Panther Basketball

The varsity boys finished the 2013-2014 season with a final record of 22-8.  Kraft McLean was chosen to play in the MAIS All-Star game and represented CA in fine form.  Looking ahead to the 2014-2015 season, it should be another exciting season, especially with our Jr. Varsity players having just won the District title.

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  Go Panthers!!


The Canton Academy 2013-2014 got off to a fast start following the end of football season.  With many of the boys playing football and the successful season they had, it left no time to waste.  Leading the way for the Panthers Sr. High team are five seniors and a great mix of juniors, sophomores and a few select freshman.  After a strong finish last year the guys were excited to get back on the court with anticipation of getting to Mississippi College at the end of February for the State Championship.

The Panthers are led by Head Coach Joseph Nickels and is assisted by Sanket Desai.  Coach Nickels in his first year at CA has learned the guys quickly and has spent many hours in practice with them.  Having to make up some time the boys practiced every Sunday afternoon and many long hours during the week.  Coach Nickels comes to Canton Academy having played basketball in the MAIS system at Manchester and then at the collegiate level at Delta State University.  Coach Nickels and his wife Melissa and their son Blake reside in Ridgeland.  We are very excited to have him coaching and developing our young men.     Coach Desai also serves as head coach for the Jr. High Boys team.

The 2013-2014 season should be an exciting year for both Jr. High and Sr. High teams.  With the hard work and dedication these guys are giving each and every day Canton Academy should be well represented both by the results of wins and losses, but most importantly the way they represent themselves and their school.

 Go Panthers!!

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