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The Pursuit

October 10, 2017
By Joe Hamstra

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.

GO EAGLES!