20 Oct, 2021
Shana Willeford (VYPE Media)
Earlier this week, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic came under fire after playing athletes that were not eligible to be playing yet. The team was forced to forfeit three wins as a result of the incident. Since then letters have been sent to the community, athletic director/defensive coordinator Jordan Hampton has been fired, and head football coach David Beaudin has been placed on an indefinite suspension.
As a punishment from TAPPS, the Vikings' three forfeits include two district victories. The team played five players in various games prior to their transfer forms being approved. The forfeits drop Nolan Catholic from a 5-2 overall record (3-1 in district play) to a 2-3 overall record (2-2 in district). The drop causes the Vikings to fall out of contention for their district's first-place spot. The Vikings will be allowed to compete in the playoffs this season, but they have been placed on probation through June 2023. The wins forfeited include a non-district victory over Little Rock Catholic and two district wins against Midland Christian and Bishop Lynch.
A letter sent by athletic director/defensive coordinator Jordan Hampton, interim president Kristy Webb, and principal Leah Rios informed the community of the forfeits earlier this week. The letter reads "Nolan Catholic is committed to playing fairly and within the rules set out by TAPPS. But for the delay in formal approval of their forms, these students were all otherwise eligible to participate... The integrity of the games in which these students competed in prior to formal approval of their forms was not affected by their participation."
Firings and suspensions:
Following the incident above, Nolan Catholic has fired Hampton while also indefinitely suspending Beaudin. Webb announced the firings on Tuesday via a letter sent to Nolan Catholic Parents, students, staff, and alumni. Brian Farda, the Vikings' Assistant Athletic Director of Athletic Operations, has been appointed as the interim athletic director following the firing of Hampton. Vikings' strength and conditioning coordinator and defensive coach K.J. Williams has been appointed as the interim head coach in place of Beaudin.
"We have the highest confidence in Mr. Farda and Mr. Williams moving forward this season," Webb wrote. "It is our commitment to continue providing our students with the highest caliber of leadership, mentorship, and coaching."
What's to come:
Nolan Catholic is scheduled to play at home on Friday against Argyle Liberty Christian. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The team will finish off regular season play against Liberty Christian, Parish Episcopal, and Prestonwood.
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HIGHTOWER SENIOR SETTER ANAIAH JORDAN CAN'T HELP BUT THINK SOMETIMES ABOUT HOW FAR SHE'S COME.
When recalling her not- long-ago volleyball past, she delivers a quiet laugh that elicits, Seriously?
Just three years ago, Jordan was so talented that she was put on the varsity team as a freshman. And she could not, for the life of her, understand why.
"I was very nervous to be on the floor," Jordan said. "I would be on the court and think, 'Why am I even on varsity?' I was timid. I was scared to tell my setter how to set me or call my balls for serve-receive. Unbelievable, I know."
But Jordan always had the goods.
Coaches clearly saw something in her that she couldn't. Aside from raw talent, Jordan was a natural leader. It's why she gravitated toward playing setter not long after taking up volleyball about eight years ago.
Jordan liked that playing setter, the "quarterback" of the volleyball team, forced her to grow out of her comfort zone.
A generally reserved person, she embraced learning how to run the team and being a positive, uplifting influence.
"I'm not the kind of person to be happy for my own success," she said. "I'm happier for others' successes."
She consumes herself with others.
"I always want to help people," Jordan said. "As a setter, it's my job to put myself in everybody else's shoes and think quickly about what's the best possible situation to put our team in. Who's the best to set, who's off, who's on. It's difficult.
"There are so many options to consider and so many decisions to make in such a short amount of time."
But she thrives under pressure.
Jordan has had a tremendous season for the Hurricanes, compiling 371 assists, 225 digs, 162 kills and 66 aces in 94 sets. She is no longer that reluctant freshman.
Her confidence and communication skills have improved considerably, while, on the floor, her serves are more aggressive and she's better moving the ball around.
"My freshman year, I'd always just set to whoever I was facing," Jordan said, laughing. "Now I can move the ball to different hitters."
The last time Hightower made the playoffs was Jordan's freshman year. She's optimistic this year's team can snap that two-year skid.
"This is the team I've been waiting for since my sophomore year, because we've all had a chance to play with each other at
least once in our volleyball careers," Jordan said. "Now that we're all together, all the pieces are fitting."
This story appeared in the Inaugural VYPE Fort Bend ISD Fall Edition, which is now available to pick up at your local Fort Bend ISD High Schools.
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