from Mark McKinney at the High Point Enterprise(www.hpe.com)
THOMASVILLE —If the New Hope Christian Academy girls basketball team desired, it could alter the title of a popular classic TV show and make it its own.
“Have Team, Will Travel.”
Actually, the Phoenix would need to add two more words to make that moniker truly accurate.
New Hope has seen lots of our great nation so far this season en route to a sterling 21-1 record. The academy with approximately 100 students based in Thomasville owns five wins in Atlanta, three wins in Jacksonville, Fla., as well as victories in Richmond, Va., Charlottesville, Va., Amelia Court House, Va. and several cities across N.C.
“We log lots of miles in vans and buses,” New Hope head coach Delaney Rudd says with a chuckle. “All that time traveling together has helped the girls get to know each other better and it’s been a big help in building chemistry and team unity.”
Rudd, in his second season at the NHCA helm, starred at Wake Forest from 1981-85 and enjoyed a 15-year pro career with stints with the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers as well as three CBA teams and two squads in France.
He likes what he sees from his Phoenix.
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