In this issue you will find information including:
SCACS State Basketball Recap
Race With All Your Heart
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Ladies Night Out – The Drama Department will be hosting a Ladies Night Out on Fri, Mar 29 from 6:30-9:00pm in C-108. It will be a fun evening of food, fellowship and shopping! Tickets are $15. (flyer attached)
Anderson Cavaliers Football – There will be an informational meeting on Mon, Mar 25 for any middle through high school boys interested in playing football. The meeting will be at Anderson Christian School at 6:00pm. For more information, go to www.andersoncavaliers.com.
A basketball season is always about the journey and not the destination. It is the journey that creates the memories, the friendships, and the unity. The destination can be the icing on the journey cake, but it can never spoil the journey. That is true for the 2018-2019 Lady Cavalier basketball team.
The goal was simple from the outset and never changed – win the 2019 SCACS 1A State Championship. “That was our focus all season,” said coach Joe Canney. “We talked a lot about the ‘road to Columbia’ but the reason we wanted to travel to Columbia was not to participate in the State Tournament but to win it.” It seemed like a realistic goal as the team finished the regular season with a 15-3 overall record including 8-0 in their region. “We improved with every game and we had been in a lot of different types of ballgames. We were prepared, no doubt,” added Coach Canney.
Things started well for the Lady Cavs as they won their semi-final game against Temple Christian Academy 37-31. Eight different players scored, led by Lily Wickiser’s 9 points and Caroline Lamb’s 8 points. That set up a championship game against Union Christian Day School.
“We felt ready and prepared,” said Senior Captain Caroline Lamb. “We knew Union was a good team and we knew we had a good game plan.” That game plan was unique for the Lady Cavs. “We are a team that likes to push the pace and push the tempo. But as we studied Union we felt we had the best chance to win if we made it a half court game,” said Coach Canney.
The game plan worked well through the first half. After being down early 11 to 6, the Lady Cavs took control of the game by outscoring Union 12 to 4 in the second quarter. The Lady Cavs went to the break up 18 to 15.
“At that point we felt good about our chances to win the game,” said Senior Captain Zoe Wickiser. “We knew there was a lot of game left, but we felt we were in control.”
The Lady Cavs continued to control the game and tempo well into the third quarter. “We were executing really well on defense. Our offense was playing well too, but we were not scoring many buckets,” commented Coach Canney. Things started to go Union’s way late in the third as they scored a few quick baskets. That continued in the fourth as momentum swung their way. The Lady Cavs would not quit though.
“This is a tough team. We were down as many as 7 or 8 late in the game. But our girls did not panic. They fought back and cut the lead to one. I thought we were going to pull it out, but we came up just short,” said Coach Canney. The final score was 36-32 Union. The result was not what the team desired but the program is bigger than one game.
“After we lost, Coach would not let us hang our heads. We had done all we could, even going back to the summer. So we wanted to win but that is not how it ended up. We still had a successful season and we are proud of that,” said Zoe Wickiser.
For the championship game, Caroline and sophomore Wren Sconyers each had 8 points. Zoe added 6 points, Caroline pulled down 10 rebounds, and Junior Captain Kaitlin Curnow had 4 assists.
The SCACS 1A championship game also marked the end of three Lady Cavs’ high school careers as seniors Annaleigh Cutliff, Zoe Wickiser, and Caroline Lamb (pictured below) each suited up for the last time. The 2019 senior class left a lasting impression along with big shoes to fill for the future.
For the season the Lady Cavs finished with a record of 16 – 4. Wren Sconyers led the team in scoring coming in at 8.9 points per game. Caroline Lamb was the second leading scorer at 8.4 points per game and both Wickiser girls, freshman Lily and senior Zoe, scored more than 100 points for the season.
“It has been a great experience for my teammates and me,” said Caroline Lamb, who concludes her career after playing in every game of Lady Cavalier history. “It didn’t end the way we wanted, but this season and all the basketball seasons have exceeded anything I could have thought of when I signed up to play my freshman year. I am so proud of these girls and I know they will do great things in the future.”
The New Covenant Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team recently claimed its first State Championship by defeating Union Christian Day School in the championship game.
“Well, it has been a roller coaster of a season,” said coach Dave Truman after the championship. “So if you would have told me it was going to end like this I doubt I would have believed you.” When asked to elaborate Coach added, “Well, this team has the widest gap in age, grade, and even size that New Covenant boys have ever had, so at times we have had three 6th graders on the floor and at other times three or more 9th and 10th graders in the game. So the range has been so wide spread it has been hard to develop continuity. However, everything came together at the end of the season and I could not be more proud of our guys.”
The JV tournament got started with a lackluster first round game against Victory with the team only scoring 23 total points. However, defense won the day by only allowing a mere 16. Weston Nyagah led the team with 9 points while the twin towers of Aiden Graves and Ben Mathews each put up 5 points.
With the win the JV boys advanced to the Final Four where they faced Tabernacle Christian. Only three weeks earlier Tabernacle handed the New Cov JV boys back to back losses. First by a score of 34 to 24 and then a spanking of 54 to 18 two days later. With these loses fresh on their minds, the JV Cavs played their best game of the season to win a hard fought battle 42-39. Zeke Gibson led the team with 17 points including two key three pointers in the fourth quarter along with sinking two free throws to help seal the win. Ben Mathews, Aiden Graves, and Weston Nyagah dominated the rebounding and combined for 21 points.
