BCCS

Basketball Playoffs!

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GPCSN in the SWCAC League:


Cheswick Christian Academy Middle School Boys end the regular season in first place. They’ll play 4th place Central Christian Academy in the quarterfinals. Winner of that game will play the winner of the matchup between Cornertstone Prep and Beaver County Christian School on Wednesday or Thursday. Winner of that game will advance to the championship at BCCS on Saturday, February 26 at 3pm.

Cheswick Christian Academy Varsity Girls end the regular season in third place. They’ll play their quarterfinal game at Beaver County Christian School on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 7pm against Jefferson County Christian. Winner of that game advances to the semifinals on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ Cornerstone Prep at 5pm vs Plants and Pillars Homeschool. Winner there advances to the Championships Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Beaver County Christian School at 5:15 pm.

Cheswick Christian Academy Varsity Boys end the regular season in second place. They’ll play their quarterfinal game at Portersville Christian School on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7pm. Winner of that game advances to the semifinals on Thursday, February 24, 2022 @ Portersville Christian School. Winner there advances to the Championships Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Beaver County Christian School at 7:15 pm.

Trinity Christian School Middle School Girls end the regular season in second place. They play in their quarterfinals Monday, February 21, 2022against Plants and Pillars Homeschool at TCS at 4pm. Winner of this game advances to the semifinals on Wednesday or Thursday at the higher seed’s home gym (TBD). Winner of that game plays in the Championships on Saturday, February 26 at BCCS at 1pm.

GPCSN in the SWPAA league:

Trinity Christian School Varsity Girls end the regular season in fifth place. They play in the quarterfinals Monday, February 21, 2022 against Calvary Chapel at BCCS at 3pm. Winner of this game advances to the semifinals on Wednesday at 5pm, also at BCCS. And winner of that game goes to the Championships Friday, February 25 at Cornerstone Prep at 6pm.

Trinity Christian School Varsity Boys end the regular season in first place. They earned a first-round bye and will jump right to the semifinals on Wednesday at BCCS at 6:30pm, opponent TBD. Winner of that game moves on to the Championships at Cornerstone Prep at 7:30pm on Friday, February 25.

GPCSN Recognized for Supporting School Choice

As Pennsylvanians, we appreciate the ways our state recognizes school choice. One way PA helps Pennsylvania’s children is with the EITC! Watch the video to learn more. This is a program that could help your child attend a private school OR a way you can help create private school scholarships if you owe PA income tax! Go here to learn more!

Varsity Soccer WPIAL Playoffs

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Find a wholesome environment and competitive athletics at Christian schools!

Trinity Christian School, Beaver County Christian School, and Eden Christian Academy Varsity Boys Soccer Teams are all going to the playoffs!

Eden finished the regular season in 2nd Place in their Section and are ranked 5th in Class 1 A for the playoffs!
Trinity finished the regular season in 2nd Place in their Section and are ranked 6th in Class 1A for the playoffs!
BCCS finished the regular season in 3rd Place in their Section and are ranked 13th in Class 1A for the playoffs!

Eden has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at Mars High School.
Trinity has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at Fox Chapel High School
BCCS has their first round playoff game at 6pm on Tuesday, October 26, at South Park High School.


Tickets are required and should be purchased online! There will be no student tickets at the gate. Tickets are $7.


Here’s the whole championship bracket


Here’s an explanation of Sections and Classes:

Classification is determined by the number of students in a high school. In soccer, the largest class is 4A (think schools the size of Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, or Penn Trafford). Trinity, Eden, and Beaver County Christian School are all in 1A.

In Class 1A, Trinity is grouped in Section 2, and as such, plays the teams in Section 2 twice a season and those games determine their record. (In other words, those are their conference games.) In Section 2, they came in 2nd place, after Greensburg Central Catholic, with a conference record of 6-3-1. (6 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie.)

BCCS is grouped in Section 1. In Section 1, they came in 3rd place with a conference record of 5-5.
Eden is grouped in Section 3. In Section 3, they came in 2nd with a conference record of 10-2.

