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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…)

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. (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…)

Junior High Archers Advance To State Meet

Coach Tommy Sugg leads the junior high archery program in Faith's Outdoor Education class. The students shoot three days a week in the Worth Street gym.

Coach Tommy Sugg leads the junior high archery program in Faith’s Outdoor Education class. The students shoot three days a week in the Worth Street gym.

GRAPEVINE, Texas – The Outdoor Education class in the Junior High at Faith has qualified two archery teams for the state competition on March 6. This is the first year Faith has had an archery program, and the students shoot three times a week during fifth and sixth periods. In an attempt to gauge just how talented these students are, I joined archery class for a week and soon embarrassed myself.

The students are a part of the National Archery in the Schools Program, which boasts around 2,300,000 students. For competitions, the shooters get a warm-up round of five arrows. The contest consists of three rounds of five arrows at 10 meters, followed by three rounds at 15 meters, and finally three more rounds again at 10 meters. Each round has a two-minute time limit, and everything is done on whistle commands. (more…)

Class Teaches Reality Behind CSI Shows

GRAPEVINE, Texas – 2013 Neilsen Ratings showed that nearly 10.8 million Americans watched CSI in one night. Our culture definitely has a fascination with crime shows, but how much of what we see on TV actually happens at a real-life crime scene? To answer that question you should check out Faith’s forensics class taught by Mrs. Lyndsey Toce. (more…)

Tour Tells Grapevine’s History Through Local Legends

Grapevine city hall is decorated with a statue of the night watchman who guarded Main Street in the pioneer days.

Grapevine city hall is decorated with a statue of the night watchman who guarded Main Street in the pioneer days. (Photo Courtesy of the City of Grapevine)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Few cities are as proud of their history as Grapevine, Texas. Be it historically accurate railroads, a functioning 19th century farm, or Main Street, the city pays close attention to the historical significance of each location. In keeping with this theme, D’Vine Wine on Main Street began offering The Night Watchman’s Tour to tell the city’s visitors all the local legends and ghost stories.

The town has a surprising host of characters that “haunt” it, and each tells a little bit more about the city’s past. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the tales are all interesting, even if some are less believable than others. The tour acknowledges that “there is no guarantee of actually seeing a ghost or spirit in any visible form” and ask that “you confirm that you are of suitable mental health to safely participate (sic).” (more…)

Nash Farm Offers Hog Butchering Workshop

Nash Farm hosts a hog butchering workshop each year in January. (Photo Courtesy of John Onderdonk)

Nash Farm hosts a hog butchering workshop each year in January. (Photo Courtesy of John Onderdonk)

GRAPEVINE, Texas – In preparation for this issue, we examined the upcoming events in Grapevine, and one stood out. It’s quite a unique idea. What we found was Nash Farm’s annual butchering and curing workshop. Let me be very straightforward with you. I had no immediate interest in learning how to butcher a hog. Nevertheless, it sounded different and, therefore, earned a spot in this month’s issue, and a Saturday of my life was spent watching a pig be turned into bacon. (more…)