Faith Academy basketball honored on all-district teams

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The basketball teams at Faith Academy of Bellville had seasons on opposite ends of the spectrum, with the Lady Knights clinching a postseason berth after not fielding a team for two years while the Knights finished without a win although they were led by strong seniors who were recognized with all-district honors.

“In February, the TAPPS 1A, District 9 coaches assembled in Alvin to make their choices for the all-district teams,” said Faith head coach James Crawford. “Four members of the Knights basketball team were chosen to represent the district on first- and second-teams.”

Senior Pierce Newcomb closed his Faith Academy basketball career on the first-team all-district along with sophomore Nathan Figueroa. In addition, Newcomb was one of two Knights garnering academic all-state distinction.

On the second-team all-district for Faith Academy were sophomore Kaleb Shepherd and senior Nathan Taake, who was the other Knight representative earning academic all-state honors.

For the girls’ team, Faith Academy made a push late in the season and secured the second seed in District 9-1A and drew a bi-district playoff matchup with the Kingwood Knights, winners of District 10 with a 9-1 record.

“We had a very inspirational 2019-20 season,” said head coach Terri Tomlinson. “After not having a varsity team for two years and not one of the players having played at the high school level, this very young team of one senior, four sophomores, and five freshmen stood their ground and competed against many higher-level division schools.”

That elevation in play, however, didn’t hinder the progression the team made over the season.

“The Lady Knights worked hard in making adjustments as the season went on,” Tomlinson said. “When it came down to making the playoffs, these ladies stepped up their game and finished second in district to advance to the next round. The Faith Academy Lady Knights are looking to be strong and competitive again next year.”

For their efforts in reaching the postseason promised land, Faith Academy had four representatives on both the first- and second-team all-district, two more honorable mentions and an academic all-state honoree.

Senior Gabriella Yates headlined the first-team all-district members, also garnering the academic all-state distinction. Sophomore Adelaide Kuespert and freshman classmates Chesney Johnston and Ella Polston rounded out the first-team selections.

A pair of sophomores in Haley Guzman and Madeleine Odom, as well as freshmen Joselyn Bretado and Rachel Kuespert, represented the Lady Knights on the second-team all-district.

Sophomore Genesis Mignery and Madison Halverson were also bestowed with all-district honorable mentions.

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