The OSAA Basketball State Competition is on the horizon. On Saturday March 1, our Canyonville Christian Academy boy’s basketball team advanced to the state playoffs in basketball with a one point win in a heated overtime to the Myrtle Point Bobcats.
An excellent article on our Canyonville Christian Academy boy’s basketball team’s journey to the OSAA (Oregon State Athletics Association) state competition appeared on http://www.oregonprepsports.net. Here is a brief quote from the article by Bruce McCain.
A year ago, Canyonville Christian Academy, a small 90-year old boarding school for international students, played an independent schedule in boys varsity basketball. The Pilots finished 11-6 overall and 2-3 against 2A varsity competition. This year, CCA joined the 2A MVC and finished third behind defending 2A champs Oakland and Days Creek. But this year’s Cinderella story did not end Saturday. Instead, the pumpkin carriage left Myrtle Point and headed for Pendleton, following the Pilots’ 68-67 overtime road win over the Bobcats, a Pendleton team itself in 2013. Pilot coach Noel Schaak has been at the helm of CCA’s program for ten years. He faces challenges unlike any other coach in this tournament, beginning with the fact that none of his players are Americans, but come from all over the world, with limited English speaking ability and virtually no background in organized basketball. Despite their lack of basketball polish, the Pilots are known as one of the most athletic teams in 2A hoops, a fact confirmed by Myrtle Point coach Dave Larsen, who following his playoff loss, described the Pilots as the best group of athletes his Bobcats had seen all year.
On Thursday March 6, our CCA Pilots will play against Irrigon. Let’s hope they continue on further in the competition. We are proud of you boys!!