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It was no surprise that Vacaville Christian High School pitcher Emerson Meggers and catcher Macy Webb were the stars in the Falcons’ 13-10 softball win over visiting Golden Sierra on Tuesday afternoon.
They are the only two returning players on the squad, and eight of the Falcons never even put a mitt on until this season.
“They are captains on our team,” said VCS head coach George Everett. “They lead by example. I use them both for coaching the new girls.”
The coaching appears to be working, as the supporting cast did quite well in the victory that gave the Falcons a 2-1 record in Sierra Delta League play, while the Grizzlies slipped to 1-2.
Meggers is normally a middle infielder and has not pitched since she was 10 years old.
“We have all new players except for these two,” Everett said. “And we have two others who have played when they were 8U and Bobby Sox. So by proxy she (Meggers) is our starting pitcher. Mainly it’s her heart that keeps her out on the mound.”
Meggers completed the game and, although she allowed ten runs, including a four-run uprising by the Grizzlies in the sixth inning, she persevered in the circle on a blistering hot day. It was especially impressive in that both she and Webb are just getting over being sick.
“I was getting a little hot and tired but I know how to finish,” Meggers said.
She allowed 11 hits but struck out 17 batters of the 21 outs recorded. In the second inning she pitched out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out three consecutive batters. She also worked her way out of the tough sixth inning with two consecutive strikeouts and a groundball out.
Her battery mate, Webb, has seen Meggers on better days.
“Normally she is really on top of it and every single inning is usually just boom, three at-bats and done,” said Webb. “But both of us are pretty tired. We’ve been sick. So a little bit slow today.”
Webb wasn’t slow in an exciting play in the bottom of the third. After blasting a double that bounced off the fence in left field, she advanced to third on a Meggers single. When Ainsley Smith hit a hard ground ball to third, Webb found herself caught off the bag. She tried to head home but slipped and fell to the ground.
“I thought I was definitely out on that one because I tripped,” she said. “I thought that was a for sure out. I thought they were right behind me with the ball.”
What made her get up?
“My coach and everyone yelling at me,” she said with a laugh.
Webb then managed to stay in the pickle long enough to force an errant throw as she scampered home with the run. Eggers then scored on a single by Meagan Duarte, who drove in three runs on the day, to put the Falcons up 10-2.
VCS scored five times in the first inning, helped in great part by five walks issued by the Grizzlies starting pitcher. The Falcons got three more in the second inning aided by key hits from Meggers and Kyra Williams.
The Falcons got their final tallies in a three-run fifth headlined by Webb’s third hit of the game and a two-run single to left by freshman Paige Prentice.
Everett was very pleased with the progress his largely inexperienced team has been making.
“They are developing very well, 100 percent improvement from our first couple of games,” he said. “This (Meggers and Webb) is the heart of our team. And then our defense backing them up and our bats coming into play really well. They take care of each other. They are 100 percent supportive of each other. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter. I told them, ‘We don’t care about the score.’ Today was a great win because they worked really hard at it. But they always support each other.”– Co-Head Coach George Everett
Matt Sieger | Sports Reporter
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Vacaville Christian Athletics is excited to introduce our newest team member, Coach Awad. Coach Awad comes to us from Texas! Read his story…
My name is Wahed T. Awad and I will be the new Head Varsity Soccer Coach this coming Winter Season 2021-2022. A little about myself, I was born and raised in Texas. Yes, I’m a Dallas Cowboys fan along with FC Dallas Soccer, Texas Rangers, and Barcelona FC; you can say I love sports! My wife and I definitely try to involve ourselves in intramural sports to keep active. We are a military family that was relocated to California in mid August 2020 and are trying to adjust to the California environment and what it has to offer. We definitely love the mountains, as it reminds us of home.
My family and I love to explore new areas whether it’s by air, land, or sea – weather permitting, since we have a 2 year old son who we hope one day will be the next Messi and one new member of the family on the way. We have 3 dogs who are all rescues. We believe every dog should have a home with a roof over their head. Little fun fact, I enjoy the outdoors working on my lawn or doing some projects around the house. Grilling outside is another favorite of mine when it’s time to just enjoy the good ole fresh air. Before moving to California I coached for several years at a private school where I coached multiple sports from pre-K through senior high level.
Giving back to my community in Texas was very important t me. I volunteered to coach soccer and serve as a board member for the club for several years, helping to increase the love of the game of Soccer. Over the years, I’ve also helped coach a UPSL semi-pro soccer team in the DFW area with the goal of helping our players get the attention of college recruiters by having them attend some of our home games to see our players who want to continue playing the game at the collegiate level.
