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Rapid Report: Track Champion

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Sophomore Clay Stocker is the 2011 TAPPS 4A 800 meters State Champion. He ran the race in two minutes and a tenth of a second. He holds the school record in the 800 with a 1:59, the 400 with a 50.3 second time, and in triple jump with a mark of 43 feet 2 inches. He also runs on the 4×400 that set the school record with a three minute and twenty-seven second time. The sophomore also runs cross country and was an all-state member.

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Rapid Report: Peter Ashton Commits

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Senior quarterback Peter Ashton will attend Oregon State University next year where he plans to play football. Peter has played football since eighth grade, and he played at the Varsity level his freshman year when the upperclassmen were injured. He is a great runner and often leaves defenders perplexed as he runs the ball in for a touchdown. As far as he knows, Oregon State plans to play him as a quarterback. Peter graduates this week and will be greatly missed on the Faith football team.

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Grapevine Faith Christian Displayed Spring Strength

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Faith Christian (Grapevine, Texas) has continued to show athletic strength throughout the 2011 spring sports seasons. The Faith track and field teams are headed to state once again, softball is headed to the playoffs, and baseball just missed a playoff berth.

The 2010 track team had six athletes qualify for the State Meet in four events. Of those six athletes last year, four were juniors (Bryce Cason, Preston Staber, Jordan Adams, and Alexis Denis), one a sophomore (Ashton Dunnington), and one freshman (Clay Stocker).

This year it has nearly doubled, sending nine athletes to State to compete in twelve events. There are five seniors (Bryce Cason, Robert Chapman, Jordan Adams, Alexis Denis, and Emily Estes), one junior (Ashton Dunnington), two sophomores (Clay Stocker and Taylor Miller), and one freshman (Cayman Irwin). The most shocking improvement is that last year Faith sent one girl, Alexis Denis, to State and will now send five. The boys had five athletes advance to state last year and will be represented by six this year. Sophomore Clay Stocker broke his previous school record for the 800 meter last week at district, running a 1:59. Faith should have a strong showing at State this year. (more…)

Player of the Week: Freshman Shortstop Cements Herself for Years to Come

ARGYLE, Texas – Freshman Taylor DoneganFaith Christian (Grapevine, Texas)‘s softball shortstop, has been recognized as player of the week. Her talents were exhibited in last week’s game at Argyle Liberty Christian. Assistant Coach Christen Lee said of Donegan, a 5’7″, red-headed freshman, “It is very exciting to know that Taylor is only a freshman because we will have her for three more years. She is a leader by example on the field.” As Faith’s starting shortstop, she was the only player to go 3-3. Against liberty and she displayed her base running ability by scoring from second for one of Faith’s three runs and stealing second later in the game. It was the sixth time this year Donegan has batted 1.000 in a game. She said, “I have worked hard off the field with my batting so when I step on the field I’m ready to go.”

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The Tradition of the One Heart Bowl

GRAPEVINE, Texas – In 2008 Faith Christian (Grapevine, Texas) was coming off a 2007 State Championship game appearance. Head Coach Kris Hogan looked at the schedule and saw the team’s last regular season game would be against Gainesville State School. This would begin the traditional One Heart Bowl.

Gainesville State is a maximum security prison school. The athletes are only allowed to play based on their good behavior. Faith’s website describes the annual game as “an annual football game between Grapevine Faith Christian School and Gainesville State School, a maximum-security facility of the Texas Youth Commission for juveniles. Coach Kris Hogan committed to this game in 2008, and with it, taught his players about the consequences of bad decisions while showing the players at Gainesville State that they were “just as valuable as anyone else on planet Earth.” Faith Students, family and faculty all attended the football game and cheered for the Gainesville Tornadoes. Because the game was such a positive success for the Gainesville youth and Grapevine Faith Christian’s students, it is now a permanent game held annually.” (more…)

JV Baseball Shocking Turnaround

GRAPEVINE, Texas – The 2011 Faith Christian (Grapevine, Texas) JV baseball team, a young and inexperienced team, appeared to have no chance at competing. After a 0-4 start this season, the team made a miraculous turnaround going 4-0 to start district and finishing district play 5-3 and the season12-15. Head JV Coach Michael Roye discussed his players’ performance and prospects for next year.

The players did not get to play any pre-season scrimmages and lost their two top freshmen to the Varsity team. “I think that contributed to our slow start. We tried quite a few different lineups early in the year in order to experiment with people playing various positions, and we were also trying to figure out where each player would help the team the most in the batting order. After a couple of weeks, the coaches had a better idea of who could do what, and the players also started to understand their roles on the team better.” (more…)

The “Mental Game” of Recruitment

At 6’3″ and 205 pounds, senior Peter Ashton is best known asFaith Christian (Grapevine, Texas)‘s star athlete and quarterback, but he may soon be a collegiate football star as well. Peter began playing football in the seventh grade. Hard work and dedication led to him playing quarterback in the 2007-2008 football season at the Varsity level as a freshman. The upperclassmen had been injured so, Peter stepped up and established himself for years to come. Fans often admire his skill running the ball and his hard hits on defense, but he also has a great arm from playing baseball. Peter has played almost every sport there is from football and baseball to track and soccer.

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