MVCA Eagles look to soar in upcoming season
POLSON – Within the next several days, prep basketball teams across the Mission Valley will begin hitting the hardwood courts in preparation of the upcoming 2019-2020 high school basketball season.
The Mission Valley Christian Academy, a private school in Polson with a student body enrollment of 63, will suit up and debut their first-ever boys basketball squad.
Charles Lutz, an instructor at MVCA, was chosen by the school board to lead the Eagles in their inaugural season. Coach Lutz, who brings eight years of coaching experience to the new team, is super excited about the opportunity.
“I have a roster of seven players from seventh through twelfth grade,” said Lutz. “We are definitely building from the ground up. We have a few players that have some experience. For others, it’s the first time they have ever played basketball.”
Lutz said he is thrilled about his team’s growth potential and is looking forward to seeing how his team will come together during the season. Since last week, Lutz has been leading his boys through workouts to gear up for the Eagles season opener against Valley Christian JV in Missoula on Saturday, Dec. 7, with a tip-off at 2 p.m.
The MVCA Eagles will play an abbreviated 12-game season schedule against teams from Valley Christian, in Missoula; Stillwater Christian, in Kalispell, and a couple of Christian schools in Helena and Summit Prep in Kalispell. As the program grows, more schools and games will be placed on the schedule.
The Eagles won’t have any home games during the inaugural season on the MVCA campus because the school doesn’t have a gymnasium, but the team does plan on playing home games at the Glacier View Christian School’s gym in Pablo. According to Lutz, the main goals for this season are for the guys to bond, have fun and enjoy themselves.