Middleburg, Va. (March 8, 2015) – The Middleburg Academy Boys’ Varsity Basketball team (ranked #1) won the VISAA D-III State Championship against Christ Chapel (ranked #3) with a score of 66-62 on Saturday, February 28, 2015.
Christ Chapel enjoyed leading much of the game with a determined defense and a fast-paced attack that found Middleburg Academy playing as much as 10 points behind in the 3rd Quarter. It was in the final quarter that Middleburg Academy responded to overtake Christ Chapel in brilliant fashion. The Dragons secured the championship behind superb coaching and the team’s determined and disciplined play.
The team’s coach, Jaye Haggler, added, “When I walked on to the Middleburg Academy Campus, I could have never have imagine this outcome. My goal was to teach the boys how to play this game and in the end I learned how and what it meant to sacrifice everything. I watched my guys grow from boys to men in one season. I could not be more proud and will never be for my first State Championship and the young men who helped us achieve this goal.”
With this being Coach Haggler’s first year at Middleburg Academy, he has pulled together a tremendous group of talented young men who not only play basketball but add a great deal to the fabric of the whole school community.
According to Middleburg Academy’s Athletic Director, Carla Adgate, “There is not another group that is more deserving of a state championship than the young men on our boys varsity basketball team, Coach Haggler, and his coaching staff. They worked extremely hard in the off-season and all season long. Things were not going well for them most of the championship game. They trailed Christ Chapel for the entire game, but somehow dug down deep and played together as a team to pull out the victory. I am so proud and happy for all of them.”