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Kidds, Stampers lead Heritage success

Kidds, Stampers lead Heritage success

March 11, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

There's plenty of brotherly and sisterly love in the Heritage Academy basketball camp.

For brothers Drew and David Kidd, it even goes so far as family love as they are coached by their father, Mike.

When the girls put on the uniform, it's a first-name basis for Heidi and Heather Stamper.

Both sets of players and their teams will converge on Philadelphia for the Association of Christian Schools' regional championship Friday at Philadelphia Biblical University.

The schools earned the right to make the trip by winning the ACSI District tournaments last weekend in Hagerstown.

Drew Kidd, a 5-foot-10 senior, is among the leading scorers in the region with 22 points per game and also chips in with eight rebounds, six assists and six steals - healthy numbers for younger brother David to shoot for the next two years.

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Both boys said it's not uncommon to talk basketball with father/coach Mike at home "until we go to bed."

"I might have a tendency to be more difficult on them," Mike said. "I'll come down hard and if I need to I'll back off."

"He encouraged me to play basketball but didn't push me into it," said Drew, who followed his dad to the gym when he was 5 years old to watch him coach. "I think it's been a blessing to have him coach because I think we've gotten instruction that you otherwise wouldn't get."

By the same token, 5-10 sophomore David has seen plenty of playing time and was also becoming a gym rat right behind his older brother.

"I was playing 'Y' basketball by seven and have ever since," said David. "I haven't felt pressure this year, but I know I'll really have to step up next year when he is gone."

Drew, a strong candidate for Herald-Mail All-County honors, developed his game in summer leagues against many of the top players in the county. He plans to attend Baptist Bible University - a Division III school in Scranton, Pa. - play basketball and study mathematics and education to become a teacher and coach.

Already, David knows he'd like to study forensic science in college.

Two of the cornerstones of the Heritage girls' program are the Stamper sisters, who each stand 5-11.

Heidi averages 13.3 points and 17 rebounds a game and has 1,100 boards in her three-year career. Heather scores 10 points per game and averages 9.8 rebounds.

"Both of them could easily play public school basketball," said coach Barry Lourdon. "They log the playing minutes ... it's not that we're that deep with depth."

Heidi, another contender for All-County accolades, is likely headed to Shenandoah College in Virginia to study nursing.

Heather, who plans on becoming an elementary school teacher, said she loves playing basketball with her sister.

The two also enjoy playing volleyball together, having won the Mason Dixon Christian Conference.

"They are very coachable kids, as are all the others," said Lourdon, in his third year as coach. "The girls were so excited when they won the MDCC and I thought Heidi was going to absolutely burst with excitement."

The Heritage girls are 24-6 and on an eight-game winning streak. They finished second in the regular season standings and won the conference tournament.

The boys are 18-10 and finished second in the postseason tournament before winning the district championship. They've won nine of their last 11 games.

Grace Academy also qualified for the boys tournament. Grace will open the boys semifinals Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Clark Summit (Pa.) Baptist and Heritage will go against New Covenant at 7:30. The championship games are Saturday.

The Heritage girls will battle Pittsburgh East at 6 on Friday. A win puts them in the championship game Saturday at 1.

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