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The OSAA State Championship trophy for sportsmanship!

It was a great year in basketball for the Canyonville Christian Academy Pilots as they played hard and persevered all the way to the state championships, taking 7th place.  Good job boys!!

Pendleton, Oregon is about 7 hours away and we were not able to send any spectator students to the game.  We were able to listen to the live broadcast on internet radio so that the whole school could enjoy the excitement of our team making it all the way to State finals.  One of the truly great things during the game besides how well our boys played, was how our rival teams and their parents gathered in CCA’s section to cheer for our boys.  We were listening on the radio and heard a large crowd chanting “CCA! CCA!” and even doing our victory chant every time a point was scored.  So special thanks to Oakland, North Douglas and Days Creek for cheering us on during our two games.  That was a great feeling!

To quote from a huge spread about Canyonville Christian Academy in the Eastern Oregonian newspaper titled “The International Team”:

Basketball coach Noel Schaak has a flair for turning players with zero experience and a loose grasp on the English language into seasoned athletes. Schaak’s team at Canyonville Christian Academy has a roster of 12 international players from the Ukraine, Rwanda, Hong Kong and South Korea.

During the Saturday night awards show, with Irrigon taking first place, the announcer suddenly announced the OSAA first place trophy for Sportsmanship for Canyonville Christian Academy!  Coach Noel Schaak headed to the court to be presented with the trophy pictured here.  The crowd went wild which prompted the whole team to go down to the floor, said our athletic director, Brian Fye.  Brian said that it was an emotional time and something that we didn’t expect.  This trophy means a lot to Canyonville Christian Academy because it speaks of character, something which Noel Schaak and Mike Stansberry try very hard to instill into our students.  To say that we are proud of our team would be an understatement!  Thank you boys and coaches for a great year of basketball at CCA.

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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!!

Oregon – The Runner’s State

It’s almost track & field season and several of our Canyonville Christian Academy students are ready to go!  Many have been training by going out for daily runs together and others have been practicing their long jumps.  CCA has a long history of track and field success.  Our trophy case boasts of several State of Oregon first place trophies.  Here’s a video looking back on last year’s track season.  Let’s go Pilots!!


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Basketball Season in Full Swing!

Our Canyonville Christian Academy boys and girl’s basketball program is in full swing as both teams are doing really well.  Both boys and girls won their last game!

Tonight’s varsity basketball games against Day’s Creek will be broadcast live at http://www.douglascountysportsonline.com/  Tune in and cheer for CCA!!

Serge Sandrali dominates the basketball court.

Serge Sandrali dominates the basketball court.

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The boys’ and girls’ varsity CCA basketball teams placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the Cow Creek Classic basketball tournament the weekend of December 13-14.  The boys defeated Umpqua Valley Christian in the championship game 66-56, and Allen Lee and Clement Dushimimana were named to the all-tourney team!  We are so proud of our Canyonville Christian Academy Pilots.  Work hard and stay in shape over the Christmas break.

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The Canyonville Christian Academy Pilots had one of the best soccer seasons since CCA formed it’s first team 5 years ago here.  The team has grown progressivly each year, learning to play together and communicate well on the field.  Coach Eric Payne says, “I am so proud of how well this team has come together over the season to play so unified and determined.  It’s been an honor to coach them.”

On November 5th, round 1 of the road to State found the Pilots coming up against Umatilla with the Pilots beating them on our home field 3 to 2.  The entire student body was there to cheer on our boys as they then moved on further than any CCA team has been.

The Oregon State Athletics Association (www.osaa.org) quarter final match was held 3.5 hours north of Canyonville in the city of Portland, Oregon against Portland Adventist Academy.  Early in the match, the Pilots scored the first goal, with the half time score at Pilots 1, PAA 0.   But sadly it was in the second half of the match that PAA was able to score 3 goals with a final score of 3-1 thus ending the Pilots road to the State championship.  But in spite of this, everyone at Canyonville Christian Academy couldn’t be more proud of how far our Pilots made it this season.  Next year could get us even closer!


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Canyonville Christian Academy Pilots soccer team at the Oregon State quarter finals.




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The 2012-13 Pilot cheerleaderschristian boarding school, canyonville, oregon, top international boarding school placed 6th in the OSAA state 3A/2A/1/A competition held Feb. 9 in Portland.

Although falling just short of a trophy, the girls were within striking distance of 3rd, or even 2nd place, in the closely bunched field.

The girls are coached by Jami Stansberry, who has led the team in competitive cheerleading since 2007.

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“Senior Night” saw Canyonville Christian Academy’s boys basketball team reverse an earlier loss to Milo Adventist Academy by a 49-41 score on Feb. 5.

This win earns CCA a 10-6 season record with one game remaining on the schedule.

The Pilots’ stingy defense has given up more than 55 points in a game just once this season.  CCA’s boys are coached by Noel Schaak, who has led the team since the 2004-5 season.

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On February 6, U.S. Olympic javelin thrower Cyrus Hostetler spoke to Canyonville Christian Academy’s student body.

Hostetler (272.10 personal best throw) is a 2-time Pac-12 champion, a Silver medalist at the 2011 Pan-American Games, and competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  His story was a powerful testimony about perseverance.  CCA students responded very well and surrounded Cyrus afterwards for autographs and photo opportunities.  His testimony encouraged some students to try out for track this season.

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In their best defensive outing of the season, Canyonville Christian Academy’s boys held a strong (12-6) Camas Valley team to just 11 points in the 2nd half as the Pilots pulled away for a 38-26 win.

For Camas Valley, the state football champs, it was their lowest point total of the year.

In a earlier game, CCA outscored Umpqua Valley Christian in the second half but were unable to overcome the halftime deficit.  Final score was a narro 48-52 loss for the Pilots.

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