Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Surprising Eden Is on a Roll

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Surprising Eden Is on a Roll

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Not too long ago, the Eden Christian boys basketball team made its WPIAL debut.

Four years later, the Warriors are having their best season yet.

Eden Christian, located in Ohio Township, was 13-2 heading into this week. That included a 4-2 record in Class A Section 1, which put the Warriors in third place. Both win totals matched the most the team has achieved as a WPIAL member.

For a squad that returned only one starter and plays in a section that includes heavyweight Sewickley Academy, as well as Cornell and Union, the level of success the Warriors have attained is impressive, to say the least.

"It's a competitive group," coach Todd Aiken said. "We knew coming in that we had a group of guys that were hard workers. They like to compete. [The record] has been surprising, but we have some pretty good players. They play as a team and are sharing the ball well."

Senior Carter Ehms, a 5-foot-11 senior shooting guard, is Eden Christian's top player and likely the top player in school history. A four-year starter, Ehms is the lone player from the school to surpass 1,000 career points -- he did that earlier this month -- and is averaging 17.4 points per game. Also an excellent golfer, Ehms will play that sport at Cedarville University in Ohio.

"I'd say he's an above average shooter and above average at taking the ball to the basket," Aiken said of Ehms, a Cranberry resident. "His greatest strength is that he is a competitor. He really hates to lose. That helps him in basketball and in golf, too."

Helping the Warriors' cause this season is scoring balance. When opponents put the majority of their focus on Ehms, players such as freshman Dave Ritchie, sophomore Drew Aiken (Todd Aiken's nephew) and junior Josias O'Brien have stepped up. Ritchie is averaging 13 points per game, while Aiken and O'Brien are hovering right around 10 points a game.

Junior Ben Porter and senior Dave Cranston have seen time in the starting lineup. …

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