CVCA's Bob Peters shoots a fadeaway in a game at Streetsboro earlier this season
It's common for sports teams to create a roadmap for success at the start of each season. The team's goals are listed as a series of checkpoints along a route that, if followed successfully, leads to the squad achieving its ultimate goal.
When the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy boys basketball coaching staff gathered its players in November to create such a blueprint, the coaches chose to take a slightly different approach.
Instead of asking the Royals to visualize the results they wanted to achieve, the coaches asked their players the character traits and intangibles that the team was going to need to demonstrate throughout the upcoming season to reach those milestones.
"We sat down at the beginning of the season and mapped out what we wanted our team to identify with," ninth-year CVCA head coach Jay Peters said. "The players came up with four general themes that we've added to throughout the year."
Showing resilience, remaining unified, accepting and embracing one's unique role on the team and remembering to enjoy the grind of the long season were the general principles that came out of the meeting and that have helped CVCA put together a banner campaign.
Led by senior captains Bob Peters, Alex Punka and Caleb Kleibscheidel, the Royals (22-2) won the program's first-ever outright Principals Athletic Conference title this season by compiling a 13-1 league mark.
"We had shared it before, but had never won it outright," Peters said when asked about the team's high point thus far this season.
Peters, the player, has averaged 23 points per game this season en route to becoming the program's all-time career scoring leader. Punka is averaging 7.7 points per contest and Kleibscheidel is averaging 7.2 points and eight rebounds per game.
"We have a good group of experienced seniors who've had a common focus and who've played well together," the elder Peters said.
CVCA enters Wednesday night's Division II Stow District Tournament semifinal contest against Akron East riding a 19-game winning streak.
Peters said the key to keeping the streak intact is for the Royals to continue to do the things they've done the entire season.
"We will have to continue to play intense, confident team basketball and play smart," he said.
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