Every year, our governing body TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) hands out the Henderson Cup. This cup represents the best overall athletic program in each classification. After the winter sports session, we were ranked 5th. With the success of our spring sports, I am certain we will move up in the rankings. It’s been an exciting spring season for TCA athletics. All 6 of the high school spring sports teams have experienced a high level of success.
This year, we were able to field a golf team. Three members of the team were able to able to advance past the district qualifier and compete at state. State qualifiers were sophomore Zach Godbey, junior Hanna Hordynski & freshman Emma Bayles.
The tennis team played in a tough district and were able to advance two singles players to State: junior Hannah Bell and senior Zach Givens.
The TCA Clay Target team had another successful year. At the State meet last weekend the following athletes received awards:
- Jack Sims won third place in the JV in a 3 way shoot-off.
- The squad of Nash Carlson, Cash Hicks and McKenna Kelley won 3rd place in the Intermediate/Entry skeet squad award.
- McKenna Kelley won 3rd place in the Intermediate/Entry Ladies division.
- Merril Stanfield won 2nd place in the Intermediate/Advanced Ladies division.
- Max Skogsberg won 2nd place in the Intermediate/Entry division.
- Wes Roddie won 3rd place in the Intermediate/Advanced division.
- Jack Sims won 3rd place in the JV division.
- Merril Stanfield won 3rd place in the Intermediate/Advanced Ladies division.
- Katelyn M. won 2nd place in the JV Ladies division.
Our Eagle baseball team took 2nd in a tough district and finished their season last Friday in the Area game against a very talented and hard hitting El Paso Faith team.
The Lady Eagles softball team battled it out for the final district playoff spot. This is the first time in recent history the team has made the playoffs in TAPPS. They played a very difficult non-district schedule to get them ready for the playoffs. They will play their bi-district playoff game tonight versus Dallas Lakehill Prep.
Both the boys and girls track programs have excelled at District, Regionals and State this year. Our boys finished 1st and our girls finished 2nd at District. Our boys finished 3rd and our girls finished 4th at Regionals. At State, the boys placed 2nd and the girls placed 13th overall.
Many of our individuals and relays placed in the top 5 in state. They are:
- 100 Meter Dash - Riley Ownby, 4th place
- 4x100m relay team of Marlie Daniels, Lauren Young, Jordan Diomede & Riley Ownby finished in 5th place.
- 4x200m relay team of Erin Kalbfleisch, Lauren Young, Jordan Diomede & Riley Ownby finished in 6th place.
- Triple Jump 3A - Cody Athey, 4th place
- 100 Meter Dash 3A - Josh Schardt, 3rd place
- 200 Meter Dash 3A - Garrett Green, 3rd place
- 400 Meter Dash 3A - Garrett Green, 1st place
- 4x100m relay team of Cody Athey, Caleb Chesney, Preston Gist & Josh Schardt finished in 2nd place.
- 4x200m relay team of Cody Athey, Caleb Chesney, Preston Gist & Josh Schardt finished in 1st place.
- 4x400m relay team of Malen Baldridge, Max Perales, Mason Hornick & Garrett Green finished in 1st place.
Although our success on the field is something to be proud of; more important than that is the way our athletes and coaches have competed. They have represented our school and our Savior in way that a Christian Athlete should.
I look forward to many more athletic accomplishments in coming years!
We are full on into the spring and getting closer to the end of school. With the winding down of the school year there is also a winding up of stress caused by trying to get everything done before the school year ends. We started achievement testing today so we have added anew stressor into the mix. There are a few approaches you can take to make this time of year a little easier to manage.
First of all, stick to your schedules and routines. Sometimes that is easier said than done but it is important just to ease the stress for children when suddenly the routines change. Of course, spring programs, sports and other activities always impact that but some of the routines such as bedtime, breakfast and homework times can be maintained.
Secondly, keep talking with your child about how they are doing and give them encouragement on ways to handle the stress. If you find they are struggling with that, maybe they are too busy and it is time to cut out some of the extra activities. That is especially true if you already have a set routine that carries over from the fall and you have added the spring sports and activities on top of that.
I have raised three kids through and though I am no expert but I know my kids often took their stress cues from my wife and me. If we weren’t stressed about the coming activities, our kids seemed to be less stressed. How we react to life situations is a model for how our children will react as well.
