Coble honors HPCA softball team

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Washington, Jun 28, 2013 | Ed McDonald (202-225-3065) | comments

(Washington, DC)---- The softball team at High Point Christian Academy (HPCA) recently won its first state championship.  Because U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (NC-06) has a tradition of recognizing high schools in his district that win state titles, he placed a congratulatory statement in the Congressional Record, the official journal of House and Senate proceedings.

Rep. Coble told his House colleagues that the Cougars achieved a historic accomplishment this school year.  His complete statement appears below:

“Mr. Speaker, there is a school in the Sixth District of North Carolina that just won its first ever state softball title.  I would like to take this time to congratulate all who contributed to this historic achievement.

“High Point Christian Academy’s softball team has exemplified determination and an exceptional work ethic in its quest for a state title.  The HPCA Cougars placed second in the state tournaments of 2011 and 2012.  Their continued hard work and perseverance, however, paid off even more so in 2013.  The team finished the regular season 20-3, and entered the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association 3A Championship Tournament in Gastonia as the first seed.

“Led by Head Coach Jeremy Cecil, the team defeated Wesleyan Christian Academy 10-8 in an elimination game on Friday May 17, 2013.  The Cougars needed three wins on Saturday to claim the championship, but they were not intimidated in the slightest.  They began their Saturday win streak with a 14-4 win over Metrolina Christian.  The Cougars then swept second-seeded Hickory Grove in a best-of-three final series to clinch the championship, winning 1-0 and 5-4.

“The state champions include Lindsay Cecil, Austen Coats, Maddie Faulkner, Sydney Harris, Kirsten Hart, Ashlyn Kennedy, Abigail Lyle, Sloane McPeak, Rachel Norris, Lindsay Payne, Hannah Self, and Nikki Zittinger.  Cecil, McPeak, and Kennedy were also named 2013 All-State Team Members.

“It has been an exciting season for the students, faculty, staff, and families of High Point Christian Academy.  On behalf of the Sixth District of North Carolina, we congratulate HPCA Headmaster Richard Hardee, High School Principal Keith Curlee, Athletic Director Corey Gesell, Head Softball Coach Jeremy Cecil, Assistant Softball Coaches Bryan Coats, Jessica Burcham, Shane Kennedy, and Brad Self.  Congratulations to the 2013 softball team on its NCISAA 3A State Championship.”

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