For the ninth consecutive year, the Maranatha Christian Academy girls’ basketball team has advanced to the State Tournament. This year they won a hard-fought, physical game against Holy Family Catholic School in the Section Final in order to clinch their first appearance in Class AA.
The team, led by seniors Kylie Post (playing at U of MN-Crookston next year) and Jaclyn Jarnot (playing at Monmouth University next year), is deep and fast, yet in their Section Championship Game, they needed to adjust and play a slower methodical game and solid defense. With their hard work, tough schedule that prepared them for high-pressure games, and unwavering belief, they are looking to make a deep run in the tournament.
Congratulations to the Maranatha Christian Academy boys’ basketball team on being named the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Team Academic State Champions!
The team’s academic accomplishment will be displayed periodically on the scoreboard at the Target Center throughout the entire course of the state basketball tournament. In addition, certificates of achievement will be sent to all the participants of the State Championship Team.
Once again, congratulations to the team, school, coaches, and athletic department for promoting such quality student-athletes and for their Academic State Championship.
The Maranatha Christian Academy First Tech Challenge Robotics team, in only its second year, won the Minnesota State Championship and advanced to the North Super Regional competition to be held March 15-17 in Iowa! The team will compete against over 70 other teams from 9 different states. Good luck Mustang Gear Gang! We are so proud of your accomplishments.
The Maranatha girls basketball team defeated Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 78-55 to win its 100th straight MCAA conference game. Jaclyn Jarnot scored 27 points to lead the Mustangs in scoring. The Mustangs have qualified for the state tournament eight years in a row.
The administration of Maranatha Christian Academy officially will join the new Skyline Conference, which will begin play in the 2019-20 school year. The new conference will include Athletics, Activities and Fine Arts.
The eight schools in the new conference are Concordia Academy and Saint Agnes from the Tri Metro Conference, Maranatha, St. Croix Prep, New Life Academy and Trinity at River Ridge from the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, Cristo Rey Jesuit and Nova Classical Academy from the Twin Cities Athletic Conference.
The Mustangs are very appreciative of their time in the MCAA. Many strong relationships have been formulated over the years.
Why Change Conferences?
The move into the new conference will give MCA a chance to align themselves with schools that are similar in enrollment, activities and athletics offered and an opportunity to provide competition for our fine arts programs. Activities Director Larry Tate stated “This conference is comprised of schools that are projecting the same steady growth as MCA.”
What will stay the same?
Post season play will not change. Those assignments are governed by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL)
MCA will still maintain our current co-ops that we have in place.
MCA will still play in their assigned sections for athletics as appointed by the MSHSL
What are the next steps?
Maranatha will compete in the MCAA for the 2018-19 school year. During that time, the Activities/ Athletic Directors for the 8 schools will begin planning the new conference activities and events.
The mission of the Skyline Conference is to provide transformational education-based athletic and fine arts experiences for our students and communities of our member schools.