Lexington Christian Academy has seen top student-athletes from the Greater Boston Area come through its doors. Since the year 2000, a total of 23 championship banners have been hung on the gymnasium walls! History is made each season at LCA!
See below for current news stories from LCA Athletics!
Posted Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017 2:29:00 PM
Want LCA Lions Gear?
Are you a new LCA family in search of great LCA apparel, a returning family who wants to display their Lion pride, or a CHS/LCA Alum? The online LCA LionsStore is NOW OPEN through Sunday, September 10. You can easily purchase great gear that will be delivered to your home within just a few weeks of the online store closing.
Visit the LCA Lions Online Store and show your Lion Pride today!
Posted Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 10:12:00 AM
Local Air Force Academy graduates and lacrosse alumni will conduct a free clinic for middle and upper school boys on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am to Noon. The clinic will cover a number of topics and skill sets and will be a valuable experience for any age or ability. The clinic will be led by Air Force Academy Lacrosse graduates who wish to provide this service to the LCA community. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Any questions contact Boys' Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach Ryan Patrie at Ryan.Patrie@lca.edu.
2016 Air Force Lacrosse Clinic participants. The 2017 Clinic will be on April 29th.
Posted Friday, Mar 31, 2017 10:57:56 AM
Teal Bunbury, New England Revolution Midfielder, will be visiting LCA on April 6.
Athletes in Action Visit on Thursday, April 6
The LCA Athletic Department is excited to announce that on Thursday, April 6, Teal Bunbury, Midfielder with the New England Revolution and capped U.S. Men's National Team Player will be visiting. Along with Walt Day of Athletes in Action, Teal will be speaking about his professional soccer career, his faith, and what it means to be a Christian competitor. The event will take place in LCA's Activity center beginning at 3:30 pm. LCA Students, parents, and faculty and staff are welcome to attend.
In advance of his appearance, check out Teal Bunbury's New England Revolution bio and his outstanding goal against NY Red Bull in the 1st Leg of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 1:16:17 PM
In his first and only season thus far at the helm of the Lady Lions Varsity Softball team, Coach Brian LaHair helped guide LCA to its 3rd Eastern Independent League Title in program history and was named the 2015 EIL Coach of the Year. Following a year teaching and coaching at Nantucket High School, Coach LaHair has returned to LCA to lead a young, but talented team in 2017.
Coach Patrie, LCA Athletic Director, spoke with Coach LaHair about returning to LCA.
Coach Patrie: What did you miss about LCA?
Coach LaHair: "Having coached for other schools, there is really no place like LCA. The school's dedication to both academics and athletics is unmatched. The players genuinely care about the sports that they play and the name across the front of their jersey. The support that the athletics programs receive from the LCA community, boosters, administration, and most importantly the players and coaches is like no place I have been before."
Coach Patrie: What do you look forward to as you return?
Coach LaHair: "I am thrilled to be back at LCA. I look forward to getting to work with some familiar faces as well as the new additions. I am happy to be back coaching in the EIL, this is an extremely competitive league, with great coaching and players from top to bottom. I also look forward to getting the girls into our new fitness facility here at LCA, this is a great addition to athletics and a great way to help get our girls in softball shape early in the season."
Coach Patrie: What are your expectations for this year?
Coach LaHair: "The expectations for our team is the same as every year. Be better everyday. I expect us to be competitive in the EIL and compete once again for the EIL championship. We are back to back champs, we have the biggest targets on us and we know that we will get every teams best effort. But titles those are in the past. It is nice to see the banners hanging in the gym, but it is the 2017 season and time to focus on the new year."
Coach Patrie: What are your long-term goals for the program?
Coach LaHair: "We want to remain a championship program, producing well rounded student athletes. I think that this program has a bright future."
Coach LaHair and the Varsity Softball team will get to work soon as practices begin March 13. Tryouts will take place throughout that week. The Lady Lions enter 2017 as back-to-back defending EIL Champs and look to make their own history this season.
Coach LaHair (standing, far right) and the 2015 Lady Lions won the EIL Title. Coach LaHair's message remains the same in 2017: Be Better Everyday.
Posted Monday, Feb 6, 2017 2:42:00 PM
Jason Calandra '17 is now 1st in career wins at LCA with 117 victories on the wrestling mat.