In all of Class 1A (all teams listed in the chart below), Trinity Christian School is ranked 6th out of the 16 teams who made it to the playoffs. They will be playing Riverside (ranked 11th with a record of 5-5-0). BCCS is ranked 13th and will be playing Bentworth (ranked 4th with a record of 9-0-1). Eden is ranked 5th and will be playing Serra Catholic (ranked 12th with a record of 5-3-2).

The bracket shows the path to the WPIAL Championship (likely on November 5 at 8pm but subject to change) at Highmark Stadium where the Riverhounds play.  

The H in Pittsburgh and the G in Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network

You might notice that some of our logos just say Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network while other of our artwork says Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network. The why is probably pretty obvious: As an organization we realized that we represent towns from all over the GREATER Pittsburgh region. In fact, while students who live in the city definitely do attend our schools, even using their school’s school buses, we currently have no school in the city! Christian schools surround the city! Some are pretty close to city borders, like Pittsburgh Urban Christian School in Wilkinsburg or Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills, and some reach students from further north or east like Cheswick Christian Academy and Greater Works Christian School. And finally, Penn Christian Academy in Butler and Beaver County Christian School reach even further north (and east or west, respectively) into Butler and Beaver County and beyond! If you live in or near Pittsburgh, there is a Christian school for you!

But what about the name Pittsburgh? Why the H?

On November 27, 1758, British General John Forbes sent a letter to William Pitt telling him that a city had been named for him: Pittsbourgh. Prior to that, the French had claimed the area and constructed a fort at the point where the three rivers meet, which they named Fort Duquesne. In 1758, they burned Fort Duquesne as they were being forced out by the British, and the fort that would replace it, which we can still visit as a museum, is still called Fort Pitt.

In 1891, however the United States Board on Geographic Names, in an attempt to standardize addresses, declared the -h to be dropped at the end of -burgh names. Fortunately, Pittsburghers mainly refused to use the new official spelling. Eventually on July 19, 1911, the board restored the official name to Pittsburgh to appease the masses. Yay!



NCSAA Track and Field Championships

Beaver County Christian School, Cheswick Christian Academy, and Trinity Christian School track teams are competing today at Geneva College in the NCSAA Track and Field Championships.

You can watch the Livestream here: https://www.hvproductions.net/live

And follow the results here: http://results.tfmeetpro.com/MACFAT_LLC/2021_NCSAA_Track_and_Field_Championships

*photos by Evelyn Etheridge

2021 Mini Meet at Beaver County Christian School

On Monday, May 17, Beaver County Christian School hosted a track mini meet at Geneva College with four middle school teams: Beaver County Christian School, Trinity Christian School, Redeemer Lutheran School, and Rhema Christian School. The weather was perfect and the runners and fielders were on their game!

For Boys, the two Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network teams placed first and second: Beaver County Christian School took first place and Trinity Christian School took second!
For Girls, Rhema took first place and Beaver County Christian School took second!


Some highlights:

First place in the girls 1600 (that’s a mile!) was Trinity Christian School’s Eilidh Edgar, whose time was 6:23.84!
Second place went to Alyson Stepp from Rhema (6:34.65).
Also placing from GPCSN, Beaver County Christian School’s Ella Michalik took third with 6:40.91 and Joy Detrow took fifth.
Our girls had a great race!

For the Boys 1600, Beaver County Christian School had an amazing showing! First, second, and sixth places all went to BCCS brothers, first place Eli Bosch (who ran a mile in 5:35.86!), second place Ty Bosch who ran his mile in 5:40.44, and sixth place Jonah Bosch who came in at 6:18.78! BCCS had one more runner placing, Rocco Desarbo in fourth at 5:48.43.

Trinity Christian School also placed in the Boys 1600. Tobey Brown came in third at 5:41.00 and Silas Bolen came in fifth at 6:18.71!



