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Falcons Fired Up! The Falcons were busy preparing all summer for their upcoming seasons. Through weight room workouts, camps, clinics and leagues, the athletes never stood idle. They are now ready to compete throughout the 2014-15 academic year.
Inside this Issue Cheerleading. . . . . . . . . . . 1 Baseball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Boys’ Basketball . . . . . . . 2 Soccer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Track. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Cross Country. . . . . . . . . . 3 Girls’ Basketball. . . . . . . . 3 Field Hockey. . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fall Coaches. . . . . . . . . . . 4 Falcons Competing at the Collegiate Level. . . . . . . 5 Save the Dates. . . . . . . . . 6 Join the Falcon Club . . . . 6
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The varsity and JV cheerleaders attended camp at Great Wolf Lodge this summer. The girls had a great time and came home with several awards and recognitions. Varsity Home Pom: Best Choreography and 1st Place Junior Varsity Home Pom: 1st Place Varsity and Junior Varsity Fight Song: Blue Superior Ribbon Large Junior Varsity Game Day Overall: 2nd Place Large Varsity Xtreme Routine: 1st Place Large Varsity Timeout Cheer: 1st Place Large Varsity Sideline Cheer: 1st Place Large Varsity Game Day Overall: 1st Place
UCA All-Americans: Emily Hodnett ’16 Nina Cloven ’16 Whitney Kelly ’16 Katelyn Tierney ’15 Carlyle Rascoe ’15 Kennedy Stovall ’15 Kennedy Smith ’15 Amanda Stephens ’15 Alexis Palko ’15 Invited to be on UCA Staff: Carlyle Rascoe ’15 Katelyn Tierney ’15 Kennedy Stovall ’15 Pin It Forward Leadership Award: Carlyle Rascoe ’15 Katelyn Tierney ’15 Kennedy Stovall ’15
Athletic event photos are available to view and download on the Falcon Club Photo Archive page. Existing photo archive members can access the photos by logging in to fwcd.org and selecting the Falcon Club Photo Archive link under the Group tab. Photo archive membership is required to view and download photos. To purchase, visit fwcd.org/ falconclub. Questions? Contact Lisa Parker, athletic administrative assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 1
The FWCD baseball program had another busy summer in 2014. We had two teams compete in the North Tarrant Baseball League (varsity and JV). The varsity team finished with a record of 6-3, and the JV had a 5-4 mark. The focus of these games was not about winning or losing, rather, it was about returning players taking advantage of a great opportunity to play and compete at positions they will be expected to fill in the 2015 spring season. For the younger players, the summer provided an opportunity to play for Coach Brady Benoit for the first time, helping them relax and get used to his coaching style. Another benefit: Benoit was able to see what the upcoming players are capable of doing in game situations. Lastly, a big thanks from the entire baseball program to Dennis Heinrichs and Denver Edmunds of Plant Operations for preparing the field for the games! The program also put on the second FWCD Baseball Camp during the first week of July. The camp was a ton of fun and a great success. More than 60 campers attended and learned everything from pitching and fielding to hitting and bunting. The campers ended each day with the Whiffle Ball World Series and concluded at the end of the week with the ever-popular slip-n-slide to practice sliding. Camp was a lot of fun, and we hope to see everyone back
Basketball had one of its largest skills camps ever over the summer. The camp was for students in grades 1-8, and several high school players helped to coach. Two Upper School teams and four Middle School teams competed in the FWCD Summer League. This was the biggest year of the league with 28 total teams (boys, girls, Upper School and Middle School). The varsity boys’ team finished 10-5.
Marshall Dike ’16
next summer. Coach Benoit would like to thank Clinton Carter ’14, Ryan Burke ’15, Marshall Dike ’16, William Sheats ’16, Austin Westermann ’16, James Ferguson ’16 and Branson Nelson ’16 for helping out with the camp. The boys will spend the fall in the weight room and get started with individual workouts during the winter season to get ready for February 2! If you have any questions about the FWCD baseball program please contact Coach Benoit at email@example.com.
Austin Westermann ’16 helps Avery Clinkscale ’20 2
Soccer continued their tradition of largely successful summer camps at FWCD. Three camps took place: boys and girls ages 5-10, girls ages 10-18 and boys ages 10-18. Attendance proved to be strong again with more than 200 kids participating.
Coaches Mark Brady and Brian Farda held two speed camps over the summer. The camps were designed to help all students become more explosive and learn proper sprinting technique. They also worked on handling the mental challenges that come from competing in sports to help them become as successful as possible. While the camp took place on the track, the coaches hoped that the take-away would be beneficial to any sport an athlete plays.
Joseph Breedlove ’17 and his team were the runners-up in the Championship Bracket of the largest tournament hosted in Texas. Boys’ basketball also sent three teams to the Azle Shoot Out on July 11-12. The Middle School eighth-grade team finished as champions out of 12 teams. JV finished fourth out of 12, and varsity finished seventh out of 16. A highlight for the varsity was beating 4A state powerhouse Burkburnett High School. Two players competed on National AAU teams. Joseph Breedlove ’17 and his team were the runners-up in the Championship Bracket of the largest tournament hosted in Texas (including teams from all over the nation), the Super 72 Great American Shoot Out. Sean Smith ’17 and his team participated in the same tournament and reached the semifinals in the Gold Bracket.
