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July 17th, 2017
MS Girls Volleyball – 2016 Season Recap
The MS girls volleyball team narrowly missed the playoffs in 2015, after suffering two losses at the end of the season. The 2016 season brought back the core of the team, and introduced a new coach, Melissa Bauder, hoping to lead the team back to the MCL playoffs.
The 2016 season proved to be the most successful season in the MS volleyball program’s history! The team started off with a 2-2 record, but erupted for 8 straight wins to finish the season at 10-2. This earned the Lady Eagles a 1st round bye in the playoffs and catapulted them to the MCL championship round.
In the championship, which fielded four teams, the Lady Eagles would need two straight wins to secure the school’s first ever championship. The Lady Eagles did what was necessary to secure their place in the championship game, by beating Trinity Lutheran in 3 sets. The Lady Eagles faced undefeated Damascus Christian for the MCL girls volleyball championship. Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles could not overcome Damascus Christian and placed 2nd place overall. Despite the loss, the girls had a lot to be proud of, raising the bar for our future MS volleyball teams.
HS Girls Volleyball – 2016 Season Recap
The HS girls volleyball team looked to improve upon their 2015 campaign, when they were defeated in the first round of the 1B District IV volleyball playoffs. Last season, the Lady 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 season.
The Lady 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 Lady Eagles earned a #2 seed in the 1B District IV playoffs, matching their highest ever ranking! By earning the #2 seed, the Lady Eagles were granted a home-playoff game, something that had only happened once in the team’s history! Unfortunately, the #2 seeded Lady Eagles were upset by the #3 seed, Wishkah Valley, in straight sets, thus ending the Lady Eagles’ season.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, five Lady 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.
MS Boys Basketball – 2016/2017 Season Recap
After failing to field enough players in the 2015/2016 season, the MS boys basketball team hoped to have enough athletes to field a team for the 2016/2017 season. Newly hired coach, Dwight Patterson, had seven players to utilize at the start of the season; however, two players quickly dropped out leaving Coach Patterson with a team of 5 boys, two of whom were 6th grade students.
It didn’t take long to realize that such a small team would not be able to compete in the competitive MCL boys basketball league. After two losses, the mutual decision to forfeit the season was made by the Athletic Director, Coach Patterson, the players, and the parents.
HS Boys Basketball – 2016/2017 Season Recap
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.
MS Track – 2017 Season Recap
The middle school track team had never had a member of the team make it to the MCL district track meet, but all of that changed this season, with the help of newly hired coach, Nicole Jones.
The MS team was small; however, the athletes made their presence known in the league as they continued to set numerous PR’s and eventually having 3 athletes qualify for the district meet. Avery Tapio (1600m) and Elsa Helmes (800m), both 6th grade students, not only qualified for the district meet but set PR’s! 8th grade student Taylor Kopp set a new PR and placed 3rd overall, earning a spot on the winner’s podium, a first for our MS track program!
HS Track – 2017 Season Recap
The Eagles looked to improve upon their successful 2016 campaign, where 7 athletes qualified for the 1B state track meet. Coaches Tim Snell, Timo Congdon, and Don Sorenson sought another coach who could provide some expertise to the HS track team in events such as the high jump and hurdles. The team brought on Coach Kyle Gonzales, a local track athlete who competed with Clark College as a decathlete. Coach Gonzales was able to bring a whole new level of training and experience to our HS team and his efforts proved to be extremely valuable!
At the 1B District track meet, the team set 25 new PR’s and SR’s! The HS track team had 9 participants qualify for the 1B State meet, held at Eastern Washington University:
Emily Hoeflein (Long Jump, 4x100m Relay), Emma Merritt (4x100m Relay), Beth Merritt (4x100m Relay), Sofia Tervo (4x100m Relay), Jenna Rogers (300m Hurdles), Craig Brenton (Long Jump, 800m), Kaden Richter (300m Hurdles), Andrew Rommel (300m Hurdles), Kaleb Moyer (High Jump).
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!
Athletic Program Future Developments and Updates
The 2017/2018 school year is right around the corner, and with that comes some changes to Firm Foundation Christian School’s middle school athletics program.
First, it has been decided to eliminate the 5/6 girls volleyball team and the 5/6 boys basketball team. This decision was made due to several factors. Currently, our middle school program is a participant in the Metro Christian League (MCL). Approximately 75% of the schools in the MCL do not have a 5/6 sports program due to gym constraints and low player numbers. In the past, we have had to cancel several 5/6 sports teams due to low participation. This can cause a strain on the league schedules with teams suddenly dropping out at the last minute. Any 5th and 6th grade students who are looking into playing either volleyball or basketball can contact their local YMCA or Community Centers for opportunities.
Second, the Firm Foundation middle school program will be partnering up with Meadow Glade Adventist, another participant in the MCL, to create a co-ed Middle School soccer team. Due to field restrictions at FFCS, we have never been able to participate in the MCL soccer league. The team will be coached by Meadow Glade, but this will still give our students an opportunity to play MS soccer!
For the 2017/2018 athletic season, FFCS will be offering the following sports for MS and HS students:
– 7/8 coed soccer – Fall 2017
– 7/8 girls volleyball – Fall 2017
– HS girls volleyball (JV and Varsity) – Fall 2017
– 7/8 boys basketball – Winter 2017
– 7/8 girls basketball – Winter 2017
– HS boys basketball (JV and Varsity) – Winter 2017
– HS girls basketball (Varsity) – Winter 2017
– MS track (coed) – Spring 2018
– HS track (coed) – Spring 2018
Important Dates to Remember:
Monday, July 17th
– Registration for 7/8 Co-ed Soccer begins
– Registration for 7/8 Girls Volleyball begins
– Registration for HS Girls Volleyball begins
Monday, August 21st
– Last day to register for HS Girls Volleyball
Monday, August 28th
– Last day to register for 7/8 Co-ed Soccer
– Last day to register for 7/8 Girls Volleyball
Thursday, August 31st
– 7/8 Co-ed Soccer Tryouts @ Meadow Glade (3:20pm to 5:15pm)
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