The Top Ten Moments of 2013-2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas 

Written by Assistant Editor Emily Macdonald with contributions from Editor Brian Ogden

#1 Soccer vs. Southlake and Fourth Straight Title

Sophomore soccer players receive a proclamation from Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate celebrating their fourth straight title alongside their coaches. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

Sophomore soccer players receive a proclamation from Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate celebrating their fourth straight title alongside their coaches. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

For the fourth year in a row, Faith’s soccer team has claimed the title of State Champions. This 4-peat was an outstanding accomplishment for the team, especially the seniors, for they have been prominent leaders on the team. This title didn’t come without challenges, though. The team played many major opponents, including large public schools like Southlake, but their hard work and determination helped them pull through and achieve yet another state championship win for Faith. Their fourth win was celebrated at an all-school pep talley at which the team and coaches were honored and the award was formally presented to the school. Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate also issued a proclamation making May 6, 2014 Faith Christian School State Soccer Champions Day.

#2 Basketball Sets Records in Win Over Midland

Coach Matt Sayman and the basketball team react as the buzzer rings to secure their 108-89 victory over Midland Christian. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

Faith’s varsity basketball team had a record-breaking season this past year. With the addition of a new head coach, Matt Sayman, the 2013-2014 season revolutionized the school’s basketball program. In January, Faith scored 108 points against Midland, the first time a Faith basketball team had ever reached triple-digits. Many players also set individual records. During that same Midland game, Kyle Carter alone scored 48 points, which set the record for most points scored by one person, and Dalton Standish had the most assists, totaling 17 during that game. This record was a major milestone in the school’s basketball program, and future teams hope to accomplish the same thing.

#3 Baseball Defeats Tyler All-Saints in Playoffs

Senior Brady Stallings scores a run after colliding with All-Saints' catcher. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

Senior Brady Stallings scores a run after colliding with All-Saints’ catcher. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

Faith’s varsity baseball team won a bi-district championship and advanced to regionals after defeating Tyler All-Saints in a three-game series. The Lions fell 6-4 in the first game of the series, but bounced back and won games two and three to move on. Prior to game two, senior outfielder Jared Jones found a small stuffed dog in the batting cages. The dog, named Cletus by the team, was taken up as a team mascot and general good luck charm. All-Saints had a raucous student section that lined up down the third-base line to harass the Lions. Faith overcame the noise and won game two 8-0 in support of a 14 strikeout performance from senior pitcher Daniel Brumbaugh. Freshman Cam Roane and sophomore Mason McDonald combined to pitch game three, which Faith won 4-2. After the games, one All-Saints player said, “Well, I wish we would have won, but if we had to lose, I am glad it was to a team that plays classy.”

#4 Little Women Nominated for DSM Awards

Junior Sarah Jessie (left) was nominated as Featured Performer for her role as Beth in Little Women. (Photo from RAWR Archives)

Junior Sarah Jessie (left) was nominated as Featured Performer for her role as Beth in Little Women. (Photo from RAWR Archives)

Though the performance of Little Women was finished in the first semester, the cast members eagerly awaited the announcement of the Dallas Summer Musical nominees. Faith was nominated for the following awards: Best Musical, Featured Performer (Sarah Jessie as Beth), Supporting Actress (Hannah Holt as Marmee), Supporting Actor (Quint Erwin as Professor Bhaer), Direction, Choreography (Riley Murdock), Musical Direction, Scenic Design, Lighting Design (Drew Jarvis), and Chorus/Ensemble. On April 30, the winners of each category were announced at an awards ceremony at Fair Park Music Hall. Though Faith’s Little Women did not win any awards, the cast was still proud of the chance to be nominated.

#5 Golf Breaks Lowest Score in School History

Sophomore Dawson Parmely lines up his putt while his opponent takes a shot of his own. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

Sophomore Dawson Parmely lines up his putt while his opponent takes a shot of his own. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

Continuing the trend of this record-setting year, Faith’s 2014 golf team reached the lowest team score in the school’s history. The tournament was held at Mira Vista Country Club on February 17. The five players, Jackson Markham, Blaise Weimer, Caleb Biggers, and Chase Bonar, and Dawson Parmley, chose the top four scores and combined them for their team scores. Overall, the team shot 300, and Markham placed first and Weimer tied for second in the entire tournament. With four out of five players returning, the team hopes to continue to achieve low scores and place well in future tournaments.

