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CAC homecoming held in new gym

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By Sharon Graves

It’s been a long time coming, but Christian Academy of Carrollton finally received temporary approval to use its new gymnasium.

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The OK came  just hours before a basketball game and homecoming festivities were to begin, said Principal Katie Matson. Matson said she received word shortly after noon Friday that they had been granted a temporary certificate of occupancy, which is good for six months. It’s temporary because work on the inside of the building is not completed: Restrooms and the gym are finished, but the school needs an additional $40,000 to finish the stage, a coach’s office and a large kitchen.

But using the gym Friday night was a highlight for the independent school, which in the past has rented Morgan Community Center in Bedford for games and other activities. Fans turned out in large numbers to support the team and the homecoming court.

The school also provided a four-piece band for entertainment, and provided refreshments and a lot of spirit.

The CAC middle school Eagles, dressed in purple uniforms with gold lettering, took the floor against the Portland Christian Academy Eagles, sporting green uniforms, for the first game on the school’s new rubber-coated court.

The CAC Eagles scored first, but the Portland Eagles found the bucket soon after and began to hit with some accuracy. They took the lead, but CAC came back and knotted the score at 10 all by halftime. CAC’s rally was short-lived, as Portland held them scoreless for the entire second half, taking the game 24-10.

During half-time, however CAC students pulled out all the stops, quickly decorating the gym to announce their homecoming royalty. Maude Williams and Matthew Wright, last year’s homecoming queen and king returned for the night to crown this year’s royalty: Queen Mollie Wright and King Michael Stewart, and Prince Sergio Pascual and Princess Chelsea King. Others on court were Maria Pascual, Henry Canine and Ray Kirauac. Junior prince and princess Lucas Garriott and Alexis Stephenson carried the crowns to center court.

Christian Academy has been raising money almost nonstop for several years to build the gymnasium, which stands in front of the school on State Hwy. 36 East (Easterday Road).