Sports competition at Sterling Christian may not have been noticed on a mainstream level compared to the local public
and private counterparts, but nevertheless they achieved much success with their basketball programs at the state and national
Unlike such schools,
Sterling Christian was small enough to the point of having sixth-grade students play varsity-level ball against high
school seniors. One such girl was Aleena Hammelman, who played varsity basketball at Sterling Christian from sixth
grade until her freshman year, before transferring to Sterling High for her final 3 years of basketball. Hammelman, who
later played 2 years at Sauk Valley Community College, played a total of 7 years of varsity-level basketball, transferring
out in 2009 graduating from SHS in 2012.
The Sterling Christian basketball teams of the 2000s were especially successful. We are seeking more information
about the great successes of the Trojan programs.
In particular, the 2008-09 basketball seasons for both the boys and girls were equally as successful
on the national level.
The 2008-09 boys team, led by 1,000-point scorers Chase Goodeill and Ethan Kruse, went 25-11 and won the National
Christian Schools Athletic Association “A” Division championship, held in Erie, Pa. They defeated Porterville (Pa.) Christian 46-41 in the championship game.
The 2008-09 girls
team, led by 1,000-point scorers Molly Cook and Sarah Weber, won the NCSAA “Division III” championship by
beating local rivals Faith Christian of Grand Detour 25-11 in the title game, also held in Erie, Pa.
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