You’ll also see a lot of Greater Pittsburgh Christian Schools Network Representation in the hurdles:

MS GIRLS 30″
lanetimeplacename
1
2
320.752Rachel Baird (BCCS)
420.531Ella Michalik (BCCS)
521.564Millie Francona (BCCS)
623.94Anika Van Wyk (RLS)
722.756Tabby Hogan (Rhema)
MS GIRLS 30″
lanetimeplacename
1
2
322.91Anna Witterman(BCCS)
421.785Alaina Desarbo(BCCS)
5Sydney Vescio(BCCS)
621.473Mimi Chamberlain(Rhema)
MS BOYS 30″
lanetimeplacename
122.314Jonah Bosch (BCCS)
231.00Luke Volger (TCS)
329.81Jake Miller (TCS)
421.753Ty Bosch (BCCS)
520.311Eli Bosch (BCCS)
621.372Luke Schellhase (TCS)
723.255Isaiah Galvas (TCS)
824.226Kian Wilsey (BCCS)

The other GPCSN first and second places of the day:

100m Girls
Rachel Baird (BCCS) took second place with a time of 13.93

100m Boys
Robert McMahan (BCCS) took first place with a time of 13.05
Nahum Fu (TCS) took second place with a time of 13.94

4x100m Boys
BCCS (Rocco, Tyler, Nolan, Robert) took first place with a time of 55.72

400m Girls
Zephaniah Scott (TCS) took first place with a time of 1:03.69
Eilidh Edgar (TCS) took second place with a time of 1:08.62
400m Boys
Nolan McKinney (BCCS) took first place with a time of 1:03.66
Luke Kost (TCS) took second place with a time of 1:05.69
800m Girls
Elilidh Edgar (TCS) took first place with a time of 3.01.69
800m Boys
Rocco Desarbo (BCCS) took first place with a time of 2:37.21
Eli Bosch (BCCS) took second place with a time of 2:41.50
200m Girls
Zephaniah Scott (TCS) took first place with a time of 28.10
200m Boys
Robert McMahan (BCCS) took first place with a time of 27.16
Liam Birchler (BCCS) took second place with a time of 30.07

4x400m Relay Boys
Silas Bolen, Tobey Brown, Isaiah Galvas, and Luke Kost (TCS) took first
BCCS took second

SMR: 100/100/200/400 Girls
BCCS Girls took first with a time of 2:14.93
SMR: 100/100/200/400 Boys
BCCS (Rocco, Tyler, Nolan, Robert) took first with a time of 2:08.84
BCCS (Liam, Eli, Ethan, Josiah) took second with a time of 2:11.50
Triple Jump Girls
Julia McChesney (BCCS) took first
Ella Michalik (BCCS) took second
Triple Jump Boys
Robert McMahan (BCCS) took first
Andrew Kickasdola (BCCS) took second

Long Jump Boys
Robert McMahan (BCCS)took first
Liam Birchler (BCCS) took second

Discus Boys
Mike Lanigan (BCCS) took second

Shot Put Boys
Nolan McKinney (BCCS) took second

TurboJav Boys
Nolan McKinney (BCCS) took first
Mike Lanigan (BCCS) took second


There’s one more big invitational coming up on Saturday, May 22, where these two schools (as well as Cheswick Christian Academy) will face each other again! Have fun at the NCSAA Track and Field Championship!

*Stats from Beaver County Christian School Athletic Director

2021 SWCAC Invitational Results and Record Breakers

SWCAC sent our athletic directors a wrap up from the invitational on Tuesday, May 11 at Geneva College.
Beaver County Christian School had five record breakers and Trinity Christian School had one as well!
See here for all the results!

New Records Set:

Junior High Girls
100m Hurdles-Lara DeFazio, Rhema 13.68
400m Relay-Rhema 1:00.31
1600m Relay-Rhema 5:03.78
Long Jump-Lara DeFazio, Rhema 15’1″
High Jump-Lara DeFazio, Rhema 4’6″ tied Piper MacFarland
Shot Put-Ruth Bartley, Plants and Pillars 32′ 3.5″
Discus-Juila McChesney, Beaver County Christian School 64″


High School Girls
100m Hurdles-Aubrey Rorick, Plants and Pillars 17.52
1600m-Jenna Hartman, Plants and Pillars 6:11.31
Sprint Medley-Beaver County Christian School 2:14.19
3200m-Jenna Hartman, Plants and Pillars 14:00.29
1600m relay-Plants and Pillars 5:09.43
800m-Jenna Hartman, Plants and Pillars 2:48.56
Triple Jump, Ann Marie Jerome, Plants and Pillars 30’5″
High Jump-Emma Shashura, Calvary Chapel 4’6″
Discus-Hannah Mastro, Robinson Twp. 83’3″


