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RCA varsity girls, middle school boys take MTAC tourney titles

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 8:14 pm

Riverside Christian Academy’s varsity girls’ basketball team claimed its first-ever Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC) championship. Pictured here are (front, from left) Sydney Ashby, Heidi Ezell, Rachel Hill, Alyssa Hampton, Taylor Butcher, manager Livia Ragland, (rear) Assistant Coach Jade Butcher, Victoria Simms, Baye Hose, Kennedy Honey, KayLee Robinson, Ashleigh Groce, Libby Wright and Head Coach Adam Ragland.

Riverside Christian Academy’s basketball program ended the season with Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC) championships in the varsity girls’ division and the middle school boys’ division.

The varsity boys placed third in the conference, and the middle school girls placed second.

The Lady Knights’ varsity basketball team capped off its first championship win in school history last weekend against the Western Kentucky Trailblazers. The Lady Knights were seeded number one with a conference record of 5-1 going into the tournament. The Lady Knights’ overall season record was 15-7, with seven wins at home and only one home loss.

“From the beginning of practice back in the summer, I knew this season would be special right off the Saturday conditioning field,” said Adam Ragland, RCA’s head coach. “Yes, conditioning on the football field on hot muggy mornings, running football routes and learning to catch a football. If these kids can catch a football, they will be able to catch a basketball.

“From the extra workouts to the extra-long season, these kids never gave up and rose to the challenge of playing with ‘no excuses’. Our motto for the season was simple, ‘find a way’ and ‘no excuses’.”

Riverside Christian Academy’s middle school boys claimed the Middle Tennessee Athletic Conference (MTAC) title. Pictured here are (front, from left) Brock Roberson, Will O’Neal, Alex Thompson, Nic Hardiman, Christopher Jones, (rear) Assistant Coach Jeremy Ezell, Raymond Hunt, Gus Hill, Zach Dickson, Colby Harmening, Michael Black, Jackson Smith and Head Coach Troy Slone.

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