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New Hope Academy getting lift from student-athletes

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) -

It is a big week for New Hope Academy.

While administrators and parents are busy appealing the York School District's decision to shut down the charter school, the Mighty Ants basketball team's success is giving New Hope the strength and inspiration it needs to push forward. 

"When I heard they were going to close - if I wasn't in class I probably would have been in tears," New Hope Academy sophomore Montrell Morgan said.

"As long as you continue to fight, anything is possible," head basketball coach David Archer said.

Fighting to stay open is what the Mighty Ants have been doing since the fall.

"The fact that we have been through so much, we don't have anything to fear," Archer said.

A denied charter renewal by the district has done nothing but put a chip on the players shoulders.

"It's been very hectic, but I think as a team we have grown together and we learned how to get through this together," Morgan said.

New Hope won its first district basketball championship last week.

"It's not just about me, it's about the school and I am playing for something bigger than just me," Morgan said.

Now they will play in the state tournament, and all eyes are on the boys from New Hope.

"This is bigger than basketball. A lot of times when we are on the floor, people are talking about points and rebounds and assists, but the opportunity to get people to understand this school is producing straight-A students," Archer said.

Fourteen of the 17 New Hope basketball players are straight-A students. One of those is Morgan, a star on the court and in the classroom.

"If it closes, I don't' know what I would do, but a lot of big changes would have to happen in my life. The schools around here, for me, I don't think they are very positive. New Hope is positive," Morgan said.

New Hope faces a playoff game and a court hearing within the next five days. For both the team and the school, it's win or go home.

The boys first state playoff game is Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Dallastown. On Monday, parents will rally at a court hearing in Harrisburg to try to appeal the district's decision.


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