SPARTA, N.J. (JAN 6, 2021) – With virtual schooling becoming the norm, the sound of a basketball bouncing on a gym floor can feel a bit unusual, but it’s a welcome noise through the halls of Veritas Christian Academy.
After a successful soccer season with minimal interruption that led to regular season titles for both the Veritas girls’ and boys’ teams and league tournament championship for the girls, the basketball season begins a bit later than normal, but with the same title dreams.
This season the Veritas girls basketball team is seeking a 3-peat of Metro Christian Athletic Association titles and a 4-peat of the regional Mid-Atlantic Tournament. The Veritas boys basketball team had two tournament wins last season and is looking to compete for conference titles this year as 1,000 point scorer, Ethan Mulder, returns for his senior campaign.
Veritas Christian Academy is one of the few Sparta area high schools with in-person learning throughout this school year and has instituted social distancing guidelines for both classes and practices. While fans at games will be limited, the beginning of a new season is still something players and coaches are excited about and gives a sense of normalcy to what has been a unique school year for many across the state.
“The best teams may be absent from each other for a time but with pressure, adversity, and uncertainty, comes opportunities for us as a squad to rise” remarked boys’ head coach, Stephon Blair. “Looking forward to a season with these young men and their commitment to excellence!”
Veritas girls head basketball coach and 2020’s NCSAA National Coach of the Year, Greg Gaffney had this to say about the season ahead, "With all the different challenges this year has brought, it is good to be back doing something familiar, chasing the level of excellence on the hardwood with a great group of returning players and 4 promising newcomers. Seniors Kayla Amels, Rose Hockman and Morgan Meyers lead the way alongside junior 1,000-point scorer Charlotte Milanesi. Hockman, Meyers and Milanesi were all named to last year's Metro Christian Athletic Association's All-Conference Team. Fellow juniors Mackenzie Meyers and Anna Marie Torppey will be stepping up to help fill the void of 4 departed seniors, including MCAA All-Conference forward Amy Van Grouw and 3rd Team National Christian School Athletic Association All-American and MCAA MVP, Chloe Milanesi. While this team may not be as deep as last year's school record 35-win unit, they have the chance to build on that success and be special, even in this unique year."
Practices started before Thanksgiving and returned after the Christmas break with Governor Murphy reinstating the ability to play indoor high school sports. Veritas will open its play against conference rival Trinity Christian School on Thursday, January 7th.
About Veritas Christian Academy
Veritas Christian Academy is a Christian high school serving northwest New Jersey and located in the heart of Sparta, NJ. The school offers a Bible-based education with smaller class sizes and the offerings of larger schools in dual-enrollment classes, fine arts, championship level sports and more. For more information on Veritas Christian Academy, visit veritasnj.org.