The Academy’s Middle School and Varsity Basketball teams compete in league competition, and as a school focused on community, we are proud to maintain a sense of healthy competition with other schools in the area. Academy athletics has formed leagues with schools that share our philosophy of developing players and providing competition with like schools. The Middle School basketball teams are in the Central Pennsylvania Basketball League (CPBL) made up of the Academy Spartans, the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, Carlisle Christian School, and Grace Baptist School. The varsity basketball teams compete in the newly formed Midstate Athletic Conference (MAC) with Belleville Mennonite, Carson Long Military Academy, Linden Hall School, and St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.
Both leagues give our players an opportunity to compete in championship games at the end of the season. This kind of competition brings a lot of pride and excitement to the season. However, it is also individual recognition that comes with having league status. The coach from each school votes for players on the other teams for all-conference recognition. John Martin, the director of Middle School athletics, adds “each player is evaluated on his or her play and sportsmanship on the court.” Being recognized as the league top performer is a special recognition and validates the hard work of each player. The Academy is proud to have a number of Academy students recognized with all-conference honors this year. CPBL all-star recipients are: Charlotte N. ’19, Lissette V. ’19, Raliek L. ’19, and Andrew M. ’19. At the Varsity level, Claire M. ’16 and Laura M. ’16 were selected as MAC girls’ all-stars and Jalen G. ’17 was selected to the MAC boys’ first team.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Jini G. ’15 and Josh G. ’15. In addition, Jini and Josh were also selected to the 38th Annual Pennsylvania All-Star Basketball Team. These games feature players from District 3 and highlight the very best throughout Central Pennsylvania. Both Jini and Josh are recognized for their 4-year careers. Having played in all-star games is one of my fondest memories and it is my hope that Josh and Jini will enjoy this experience. I can only anticipate a bright future for these young hoopsters who already have aspirations of playing at the college level.