In the 2013-2014 school year, Blackhawk Christian High School experienced possibly the most athletically successful campaign in school history. Across the board, BCS achieved above and beyond the expectations that most had for a small private high school of about 250 students. BCS sports surprised a lot of people last year, winning sectionals in volleyball, boys soccer, boys basketball, and baseball. Will Blackhawk follow up such great seasons with even better ones? Or will the loss of so many skilled seniors cause a drop in athletic excellence at BCS? Let’s take a look at how the BCS teams are shaping out for their upcoming seasons.
The Blackhawk Christian volleyball program has been defined by domination ever since its conception. Winning an astounding ten sectional championships since 1997, the Lady Braves kept the tradition going in 2013, winning sectionals and regionals before finally falling at semi-state. Despite the losses of Super Seniors Sara Miller, Summer Sordelet, and Victoria Littrell, Blackhawk has a great chance to be even better this year. Senior Grace College commit Marta Bleed will be the focal point of this potent squad, leading the Lady Braves with her powerful spikes. Some other key returning players include the prolific junior middle hitter Maddie Byrd, and two very special sophomores Olivia Martin and Casey Bunner who will bring their extraordinary youngblood skills to this team. This year’s team looks to be a very cohesive unit. When asked about her favorite part of playing volleyball for BCS, Maddie Byrd responded with, “Just being with the other girls and having fun with them is definitely my favorite part.” Expectations for the Lady Braves this year are extremely high yet again, and don’t be surprised when they make another deep run in the state tournament.
Soccer has recently become a sport of great success at Blackhawk.Winning three sectionals, all in the past six seasons, the soccer team hopes to keep its momentum. With the wizard himself, Doc Freeborn, coaching, you know the boys are going to play hard and perform optimally. Blackhawk lost a gigantic chunk of their squad, losing an incredible senior class of Brooks Smith, Noah Starr, Caleb Weaver, Aaron Jones, Grant Cayot, Daniel Bone, Isaac Mansfield, Matt Cavenaile, James Freeborn, Jarrod Mathews, and Graham Brown. Despite their losses, Blackhawk hopes to reload this year, led by the likes of Seniors, Spencer Seabeck, Michael “Reggie” Wharton, and Cam Wild; and Juniors, Jackson Didion and Jonathan Williams. Junior Keaton Clay said, “We should have a pretty good squad this year.” Even though this team most likely won’t experience the success of last year’s team, expect the Braves to have a solid squad this season.
The great sport of basketball has always been huge at Blackhawk Christian. We live in Indiana for Pete’s sake, the center of the basketball world. BCS basketball, similar to Braves volleyball, has had a tradition of excellence. Winning eight sectional championships, all since 2003, the Braves followed the norm and won sectionals in 2014. This year the expectations for this team are even higher than last year’s group. BCS lost in regionals last year and they are hungry to go further in the state tournament this year. Posting a 25-3 record in the summer league, the team also went on a missions trip to Panama in June. A few members of the team told said it “helped us grow closer as a team” and “kept life in perspective and reminded us basketball is not the most important thing for us.” Blackhawk lost some great seniors in Chad “The Bull” Bell, Jordan Maley, Noah Starr, and Aaron Jones, but BCS returns all five starters. Seniors Riley Reimschisel, Preston Rippe, Joey Morlan, and Wes Davidson along with Junior Will Davidson hope to have a tremendous year. BCS basketball hopes to continue its excellence, and they have all the pieces to do great things this year.
If you thought Blackhawk’s athletic success in volleyball, soccer, and basketball was eye-popping, you will be blown away by BCS’s baseball legacy. In fact, baseball is probably Blackhawk’s most triumphal sport. Blackhawk has won an astounding 12 Sectional Championships, eight Regional Crowns, and two State Championships. The Braves come back this season as the defending Sectional Champs and should be back at it again this year. Graduated players Aaron Jones, Adam Vander Dussen, Jarrod Matthews, and Isaac Mansfield will be missed, but BCS returns some nice core players including Seniors Riley Reimschisel and Nathan Taggart, Junior Bailey Sheldon, and Sophomores Nate Moonen and Kole Barkhaus. Another successful tournament run could be in the cards for this squad.
Blackhawk Christian fans should expect to enjoy another great year from their athletic teams. The loss of a great senior class of 2014 no doubt will hurt, but kids are working hard and looking to step into the void that was left. BCS sports are looking up and expect greatness this year once again.
Article submitted by Will Davidson