Author: tony.williams@hamiltonheights.net

Soaring High: Hamilton Heights Hawks Midseason Review

The Hamilton Heights Boys Basketball program has been lighting up the courts in the first half of the 2023-2024 season, showcasing an impressive 14-2 record and a team effort that has fans and opponents alike taking notice. Despite facing early setbacks, the Hawks, under the leadership of Coach Stephen Cook, have rallied and grown stronger, building a culture centered around teamwork and making the most of every moment.

Overcoming Adversity:

The journey for the Hawks this season has not been without challenges. Losing the very first game of the season to TSF and enduring a heartbreaking one-point overtime defeat to rival Christian Heritage School could have derailed their momentum. However, the team rallied, learning valuable lessons from these experiences and emerging stronger. Coach Cook’s motto, “Anything Lost can be found again, except time wasted,” reflects the team’s resilience and determination to make every moment count.

Individual Achievements:

The Hawks have seen standout performances from several key players, contributing to the team’s success:

  • Bryson Andrews: The sharpshooter not only helped the team achieve a remarkable 14-2 record but also broke the school record for the most made 3-pointers in a career. Andrews has sunk 251 threes in his career as a Hawk, shooting at an impressive 39% from beyond the arc this season.
  • Viktor Mikic: Making history with a single-game record of 23 rebounds against TSF, Mikic leads the Hawks in rebounds, averaging 10.9 per game. His dominance on the boards has been a crucial factor in the team’s success.
  • Kevin de Kovachich: Leading the team in scoring with an average of 16 points per game, de Kovachich is not only a scoring threat but also contributes with 5 assists and 3 steals per game, showcasing his versatility on the court.
  • Habeeb Yusuf: A defensive force, Yusuf leads the Hawks with an impressive 50 blocks on the season, averaging 5.6 blocks per game over the last 8 games.
  • Vito Perkovic: The 6’10” forward has been a key contributor, averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds per game while showcasing his shooting prowess with a 37% accuracy from beyond the arc.
  • Kamai Samuels: The sophomore guard has been an all-around player, averaging 15 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals per game, demonstrating his impact on both ends of the court.

Looking Ahead:

The Hawks are on an impressive 6-game win streak, outscoring opponents by an average of 83-65. As they head into the second half of the season, their sights are set on maintaining the momentum. With upcoming events like the FriendshipCars.com Virginia Invitational and the Dr. Pepper Classic, the team has opportunities to further solidify their dominance on the court.

The first half of the 2023-2024 season for the Hamilton Heights Hawks has been a rollercoaster of challenges and triumphs. With a resilient spirit, exceptional individual performances, and a strong team ethos, the Hawks are not just winning games; they are making a statement in high school basketball. As they continue their journey, fans can expect more thrilling moments and impressive victories from this dynamic and determined team.

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Gears Up for Girls Basketball Season with a Blend of Seasoned Veterans and International Talent

Chattanooga, TN – 11/14/23

As Hamilton Heights Christian Academy eagerly anticipates the commencement of the 2023 girls’ basketball season, the Lady Hawks showcase a formidable roster featuring a mix of seasoned returners and promising international additions. The team’s rich legacy, combined with the infusion of new talent, sets the stage for an exhilarating journey under the leadership of Head Coach Melvin Williams.

Key Returners: The Lady Hawks welcome back a trio of standout seniors who played pivotal roles in the team’s success last season. Elivia Moore, a senior sharpshooter, led the team in made 3-pointers and points per game, showcasing her scoring prowess from beyond the arc. Elena Jugovic, another senior, brings a versatile skill set, dominating the paint with her rebounding and shot-blocking abilities while displaying finesse with mid-range shots. Dy’Hasia Hickman, a senior forward, is a defensive force, excelling in rebounding and providing her team with crucial possessions.

New Additions to Watch: Hamilton Heights welcomes a number of impressive new additions to the Lady Hawks roster, each bringing a unique set of skills to complement the team’s existing strengths. Tanah Becker, a senior point guard hailing from Canada, is poised to be the fire starter for the Lady Hawks. Becker’s scoring ability at all three levels and playmaking skills will add a dynamic dimension to the team’s offensive strategy. Joining the team from France, Aisse Coulibaly, a junior, is a versatile scorer who can make an impact at multiple levels. Her international experience and scoring prowess make her a player to watch as the Lady Hawks seek to elevate their game. Troyate Faye, a junior center from France, brings a physical presence to the paint, excelling in rebounding and finishing at the basket. Faye’s tenacity and skill in the key areas of the game promise to fortify the Lady Hawks’ interior game.

