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No sooner had fall seasons wrapped up, than the winter sports seasons officially started. Everest Collegiate High School & Academy has athletes playing on 17 sports teams this winter including basketball, bowling, and cheerleading.

The 2018-19 seasons marks the return of the EC competitive cheer team. Head coach Nancy Burgess said, “I am very excited to share we have eight girls committed to bringing the sport back!  We are currently working hard on learning the fundamentals, and we will be ready to compete in our first competition by mid-January.  We are currently planning on competing in the CHSL championships as well as three other invitationals to be eligible for our District meet on February 16 at Vassar.”

Everest is grateful for all the parents, faculty & staff, and friend of Everest who have stepped up to coach the Mountaineers this season. Once again this season, Everest has alumni returning to coach. Richie Cross, class of 2013, and Mary Jo Allen, class of 2014, will both be returning to the Mountaineer court as coaches.

Richie had this today say about the upcoming season. “We are looking forward to a season full of competitive learning, hard work, and the ultimate goal of forming strong young men on and off the floor.”

Head coach Erin Van Wagoner had this to say, “The season looks promising for the EC girls basketball team this year. With 22 players, we are one of the only Catholic league teams that will field a JV squad this season. This allows younger players the opportunity to gain valuable game experience and improve as they compete throughout the season. The varsity team is led by solid senior leadership this year by: Katelyn Allen, Serra Lowney, Grace Lowney, Kateri Thibodeau, Kendall Beauchamp, and Leah Radich.”

Coach Van Wagoner is, “looking forward to coaching this team and seeing them come together to accomplish great things this season. They are a talented group with many of the girls playing together since elementary school. They have worked hard during the off season and I hope their dedication is rewarded this season especially for our seniors.”

The academy teams are also looking forward to the season. Dave Berney will be coaching the 4/5/6 girls black team and said, “We are very excited for this year and looking forward to whatever God has planned for this team.”

One of Everest’s hallmarks is athletics played with purpose. Mountaineers work as a team on and off the court. Coach Haezebrouck’s 8th grade boys basketball team worked together on an apostolic project with parent volunteers Ann-Marie Neme and Jen Engle. The team made 125 lunches for “Detroit’s Treasures,” the homeless in Detroit.

The EC boys varsity kicks of their season on Thursday, November 29 at Oakland Christian. Come support them at their home opener on Friday, November 30. The EC girls begin their season also at Oakland Christian on Monday, December 3.  The girls’ home opener will be Thursday, December 6. Go Mountaineers!