The Gold Team of Oak Hill Academy closed out the regular season at home with a 91-39 win over York Prep Academy of Rock Hill, South Carolina, on March 8, 2017.
Congratulations to the Warriors for another outstanding season. On to New York and the Dick’s Nationals!
Scoring for the Warriors:
Lindell Wigginton – 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists;
Devontae Shuler – 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists;
Matt Coleman – 13 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists;
Billy Preston – 11 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists;
David McCormack – 8 points, 6 rebounds;
Kenny Nwuba – 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist;
Eddy Kayoloud – 8 points, 6 rebounds;
Ty-Shon Alexander – 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists;
Josh Hemmings – 5 points, 2 rebounds
Oak Hill Academy’s JV Warriors wrapped up the basketball season with a 70-60 win at home over York Prep Academy out of South Carolina. Congratulations to the team for an outstanding season!
On Wednesday, the day of Oak Hill Academy’s last regular season Gold Team Basketball game, we assembled in storied Turner Gymnasium in our “School Spirit” regalia for the epic final round of this year’s Spirit Days competition. “Feats of Strength” was the theme of the day’s activities, as class representatives tested their physical and mental fortitude in games including an iron woman contest, jump roping, the “wall sit,” a sack race, a basketball shoot, a (grueling) tug-of-war tournament, and the “Dizzy Bat” relay. The gathering was capped with a lively class cheering competition.
Our thanks to Mr. Hill and his band of faculty and staff helpers who engineered a great series of Spirit Days events. And thanks to our students for your enthusiasm, creativity and participation. On Thursday morning, Mr. Hill announced that this year’s competition was the closest on record, and it was the Seniors who claimed the crown. Congratulations, seniors–and enjoy sleeping in on an upcoming Saturday School day!
Meet David M., a junior from Chesapeake, Virginia. He is our newest “Student of the Week.” David is in his first year at Oak Hill Academy, and was recommended for this honor with the following: David is a hardworking, conscientious young man who is diligent in his work, both at the dorm and in the classroom. He always has a pleasant attitude and gets along well with everyone. He is among the most well-mannered students in my classes, never failing to add a “thank you,” “please,” or “yes, sir” or “ma’am.” He works hard at helping others to study and participate.
Students are regularly nominated and chosen by the faculty and staff for making notable contributions to Oak Hill Academy campus life.
Even though we are a college prep boarding school, we strive for a work-life balance that maximizes productivity of the “work” and enjoyment of the “life.” Enjoyment is the reason Oak Hill Academy instituted Warrior Weekends–wherein a team of faculty and staff offers special trips and activities over the course of a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This February’s Warrior Weekend offered trips for hiking, ziplining, trampolining, and ice skating. Students could get manicures and pedicures, grab a fast food meal, see a movie, attend a contemporary church service, go to a restaurant, or visit an entertainment center featuring bowling, laser tag, and arcade games. On-campus activities included international cooking, a pizza and painting session, and an enhanced Sunday afternoon social complete with an 18-hole mini golf course and 60-foot putting challenge. Unseasonably nice weather allowed for an outdoor meal of nachos and hamburger, hotdog, and chicken sliders after the social. Thanks to Meriwether-Godsey, our food service team, for that.
Props to the faculty/staff Warrior Weekend team–and many thanks for the photos!
Weirdness reigned at Oak Hill Academy for Thursday’s observance of “Wacky Dress Day” in conjunction with our annual Spirit Days. Students and staff let their freak flags fly–donning everything from face paint, fuzzy dice, sparkly eyebrows and tutus to an inflatable suit, lederhosen , and furry psychedelic boots. Kudos for creativity!
The afternoon was capped by our annual Quiz Bowl game in the chapel. Let the spirited competitions continue!
Wow–I can’t remember a more eventful February at Oak Hill Academy! The first weekend in February, we were on Mid-Winter Break, except for the Gold Team, who were in California snapping rival Chino Hills’ 2-year winning streak! Back at home, there was a delivery pizza supper and a first-ever co-ed social on the “boys’ side” of campus for students here during the open weekend.
The JV and Red Basketball teams also racked up wins in February, with the Red Team accomplishing its goal of back-to-back NACA Division 2 National Championships. Way to go, teams! February is also the time we hear about preparations being made for Spring Soccer, and Boys’ and Girls’ Tennis.
February saw a broad range of entertainment happening at our small boarding school–basketball trick star Joe Odhiambo shared his skills and his story with us; the Kenya Safari Acrobats impressed us with their incredible feats; Mr. Massey, Ms. Callison and friend Donna Correll gave us a concert; and the Amazing Dexter charmed us with his magic and jokes. Homeroom music included selections from “Hamilton” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”
Clubs continued to meet (Spanish, Cards & Games, Magic) and other clubs got on track for second semester (Youth Group, Ski Club and Debate). Intramural volleyball got started. Advisory groups gathered for activities, some went out to eat, and one group stopped at a local dairy farm for a tour.