Meet Head Coach Melvin Williams: The 2023 season marks the beginning of a new era under the guidance of the esteemed Head Coach, Melvin Williams. With over 25 years of coaching experience at all levels of high school and college basketball, Coach Williams brings a wealth of knowledge and a proven track record of success. His coaching journey includes two stints at Division I schools, Mississippi Valley State University and Alabama A&M, as well as an extended tenure at Chattanooga State Community College in Chattanooga where he honed his skills and developed a winning reputation.

Connect With Us: As the Lady Hawks embark on this exciting journey, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy invites the community to rally behind the team. Stay connected with the Lady Hawks @hhhawksgbb on all social media channels for updates, highlights, and exclusive content as the team aims for success in the upcoming season.

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Sabrina Hickman Named as Volleyball Head Coach

Sabrina Hickman has been named as the new head coach of the Hamilton Heights Lady Hawks Volleyball Team.

“Coach H” brings multiple years of coaching experience to the Lady Hawks and has already gotten to work building her team for the upcoming season.

The Lady Hawks kick off the 2023 Season on August 17 against CSLA.

Melvin Williams Brings Years of Experience to the Lady Hawks

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy has named Melvin Williams as the new Head Coach of the Hamilton Heights Girls Basketball Program. 

Williams brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Lady Hawks, at all levels of High School, and College Basketball, including multiple years of coaching at the Division I level. 

Prior to arriving at HHCA, Coach Williams was assistant womens’ basketball coach at Mississippi Valley State University for 2 years. That two-year stint at MVSU followed after a three-year stint at SWAC counterpart Alabama A&M where he served as an assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs from 2010-13. From April to May of 2013, Williams worked as the team’s interim head coach. In his time at A&M, he helped the Lady Bulldogs excel on the court and in the classroom, as the team was recognized for having the highest grade point average in the SWAC in consecutive years. The team’s biggest win came in December 2010 when the Lady Bulldogs upset the University of Minnesota.

Prior to his time at A&M, he served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Georgia Perimeter during the 2009-10 season. There, he coached two student-athletes who would go on to be named All-Conference.

His time at Georgia Perimeter was preceded by a two-year stint as head women’s basketball coach at Tennessee Temple University. At the private Christian liberal arts school, Williams led the team to an 18-12 record and to the semifinals of the South Region in his first year at the helm. His team was ranked 12th in the National Christina College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Two student-athletes were named All-Region and one was tabbed All-American.

Prior to arriving at Tennessee Temple, Williams served as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Cumberland University under Lonnie Thompson for one season from 2006-07. He also spent time as senior recruiting coordinator at Tennessee State for two seasons (2004-06) and head men’s and women’s basketball coach at Chattanooga State for six years (1998-2004). He began his head coaching tenure at Chattanooga State in 1999 after a one-year stint as an assistant with the men’s team.

Under Williams’ guidance, the CSCC men’s team reached the semifinals of the TJCAA Tournament three consecutive seasons. In 2003, the men’s team advanced to the TJCAA championship. During that span, the Tigers posted back-to-back 20-win seasons. In 2002, the Lady Tigers finished fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Tournament after dominating their region and finishing with a 30-5 record. Williams produced several All-American and All-Region selections as well as NJCAA MVP honorees.

For his efforts, he was named the Region VII Coach of the Year (2001-02). He also had the honor of being voted by his peers to coach the All-Star game four straight years (2001-04).

After graduating from high school, Williams began a career with the U.S. Navy where he was a four-year letter winner for the basketball team. He was tabbed to the All-Tournament team in 1985.

He officially began his coaching career in 1992 on the high school level in Georgia under Hall of Fame coach Lawanza Crutcher.

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering technology. He is married to Gale Williams and they have one daughter, Lauren.  Lauren is an Alumni (’17) of Hamilton Heights and was a member of the Lady Hawks Basketball team during her time at HHCA. 

Coach Williams’ College Coaching Resume

2013-2015

Mississippi Valley State University

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

2010-13

Alabama A&M

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

2009-10

Georgia Perimeter College

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

2007-09

Tennessee Temple University

Head Women’s Basketball Coach

2006-07

Cumberland University

Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

2004-06

Tennessee State

Senior Recruiting Coordinator

1998-2004

Chattanooga State College

Head Men’s & Women’s Basketball Coach

Hawks Secure 5th NACA National Championship

FORT BLUFF, Tenn., February 24, 2023 – The Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Boys Basketball team defeated Arlington Christian School 49-47 to claim the NACA Division 1 National Championship.

