Apr 12, 2022
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BILLY GERWICK’S MOTTO ALL SEASON FOR HIS SWIM TEAM WAS “DISCIPLINE”.
That discipline was seen in the water, in their technique, how they made turns, their breathing and some of it may have seemed “tedious at times” according to Gerwick, but the reward for those hours and days of work arrived on a Thursday afternoon in February in the form of gold.
The Legacy Prep girls swimming team brought home the TAPPS Division III State Championship with an overall score of 300 points, beating out Logos Preparatory Academy by 26 points.
It was their first-ever team State Championship.
“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Gerwick said with a laugh. “It does take a little while to digest because you’re so in the moment of trying to do your best. They announced fourth, third and second and when you don’t get announced second you know you just won it.
“The girls were just overjoyed because they had worked so hard. They relished the moment. It was awesome.”
The Lady Lions started the meet off with a bang by bringing home a State Title in the 200-yard medley (1:58.01). After the initial relay win, Gerwick said they felt the momentum building.
“From there, every one of my swimmers slowly started taking time off and doing well,” he said. “You kind of sensed during the middle of the meet that we’re going to win it.”
The relay teams went on to win gold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.67) and the 400-yard freestyle (4:03.90) to sweep the top of the podium in the relay events.
In the individual events, it was a big year for freshmen Janey Leiker and Emily Tomlinson. Taking second in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.59) and third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.42) events was Leiker. Tomlinson finished as the State RunnerUp in the 50-yard freestyle (26.29) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.26).
Other top finishers included State Runners-Up Bryant (100-yard freestyle – 58.89) and Serenity Stepanik (100-yard backstroke – 1:06.33).
“Every one of them rose to the occasion,” Gerwick said. “It was a team effort. Also, the community and the support from the parents of these kids was absolutely wonderful.”
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THE 2021 SEASON WAS A MARQUEE CAMPAIGN FOR FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY FOOTBALL.
The Eagles beat rival Second Baptist, 27- 24, to claim their first TAPPS Division II District Championship. The win snapped Second Baptist’s streak of eight-straight district titles and was FBCA’s first win against Second Baptist since 2006.
FBCA earned an undefeated district title and went 9-4 in 2021, falling by one point to Second Baptist in the State Semifinals.
The Eagles were led by dynamic junior quarterback Brady Dever, who completed 64 percent of his passes for 4,054 yards and 62 touchdowns. FBCA averaged 44.3 points per game, thanks to Dever and a wealth of talent at receiver that included junior Bryan Domino and senior Marcus Chretien. Each had more than 1,000 yards receiving and combined for more than 40 touchdowns.
Senior running back Sam Leblue had more than 1,800 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.
Defensively, FBCA allowed just 18.6 points per game and was led by senior linebacker Chandler Bean and senior defensive back Blaine Baird.
“It’s a great feeling,” coach Jordan Black said. “This is the beginning of what we’ve been working for here, trying to create a program with a reputation, and these guys are buying in.”
FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY. TAPPS 5A VOLLEYBALL STATE CHAMPIONS .
How does that sound? If your answer was , ‘Like history? ’ you win . Just like the Eagles did. And they won in 2021. A lot.
FBCA went 35-4, winning an undefeated district championship in a season culminating with a 3- 0 sweep of Carrollton Prince of Peace in the State Championship match.
It was a magical year for second-year head coach Alex Edwards, as she got the absolute most out of the bevy of talent at her disposal. A year after a heart breaking loss in five sets in the State Final in 2020, she returned the Eagles to the State Championship game, and they got the job done in dominant fashion.
FBCA leaned on a pair of cornerstone seniors . Texas State-signee Bailey Hanner (527 kills, 45 blocks, 59aces ) was the heart and soul of the program , someone who helped implement Edwards ’ philosophy and who was the face of the program.
As Hanner went, the Eagles went.
Senior Avery Hodge (375 digs) was exceptional defensively, a key addition to the program since arriving her junior year.
A pair of precocious freshmen in Bayleigh Minor (254 kills, 65 blocks ) and Layne Bulow (243 kills, 86 aces, 264 digs) were impressive in their play, contributing to a State Championship, while assuring the future remains remarkably bright.
“I really can’t believe it,” Edwards said. “I’m just in awe, and I’m just so happy to have done it with this group.“
FBCA ENJOYED A SUCCESSFUL YEAR ON THE CROSS COUNTRY COURSE.
The Eagles’ girls finished sixth as a team at the TAPPS Cross Country State Championships in Waco with a total score of 206 points. Sophomore Kyra Whitman (17th, 13:30.0) and freshman Sidney Arnold (23rd, 13:48.3) finished in the Top 25 individually at State.
Junior Wilson Whiles led the FBCA boys’ contingency at State. He finished 74th individually with a time of 20:27.8 in the 5K.
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Decatur volleyball is gearing up for another strong season after posting back-to-back UIL Class 4A State Title victories. As the team prepares to begin summer workouts to enter preseason strong, VYPE DFW lays out just what fans can expect from this strong team!
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A Look Back
Last season, the Decatur Lady Eagles posted an incredible 12-0 district record (37-8 overall) to finish at the top of their district. The team dropped only 21 sets against their opponents through the entire season and fought hard in playoffs to secure their second-straight state title.
After working their way through regular season play, the Lady Eagles entered playoffs strong- ready to shut down all of their opponents. Decatur defeated Fort Worth Western Hills, Glen Rose, Krum, Hereford, Argyle, and Bellville en route to the championship match. It was DFW against DFW, though as Decatur faced-off against a tough Celina program. Ultimately, Decatur posted a 3-0 shutout to take home the title.
The team is a strong team that can build off of their success each season. With two consecutive championships under their belts, the Lady Eagles are going to strive for a third and fight until they have everything they want. With their preseason schedule set to begin against an incredibly strong Brock team followed by Stephenville, the team is set for a great return.
What To Expect
Fans can expect Decatur to play hard against their opponents and find their way deep in playoffs- if not another return to the state championships. Decatur is a force to be reckoned with and won't slow down in the fall.
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