Bethel JV wins State Championship


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Bethel Christian Academy Junior Varsity basketball team members pose for a photo with their State Championship trophy and net. Pictured, back row, from left: JV Head Coach Daryl Cook, Levi Miller, Brandon Goostree, Zachary Miller, Caleb Rearden, and Coach Jason Miller. Front row, from left: Caleb Taylor, Josh Ammons, Bryson Lowe, and Matthew Rusciano.


For the first time ever, Bethel Christian Academy’s Junior Varsity boys basketball team has won the KCAA State Championship.

The Bethel JV Boys team—consisting of freshmen and sophomores from Grayson and Breckinridge counties—won a three-game tournament held over the course of two days (Feb. 19 and 20) at Somerset.

Bethel defeated teams out of Louisville, Lexington, and Covington during the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals of the 2015-2016 tournament.

In the finals, Bethel defeated Highlands, 48-30, to secure the school’s first State Championship since its Varsity team won in 1988.

“It’s rewarding because we’re a small, rural school, and we routinely compete against schools several times our size,” said Bethel Christian Academy Principal and JV Coach Jason Miller of the championship. “We have a good bunch of kids this year. They play well together and have great teamwork.”

In addition to the tournament win, Zach Miller, of Bethel, was named the KCAA Boys JV State Tournament MVP.

Also, Bethel JV Team members Josh Ammons and Bryson Lowe were named to the 2015-16 KCAA Boys Junior Varsity All-Tournament team.

“We’re proud of our guys, their hard work and dedication,” said Head Bethel JV Coach Daryl Cook.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Bethel Christian Academy Junior Varsity basketball team members pose for a photo with their State Championship trophy and net. Pictured, back row, from left: JV Head Coach Daryl Cook, Levi Miller, Brandon Goostree, Zachary Miller, Caleb Rearden, and Coach Jason Miller. Front row, from left: Caleb Taylor, Josh Ammons, Bryson Lowe, and Matthew Rusciano.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Bethel-Championship.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette The Bethel Christian Academy Junior Varsity basketball team members pose for a photo with their State Championship trophy and net. Pictured, back row, from left: JV Head Coach Daryl Cook, Levi Miller, Brandon Goostree, Zachary Miller, Caleb Rearden, and Coach Jason Miller. Front row, from left: Caleb Taylor, Josh Ammons, Bryson Lowe, and Matthew Rusciano.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

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