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Monday, April 19, 2010
Potential basketball players at North Florida Christian School can no longer hide. The incoming Dean of Students will also be the next Eagles boys basketball coach.
The school announced this week Matt Ruta will return to Florida to coach the team. Ruta has won 40 games coaching at Sherwood Christian Academy in Albany, Ga. the past two years.
More than 40 people applied for the position, but Ruta was the only candidate who was interviewed said NFC athletic director Mike Posey. The school attempted to hire Ruta following the 2009 season, but he decided to remain in Albany, where he took his Eagles to an appearance in the Class AA quarterfinals.
"We've had our girls team that has been strong over the years," Posey said. "We feel like we can compete in boys. We feel like we need to work at it. Like any sport, it takes a lot of commitment. I think Coach Ruta will do a good job. We're competing against some good teams in our district."
If NFC is to overtake Maclay and Jefferson County in District 4-2A this winter, Ruta said it will start with a summer conditioning program and the implementation of his system."I want to develop young men," Ruta said. "We're going to worry about character first and winning games second. But, I don't want to downplay the winning part. If you develop young men, and do it the right way, then you will win. The winning will follow the character development."
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
The Eagles closed out late with the win as Brannan Anthony led the way with 20 points, followed by Wesley Pittman (16), Gary Holloway (13) and John Schramm (10).Sherwood now is 17-6 and will play Tuesday’s Valwood-Windsor winner in the GISA Region 3-AA tourney at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at home. SCA coac Matt Ruta was pleased with Saturday’s win.“It was good,” Ruta said. “We lost a tough one Friday against Fullington. The kids did a good job bouncing back and showed a lot of heart and character. It was senior night so it was good to get them out on a high note and I was just pleased with everybody. We even led by 16 at one point.”
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Alex Harrell and Gary Holloway scored 15 points each in the first half as the Eagles roared to a 45-25 lead at the intermission and finished the regular season unbeaten in region play to lock up the No. 1 seed with a 77-49 romp past Southwest Georgia Academy on Tuesday.
Harrell finished with 23 points and Holloway added 20 as the Eagles closed the regular season at 16-5 and 8-0 in GISA Region 3-AA play.
“That first half shows you how we are capable of playing if we put together a complete game,” SCA coach Matt Ruta said. “If we can play at that level of effort and intensity we can hang with anybody.”
With the region tournament set to begin next week at Sherwood, Ruta couldn’t have gotten a better effort from his team.
The Eagles kept that 20-point cushion for most of the second half before SGA, which fell to 9-13 and 3-4, narrowed the gap to 14 points, 57-43 with six minutes remaining. But Wesley Pittman, who finished with 17 points, canned three straight 3-pointers during a 16-2 run to spark SCA to 73-45 advantage with 3:10 remaining.
Ruta then pulled his entire five off the floor.
“I feel every game is an opportunity to get better and we got better (Tuesday night),” the coach said. “We built some confidence and we built some depth, which is exactly what we need headed into the region tournament.”
Danny Doster led SGA with 14 points and Parker Adams chipped in with 11.
The Region 3-AA tournament will be played at SCA beginning next Tuesday with a play-in game between Windsor and a team yet to be determined. Sherwood will play the winner of that game Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The region championship games will be played Friday at Darton College.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
At 5-0 in Region 3-AA, it would take an awfully lot of bad things to happen for Sherwood not to win its first region championship since 2004.This after the Eagles survived Tiftarea, 63-58, on Friday night to seize control of 3-AA — with just three region games left to play before hosting the tournament in mid-February.“Big win,” said SCA coach Matt Ruta, whose team has won 12 of its last 14 games after starting the year 1-2. “We beat them by one earlier this year. It’s just a big, big win for this program.”The three remaining opponents for SCA — which was led Friday by Wesley Pittman and Gary Holloway’s 12 points each, followed by Brannan Anthony with 11 — the Eagles have already beaten.But Ruta’s not ready to crown his kids just yet.“Well, one of those (games) is against SGA (which we went to double overtime with) and another is with Valwood, who just got a transfer from Valdosta High who scored 25 the other night in a win against Tiftarea,” he said. “So nothing’s certain, but we like where we’re at for sure.”The SCA girls, meanwhile, were routed by Tiftarea (17-1, 4-0), 73-29, behind 15 points from star Courtney Albritton. Kaylee Dixon and Emilee Cook each scored six for SCA (7-9, 3-2).
