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TCA Fall Sports Preview

August 27, 2018
By Joe Hamstra

Welcome back to school Eagle Nation!

We are excited about the upcoming challenges and opportunities that await us this year as we move from TAPPS 3A to TAPPS 4A.

As we start the new school year, I wanted to introduce some new coaches you will see on campus.

  • John Harris is our new head cross country coach and has really prepared our team for this season.
  • Although Dayton Sheridan is not new to TCA, he is transitioning to our head varsity basketball coach this year. We are looking forward to continuing the success of our Varsity team under his leadership.
  • Colton Culberhouse is teaching in both the high school and middle school as well as coaching junior high football, girls junior high basketball and high school track.  

All of these coaches bring a freshness and energy to our teams that will help us compete in our new classification.  

If you have not already done so, please consider being a part of our Booster Club. The Booster Club provides vital financial and volunteer support to the TCA athletic programs. Booster Club funds meet the needs for game day expenses, uniforms, equipment and even provide the “extras” to take our athletic teams to the next level.

You can find more information on each of the TCA Booster Club supporter levels here

You can now sign up & pay online here.

Plan to come out & support our Fall sports at one of the games or meets below through the month of September.

Full schedules can be found here:

Athletics is a gift of from God. God uses these experiences to grow us. Let's have a great year in 2018-2019!

Go Eagles,

Joe Hamstra
TCA Athletic Director

2018 Spring Sports Wrap-Up

May 07, 2018
By Joe Hamstra

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.

Sporting Clays

  • 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!

Joe Hamstra
Athletic Director

Minimizing End-of-School Stress

April 16, 2018
By Dr. Steve Newby

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.

Blessings always,

Dr. Newby

Do You Expect to be Blessed?

November 27, 2017
By Dr. Steve Newby

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?”

"This week…NOTHING!”

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.

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