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MS Girls Volleyball — 2017 Season Recap
The MS girls volleyball team looked to continue their success from the previous season; however, the team would have to adjust to some new changes. First, the team introduced a new coach, Emily Hoeflein, a former Lady Eagle player fresh off of her High School graduation! Coach Hoeflein brought plenty of experience to the team; however, this was her first chance at coaching a young group of girls.
The 2017 season was one of transition. Not only did the team need to adjust to having a new coach, but the Lady Eagles needed to figure out a new line up, considering many of the former middle school players had moved on to high school. The team consisted of 11 players; however, only 4 of them were returning players.
Although the team entered the 2017 with a level of inexperience, they performed valiantly and showed a huge level of improvement! The MS Lady Eagles finished the season record of 3 wins and 9 losses.
HS Girls Volleyball – 2017 Season Recap
The HS girls volleyball team looked to rebound from their early exit in the 2016 1B playoffs by adding a new group of freshman and a new coaching assistant. Returning coach, John Stevens, brought in some outside help in the form of coaching assistant, Jenn Nesland. A revamped strategy that not only focused on the Lady Eagles’ stellar defense, but mixed in some big striking and improved serving helped the team finish the regular season with 12 wins and 6 losses. The Lady Eagles earned the #3 seed in the 1B District IV playoffs, where the Lady Eagles would travel to Wishkah Valley, the same team that ended the team’s 2016 campaign.
The Lady Eagles, whom had never won a playoff game, looked to change that and add their names into the FFCS history books; the team did not disappoint! With the team traveling to Wishkah Valley, the Lady Eagles defeated their opponents, earning the school their first ever playoff win, in any team sport. The win advanced the Lady Eagles to the 1B District IV championship round, where they would face league opponent, and top-seeded, Naselle. The Lady Eagles fought hard and upset Naselle, 3 sets to 1. This gave the Lady Eagles a chance to earn a berth in the State tournament. Their opponent was league-rival Three Rivers Christian. The match was a back-and-forth contest; however, the Lady Eagles eventually succumbed to Three Rivers in 5 sets.
The Lady Eagles earned 2nd place in the District IV playoffs; however, their season was not over. The Lady Eagles’ performance in the District IV playoffs earned the team the opportunity to play in a winner-goes-to-State match against Klickitat-Glenwood. The Lady Eagles were the higher seed and were able to host. With the FFCS gymnasium filled to capacity, the Lady Eagles defeated Klickitat-Glenwood in straight sets, earning them a spot in the State tournament, held at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
The Lady Eagles traveled to Yakima for the 1B State Volleyball tournament, something that had never been done in school history! The team were 1 of 16 teams competing for a spot on the State Podium. The tournament format was a double-elimination tournament. The Lady Eagles’ first opponent was Almira-Coulee-Hartline, which defeated the Lady Eagles in straight sets. The Lady Eagles still had a chance to podium, if they could win out in the consolation bracket; however, the team lost their second match to Rainier Christian, thus effectively ending the team’s historic season.
At the conclusion of the 2017 season, there was much to be proud of.
Katie Kogler was recognized as the Athlete of the Week in the Columbian.
Three Lady Eagles earned the distinguished Columbia Valley League All-League Award: Katie Kogler, Brooklyn Warren, and Katie Rommel.
Coach John Stevens earned the CVL Coach of the Year award for the third consecutive year!
The team qualified for the WIAA Outstanding Scholastic Award with a combined GPA of 3.781
MS Boys Basketball – 2017/2018 Season Recap
The MS boys basketball team looked to rebound from a disappointing season, after having to forfeit the 2016/2017 season, due to lack of personnel.
Coach Hal Stokes returned with a roster of ten boys, some whom had never played basketball before, and hoped to guide them to the MCL playoffs. Unfortunately, the inexperienced Eagles missed out on the playoffs, finishing with a record of 2 wins and 10 losses.
Although the MS boys team failed to win many games, Coach Stokes was happy to have fielded a full team and praised the younger, more inexperienced players effort and growth!