#6 Tennis Travels to Waco For Tournament

Faith teammates faced each other for the championship in Waco.  Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

Faith teammates faced each other for the championship in Waco. (Photo courtesy of Grapevine Faith Athletic Department)

When the varsity tennis team traveled to Waco for a tournament, the final championship games for the winner’s bracket came down to Faith players challenging their own teammates. Both the Boy’s and Girl’s A doubles in the winners’ bracket were comprised of two Faith players versus two other Faith players, so the gold and silver medals were secured for the school. At the end of both matches, Hope Wilcutts and Delaney Wolf beat Kathryn Anderson and Kennedy Dendy, and Warren Womack and Matthew Knabe beat Alec Ciulla and Landon Autrey. This situation made for an intense but fun competition and plenty of victories for the school.

#7 Seniors Put on an Amazing High School Retreat

Students relax at High School Retreat. Photo from RAWR Archives.)

Students relax at High School Retreat. (Photo from RAWR Archives.)

Retreat, as always, was a memorable time for the entire high school student body and staff. Planned and led by the senior class, the trip included worship, fun activities, and spiritual growth that encouraged the high school to “engage” the world in a Christian way. The underclassmen had the chance to get to know some older students, and the seniors bonded as a class before finishing their last year together. Though the seniors enjoyed serving the underclassmen while at retreat, most would say their favorite moments came in the days before the underclassmen arrived and it was just the senior class enjoying some time off from class and preparing for the week ahead. Whether it was Gavin Morris impersonating teachers or near disasters in the kitchen, Retreat provided many laughable memories.

#8 Debate and TAPPS Academic Teams Succeed

In Debate's first year, students won awards for their speaking skills. Photo from RAWR Archives)

In Debate’s first year, students won awards for their speaking skills. (Photo from RAWR Archives)

Though sports are often the center of attention when it comes to team wins, the TAPPS team and the new debate team performed very well in their competitions. Many students attended the TAPPS competition, which included art and academic categories, and quite a few took away winning titles. Though debate was a new elective this year, it quickly became popular. Junior Chandler Ford competed at one debate competition and swept his opponents away. Some intellectuals and artists alike even advanced to the state competitions and took away several awards. Senior Cassidy Staber was the state champion in Literary Criticism for the second year in a row and Gretchen Stocker took second place in the Senior Portfolio division at the TAPPS State Art Meet.

#9 Outdoor Education Takes Archery Team to State

Eighth-graders Haley Smith and Tori Sugg shoot at the state meet. Photo from RAWR Archives)

Eighth-graders Haley Smith and Tori Sugg shoot at the state meet. (Photo from RAWR Archives)

In addition to new classes such as Honors Film as Literature and Debate in high school, an Outdoor Education class was introduced to the junior high. In its first year, the class was immediately popular. Taught by Coach Tommy Sugg, the class focused on survival skills, gun safety, camping, hiking, climbing, biking, and archery. The class even qualified for the State Archery Competition, and one of the teams went to Nationals. Next year, the class will be available to high school students as an optional elective. Many high schoolers have voiced their excitement about taking the class next year, and it is expected to fill up quite quickly.

#10 Whoo Crew Brings Energy to Volleyball Games

Senior Bryce Wasserman and his famous white board helped lead the Whoo Crew and rally the volleyball team. Photo from RAWR Archives)

Senior Bryce Wasserman and his famous white board helped lead the Whoo Crew and rally the volleyball team. (Photo from RAWR Archives)

The Whoo Crew, a student-led group that cheers on the volleyball team, gained a reputation in the metroplex this year. Their loud shouts of encouragement and crazy school spirit often left opponents intimidated. Though the Whoo Crew had to be careful not to take their exuberant actions too far, they raised a lot of support for the volleyball team and helped increase school spirit at athletic events. Their efforts did not go unnoticed as many times opposing players offered visible reactions to the noise and often seemed unsettled. Seeing as the Whoo Crew’s sole goal was to rattle the visiting teams, this verification of their success only encouraged them to be louder and more raucous. The absence of the Class of 2014 may threaten the Whoo Crew’s dominance next year, but the juniors are expected to step up and continue the tradition.

To see this article as it originally appeared in the Grapevine Faith RAWR, click here.

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