SPARTA, NJ- The Veritas girls basketball team has the number three seed in the National Christian School Athletic Association tournament in Ohio with a record of 33-3. The girls will compete in Group 1 putting them as one of the “top eight in the country, despite the fact that we’re a small school,” Head Coach Greg Gaffney said.
More than 80 girls and boys teams will be competing at the national competition, each divided into four levels, according to Gaffney. The boys will be playing in Group 4, Section C.
This is Gaffney’s 10th year coaching at Veritas Christian Academy. The girls are fresh off a win in Maryland at the Mid East Regional Christian School tournament, their 11 title in a row.
“I’m blessed with a great staff,” Gaffney said. Armand Milanesi and Marlene Myers are great assistant coaches.”
In Maryland the girls ran the table taking Broad Fording Christian Academy 41-2 in the first round, Pilgram Academy from Egg Harbor 59-19 in the semifinal round and Coventry Christian from Pottstown, Pennsylvania 56-24 for the championship.
Chloe Milanesi was named Most Valuable Player at the tournament. Rose Hockman was named to the First All-Tournament All Star team.
In Maryland junior Ethan Mulder dropped in his 1000 career point. He had earned the MVP in the Metro Christian Athletic Association championship against American Christian and was named to the league all-star team.
“The team travels to the out-of-state tournaments with a mix of support from the school and by the parents,” Gaffney said.
At the Maryland tournament a second player earned her 1000 career point.
“The kids work hard,” Gaffney said. “When your 2000 point player is also your hardest working player and another senior Amy Van Grouw is also a hardworking player, really raises everyone’s game.”
Chloe Milanesi hit her 2000 point milestone earlier in the season. Her sister Charlotte Milanesi earned her 1000 point at the Metro Christian Athletic Association tournament at Bergen County Christian Academy.
Gaffney attributes the teams’ post season success to work done during the season.
“Our preparation came during the season,” Gaffney said. “Playing, competing and beating tough teams.”
The coach said he is grateful to local teams that helped them hone their skills. They played in Hopatcong’s summer league competing against quality teams.
In Ohio the girls will play their first round on Thursday at 1:30. The game against Calvary Christian Academy from Maryland will be live streamed. The boys will open their national tournament play against Grace Baptist Christian of Massachusetts on Thursday.