The Bethlehem Christian Academy athletic program is moving on up.
Athletic director Mark Barth told the Barrow Journal last week that the school will begin competing in Class AAA for the Georgia Independent Schools Association beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.
For the last two years, BCA has been in GISA Class A.
“Making the leap from A to AAA has our school buzzing with excitement,” Barth said. “We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to the growth that this will bring to our school. We not only accept the challenge but we embrace it. Playing athletics in AAA allows our t,eams to compete at a high level.”
In it’s time in GISA, BCA has already won a state baseball championship and has had an individual state track champion.
“The 2014-2015 school year will bring several changes to BCA,” Barth said. “We will be playing volleyball and basketball in our new gym, football in our new on-campus stadium and competing at the AAA level.”
BCA currently offers numerous sports including football, fast-pitch softball, basketball, baseball, track, golf and volleyball.
“I think it’s exciting,” said Lance Fendley, who coaches football and track at BCA. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge but it’s one that myself and the BCA community are up for. We aren’t going to shy away from it. There may be some tough roads ahead, but as we grow we have to expect changes like this. It will help us grow and make us more attractive to athletes in the area.”
From a football standpoint, Fendley said he likes the region BCA will be in. The Knights will compete on the gridiron along with Griffin Christian, Dominion, Holy Spirit, Heritage School, Trinity-Sharpsburg and Loganville Christian Academy.
BCA has played Loganville Christian in football scrimmages and during other sport seasons such as baseball.
With six region foes, the Knights will have plenty of room on the football schedule for some non-region opponents.
Fendley said the schedule for the next two seasons will be finalized during a meeting Dec. 11.