Junior High Boys
110m Hurdles-Nathaniel Smauss, Robinson Twp. 18.88
1600m-Tobey Brown, Trinity Christian School 5:46
400m Relay-Plants and Pillars 54.35
800m-Rocco DeSarbo Beaver County Christian School 2:36.05
1600m Relay-Plants and Pillars 4:31.66
High Jump-Rocco DeSarbo, Beaver County Christian School 5′


High School Boys
110m Hurdles-Aiden Rorick, Plants and Pillars 16.75
1600m-Amos Ramsey, Plants and Pillars 4:44.65
400m-Amos Ramsey, Plants and Pillars 53.19
300m Hurdles Aiden Rorick, Plants and Pillars 46.26
800m Amos Ramsey, Plants and Pillars 2:10.09
3200m- Julian Kroger, Beaver County Christian School 11:50.55
1600m relay-Plants and Pillars 3:55.66
Triple Jump-Amos Ramsey, Plants and Pillars 37’4.5″
High Jump-Aiden Rorick, Plants and Pillars 6′
Discus-Jadon Ruby Calvary Chapel 110″

Churches Partnering With Parents

“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”

Psalm 78:4


As Christians, we all know what we are supposed to do: raise up the children in our homes and our churches in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The question becomes, how? We know pastors preaching the word faithfully is of utmost importance. But for the children in your church, school takes up most of their time. Beyond Sunday, how can the church best help her families who choose public school, home school, or Christian school?

If you have children in your church who go to public school, the church can equip those families with assistance throughout the week. Maybe you could supply your parents with devotionals, or serve the kids with youth groups, small groups, after-school tutoring, and more. Maybe your church could pray regularly for the schools in your neighborhood. Or maybe churches could step in and help families move on to homeschooling or Christian schooling if their public school isn’t the best fit!

Perhaps your church already has some homeschoolers. There are a lot of ways you could help here, too. Perhaps you throw social events in your fellowship hall (swing dancing, anyone?) or educational seminars in your auditorium. Or you offer your building affordably — or free — for co-ops to meet there regularly. Maybe it’s as simple as connecting a child who would love to learn to sew with a woman who could teach it. Maybe the budget is extra tight for a one-income homeschooling family and your church can purchase some books — or start a church library for all of your children.

And perhaps your church has children who go to Christian school — or some who would love to. While Christian schools are often the first choice a lot of parents would make, like homeschooling it is not always the easiest choice financially. Perhaps this is one great place where the church can really help. I know some of our students attend churches who give scholarships to any member’s child who wants to attend Christian school. Maybe your church could do that: Count the children of your church — how much could you afford to give toward each of these children’s education, even just for next year? A couple hundred dollars? Five hundred? A thousand? MORE? Or maybe your church wants to choose a nearby school to adopt — your church could pray regularly for this school and your members could surprise teachers with encouragement: Donuts. Lunch. Books. (This works also for public schools! But I am thinking about the smaller salaries many Christian school teachers accept as part of the many efforts to help keep down tuition for students.) Or perhaps you have a great gym, soccer field, or bus (and a licensed bus driver in your congregation) that you could share with a school. Buses cost a lot of money for schools to transport kids to sporting events! This might be something a church would never think of, but it could be a huge blessing to the kids in your congregation and their schools!

There are challenges to all three types of schooling and there are many ways churches can support all parents. These are just a few. If you have any other ideas, leave a comment for all to see and consider! Or leave a comment about successful ways your church already partners with parents — you just might help other churches look at this in a new way!

And if you are a part of a church in the Greater Pittsburgh Area seeking new ways to support Christian education, contact us if you would like to be connected to a Christian school near you!

GPCSN Represented at the 14th Annual Robinson Township Christian School Invite

Cheswick Christian Academy, Beaver County Christian School, and Trinity Christian School faced each other and several other schools at the first big invitational of the season on May 1, 2021.

See here for the results! These teams hope to meet each other again a few more times this Spring!

Notable news for GPCSN: Beaver County Christian School middle school boys took first place in that division! And their high school girls took second place that division!