pretty exciting. We’ve got a pretty good group of girls,” Hines said. “They all love one another, and they have a good time. I’m excited to have an opportunity to coach them.”
MCA Received this letter commending one of our students:
My name is Joel Gill, and I am a Police Officer for the McLouth Police Department. I have contacted you in regards to meeting one of your student-athletes at the McLouth Middle School Track meet. While getting out of my patrol car in the parking lot, I was approached by a young man in a Maranatha uniform. He said “Excuse me, sir!”, He then went on to tell me that he is very thankful for the job I do.
I was very taken back by this young man’s comment and actions. As a Law Enforcement Officer, I have never had anyone give me thanks for the job that I do. I especially find it amazing, that this young man who is in a very fluid age in his life, and with all media and trends that appear before him in regards to law enforcement, to still show appreciation towards me is a very impressive and amazing thing. I am very thankful for this, and learned a great deal from this young man.
I would also like to say thank you to your staff. His actions speak louder than any words, and this comes directly from his role models. You all have taught this young man very well.
Once again thank you and those brief moments in which something like this happens, is what makes my job satisfying.
Garrett Nelson is an 8th grader at MCA. He did a good thing to honor this Police Officer. He represented God, his family, his church and MCA well.
The Maranatha Christian Academy girls track team repeated as 2A champions for the third year in a row, winning the team title by 10 points over second-place Ellinwood High.