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The Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg Rams junior varsity and varsity basketball teams are coached by Karl Pitzer and Cory Robinson. The varsity team is led by junior Zach Gray, whose exuberance infects the team and the crowd. The JV squad leaders are sophomores Mathew Robinson and Forest Bowman, while eighth-grader Dillon Harper brings excitement from outside the 3-point arc. Of the 15 players for JV and varsity combined, six are new to Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg basketball. These teams are a blend of old and new, and the chemistry works well.
While both CAL teams started their seasons with losses to Bourbon County, they have since improved to 6-4 for the varsity and 4-2 for the junior varsity.
Gray frequently leads all scorers for varsity; however, Nathan Pitzer, the only senior, has wrested that honor from Gray a few times. Other players taking their turn at the top include junior Michael Kuiper,Robinson and Bowman.
This year, the varsity team has tremendous depth, and all players are making significant contributions to each game. Every game, the Rams spread the scoring. Second-chance baskets have improved on both Nathan Pitzer’s and freshman Jason Smith’s rebounding. Gray and Bowman block shots and kick the ball out for the transition score.
This week’s varsity schedule includes Madison at 8:30pm on Friday, Dec. 3; CCHE at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 4; and Tabernacle Nicholasville at 7:00pm on Tuesday, December 7.
Robinson, Harper, and freshman Evan McCreary are all deep threats for the junior varsity games. While Robinson and Harper generally lead all scorers, Smith, freshman Clay Ruble and seventh grader Ben Pinkston have all led one game each.
Other than Harper, the JV team does not include middle school players. Because the JV team is also part of the varsity team, it is no surprise that the depth enjoyed by the varsity is also available to the JV.
The scoring and rebounding are spread amongst the team as the Rams work well together and play tough every game.