Our student athletes work hard, exhibiting exceptional character in highly competitive environments.
The HS girls volleyball team looked to improve upon their 2015/2016 campaign, when they were defeated in the first round of the 1B District IV volleyball playoffs. Last season, the Eagles earned the #3 seed in the Columbia Valley League, but reigning CVL Coach of the Year, John Stevens, knew his girls had more in them for the 2016/2017 season.
The Eagles battled against Columbia Adventist, Three Rivers Christian, and the Washington School for the Deaf in league play, and emerged with a final season record of 8 wins and 4 losses. The Eagles earned a #2 seed in the 1B District IV playoffs, matching their highest ever ranking! By earning the #2 seed, the Eagles were granted a home-playoff game, something that had only happened once in the team’s history! Unfortunately, the #2 seeded Eagles were upset by the #3 seed, Wishkah Valley, in straight sets, thus ending the Eagles’ season.
At the conclusion of the 2016/2017 season, five Eagles earned the distinguished Columbia Valley League All-League Award: Emily Hoeflein, Emma Merritt, Katie Rommel, Sofia Tervo, and Brooklyn Warren. Coach John Stevens also repeated as the CVL Coach of the Year, his second win in a row!
The girls also qualified for the WIAA Outstanding Scholastic Award with a combined GPA of 3.739. The girls narrowly missed out on the WIAA Top Scholastic Award by a mere 0.146 GPA.
After losing to the Oakville Acorns in the 2015/2016 1B District IV playoffs, and losing 4 starters due to graduation and transfers, the Eagles were in a rebuilding phase for the 2016/2017 season. Losing 4 starters didn’t deter Coach John Stevens one bit, as he and the Eagles looked to avenge the closest playoff loss in school history.
Again, the Eagles would play against Columbia Adventist, Three Rivers Christian, and the Washington School for the Deaf, in league play. The 2016/2017 season began with a couple of losses, as the Eagles looked to make adjustments to their young roster. As the season rolled on, the Eagles were in a tight race with Three Rivers Christian for the #2 seed in the 1B District IV basketball playoffs. The Eagles needed a victory in their final home game of the regular season, against WSD, to secure the #2 seed, something that had never been done in program history. The Eagles prevailed and granted them the chance to host the Oakville Acorns, the same team which defeated them in the playoffs the year prior.
After a tough back-and-forth contest, the Eagles succumbed to the Acorns by a final score of 49-43. Again, the Eagles lost in the first round of the playoffs and were officially eliminated from competition.
Although the team suffered another first-round exit, there was much to be proud of. The Eagles secured the program’s first ever home playoff game and overcame the adversity of starting such a young roster. The team also had three players earn the coveted Columbia Valley League All-League award: August Helmes, Daniel Kogler, and Andrew Rommel.
The Eagles look to bounce back next season, as they only lost one senior, Michael Clarke, and hope to continue what they worked so hard for during the 2016/2017 season.
At the 1B district track meet, Firm Foundation Christian School qualified nine athletes for the 1B State track meet, held at Eastern Washington University. This was the most FFCS had ever qualified in the school’s history!
Andrew Rommel, in his first ever season competing in track, finished 12th overall in the 300 meter hurdles.
Kaden Richter and Jenna Rogers, both whom qualified for State in the 300 meters, an event which was new for both of them, placed 16th overall.
Kaleb Moyer, the team’s only high jumper, matched his PR, and finished 18th overall.
Craig Brenton, the only male athlete who qualified in multiple events, earned a PR in the Long Jump and finished 16th overall; he also placed 16th overall in the 800 meter run.
Emily Hoeflein, the only female athlete who qualified in multiple events, earned 10th place overall in the Long Jump, amidst a controversial call that cost her a spot on the winner’s podium.
The 4×100 girls relay team, consisting of Emma Merritt, Sofia Tervo, Beth Merritt, and Emily Hoeflein, earned a PR and finished 15th overall.
The 1B State meet was a mixture of joy and disappointment; however, regardless the outcomes, to God goes the glory! We are so thankful to have had the chance to represent Firm Foundation Christian School and we are already prepping for next season! GO EAGLES!!!