I can’t wait to meet all my new athletes and get down to business.
See you all very soon!
If you missed out on the free clinic going on May 15th, the Skills Factory Experience returns June 5-6 for a two-day camp. Intended for ages 5 yrs. to 14 yrs., the camp runs both days from 9am to 12 noon at the VCS Falcon Gymnasium.
WHO: Boys & Girls, 5-14 yrs. old
WHEN: June 5-6th
COST: $150/player for both days or $100 for only one day.
Space is limited and CDPH guidelines will be enforced. Each player must bring their own basketball and there will be special guests and prizes awarded!
Go to www.hoopitup3x3.net to register today!
This 2021 Swim season has been anything but normal. As the COVID-19 ban on high school sports was lifted in late January, the spring sports season took off running… swimming in this case… to prepare for whatever competition opportunities we could pull together. Counties across the Sac-Joaquin Section were all faced with the same daunting challenges: who can we play and who can even roundup enough student-athletes to field a team. Swim teams were no exception to these challenges. The Falcons built a schedule with six scrimmages and meets in total.
With COVID things were a little different than previous years, but we made due as a team. I am happy we were able to have a season and that each swimmer made the adjustments to the protocols.Grace Erkeneff, Head Coach
The Sierra Delta League Championship meet was made up of VCS, Rio Vista and Golden Sierra. The experience was amazingly! Even through the many challenges, the one thing that has made this spring so much better was seeing our student-athletes compete in each event with a renewed sense of joy and appreciation. As head coach Grace Erkeneff described, many of these student-athletes are new to the sport of swimming.
They all have improved tremendously and this is very gratifying as a coach to see each athlete excel in the sport. Some have made the jump to continue swimming outside of the season. This is something I love seeing, that they not only tried something new, but have gained a passion for the sport as well.Grace Erkeneff, Head Coach
Highlights from the Saturday, May 1, 2021 Championship swim meet:
-Elaina Craig broke the SDL record in the 200 free and she earned All League in the 200 Free and 500 free.
-Mason Releford broke the SDL records in the 200 free, 100 breast and the 50 free. He also received All League in the 100 breast and 50 free.
-Jordan Holden was 1st in the 100 butterfly and scored All League in this event.
-Megan Redican secured 1st place in the 100 free and gained All League in the 100 free.
-Elaina Craig, Jordan Holden, Maddie Quesada and Laura Everett all earned All League in the 200 free relay.
-Our second relay (Kaitlyn Uy, Rachel Nelson, Brianna Hanson, and Kyra Williams) was not too far behind and scored 2nd place VCS in the 200 free relay.
The girls made VCS history!!! They won league!!! What a well deserved win!!!-Grace Erkeneff, Head Coach
By Lindsey Munar ’16 | April 28, 2021
The student has now become the master, but it did not happen overnight. In fact, for 2016 alumna, Alicia Borges, the journey from high school athlete to aspiring collegiate head coach has been nothing short of a process. Freshly graduated with a degree in Psychology with a minor in Theology, Borges is on the path to use her knowledge of sports psychology and deep roots in volleyball to pursue a career as a head coach at the collegiate level. The Borges name may ring a bell, as current PE teacher and volleyball coach, Mrs. Borges is Alicia’s mom and former high school coach. Alicia Borges was a part of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 volleyball section winning teams. As a four year varsity player, she received countless accolades like multiple All League honors, 2015 Sierra Delta League MVP, and 2015 Sac Joaquin Section Championship Player of the Game. Riding high off of high school achievements, Borges went on to play volleyball at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California.
Unknowingly, Borges encountered an enduring test of character and resiliency for the majority of her collegiate volleyball career. Significant challenges began to present themselves through multiple avenues. Not only was Borges plagued with injuries, she was recruited as an incoming setter, however, that did not come to fruition. In response to unfulfilled agreements and uncertainty in the future of her volleyball career, Borges questioned her own abilities. “Once I made it to my senior year of college I finally realized the immense struggle that I had endured during my first three years with my first coach.”
“Over the years I was continuously asking if I wasn’t good enough because I wasn’t playing as much as I thought I would be. But then senior year came around with a more experienced coach, and I was starting. I couldn’t wrap my head around it because I was telling myself that it was me – that I wasn’t good enough, but then everything changed.” Borges expressed that she realized it was never about her skills.
Rather, she had to focus on working to the best of her ability for her own satisfaction. As the circumstances were beyond her control, Borges tirelessly worked for her spot and dealt with recurring disappointment. Finally, she received the court time she deserved. “I just wanted to play volleyball and have fun winning, and my new coach finally gave me the chance to fairly win my spot.”