Entering the match with Concord Academy on Friday, January 27, LCA Wrestling captain Jason Calandra '17 was tied atop the all-time career wins’ list (116 wins) in LCA history with a familiar face - his older brother and LCA Assistant Coach, Nathan Calandra '10. The Calandra family has been wrestling at LCA since oldest brother, Brian '07, started in 6th grade. The 2016-17 season would be the last to see a Calandra wear the LCA singlet and Jason has helped to strengthen the family legacy.
Wrestling at the 152 lb weight class this year, Jason is currently ranked #2 in New England. His victory over his Concord opponent gave him 117 wins for his career - the LCA record! His coach and brother, Nathan Calandra, said that as soon as he broke the record in 2010 – previously held by Jason Mills ’09 – his 5th grade brother, Jason, said he would beat him one day. Now that he has Nathan said, “I couldn’t be happier.”
Ever since the oldest Calandra brother, Brian, came home one day in 6th grade saying he’d joined the wrestling team, wrestling has been a major part of the Calandras’ life – not just in season, but off season camps, training and even bouts on their kitchen floor. As Jason reflected upon reaching this milestone he said, “I have always wanted to surpass Nathan. Ever since the day he set the record I had my eyes locked on that number as my goal. Finally, being able to have that goal realized makes all of my hard work up until this point worth it and now it seems surreal.”
Jason Calandra '17 with his Coaches Charlie Cowen, Reid Mosquera, Mark Getchell, brother Nathan '10 (2nd from right) and mother, Dorothy.
Now that Jason holds the record, he knows that there is still much to compete for in the final weeks of his LCA wrestling career. It is sure to be a bittersweet time for the Calandras as they conclude a combined 21 seasons of LCA Wrestling. Looking ahead to the EIL, NEPSAC, and National tournaments, Jason exclaims “I will do my best to keep going with the record but NEPSAC's and Nationals provide their own challenges and new opportunities to strive for excellence.” That ambition to strive for excellence is an indication of Jason prioritizing the process of becoming the best wrestler he can become rather than just focusing on the winning. Wrestling is too physically and mentally demanding to focus on results. On how he has dealt with the pressure of competition, Jason says, “there is always a great deal of stress that a wrestler goes through. I found comfort in offering my anxiety up to God because I knew that he would protect me from injury and in that comfort, I could calmly perform to the absolute best of my ability.”
With the end in sight, both Jason and his family are grateful to the LCA Wrestling program for all it has meant to them, “We are very fortunate to have benefited from our boys’ participation in LCA's outstanding wrestling program. Guided by outstanding coaching and support we've seen great success and a team that the school, kids, and parents can be proud of,” say Jason’s parents Michael and Dorothy.
Jason wishes to extend thanks to his greatest support group – his family, remarking, “I would like to thank my brothers in light of my achievement. As much success as I have had, I cannot deny that I might not have even been a wrestler if it wasn't for them. They encouraged me when I just started wrestling all the way until my senior year. Brian, Nathan, and the rest of my family have been the greatest support for me and I could not have done it without them.”
As much as the Calandra family is grateful to the LCA Wrestling program, LCA returns the gratitude for their involvement at LCA. Nathan points out that “the real record to beat is not only most individual wins, but most wins by a family, which currently stands at 317!” – a record not likely to be broken. In addition to the individual accolades the Calandra boys have contributed to 8 EIL Team Championships. Beyond the records LCA was blessed to have such quality people as Michael and Dorothy Calandra partnering with LCA in the education of their children – Michelle ’04, Brian ’07, Nathan ’10, and the new record holder, Jason ’17.
Jason Calandra '17 and his senior wrestling teammates Zach Schell, Felipe Pinto, Chase Krivickas, and Edmond DeAngelis all placed at last Saturday's Northern New England Tournament. This group makes up arguably one the strongest classes in LCA Wrestling history.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017 2:32:00 PM
2016 Hall of Fame Class Introduced at Halftime of the Boys Varsity Basketball Game on Friday, December 16.
On Friday, December 16, 2016 four individuals were inducted in the Christian High School/Lexington Christian Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. Grace Strodel, Paul Rouse '68, Jackie Vander Brug '86, and Melissa Christmas '96 were the 2016 Hall of Fame Class. An evening of celebration included a reception, an introduction at half time of the Boys Varsity Basketball game vs. Bancroft School, and the induction ceremony.