A verse that has always helped me with stressful times is Psalm 94:19, “When my anxious inner thoughts become overwhelming, your comfort encourages me.” God can take the stresses of life and help you to manage them. Sharing that with our children will help them to rely on the one constant in their lives – God.
Thanksgiving was a wonderful time for recognizing God’s blessings on us and all He provides for us. Good food, family and fun, yes another would be football, make Thanksgiving a truly blessed time. Now we turn our attention to the Christmas holidays. Though we try to focus on the incredible gift of God’s Son, Christmas is another time of food, family and fun. There’s nothing like watching the excitement of the children opening their gifts on Christmas day.
Sometimes I think we take the blessings and the gifts for granted. It seems like we almost expect the blessings. This story from Cary Schmidt’s Encouraging Words illustrates this well.
Two old friends met each other on the street one day. One looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, “What has the world done to you, my old friend?”
The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you: three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars.”
“That’s a lot of money.”
“But you see, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left me eighty-five thousand dollars, free and clear.”
“Sounds to me that you’ve been very blessed.”
“You don’t understand!” he interrupted. “Last week my great-aunt passed away. I inherited almost a quarter of a million from her.”
Now the man’s friend was really confused. “Then, why do you look so glum?”
Sometimes we take for granted the many blessings we have. Then when we don’t believe we are getting what we deserve or our lives are not seeming to be blessed, we get discouraged, unhappy and even angry.
The point of this is that we should be thankful at all times. Psalm 147:7, Colossians 3:15 and 1 Chronicles 29:12-14 are just a few of the verses that speak to being thankful with no qualifiers. Not just when we are receiving blessings but when we aren’t.
It is important that we as parents model and reflect to our children that we are always in God’s favor, that He loves us and knows what is best for us. In that way, our children won’t come away with the belief that they should expect a steady stream of blessings and gifts. That regardless of how life is at the time, we are truly blessed.
Our student-athletes and coaches pursue excellence and championships with great effort and focus. Specifically, our fall varsity sports teams are currently having successful seasons!
This summer, the Varsity cheerleaders received 2 Superior Ribbons and a 2nd Place Cheer Championship at the FCC Summer Camp they attended at Houston Baptist University. They also received a bid to FCC Nationals in Orlando and will be competing at the TAPPS state championship held in Waco on November 29-30.
Our varsity cross country team most recently place 5th place in the Birdville 12th Annual Flyin’ Hawks Invitational, led by Joel Jeffers (6th place), Jacob Camp (18th place) and Malen Baldridge (24th place). Heading into the State Meet, held in Waco, the team looks to improve on their top ten finish from a year ago. The Varsity team consists of 7 male runners (Joel Jeffers, Jacob Camp, Malen Baldridge, Max Perales, Bayley Gonzales, Zach Givens and Thomas Bridges) and 2 female runners (Emma Chrane and Emily McMillen).
Our volleyball teams are having a great season. The junior varsity team is currently is 13-2. They will conclude their season at home versus Grapevine Faith next week. The varsity team is 32-2 and currently ranked #1 in TAPPS 3A after defeating the then #1 ranked Rockwall Heritage Christian twice at the McKinney Christian Academy Tournament of Champions earlier in the year. Our Lady Eagles are currently ranked in the Top 25 in all of TAPPS, according to MaxPreps. With a current win streak of 25 games, this team is heading into the playoffs with high expectations! Because of their number 1 seed in the district, it looks like we will host the area match on October 30. Varsity team members are Seniors Karson Hartt, Erin Kalbfleisch & Shelbi Tidwell; Juniors Kayla DeNeefe, Hannah Floyd, Emma Kalbfleisch & Abby Skaggs; Sophomores Libby Gear, Anjal Leopold & Lindsey Young.
The football team is currently 5-1. They are hoping to improve on last year's state semifinal appearance. The Eagles have had big wins against The Highlands School, Garland Christian Academy, Temple Christian School, Fellowship Academy and Lake Country Christian. Our first loss came last Friday against Lubbock Trinity Christian.
More importantly than all the success we are experiencing, the bigger pursuit is to grow our student-athletes to be effective Christians through their athletic experience. Athletics provide such a unique opportunity because of the teamwork and competition aspect and provides us with an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Working together for a common purpose is a parallel to the body of Christ.
So let's continue our pursuit of earthly and spiritually excellence.