By senior year, Borges was starting. Quickly, that starting spot morphed into a six rotation spot. “I was able to show my abilities and leadership on the court, and that sparked the questions in my head about the past years.” Borges coined these trials and tribulations as something she was meant to face. It was tempting for her to think of other paths she could have followed to avoid the hardships, however she trusts that God led her to Jessup because it was where she was meant to be.
In fact, the difficulties Borges faced directly inspired her passion of becoming a coach. “I think the biggest lesson I have learned after graduating high school would be how I want to be as a coach. I had a coach who was demeaning and would suppress our voices and ideas. I came out of that season with determination to be open minded and to always listen to my players. I learned firsthand that a player will never be able to give their all for a coach that they do not respect. “ The graduate shared she hopes to be a leader that provides guidance with grace for errors; one who encourages and builds her players up. Borges confessed her experiences at Jessup have made her realize the type of character she has always wanted to hold as a coach.
As Borges moves forward into the professional world, she anticipates volleyball forever being a part of her life. After all, volleyball is in her blood. “It has always been a part of me, and with my family being who they are, I probably will never lose touch.” Borges looks forward to helping her mom coach in the upcoming school year as well as jumping into the club scene. “I want to connect with athletes and give them a place to get out frustrations and just let loose in a sport that they love. Volleyball was always my outlet and I am just hoping that I can create a team environment where we all can become a unit and look to each other for support and guidance. “
Borges champions aspiring student-athletes to believe in themselves, even in the face of those who doubt their abilities.
“Take negative energy and create a drive within yourself to prove that you are not only good enough but that you belong there.” She urges athletes to stay positive in the face of struggle and push through whatever comes their way. “You are in charge of how you handle difficult times, and how you handle them speaks volumes to your character. Skills will carry you through sports for some ways but your character will push you into real life and will make a mark wherever you go.”Coach Alicia Borges
From Alicia Borges to her Vacaville Christian Community: My motto for my college career was, “God gives you what you can handle,” so if you are going through a lot then God thinks you are pretty strong, and that is all the reassurance that you need to keep going. Don’t stop in a struggle, keep going and get to where you feel proud of and once you get there keep going, because only God knows what you are capable of and it will shock you, believe me.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity! The deadline for VCS free access is Friday April 30th; once this deadline passes, the clinic will open up to non-VCS kids.
The Skill Factory Experience offers player development with Coach Sam Luong. CDC guidelines will be enforced, and each player will need to bring their own basketball and water bottle.
WHO: Boys & Girls, ages 5-14 years old
WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 2021
TIMES: 9am – 12 noon
On Saturday, March 27, the high school Cross country family celebrated the end of a long and crazy season with a long and crazy run.
Eight runners ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) starting at the high school at 7am.
Then, four pairs of runners split a half marathon and ran 6.55 miles each at 8am.
Parents did an amazing job decorating the high school parking lot and every runner had an epic finish with balloons, banners, encouraging signs, air horns, and music rooting for them. Because food is the cross country love language, tables were lined up with a feast for all.
Five seniors, Sean, Josh, Caitlin, Megan, and Allyson ran through a customized breakaway banner and were showered with candy leis and gifts.
There was no better way to celebrate the entire running family than this.
We may run faster alone but we run further together.Mia Douglas, Head Coach
Season opener on Friday, March 19, 2021
Despite a 4-run deficit in the fourth inning, Vacaville Christian Falcons Varsity almost came all
the way back, eventually falling 4-3 to Rio Vista on Friday. Vacaville Christian Falcons Varsity
scored three runs in the failed comeback on a error and a triple by Steve Dingman.
Vacaville Christian Falcons Varsity couldn’t keep up with Rio Vista early in the game. Rio
Vista scored on a double by Baldwin and a single by Drury in the first inning.
Rio Vista got things moving in the first inning, when Baldwin doubled on a 2-1 count, scoring
one run. Vacaville Christian Falcons Varsity tallied three runs in the fourth inning. Rafa Rios and Dingman each had RBIs in the frame. Baldwin earned the victory on the mound for Rio Vista. The ace allowed five hits and three runs over five innings, striking out five. Drury threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Drury recorded the last six outs to earn the save for Rio Vista. John Elliott took the loss for Vacaville Christian Falcons Varsity. Elliott surrendered four runs on six hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out one.
Vacaville Christian Falcons Varsity scattered six hits in the game. Elliott and Dingman each managed multiple hits for Vacaville Christian Falcons Varsity. Dingman and Elliott each collected two hits to lead Vacaville Christian Falcons Varsity.
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