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
SATURDAY SHERWOOD BOYS 50, WESTWOOD 25:
The Eagles had no trouble Saturday, beating Westwood for the second time this season. Though. SCA coach Matt Ruta wasn’t exactly pleased with the effort one night after what he called his team’s most complete game of the season in a win against Southland on the road. “I think we were tired,” said Ruta, whose record is now 11-4 overall. “We got up big by halftime and led by about 25 or 30 going into the fourth quarter. I guess we played OK.” John Schramm led SCA with 15 points, followed by Wesley Pittman with 10. Jake Kotter and Mason Jones each led Westwood with 6. If SCA can beat SGA on Tuesday in its region showdown, the Eagles will be alone in first place. SGA comes into the game 2-0 in region, while Sherwood is 3-0.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
In a hard-fought game by both teams, Tiftarea missed two shots within the final 10 seconds, either of which would've beaten Sherwood as the Eagles improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in GISA Region 3-AA.Tiftarea saw the return of one of its star players, Wes Carter, who scored 13 points and missed one of those final shots that could've upset SCA. Sumner McWhorter led with way for Tift with 18 points.But it wasn't enough as the Eagles had three players break double figures.Brannan Anthony and Gary Holloway paced Sherwood with 16 points each, followed by Wesley Pittman's 14.The game, however, shoudn't have ever been as close as it was. Sherwood more than once had leads of 13 points or better and couldn't hang on."I told the guys afterward I wasn't real happy about this win because we continue to get big leads and fail to close it out," SCA coach Matt Ruta said. "Playing well for three quarters isn't gonna cut it." Tiftarea missed a running shot in the lane in the final seconds that would've put it ahead by one point, then both teams scrambled for a loose ball, prompting a jump ball. Tift got control of the ball and popped it out to Carter, who couldn't connect on the last-second miracle."We defended it well," Ruta said of the last shot. "It was a hard shot from a bad angle. It was one of those where (everyone in the gym) would've been impressed if he could've made it."
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
SCA BOYS 64, ARCHBISHOP CARROLL 56: The Eagles’ Wesley Pittman made seven 3-pointers, including two during a game-turning stretch, and finished with 23 points in an Orlando, Fla., tournament. “We came out strong,” Sherwood coach Matt Ruta said. “We led, 24-9, after the first quarter and we were up 20 in the third, but we kind of relaxed after that and they came back. After they got within six, Wesley made a couple of big 3-pointers and we held them off.” John Schramm scored 13 for the Eagles (5-2), followed by Brannan Anthony with 11 and Gary Holloway with 10. Sherwood plays an undetermined opponent at 6:15 p.m. today AMERICAN HERITAGE BOYS 66, SCA 50: A brief lapse in the second quarter proved costly for the Eagles in an Orlando, Fla., tournament. “We were winning the game, 23-20, about halfway through the second quarter and they went on something like a 13-0 run on us,” said Eagles coach Matt Ruta, whose team’s record is 5-3. “We played toe-to-toe with them the rest of the way, but we just couldn’t execute at times when it really counted.” Sherwood was led by Gary Holloway with 12 points, followed by Brannan Anthony with 10 and Wesley Pittman with nine. Sherwood plays East River for third place at 6:15 p.m. today in Orlando SCA BOYS 58, EAST RIVER 47: In an Orlando, Fla., tourney, the Eagles clinched third place and Wesley Pittman was named to the All-Tournament team. Pittman scored 19 Wednesday, followed by Brannan Anthony with 10 and Pete McSwain with nine. “We were up by 20 at one point, so we need to do a better job closing out games,” Sherwood coach Matt Ruta said. “Overall we played well, but I’d just like to see us cruise down the stretch next time.” Sherwood’s record is 6-3.