The cross country team was hard at work this summer logging miles and getting ready for the fall racing season. From June to August, the team logged more than 2,200 miles. The team also spent time in the weight room getting stronger, attended summer cross country camps and raced in various community races that spanned across not only Texas and the U.S., but also around the globe in Spain. The athletes are looking forward to the season as they continue to build on their successes from past seasons.
Field hockey started off the summer with the “kids” camp at FWCD. Several girls in grades 2-8 were coached by the high school players, alumni and varsity coaches. Highlights of the camp are always the Wacky Olympics, Steal the Bacon and scrimmaging. Twenty-nine girls traveled to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a team camp. For the first time ever, FWCD was able to field two teams. The girls had a great time learning new skills, playing games and getting to know one another. Kate Laughlin ’15
and Christina Kelly ’18 earned the Will to Win awards for their respective teams. The last couple days of summer, Gateway Field Hockey Camp came to FWCD. There were several players that participated and enjoyed some of the “cool” days of summer. The Falcons have worked hard all summer and are already in uniform for the fall season and hard at work! Check out the Athletics website to get the most up-to-date schedules so you can come cheer on your Falcons!
The FWCD girls’ basketball team (Natalie Clifton ’16, Alyse Bilardi ’16, Sydney Stripling ’17, Ryleigh Rains ’17, Samantha Burke ’18, Kathleen Clum ’18, Hannah Peeples ’18) participated in the FWCD Summer League. The girls played a total of 10 games over five weeks. Stripling, Peeples and Taylor Symonds ’19 played for Team Texas Express this summer and traveled around the state to compete in AAU tournaments.
The annual Football Moms Clinic: Each year the FWCD football coaches invite the football moms to come out and learn the Xs and Os of the game. Each mom then plays their son’s position to try and understand the game a little better. Following the clinic, the mothers, sons and coaches enjoy dinner together.
2014 Fall Sports Coaches JV Red Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach Amanda Watts
Varsity Football Head Coach Frank Gendusa* Assistant Coaches James Mott Brady Benoit Brian Farda Don Morland Pepper Ackers ’92 Victor Arguijo Colin Douglas ’06 Jordan Hampton ’01 JV Football Head Coach Colin Douglas ’06 Assistant Coaches Victor Arguijo Brady Benoit Jordan Hampton ’01 Middle School A Football Head Coach Mark Brady Assistant Coach James Rains Middle School B Football Head Coach Brad Jones Assistant Coach Jimmy Brockway Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach Paige Farris Chisholm ’87* Assistant Coach Chloe Bade Anderson ’05 JV Field Hockey Assistant Coaches Rachel Stepp Pinckard ’07 Kaytlin Blanchard ’04 Middle School A Field Hockey Head Coach Mike Vincent Middle School B Field Hockey Head Coach Valerie Bloch Montgomery ’01 Assistant Coach Liz Tooze
Falcons Competing at the Collegiate Level Baseball
Tara Gordon ’12 (Northwestern University)
Abby Cox ’12 (Macalester College)
Matt Beasley ’12 (Ranger College)
JV Blue Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach Molly Risewick-Zeno Middle School A Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach Aimee Jenkins Middle School B Red Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach Tara Finn
Mixon Staffel ’15
Varsity Cross Country Head Coach DeAnn Hall* Assistant Coach Bob Booth Middle School Cross Country Head Coach Joe Murph Assistant Coach Christine Spikes Varsity Boys’ Volleyball Head Coach Missi Olson Kovachev ’89* Assistant Coach Alex Kovachev JV Boys’ Volleyball Head Coach Brent Zuege Assistant Coach Patrick Powers ’06 Middle School Boys’ Volleyball Head Coach Tarik Guendouzi Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach Butch Traeder*
Middle School B Blue Girls’ Volleyball Head Coach Amanda Watts Varsity Cheerleading Head Coach Courtney Collings
Thomas Boucher ’12 (Dallas Baptist University) Daniel Steinbrenner ’12 (Arkansas Tech University)
Middle School Cheerleading Head Coach Killian Naylor
Bailee Wallace ’14 (Hendrix College)
Athletic Trainers Head Ed Chisholm Assistant Chelsea Procter-Willman
Aaron Brown ’11 (Mount St. Mary’s University)
Swimming Amy Barrett ’12 (Oklahoma Baptist University)
Dalton Dry ’14 (Texas Christian University)
Equipment Manager Grant Gossett
Erin Parker ’12 (Rhodes College)
Tennis Christa Ratcliff ’11 (Tuskegee University)
*Indicates program director
Kyle Fraser ’11 (Stanford University)
Track and Field
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Courtney Reimer ’11 (Furman University)
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Crew Oliver Salonna ’12 (Boston University)
Cross Country Haley Stratton ’12 (Hendrix College)
Taylor Smith ’12 (University of California at Los Angeles)
Clifton Harlin ’11 (Texas A&M University) 5
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SAVE THE DATES!
Senior Recognition – Friday, October 10
HOMECOMING 2014 Join the Falcon Club Today! Membership form available on fwcd.org/Page/Athletics/Falcon Club
Support Your Falcons! Visit the Falcon Nest at all home football games from 6 p.m. through halftime.
Friday, October 24 Alumni/Family Cookout – 6 p.m. Come enjoy the Senior Dads cookout and food trucks prior to the game. Bounce houses will also be available for our youngest Falcons!
Football Game – 7:30 p.m. The Battle of Bryant Irvin Homecoming football game against Trinity Valley School and Athletic Wall of Fame inductions at halftime on Rosacker Field