Falcons stand out as scholar-athletes
The Forest Lake Christian girls volleyball program has built a strong reputation both on the court and in the classroom for most of the past decade.
The 19-time defending Central Valley Christian League champs have appeared in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title match in eight of the last nine years, including a win in 1998.
Lady Falcon head coach Travis Smith said those accomplishments are nice, but it is his team’s performance in the CIF State Scholastic Championships which give him the most pride.
FLC, which has won a record five academic state championships since the CIF instituted the program in 1996, tied with Linden in 2002 for second place among the state’s girls volleyball teams with a combined grade-point average of 3.84.
Armenian Mesrobian (Pico Rivera) won the title with a 3.93 GPA.
“They worked very, very, very hard this year,” Smith said of his team. “They really made this a priority. Brynne (Edwards), Leyna (Allred) and the rest of this year’s seniors really pushed the younger girls this year.
“No matter how many league (or section) championship banners we have up on the gym wall, those big white (CIF State) championship banners mean a lot more,” he added.
FLC, which won three state academic titles from 1996 to 98, then back-to-back crowns in 2000 and 2001, holds the record for most titles among all other schools in the state.
“Our volleyball program has always stressed academics first,” Smith said. “The girls have been really focused on (the books) and that reflects in their play on the court.
“That really brings a positive attitude to the team because no matter how the season goes, they have something they can really be proud of.”
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