A HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM'S STRENGTH CAN BE DETERMINED BY THE SUCCESS OF ITS LOWER SCHOOLS. FOR FORT BEND CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT.
The Eagles' Middle School programs had a banner year in 2020-21 as seven teams won their respective district titles.
"I'm very involved with our middle school sports," FBCA Athletic Director Kelly Carroll said. "It's like our Junior Varsity. Our varsity coaches are the heads of their program and build relationships early with the kids. When they get to the high school level, they are ready to compete."
Under the direction of Marc Jones, the 6-Man football team ran the table, winning district.
"Coach (Aaron) Carpenter is the offensive coordinator for varsity, and he teaches techniques and what to expect when the young guys get to high school," Carroll said. "It makes it a seamless transition. They are using our facilities and the same verbiage for three years prior to high school."
The volleyball team was led by coach Beth Williams and was loaded with several talented seventh graders, including Laycee McGrady. The Eagles finished runner-up in district play. The future of cross country looks to be youngsters Sidney Arnold and AJ West, who have had successful middle school careers.
The boys basketball programs had a great season. The seventh-grade boys team was undefeated district champs, while the eighth-grade team were runners-up. The girls team finished third in conference play.
The boys and girls tennis teams dominated district, earning a title for the trophy case along with boys soccer. Coach Manu Hernandez runs a great soccer program.
Carroll, who is also the decorated varsity softball coach, keeps a close eye on the middle school softball team. To no surprise, the softballers were undefeated district champs.
The track and field team also had several individuals earn district accolades.
"We are trying to mirror what smalltown programs do like to Aledo, Katy or even Needville," Carroll said. "It even dips down into the elementary school level. Parents and kids are looking for consistency from elementary to high school and that is what we can offer in athletics.