CCA boys aiming to build on last season’s success

CCA senior Tate Wickes will be a major factor in the Cougars' success this season. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

CCA senior Tate Wickes will be a major factor in the Cougars’ success this season. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Jason Kostecki and his Crossroads Charter Academy basketball team are ready to take the court once again.

Kostecki enters his ninth season as varsity coach of the Cougars, who look to build on last season’s 14-10 record.

The Cougars averaged 56.4 points per game last season, while giving up 46.7 points.

They finished tied with Brethren in the West Michigan D League conference standings with a 10-6 record.

CCA defeated McBain Northern Michigan Christian 53-47 in the Class D district finals to clinch a district championship. The Cougars advanced to the regional semifinals before falling to Fulton 60-46.

Leading the charge for CCA will be senior Tate Wickes, who returns for his third varsity season.

Joining Wickes as key returners are seniors Josh DeBruil and Levi Davis, sophomores Britton Angell and Jackson Wickes.

“We’ve got a good group coming back,” Kostecki said. “A good mix of older and younger guys. Tate is a three-year varsity guy and Josh gave us some real good minutes down the stretch.”

Sophomore Ethan Davis figures to make an impact on the team as a first-year varsity player.

“He played well for junior varsity last season,” Kostecki said. “We’re looking forward to him stepping up and doing good things.”

After participating in their first scrimmage of the season, Kostecki liked what he saw from the Cougars.

“We look good right now,” Kostecki said. “The first scrimmage we looked good. There are things we need to work on. There’s a lot of excitement around the program.
“In order to get a conference championship we need to practice harder than we did last season.”

CCA hosts McBain at 7 p.m. Tuesday in its first game of the season.

“They have a good player coming back,” Kostecki said. “It should be a good test for us to start and see how things go.”

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