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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…)

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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…)

Faith Soccer Named Champions After Keller Forfeits

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – The Grapevine Faith men’s soccer team won the Grapevine-Richland Winter Blast tournament this weekend after Keller forfeited the championship game saying their team was too tired to play.

Lions’ head coach Matt McKinney said that discussion of having co-champions came up in the coaches’ meetings with tournament officials, but he declined and Keller willingly agreed to forfeit the game. According to McKinney, “[Keller] said, ‘No, they’re champions. It’s a forfeit,” so the Lions received the title outright. (more…)

Lions Advance to Championship After Defeating Richland 2-1

The captains take the coin toss to start the game. Faith would beat Richland 2-1.

The captains take the coin toss to start the game. Faith would beat Richland 2-1.

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – Grapevine Faith continued their deep run in the Grapevine-Richland Winter Blast tournament today defeating host-team Richland 2-1. The Lions will play in the Championship game tonight against the winner of the second semifinal game between Arlington Martin and Keller high schools.

The game started with heavy midfield play from Richland that had the Lions scrambling on defense. When the Lions finally did break through the midfield, however, they easily took charge on offense as their forwards had a sizable advantage over Richland’s defense with their speed. Late in the first half, the Lions earned a corner kick and senior Drake Reeves easily put the ball past the keeper on a flat-footed header. (more…)

Grapevine Faith Soccer Defeats Southlake Carroll

Senior Dylan Ingle (22) recovers the ball after the Lions stole it from Carroll.

Senior Dylan Ingle (22) recovers the ball after the Lions stole it from Carroll.

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – It may sound cliche to say it was a David-and-Goliath matchup when Grapevine Faith met Southlake Carroll in the Grapevine Winter Blast soccer tournament, but when Carroll has more students in their senior class than Faith has in it’s entire high school, the comparison is not that far off. The Faith Lions and Carroll Dragons met on Friday night, and Faith won a physical game 3-2.

The Lions took an early lead after senior captain Dan Hancock scored a little over two minutes into the game. Carroll tied the game later in the half, but Faith quickly retaliated with a goal from senior Conor Langenbahn. Late in the first half, senior Michael Hinkley cemented the Lions’ lead with a third goal for Faith. Southlake would bring the game close again after scoring late in the second half, but Faith held on to win the game. (more…)