Jean Taber '59 presented Grace Strodel with her Hall of Fame plaque.
Anyone familiar with Christian High School or Lexington Christian Academy is aware of the incredible impact of the Strodel Family on this community. This school’s gym wall bears Miles’ name. Grace’s own impact on Athletics has resulted in thousands of girls taking part in Trojans, Lazers, or Lions athletics. In 1949 Grace Strodel founded the Leaders Club for girls who were interested in studying the rules of sports such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. This club would serve as the cornerstone for girls’ sports at CHS and LCA. Throughout her own time at LCA, Grace served as a mentor and coach to thousands of girls. Additionally, Every June, the Athletic Department has the privilege of awarding a female student-athlete the Grace Strodel Coaches Award.
Paul Rouse '68
Coach Paul Rouse '68 with some of his former players and teammate and friend Reg Henley '69.
Paul Rouse'68 was a three sport athlete at LCA, competing in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was a member on the first boys soccer team and was a key player on the Trojan Basketball and Baseball Teams. Paul would return to LCA to coach throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. His impact on the many young men that he coached is still felt today as his players speak highly of his ability, character, and leadership. Paul’s teammate, assistant coach, friend, and LCA Hall of Fame Member, Reg Henley '69 presented Paul with his Hall of Fame plaque.
Jackie Vander Brug '86
Jackie Vander Brug '86 with her Coach Irene Campbell who presented Jackie with her Hall of Fame Plaque.
Jackie VanderBrug was a three sport standout athlete as she competed on the then Trojan field Hockey, basketball, and girls’ lacrosse teams. Her leadership on these teams led to successful seasons and culminated in the 1986 Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 Championship with the girls’ lacrosse team. Following LCA, Jackie went on to lead the Calvin College Field Hockey Team. While playing for the Knights, Jackie was a Michigan InterCollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) all star in 1987, 1988, and 1989. She helped lead Calvin to their first ever NCAA Tournament berth in 1988 and was selected as the MIAA MVP in her Senior Season. Jackie’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach, and LCA Hall of Fame Member, Irene Campbell presented Jackie with her Hall of Fame plaque.
Melissa Christmas '96
Melissa Christmas '96 was presented her Hall of Fame plaque by her soccer coach Scott Stevens '87.
Melissa Christmas excelled in three sports at LCA - soccer, basketball, and baseball (this was prior to the softball program getting started). Melissa was an outstanding goal keeper for the girls soccer team and a star on the girls basketball team that captured the 1995-96 Eastern Independent League title. Following her graduation at LCA she went onto a successful basketball career at Eastern Nazarene College where in her senior season she surpassed the 1,000 point mark, led ENC to their first ever NCAA tournament and Sweet 16 appearance, and was selected as conference MVP. Following college, Melissa served her country in the US Army. Following her time in the service Melissa returned to work at LCA and coach Varsity Softball, JV Girls’ Soccer, and JV Girls’ Basketball. As softball coach she led the Lady Lions to the 2012 EIL Title (first since 2000) and she was also a member of the girls’ soccer coaching staff during the 2012 Undefeated EIL Championship season. Melissa’s soccer coach Scott Stevens '87 presented Melissa with her Hall of Fame plaque.
The evening was filled with great stories of athletic accomplishment, teams that were like families, lifelong friendships, and a deep appreciation for the LCA community. A special thank you to the Athletic Department, Office of Institutional Advancement, and the Lions' Booster Club for a great evening of celebration!
Posted Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 2:45:00 PM
On Friday, December 16th, the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Athletic Department will honor four individuals for their contributions to LCA Athletics with induction into the CHS/LCA Athletic Hall of Fame.
2016 Hall of Fame Class:
Paul Rouse '68
Jackie VanderBrug '86
Melissa Christmas '96
We invite you to join us for this special event.
5:30 pm - Hors d'oeuvres served in the Phillips Library
Boys Varsity Basketball vs Bancroft
Halftime - Introduction of the 2016 Hall of Fame Class
7:00 pm - Induction Ceremony in the Phillips Library
*Dessert will be served.
If you wish to attend, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 13th.