Warrior Weekend Feb. 24-26 created a flurry of fun this month, with 18 off-campus trips and 3 special on-campus activities, finishing with a tail-gate type picnic on Sunday evening.
On the same weekend, our Board of Trustees met on campus, and students served friends and guests of the Academy at the Donor Dinner.
Spirit Days fired up, with each Thursday in February dedicated to a dress-down day and lively competitions between classes: Spirit Dress, Pajama Day, Twin Day and Wacky Day; Minute-To-Win-It games, Curling, and the Quiz Bowl. And it’s not over yet–stay turned for March festivities!
Thanks to many photo contributors for this month’s slideshow!
Today’s post is a recap of the fantastic 3-day experience at the National Association of Christian Academies (NACA) National Championship our Red Team had last week. While the season is not over, this tournament represented a main season-long goal. Please read on to see Coach Burns’ report:
Every high school basketball team begins the season with certain goals that the team would like to accomplish. This may be improving on last years’ record, obtaining an above five-hundred record, or winning a district/regional title. For the Oak Hill Academy Red Team the goal from the start was to defend their 2016 NACA Division 2 National Title.
On Tuesday February 21st, 2017, the Oak Hill Red Team departed campus in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, and traveled, along with an 18-1 regular season record, to Dayton, Tennessee, for the 2017 NACA National Championships. The official start to the tournament was Wednesday morning at the Fort Bluff Camp, home of the National Association of Christian Athletes.
The Oak Hill Red Team would play two games on Wednesday with the first being at 11:30 am against Riverdale Baptist “B” from Maryland. Oak Hill struggled early in the game but was provided a spark when senior Camden Hughes checked into the game. Camden’s timely shooting and energy allowed the other players to gain confidence, finishing the game with a score of 62-51. Scoring from the game: Oliver Lynch-Daniels 22; Camden Hughes 15; Graeme Majors 12; Donovan Saine 6; Akrum Ahemed 4; Aidan Stenner 3.
The second game on Wednesday featured Oak Hill Red vs. West Oaks “B” from Orlando, Florida. During this game the Red Team began to reclaim their defensive identity that made them exciting to watch during the season. Team defense allowed Oak Hill to win 55-31, and finish the first day of games with a 2-0 record. Scoring from the game: Oliver Lynch-Daniels 13; Josh Hall 12; Graeme Majors 11; Aidan Stenner 6; Alex Stenner 4; Akrum Ahemed 2.
Wednesday night all the teams in the tournament gather at Fort Bluff Camp for a Christian speaker, and the message is very important for all who attend. This year’s speaker was the World Famous Crevier Family, known for spinning basketballs and other amazing tricks. The family became known to national TV audiences when they were finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” but their true goal is spreading the Gospel and character development through the audiences they attract. Our athletes were challenged to continually be champions of their attitude and to not be ashamed of their personal faith.
Thursday morning came early for the Red Team with a 10:00 a.m. match-up against Combine Academy from North Carolina. Typically, morning games are offensive struggles and strong team defense is even more important. The Red Team answered the call and quickly put to rest any question if they would play for another National Championship. Final score, Oak Hill 78, Combine 49. This win guaranteed the Red Team a spot in the National Championship game and the ability to defend their title. Scoring from the game: Oliver Lynch-Daniels 17; Akrum Ahemed 11; Josh Hall 11; Donovan Saine 10; Damani McEntire 10; Camden Hughes 6; Aidan Stenner 4; Umberto Brusadin 4; Graeme Majors 3; Shamar Henry 2.
Once again on Thursday night all of the teams at the tournament gathered to listened to a different speaker, Tony Eubanks. Eubanks shared with the athletes, coaches and others in attendance life stories that inspired, challenged and ultimately made everyone serious about their faith. While the games are what everyone focuses on, the speakers are an added bonus to a competitive tournament.
Friday was Championship day and the idea that they could do something special was not lost on the Red Team players. Being back-to-back National Champions was, after all, the goal at the beginning of the season. But just as the first championship, this one would have to be earned. The title game featured Oak Hill Red vs. Covenant Christian Ministries from Georgia. From the start of the game this felt like a heavyweight battle, with both teams trading blows. Oak Hill found its rhythm because of tremendous s defense and rebounding provided by Donovan Saine and Aidan Stenner. The lead changed throughout the second half and both teams held a lead in the fourth quarter, looking to clinch a National Championship. With clutch shooting from deep by Oliver Lynch-Daniels and consistent free throw shooting from Graeme Majors, the Red Team sealed the game 65-58, and therefore accomplished a team goal of Back-to-Back National Championships. Scoring from the game: Oliver Lynch-Daniels 20; Donovan Saine 15; Graeme Majors 11; Aidan Stenner 9; Michael Odiana 4; Akrum Ahemed 4; Damani McEntire 3.
After the championship game, the NACA Tournament announced All-Tournament Teams and Most Outstanding Players. For Oak Hill Academy Camden Hughes, Aidan Stenner and Oliver Lynch-Daniels were named All-Tournament with Oliver Lynch-Daniels being named Most Outstanding Offensive Player for the second year in a row.
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