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Forest Lake Christian's Emily Pearce fields a ball during a volleyball match earlier this season. The Lady Falcons will host Vacaville Christian tonight in the second round of the playoffs.
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FLC takes top spot in CVCL






-WALTER FORD

PK pushes FLC past Trinity Prep

This story originally ran May 10, 2013.

The Forest Lake Christian girls soccer team is moving on to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII playoffs after topping Trinity Prep, 1-0, in Napa.

The No. 5 seeded Lady Falcons got their lone goal and the game-winner in the first half on a penalty kick.

After a Trinity Prep player was called for a hand ball in the goalie box, FLC freshman forward Sarah Jeffries netted the penalty kick to grab the edge.

Pitching a shutout in the goal for FLC was freshman goaltender Riley Ballard.

The Lady Falcons (9-6-1, 7-2-1 Central Valley Christian League) will hit the pitch again Wednesday in the second round of the playoffs when they travel to take on top-seeded Bradshaw Christian.

-THE UNION STAFF

Flacons knock off CVCL leader Deta

This story originally ran February 9, 2013.

In front of a packed Forest Lake Christian gym, the Falcons made it a happy homecoming Friday night by knocking off Central Valley California League leader Delta, 52-49.

The Falcons (17-7, 8-3 CVCL) never trailed by more than one point all night and withstood a late push by Delta (15-7, 9-2 CVCL) to earn the win and likely improve their playoff standing.

“Give credit to Delta, a good team, coach Rork (Crusto), he just knows how to teach those boys how to play, they are small, but they have a lot of heart,” FLC head coach Jason Camacho said. “Hopefully this win will bump us up in the playoff bracket.”

The usually high-scoring Falcon offense struggled to get things going in the first, only scoring 10 in the quarter, but their defense was staunch and allowed just 10 to Delta.

In the second, junior Chase Augustino turned it on, scoring seven of his team-high 17, including a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer to put the Falcons up 24-22.

In the third, Forest Lake Christian’s offense came alive with baskets from senior post player Jesse Poppin, senior guard Brandon Camacho, Augustino and a pair of corner 3-pointers from junior Luke Jordan.

Poppin tallied a double-double on the night with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Camacho, the slight in size but big in heart guard, also scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds despite early foul trouble.

The Falcons took a 42-36 edge into the fourth.

Forest Lake Christian kept the momentum going with a bucket from Augustino, followed by Roman Makovey hitting 3-of-4 free throws to take a 47-38 lead.

The Saints stormed back with a pair of lay-ins, a jumper and a 3-pointer to pull within four at 51-47.

With under a minute left to play and up by four, the Falcons turned the ball over, and Delta capitalized with a lay up on the other end to make it 51-49.

The Falcons in-bounded to Camacho, who was fouled with just 15 seconds left in the game. Camacho hit 1-of-2 free throws to put FLC up three.

The Saints set up a 3-point attempt, but it caromed off the rim, a Delta offensive rebound gave them a second chance, but the desperation fade-away 3-point attempt fell short, and the Falcons ran out the remainder of the clock.

-WALTER FORD

Falcons take league tennis title

This story originally ran April 19, 2013.

The Forest Lake Christian tennis team, led by first year head coach Ralph Burnett, completed a perfect Central Valley California League season Thursday, topping Golden Sierra 9-0, to finish the season 10-0.

Also completing undefeated seasons was the Falcons No. 1 boys doubles team of Brandan Patchett and Scott Gauthier. With their Thursday win the two went 8-0 this season. No. 1 girls doubles team of Jessica Burnett and Sydney Foliente accomplished the same feat, winning their Thursday match to close the season unblemished.

The Falcons No. 2 boys singles player Mark Hail gave himself a birthday present by beating Stuart Cayot 6-2, 6-0, and No. 1 singles girl for FLC, Hannah Burnett, won her match with Lenea Travis in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

The Falcons now head into league playoffs with singles players taking the court Monday and doubles teams competing on Wednesday.

THE UNION STAFF

Forest Lake Christian douses Wildfires for first win of season

This story originally ran March 15, 2013.

The Forest Lake Christian baseball team used clutch hitting and solid pitching Thursday to earn its first win of the season, topping Foresthill, 9-2, at home.

The Wildfires opened the contest with a first-inning two-run dinger by Aaron Arnett to grab the early edge, but FLC pitcher Hunter Phillips soon settled down and didn’t allow another run all game.

Phillips went all seven innings for the Falcons, allowing just one earned run and five hits, while striking out seven and walking two.

“Right after the home run, I was like I just need to keep my composure,” Phillips said. “That’s a big thing with learning how to pitch. When you get down, make sure you get right back in it and stay composed.”

The senior righty allowed seven base runners after the first inning. The Falcon defense did a solid job of backing Phillips all game with two double plays and only two errors.

“I give all the credit to my defense they made a lot of plays,” Phillips said. “It makes me feel comfortable to just throw it when I know my defense has my back. The past few years we have had trouble with errors, but so far this season, we look good.”

FLC head coach Jess Soria said he was happy with the way Phillips pitched and the way his team stayed up after getting down early.

“The team followed right behind him,” Soria said. “(Phillips) didn’t get rattled, he kept his composure, hit his spots, and that’s the mark of a good veteran-type pitcher. He just buckled down, and we saw a good mature player out there. He found a groove, he took it one batter at a time, he didn’t get ahead of himself, and he gave us a chance to win.”

Phillips was also stellar from the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBIs.

It wasn’t long before the Falcons erased the Wildfires’ 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the first inning, FLC put two runners on due to Foresthill errors, then sophomore catcher Kyle Soria singled to load the bases. Junior shortstop Jacob Yarborough brought all three runners home with a double. Yarborough later scored on a two-out RBI single by Mike Rubio, putting FLC up 4-2 after one.

The next two innings saw no runs cross for either team as both pitchers settled in and found their respective grooves.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the fourth that the Falcons blew the game open.

With two outs in the fourth, the Falcons got a double from Phillips, Kyle Soria was hit by a pitch, and Yarborough was intentionally walked to load the bases. On a 3-2 count, FLC first baseman Wils Riley shot a liner down the left-field line, plating all three runners and extending the Falcon lead to 7-2.

The Falcons scored two more runs in the fifth on a Phillips triple that landed just beyond the outstretched glove of the right fielder.

Foresthill threatened in the sixth and seventh innings, putting runners in scoring position in each frame, but Phillips remained unfazed and stranded five Wildfire runners in the final two innings to close the game.

-WALTER FORD


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