High School Work

Brumbaugh Overcomes Injuries, Earns Scholarship

After suffering two season-ending spinal injuries, senior Daniel Brumbaugh led the team in strikeouts this year. (Photo courtesy of Sally Thomas)

After suffering two season-ending spinal injuries, senior Daniel Brumbaugh led the team in strikeouts this year. (Photo courtesy of Sally Thomas)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – What would you do if your hopes and dreams seemingly came crashing down before they ever began? Senior Daniel Brumbaugh experienced such disappointment in his freshman season with the baseball team. Brumbaugh fractured his back early on in the season and faced the possibility of never reaching his goal of playing collegiate baseball. He faced a hard road back, but this fall he signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Richmond next year, achieving his dream. (more…)

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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. (more…)

Freshmen Tour Colleges On Annual Road Trip

GRAPEVINE, Texas – The class of 2017 began preparing for college in late April with the annual freshman college tour. Students toured four Texas universities over two days and came back with a new outlook on the college application process. Mrs. Michelle Taylor, Director of Academic and College Advising, led the trip which is designed “to allow students to get a ‘feel’ for the different opportunities they will have when making their own college choices,” she said.

Students visited DBU, TCU, Baylor, and Texas A&M. “We chose these schools for students to see different types of colleges, different sizes of colleges, and different types of college towns,” Mrs. Taylor said. “The purpose of the visits is not to promote any school. It is to enhance the student’s view of college and fuel their desire to attend a four-year university.” The students seemed to be evenly divided on which school was their favorite, but as many of this year’s seniors can tell you, those opinions can change many times before a final decision is made. (more…)

Soccer Championship: Leaving a Legacy

The soccer team celebrates its fourth straight State Championship after defeating Houston Awty International 2-1. (Photo courtesy of Aimee Reeves)

The soccer team celebrates its fourth straight State Championship after defeating Houston Awty International 2-1. (Photo courtesy of Aimee Reeves)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Two years ago, senior Michael Nolan sat in Mr. Michael Beeson’s sophomore Bible class and said that he thought it would be possible for Grapevine Faith to win a state championship in men’s soccer four years in a row. Now the feat has been accomplished. The Lions claimed their fourth straight title on March 8 with a 2-1 victory over Houston Awty International–the same school that they beat in the finals last year. (more…)

Picture Day Causes Difficulties For Athletes

Even the professionals sometimes get it wrong. Chicago Cubs' outfielder, Junior Lake, (left) wore the wrong road jersey on April 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy of NBC Sports Network)

Even the professionals sometimes get it wrong. Chicago Cubs’ outfielder, Junior Lake, (left) wore the wrong road jersey on April 3, 2014. (Photo courtesy of NBC Sports Network)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Picture day can be a stressful time for athletes. Between making sure makeup looks just right and keeping track of elusive order forms, it’s not surprising that there tend to be mishaps. Usually, these revolve around the athlete’s clothing.

Even the professionals occasionally grab the wrong uniform. Last year, Robbie Ross of the Texas Rangers wore gray when his teammates wore blue, and Junior Lake of the Chicago Cubs had a similar issue this year in a game against the Pittsburg Pirates. While his teammates’ tops said “Cubs” he wore a jersey with the word “Chicago” on it. At least Lake’s jersey was the same color as his teammates. On the other hand, everything about Senior Zane Smith’s uniform was wrong for the baseball team’s photo. (more…)

Spring Training Offers Different Perspective

Rangers' second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) signs autographs for fans before a spring game against the Cincinnati Reds in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Ogden)

Rangers’ second baseman Jurickson Profar (13) signs autographs for fans before a spring game against the Cincinnati Reds in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Sandra Ogden)

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Spring is a time known for rebirth and renewal. Nowhere can this be seen more prominently than in Major League Baseball’s many Spring Training camps. This year for spring break, my parents surprised me with a trip to Surprise, Arizona.

Major League teams report to camp in mid-February, and the first preseason games start in March. This gives the players about a month’s worth of games to prepare for the season. Half of the teams work out in Arizona in the suburbs of Phoenix, while the other half head down to Florida. One unique aspect of Spring Training is that teams forget their American and National League designations for a short time as they realign into the Cactus (Arizona) and Grapefruit (Florida) Leagues. This gives fans of American League teams the chance to see teams they typically wouldn’t from the National League and vice versa. (more…)

Junior Class Wins Grapevine Faith’s Winter Olympics

Senior David Elliott celebrates his team's roll in curling. (Photo Courtesy of Brandon Whiteley)

Senior David Elliott celebrates his team’s roll in curling. (Photo Courtesy of Brandon Whiteley)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – With the XXII Winter Olympics in full swing in Sochi, Russia, the RAWR decided to host its own version of the games between the classes at Grapevine Faith. Students were allowed to sign up for any of five events hosted in the gym, and points were given to each class for the medals they won. The events included biathlon, curling, and bobsled, with the highlights being hockey and figure skating. (more…)