Calvary Chapel - Santa Ana

Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana enters a new league with a new coach and comes off a playoff making 21-8 season. The Eagles will start Orange Coast League action at Estancia on Jan 12 under first year coach Mike Nobe, who takes over for Bill Stoneham.

There is nothing more deceiving than a high school inflating the statistics within its athletic program. Primarily in the sport of basketball, where the media and college evaluators must rely on the truthfulness of the school.

 

Most high school basketball team's hire students who travel with the team and gather stats. Points scored are hard to inflate, however assists, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots are not easy to record, even by the most experienced of statisticians.

 

One of the more accurate and honest school's is Calvery Chapel/Santa Ana (11-2), whose scorekeepers state season team totals as follows: 6 assists per game; 13 rebounds per game; 7 steals per game; and 5 blocks per game. The Eagles are said to shoot 38% from the field.

 

Very ordinary stats for a 11-3 team, yet very real. Possibly naively honest, yet honest nonetheless.

 

Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana enters a new league with a new coach and comes off a playoff making 21-8 season. The Eagles will start Orange Coast League action at Estancia on Jan 12 under first year coach Mike Nobe, who takes over for Bill Stoneham.

 

This season, the Eagles have aready captured Oxford Academy and the Calvary Chapel/Downey tournaments, and are led by senior Shauna Ricker and sophomore Amanda Souder, both averaging 12 points per game. Ricker was named MVP of both tournies.

 

Ricker scored 15 points in consecutive victories over Anaheim Western and Garden Grove Santiago. She totaled 20 points in a 55-51 win against Pasadena Maranatha. Souder has also reached the 20 point and 15 point mark this season.

 

Calvary Chapel faced a tougher test when it entered the San Marcos Tournament with some of the bigger schools of south Southern California, suffering consecutive loses to Elsinore and to San Marcos. Against San Marcos, the Eagles took a lead deep into the fourth quarter before falling 53-51. Souder scored 14 and Ricker 12.

 

Souder emerged as a major force again by the leading the Eagles to a 49-44 win in the consolation semifinals by scoring 21 points, helping to show also that Calvary can bounce back from defeat.

 

Calvary finished the San Marcos Holiday Classic by capturing the consolation championship with a come from behind 44-42 win over Orange Glenn, with Souder leading the way with 14 points, and Ricker and Rambo getting nine each.

 

Nobe has been slowly working freshman Elizabeth Ashley into his rotation and has gotten ever increasing production from returning junior, Ashley Rambo, who is averaging nine points per game.

 

Nobe is also hoping that senior's Kathryn Karkut and Rachel Costa can help take Calvary to another level. Their talent is there, but possibly not the confidence. Costa comes from an impressive sports family.

 

To beat Calvary, a team must have patience as opponents have been kept to under a 40 point per game average, while the Eagles are averaging 50 per game.


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