HS Boys Basketball – 2017/2018 Season Recap
The HS boys basketball team looked to solve their early postseason exits from the previous 2 seasons. Having only lost one Senior from the year before, the Eagles were hungry to try and earn a top seed in the District IV playoffs.
The Eagles opened the season with great success, winning 4 out of 5 games, in non-league play; however, the Eagles couldn’t overcome league champion Naselle and close rival, Columbia Adventist.
The Eagles were guaranteed the third seed in the District IV playoffs after defeating league opponent Three Rivers Christian. Once again, the HS boys team would try and accomplish something that had never been done in program history: win a playoff game. The Eagles would travel up and face an opponent they had only faced once before, the Mary M. Knight Owls.
The Eagles came out swinging against the Owls, finishing the 1st quarter with a 15-6 advantage; however, the Owls would not let the deficit deter them and continued to keep things close. In the end, Kaden Richter hit two crucial free throws to seal the win, 43-39, and the Eagles advanced in the District IV playoffs for the first time in team history!
The Eagles would need another victory to try and qualify for the 1B State basketball tournament. Their opponent standing in their way would be CVL league champion, Naselle. Already, the Eagles had lost to Naselle by large margins, and unfortunately the outcome was similar. The Naselle Comets used a barrage of long-range shots and tight defense to defeat the Eagles 72-39, thus ending the Eagles season.
At the conclusion of the 2017/2018 season, there was much to be proud of:
Two Eagles earned the distinguished Columbia Valley League All-League Award: Daniel Kogler and Andrew Rommel
The team qualified for the WIAA Distinguished Scholastic Award (combined GPA of 3.0 – 3.49)
MS Track – 2018 Season Recap
The MS track team had a fantastic season, which culminated with the most podiums the young team had ever achieved in an MCL District meet! Coach Nicole Jones returned, and with the help of Kyle Gonzales, a HS track coach, the team exceeded their expectations!
Elsa Helmes, Avery Tapio, Gabe Stokes, and Savannah Stokes all qualified for the MCL District meet. Elsa Helmes set a new FFCS MS track record by earning podium honors not once, but twice! Savannah Stokes also earned podium honors!
HS Track – 2018 Season Recap
After their successful 2017 campaign, where 9 participants qualified for the 1B state track meet, the Eagles looked to not just replicate, but exceed all expectations! With the departure of Coach Snell and Coach Congdon, Coach Jones and Coach Gonzales looked to push the Eagles to their breaking point. By adding several new events (triple jump, 100m hurdles, 110m hurdles, 4x400m relay) and having athletes get out of their comfort zone, Coach Jones and Coach Gonzales not only met their season expectations, they shattered it!
The Eagles qualified 12 athletes, a new team best, for the 1B State track meet, held at Eastern Washington University. Issac Baker (High Jump), Anna Huntsinger (100m hurdles, 4x100m relay), Kaleb Moyer (100m and 200m), Daniel Kogler (400m and 4x400m relay), Kaden Richter (300m hurdles), Emma Merritt (4x100m relay), Beth Merritt (4x100m relay), Yimeier Tao (4x100m relay), Evan Baker (4x400m relay), Vlad Polyakov (4x400m relay), and Josh Mueller (4x400m relay) all qualified for the 1B state track meet.
Although none of the State qualifiers made it to the winner’s podium, the Eagles had much to be proud of for their accomplishments!
Athletic Program Future Developments and Updates
The 2018/2019 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 2018/2019 athletic season, FFCS will be offering the following sports for MS and HS students:
– 7/8 coed soccer – Fall 2018
– 7/8 girls volleyball – Fall 2018
– HS girls volleyball (JV and Varsity) – Fall 2018
– 7/8 boys basketball – Winter 2018
– 7/8 girls basketball – Winter 2018
– HS boys basketball (JV and Varsity) – Winter 2018
– HS girls basketball (Varsity) – Winter 2018
– MS track (coed) – Spring 2019
– HS track (coed) – Spring 2019
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