Middle School Basketball Success at Calvary Day School



Calvary basketball has a long-standing tradition of excellence for both boys and girls teams. One of the driving forces behind being a consistently good varsity basketball program has been our strong middle school program. This past season we had four middle school basketball teams win their league championships. Our fifth grade boys coached by Andrea Turner and Michael Kleinpeter, sixth grade boys coached by Sam Sharpe, seventh grade boys coached by Jeremy Merklinger and seventh grade girls coached by Dewey DeLettre and Robbie White were all SPAL Champions. This success is a credit to our excellent coaches as well as the hard work of our players. Our fifth/sixth grade girls team coached by Luke Baham and Jake Hamilton, eighth grade girls coached by Suzanne Beasley and Gator Rivers, and eighth grade boys coached by Harold Nelson all showed great improvement throughout the year. We are proud of each one of these teams and look forward to continued success in the coming years. Below is a roster of each middle school team.

5th Boys-SPAL Champions

Ross Rambo
Tyler Frazee
Tyler Phillips
Jackson Jones
Carter Kleinpeter
Chris Zipperer
Mason Turner
Hunter Newman
Preston Robinson
Harris Tran

Coaches
Andrea Turner
Michael Kleinpeter

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6th Boys- SPAL Champions

Juwan Johnson
Jamari Brooks
Kellen Blankenship
Brooks Dawson
Chris Tuck
Ty Sharpe
Adam Brunn
D’Angelo Sheppard
Dylan Thomas

Coach
Sam Sharp

7th Boys- SPAL Champions

Riley Bragg
Reece Dominguez
Ben Exley
Jack Harrison
Jordan Jennings
Ryan Merklinger
Cameron Selders
Parker Knight
Andrew Donaldson
Fisher Brown
Carson Tutor

Coach
Jeremy Merklinger

8th Boys

Thomas Carver
Hayden Clark
Peter Clifton
Brandon Culberson
Jeremy Lanier
Kaleb Park
Luca Patten
Dane Speerstra
Jay Wetherington

Coach
Harold Nelson

5/6th Girls

Lauren Baker
Sarah Bond
Katelynn Davis
Helen Downey
Macy English

Megan Halford
Cristyn Hughes
Abbegail Nowell
Claire Thomas
Sarah Wetherington
Carmella Yacono

Coaches
Jake Hamilton,
Luke Baham

7th Girls- SPAL Champions-3 years in a row!

Taylor DeLettre
Katie Ellenwood
Layton Glisson
Jimmia Graham
Hayden Maynor
Kalee Ortiz
Tynley Smeltzer
KC Wetherington
Alana White

Coaches
Dewey Delettre
Robbie White

8th Girls

Brianna Carswell
Sydney Cobb
Lexy Douglas
Christina Manning
Bri Roy
Anna Saxon
Ava Simons
Bobbie Carter

Coaches
Gator Rivers
Suzanne Beasley

A little more about Jackie Hamilton...

Jackie Hamilton holds a B.S. in health and physical education and an M.Ed. in health and physical education from the University of Georgia. Hamilton attends Calvary Baptist Temple and abides by John 14:1-3, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” Hamilton enjoys being with his family and friends, sports, the competition that comes with playing the game, and the successes of his students.

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