Former Hawk Filipe Gonçalves Named New Lady Hawks Head Coach

Filipe Gonçalves began his basketball career as a student-athlete at Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in 2011, when he left his home in Franca, Sao Paulo, Brazil to join the Hawks Boys Basketball team here in Chattanooga.

Now his story has come full circle as HHCA Head of School, Chun Shen, named Gonçalves as the new Head coach of the Hamilton Heights Lady Hawks Girls Basketball program.

“After a 2 year hiatus, Lady Hawks Basketball is back and we are extremely excited for Filipe to lead our team back to success,” said Shen. “As we searched for a new head coach to lead our restart, Filipe’s resume as a collegiate and professional player stood out, but what really sealed the deal was his history with our school and his passion to ensure our program and students succeed.”

While at Hamilton Heights, Filipe helped his team become NACA National Champions in 2012.

After graduating, Filipe went on to play at the collegiate level and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology in 2019 from Truett McConnell University. While at Truett McConnell, Filipe helped his team place 2nd in the AAC Conference in 2018 and was named All-Academic in 2018 and 2019.

Filipe then briefly played at the professional level for Liga Sorocabana de Basketball of the NBB in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil the summer after graduating college.

Afterward, Filipe returned to Chattanooga and currently serves as a Bilingual Social Counselor at the Hamilton County Health Department. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

“Hamilton Height Christian Academy is a special place for me, and I am excited to be a part of the HHCA athletics family again.,” Filipe said.

Filipe lives in Hixson with his wife, Abby, who is expecting their first child in May, and their Great Dane, Kobe. 

Hawks Victorious Over Tyner Academy

The Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Hawks Boys Basketball team traveled to Tyner Academy High School on Tuesday for a cross city contest against the very talented Rams.

The Hawks were able to walk away with a 64-49 win, bringing them to 5-8 on the season and putting a stop to a 6 game slide in a tough run of national competition.

“This is a much needed win and every one of our guys deserves some credit. We got just about everybody involved in the game, moved the ball well, were unselfish, and that showed in the end result” – Coach Stephen Cook

Camden Andrews was instrumental in the Hawks win, scoring 14 points and also creating opportunities for his teammates, finishing with 8 assists.

Bryson Andrews and Jordann Dumont each scored 15 points, with Dumont also pulling down 7 rebounds.

Somto Cyril had a great night on both ends of the floor, finishing with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

Champ Patterson provided the Hawks with 7 points and 3 rebounds, while also being an all around team player and having 4 assists and 2 steals.

Hamilton Heights now travels to Knoxville on Thursday night (1/13) to face a very talented, Bearden squad who is currently ranked 10th in the state.

Full Stats and Highlights available HERE

-Stat Recap

Jordann Dumont – 15 Points, 7 Rebounds

Cam Andrews – 14 Points (2/2 from 3), 8 Assists

Bryson Andrews – 15 points (5/8 from 3), 2 Assists

Somto Cyril – 9 Points, 9 rebounds, 6 Blocks

Champ Patterson – 7 Points, 3 Rebounds, 4 Assists

Aries Hull – 2 Points, 7 Rebounds

Max Slavic – 2 Points, 2 Rebounds

Liu Wins Gwinnett Tennis Thanksgiving Championships

Hamilton Heights tennis had a strong showing at the Gwinnett Tennis Thanksgiving Championships this past weekend in Lawrenceville, GA.

Yike Liu took home the title in the Boys’ 18 & under draw winning all 4 of his matches over the weekend. (R16 6-0, 6-3 | Quarterfinal 6-2, 6-1 | Semifinal 6-2, 6-0 | Final 6-1, 6-0)

Shufan Cai Finished 3rd in the Girls’ 16 & under draw, finishing strong after a disappointing 3rd set semifinal loss. (R32 6-0, 6-1 | R16 6-1, 6-2 | Quarterfinal 6-0, 6-2 | Semifinal 1-6, 6-4 [4-10] | 3rd Place Match 6-2, 6-0)

Yihe Zhang Won the consolation bracket of the Boys’ 18 & under Draw, bouncing back after a tough loss in his round of 16 match (R16 1-6, 6-2 [9-11] | C-Semi 6-3, 6-2 | C-Final 6-3, 6-5)

Andrews Brothers Lead Hawks to Record Setting Lighthouse Classic Victory

Camden Andrews and Bryson Andrews were spectacular on Saturday in a 87-73 Victory over Chicago Prep at the Lighthouse Classic in Corinth, MS. Camden had 17 assists and Bryson recorded 9 3’s, both single game records for the event.

The Hawks picked up a quality team win after a tough loss on Friday, and were led on the stat sheet by Jordann Dumont and Bryson Andrews. After the game, however, Coach Cook had the most praise for his teams ability to come together as a unit and take care of business on both ends of the court. He even spoke specifically about the defense of Aries Hull and Champ Patterson: “When Aries and Champ are locked in defensively, that’s when we are our best as a team. They make the game easier for their teammates.”

Hamilton Heights will now travel to Knoxville, TN on Monday 11/29 for a matchup against Knoxville Christian School.


-Camden set the Lighthouse Classic record for assists in a single game with an incredible 17 assists.

-Bryson tied the Lighthouse Classic record for made 3 pointers in a single game by knocking down 9 of them.

-As a team, the Hawks set the single game record for the most made 3 pointers with 15. This record lasted about 6 hours until CPA out of Nashville, TN hit 17 3’s in their game.

Top Performers

Jordann Dumont | 30 points, 8 Rebounds (50% from 3)

Camden Andrews | 17 Assists, 7 Rebounds

Bryson Andrews | 27 Points (56% from 3)

Somtochukwu Cyril | 12 Points, 11 Rebounds, 5 Blocks

Hawks Pull Out 2 Big Wins to Open Season

The Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Hawks kicked off the 2021-2022 Boys Basketball season over the weekend, picking up 2 big wins at the 8th Annual Hawks Havoc Classic.

In game one on Friday night, the Hawks defeated Southwest Ohio Prep 78-71. The Hawks were lead by Junior Jordann Dumont (26pts, 9 Reb) and Sophomore Somto Cyril (14reb, 9 Blocks).

Saturday saw the Hawks pull out an 85-82 Victory vs Franklin Prep Academy. Jordann Dumont once again paced the Hawks with 35 Points and 16 Rebounds, while Andrews brothers Camden (14pts, 11 reb, 5 ast) and Bryson (20pts, 50% from 3) also put together strong performances to help HHCA secure the win

The Hawks now look forward to the Lighthouse Classic in Corinth MS on November 26 & 27th.

2021-2022 Athletics Donation/Sponsorship Opportunities

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