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Rhema Eagles 2018-2019 Season Review

“A Tale of Two Teams”

The Eagles 2018-2019 season is “a tale of two teams”.    With only 3 returners in Victor Tate, Shamar Woodson and leading scorer Kendrick Williams and 5 new players, had to learn to gel quick.   The team struggled the first half of the season with only 3 wins before Christmas break.  Fortunately the Eagles would get 4 players  after Christmas break for the Spring Semester, (6’5 Freshman Blake Hagin, 6’5 Freshman Annikan Okutiyang, 6’1 Freshman Delvin Tucker, and Returner 6’0 Junior Jermain Brown).  These players came at the right time as the Rhema Eagles leading scorer Kendrick Williams went down with a foot injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season. 

With a new team, the Eagles only had 2 months to learn to play together before the ACCA national tournament.  Unfortunately at ACCA Tournament did not go as well as they hoped.

In the first round game of the ACCA tournament the Eagles played Carolina Christian College out of North Carolina.  The Eagles held their own, with Kendrick out Del Guerrero took up most of the scoring load, by scoring 50 points for the game, but the Eagles lost 99-96.  In the second game the Eagles lost To AFLBS 78-72 and the third Game the Eagles lost to Kansas Christian 103-89.

The Eagles had 2 players who had ACCA All-American Honors.

  • Sophomore, Forward, Del Guerrero received ACCA 2nd Team All- American while averaging 17.9 ppg    while shooting 47.3% from the field and 37.9% from the 3 point line.
  • Senior, Guard Kendrick Williams received- ACCA 1st Team ALL – American while averaging 28.1ppg, while shooting 55.7% from the field and 46.5% from the 3 point line. 

The Eagles played in one more tournament called the CCNIT (Christian College National Invitational Tournament). The Eagles lost the first game to Campbellsville University-Harrodsburg 102-96.  Del Guerrero scored 41points in the loss.  In the second game the Eagles lost to East-West University 93-60, but in the third game the Eagles won their final game of the season to Southeastern Baptist College 95-90.

2 Eagle players Made CCNIT All- Tournament Team

  • Del Guerrero
  • Deshumbra Jones
Rhema Womens Basketball

Rhema Lady Eagles 2018-2019 Season Review

The Lady Eagles started the season in a rebuilding season. With only 3 returners in Abby Salinas, Tiffany Wuertzer, and Kamryn Lindskov, and 5 new players, the lady Eagles had to focus on the fundamentals and learning to play together. The team took on the motto “This is Us”. Coach Kerri Sharp, had to get her returners to take on new roles, from last year. Such as Abby Salinas, and Kamryn Lindskov to take the point guard positions.

The Lady Eagles ended the season at 12-13 and ACCA Runner-up in the National Championship game.

In the ACCA Tournament the Lady Eagles won their first game against the host school of Ozark Christian Lady Ambassadors 58-35. In the second game the Rhema Lady Eagles played Kansas Christian, who they split with in the regular season, and won in the semi-final game 68-57. In the championship game, the Rhema Lady Eagles had to face the 4 time ACCA National Champion in Arlington Baptist University. Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles were not able to defeat them with a score of 48-99.

The Lady Eagles had 3 players who had ALL American Honors.

  • Freshman Guard, Briana Wood received ACCA Honorable Mention while averaging 14.9 ppg and 35.5% from the 3 point line.
  • Freshman Forward, Mikal Lewis received- ACCA 2nd Team ALL – American while averaging 12.1ppg, and 10.4 rbpg for the season
  • Junior Forward Abby Salinas Received ACCA 1st Team All- American while averaging 13.0ppg and shooting 40% from the field, 8.04 rbpg , 4.1 apg, for the season

Training for Life

Training for Life

New players. New challenges. Same Spirit.

For the Lady Eagles, this proved to be a tough season for each of them, but they learned the meaning of perseverance. “You’re never lost until you give up,” says Head Couch Kerri Sharp. She recalls a practice that became a turning point. “They were tired of getting beat up. They started standing up. They began to fight.”
The Lady Eagles won several games that they could’ve lost, by rising to a higher standard. Coach Sharp relates this to our spiritual walk with God. “In real life there’s an enemy that wants to come after you. In real life you have to have something in you that’s not gonna allow you to conform to this world.”
The godly wisdom that Coach Sharp has invested in each woman has changed their lives. Bayley Bodien, a team captain, remembers something that coach would always say: “This is not just about basketball. This is training for life.” Even when they were down in a game by 50 points, Bayley knew they had already won because of the “In Christ” realities that were put in them.

“This is not just about basketball. This is training for life.” Kerri Sharp, Rhema Lady Eagles Head Coach
“Being 28, I never thought I would play college basketball, but God had other plans.” Bayley learned that when God calls you, He equips you—He gives you the strength! “He strengthened my body, allowed me to run my fastest mile in under 8 minutes, and complete a line drill in less than 35 seconds.”
Each woman’s basketball skills were sharpened and each one’s spirit was sharpened. “We work on the inside the whole year,” Coach Sharp shares. “When you keep yourself on fire with the Word, everything else stays on fire.”
Even though this season didn’t bring all the wins they would’ve liked, these Lady Eagles have Champion hearts. Their growth was phenomenal, and we are looking forward to a bright future for them!

Rhema Eagles Take the Win!

Rhema Eagles 2017 ACCA Champions

RHEMA Eagles Take the Win!

Heading into the ACCA Tournament with many wins under their belt, the Rhema Eagles were prepared to win the championship! However, it wasn’t easy—there was a fight of faith!

For Dallas Doku, who has played with the Eagles for four years, the mental aspect of the game was the most challenging. The Eagles were down almost 20 points. “It was crazy because everyone knew we would come back and win with all the hard work we put in,” Dallas shared. “If you let the devil in your mind, then he instills things not of God… if you don’t have the mind of Christ in the biggest game of the year then the outcome won’t really be successful.” But the entire team was determined and struck back, with a win of 97 to 83 against Trinity.

Head Coach Perry Shockley was thrilled with the outcome, but more importantly, the growth he saw in each player. “That night a lot of the guys played really well. It was exciting to see them be focused and come out ready to finish what they started the season for… we play to win, but ultimately it’s gonna be the growth individually that you see transform your life. They’ve grown into young men who know how to take on adversity and be strong in the midst of pressure.”

“We are champions in Christ on the inside long before we see it on the outside. Defeat can be all around us; we just can’t let it get inside us.”—Perry Shockley, Rhema Eagles Head Coach

Playing basketball has helped many of the players mature during their years at Rhema Bible College as well. They can take what they learn in the classroom and put it to work on the court. Doku recalls, “Basketball has taught me submission, how to push through, how to use my faith, and through trials and tribulations, to keep believing in God.”

Coach Shockley said he would have parents come up to him and thank him for what the Eagles program has done for their sons. It’s their strong team mentality: They are always family.

“Winning this tournament meant a lot to me, because these guys mean a lot to me. We’re all a family, and to win was special because we’re all a part of each other and won together,” Shockley shared.

Congratulations RHEMA Eagles! What a way to finish the season!