In the final 3 games of the 2022-2023 season, the Hawks played some of their best team basketball of the season against some very tough competition.

Game 1: Hamilton Heights 70 – Shabach Christian Academy 68

Game 2: Hamilton Heights 68 – Life Center Academy 60

Game 3: Hamilton Heights 49 – Arlington Christian School 47

Dumont Drops 40 Against East Hamilton

The Hawks, led by Villanova Signee Jordann Dumont, knocked off East Hamilton 87-67 on Friday night in a battle of 2 very talented squads.

The Hawks led by 9 at the half and stretched that lead to 20 to close out the contest. Dumont scored 40 for the Hawks, eclipsing his career high and setting a new single-game scoring record in the process.

“East Hamilton is always a tough matchup, but our guys were prepared and stepped up to the challenge even in the face of some adversity. A couple of our guys got in foul trouble early, by we didn’t let that deter us and we were able to secure the W.” – Coach Stephen Cook

Full Stats and Highlights are available HERE

NEXT UP: The Hawks travel to Chattanooga Christian School on Tuesday night. Navy plays at 4:30 PM EST vs CCS JV and then Columbia plays at 7:00 PM EST against CCS Varsity.

-Stat Recap

Jordann Dumont – 40 Points (77% FG%), 15 Rebounds, 2 Blocks

Ogbonna Agbo – 16 Points, 10 Rebounds, 2 Blocks

Casper Pohto – 13 Points

Hawks Drop Season Opener in Mississippi

The Hamilton Heights Christian Academy Hawks Boys Basketball team traveled to Columbus, MS on Saturday for a season-opening matchup against powerhouse, Tupelo High School at the SSP Tip-Off Classic.

The Hawks led by 3 at the half and by as much as 18 early in the 4th but ultimately fell by a final score of 89-88, falling to 0-1 on the season.

“We have a very talented group of guys and they did a lot of great things for us tonight. Unfortunately, we just made too many mistakes late in the game and let them back in it. We will use this game to learn and improve. WE WILL BE BETTER.” – Coach Stephen Cook

Full Stats and Highlights are available HERE

NEXT UP: The Hawks travel to Murfreesboro where the Boys and Girls teams will both face off against Franklin Road Christian Academy on Friday night. The Girls play at 4:30 PM CST and then the Boys play at 6:30 PM CST

-Stat Recap

Jordann Dumont – 28 Points (7/13 3FG), 9 Rebounds, 5 Assists

Ogbonna Agbo – 17 Points, 7 Rebounds

Cam Andrews – 13 Points, 5 Assists

Casper Pohto – 12 Points in 9 minutes

Mathieu Nader-Kalombo – 10 Points, 4 Assists

Matchups Set for 9th Annual Hawks Havoc

Elite high school basketball returns to Chattanooga for the 9th Annual Hawks Havoc Classic on November 18th and 19th at East Ridge High School.

This year’s schedule is 6 games featuring some of the best boys and girls basketball programs in the Chattanooga area, and beyond.

The boy’s field will include:

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy – Chattanooga, TN – The Hawks return for Coach Steve Cook’s 3rd year at the helm and kick off their National Schedule in style and in front of the home fans. The Hawks have won 6 NACA National Championships and countless Hawks Alumni have gone on to play at the college level and beyond, including current NBA Stars, Shai Gilgeous-A

lexander and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

Carolina Basketball Academy – Atlanta, GA

Moc Valley Prep – Chattanooga, TN

Wesley Christian School – Allen, KY

Girl’s teams will include:

Hamilton Heights Christian Academy – Chattanooga, TN – The Lady Hawks return after a two-year layoff and are reloaded with a talented roster ready to return to national prominence. The Lady Hawks have produced 10 NACA National Championships, 3 Geico National Championship Appearances, and 4 McDonald’s All-Americans. Hamilton Heights Alum Filipe Congalves leads the Lady Hawks as they kick off what is bound to be a magical 2022-2023 season.

Boyd Buchanan School – Chattanooga, TN – Lady Bucs

Brainerd High School – Chattanooga, TN – Lady Panthers

SCHEDULE

Friday, November 18

5:00 PM – HHCA Lady Hawks vs Boyd Buchanan

6:30 PM – CBA Prep vs Moc Valley Prep

8:00 PM – HHCA vs Wesley Christian

Saturday, November 19

5:00 PM – HHCA Lady Hawks vs Brainerd

6:30 PM – Wesley Chrisitan vs CBA Prep

8:00 PM – HHCA vs Moc Valley Prep