In the championship game again Union Christian Day School, the JV boys started energized. The JV Cavs came out with a press, shutting down Union’s offense and holding them to a mere 7 points per quarter average and their leading scorer to only 4 points for the game. In a full court press for the entire game, Arjay Moore led the team in scoring with 9 points, 6 of those from steals. Filling their role as post players and big men, Aiden Graves and Ben Mathews once again dominated underneath with 8 and 7 points respectively. Zeke Gibson put up 7 points and was the key to making the big men a credible threat with a bunch of assists. 7th grade guard Ben Bradshaw also took on the role of ball handler to protect the 10 point lead in the final minute when the bench was put into the game.
Coach Truman further commented, “I am super proud of these boys. They played through adversity all season. They stuck together and were really inspired by our varsity boys. You could tell they wanted to bring home their own trophy.” And sure enough they did!
The future looks bright for the New Covenant boys basketball program! Congrats JV Boys on a great season and a State Championship!
The 2nd annual Race With All Your Heart was a huge success!
February in PE was Heart Healthy Month where all the classes participated in different activities that worked one of the most important muscles in our body – our heart. We ended the month with our RACE where the students ran/walked for 15-20 minutes. The students kept up with their laps with Popsicle sticks that were given to them with each lap.
The Race was also a fundraiser for our Athletic Fund which helps us get different PE/Recess/Athletic Team/Field Day equipment! The new equipment helps us promote healthy lifestyles for our students!
This year the students in 3K-12th participated. Together the students ran 254.55 miles during the race!!! Upper School ran 112.75 miles, Lower School ran 111.1 miles and preschool ran 30.7 miles! The Upper School Houses were in competition to raise the most money for 200 points for their House. The winner of the 200 points was the Thames House who raised $1185! Together the Upper School Houses raised $3286 for the Athletic Fund. Overall, the students and families raised over $6100 for the Athletic Fund to help New Covenant promote healthy lifestyles with our students! Thank you to our sponsors, donors, and our HEART HEALTHY STUDENTS!
**Daylight Saving Time begins Sun, Mar 10. Remember to set your clocks AHEAD one hour!
Please look for the following in your child’s Friday Folder or attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email:
Open House – Mon, Mar 11 at 8:15am in C-108. Share with a friend!
NCS Night at Panera – Tues, Mar 12 from 4-8pm. Bring the flyer or show an electronic version when you order.
NCS Night – Firehouse Subs on Thurs, Mar 21
Electric City Youth Runners – For any 1st-6th graders interested in participating in this track season, there will be an informational meeting on Mon, Mar 11 at 5pm at Robert Anderson Middle School. For more details go to www.ElectricCityYouthRunners.org
Save the Date – Ladies Night Out Drama Fundraiser – Fri, Mar 29
Save the Date – Spring Theatre Production – May 2-4
Dr. Seuss Week – Mon, Feb 25 – Fri, Mar 1 – See attached flyer for special dress days!
2018-19 Yearbook – We are now accepting orders for the 2018-19 yearbook! If you order by Thursday, Feb 28, the cost will be $50. After Feb 28, the cost will be $60. Here is the link to “buy now”: https://bngn.smarttuition.com/?id=rg0r1czcahm
Race with all your HeartFri, Mar 1 – Please see the flyer attached to Mrs. Lopez’s email with race day details. We would love to have parents here to run with or just cheer on the racers! We had an early sponsor drawing this week and the winners are: Preschool – Lexi Holley ($5 CFA card); Grammar – Delilah Doster (Free Lunch Treat), Upper – Liam Hopkins (dress down day).
I have been attending NCS for 5 years. When I found out my parents were going to start sending me to school I became very nervous because I had never been to school before. On my first day there I realized that all my worries were pointless. Everybody at NCS was very nice and all the teachers were very sweet. I also met my three best friends Alex, Jayyycooob, and Houston.
The education at NCS was extraordinary. I got to learn so much about the Bible and read so many books like Gilgamesh, The Aeneid, and The Odyssey that even kids in college don’t get to read.
One of my favorite memories from NCS is winning back to back to back basketball state championships. We did again this year! Another favorite memory of mine was doing the SOIL project. It was fun splitting up into our “houses” and going and delivering food to people who are in need. New Covenant is a great school that has taught me so much and given me an education boost.
I’m Ian McCall and this is my 6th year at New Covenant. Ever since I came here, I’ve always felt that this school provides a healthy experience for the student. I never see significant divides between groups of students. Multiple grade levels sit at the same table, students always try to provide company to those sitting by themselves, and differences in personality don’t set students back from interacting as a team. This has resulted in a strong community where a large portion of the students know each other personally.
The methodology of teaching the student how to think is one aspect of the school that has had a positive impact on both my spiritual and academic life. By asking us why we believe something or why something is the answer, the classes provide more in-depth understanding of the subject matter. Pure memorization is not conducive to a good high school education, and because of this, New Covenant has implemented logical aspects into its upper-level classes to better prepare the student to think for himself while learning things later in life.
To me the major highlight of this school is being able to go beyond the words of the textbook, so if there is a concept that we didn’t explicitly cover in class I can expect to be able to ask about it and get a detailed answer.
For example, if I understand the material in Physics but I become curious about how it applies in a certain case, I don’t have to be afraid to ask and usually I am satisfied with the response I get.
Once I graduate from NCS I plan to study Computer Science at Clemson University with the goal of being a game designer. I think this school has prepared me well for college because of the extensive practice I’ve had writing essays, taking exams, and building friendships. Obviously college is an entirely different environment compared to high school, but the teachers at New Covenant have always emphasized that point and have tried to make the transition as. smooth and as comfortable as possible
Overall I would say that New Covenant has done a good job not just teaching the students, but also by being a friendly community. Even though the real world is going to be significantly different from the experience here, I strongly believe that the foundation that we receive while we’re growing up is the most influential part of building our character for the future, a key idea that NCS has utilized quite well.